Fish Oil Reviews of the 5 Most Popular Brands
If you’re looking for fish oil reviews of every single fish oil product available, you won’t find it here…
Instead, we review the 5 most popular fish oil brands currently available from many health food stores and on-line retailers.
According to our information in How to Buy the Best Fish Oils, we strongly stressed the importance of calculating the total omega 3 fatty acid concentration and determining the purity before buying you buy any fish oil.
Using the above criteria, we review Carlson Labs, Spring Valley, Dr. Barry Sears, Nordic Naturals and Minami Omega 3 products.
The reviews are based on the pharmaceutical-grade, high omega 3 levels and reported manufacturing principles.
1. Carlson Labs Fish Oil Review
I believe this is one of the most popular brands available in North America.
They have over 25 different kinds of fish oils, from flavored and unflavored liquids to children’s orange flavored soft chews.
They claim that all of their products use deep ocean fish from the Norwegian Sea which are processed and bottled in Norway.
The product line is tested for EPA and DHA concentrations and purity by an independent, third-party laboratory using Internationally-accepted regulations.
Carlson’s Very Finest Fish Oil is also one of the most popular liquid fish oil supplements currently selling in North America.
You can learn more about them at Carlson Fish Oil Review.
2. Spring Valley Fish Oil Review
If you’re looking for a general fish oil at a budget price, you may like this particular product. You can usually find it at your local discount superstore or drugstore.
Spring Valley Fish Oil comes in an enteric-coated soft gel with 30% omega 3 fatty acid concentrations.
It contains a proprietary omega 3 supplement called MEG-3. It’s reported to be tested to meet to a number of quality standards, including standards set by Health Canada and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Comes packaged in 1000 mg. soft gels and you can purchase them in 60 to 250 count per bottle.
This product is an excellent supplement that provides pharmaceutical-grade fatty acids at an affordable price. If you’re someone that needs maximum omega-3 concentrations you may want to try a brand with higher potency, such as Dr. Sears Omega-3 Concentrates.
For more detailed information, please see Spring Valley Fish Oil Review.
3. Dr. Barry Sears Fish Oil Review
Also called Zone Labs OmegaRx2 Fish Oils in Capsules and High-Potency Liquids.
Dr. Barry Sears is reported to be one of the leading scientists in the field of omega 3 fatty acids and their health benefits.
This product is a highly-purified omega 3 supplement which gives you over 60% concentrations of EPA and DHA per dose; I believe it’s one of the highest concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids currently available.
Dr. Sears claims his products are effective for improving athletic performance and enhancing weight loss.
Zone Labs Omega Rx2 Fish Oil comes in 2 formulations; a capsule and liquid formulation. The liquid fish oil will provide over 3 grams of EPA and DHA combined. Dr. Sears also provides a “Sport” formulation that has added Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Sesame Oil that’s reported to help boost your body’s anti-inflammatory response.
If you’re looking for a premium omega 3 concentrate that provides maximum anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits, this product may meet your needs.
You can read more about the product line and prices for Dr. Sears Fish Oil.
4. Nordic Naturals Fish Oil
This is classified as a pharmaceutical-grade fish oil derived from sardines and anchovies in Norway.
You can choose from over 25 different kinds of products; including basic omega 3 supplements, blends of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, fish oils for children, supplements for cats and dogs, and high concentration supplements exceeding 60% omega 3 fatty acid levels.
Nordic Naturals claims their purity levels exceed many testing standards, including standards set by the Norwegian Medicinal Standard (NMS) and the European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS).
This product is considered to be an affordable high quality, pharmaceutical-grade supplement. The Nordic High Concentration Omega 3 formula is comparable to Dr. Sears Omega RX fish oils; both products provide high omega-3 concentrations that exceed many off-the-shelf products.
If you’re interested in comparing products, prices and more, please read Review of Nordic Natural Fish Oils.
5. Minami Omega 3 Supplements
Minami Nutrition claims they’re the first company to use a patented distillation process to make high concentration omega 3 supplements.
These products provide up to a 95% concentration of the essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA – one of the highest available. Their soft gels are made from fish gelatin, unlike some companies that use bovine or other animal-based products.
They also provide supplements for infant health, pre and post-natal support, vegan-friendly formulas and a wide range of specialized formulas utilizing proven ingredients.
Learn more at Review of Minami Fish Oil Supplements.
Additional Links for Fish Oil Reviews
- One of the most popular sites to check purity and dosage amounts is the IFOS – International Fish Oil Standards. This is third-party company that independently tests the label claims on a variety of fish oil supplements. The testing program is voluntary and companies have to pay a fee to submit their products for analysis. The IFOS provides a Consumer Report that gives you detailed results of the amount of omega 3 fatty acids, contaminants and purity levels…and it’s all free of charge to consumers.
- Consumer Reports recently published a review of the 15 most-popular omega 3 fish oil supplements. You normally have to pay a fee to become a member of Consumer Reports to view their report, but if you click on a link at the bottom of the page stating, “See the Ratings charts as they originally appeared in the issue of Consumer Reports Magazine. (link) Fish-oil pills (link)” a pop-up window will appear with a brief summary of their test results. A couple of products tested false-positive, due to inclusion of lemon-flavorings which may have affected the overall scoring process. However, their findings claim that most products met requirements of the European Union and the U.S. Pharmacopeia.
- ConsumerLabs is another consumer advocate website that publishes an extensive review of dozens of fish oil and krill oil supplements. You also have to pay a nominal fee to access the results of their report but their reviews are reported to be the most extensive and detailed.
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