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Fish Oil Quality and Price


#1

We pay several times as much for a quality fish oil product that contains twice as much EPA/DHA as cheaper products.

To make up the EPA/DHA content of the cheaper products we can consume twice as much. This way you still save alot of $.

However, are the surplus fatty acids we are also consuming in the cheap fish oil detrimental to health?


#2

define cheap fish oil? Price, quality, both?

getting more fish oil from a quality product will not be detrimental to health


#3

Cheaper products cost less and in terms of fish oil this can mean lower levels of EPA/DHA, more toxins, more oxidised fatty oils.

Getting more fish oils from cheaper products could well be detrimental to health.


#4

Whatever fish oil you take, be sure to check that the product states it's been tested for PCB, dioxins and metals.


#5

There do seem to be plenty of cheap products without these toxins (according to label) but I am wondering how detrimental the breakdown products from the fatty acids are. The cheap products are manufactured in a way that leads to EPA, DPA, DHA etc. becoming oxidised.


#6

3 most important things when choosing a fish oil:
-reputable company
-purified by molecular distillation
-solvent used in molecular distillation is food grade ethanol