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  • Talk to me about fish oil -- liquid vs capsules

    I've been taking fish oil gel caps (Kirkland brand), mostly because taking shots of liquid fish oil sounds rather nasty. However, I'm concerned about potential, unidentified rancidity of the encapsulated oil, which I hear is not uncommon.

    What are your thoughts on the risk of rancidity with capsules?
    Have you tried liquid fish oil? What brands are most palatable? How does the cost compare?
    Other thoughts or experiences?
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  • #2
    I just started taking Fish oil gel caps myself. I would be interested to know others' opinions.

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    • #3
      I take 1 tsp of Carlsons cod liver oil (lemon flavor). Bout $23 for a bottle (don't know the oz off the top of my head). Rancidity is not a problem.

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      • #4
        I take New Chapter's WholeMega. I like them a lot. No rancidity, good quality.

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        • #5
          I use both the capsules and the liquid. The capsules are a generic brand (sorry, Mark). I keep the bottle in the fridge to avoid any possible rancidity from my end. The liquid is the bottle available at the seafood counter of my local supermarket ($6.95/liter); there is no taste whatsoever.

          I use both because it's a little akward to carry a 1 liter bottle of cod liver oil around with you, but a small pill case is simple. Provided that I'm going to be at home for the duration of the day (so that I can get my 3 small doses a day in) I will only use the liquid.

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          • #6
            I just started using Carlson's liquid Omega-3, lemon-flavored fish oil. After 10 minutes of staring at the bottle, I tried it. Thankfully, it is not at all what I expected! It's a lot thinner in consistency, a lot more lemony, and a lot less fishy than I thought it would be. Actually, the fishy-flavor is barely noticable. (No fish burps either!) After some convincing, I also got BF to try it. He literally went from - 'I don't know why I'm doing this, I'm not going to use this stuff again' to 'huh, you can put this on salads?' (printed on the bottle)

            I'd say it's definitely worth a try
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            • #7
              I take cod liver oil. Unflavored, tastes oily and like fish, have to flush it down with a bit of orange juice xD.... I think it's easier (and possibly cheaper) to get high amounts of fish based omega 3 this way, + you will be able to tell if it goes rancid etc. But definately going for flavored next time..

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              • #8
                I take Carlson's brand fish oil capsules because I had heard that they were among the purest, and I've been totally satisfied with them---never any rancid issues, and I don't keep them in the fridge.

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                • #9
                  Thanks, all.

                  The Carlson's liquid sounds pretty tolerable. (Panda, I'm not super-squemish, but plain cod liver oil sounds pretty gnarley!)

                  Those of you who say you aren't having rancidity problems with capsules -- how do you know? Do you open a capsule periodically to check? (That's what the Eades recommend.)
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                  • #10
                    I keep my capsules in the freezer and I rarely ever get "fish burps". I'm pretty sure it'd be impossible for these to go off unless they were already rancid when I bought them.

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                    • #11
                      I just switched to a Salmon oil capsules I bought at Whole Foods, no fishy burps like my last bottle (though, I kind of wonder if that's a sign that it's "working" or that my body's taking in the fish oil?) so I'm not sure if the move to Salmon oil was wise but I paid $30 for the bottle so you better believe I'll finish it. I never thought of putting in the fridge, should I? I take one everyday dutifully so it shouldn't last more than two months...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jkilbane View Post
                        I'm pretty sure it'd be impossible for these to go off unless they were already rancid when I bought them.
                        I think that's exactly the problem. As I understand it, encapsulated oil is sometimes rancid upon purchase, but it goes undetected because we can't taste or smell it.

                        I keep my capsules in the fridge, too, but that doesn't help if they came from the manufacturer already rancid...

                        Here's an Eades post on the subject: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/u...ized-fish-oil/
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BarbeyGirl View Post
                          I think that's exactly the problem. As I understand it, encapsulated oil is sometimes rancid upon purchase, but it goes undetected because we can't taste or smell it.

                          I keep my capsules in the fridge, too, but that doesn't help if they came from the manufacturer already rancid...

                          Here's an Eades post on the subject: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/u...ized-fish-oil/
                          From the article:

                          How do you insure that the fish oil you get is not rancid? It’s actually pretty easy. First, purchase the freshest fish oil capsules you can find. Take them home, and if they are in plastic bottles, put them in glass bottles. Plastic bottles, surprisingly enough, are not totally impervious to air. Glass bottles are impervious to air. Most fish oil is encapsulated using gel caps, which are also not impervious to air. You can’t really reencapsulate the fish oil, so you’ve got to live with the gel caps, but putting them into a glass bottle keeps the air from getting to the gel caps in the first place. Second, put the glass bottle in the refrigerator. The cold will markedly slow down the oxidation process even if a little air gets in the bottle. Refrigerated fish last a lot longer than fish left out on the counter.

                          The final step you can take to insure freshness of your fish oil capsules is to bite into one and chew it. If it is rancid, you’ll know it. If it is, throw the whole batch out. If you perform the chew test every four or five days, you’ll always know you’re taking unrancid fish oil.
                          Puts me a bit at ease, mine came in a glass bottle, I'll do a chew test today and hopefully it's not rancid and I can store it in the fridge.

                          A new question arises: is it better to chew the capsules for better absorption by the body or would it not really matter? I wish he had mentioned that... maybe the fact that he didn't means it doesn't make much of a difference?
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                          • #14
                            Another vote for Carlson's. I was hesitant at first, but after getting used to the lemon taste, I look forward to it everyday. I take a tsp in the morning and at night. I get the big bottle from vitaminshoppe.com for about $23.

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                            • #15
                              I open a capsule about 2-3X a week and give the oil to my dog. WholeMega doesn't have to be refrigerated. In fact, they recommend against it.

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