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hey guys,

I"ve purchased some Omega 3 enteric coated capsules for the first time. i used to take Nutri-seas's fish oil (lemon flavored) but it's too expensive and my money situation has changed a bit in the last month. after taking 2 pills today (one with lunch, and one with dinner), i'm noticing that i am burping, a disgusting, VILE, fishy flavoured burp. it's SO bad. it literally makes me want to vomit. I'm trying to control it, but i can't! the more i try to suppress it, the more i want to burp. is there anything i can do to stop this? i'm really lucky that i tried these on my day off as opposed to at work. it's been 4 hrs since dinner, and i'm still burping fishy-grossness. also, do any of you know if this is caused by poor quality capsules? just this minute i read that good quality fish oil capsules don't leave any taste or burp at all, but i don' tknow how reputable this source is (http://www.womens-health-questions.com/pharmaceutical-grade-fish-oil.html).

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romijordanna
Sep. 11th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Ug, what a nightmare. I'm so sorry you're having the fish burps.

I don't know if the taste has anything to do with quality, but I can recommend Nordic Naturals for a fishyless experience. It's the only way I can take fish oil pills. I've had the strawberry flavored pills, and they're lovely to take. They smell like candy. If you do burp, it's a pleasant strawberryish flavor, though I don't recall having a whole lot of burps with it. They come highly recommended for quality, as well as taste.

Nordic Naturals isn't the cheapest, but I did get a bottle last night from Vitacost for about $20, which is a nice break from what I've been paying at the local market.
chalenegirl
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
strawberry flavored??? that sounds delightful. i'm so jealous. i don't think i can buy this brand again.
romijordanna
Sep. 12th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
http://www.nordicnaturals.com/direct/Retailproducts.asp

I take the DHA kind. The strawberry flavor is oddly enjoyable. Vitacost.com is where I got the cheaper pills, just in case you're interested.

You are quite the trooper if you finish the bottle you have now!
masterskasumi
Sep. 11th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
Hmmm... I wonder why they are doing that. Being enteric coated, they are designed to digest in your lower intestine. This should eliminate the fishy burp issue.
I take Spring Valley brand enteric coated, and have never had an issue with them. I didn't pay much for them at all... $3-$4 (iirc) for 60.
chalenegirl
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
yea i know! even on the bottle, it says "enteric coated, to digest in the lower intestine in order to reduce any fishy reflux". i've alwas read about ppl complaining of the fishy burps but have never experienced it. man it really sucks. i dont even want to take any right now b/c of the burps. i don't want to waste my entire bottle! awh poo
suzycat
Sep. 11th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
I can't help with this, but I can report that a successful method of encapsulating the omega 3 molecules so as to prevent all fishy odour or burping has been developed recently, so it's highly likely that non-fishy ways of getting fish-based omega 3 will become more common in the next couple of years.

There's always flaxseed oil.
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chalenegirl
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Re: You could try krill oil...
oh gosh, i couldn't stand to burp anything else at this point. i'm just dreading to take the next pill. it's just so gross, and putrid. i want to vomit. i might try taking a couple before bed.
miriams_cup
Sep. 11th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
My roommate in college had that same problem!! It was really bad. Could you take them before you go to sleep? (So if you burp, maybe you won't be conscious?)

Good luck!!
chalenegirl
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
did taking them before bed help your roomate? youa re suposed to take 3/day. did she take all 3 at once? i'll try that tonight. the fishy burps are REALLY disgusting.
sunkist33
Sep. 11th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
I use Natrol "Omega-3 Fish Oil 1000 mg." I think they were about $10 (for 150 caps) at Walgreens & they're lemon-flavored and there is no fishy-ness at all : )
sunkist33
Sep. 11th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Interesting article, but it seems biased since they are promoting just that one type...
The Natrol capsules come from anchovies & sardines, which seems safe to me as those are tiny fish with miniscule amounts of mercury. It also says it's distilled for purity & "vertified MEG-3 Fish Oil" (whatever that means~ sounds good!)...
I think you could get a free sample (www.natrol.com) if you want to try it. This is all so confusing, I think I need to do some more research as well!
Stacy
songofdespair
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
I take mine right before bed. Perhaps that would help, at least until you can afford a less-stinky variety?

(I like Carlson's, and although they do make me burp faintly-fish-oil-ish, it's very mild)
chalenegirl
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
do u take all 3 before bed? i'm suppsoed to take 3/day, i assumed spaced out with meals. is all the EPA and DHA absorbed if all 3 are taken at once?
aidenraine
Sep. 11th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
First off, best icon ever.

Second... ugh, that has happened to me before! I had complete success with Whole Foods' brand of Omega 3 capsules though, and they were pretty cheap.

If you can't get those, perhaps you could try Flax Oil Omega-3 supplements for the same benefit but no fish.
chalenegirl
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
i wouldn't mind trying flax seed oil capsules, but i don' want to take like 9/day. the fish ones are huge enough. but i think i'll look into the wholefood ones.

LOL, thanks for the icon comment!
aidenraine
Sep. 12th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
I only take one! :)
My brand is Solaray. You can get capsules that don't require gulping down handfuls of pills, and provide what you need.
crabby_cake
Sep. 12th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
some one told me that freezing them was supposed to be quite helpful, I imagine though that might make them harder to swallow.
The strawberry Nordic Naturals aren't so bad, though a bit pricey. I actually prefer the Nordic children's DHA, I chew them up and there is no ofter taste at all.
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