How to Choose the Best Omega-3 Supplement

Updated: April 28, 2023

Omega-3s are one of the most popular supplements on the shelf, but most people need to be made aware of the vast differences in quality out there. As is true for most things in life, not all omega-3 supplements are created equal.

In this article, we’ll explore:

  • Why supplementing with omega-3s is essential to health
  • The benefits of omega-3s
  • How to choose a high-quality omega-3 supplement
  • How to determine what your unique omega-3 needs are

Why You Need To Supplement With Omega-3s

For the most part, supplements should only be taken if your body truly calls for the nutrients it contains. When it comes to omega-3s, it’s fair to say that almost every person on this planet needs an extra dose.

Why?

Historically, research asserts that our ancestors ate a diet with about a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6. This balance was crucial for maintaining cellular health, immunity, inflammation levels, and more[1]. 

A common misconception today is that omega-3 fats are healthy and omega-6 fats are unhealthy. In reality, both of these types of fatty acids are crucial for our body’s overall health, but they must be consumed in balance. Today, our western diet provides an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio closer to 15:1, with omega-6 outweighing omega-3 15-fold[1]. 

This is primarily due to the industrialization of food, with an enormous amount of omega-6 oils sneaking their way into processed foods via seed oils. 100 years ago seed oils for cooking didn’t exist as our ancestors used beef tallow, butter and lard.  Today, convenient vegetable and seed oils have almost entirely replaced traditional low omega-6 fat sources.  

Unfortunately, the quality of our seafood, which is the primary source of omega-3 fats, has also gone downhill, pushing that ratio to the abysmal 15:1 that we see today. While wild fish still consume their regular diet, farmed fish (which has become increasingly popular) is often fed lower-quality feed that leaves the fish depleted of their omega-3s. In a report from the BBC back in 2016, it was estimated that farmed fish had lost about 50% of their original omega-3 fatty acid content[2].  

While there is no standard for the recommended daily intake of omega-3s, most governmental health agencies agree that we should aim for about 2.6 grams to 3 grams of combined omega-3s each day. To put those numbers into perspective, that’s about 6 ounces of fish daily. 

It’s fair to say that the vast majority of people are not meeting those standards[3].

This is why supplementing with omega-3s has become so popular; it’s not a matter of “nice to have”; it’s essential.

Benefits Of Omega-3 Supplements

There are three primary omega-3 fatty acids; DHA, EPA, and ALA. While EPA and DHA are primarily found in animal foods (and algae), ALA comes from plants. ALA also serves as a precursor to both DHA and EPA, although its conversion to these two fatty acids is not very strong, which is why most supplements focus on DHA and EPA instead of ALA.

Omega-3 supplements are most well-known for their anti-inflammatory activity, but these nutrients actually provide a range of health benefits.

Health Benefits of DHA and EPA

  • Boosts bone strength by enhancing calcium uptake, potentially diminishing the risk for osteoporosis[4]  
  • Reduces joint pain[5
  • Improves muscle strength and reduces wasting (sarcopenia)[6]
  • Improves mental health (depression and anxiety)[7
  • Assists in healthy eyesight[8
  • Decreases inflammatory chemicals and markers in the body[9]
  • Supports neurological health and functioning (both in infancy and older age)[10]
  • May improve ADD and ADHD in children[11
  • Improves markers for heart disease such as triglycerides, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood clotting[12][13][14][15
  • Improves immunity and may lower the risk for autoimmune disease[16
  • Increases sleep quality[17

How to Choose An Omega-3 Supplement

Now that you’re versed in the benefits of omega-3s and understand why supplementing them in your diet is crucial, how do you choose which one to go with? There are hundreds (if not thousands) of omega-3 supplements, so how do you know which one is best for you?

Before placing an order or dropping a bottle of fish oil in your shopping cart, just think of the “3 Ps”:

  1. How potent is the product?
  2. How pure are the omega-3s?
  3. How palatable is it? (Can you actually get it down?)

Potency

The potency of your omega-3 supplement comes down to two things:

  1. How many milligrams of EPA and DHA do you get per serving
  2. What is the serving size?

Many companies flash marketing on the bottle claiming that they provide a potent dose of omega-3s per serving, but when you actually take the time to look at what a serving size is, you see that you’re meant to consume an enormous amount of oil each day. This could be several teaspoons or tablespoons, or handfuls of capsules. 

