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!
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!
Product Review Details
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.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.
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