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Echium oil, a plant oil, does not contain the EPA or DHA found in fish oil, but it does contain other omega-3 fatty acids which can be converted into EPA in your body. Interestingly, one clinical study found echium oil to have a heart health benefit not seen with fish oil. We've included more information about echium oil in our Product Review of Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, and Black Currant Oil Supplements: Sources of ALA and GLA (Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids) >>

You may also want to consider algal oil, which provides both EPA and DHA, and, like echium oil, is plant-based. More info about these, plus our tests of popular omega-3 supplements, are found in the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, Calamari, Green-lipped Mussel Oil) >>

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April 10, 2019

Beta sitosterol massively lowers my total cholesterol and has other beneficial effects like shrinking the prostate. As for oil, I recommend camelina oil. It is delightful and not too expensive.

May 23, 2016

I have had a problem with high cholesterol and am allergic to Statin drugs as they give me Rabdomiosis symptoms. Nordic Naturals came out with a new product that is near if not exact to prescription level of EPA/DHA when taking 2 get caps. It is called "Ultimate Omega 2X". After retesting my Cholesterol, my HDL went up very well, and my LDL, Triglycerides, and Total Cholesterol went significantly down. I ma closer to normal than I have been in years. This is something that taking Nordic Naturals "EPA Xtra" could not do and I did not change my diet.
May 24, 2016

Hi Ann - Thank you for noting your experience. We will consider testing this product in a future Fish Oil Review. You may also want to see our answer to this question: "Which supplements can help keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?" (

You can find more information about prescription fish oil vs. supplements in the "What to Consider When Using" section of our Fish Oil Review:

April 13, 2015

Recently in December 2014, a new dietary oil containing the richest effective combined omega-3+6 fatty acid content from a single plant source achieved FDA GRAS review status with no objections. The oil is from the plant Buglossoides arvensis and will be available commercially under the trademark Ahiflower Oil starting in the latter half of 2015 in the US. I am the General Manager for Ahiflower oil's global launch. Ahiflower oil contains 18-20% omega-3 stearidonic acid (SDA) vs. 11-12% typically found in echium oil. For vegetarians seeking a higher EPA conversion benefit from an all-natural plant-derived source, Ahiflower oil is converted to EPA up to 3-4 times more efficiently than flaxseed oil (human clinical trial results presented at Experimental Biology Symposium 2015 on 31 March 2015). This is due to Ahiflower seed oil containing the highest commercially-available SDA content from any non-GM plant, about 60% higher than echium oil.
April 13, 2015

Thank you for providing this information, Greg. [Note to readers: has verified the information provided in the comment above about Ahiflower oil, stearidonic acid content and the other plant sources mentioned.]

April 12, 2015

I am intersted in alternative to fish oil, as I too have a fish allergy. I break out in huge hives pn my face and neck as soon as I eat only a few small bits of from eating only a couple of bites of most fish. However, multiple physicians have assured me that fish oil (in capsules or as oil) will not cause that allergic response. They say it is the fish protein that causes allergic reactions, and they stress that fish oil itself does NOT contain fish proteins. Nonetheless, while fish oil capsules do not give me hivves, they do cause me to have stomach cramps and nausea. The only exception is Carlson(brand) Fish Oil capsules, which my doctor told me to keep in the freezer and take them frozen. Freezing the capsules does help eliminate the cramping, nausea, and other side effects. .

May 22, 2016

I an a practicing allergist and I will agree. Fish oil SHOULD NOT CONTAIN the parvomysin (mainly) protein that induces the IGE mediated allergic response (often manifest as hives and swelling as you note after eating fish meat).

May 22, 2016

You may want to experiment with various brands. Distillation and purification processes vary with the manufacturer and sometimes even within brand names across different product lines. I had a minor but clear and persistent allergic response to all fish oils I tried taking until trial and error led me to a Life Extension product to which I have no allergic response. I am not suggesting that the LEF product will prove to be your solution, only that you may find one.
May 24, 2016

Hi Denise - That is correct, as fish oil is made of purified fats, it should be devoid of the proteins which you would otherwise get from eating fish (which is mostly protein). In fact, a small study among fish-allergic patients administered fish oil supplements found that none had a reaction to the supplements, as noted in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review ( However, there is at least one case report of a person having an anaphylactic reaction to an omega-3-6-9 supplement, which is also discussed in the same section of the Review.

April 12, 2015

I highly recommend Yes Ultimate EFAs. Where all the other fatty acid supplements actually inflamed my joints, the Yes supplements turned me around. It also rid me of eczema as well.

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