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so you're telling me I need to throw away all of my Omega 3 suppliments?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Hi all, I've been low carb for about 11 years (on and off; 3 pregnancies, when off a gain and subsequent loss of close to 80 lbs 3 times) so I am not completely new to the party. Low carb just wasn't working for me anymore. Due to broken leg in 09 I cannot exercise. I struggled to maintain and have had a slow creep up into the 160-180s. t I've been strict paleo for 3 1/2 months. I love it and just hope I can keep this going. I'm 5'8 and don't weigh myself but recently wore a size 10 yeah baby! I actually find it much less restricting than low carb and I still shake my head that I was afraid of onions, carrots, tomatoes ect due to carb content. ugh.

anyway I've been researching a lot and recently read that by the time Fish Oil supp reach the store they are expired already. What?? So I've been wasting my time and $ taking these supp from Walmart. Currently taking Spring Valley brand.

What brand should I be taking? also hack my other suppliments PLZ... Mg Ca Zinc combo, vit B supp, D3 5000u once a month, biotin 2000 mg. Thanks!

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:37 PM

I wouldn't call fish oil supplementation worrisome, except in the context of the overly paranoid paleo mindset. If you don't eat fish, take fish oil, at least a little, a couple grams a day. Don't try to balance O6s with it though.

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on March 19, 2013
at 01:45 PM

I agree. I have dropped my fish oil, and just eat fish a couple times a week (usually one sushi/sashimi night and one pan fried/ grilled). I did the math, unless I am wrong I am getting far more O3 this way: http://paleohacks.com/questions/184928/can-i-overdose-on-omega-3/184933#184933

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on March 19, 2013
at 01:19 PM

Indeed, fish oil supplements are already oxidizing through shipment, storage, and sale before they reach you. Should you not take them for that reason? Maybe, that's up to you.

But I will say this: it's a lot less worrisome to just eat fish.

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on March 19, 2013
at 01:45 PM

I agree. I have dropped my fish oil, and just eat fish a couple times a week (usually one sushi/sashimi night and one pan fried/ grilled). I did the math, unless I am wrong I am getting far more O3 this way: http://paleohacks.com/questions/184928/can-i-overdose-on-omega-3/184933#184933

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:37 PM

I wouldn't call fish oil supplementation worrisome, except in the context of the overly paranoid paleo mindset. If you don't eat fish, take fish oil, at least a little, a couple grams a day. Don't try to balance O6s with it though.

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on March 19, 2013
at 01:52 PM

I use a brand called omegavia. I haven't seen them discussed on here before.

The price is slightly higher than the average name brand, say like Carlson, but not ridiculous.

They have received extremely high marks from IFOS (I think they are best in almost every category), provide 1 gram of Omega-3 per pill, and use enteric coating.

Can I tell a difference of anything since I've been taking them. Honestly, no. But it's been beaten into my head for so long to take fish oil supps and this was the absolute best I could find.

I'd say there at least worth checking out if you plan to continue taking fish oil.

omegavia.com

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:38 AM

If you are worried about getting oxidized fish oil then why not take Krill oil instead. It is high in antioxidants which help keep the fats from oxidizing.

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on March 19, 2013
at 08:23 PM

I have been wondering how to do fish oil myself. There was such an abundance of burbot livers, that you could have easily sourced like atleast 1kg of them. But i tought, why bother, fresh burbot liver ought to be pretty good too.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:41 PM

Take fish oil if you don't eat fish, don't sweat a little oxidation (fish oxidizes in the pan, when you cut it, sitting at room temperature, etc...) 2 grams a day is probably good enough.

Your other supplements probably don't need them. Vitamin D though is usually a good idea, but only 5000 IU per month? Did I read that right? Most folks probably take that amount per day. My weekly dose is around 20k-30k IU, I just take a handful when I remember.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Sorry. I should have added in my question that I simply cannot stomach fish at all anymore. I went through a similar situation with beef a few years ago and ate mostly fish and chicken and just got burned out. now I love beef and can't eat fish. I am sure it will swing the other way eventually but even making fish for my family is a challenge.

supp suggestions?

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on March 20, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Consumerlabs tested 74 fish, krill, & calamari oil products. Soft gel, enteric coated, liquid, & gummi.

The only product found with spoilage was 1-800-Pet-Meds product.

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on March 20, 2013
at 06:25 AM

Fish oil starts degrading the second that the fish is killed. This process is greatly accelerated when the oil is industrially processed out its natural biologic package; which exists to protect it.

To slow the process of oxidation antioxidants are added. When the antioxidants are all used up the oil quickly goes rancid. Make no mistake, all fish oils are at varying degrees of rancidity when you eat them.

Fish for consumption on the other hand are kept on ice or flash frozen immediately after capture. Although, it could be a 2 or 3 weeks since the fish was caught before you eat it, that still better than a bottle of fish oil pills from china with a 3 year shelf life....

Besides, it isn't all about the oxidation is it? How about all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and proteins you get from fresh fish? There really is not comparison.

Fish oil "products" are not food, shouldn't be "paleo", and are a poor value IMHO.

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:55 PM

I take inexpensive Trader Joes fish oil and the results speak for themselves. Increased HDL, decreased LDL and TC. I try to get other dietary omega 3 as well-- grass fed meat, pastured eggs and butter, fish once a week. I avoid most PUFA's. I think it's a combination approach--I don't rely on the fish oil alone, but it seems to be helpful, not harmful.

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on March 19, 2013
at 03:09 PM

Why do you need fish oil? Do you not get enough omega-3's through Paleo? (I know I certainly get plenty without fish at all lol)

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:18 PM

I despise the taste of oily, fishy-tasting fish, so I take 2 fish oil caps every day. I order mine from a company in New Zealand:

http://www.xtend-life.com/product/Omega_3_Fish_Oil_Supplements.aspx

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