Fish oil: Liquid vs. Caps?
- 05-24-2011, 10:53 AM
Fish oil: Liquid vs. Caps?
I remember back when I was working @ Vitamin Shoppe, an entrepreneurial gentleman from Europe came in and enegaged in a discussion with me regarding the superior efficacy of caps over liquid due to his claim involving the fish oil undergoing oxidation once you open the bottle of liquid fish oil. He said with fish oil caps, you don't experience this and it preserves the quality of the fish oil, hence, preserving it's efficacy and being superior to liquid.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? I'm currently doing research on this myself as no one I have spoken with seems to have much to say on it other than personal preference.
- 05-24-2011, 06:37 PM
05-25-2011, 08:00 AM
It shouldn't be a problem if the fish oil in oil form was produced under proper conditions and packaged with/in vitamin E or a similar antioxidant. Similarly, a lot of manufacturers of fish oil caps think that capping gives them license to have loose standards for their production and not include protective antioxidants in the caps, thus yielding in oxidized FAs. The manufacturer matters more than if its capped or not.
EDIT: I can see this being a problem if you don't consume your fish oil supplement within like a year or two.
05-25-2011, 08:07 AM
Have you tried krill oil in place of fish oil?? I made the switch and will never look back, it is a noticeable improvement.
05-25-2011, 08:10 AM
I would only worry about not having it refrigerated but it should be potent until its expiration date. I prefer liquid and haven't had issues as long as I keep it in the fridge and consume in a timely manner.
05-25-2011, 09:31 AM
When I try the krill oil, I will create a thread specifically for it.
05-26-2011, 12:18 PM
Liquid of course. Caps are only for travel imo. You would need to take like 12+ caps per day normally, doesn't make sense.
I use UDO 3/6/9 oil (very large bottle), and refrigerate it. It safely lasts about 2 months this way. Research UDO, it's the best. 0 oxidation during the extraction process. They have superior quality control. If supplementing omega 3's, you need to have omega 6 + 9 as well, and in the correct ratio. UDO's 3/6/9 is in the proper balance/ratio. One of the largest errors most people make is to supplement large amounts of omega 3's alone, which throws everything else out of wack and over time is not healthy.
05-26-2011, 07:46 PM
05-26-2011, 11:27 PM
05-27-2011, 10:03 AM
05-27-2011, 11:09 AM
05-27-2011, 11:42 AM
I'm currently taking Carlson's which is giving me 800mg EPA/500mg DHA + 300mg other omega 3's (which I would love to know which ones they are). This is contained in 1 teaspoon and I currently take 2 teaspoons daily in one sitting with a medicine measuring cup LOL.
05-27-2011, 12:26 PM
05-27-2011, 01:21 PM
05-27-2011, 01:31 PM
Which type of refined oils?
I'm trying to think of what I would eat that has high omega-6 content.
Only oils in my diet are EVOO, EVCO, butter, some sunflower oil, everything else is animal from meats and eggs, but I buy grass fed / organic most of the time, especially with eggs since they aren't all that much more expensive.
05-27-2011, 02:07 PM
For the oils, even olive oil has a high omega 6 content. Per tbsp it has 1318mg omega 6 and only 103 mg omega 3. For sunflower oil its 505mg:27mg 6:3. This is according to nutritiondata.com. Since you're already eating organic meats I wouldn't worry about it.
Here's an interesting quiz John Meadows put up on Tnation.
1) Which oil has the worst Omega 6 to 3 ratio? A)Soybean Oil B)Safflower Oil C)Corn oil
2) Which oil has the best ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3? A) Flax seed oil B) Hemp seed oil C) Almond Oil
3) Which oil has the highest % of monounsaturated fatty acids A) Olive oil B) Avocado oil C) Macadamia nut oil
4) Which oil has a crappy Omega 6 to 3 ratio, but has some unknown antioxidants that make it pretty heat stable? A) Coconut oil B) High oleic safflower C) Sesame oil
5) Which oil's Omega 3 is is partially lost due to the processing it goes through? A) Canola oil B) Flax seed oil C) Walnut Oil
6) Which oil is very similar to Flax oil and is found in Korean food stores? A) Rice bran oil B) Perilla seed oil C) Hazlenut oil
Answers are: B B C C A B
05-27-2011, 04:31 PM
06-01-2011, 07:47 PM
06-01-2011, 07:56 PM
Anymore thoughts on the initial claim?:
superior efficacy of caps over liquid due to his claim involving the fish oil undergoing oxidation once you open the bottle of liquid fish oil. He said with fish oil caps, you don't experience this and it preserves the quality of the fish oil, hence, preserving it's efficacy and being superior to liquid.
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