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Fish Oil and Omega-3 and -7 Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, Calamari, and Sea Buckthorn)

Find the Best Fish Oil & Compare to Prescription Omega-3 Drugs

See Our Top Picks Among Fish Oil & Other Omega-3 Supplements for Adults, Children and Pets

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Brands compared in report

ChildLife Pure DHA
Coromega Max
CVS Health 100% Pure Omega-3 Krill Oil
Designs for Health OmegAvail
Deva Vegan Omega-3 DHA
Dr. Sinatra Omega Q Plus
Dr. Tobias Triple Strength Omega-3
GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil
InnovixLabs Pharma-Grade Omega-3
Kirkland Signature [Costco] Fish Oil
Life Extension Super Omega-3 EPA/DHA
Minami Garden of Life Platinum Omega-3
New Chapter Sea Buckthorn Force
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega
Nutrifi Omega-Q
OmegaBrite
Ortho Molecular Products OrthOmega
Ovega-3
Schiff MegaRed Superior Omega-3 Krill Oil
Solgar Triple Strength Omega 3
Spring Valley [Walmart] Fish Oil
Sundown Naturals Omega 3-6-9
USANA Biomega
Vital Pet Life Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
Webber Naturals Triple Strength Omega-3
Whole Foods Market Prenatal DHA
Wiley's Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil Prenatal DHA
Zesty Paws Omega Bites With AlaskOmega

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More about this report

Supplements containing the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA offer a wide range of potential benefits for improving mental health, treating inflammatory disease, and even for cancer prevention. There is also emerging evidence that omega-7s, another type of fatty acid found in fish, and DPA, another omega-3, may have health benefits. But with so many different supplements to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you — and which offers the best value? 

ConsumerLab.com's tests of 28 omega-3 and omega-7 fatty acid supplements - including fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, and sea buckthorn oil — revealed problems with the quality or labeling of three products. Fortunately, ConsumerLab.com also identified regular softgels, enteric-coated softgels, and liquids that contained what they claimed and were not contaminated with lead, mercury, cadmium or arsenic. Among these, a substantial daily dose of EPA and DHA could be obtained for as little as a few cents. Among products Approved by ConsumerLab.com, Top Picks were selected for outstanding value.

In addition, top-quality fish oil supplements with very high concentrations of EPA and DHA were found to be comparable to prescription omega-3 drugs, such as Vascepa and Lovaza, but at a lower cost. 

You must be a member to get the full test results for fish oil and other marine oil pills and liquid supplements along with ConsumerLab.com's recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 28 supplements, including 17 supplements selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com, and 11 others that passed the same testing through our voluntary, Quality Certification Program. 

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:

    • Which fish oil and omega-3 and omega-7 supplements failed or passed testing and why. 
    • The latest information on benefits of fish oil and omega-3s and -7s, as well as what they cannot do.
    • Direct comparisons (including amounts of EPA, DHA, and DPA, as well as palmitoleic acid and total omega-7s) and quality ratings for fish, krill, algal, calamari, and sea buckthorn oil supplements -- including those for pregnant women, other adults, children, and pets.
    • Comparisons with prescription fish oils Vascepa and Lovaza.
    • Which products provide the best value and which are most concentrated (so you can take fewer or smaller pills) including softgels, liquids, and enteric-coated pills.
    • Differences in the forms of fish oil in each product: natural triglyceride, ethyl ester, re-esterified triglyceride, and phospholipid. 
    • The dose of the omega-3s (EPA and DHA) and omega-7s (palmitoleic acid) for specific uses -- and how much is too much.
    • Side-effects and cautions with supplements made with fish oil, krill oil and other marine oils. 
[Also see CL's Canned Tuna and Salmon Review]

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