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Kirkland Fish Oil 300 mg Omega-3 - 400 Softgels

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Kirkland Signature fish supply comes from deep ocean waters. Our fish oil is not supplied from farm-raised fish. State-of-the-art molecular distillation process is used to remove PCBs and dioxins which guarantees purity and potency. The fish oil is derived from a variety of fish species, to maximize omega-3 fatty acid concentration. Fish Oil naturally contains the Omega-3 Fatty Acids, EPA and DHA. Omega-3 Fatty Acids help maintain heart and vascular health.* *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Features:

Kirkland's Signature Natural Fish Oil Softgels contain 1,000 mg of Concentrated Fish Oil which Provides 300 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Fish Oil Naturally Contains the Omega-3 Fatty Acids, EPA and DHA. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Which Help Maintain Heart and Vascular Health*


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Product Details:
Product Length: 3.5 inches
Product Width: 3.5 inches
Product Height: 7.0 inches
Product Weight: 1.43 pounds
Package Length: 7.2 inches
Package Width: 3.8 inches
Package Height: 3.8 inches
Package Weight: 1.81 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 684 reviews
Label Information:
Ingredients: Ingredients per serving of ONE (1) softgel: Fish Oil 1,000 mg (EPA + DHA 250 mg - Other Omega-3's 50 mg)
Indications: The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil help maintain heart and vascular health.*
 
Customer Reviews:
Average Customer Review: 4.5 ( 684 customer reviews )
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506 of 524 found the following review helpful:

5DHA & EPA InformationAug 12, 2011
By C. Malone
*Short Answer (per softgell)*
DHA: 100 mg
EPA: 200 mg

*Long Answer*
Each capsule contains 9 - 12.5% DHA and 18 - 22% EPA.

Assuming the minimum, each 1,000 mg capsule contains
DHA: 1000 * .09 = 90 mg
EPA: 1000 * .18 = 180 mg

Assuming the maximum, each 1,000 mg capsule contains
DHA: 1000 * .125 = 125 mg
EPA: 1000 * .22 = 220 mg

*How I found out*
I gave this product a look after reading that it was Consumer Reports recommended fish oil supplement.

Upon receipt I found no DHA / EPA Info on the bottle. Called Costco's Vitamin info line and was told that each capsule contains 9 - 12.5% DHA and 18 - 22% EPA.

I try to get 1.5 grams of DHA per week and taking three of these daily, as the bottle recommends, accomplishes this in a very cost effective manner.

342 of 403 found the following review helpful:

3Review from WebMDNov 29, 2012
By Tool Pants
Putting Fish Oil Supplements to the Test

For the report, the consumer agency purchased three lots of 15 different top-selling brands of fish oil supplements online and in the New York metropolitan area.

The samples were sent to a lab where they were tested for contaminants as well as spoilage and whether they disintegrated properly.

Two of the three samples of Kirkland Signature Enteric 1200 fish oil supplements had an enteric coating (designed to prevent a fishy aftertaste) that did not disintegrate properly. The coating may break up in the stomach rather than in the small intestine, as desired for proper absorption by the body.

Nine brands passed all quality measures tested, including:

Spring Valley Omega-3
Finest Natural
Walgreens Omega-3 Concentrate
Barlean's Organic Oils EPA-DHA
Nature Made 1,200 MG
The Vitamin Shoppe Meg-3 EPA-DHA
Carlson Super Omega-3 Gems
Norwegian Gold Ultimate Critical Omega
Nature's Way Fisol

180 of 219 found the following review helpful:

5Fish Oil = Great Health, Kirkland = Great ValueMar 31, 2008
By J-Reezy
I have only been taking the pills for about a month now, so I can't necessarily say how well they work. I can say that I was really happy to see how big this bottle was when it arrived. Well worth the price!

Update November 2008:
I have now been taking these pills for 8 months and in a recent check-up the doctor told me my cholesterol was at amazing levels.