Other companies may offer a more realistic serving size, but the amount of EPA and DHA you get is a fraction of your daily needs. 

Ultimately, your omega-3 supplement should offer a generous dose of omega-3s in a reasonable serving size. 

The next part of an omega-3 supplement’s Potency is bioavailability. Bioavailability is a word that describes your body’s ability to break down, absorb, and utilize a nutrient. When a supplement has high bioavailability, your body soaks it up and integrates it seamlessly because it recognizes it as something vital for your health and well-being. 

On the other hand, supplements with low bioavailability may be harder for your body to recognize and therefore utilize. 

The bioavailability of omega-3 supplements primarily comes down to the form of the fatty acids that it contains. 

When looking for a highly bioavailable omega-3, you always want to go for natural triglycerides. This is the form of omega-3 that’s found in nature and has undergone the least amount of processing. Your body knows exactly what to do with natural triglycerides, which means you get the most bang for your buck[21].

Some manufacturers will take natural triglycerides and convert them into ethyl esters through a process called “transesterification.” The benefit of transesterification is that it increases the amount of EPA and DHA up to third-fold; the downside is that these new fatty acids are much less bioavailable. This means that a supplement may boast a high dosage on its label, but your body can only absorb a fraction of it. 

Furthermore, there is some concern about the safety of ethyl esters for vulnerable populations like pregnant women and children[22].

Finally, there are synthetic triglycerides, which are ethyl esters that have been transformed back into triglycerides. This process once again alters the structure of the fatty acid, making it even more confusing for your body to recognize.

Purity 

Omega-3 supplements can come from a variety of sources. For instance, some omega-3s can come from algae, while others come from fish. And within the fish category, some come from larger fish like cod, while others come from smaller fish like sardines. 

Knowing the source of your omega-3 supplement will tell you a lot about the quality of the omegas. For example, while algae is rich in DHA, most algae-based supplements don’t have a good balance of EPA. 

Furthermore, and perhaps even more important, omega-3 supplements made from larger fish are much more likely to contain toxic compounds called PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), which are a type of environmental pollutant that seeps into our water supply and contaminates the fish.

 

In one study, researchers found that only 8% of omega-3 supplements tested contained safe levels of toxic contaminants – a staggering 92% contamination rate[18]. 

What makes PCBs so dangerous? These man-made compounds have been linked to health concerns such as endocrine disruption and cancer[19][20].

Smaller fish that are lower on the food chain, such as sardines, anchovies, and mackerel, tend to pick up fewer PCBs because they are bottom feeders, which means that their own food supply is generally pretty pure. Ultimately, smaller fish provide an ideal source of omega-3s with their combined EPA/DHA ratio, along with a reduced risk for contamination. 

Another aspect of omega-3 quality that needs to be assessed is oxidation. Omega-3s are inherently vulnerable to oxidative stress due to the structure of these fatty acids, which means that your omega-3 supplement must contain a potent antioxidant to protect the fatty acids from breaking down. 

When fatty acids become oxidized, they not only taste and smell bad, but oxidized oil creates inflammation – which is the exact opposite of what you’re looking for with your omega-3 supplement. 

While most companies do add some type of antioxidant to their oils, the quality of the antioxidant also matters. For example, one study found unacceptably high levels of oxidation in 80% of the fish oils tested[21].

While vitamin E is a common choice and fits under the “natural antioxidant” label, sources of antioxidants like curcumin and astaxanthin are much more powerful and come with their own health benefits. 

Palatability

One of the most common complaints that people have regarding fish oil supplements is their palatability. Many supplements have a fishy taste and often produce a fishy burp after you consume them. While this may seem relatively harmless, the burp actually comes back to the bioavailability of the oil, and the fishy taste is a tell-tale sign of oxidation. 

When you have a supplement that’s composed of natural triglycerides, your body will readily accept it and digest it. However, ethyl esters and synthetic triglycerides are much more likely to produce a burp or other digestive discomfort. 

