Comparing Costs of Enteric Fish Oil Supplements
I needed to order some more enteric-coated fish oil capsules, and the warehouse club that had been my trusty supplier discontinued all of its useful supplements, seemingly in favor of cheese platters and bagels. I ordered some Kirkland brand from Amazon (since I had luck with the warehouse brand before) and got terrible fish burps from them, so, of to iHerb, I went, my trusty supplier, and found that the types and costs were all over the map. For my own sanity I made a spreadsheet so I could calculate the cost per g of EPA and figured it would be worth sharing here, since there’s such a wide disparity and access to concentration value seems hard to come by.
I knew that there is some shenanigans afoot in the enteric-coating business, since the Kirkland “enteric coated” capsules gave me the fish burps, which would be impossible if the enteric coat was real, so I figured I might need to try some different brands to try some. Note: I’ve excluded all the enteric-coated items that are not ‘molecularly distilled’ since I have a fish allergy and am not fond of consuming mercury nor PCB’s. Nobody should be consuming those.
Finding #1: the “Maximum Strength” capsules from 21st Century Health Care are by far the best value if you don’t mind swallowing pills. Finding #1a: they give me fish burps. Finding #1b: “Maximum Strength” is a meaningless label at only 200mg per capsule.
Finding #2: Natural Factors’ “Ultra Strength” is almost twice as expensive per g of EPA, but is the least expensive with an enteric-coating that works. So, Finding #2a: no fish burps. The concentration is really good – few capsules are required.
In sum, I’m taking the cheaper ones before bed and the more expensive ones during the day. I did not need to progress up the scale beyond the second attempt. Do you know of better values? Leave a comment.
|brand||product||count||molecularly distilled?||mg EPA per serving||pills per serving||servings per bottle||EPA per pill||cost||cost per pill||cost per serving||cost per g EPA||URL|
|Natural Factors||Ultra Strength Rx-Omega-3 Factors||150||Y||647||1||150||647||$29.64||$0.20||$0.20||$0.31||http://www.iherb.com/Natural-Factors-Ultra-Strength-Rx-Omega-3-Factors-150-Enteric-Coated-Softgels/24529|
|Olympian Labs Inc.||Enteric Coated Omega-3 Fish Oils||120||N||360||2||60||360||$17.71||$0.15||$0.30||$0.82||http://www.iherb.com/Olympian-Labs-Inc-Enteric-Coated-Omega-3-Fish-Oils-2000-mg-120-Softgels/10076|
|21st Century Health Care||Alaska Wild Fish Oil||90||Y||650||3||30||650||$10.64||$0.12||$0.35||$0.55||http://www.iherb.com/21st-Century-Health-Care-Alaska-Wild-Fish-Oil-90-Enteric-Coated-Softgels/15223|
|21st Century Health Care||Fish Oil||90||Y||180||1||90||180||$8.87||$0.10||$0.10||$0.55||http://www.iherb.com/21st-Century-Health-Care-Fish-Oil-1000-mg-180-Enteric-Coated-Softgels/11329|
|Optimum Nutrition||Enteric Coated Fish Oil||200||N||180||1||200||180||$19.31||$0.10||$0.10||$0.54||http://www.iherb.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Enteric-Coated-Fish-Oil-200-Softgels/38943|
|21st Century Health Care||Fish Oil, Maximum Strength||90||Y||200||1||200||200||$7.09||$0.04||$0.04||$0.18||http://www.iherb.com/21st-Century-Health-Care-Fish-Oil-Maximum-Strength-1200-mg-90-Enteric-Coated-Softgels/41324|