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Is Your Source Of Omega-3 Rotten?

Updated on January 21, 2011

Is your Source of Omega-3 Rotten?

No one in their right mind would ever eat rotten fish; however those who take fish oil as an omega-3 supplement could be subjecting their body to spoiled fish oil. Fish oil is known to immediately oxidize as soon as it’s extracted from the fish and exposed to air, long before it is placed in a capsule. There is no way to assure that every fish oil capsule you take is fresh, it’s just too unpredictable. A chance no one should take, especially considering that rancid oil can increase the risk of heart disease, and blood clots, a reference from Dr. Mercola’s post according to “Rufus Turner, leading expert on oils at the University of Reading in the U.K.”.

There is a safer way to receive Omega-3 and that is through krill oil rather than fish oil. Krill oil also offers many other health benefits that you will not find in just fish oil such as having a flavonoid which is know for its anti-oxidant effects, and is more easily absorbed than fish oil allowing you to take fewer pills.

The Two Most Important Things to Prevent Rancid Sources of Omega-3

1. One of the first things you should consider doing to assure your fish oil is not rancid, is to not use fish oil, rather switch to krill oil instead. Krill oil com,es from a tiny shrimp like creature loaded with anti-oxidants that prevent the oxidation and are in forms of phospholipids which deliver the fatty acids directly to your body’s cells. Fish oil does not have these phospholipids and instead contains omega-3 fatty acids in a lesser beneficial form of free triglycerides.

2. What the oil is carried in is another important attribute that will influence the rancidity of the oil. New and Imprved Krill oil to is offered in new Caplique’s instead of the softgels. The Caplique’s are much more effective in sealing out oxygen, allowing the oil to remain fresh.

Here I have only mention just a couple of the many reasons why many have switched over to krill oil. If you haven't already checked out Dr. Mercola’s site I highly recommend that you do and listen to what he has to say about this amazing source of omega-3. You may find yourself surprised of the many health benefits one can  receive from this wonderful supplement. We simply can not rely on just plant sources and fish to be our primary sources of omega- 3 anymore, I highly recommend check out krill oil.


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    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Teresa, thanks so much for the kind compliment and so glad you enjoyed this article on Omega-3, I think you have made a very wise choice and will be very happy with the krill oil. I recommend Dr. Mercola's new and improved krill oil.

      Katie, I agree the thought of rotten fish for our source of omega-3, gross!

      oceansnsunsets, glad you read this hub on rotten omega-3 sources, and that you have started to take omega-3 supplements, as it is very good for your health.

    • eventsyoudesign profile image


      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Another great article. Fish oil is one of my favorite supplements. I am in the process of switching to krill oil. Thanks for another great hub. Teresa

    • oceansnsunsets profile image


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I have just started taking Omega, because of how helpful it is supposed to be for your health. Thanks for this hub about possible rotten or bad omega.

    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh My the thought of any rotten protein, ugh makes this veg head a bit weak in the knees. Thanks for the heads up on choosing and safely storing a good source of Omega 3! Katie :)

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Darlene yes I many of the oils will go rancid after a while, I had just recently learned that even infused oils are only recommended for one year shelf life.

      fbliangcha Thanks for commenting so glad you found this post to be excellent!

      MartieCoetser, removing a dead fish does sound like a stinky job, just imagine that as your source of omega- 3 Gross! Thanks for commenting.

      prasetio30 So glad you found this hub interesting thanks, and Happy New Year to you.

      prairieprincess I too did not know the difference until I really started following Dr. Mercola's web site. I also think its great that the krill Caplique’s don't leave that nasty fish aftertaste and that you do not need to take as many pills

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I believe the miracle of Omega-3 for our health. Thanks for share with us. I learn much from you, Buddy. Keep on writing. Happy New Year.


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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Wow! Thank you for telling me this. I'm going to share this with all my friends. (And I've just removed a dead little fish out of the tank. Phewwww.) I wonder how much rotten fish oil did I take in until now?

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, very interesting! I had no idea that there was such a difference. I had heard that krill oil was the best, but didn't know exactly why. Good info, and this will make me look at which omega 3's I'm getting for next time. Thanks and take care!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Pamela99 it was tight after reading your hub on anti-oxidants that I submitted this hub. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great information and exactly what I wanted to know after reading your comment on my hub. Rated up!

    • fbliangcha profile image


      7 years ago from Guangxi-Zhuang, China

      Excellent post thanks very much for this post

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow, now this is really excellent hub, I went to an all natural doctor. She warmed me about any kind of oil meds and omaga three for sure. She said she keeps hers in her freezer, even olive oil will go ranced if you don't use it fact. I rate this way up great information, thank you my friend for sharing all this awesome info. Love & peace darski


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