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

Initial Posting: 4/5/14  Updated 7/4/15
Fish Oil and Other Marine Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com Best Fish Oil? Testing Finds Many High Quality Supplements, But Pitfalls Exist

Review of Fish Oil, Krill Oil, Algal Oil, Calamari Oil, and Green-lipped Mussel Oil; Supplements for Pregnancy, Children, and Pets Included

Find Out Now If Yours Passed!

Alphabetical list of fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, and green-lipped mussel oil supplements in report
1-800-PetMeds Omega 3 for Dogs & Cats Metagenics OmegaGenics Ovega-3
21st Century Fish Oil Minami MorEPA Platinum Pure Alaska Omega
Animal Essentials Fish Oil Plus Natural Factors Triple Strength RxOmega-3 Puritan's Pride Omega-3 Fish Oil
ARIIX Omega-Q Nature Made (Burp-less) Fish Oil Rexall Omega-3
Barlean's Organic Oils Fresh Catch Fish Oil Nature's Bounty Mini Fish Oil Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil
Bioglan Kids Smart Hi DHA-Omega-3 Fish Oil New Chapter WholeMega Simply Right (Sam's Club) Triple Strength Fish Oil
Brain Strong Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Solgar Omega 3
Carlson Fish Oil Lemon Flavor NOW Omega-3 Source Naturals EPA-DHA
Centrum ProNutrients Omega 3 Nutrifii Omega-Q Spectrum Essentials Prenatal DHA
Coromega Omega3 Kids NutriGold Double Strength Krill Gold Trader Joe's Omega-3
CVS Pharmacy Fish Oil NutriGold Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold TwinLab Omega-3
Deva Vegan Omega-3 DHA NutriGold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold Up & Up (Target) Adult Gummy Omega-3
Dr. Mercola Krill Oil Ocean Blue Minicaps USANA Biomega
Dr. Sears Primal Force Ultra Omeganol Omega Infusion Shot Vitacost Mega EFA
Finest Natural (Walgreens) Fish Oil Omega XL VitalOils1000
GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil OmegaBrite Vitamin Shoppe Omega 3 Fish Oil 800/500
Kirkland (Costco) Signature Fish Oil OmegaBrite Kidz - Orange Cream Vitamin World Omega-3 Fish Oil
LaneLabs EcoOmega OmegaBrite Kidz - Tutti Frutti Viva Labs Krill Oil
Life Extension Super Omega-3 Omega-Caps Xtendlife Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil Premium
Make sure the supplement you take passed our tests and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
Laboratory tests of fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, and green-lipped mussel oil supplements by ConsumerLab.com revealed quality problems with 4 out of 30 of these omega-3 fatty acid supplements selected for review. Three supplements, including some for children, lacked more than 10% of their listed EPA and/or DHA. Another product failed to list the ingredients in its coating. In addition, ConsumerLab.com found that a widely promoted "Omega" supplement actually contained only a tiny amount of omega-3 oils EPA and DHA.
 
Among the many products which passed testing, ConsumerLab.com found that EPA and DHA could be obtained for as little as just few cents a day from particular softgels, enteric-coated softgels, and liquids. These top-rated products passed an extensive battery of expert tests indicating that they contained what they claimed and were not contaminated with mercury or PCBs. 
 
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 30 supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com, 25 others that passed voluntary, quality certification testing, and information about two products similar to one which passed testing.  

In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
    • Which fish oil and omega-3 supplements failed or passed testing and why. 
    • The latest information on benefits of fish oil and omega-3s, as well as what they cannot do.
    • Direct comparisons and quality ratings of fish, krill, algal, calamari, and green-lipped mussel 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.
    • Important differences among common forms of fish oil: natural, ethyl esters, and re-esterified triglycerides. 
    • The dose of the omega-3s EPA and DHA 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 Fatty Acid Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, Calamari, Green-lipped Mussel Oil)
Question:
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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Is fish oil safe? Is it contaminated with mercury and PCBs? 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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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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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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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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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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Are there any red flags to look for on the label when choosing a fish oil supplement? 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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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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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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What is Omega XL and does it work? Get the answer >>

Question:
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 >>

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

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

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

Question:
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 >>

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

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

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I take atorvastatin (Lipitor), a statin drug to lower cholesterol. Are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug? Get the answer >>

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

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