Comparing Costs of Enteric Fish Oil Supplements

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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