As for the fishy taste, supplements made with powerful antioxidants like curcumin and astaxanthin will eliminate the fishy taste by preventing oxidation and rancidity. 

What Are The Best Omega-3 Supplements?

It may seem like a lot to consider, but when you pull it all together, the best omega-3 supplements will contain the following:

  • Natural triglycerides (as opposed to synthetic or ethyl esters).
  • High-quality antioxidants like astaxanthin and curcumin which not only serve to protect the oil but also contain their own health benefits like anti-inflammation. 
  • Omega-3s are sourced from smaller, short-lived fish like sardines, anchovies, and mackerel.
  • High levels of both DHA and EPA per serving, with modest serving sizes that don’t require you to swallow a handful of capsules or a mouthful of oil.

Remember to keep in mind the “3 Ps”: Potency, Purity, and Palatability. Where can you find a fish oil that ticks all of these boxes? These factors were all taken into consideration in the production of AlgaeCal’s Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil.

Sourced from fresh, wild anchovies, sardines, and mackerel in pristine waters off the coast of Peru, this omega-3 supplement is as clean as it is potent – with a whopping 1480 mg per serving. 

What’s more, the natural triglycerides are protected by both curcumin and astaxanthin, which keep the oil fresh while also adding inflammatory benefits to the supplement. 

And finally, the delicious mango flavor of the oil not only enhances palatability, but you’ll also notice that unlike many other supplements out there Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil is completely burp-free – guaranteed. 

Should You Take Fish Oil Every Day?

Judging by how deficient our food supply is in omega-3s, taking a fish oil supplement daily is a good idea for most people. With that being said, everyone’s body has different needs, and depending on your age, diet, and health status, you may need a smaller or larger dose. 

The best way to figure out exactly how much fish oil you could benefit from daily, you can take an Omega 3 Blood Test. The OmegaQuant Kit provides everything you need to test your blood omega-3 levels at home; no need to go to a lab. This test is also one of the most reliable omega-3 blood test kits out there, acting as the industry leader in omega-3 testing. 

Who Should Take Omega-3 Supplements?

As mentioned, pretty much anyone can benefit from omega-3 supplements, as our food supply is drastically deficient in these nutrients. With that being said, some populations are in even greater need of omega-3s, including:

  • People with neurological disease
  • Anyone with learning disabilities, ADD, or ADHD
  • Aging populations that are concerned about bone health
  • Anyone that is struggling with mental or emotional issues like anxiety and depression
  • Those at risk for heart disease or metabolic syndrome 
  • People looking to boost their immunity
  • Anyone with an inflammatory condition 

Takeaway

While there are hundreds of different supplements to choose from, omega-3s are one that almost every person can benefit from. But it’s vital to understand that not all omega-3s are made equally, and the quality of your supplement will determine how well your body responds to the nutrients you’re trying to feed it. 

To learn more about quality supplements and all things related to bone health and healthy aging, sign up for the AlgaeCal Newsletter to stay educated and informed.

FAQs

What are the benefits of taking fish oil?

The omega-3s in fish oil can help to boost bone health, reduce joint pain, improve muscle strength, and decrease inflammation. They can also improve mental health, assist in healthy eyesight, support neurological function, improve markers for heart disease, improve immunity, and increase sleep quality. 

 Is it good to supplement with omega-3 daily?

Taking a fish oil supplement daily is a good idea for most people. Generally speaking, our diets are very low in omega-3s and exceptionally high in omega-6. Daily omega-3 supplementation is the easiest way to balance these two nutrients. 

What form of fish oil is best?

Fish oil in the triglyceride form (as opposed to synthetic or ethyl esters) offers the highest bioavailability. You’ll also want to ensure that the oil comes from smaller fish like sardines and anchovies, as opposed to larger fish that carry more toxins.

 How can you identify a good quality omega-3 supplement?

A good quality omega-3 oil will be high in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) specifically and will come from smaller fish like sardines, anchovies, and mackerel, which tend to pick fewer toxins than larger fish. You also want to ensure you’re getting your oil in the form of triglycerides, as they will provide the most bioavailability.