My 2008 cholesterol levels:
Total Cholesterol = 175 mg/dl (recommended below 200 mg/dl)
HDL Cholesterol = 95 mg/dl (recommended above 50 mg/dl)
LDL Cholesterol = N/A (below 100 mg/dl)

The doctor specifically told me that it was amazing for a 30 year old male to have an HDL of 95 and an LDL that was so low it did not register.

My 2007 cholesterol levels:
Total Cholesterol = 198 mg/dl (recommended below 200 mg/dl)
HDL Cholesterol = 61 mg/dl (recommended above 50 mg/dl)
LDL Cholesterol = 127 (below 100 mg/dl)

Aside from taking these pills my diet has remained the same. This suggests that these pills have done wonders for my cholesterol levels

While less scientific, I have also witnessed the following benefits
- Better Skin (less breakouts/more even color)
- Less joint pain (I have had bad knees from years of Running)
- Stronger hair
- More energy (I used to always want a nap at 3pm)

This change in my body was gradual and there is great potential that it was a result of other things in my life. I won't claim these pills are a miracle substance, however, the cholesterol improvement alone should be enough proof that these pills are worth adding to your diet

18 of 19 found the following review helpful:

2Kirkland Omega-3 Fish Oil Concentrate Is An Inferior ProductFeb 09, 2013
By RWM
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This is a side-by-side comparison of ten leading omega-3 fish oil supplements: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold, Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula, Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil, Now Ultra Omega-3, Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega, Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3, and Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate.

Normally, I would give almost any Kirkland product high marks, but its fish oil product is disappointing, other than the fact that it is inexpensive. The product sells for around $16.00 on Amazon, for 400 1000 mg gel caps. You can get it at Costco for much less! The label indicates that each 1000 mg gel cap contains 300 mgs of omega-3. However, there is no indication what portion of that is EPA, DHA, or "other." I spoke with the manufacturer, U.S. Nutrition, who confirmed that roughly 150 mgs is EPA, 80 mgs is DHA, and 70 mgs is "other." As for the remaining 700 mgs, it's nothing beneficial.

There are three major components of omega-3 in these products: EPA (which is good for your heart, circulatory system, lowering triglycerides, depression and mood orientation, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory for soothing joint pains), DHA (which is good for your mental acuity, or if you are pregnant, nursing an infant, or for children), and "other." Other omega-3s, like DPA and SDA, are types of fatty acids which are easily converted to EPA in the body. In most fish oils, the amount of these other fatty acids is low, but in highly concentrated oils, it can be a significant amount. The important components are EPA and DHA.

I have compared Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate with nine other fish oil supplements. This
comparison will reflect that the Kirkland product is not a good product.

BREAKDOWN: Here is a breakdown of these supplements.

OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil (See, OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, 1300 mg Enteric Burp-Free Capsule (1105 mg Omega-3/pill) 60 Capsules)
*****
Ethyl Esters form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$28.89 for 60 1300 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 1-4 gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.48 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.44 (using Amazon's price)
One 1300 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 780 mgs
DHA = 260 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 65 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 1105 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 85%
No soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 Technology
Enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 270-4010
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: pharmaceutical grade fish oil (from sustainably sourced anchovy, menhaden, sardine, and mackerel from Peru and the U.S.A., gelatin, vegetable glycerin, purified water, plant-derived natural food glaze (enteric coating), natural sunflower tocopherols (antioxidant), and rosemary extract (antioxidant).

Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold (See, Nutrigold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold (1,060 mg Omega-3s per softgel), 1250 mg, 180 softgels)
*****
Ethyl Esters form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$36.99 for 180 1250 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 1 gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.21 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.19 (using Amazon's price)
One 1250 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 750 mgs
DHA = 250 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 60 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 1060 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 85%
Soy allergen free
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Molecularly distilled
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 476-3542
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: pharmaceutical grade purified fish oil (from sardine, anchovy and mackerel), softgel capsule (bovine gelatin, vegetable glycerin, purified water), and natural mixed tocopherols

Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula (See, Garden of Life - Minami MorEPA Platinum, Plus Vitamin D3 Supercritical Omega 3 Fish Oil, Orange, 30 softgels)
****
Ethyl Esters form
Not Certified Kosher
Certified Halal
$17.54 for 30 1218 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 1 gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.58 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.54 (using Amazon's price)
One 1218 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 756 mgs
DHA = 228 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 96 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 1080 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 89%
Contains soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 Technology
Not enteric coated
Not Vegetarian
Vitamin D3 = 300 I.U.
IFOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (866) 465-0051
Manufactured and Encapsulated in Belgium
Ingredients: pharmaceutical grade fish oil (from anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and herring), gelatin, glycerin, purified water, natural orange flavor, soy lecithin, mixed tocopherols

Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega (See, Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega, 30-Count)
****
Ethyl Esters form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$20.50 for 30 1200 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 1-2 gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.68 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.74 (using Amazon's price)
One 1200 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 800 mgs
DHA = 124 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 5 to 1
Total Omega-3 = 924 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 77%
Lipase = 4 mgs (fat digesting enzyme)
No soy
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
No mercury
Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 Technology
Enteric coated
Vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Vitamin D3 = 1000 I.U.
Phone Number: (800) 830-1800
Manufactured in Canada
Ingredients: fish oil (from anchovies and sardines), fish gelatin, glycerin, beeswax, natural orange flavor, natural caramel color, sunflower lecithin, mixed vitamin E tocopherols (natural flavor protectors), and enteric coating

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (See, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, 1,000 mg Fish Oil, 180 Soft Gels)
****
Triglycerides form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$44.70 for 180 1000 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 2 gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.25 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.39 (using Amazon's price)
One 1000 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 325 mgs
DHA = 225 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 1.5 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 90 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 640 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 64%
No soy
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
No mercury
Molecularly distilled
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 662-2544
Encapsulated in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: fish oil (from anchovies and sardines), softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, water, natural lemon flavor), d-alpha tocopherol, and rosemary extract (a natural preservative)

Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil (See, OMAPURE Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil (1 Bottle; 120 softgels))
*****
Ethyl esters form
Certified Kosher
$29.95 for 120 900 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 2-4 gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.25 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.38 (using Amazon's price)
One 900 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 425 mgs per gel cap
DHA = 173 mgs per gel cap
EPA/DHA ratio = 2.5 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 52 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 650 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 72%
No soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Molecularly distilled
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (877) 662-9872
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: fish oil (from sardines and anchovies fished in South American waters), gelatin, glycerin, water, beeswax, natural lemon oil, caramel, and mixed natural tocopherols

Now Ultra Omega-3 (See, Now Foods Ultra Omega 3, Fish Oil Soft-gels, 180-Count)
****
Ethyl Esters form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$19.47 for 180 1000 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 1-2 gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.11 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.14 (using Amazon's price)
One 1000 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 500 mgs
DHA = 250 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
Total Omega-3 = 750 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 75%
Contains soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Molecularly distilled
Enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (888) 669-3663
Encapsulated in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: fish oil concentrate (from sardines, anchovies and mackerel from Peru), softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, water, and enteric coating) and Vitamin E (as natural d-alpha tocopherol), and vitamin E from soy

Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega (See, Barlean's Organic Oils Ideal Omega-3 Nutritional Supplement Softgel, 60 Count)
*****
Ethyl Esters form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$31.79 for 60 1250 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: one gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.53 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.50 (using Amazon's price)
One 1250 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 750 mgs
DHA = 250 mgs
DPA = 30 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 30 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 1060 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 85%
No soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Molecularly distilled
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 445-3529
Manufactured and encapsulated in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: pharmaceutical grade fish oil (from pollock and hake), softgel (contains fish gelatin, glycerin, purified water), natural flavor, and natural mixed tocopherol

Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3 (See, Innovix Labs Triple Strength OMEGA-3. Concentrated Fish Oil, 900 mg Omega-3 per Pill. Enteric Coated, Odorless & Burp-Free, 200 Capsules.)
*****
Ethyl Esters form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$29.99 for 200 1200 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 1-2 gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.15 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.17 (using Amazon's price)
One 1200 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 552 mgs
DHA = 288 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 60 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 900 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 75%
No soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Molecularly distilled
Enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (888) 799-7627
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: fish oil (from sustainably sourced pollock and whiting from Alaska), gelatin capsule, glycerin, natural enteric coating, and mixed natural tocopherols

Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate (See, Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega 3 Concentrate, 400-Count Softgels)
Triglycerides form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$15.02 for 400 1000 mg gel caps on Amazon
$9.49 for 400 1000 mg gel caps at Costco
Recommended Serving: At least two gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.04 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.13 (using Amazon's price)
One 1000 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 150 mgs
DHA = 80 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 1.5 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 70 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 300 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 30%
Soy allergen free
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Molecularly distilled
Mercury free
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (800) 433-1213
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Some ingredients sourced from China (gelatin)
Ingredients: fish oil concentrate (from anchovies, mackerel, and sardines from Peru), gelatin, glycerin, mixed natural tocopherols

IFOS: The International Fish Oil Standards Program ("IFOS") (Google "IFOS consumer reports") is an independent third party omega-3 testing organization that provides batch-specific summaries of a product's IFOS testing results. The reports include a 5-star rating for each product containing greater than 60% concentration of EPA and DHA per gram of fish oil, allowing consumers to compare fish oil products based on their safety, purity and quality. Some of this testing now includes radiation testing as a result of the Japanese Fukushima accident. Most of the highly rated omega-3 fish oil products are listed. Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate is not listed or rated as a five star omega-3 fish oil product.

LABEL DESCRIPTION: I am favorably impressed when a company understates its product's omega-3 content on the label. OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil typically understates its product's potency on its labels. I have seen IFOS batch test results which place OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil's omega-3 potency as high as 94%, far higher than what is stated on its label. Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil and Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega also typically understate their products' omega-3 content on their labels.

POTENCY: Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula (89%) has the most omega-3 potency of those in the comparison; followed by OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil (85%), Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold (85%), and Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega (85%); followed by Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega (77%); followed by Now Ultra Omega-3 (75%) and Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3 (75%); followed by Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil (72%); followed by Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (64%); and followed by Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate (30%), which has the least omega-3 potency of those in the comparison.

PRICE PER PILL: Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega ($.68 per gel cap) is the most expensive per pill of those in the comparison; followed by Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula ($.58 per gel cap); followed by Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega ($.53 per gel cap); followed by OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil ($.48 per gel cap); followed by Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega ($.25 per gel cap) and Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil ($.25 per gel cap); followed by Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold ($.21 per gel cap); followed by Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3 ($.15 per gel cap); followed by Now Ultra Omega-3 ($.11 per gel cap); and followed by Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate ($.04 per gel cap), which is the least expensive per pill of those in the comparison.

PRICE PER 1000 MGS OMEGA-3: Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega ($.74 per 1000 mgs omega-3) is the most expensive per 1000 mgs omega-3 of those in the comparison; followed by Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula ($.54 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega ($.50 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil ($.44 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega ($.39 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil ($.38 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold ($.19 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3 ($.17 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Now Ultra Omega-3 ($.14 per 1000 mgs omega-3); and followed by Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate ($.13 per 1000 mgs omega-3), which is the least expensive per 1000 mgs of omega-3 of those in the comparison.

PILL SIZE: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil (1300 mgs) is the largest pill of those in the comparison; followed by Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold (1250 mgs) and Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega (1250 mgs); followed by Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula (1218 mgs); followed by Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega (1200 mgs); followed by Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (1000 mgs), Now Ultra Omega-3 (1000 mgs), Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3 (1000 mgs), and Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate (1000 mgs); and followed by Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil (900 mgs), which is the smallest pill of those in the comparison. In terms of size, all of these gel caps are manageable for most folks.

