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

Posted: 11/10/18    Last Update: 12/9/18 
Fish Oil and Other Marine Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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



Alphabetical list of fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, and sea buckthorn oil supplements compared in this review
ChildLife Pure DHA Life Extension Super Omega-3 EPA/DHA Solgar Triple Strength Omega 3
Coromega Max Minami Garden of Life Platinum Omega-3 Spring Valley [Walmart] Fish Oil
CVS Health 100% Pure Omega-3 Krill Oil New Chapter Sea Buckthorn Force Sundown Naturals Omega 3-6-9
Designs for Health OmegAvail Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega USANA Biomega
Deva Vegan Omega-3 DHA Nutrifi Omega-Q Vital Pet Life Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
Dr. Sinatra Omega Q Plus OmegaBrite Webber Naturals Triple Strength Omega-3
Dr. Tobias Triple Strength Omega-3 Ortho Molecular Products OrthOmega Whole Foods Market Prenatal DHA
GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil Ovega-3 Wiley's Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil Prenatal DHA
InnovixLabs Pharma-Grade Omega-3 Schiff MegaRed Superior Omega-3 Krill Oil Zesty Paws Omega Bites With AlaskOmega
Kirkland Signature [Costco] Fish Oil    
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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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. 
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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Fish Oil and Omega-3 and -7 Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, Calamari, and Sea Buckthorn)
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Is fish oil safe? Is it contaminated with mercury and PCBs? Get the answer >>

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Lovaza, a prescription omega-3 fish oil, is very expensive. Can I get the same omega-3 oils from a supplement that costs less? Get the answer >>

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What Is Marine-D3 and does it live up to anti-aging claims? Get the answer >>

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What supplements should I stop taking before surgery? Get the answer >>

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Is it true that fish oil may help protect the body against air pollution? Get the answer >>

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Are enteric coated supplements better than non-enteric coated ones? Get the answer >>

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The suggested daily serving for my fish oil supplement, three 1,000 mg softgels, seems like a lot. Do I really need to take this much? Get the answer >>

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When taking a statin drug like Lipitor or Crestor, are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking? Get the answer >>

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Is it safe to consume fish oil as a long-term food supplement? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements really help with brain function, like memory and cognition? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements have been shown to be helpful for autism? Get the answer >>

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I heard that some types of fish oil are esterified and can dissolve plastic foam (polystyrene or Styrofoam). Is this right and, if so, should I be concerned? Get the answer >>

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Is it true that taking a statin drug negates the benefits of taking fish oil supplements? Get the answer >>

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How does the new prescription fish oil Epanova compare to Lovaza --and fish oil supplements? Get the answer >>

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Are there any red flags to look for on the label when choosing a fish oil supplement? Get the answer >>

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What are omega-7 fatty acids? Do I need to take these if I already take fish oil? Get the answer >>

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I have low blood pressure. Are there any supplements I should avoid? Get the answer >>

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Is it better for a fish oil (or krill oil) supplement to have more DHA than EPA? Get the answer >>

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I've tried a number of fish oil supplements, all of which make me nauseous. What is the best non-fish alternative? I am primarily interested in getting EPA. Get the answer >>

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Is it better to eat farmed salmon or wild salmon? Which one has more omega-3s and less contamination with PCBs, mercury, etc.? Get the answer >>

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Can taking fish oil or calcium supplements increase my risk of prostate cancer? My doctor recommended that I stop taking them since I have an enlarged prostate. Get the answer >>

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What is carrageenan? Should I be concerned that it is an ingredient in my supplement? Get the answer >>

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What is the difference between natural and synthetic astaxanthin? Get the answer >>

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What is Omega XL and does it work? Get the answer >>

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I drink organic milk with added DHA Omega-3, but it is expensive. Is it worth paying extra for the added DHA? Get the answer >>

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Is Rhodiola rosea effective for depression and does it have other uses? Will ConsumerLab.com be testing these supplements? Get the answer >>

