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Omega 3 Oils

Fish Oil Supplements
Summary Table

by Vaughn Aubuchon

What is the best kind of fish oil?
What kind of fish are used?
Which portions of the fish are used?
Where do the fish come from?
How is the oil extracted?

This fish oil analysis table lists the serving size, the EPA and DHA amounts in a "serving size", the ingredients in the ingredient list, country of origin, etc. I also list the "fish oil questions" that you may want to ask, provide my own comments, and offer some conclusions.

The following fish oil review summary chart lists some popular fish oils available in California. All are softgels capsules, unless otherwise noted.

30

100

60

30

80

80

30

Fish oil brands photo

Commercial Omega3 Health Supplements
The order of the containers above, from left-to-right, corresponds to #1 through #10 below.
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Fish Oils Table

 Brand
(alphabetical)

Serv
Size
Oil
mg.
Omega3 Oils
¢
per
Cap.

 Ingredients List

Fish
Source
Fish
Source
Location
EPA
mg.
DHA
mg
.
1

 21st Century
 60 @ 9.99
 Longs

1
1000
180
120
17¢

Fish Body Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Purified Water, Refined Soybean Oil, Vitamin E d-Alpha Tocophenyl(?), Hypromellose, Macrogol, Cellacephate
No contact number.
Bottle has weird smell.

Mystery
Fish
Arizona
company
fish
2

 Kirkland
 300 @ $6.99
 Costco

2
1000
1000
(150)
300
(100)
200

(6¢)

Fish Oil Concentrate,
Gelatin, Glycerin,
d-Alpha tocopherol, Water
Contact: (800) 428-7782

 Sardines and anchovies
"Deep Ocean"
Bottle smells sweet. My favorite.
3

 Longs Drugs
 60 @ $5.99
 Longs

1
1000
180
120
10¢

Fish oil concentrate,
Gelatin, Glycerin,
d-Sorbitol, d-Alpha tocopherol
Contact: 1 (800) TO-LONGS

Mystery
Fish
Walnut Creek
company
fish
4

 Nature Made
 180 @ $7.99
 Longs

1
585
94
187

Tuna oil concentrate,
Gelatin, Glycerin,
d-Alpha tocopherol, Water
Contact: (800) 276-2878

The bottle is CLEAR- no protection from ultraviolet degradation.

"MAY also contain" -
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose phthalate, triacetin, methacrylic acid copolymer, glyceryl monostearate, triethyl citrate, propylene glycol

"MAY ALSO CONTAIN"?
They don't know? They can't say?
To he|| with this! Nature Made?
Bottle has chemical smell!

Tuna
(from where?) 
Mission Hills, CA
company
fish

Bottle has chemical smell

5

 Nature's Bounty
 130 @ $8.99
 Longs

1
1200
216
144

(No ingredient list, per se.) Looks like -
"Marine Lipid Concentrate" plus Gelatin and Glycerin.
Contact: 1 (800) 433-2990

Mystery
Fish
Cold water deep sea fish, somewhere
6

 Omega Care
 60 @ $6.99
 Longs

1
1000
180
120
12¢

Fish Oil Concentrate, Gelatin, Glycerin, Methacrylic Acid Copolymer, Hypromellose Phthalate, Triacetin, Hypromellose, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Polyethelene Glycol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Triethyl Citrate, Povidone, Vanillin, d-Alpha Tocopherol, Talc, Polysorbate 80
Contact: 1 (800) 533-VITA

Mystery
Fish
Carson, CA
company
fish
7

 Radiance
 100 @ $8.79
 Longs

1
1000
180
120

(No ingredient list, per se.) Looks like -
"Fish oil" plus Gelatin and Glycerin.
No contact number.

Mystery
Fish
New York
company
fish
8

 Safeway Select
 60 @ $6.59
 Safeway

1
1000
180
120
11¢

Fish oil concentrate, Gelatin, Glycerin, d-Sorbitol, d-Alpha Tocopherol

Contact: 1 (888) SAFEWAY

Mystery
Fish
Pleasanton, CA
company
fish
9

 Spectrum
 60 @ $6.99
 Nob Hill

2
1000
1000
180
120
12¢
(24¢)

Marine Oils, (salmon, menhaden, cod, mackerel), Mixed tocopherols (non-genetically engineered, non-hexane extracted Vitamin E, gelatin, glycerin, water
Contact: 1 (800) 995-2705

Salmon
Menhaden,
Cod,
Mackerel

Deep Arctic
Norway

10

 Twinlab
 50 @ $8.79
 Nob Hill

1
1500
234
156
18¢

Omega-3 Fish Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Purified Water, Ascorbyl Palmitate, d-Alpha Tocopherol
No contact number.

Mystery
Fish

Deep sea
cold water
Fish flesh

 Others

"Marine lipids"

 


Fish oil capsules - bright photo

Flash above - no flash below - #1, #4, and #6 are enteric coated
Notice that all three enteric capsules above contain the chemical soup ingredients highlighted in RED.
I feel no need to ingest an "enteric coating".
One of the brands contains TWO types of crushed rock - talc and titanium dioxide (paint additive).
It is ironic that people take fish oil for HEALTH, and yet get fed unwanted, unneeded, unhealthy additives along with it.

"That just don't seem right, Martha!"
Purchase accordingly.

