Looking for an affordable fish oil to take. Quite confused...hoping someone knows a lot more than me on the topic.
I've seen quite a bit about fish oil being good...and bad...or maybe not? (you get the idea, very confusing)
I'm not so worried about fish oils being contaminated with heavy metals and the like, I get the impression that, that was more of a problem in the past but not anymore. I am however concerned with the rancidity of the oil. On that topic I've recently heard that they can quantify the 'freshness' of a fish oil, and do by testing the 'peroxide value'? I've also heard there are places that certify different brands for things like this, one of which being the IFOS. Although I don't really see a lot about this from the paleo community or the companies themselves.
Also things like triglycerides helping absorb-ability, or krill oil being better utilized by the body...or something to that affect. Or cod-liver oils that also provide vitamins?
And finally the longevity in general: For example, the more fish oil you buy the more affordable, but the more you buy the longer it sits, the greater odds of it going bad. So what is the shelf-life of fish oil? How much is safe to buy at one time? 3 months, 6 months? (guess) (Edit: Just read that fish oil can stay for years if stored in a dark cool place??)
So...wtf?? Little lost here. What is the best way to find a fish oil that is not fermented and affordable?
Looking for information more-so than just recommendations -- "I take this, so you should too." -- but of course dropping product names/brands/links is fine.
------- Other notes:
I've seen krill oils tend to be under-dosed -- I imagine to compete price wise -- they tend to only provide 500mg<. Also I know Kresser promotes fermented as a way of getting vitamins I think, not sure if that is important for a reason beyond that though? I've also seen 'pharmaceutical' grade fish oil, is there some guarantee of freshness in that, or is it just a higher grade of purity?
Apologize for the repeated question, I know it has been asked before. But I know a lot of the questions did not really go into depth and I imagine new information has came out in the past few years. I feel this information would be very valuable to a lot of people...if someone actually knows whats up with fish oil!
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on February 16, 2014
at 09:12 AM
Fish oil isn't even as good as dripped oil of fish and fish has much more healthy components in it. My suggestion is to choose healthier seafood alternatives available to you and to stick with them.
on February 16, 2014
at 08:49 AM
I was just at my supplement store and was told that FCLO is more vitamin and antioxidants and that krill oil is better for omega 3.
on February 15, 2014
at 05:52 PM
Or you could not worry about it and just eat a canned sardines 2x weekly. The ones I get come in olive oil (I know, I know), so I just squirt a lemon on them, chop up some tomatoes, and fresh basil or rosemary, and add a tablespoon of turmeric and it's a tasty meal.
You could also find "cod livers in their oil" (King Oscar brand can be found on amazon) and eat a quarter can to half a can a week. I put them in the freezer after I open them. Very tasty.
on February 15, 2014
at 07:12 AM
Lately, it's my belief that it's best to optimize omegas at every step. You can easily do this with quality meats. Throwing down capsules of potentially-oxidized fish-oil extract concentrate seems risky.
I took the fermented cod liver + butter oil caps for a while and enjoyed the mega-doses of vitamin A, but not the flavor or digestive aspects of it. I switched to shots of squid oil for a while and didn't mind the flavor. The bottles of NutraSea use green tea extract and vitamin E to prevent some of the oxidation factor. I kept both in the fridge, but eventually stopped taking them. I wouldn't want to hang on to one longer than a couple months at a time. I'm still not sure whether it's best to go more DHA or more EPA for various reasons (maybe a 1:1 is ideal?)