When is the best time of day to take fish oil?

You can take fish oil any time of day, depending on what works best for you. Some people find that taking fish oil on an empty stomach can cause nausea, so you may want to take it alongside a meal if you have a sensitive stomach. 

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  1. denise

    December 21, 2019 , 4:30 pm

    Your guide provides helpful information. Wish I could use your Omega 3 supplement. However, I cannot use xylitol or citric acid.

  2. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 24, 2019 , 9:44 am

    Hi Denise,

    Thanks for taking the time to read through our article and comment! Sorry to hear that you’re unable to take our Triple Power Omega 3. We hope you’ll be able to use the helpful tips in this article to choose an omega 3 supplement that fits your needs ❤️

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  3. Barbara Stratton

    December 21, 2019 , 9:33 pm

    I am vegan and do not want to consume any animal products–especially fish. How can I add Omega 3 to my diet?
    Barbara Stratton

  4. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 24, 2019 , 9:54 am

    Hi Barbara, good question!

    Vegan omega 3 sources include walnuts, ground flax, hemp seeds, chia seeds, as well as their oils (eg. walnut oil, flax oil, etc.). It can be hard for vegans to get enough omega 3 through diet alone, which is where supplements can come in handy.

    One brand that carries a good vegan omega 3 supplement is Nordic Naturals – feel free to look them up online! Hope this helps ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  5. Jan Thatcher

    January 4, 2020 , 5:02 pm

    Glad to hear you are recommending Nordic Natural’s Algae Omega. I have been taking this for three years and find it to be an excellent way for vegetarians to get their Omega 3’s.

  6. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 6, 2020 , 3:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Jan!

    Great to hear that you’ve been enjoying taking Nordic Naturals as a high-quality omega 3 source 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  7. Carolyn

    December 22, 2019 , 6:07 am

    Is triple power ok for a diabetic to take?

  8. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 24, 2019 , 9:56 am

    Great question, Carolyn!

    Yes, Triple Power is okay for someone with diabetes as it’s sweetened with xylitol, which doesn’t spike blood sugar. You can learn more about xylitol and its benefits here.

    Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  9. Brenda

    December 22, 2019 , 9:43 am

    Would love to be able to take this but way expensive! Very unfortunate

  10. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 24, 2019 , 10:02 am

    Hi Brenda, thanks for your honesty.

    We do have bundle pricing which brings down the cost per bottle. You can learn about our pricing options here or by calling our Bone Health Consultants (who can also help answer bone-health related questions) at 1-800-820-0184. ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  11. Liz Morkill

    January 5, 2020 , 5:13 am

    I’m allergic to turmeric. Will you ever consider making a version without it?

  12. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 7, 2020 , 3:59 pm

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for taking the time to share. We currently don’t have any plans to make a version without turmeric, but we like to suggest Nordic Naturals as another high-quality omega 3 supplement! Hope this helps 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  13. Shelley

    January 5, 2020 , 11:30 am

    I’m an international Flight Attendant,
    and travel 9-12 days straight, so packing the liquid wouldn’t work for me.
    Do you have capsules that don’t have to be refrigerated?

  14. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 8, 2020 , 12:06 pm

    Hi Shelley, good question!

    We don’t offer Triple Power in capsule form – our preference is for liquid because it’s more absorbable and less prone to masked rancidity. Having said that, here are some tips for traveling with Triple Power:

    -Triple Power will be fine without refrigeration for a few days
    -Pack Triple Power in smaller bottles and keep these in the fridge or a bucket of ice
    -If the above isn’t realistic for you, purchase a capsule form of Omega for times of prolonged travel

    Hope this helps, Shelley!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  15. R Patrick

    January 5, 2020 , 5:57 pm

    I bought a bottle but when I saw the amount of Cholesterol in one Tablespoon—30mg, I was shocked. That is more Cholesterol than 1 cup of 2% milk—20mg, which I why I switched to Almond Milk for 0mg of Cholesterol and 2x the Calcium. I became very concerned as I need to keep to a low cholesterol diet. Is there a way to get Omega 3’s without the huge Cholesterol hit?