Fish oil capsules - dark photo

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Fish Oil Supplements Discussion

Nomenclature - Omega Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acid = EPA = EicosaPentaenoic Acid (Typically, 18% concentration)
Omega 3 fatty acid = DHA = DocosaHexaenoic Acid (Typically, 12% concentration)
1g = 1000 mg. = 1000 milligrams

Marketing Claims
The following words have no precise or even defined meaning in relation to fish oil products -
Best, extra-distilled, finest, high-potency, highest-quality, natural, super-distilled, pharmaceutical grade, professional grade, pure, purest, purified, ultra-pure. These are all marketing claims, and guarantee you nothing.

Marketing Obfuscation
"Marine lipids" is an absurd description. It is the ultimate avoidance of description.
But they have to say something.
Lipids simply means "fats".
Marine means that they come out of water, and are presumed to be fish of some type.
Therefore, your ingredients come from "fish fats", from unknown types of fish, from unknown waters. Great.
Can you see what I am getting at here?
DISCLOSURE.
We want FULL disclosure, and we are getting NO DISCLOSURE.

Fish Oil Questions - That You May Want To Ask

1. What kind of "marine lipids" (fish fats) are used? From what kinds of "fatty fish" is the oil extracted?
...... Sardines and anchovies are preferred, but herring (mostly), salmon and tuna are also used.
...... If only "marine lipids" is stated, they really don't want to say, do they?

2. Where do the fish come from? Alaska? Norway? Deep ocean? Wild? Near shore? Farmed?
...... "Norway deep ocean" is reputedly the best - fewer heavy metals, dioxins, furans, and PCBs.
...... If they don't say, it's probably not well-regarded, or they WOULD SAY. Guess Pacific Ocean.

3. How is the oil extracted? Squeezed, centrifuged or solvent extraction? Whole body or fish scraps?
...... Kinda like olive oil - do you want virgin, or the remaining dregs?
...... If they don't say, were petrochemical solvents (hexane) used in the extraction process?
...... WHY wouldn't they say?
...... Because petrochemical solvents WERE used in the extraction process, that's why.

4. How refined is the oil? Is it molecularly distilled? Twice?
...... The terms extra-distilled, super-distilled, and hyper-distilled have no scientific definition.
...... Must the oil be "extra-distilled" because the fish source was so poor? Or so contaminated?

5. Is it "health-food grade", or "pharmaceutical grade"?
...... Are these terms defined anywhere? I don't think so. Neither is "high-potency".

6. Are contaminants such as mercury and pcbs certified absent? Are any maximum values given? Even mentioned at all?
...... Most make no mention - this is a huge issue. Fish from eastern Pacific waters contain elevated levels of mercury.
...... The state of California maintains official warnings about consuming fish from Pacific waters, in every grocery store.

Conclusions - Fish Oil Report

 The big problem with Fish Oil supplements is the lack of DISCLOSURE.
 Most manufacturers, as you can clearly see above, do not want to tell you very much.
...... The type of fish used are not disclosed, unless you pay a lot more.
...... The geographic area from which the fish come is not disclosed, unless you pay a lot more.
...... The manner of oil extraction is not disclosed - because they use hexane - a hydrocarbon solvent.
...... What is the level of residual solvent (RAE)? What interactions have occurred? What new compounds were left behind?
No motor oil with my fish oil, please.


1. Fish oil is plentiful.
2. The vast majority of fish oil comes from plentiful sources - which are not the best sources.
3. Fish farming is a plentiful source of fish oil - farmed fish oil sources are far worse than wild fish oil sources. Wild salmon eat fish, and have dark orange flesh, full of concentrated fish oil. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, are fed "commercial pellets", producing a fish whose flesh MUST BE DYED orange for market, because it is such a sickly grey color. Not to mention the massive doses of antibiotics that must be used for so many fish in such close quarters. Yummy.

A new "healthy fish oil" market is emerging, with the most successful vendors bending over backwards to open their kimonos, and make full disclosure. YES, you will pay a premium, and YES, you will be getting a superior product. I prefer it. How about you?

GET all the PROMISED BENEFITS without the HIDDEN DANGERS.


WHAT KIND of fish were used?
...... List ALL, not just some.
WHERE did they come from?
...... Farmed or wild, which ocean, which hemisphere?
HOW was the oil rendered?
...... Cold-pressed,
centrifuged, or solvent extraction?
What
PURITY CERTIFICATION is offered?
...... Mercury, lead, dioxins, furans, PCBs, oxidation, etc.
What is the
FRESHNESS of the fish oil?
...... Is it oxidation (peroxide) tested?


Check out "How safe are fish oil supplements?" for futher information.

I propose a new Fish Oil Standard Label requirement. Here it is -


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Fish Oil Supplement Standard Label

95% Fish Species :

xxxxx and xxxxx

From farmed fish ? :

Yes or No

Oil Extraction Method :

xxxxx

100% Whole Body Used ?:

Yes or No

Source Body of Water :

Ocean and hemisphere

Encapsulated
at the source ? :

Yes, or No -
Trucked overland in tanker trucks?
Do tankers carry other liquids?

Name of testing firm :

xxxxx

Online Purity Certification
Batch Number :

xxxxx

Date Bottled :

xx-xx-xx

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