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Fish Oil Supplements Comparison Chart

I’ve been doing more research on supplements this year, and one supplement I really need to take more consistently is fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are such an important part of your diet, and since I’m not a huge fan of seafood, taking fish oil pills seems like a good idea.

Plus, can you really get enough Omega-3s from your diet, even when eating seafood?

Here is a quick comparison chart I made to compare various fish oil supplements, from your typical high-quality fish oil to the ultra pure, super expensive stuff…

(Values are “per serving.”)

Pill Brand Omega-3 EPA DHA CLA Price
Barleans Signature (Pills) n/a 360mg 240mg n/a $0.19
Barleans Signature (Liquid) n/a 880mg 585mg n/a $0.47
Barleans High EPA-DHA n/a 783mg 400mg n/a $0.83
Biotest Flameout 4625mg 880mg 2200mg 352mg $1.36
Recoup|90 1800mg 1200mg 400mg n/a $1.33
Carlson Salmon Oil 750mg 360mg 250mg n/a $0.28
Carlson Super Omega-3 Fish Oils 600mg 300mg 200mg n/a $0.25
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 1280mg 650mg 450mg n/a $0.83

As you can see, there is quite a difference in potency and price amongst these brands. All the brands listed have good reputations, but some have much higher Omega-3 content per serving, which raises the price considerably.

barleans fish oil

The brands also vary in ways not shown in the chart. The Barleans fish oil supplements mention the LNA content, which is not mentioned on the others’ labels. Biotest Flameout has a slightly different formula than the others, with its high DHA content and the inclusion of CLA. So you might want to do some more research before making your final decision.

Based on the chart, I’d probably go with Barleans fish oil. If one chose the Barleans Signature capsules and took 4 servings per day, that would be similar to the fatty acid content of Recoup|90 and Flameout, but at a substantial discount! Sure, that would require swallowing more pills, but that’s a significant amount of money!

Also, Barleans comes in a liquid, so that is worth a shot if you don’t want to swallow eight pills per day. That oil contains lots of good fatty acids for just $0.47 per serving.

However, you do have to wonder what else is in some of these pills. Recoup|90 pills are smaller than the others, yet the other brands contain much less Omega-3 content. And the liquids are a whole other story, considering their Omega-6 content. (You probably don’t need to add any more Omega-6 to your diet.)

For quality, Biotest Flameout and Recoup|90 do sound top-notch. But Barleans is just as good (if not better) and seems to be the best value, too.

Whatever you do, seriously consider taking some sort of Omega-3 supplement!

Information for this chart was compiled based on the nutrition labels of these products as shown on their websites and packaging. It is correct to the best of my knowledge, but I could have made a typo or the label could have changed, so I make no guarantees to the accuracy of this chart.

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5 Comments
  1. I take fish oil every day and have for most of the last 6 months.

    And I did, even if it was imagined, feel like I was a little sharper than normal after taking them for a week or two.

    I started, took them for about 90 days, then ran out. I couldn’t afford another bottle right away.

    What I noticed was a massive depression that at first I didn’t attribute to this. I have to assume that it was withdraw symptoms and to me, prooves the connection between fish oil and brain function.

    The “depression” began lifting within days of starting to take fish oil again.

    I’m thinking that if I’d eased off fo them, rather than taking them at a steady rate until I’d run out completely, the “depression” would have been less.

    Of course, this is no laboratory test and I can’t prove anything except that this is my belief. But I find it interesting and thought it was worth sharing so that others might be aware of the potential reaction.

  2. @Tom

    Interesting findings. Usually fish oil is used to treat depression.

    As with anything, individual results will vary greatly. It could also depend on the brand and what else happens to be in their pills.

  3. This is a very good post. Fish oil supplements are very good for the human body. But one must be careful to see that they are extracted from the best oily fish from areas which are least contaminated. They should also be prepared by molecular distillation. Fish oil supplements are very good as they have the least contaminants.

  4. What I’d like to see is a comparison between fish oil and ground flaxseed for their omega-3 benefits. I am considering reintroducing ground flaxseed into my daily nutrition.

  5. @Bigbubba

    The big difference is that fish oil contains EPA and DHA fatty acids, while flax contains ALA. There’s debate on which is the better choice.

    My personal plan gives me both. I take fish oil pills, but also use ground flaxseed by sprinkling it on my oatmeal and other foods.

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