  16. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 7, 2020 , 8:26 am

    Hi Richie, we’re glad you reached out!

    There’s no need to worry about the cholesterol in fish oil. There’s strong evidence to show that omega 3 fatty acids (like in Triple Power) can help to improve cholesterol levels.

    And contrary to popular belief, someone with high cholesterol doesn’t need to be concerned about how much cholesterol they’re consuming. Only around 20% of the cholesterol in your body comes from the food you eat – the other 80% is made by your liver. Your liver makes cholesterol because you need cholesterol…it’s essential to a healthy, properly functioning body. The problem is when we have too much “bad” cholesterol and too little “good” cholesterol. What affects levels of good and bad cholesterol? Things like saturated fats, trans fats, and soluble fibre.

    Here’s an article with tips on how to lower cholesterol that you may find helpful.

    Hope this information helps and gives you peace of mind about the 30mg of cholesterol in Triple Power 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  17. Rose

    August 16, 2020 , 7:01 am

    Does unopened bottles of Triple Oower need to be refrigerated?

  18. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 18, 2020 , 3:52 pm

    Hi Rose,

    That’s a great question!

    Unopened bottles of Triple Power Fish Oil do not need to be refrigerated; however, we do recommend refrigerating the bottles once opened.

    Let us know if you have further questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  19. Ilene

    August 17, 2020 , 3:49 am

    The Algae Cal folks recommended Nordic Naturals to me when they first came out with their product and I called and asked for an alternative for vegans. I have been very happy with Nordic Naturals. And I love the Algae Cal experts!

  20. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 18, 2020 , 3:53 pm

    So great to hear that, Ilene! Thanks for the love ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  21. Victoria Dinges

    August 19, 2020 , 7:03 am

    Does Triple Power come in a less caloric formula?

  22. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 20, 2020 , 2:34 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    That’s a great question! We do not have a less caloric formula of Triple Power; however, you may be happy to hear that some studies have shown fish oil may aid in weight loss! More research is needed, but it is certainly promising. You can read more about this here.

    Let us know if you have further questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  23. Constance Bishop

    August 31, 2020 , 2:11 pm

    Hi. If I take your Triple Power Omega 3 product, and my weight is 100#s, I’d take 1 TBS each day.
    That would be sufficient since the dosage is set up for the average weight of 150 #.
    Is that correct?

  24. Megan AlgaeCal

    September 6, 2020 , 1:15 pm

    Hi Constance!

    We recommend 1 tablespoon daily with food for maintenance, or 2 tablespoons daily to increase blood omega levels. These recommendations aren’t dependant on weight. Hope this helps!

    If you have any other questions, please reach out to us at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  25. Jean

    March 25, 2021 , 6:34 am

    I am sold on the potency and purity of this product, but I am having trouble with the palatability. I was expecting to like it given the write up, but it makes me a bit queasy when I take it. And the color is also very hard to make it look appealing. Any thoughts on ways to take it to make it more palatable? I take the algae cal daily and have really had no issues there! Thanks for any advice.

  26. Megan AlgaeCal

    March 26, 2021 , 10:21 am

    Hi Jean, so sorry to hear this!

    Some of our customers enjoy adding Triple Power to a smoothie, atop plain yogurt, or simply drink a glassful of water after taking Triple Power. Some also find it helpful to split the dose into 3 teaspoons each day rather than 1 tablespoon.

    Hope some of these suggestions help! If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-820-0184. 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  27. Shirley

    March 25, 2021 , 6:06 pm

    I do take Algae Cal Plus and Strontium Boost. I have tried the Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil and sorry to say that I find the taste so strong and lingers on my palate. I wish you made a capsule. Please let me know if you have another Omega 3 product I can buy. Thank you so much.

  28. Megan AlgaeCal

    March 26, 2021 , 10:27 am

    Hi Shirley,

    We’re sorry to hear that Triple Power isn’t working out for you. At this time, we aren’t offering Triple Power in capsule form, but we do appreciate your feedback and will pass this onto our team.

