It’s not quite so simple as buying your fish oil capsules on price
There is hundreds of different brands of fish oil capsules available. In our view the fish oil capsules from Xtend Life, a company based in New Zealand, are the best. Let us explain why.
First let’s discuss price. There are many people who choose their fish oil capsules based on price. However you can’t choose your fish oil capsule is based on price, or at least based solely on price. We’ll explain why.
Why you can’t buy fish oil capsules based on price
The assumption is that if you’re buying fish oil capsules you need the fish oil. This isn’t quite true.
In fact what you need, what is good for you, is the DHA and EPA contained in the fish oil. If the capsules were filled with fish oil that had no DHA or EPA they would be worthless. The Omega 3 oils aren’t fish oil, their DHA and EPA.
In fact it’s only the DHA and EPA that you’re buying, the rest is just carrier. And there are wide variations in the amount of DHA and EPA in different brands of Omega 3 capsules.
So if you’re buying a capsule that had 3 times as much DHA and EPA and was twice the price it would represent better value. Perhaps now you see the point.
You can’t compare price without also comparing the quantities of the active Omega 3 ingredients.
Most fish oil capsules are what is called 18/12 capsules. This means that they are 18 percent EPA and 12 percent DHA. In a 1000 milligrams capsule you are getting 180 milligrams of EPA and 120 milligrams of DHA.
The label should always state quantities of DHA and EPA in the capsules. If not don’t buy them.
The Omega 3 fish oil capsules from Xtend Life contain 28 percent DHA, around 2 1/2 times as much as regular 18/12 supplements. They are also much higher in EPA.
However there are still other considerations when choosing your Omega 3 capsules. Price is just one.
Are there PCBs and Mercury in the fish oil?
Elsewhere we’ve spoken about the purity and cleanliness of your capsules. Whereas many fish in the ocean are contaminated with small amounts of PCBs and Mercury, you don’t want your Omega 3 supplements to contain PCBs or Mercury.
And some, in testing, have been found to contain not insignificant amounts of these contaminants. To the point where there is now legal action about this in California, though that is the subject of another article.
So regardless of the price you want clean fish oil capsules. What’s the point of getting your daily dose of Omega3 fats together with a little Mercury and PCBs?
It’s possible to test fish oil for contamination. Any company marketing Omega 3 supplements should be both testing it’s supplements for contamination as well as publishing the results on its website.
Xtend Life publish a Certificate of Analysis on its website for every batch of oil used, so that customers can examine the results of testing before buying. These tests are conducted by an independent laboratory.
If there is no information on the website of a supplier of fish oil capsules then assume that there are problems. There may be none, but if they aren’t willing to produce evidence on their website of the cleanliness of their product assume otherwise. We do.
How fresh is the fish oil?
There’s more. Many manufacturers of supplements use oil purchased on the wholesale market. The fish from which the oil is sourced could have been caught anywhere. And remember, many fish are caught in the Atlantic Ocean which is one of the most polluted oceans, being close to major population centres.
And it’s not just contamination. When purchasing on wholesale markets the freshness of the oil is unknown. How long ago was it extracted?
The freshness of the fish oil used is important. Like anything else oil from fish goes off, or what is called rancid, and this is one of the major reasons that people experience “fishy burps”.
Xtend Life only use fish caught by their own contracted fishermen, and get the oil from fish as fast as possible to ensure freshness. That way you can be sure you’re fish oil capsules are as fresh as possible.
So as you can see buying fish oil capsules isn’t as simple as you might have thought. Unless you make a direct comparison of the amount of active Omega 3 fats in the brands that you’re considering you can’t compare on price.
And regardless of price the freshness and cleanliness of the oil in the capsules is paramount.
In our view the fish oil capsules from Xtend Life are the best in the world. They have high levels of DHA and EPA, their Certificates of Analysis are displayed on the website for all to see, demonstrating the cleanliness of their product, and they contract their own fish, and extract the oil, as fast as possible to ensure optimum freshness.Written by - Omega 3 Fish Oil