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Fish oil pills- other ingredients

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I just received in the mail my order of wonderlab Super Omega 3, Molecularly Distilled Pharmaceutical Grade EPA 300mg. DHA 200mg. Everything looked good after doing a bunch of research: high dha and epa, cold processed, free of heavy metals, doesn't taste fishy etc. But I just realized it also contains glycerin and tocopherols. Other fish oils had soybean oil, and other ingredients I try to avoid, so I picked these ones thinking the ingredients didn't sound too bad. But I did a little research and it looks like these aren't the best ingredients. Any thoughts on how detrimental these ingredients are if I'm taking three pills a day? Are there any fish oil pills out there without bad ingredients and that also fit the bill for high dha/epa, no heavy metals etc.? Thanks in advanced!

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on February 07, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Eating fresh salmon would be best. After talking with USDA it is my understanding that fish oil can keep frozen for up to a year without additives. I also understand there is this red fish oil made from sockeye salmon heads that is like gold with omega 3s which I would like to get my hands on. Too bad someone can't make a frozen fish oil balls, pea size or a bit bigger to swallow, you can keep in your freezer. All fish processors in Iceland, Norway and Alaska would appear to add the soy oil to all fish oil before shipping it to vitamin supplement companies. So far no way around it.

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on February 07, 2012
at 07:42 PM

I agree with you Katie about the problems with fish oil options today. So far all have vitamin E added which is made from refined soy oil as a stabilizer. Carlsons says they barely eek out there 90 day shelf life with this. I have yet to find one that doesn't have this. FDA doesn't require disclosure of this because soy oil is refined. Also glycerin gels can be made from petroleum or plant material. Gelatin can be plant or animal source. Some say they distill the soy oil 3 times so it turns into tocopherols with zero soy proteins in it. 4 sensitive autoimmuners not sure that is great option.

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:37 PM

thanks for your response. I found that its a sweetener and wasn't sure if it was safe or not but continued to do a bit more research and found it to be an okay ingredient. Now I'm trying to figure out if its these pills making me terribly sick last night and today. Any experience with fish oil making you sick?

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:31 PM

please don't oversimplify heavy metal detox, in a seriously ill person the wrong decisions can destroy ones life. Cilantro and Chlorella are hoaxes, ALA has to be used in conjunction with DMSA or DMPS and supplemented selenium is actually dangerous for heavy metal poisoned people.

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on January 18, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I just take the liquid straight from a bottle...no added ingredients, and much more economical!

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on January 18, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I believe the glycerin is used in the soft shell of the pill. Tocopherols are Vitamin E, and used as antioxidants to slow fish oil oxidation/rancidity. I don't see either causing a problem.

In terms of sickness with fish oil. It can nauseate you if you take a bunch at once, plus give you the runs. But that's usually with taking tablespoons of the liquid, not capsules. 3 isn't that much, but your mileage may vary. Maybe cut it down to 1 with a meal?

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:20 PM

Gycerin is perfectly safe, tocopherols are vitamin E's. What did the research you did show as detrimental and why?

In terms of heavy metals such as mercury, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, or R-Lipoic Acid, as well as Selenium, Cilantro, and Chlorella can be used to chelate them.

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:31 PM

please don't oversimplify heavy metal detox, in a seriously ill person the wrong decisions can destroy ones life. Cilantro and Chlorella are hoaxes, ALA has to be used in conjunction with DMSA or DMPS and supplemented selenium is actually dangerous for heavy metal poisoned people.

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:37 PM

thanks for your response. I found that its a sweetener and wasn't sure if it was safe or not but continued to do a bit more research and found it to be an okay ingredient. Now I'm trying to figure out if its these pills making me terribly sick last night and today. Any experience with fish oil making you sick?

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on January 18, 2012
at 08:36 PM

It's really hard to find supplements that are 100% Primal-friendly. Subscribe to Mark Sisson's method of living, 80/20. We live in a modern world and things like that are going to be in everything we eat, and it's oftentimes unavoidable.

Don't beat yourself up over a minute amount of non-primal ingredients in your supplements. Unless you're willing to spend so much more money on 100% "pure" supplements, it's not worth stressing over.

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