    If you’d like to return any unopened or partially used bottles that were purchased within 1 year, please reach out to us at [email protected] or 1-800-820-0184 and our team will be happy to help ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  29. Bonnie Ihrke

    March 27, 2021 , 10:19 am

    I agree with other posts that Triple Power is very expensive. I do take 1 tablespoon/day and fill in with other fish oil capsules. It’s unfortunate that I can’t use my insurance Over The Counter card for Triple Power but can use it for supplements at the drug store.

  30. Megan AlgaeCal

    March 29, 2021 , 12:00 pm

    Hi Bonnie, thanks for your feedback!

    We do our best to make Triple Power affordable. In saying that, our pricing takes into consideration the costs of labor, manufacturing, and more. We add only the highest quality ingredients to our formulation as the quality of our products is what makes them so effective. Keep in mind that Triple Power is not only fish oil, but provides curcumin and astaxanthin as well!

    As there are many things you can do to combat inflammation and boost your immune system, we hope everyone takes advantage of the free information on our blog! For example, we have an article on the best anti-inflammatory foods here.

    Any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  31. Andrea Zimerman

    February 4, 2023 , 7:42 am

    Could you please provide me with the names of goods Omega 3 ,best brands

  32. Chelsea Dugas

    February 6, 2023 , 7:46 am

    Hi there, Andrea! When searching for a quality Omega-3 supplement, we definitely recommend anything that has a good dose of both EPA and DHA – therefore a quality fish oil. Our Triple Power Fish Oil delivers 1480 mg of EPA/DHA in one dose and also contains curcumin and astaxanthin – both of which are powerful antioxidants that combat chronic oxidative stress – a major component in bone loss! To learn more, you can visit our site HERE! If you opt for a different brand, be sure to find one that provides both EPA and DHA, is safely and sustainably sourced, and is fresh! Hope this helps! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  33. Susan Walah

    February 4, 2023 , 7:47 am

    I understand all the advantages of taking the liquid form of omega 3 but I sooooooo wish you would come up with a triple p supplement in pill form. I don’t like this liquid form. . . I’ve tried it a few times and took it regularly for a while and it just almost makes me gag. I think it’s probably more a mental thing with me since I don’t care for any seafood and I know what’s in this. I can’t believe I’m the only person that would prefer capsule form. I know it’s good for me and I believe this is probably a superior product but I can’t do it.

  34. Chelsea Dugas

    February 7, 2023 , 8:54 am

    So sorry to hear you find our Triple Power Fish Oil hard to swallow, Susan! We understand everyone has different tastes. We have considered capsules in the past, but to ensure the freshest, highest quality, we settled on the emulsion. Some customers have shared that they like to mix their Triple Power Fish Oil with other things like yogurt, ice cream, or even a glass of almond milk. Perhaps experimenting in this way will help to alleviate your aversion to it? Hope this helps and please let us know if you have any more questions!

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  35. Connie Sandvik

    February 4, 2023 , 8:02 am

    My daughter-in-law is allergic to fish. Would this be a product unsuitable for her?

  36. Chelsea Dugas

    February 7, 2023 , 8:59 am

    Sorry to hear this, Connie. Indeed, our Triple Power Fish Oil is made of a variety of freshly-harvested fish and so would be unsuitable for someone with fish allergies. Your daughter-in-law could opt for a vegetarian omega-3 supplement. Hope this helps!

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  37. Sister Louray Noll

    February 4, 2023 , 8:04 am

    Is quill oil good?

  38. Chelsea Dugas

    February 7, 2023 , 9:02 am

    Hi, Sister Louray! We actually have an informative article on the differences and benefits of fish oil vs krill oil if you’re interested! You can find it HERE. Hope this helps! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  39. TW

    February 4, 2023 , 4:04 pm

    What about if you are on blood thinners? I take Eliquis twice a day. I think I read somewhere that omega 3s and turmeric are natural blood thinners. Is this true?

  40. Chelsea Dugas

    February 7, 2023 , 9:06 am

    Great question, TW! Triple Power has a mild blood thinning effect. It is similar to curry, chili, ginger, or cayenne – which are also natural blood thinners. For specific medical conditions, we recommend checking in with your doctor to see if Triple Power Fish Oil is right for you. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 or email [email protected] if you have further questions!