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Is it true that there is no point in taking fish oil supplements for heart health? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help relieve stress? Get the answer >>

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Is quercetin helpful for a specific condition? I see it as an ingredient in several different types of supplements. Get the answer >>

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Is it better to take fish oil, flaxseed oil -- or both? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help with nerve pain, like sciatica or diabetic neuropathy? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help with gum disease or periodontitis? Get the answer >>

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My dog is getting older and his veterinarian recently recommended giving him a glucosamine supplement for his joints. Has ConsumerLab.com tested these, or other supplements for pets? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure? Get the answer >>

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Is it true that fish oil supplements may contain soy? I'm allergic! Get the answer >>

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What is the difference between fish oil and krill oil? Is one better than the other? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements are helpful for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Get the answer >>

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Are there negative interactions between the following supplements I take twice each day, as well as 60 mg of beta-sitosterol with dinner: Vitamin C (500 mg), CoQ10 (100 mg), grape seed extract (100 mg), fish oil (500 mg), vitamin D3/calcium/magnesium/zinc (200 IU/333 mg/113 mg/5mg)? Get the answer >>

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I'm a vegan but my doctor wants me to take fish oil with EPA and DHA. Is there something I can take that would be as good as fish oil capsules but would satisfy the needs of a vegan? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help with indigestion and/or heartburn? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help with Raynaud's phenomenon? Get the answer >>

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I do moderate exercise for about an hour a few times a week. Which supplements might help me? Get the answer >>

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Is it okay to take vitamin D3 and fish oil together? Get the answer >>

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What are the most common, potentially dangerous interactions between supplements and drugs? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help lower or control my blood sugar? Get the answer >>

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I am having trouble sleeping. I regularly take a multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, calcium, vitamins D and K, and a protein supplement. I also take a low-dose blood pressure medication. Could any of these supplements be causing my insomnia? Get the answer >>

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I've read that fish oil supplements may help with gout, but I've also been told to avoid oily fish because it can increase my uric acid levels. Are fish oil supplements safe for me to take and do they really help with gout? Get the answer >>

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Is it true that fish oil is better absorbed when taken with a fatty meal? Get the answer >>

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I've heard fish oil may be helpful for dry eye. Is this true? How much should I take? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help for osteoarthritis of the hip? Get the answer >>

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Which oils can help lower my cholesterol and risk of heart attack? How are coconut oil, olive oil, and fish oil for example? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can cause diarrhea? Get the answer >>

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Which is better for lowering triglyceride levels -- fish oil or plant-based oils like flaxseed or echium oil? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help for ulcerative colitis? Get the answer >>

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Are there vitamins or supplements that can reduce my risk of breast cancer? Get the answer >>

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How can I tell if my fish oil supplement is rancid (oxidized) or spoiled? And if it is spoiled, is it still safe to take? Get the answer >>

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I read that aging lowers the body's capacity to produce vitamin D. Even regular sun exposure will not suffice and one may have to take a vitamin D3 supplement during old age to meet our body's regular requirements. Please comment on this. Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help with depression and anxiety? Get the answer >>

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Can taking too much fish oil be dangerous? Get the answer >>

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Coromega Max claims it is uniquely emulsified to provide 300% better absorption than standard fish oil softgels. Is this true? It's more expensive than many fish oils but could potentially provide better overall value. Get the answer >>

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I'm at risk for both macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease, according to my doctors. I've read articles about omega-3 oils saying that more EPA than DHA is good for macular degeneration, and the reverse is true for Alzheimer's. What do you recommend? Get the answer >>

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Is DPA an important omega-3 fatty acid? It's been promoted as more "powerful" than EPA and DHA. Get the answer >>

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Are liquid vitamins better than pills? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements reduce side of effects of chemotherapy? Get the answer >>

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How do fish oil supplements compare to EPA prescription fish oil like Vascepa? Get the answer >>

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An online supplement seller suggests I pay $10 extra to ship my order of bottled fish oil with freezer packs using priority mail. Is this necessary? Get the answer >>
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