SOY CONTENT: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold, Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil, Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega, Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3, and and Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate do not contain soy. Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula and Now Ultra Omega-3 contain soy.

GMO CONTENT: None of these supplements contain GMOs.

STEARATES: None of these supplements contain stearates.

CHOLESTEROL CONTENT: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold, Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula, Now Ultra Omega-3, Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega, and Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3 do not contain cholesterol. Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil, and Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate contain cholesterol.

EPA/DHA RATIO: A high EPA to DHA ratio (more EPA than DHA) is beneficial for mood, inflammation, arthritis, heart and those concerned about their LDL cholesterol. A low EPA to DHA ratio (more DHA than EPA) is beneficial for pregnant/nursing women, children, those concerned about eyes, brain, memory, and those recovering from stroke or brain injury. DHA is mostly valuable for brain development in children 4 and under. After 5 years of age, the higher EPA portion is more important for focus, concentration, and behavior issues like ADHD.

ENTERIC COATING: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega, Now Ultra Omega-3, Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3, and Innovix Labs Pharma-Grade Omega-3 are some of the few omega-3 fish oil products that are enteric coated. Enteric coating is used to prevent fish oil capsules from being digested in the stomach, which can cause a "fishy reflux." However, this problem is limited to only low grade, poorly manufactured fish oil products. Highly purified fish oil supplements that are manufactured to maintain freshness do not generally produce this fishy reflux, especially if the product is taken with food as recommended. Further, the only people who experience fishy burps from even high quality fish oil supplements are those with sensitive GI tract issues, for whom enteric coating may provide some relief from fishy burps, but may also interfere with absorption of the key nutrients in the supplement.

There is some evidence that suggests that enteric coating is not required and may actually hinder or impede proper absorption of omega-3 fish oil. In my view, however, this body of evidence is not conclusive.

Bottom line, if you have sensitive GI tract issues and experience fishy burps from omega-3 fish oil supplements, you may want to consider an enteric coated product.

SUPERCRITICAL DUAL-PROCESS CO2 TECHNOLOGY: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula, and Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega are not molecularly distilled. They use a proprietary Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology which concentrates omega-3s, yielding unique selectivity of one of the most biologically active omega-3 fatty acids - EPA. Using less heat, less repeat processing, and natural carbon dioxide as a solvent, allows these products to reach peak concentrations approximating 100% EPA, omitting superfluous fats and fillers. 400% less heat than molecular distillation is used during the entire process, with no oxygen exposure. Natural CO2 is used as an alternative to organic solvents and protects the final product from oxidation. In my opinion, Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology is superior to molecular distillation.

VITAMIN D3: Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega contains 1000 I.U. of Vitamin D3. Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula contains 300 I.U. of Vitamin D3. I don't believe this is terribly significant, as Vitamin D3 can be purchased for very little money, and lots of folks who take it consume more than 1000 I.U. daily.

LIPASE: Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega contains 4 mgs of Lipase, which is a fat digesting enzyme. Most omega-3 fish oil products do not contain Lipase. However, the human body produces more than adequate amounts of Lipase and, therefore, Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega reference to its benefits might be somewhat enthusiastic.

OMEGA-3 TEST: Anyone who is interested in having their omega-3 index tested can do so. A company called Omega Quant can provide the test. See, http://omegaquant.com/.

MEALS: Any ethyl esters based and triglycerides based omega-3 fish oils are best taken with a meal containing some fat, as they are more efficiently absorbed when taken with food.

OPINION: Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate is a poor product. It is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, and it is extremely inexpensive. On the other hand, it is not IFOS five star rated, it contains cholesterol, it is not enteric coated, it is not vegetarian, it is not certified Kosher, and it has an extremely low omega-3 potency (30%).

I'm not impressed with Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate despite its low cost. I question its effectiveness considering its small amount of total omega-3 and large amount of unspecified material. Common sense tells me that any omega-3 pill that costs $.04 is not very good! In this case, you get what you pay for.