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  41. Lorraine Alves

    February 4, 2023 , 4:08 pm

    Is there a promo code for purchase

  42. Chelsea Dugas

    February 7, 2023 , 9:09 am

    Hi, Lorraine!

    We don’t usually have coupons or promo codes for our products. Instead, we offer great discounts on larger, bundled orders – as much as 31% off our Bone Builder packs – with free shipping every time! To view all the options, visit our website HERE or give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 for more information! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  43. Mariela

    February 7, 2023 , 10:38 am

    I would like to know what is the amount of xylitol (grams) in a tablespoon of Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil?

    Thanks for the great article!
    Mariela

  44. Tammy

    February 14, 2023 , 10:57 am

    Hi Mariela,

    Thank you for your question! There are 5 g of xylitol in a tablespoon of our Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil! Let us know if you have any further questions!

    – Tammy @ AlgaeCal

  45. Mariela

    February 7, 2023 , 10:59 am

    How many mg of EPA and DHA does one tablespoon of Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil contain?
    In the article it is mentioned that this supplement contains 1480 mg per serving, and in the product ingredients it says 1200 mg of EPA and DHA, is this amount in one tablespoon or two tablespoons?
    I’m a little confused.

    I would be very grateful if you could clarify this doubt please.
    Mariela

  46. Tammy

    February 14, 2023 , 10:08 am

    Hi Mariela,

    One tablespoon of Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil contains 750 mg of EPA and 450 mg of DHA. It also contains 280 mg of other omega-3 fatty acids, so the total amount of omega-3 fatty acids is 1480 mg per serving. I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions!

    – Tammy @ AlgaeCal

  47. Grace

    February 10, 2023 , 9:06 am

    Is omega xl good

  48. Tammy

    February 14, 2023 , 12:04 pm

    Hi Grace,

    Great question! When it comes to any specific brands, we recommend reaching out to the company for information about purity and the source of their fish oil. Also, in order for us to combat inflammation, which is one of the underlying causes of bone loss, we recommend taking a product that will give you at least 1000 mg of DHA and EPA combined per serving. I hope this helps with your research! In case you’d like to read about our Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil, please click HERE! Let us know if you have any further questions!

    – Tammy @ AlgaeCal

  49. Nina Le

    February 12, 2023 , 5:46 pm

    Is your fish oil 3rd party tested by independent lab?

  50. Tammy

    February 14, 2023 , 8:23 am

    Hi Nina,

    Great question! Our fish oil is 3rd-party tested for microbial levels, fatty acid profile and peroxide values.
    Please let us know if you have any further questions!

    – Tammy @ AlgaeCal

  51. Genevieve Halsted

    March 2, 2023 , 7:48 pm

    How many sardines should one consume daily (eg. One can?) get satisfactory supplement coverage?

  52. Chelsea Dugas

    March 3, 2023 , 1:03 pm

    Great question, Genevieve! Various sources suggest a weekly intake of between 2-3 servings of sardines, which translates to approximately 8-12 oz per serving for adults, and 4-6 oz per serving for children ages 4 to 7. Hope this helps! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  53. Linda Jarrett

    March 3, 2023 , 6:36 am

    Great informational article. We take Your Triple Power daily . Our only complaint is the overpowering sweetness.

  54. Chelsea Dugas

    March 3, 2023 , 12:58 pm

    Hi, Linda! Sorry to hear you are finding our Triple Power Omega-3 Fish Oil overly sweet. We understand everyone has different tastes. Some of our customers have shared that they like to mix their Triple Power Fish Oil into other things like yogurt, ice cream, or even a glass of almond milk. Perhaps experimenting in this way will help to dissipate some of the sweetness? Hope this helps and please let us know if you have any more questions! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  55. Colleen Bender

    March 8, 2023 , 2:25 pm

    I am so disappointed. I have been taking AlgaeCal and Strontium for over a year. I Had a Dexa Scan before starting the program. I have faithfully taken 4 Calcium daily and 2 Strontium nightly. My Dexa Scan came our 4 points lower than I began. I am now diagnosed with Osteoporosis and my Dr. wants to give me Pro Lia shots every six months. I am very upset. What do you suggest?

