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Old 12-18-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Question Fish Oil Quality v. Price

A couple of years ago I bought some fish oil from Costco and felt pretty good while I was on it. Recently I wanted to get back on fish oil again but when I went to Costco to get a bottle there were about 6 different choices in Omega 3 supplements all with a wide variety of prices.

Normally this would not have bothered me but the wide range in prices was significant. The costco brand was 50% cheaper than Nature Made brand. Is this due to higher quality of ingredients? Can anyone tell me if there is a big difference in the quality of fish oil supplements? I don't want to pay for a name if there is no real reason to.

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Old 12-18-2011, 02:33 PM   #2
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

The Costco brand stuff in the clear bottle has 684mg of EPA+DHA per pill and is pretty good quality, though it does say it contains a bit of soy.

This stuff (WFS) is the best price per gram I've ever found--1 tbsp is 3.9g of EPA+DHA which is the equivalent of about 6 of the Costco pills. If you order off that site use the code "GOM602" when you check out and you'll save $5 on your first order.
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

Eric, Thanks for the reply and coupon code.

Never thought of a liquid form. How does that stuff taste?
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:54 PM   #4
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

The orange flavor is good. The oily texture doesn't bother me but some people don't like it. You could mix it in with a shake or something if you wanted.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:08 PM   #5
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

I've been taking that stuff for the past few months because of your recommendation. Orange is the only flavor that company makes (from what I've researched) and tastes alright.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:40 PM   #6
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

Just to give an opposite opinion, that fish oil is absolutely nauseating to me. I bought a bunch of it because it was cheap and ended up throwing most of it away. I tried mixing it with orange juice (because there's nothing else you could mix it with) trying to mask the flavor, but still had to hold back gagging. I forced myself through two bottles but at this point I would rather have a omega 3/6 imbalance than take that stuff.

So by all means try it, but just buy one bottle first.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:02 PM   #7
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

Carlson's liquid fish oil. About 22-24 bucks per bottle. I have tried other brands, but always end up going back to Carlsons!
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:27 AM   #8
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

Thanks for all your input, everyone.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:41 AM   #9
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

According to my resent blood work the cheap stuff from the local supper market seems to be working fine.

Sundown Naturals 300 count
1200 mg
720 mg Omega-3s

$23.95 buy 1, get 1 free
each bottle had a $1 coupon on top for $2.00 off and
I had a different $2 off coupon that printed a checkout last time I bought fish oil. So 600, 1200 mg capsules for $19.95.

I take 7 a day so $19.95/600 = $.0333 each 7 x .0333 about 23 cents a day.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:48 AM   #10
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Re: Fish Oil Quality v. Price

Spent a good amount of time a few years ago trying to find the best quality/cheapest option ... settled on Carlson's (cheapest you'll find it at right now is about $34 for 16.9 fl. oz.--used to be $25). The EPA/DHA ratio is high at 800/500. Even with the price increase, it's still a pretty good price.

Personal preference, but I prefer a few tablespoons of Carlson's over taking a handful of pills (to make up for lower EPA/DHA ratios); plus, do you really want to ingest that many pills? I also prefer lemon over orange flavor.

The brand above seems like a good option though--just a bit lower on the ratio.

Just need to do the math ...
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