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Are enteric coated supplements better than non-enteric coated ones?

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Enteric coatings help protect supplement ingredients from being released in the stomach and keep them away from stomach acid and enzymes. This allows the supplement to stay intact until it reaches the less acidic small intestine (where most nutrient absorption takes place).  An enteric coating may also be desirable for ingredients which, for some people, otherwise cause an unpleasant aftertaste. Consequently, with ingredients that need protection it is sometimes worthwhile to purchase an enterically coated supplement. However, enteric coatings are not always necessary or beneficial, and, in some case, may just be an expensive gimmick. There are also some concerns about enteric coatings of which you should be aware. See the full answer (with information about enteric coatings for fish oil, marine oils, probiotics, garlic, and SAMe)>>


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Andrian16187   November 12, 2017
Would ConsumerLab be so kind as to comment on whether algae or other plant based omega 3's are a good substitute for fish oil? Thanks.

ConsumerLab.com   November 13, 2017
Hi Andrian - You can find information about algal oil and how it compares to fish oil in the "ConsumerTips" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/fish_oil_supplements_review/omega3/#algal.

Also see this related CL Answer about echium oil, another plant-based alternative: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/is-echium-oil-a-good-alternative-to-fish-oil/echium_oil/

This CL Answer initially posted on 10/25/2013. Last updated 8/8/2017.

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