  56. Yoori AlgaeCal

    March 8, 2023 , 3:38 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear you didn’t get the results you were expecting, Colleen, We certainly understand your disappointment given the trust, time and money you have invested with AlgaeCal. We hope you know that we are fully committed to working with you to identify the possible reason for this and discuss these results in further detail.

    Colleen, would it be possible to connect with you over the phone? There are so many factors that can impact our bone health and one of our DEXA specialists would love to review your DEXA results and set up a time with you to discuss the possible causes, and steps moving forward to work towards, strong, healthy bones! If so, would you be able to send us your before and after DEXA scans? You can simply email these scans to us at [email protected] or fax them to us at 1-855-211-7699. As soon as we receive these DEXA scans we can arrange for a phone call with one of our trained Bone Health Consultants.

    Again, we’re so sorry for the recent results on your DEXA scan as we absolutely understand how upsetting this must be. Of course, in the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184, as any of our Bone Health Consultants would be happy to help. Our office hours are from 5am-4pm Monday to Friday, and 6am-4pm PST Saturday-Sunday.

    Wishing you a wonderful day and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    – Yoori @ AlgaeCal

  57. Elizabeth B Chentis

    August 2, 2023 , 3:31 pm

    I am sn 82 year old retired teacher. I have been taking Omega xl for more than 10 years 4 capsules a day.I ordered good for 4 months supply since I will be out of the country for several months. My asthma is totally gone after 2 years of taking it. I have Mom’s arthritis…I see my fingers are showing the sign of arthritis a year ago. My Mom had these hands in her 50s. Omega xl I believe has slowed down my Mom’s disease.

  58. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    August 3, 2023 , 11:36 am

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Elizabeth. It’s great to hear that your current Omega-3 supplement is working for you! 💛
    – Megan

  59. Cecilia Perez

    January 21, 2024 , 5:30 am

    Good article but there is no mention of krill oil as an omega 3 supplement?

  60. Yoori AlgaeCal

    January 21, 2024 , 2:55 pm

    Great question, Cecilia! This article simply goes over information on what to look for when choosing the best omega-3 supplement. If you are interested, we have another article on comparing Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil HERE. I hope this helps! 🙂

    – Yoori

  61. Connie Burrow

    January 26, 2024 , 7:31 pm

    Do you still supply Coral Calcium ? About 3 years ago I used it and see now the difference without it.

  62. Yoori AlgaeCal

    January 29, 2024 , 2:18 pm

    Thank you for reaching out, Connie! We are out of stock of coral calcium, and will no longer be manufacturing this supplement. However, I’d like to point you in the direction of our basic AlgaeCal formulation as a very similar alternative! You can read more about AlgaeCal on our website HERE.

    AlgaeCal is the only calcium supplement clinically supported to increase bone mineral density, and it’s effective not only because it’s plant-based calcium, but the algae itself is naturally loaded with many of the vitamins and minerals that our bones need, and our diets are lacking! We also offer our AlgaeCal Plus formulation which is more complete for bone building, as it contains added Vitamin D3, K2, C, Magnesium and Boron to help with effective absorption and placement of calcium into the bone. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 (US & Canada Toll-free) or email [email protected] for more information! 🙂

    – Yoori

  63. Elizabeth A Welles

    March 19, 2024 , 2:27 pm

    Is Omega XL by Great Health Works a good source of fish oil?

  64. Yoori AlgaeCal

    March 19, 2024 , 3:27 pm

    Hi Elizabeth! As other brands of fish oil falls outside our scope of research, it would be best to discuss this with a healthcare professional for their best advice :).

    – Yoori

  65. Terri Bourque

    May 20, 2024 , 7:37 am

    Appreciate I can get omega-3 without having to consume fish. I am a carnivore and eat lots of meat. But I do not care for seafood, especially Fish. Again thank you for this product.

  66. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 6:46 pm

    Happy to hear our Triple Power Fish Oil is a good fit for you, Terri!
    – Yoori

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