Kirkland's failure to identify on its label the components of the 300 mgs of omega-3 and 700 mgs of other unspecified material contained in its gel cap suggests to me that the company does not want to be too specific about the contents of its product. One of its ingredients, gelatin, is sourced from China.

RATING:

I rated OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil five stars because it is IFOS five star rated, it has one of the highest omega-3 potencies on the market (85%), it uses Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is cholesterol free, it is mercury free, and it is enteric coated. On the other hand, it is moderately expensive, it is not vegetarian, and it is not certified Kosher.

I rated Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold five stars because it is IFOS five star rated, it has one of the highest omega-3 potencies on the market (85%), it is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is cholesterol free, it is mercury free, and it is one of the least expensive high quality omega-3 fish oil products available. On the other hand, it is not enteric coated, it is not vegetarian, and it is not certified Kosher.

I rated Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula four stars because it has one of the highest, if not the highest, omega-3 potencies on the market (89%), it uses Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology, it is GMO free, it is cholesterol free, and it is mercury free. On the other hand, it is not IFOS five star rated, it contains soy, it is not enteric coated, it is not vegetarian, it is not certified Kosher, and it is expensive and over-priced.

I rated Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega four stars because it is IFOS five star rated, it has a reasonably high omega-3 potency (77%), it uses Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, it is enteric coated, and it is vegetarian. On the other hand, it is not certified Kosher, and it is extremely expensive and over-priced.

I rated Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega four stars because it is IFOS five star rated, it is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, and it is reasonably priced. On the other hand, it contains cholesterol, it is not enteric coated, it is not vegetarian, it is not certified Kosher, and it has a relatively low omega-3 potency (64%).

I rated Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil five stars because it is IFOS five star rated, it has a decent omega-3 potency (72%), it is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, it is certified Kosher, and it is reasonably priced. On the other hand, it is not enteric coated, it contains cholesterol, and it is not vegetarian.

I rated Now Ultra Omega-3 four stars because it has a reasonably high omega-3 potency (75%), it is molecularly distilled, it is GMO free, it is cholesterol free, it is mercury free, it is enteric coated, and it is inexpensive. On the other hand, it is not IFOS five star rated, it contains soy, it is not vegetarian, and it is not certified Kosher.

I rated Barlean's Ideal 3 Omega five stars because it is IFOS five star rated, it has one of the highest omega-3 potencies on the market (85%), it is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, and it is cholesterol free. On the other hand, it is not enteric coated, it is not vegetarian, it is not certified Kosher, and it is expensive.

I rated Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3 five stars because it is IFOS five star rated, it has a reasonably high omega-3 potency (75%), it is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, it is cholesterol free, it is enteric coated, and it is very inexpensive. On the other hand, it is not vegetarian and it is not certified Kosher.

I rated Kirkland Natural Fish Oil Omega-3 Concentrate two stars because it is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, and it is extremely inexpensive. On the other hand, it is not IFOS five star rated, it contains stearates, it contains cholesterol, it is not enteric coated, it is not vegetarian, it is not certified Kosher, and it has an extremely low omega-3 potency (30%).

I have separately reviewed all of these products.

Prices current as of 10/15/2014.

123 of 155 found the following review helpful:

3Triglycerides vs. Ethyl EstersAug 01, 2012
By JJ
Fish oil supplements come in two forms: Triglycerides (TG) and Ethyl Esters (EE). Majority of fish oil supplements on the market is Ethyl Esters (EE) because it's much cheaper to produce EE than TG.

However EE is a synthetic substrate from micro distillation of crude fish oil and ethanol. So it's not really a "natural" supplement. EE also produces more side effects than TG because it's a synthetic substrate.

Michael Gross, MD, and Susan Klein, ND wrote an article on Triglycerides vs. Ethyl Esters, it's on the net. It's a good reading material.

This Kirland fish oil is using EE, that explains the low price. It's a good option if you can't afford the TG. But if you have a sensitive stomach and need to take fish oil, then look for one made with TG.

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