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Tested: VitaCost Mega EFA Omega-3 Fish Oil

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Fish oil is one of those supplements where I’m happy to pay extra for high quality, but it sure wouldn’t hurt to find one that is both high quality and affordable at high doses.

I’ve been taking a lot of the VitaCost Mega EFA Omega-3 EPA & DHA Fish Oil the past few years, and it might be the best value fish oil out there!

Check this – you can get a bottle of 240 softgels for the regular price of $21.99. Each serving of two pills gives you 2,126mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. Within that, you get 800mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 400mg DHA (docosahexaenoic acid.)

I generally take at least 4 pills per day, for a hefty dose, which means I still get 60 servings per bottle. So, I’m getting over 4g of purified (molecularly distilled) fish oil for $0.37 a day. If you look at my fish oil comparison chart, that’s far less expensive than the ultra-potency fish oils, and slightly less than my overall favorite, Barlean’s.

That’s good, but it gets better! It’s not uncommon for VitaCost to run really good sales on their private label products. Just a couple weeks ago I stocked up on this as well as their Norwegian Salmon Oil. Why? It was “buy one, get one 50% off.” When you go through fish oil like I do, that’s a deal where I’ll literally jump for joy!

I guess the burning question is, “how do you know this is a high-quality fish oil?”

That’s a great question. There are two things I know from the label. First, the oil is molecularly distilled. This processing gets rid of a lot of the junk in crude fish oil and means you’re getting more Omega-3 per dose. Second, it comes from anchovy and sardine, which are both small fish less likely to be filled with mercury in the first place.

Though I’ve never been to the factory where they process this, I’m inclined to trust VitaCost on this one. Thanks to my “bite test.”

My bite test is where I bite into a fish oil capsule and swallow the liquid. If it’s purified oil, it really shouldn’t taste fishy. My finding was that the fish oil inside doesn’t taste bad at all! It’s actually pretty good and you can taste a hint of strawberry. (It’s very interesting because it tastes so much better than the Carlson’s Very Finest that you’re meant to drink!)

There is a hint of fish if you bite into four pills at once, but it’s not a bad flavor. It’s kinda fun to chew up the strawberry casings, too, since you normally only find lemon and orange flavors.

So, this Vitacost fish oil is either so pure there is no fishy flavor, or so weak that it’s not worth using. But if I stop taking it, I can tell that my body misses it, so I believe it is indeed pure and packed with Omega-3 goodness!

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My final verdict is…

This is an excellent quality fish oil and the best value out there when it comes to Omega-3 supplements. I still like to alternate brands on occasion, but I take quite a bit of this stuff, and always stock up when VitaCost runs a sale.

If you want to take lots of fish oil without emptying your wallet, VitaCost Mega EFA Omega-3 Fish Oil could be just the ticket!

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Product Review Details
Company: Vitacost.
Product: VitaCost Mega EFA Omega-3 Fish Oil
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2013-07-22
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer. Advertiser: No.

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  1. What about the latest reports that fish oil causes prostate cancer?

  2. @Chad

    I’ll have to dig into the actual studies to really see what’s up. But there’s always something that causes something, so I’m not too concerned at the moment.

    I mean, cycling causes impotence, and the sun causes cancer, and I still ride my bike outdoors.

  3. @Chad

    Turns out I don’t even have to dig into the study. Some credible sources (in my opinion) have already said it’s nothing to worry about.

    For example,

  4. Thanks for looking into it. I was a bit concerned since I havve been taking fish oil religiously for years. What is your opinion of krill oil?
    I appreciate all of the great info you provide us readers!

  5. @Chad

    I’ll admit I’m having a tough time taking a stance on fish oil vs krill oil vs salmon oil vs tuna oil (and who knows what else.) As long as it’s a quality product, they all probably have some benefit, and some might work better depending on the individual.

    My strategy is going to be to alternate between them and then report my findings!

  6. Hi.
    Where do the fish from Vitacost Mega EFA® Omega-3 come from?
    I read that the Norway deep ocean is the best.

    I read that knowing “where” the pills come from is very important (farmed is one of the worse). It would be interesting if there was more literature out there about this.

    I do not eat fish or seafood, but I should take the Omega-3 tablet and I am trying to find out which tablet is the best without depleting my wallet.

    I am also considering the following three Omega pills:
    Nordic Naturals: Ultimate Omega . . .
    or their EPA Omega . . .
    or Nature Made

    thank you

  7. @Mary

    That’s a great question because yes I agree, wild fish from cold ocean waters would be best.

    I thought it said on the bottle but apparently it doesn’t! My mistake. I’ll have to contact Vitacost directly to see what they say.

  8. Levi,
    Earlier today, I used their “chat” online and asked this question and the one person from their company did not know the answer. Maybe you will talk to someone with more knowlege about this question. Thank you so much!

  9. The fish we use for our Mega EFA are wild-caught, not farmed, but it is difficult to trace where they originate from; many fish start in fresh water, migrate to a saltwater environment and return. We can assure you that tests for PCP, PCB mercury, pesticides, and heavy metals, and the levels are all well below the current acceptance levels or are completely undetectable.

    • I received this response from Vitacost customer service when I emailed for more information about their fish oil:

      Our Vitacost Mega EFA supplement is manufactured in Canada from anchovies and sardines caught off the coast of Peru in South America.  The fish oil meets or exceeds CRN (Council for Responsible Nutrition) and WHO (World Health Organization) monograph limits for contaminants and is tested at third party laboratories, validated for the test methods utilized. Specific laboratory results are considered to be proprietary information and are not released to the public as a matter of company policy however. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

      This product yields one of the greatest EPA and DHA per pill out there at such a low cost, also in the preferred 2:1 ratio. Such a deal!

  10. Thank you for all of the answers and your wonderful website, Coach Levi. You are super! Much appreciated.


  11. @Mary

    You are most welcome! :)

    VitaCost also has a product called Norwegian Salmon Oil. I started taking it this year (alternating with the Mega EFA and other fish oils.)

  12. I have subscribed by to read their review on fish oil supplement quality and Vitacost fish oil has passed all tests in terms of potency, purity…

  13. @Dan

    Good to know, thanks for sharing that!

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