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fishy burps - stopping them AFTER I've taken the pills?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 03, 2012 at 2:31 AM

I have been moving and didn't take my fish oil capsules for a couple weeks. I took it today and oh dear, it must have gone rancid in the mean time. Even though it's enteric coated and I took it before a meal, I got REALLY BAD fish burps. I'm throwing this batch out and gonna buy more this weekend, but in the mean time, anybody know how to get these burps to go away, now that they're here?

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on February 10, 2013
at 06:39 AM

you want fresh capsules, preferably enteric coated. they need to be from somewhere that has good turnover (that dusty bottle on sale at the corner drugstore is NOT what you want). I was the OP and once I tossed that bad bottle, I haven't had a fishy burp since.

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on February 03, 2012
at 05:36 PM

P.S. keeping them in the fridge will give a longer life to your capsules when you buy more.

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on February 03, 2012
at 05:35 PM

@Matt - You are drawing an incorrect assumption about my post. I drink (no capsules) quality fish oil and burp plenty from it, but never a "fishy" flavor. Just like fresh fish, fish oil should have a very neutral flavor. Bad fish smells, well, fishy... fresh fish smells like the ocean. I use the same criteria for my fish oil.

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on February 03, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Who's to say that burping means rancidity? You burp constantly and it's only noticeable when you consume something that flavors your burps.

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on February 03, 2012
at 06:22 AM

worked like a charm.

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on February 03, 2012
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You know, my ex (who was and is chinese) always said to have hot water for any tummy issues. worth a try! and the pills are already in the trash.

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you know, my ex (who was and is chinese) always said to have hot water for any tummy issues. worth a try!

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 03, 2012
at 02:43 AM

change pills. I would not take them anymore.

I went to FRESH liquid fish and cod liver oils. If I EVER have a fishy burp, I toss the remainder immediately. Rancid oil = bad, m'kay?

As far as getting rid of the fishy burps, I've found that any time I have an oil with a strong or unpleasant flavor sitting on my stomach (wondering if oil floats on stomach acid), I have found that drinking tea or even just a cup of hot (as hot as you can stand it) water helps.

Sounds like quackery, but it's worked for me with greasy chili, fish oil, and pre-paleo days, those dreaded pizza heartburn cheese-pepperoni burps. I had a friend that swore by it to "break down the fat" and I never believed him (can you really drink water that hot?), but lo and behold, it has rarely failed to help me.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on February 03, 2012
at 03:04 AM

you know, my ex (who was and is chinese) always said to have hot water for any tummy issues. worth a try!

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on February 03, 2012
at 06:22 AM

worked like a charm.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on February 03, 2012
at 03:13 AM

You know, my ex (who was and is chinese) always said to have hot water for any tummy issues. worth a try! and the pills are already in the trash.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on February 03, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Who's to say that burping means rancidity? You burp constantly and it's only noticeable when you consume something that flavors your burps.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on February 03, 2012
at 05:36 PM

P.S. keeping them in the fridge will give a longer life to your capsules when you buy more.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on February 03, 2012
at 05:35 PM

@Matt - You are drawing an incorrect assumption about my post. I drink (no capsules) quality fish oil and burp plenty from it, but never a "fishy" flavor. Just like fresh fish, fish oil should have a very neutral flavor. Bad fish smells, well, fishy... fresh fish smells like the ocean. I use the same criteria for my fish oil.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 03, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Reading about fishy burps takes me back to when my Mum gave me fish oil capsules as a kid. The burps were so gross I learned to hide the capsule in my cheek like a chipmunk and ditch it when Mum was out of sight.

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on February 03, 2012
at 12:38 PM

A version of the hot water cure...ginger tea (or, alternatively, whatever is in Traditional Medicinals "Eater's Digest") is my go-to for any kind of GI problem. It might work just because of the hot water. Glad you're feeling better -- sharing this for the next afflicted soul.

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on February 10, 2013
at 04:31 AM

Ugh I bought the Strawberry flavored oil and I can't stop the burping and the strawberry taste does nothing to help! It's disgusting! I was recommended to take the oil which I gag down but now reading that the capsules even make you burp then I'll stick to the straight up oil but I wish there was a way to stop the strawberry burps! GROSS!

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on February 10, 2013
at 06:39 AM

you want fresh capsules, preferably enteric coated. they need to be from somewhere that has good turnover (that dusty bottle on sale at the corner drugstore is NOT what you want). I was the OP and once I tossed that bad bottle, I haven't had a fishy burp since.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 03, 2012
at 04:31 PM

My fish oil has essential orange oil in them so I have orange-y burps. Very pleasant actually!

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on February 03, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Freezing the fish oil capsules is said to mitigate the upper GI side effects.

-Steve

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