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fish oil caps....to refridgerate or not?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

I don't but now that it is summer, they well..kinda stink (i don't have central air). Was wondering if i should have them in the fridge?

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

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on July 21, 2010
at 08:57 PM

I meant to refrigerated air, our evaporative air conditioners become less efficient when it is > 90

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

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on July 21, 2010
at 08:56 PM

Robb is the man, I will now refrigerate mine! Funny thing is mine (regular ones from Costco) never stunk and never made me burp fish, even taking 20 at a time. It has been crazy hot here in Albuquerque though and with no central air they have been sitting out at about 75 - 80 degrees and I detected a slight fishy smell just now...

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on July 21, 2010
at 07:41 PM

Funny you should ask this, I just finally started listening to Robb Wolf's podcasts today, in episode 2 he says to definitely refrigerate or freeze, and preferably keep them in the dark. You don't want rancid fats in your system.

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

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on July 21, 2010
at 08:56 PM

Robb is the man, I will now refrigerate mine! Funny thing is mine (regular ones from Costco) never stunk and never made me burp fish, even taking 20 at a time. It has been crazy hot here in Albuquerque though and with no central air they have been sitting out at about 75 - 80 degrees and I detected a slight fishy smell just now...

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

(269)

on July 21, 2010
at 08:57 PM

I meant to refrigerated air, our evaporative air conditioners become less efficient when it is > 90

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on July 21, 2010
at 07:35 PM

If they really stink, I would throw the away. I believe a bad smell is one of indicators that the oil has gone rancid and is therefore better if you don't ingest it.

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on July 21, 2010
at 11:00 PM

I looked into this a while back.

I found one review where they sampled a few brands for rancidity and oxidation, and my recollection is that unrefrigerated, 20-30 days was the point where oxidation started to dramatically increase.

Refrigerating several brands pushed the life to about 45 days.

These two papers discusses some of the techniques being investigated to extend shelf life, I am sure there are more recent developments. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0927-7765(98)00077-0 http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/71000683/abstract

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on July 21, 2010
at 07:37 PM

I keep mine in the freezer year round, less fishy burps and last for years

If they stink they've oxidized and are now likely toxic, ditch em

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