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Quality Of Fish Oil?


#1

There's been some talked about fish oil quality, and that one shouldn't always go necessarily for the cheapest alternative.

So how do I know if my fish oil capsules are good quality?

My brand has 200mg of EPA and 140mg of DHA in one capsule...


#2

Look online for their lab analyses. You'll need markers of oxidation and heavy metal content.

Of course most companies don't test for this, which is not a good sign when it comes to fish oil.


#3

It all depends on what you mean by quality.

Are you talking about potency where you get the most epa/dha per capsule, or are you talking about purity, where the most pollutants have been removed.

If, according to Biotest's recent articles, DHA is more important the EPA for a male weightlifter, then Biotest's new Flameout is the most potent fish oil on the market.(Note: I cannot speak about Biotest's quality control or purity standards for this product, but if it is anything like their other products, then I suspect it to be very good).

The only other product that I have found that comes remotely close is Nordic Naturals Pro DHA. It is not as potent as Biotest's Flameout (you get 375 mg DHA/100mh Epa per capsule) but the purity of the fish oil is very high.

Hope this helps.


#4

Flameout. Cotco's Kirkland brand is also good quality and cheap.


#5

The best I've seen and used is Carlson's. SInce I live in the Chicago area, I take the Cod Liver oil with the lemon scent during the winter months to get my Vitamin D. Otherwise, I'm using their regular fish oil brand. I take them in liquid form rather than via tabs. They are laboratory tested for something like 28 different contaminants, including mercury and PCB's. Great stuff man.

Nick