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Re: Fish oil

Posted by noa on March 1, 2003, at 14:23:08

In reply to Re: Fish oil linkadge, posted by Abby7 on February 28, 2003, at 12:50:13

Re: many capsules, and fishy breath:

I like the liquid fish oil Iam taking, made by Carlson's (Norway)-- it doesn't taste like fish at all. It has a lemony flavor (added) and otherwise fairly bland. No fishy burps. Also, it seems to me to be a raltively cost effective way to get the most EPA. One teaspoonful contains 800 mg EPA. The bottle contains 40 teaspoonfuls and costs 15.99. I know there are gelcaps that are more cost effective than the Carlsons, even with having to take multiple gelcaps, but with the advantages I describe here, it seems like a pretty inexpensive route. The only problem is that it is not very portable. It needs to be refrigerated after opening, or else it starts to smell fishy and can become rancid.

When I told my pdoc I'd started taking it, about 1 to 2 tsp per day (800-1600 mg EPA), and had noticed better mood, he told me to add one or two more doses per day. I have been doing that, but because I am now trying to take fish oil several times a day, I started looking for something more portable that I can take to work for the lunchtime dose. I did find something, (besides the gelcaps, which I would prefer to stay away from because of beef/pork gelatin and those fishy burps). I just sampled, from local health food store, this orange flavored cream that comes in little foil packets (like what ketchup and mayo come in when you order from a deli or cafeteria, etc.). The health food store manager told me it is marketed to be palatable to kids. It's called Coromega, made by ERBL. (www.coromega.com) The taste was ok, kind of like Tang or those Good Humor orange creamsicles, and no fishy taste, but I noticed that if I got it on my fingertips there was a very slight fishy smell. Another downside, perhaps, is that the stuff has a lot of other ingredients that may or may not be what people want (including egg yolk). And it is expensive. 90 packets costs 27.99. Each packet has 360 mg EPA, so as you can see it is a far more costly than the liquid, to get the needed EPA. But I decided to try it for a while anyway, because I do need to spread out my fish oil doses. (I can get the bigger doses at dinner time, and in the morning, if I have my act together enough. But at lunch, I will use the packets (and breakfast too, if eating on the run).

I found some effect from fish oil starting at about 1 week or so. I also have been feeling better since increasing the amount I take per day, per pdoc's suggestion.


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