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Product Review: Fish Oil and Omega-3 and -7 Fatty Acid Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, Calamari, Green-lipped Mussel Oil, and Sea Buckthorn)
 

Posted: 9/10/16  Last Update: 11/29/16 
Fish Oil and Other Marine Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com Best Fish Oil? Our Tests and Comparisons Will Help You Find the Right Form and Amount of Omega Fatty Acids

Supplements for Adults, Children, and Pets Reviewed 

Find Out Now If Yours Passed!

Alphabetical list of fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, green-lipped mussel, and sea buckthorn oil supplements in report
1-800-PetMeds Omega 3 for Dogs & Cats Metagenics OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 500 EC Renew Life Omega Smart Kids DHA - Fruit Punch
21st Century Fish Oil Minami Nutrition MorEPA Platinum - Orange Flavor Schiff MegaRed Extra Strength 500 mg Omega-3 Krill Oil
Amazing Nutritionals Omega 3 Chews Natural Factors Ultra Strength RxOmega-3 SeabuckWonders Sea Buckthorn Oil Blend Omega-7 Complete
Andrew Lessman ProCap Essential Omega-3 Nature Made Fish Oil Solgar Omega-3 950
Barlean's Fresh Catch Fish Oil - Orange Flavor Nature's Bounty Mini Fish Oil Source Naturals Vegan True Non-Fish Omega-3s
Bayer Pro Ultra Omega-3 New Chapter Wholemega For Moms Spectrum Essentials Prenatal DHA
Carlson Elite Omega-3 Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Spring Valley [Walmart] Fish Oil
Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil Nutrifi Omega-Q Swanson Omega-3 Fish Oil
Doctor's Best Omega-7 NutriGold Krill Oil Gold USANA Biomega
Dr. Sears' Private Label Primal Force Omega Rejuvenol NutriGold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold Vitacost KriaXanthin Antarctic Krill Oil
Finest Nutrition (Walgreens) Fish Oil Omegavia Vitamin World Ester-Omega
GNC Triple Strength EPA 1000 OmegaXL Viva Labs Krill Oil
GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil Ora Nothing Fishy Here - Organic Pineapple Burst Viva Labs Ultra Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil
Kirkland Signature [Costco] Wild Alaskan Fish Oil Ovega-3 Wellsona Brain Health Omega
Life Extension Super Omega-3 Pure Encapsulations O.N.E. Omega Zesty Paws Pure Salmon Oil
Members Mark [Sam's Club] Fish Oil Puritan's Pride Premium Mini Gel Omega-3 Fish Oil  
Make sure the supplement you take passed our tests and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
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, 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 46 omega-3 and omega-7 fatty acid supplements  - including fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, green-lipped mussel oil and sea buckthorn oil — revealed problems with the quality of three products.  We also found that a widely promoted "Omega" supplement actually contained only a tiny amount of the omega-3 oils EPA and DHA. 
 
Fortunately, ConsumerLab.com also identified regular softgels, enteric-coated softgels, and liquids which contained what they claimed and were not contaminated with lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic or PCBs. Among these, a substantial daily dose of EPA and DHA could be obtained for as little as a few cents a day. ConsumerLab.com also compared the quality, value, and cost for each to select its Top Picks.
 
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 recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 29 supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com, 17 others that passed voluntary, quality certification testing, and information about one product similar to one which passed testing.  

In this comprehensive report, 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 and DHA) and quality ratings for fish, krill, algal, calamari, green-lipped mussel, and sea buckthorn oil supplements -- including those for pregnant women, other adults, children, and pets.
    • 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 Fatty Acid Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, Calamari, Green-lipped Mussel Oil, 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 enterically coated supplements better than non-enterically 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 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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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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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'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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