Product Type: Asda Vitamin 50mg
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What's Marymoose got to do with the price of fish (oil)?
Asda Onega 3 Fish Oil Capsules
Member Name: marymoose
Asda Onega 3 Fish Oil Capsules
Advantages: Good value fish oil capsules, possible health benefits!
Disadvantages: Unsure if they actually do anything!
I actually started taken fish oil supplements in 2010 as I read an article (generally I'm not so easily led!) saying that they were beneficial to those suffering from personality disorders (which is my diagnosis). I think that there is some evidence to suggest that fish oil can be beneficial to those suffering from depression and anxiety, from which I also have to deal with. Eager to try anything that might help, I started taking cod liver oil capsules along with various other prescribed medication (which I am now thankfully gradually reducing under close medical supervision!) One day in Asda I came across these Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules and switched to them rather than just plain Cod Liver Oil capsules, I think mainly because I saw that they contained 1000mg rather than 550mg, although you can get higher strength Cod Liver Oil capules. I'm not really sure what the difference is, but I'm sure you can find out if you want to Google it!
Fish Oil is said by some to have a number of health benefits (in addition to those I've already mentioned), such as helping to prevent heart disease and Alzheimer's. Many claim that it helps to ease aches and pains, including those associated with arthritis, and helps towards maintaining healthy joints.
Omega 3 fish oil is apparently one of the most widely used dietary supplements. However, some say that these supplements really don't provide any benefits whatsoever. This is a big debate, and today I'm only here to review my capsules!
---Asda Omega 3 Fish Oil Tablets---
I bought this 90 capsule pack in Asda in a 3 for £10 offer. On its own it costs £4.50. In fact I think at the time I bought 2 pots so to have one at home and one at my boyfriend's, and of course a pot of something else. Therefore it isn't as cheap as multivitamins. But I've worked out that my pills cost 3.7p each, so it's not extortionate either. Certainly cheaper than buying oily fish - obviously as the pack states "Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet and healthy lifestyle".
---Packaging, ingredients etc---
The pot is fairly big, with a green lid and label. It contains information such as the dosage - for adults and children over 12 swallow one capsule daily with food (I can't say I take them with food and it's never been a problem), and various warnings, and ingredients (fish oil, beef gelatine, Humectants (Glycerol) and Antioxidant (Natural Mixed Tocopherols) - sounds lovely! Obviously not suitable for vegetarians.
They contain 1000mg of Omega Fish Oil which provides 300mg of Total Omega and 260mg of EPA/DHA whatever they are!
The capsules which are transparent and therefore oil coloured are pretty big to swallow (about 2cm by 1cm), but as they are capsules this shouldn't cause anyone any problems as there's no nasty tastes! It might be worth pointing out that they are filled with oil, so do contain some calories. My pot is best before the end of 2015, so they have quite a long shelf life - I imagine that they would in reality last a lot longer, but if you take them then you'll get through them.
---Do they work?---
My boyfriend has started taking this supplement along with the multivitamin pills. To be honest I haven't noticed him complaining any less about aches and pains, but such is life. For me personally I feel in generally good physical health, and perhaps these contribute. I have to say that even when my diet was particularly poor (it's ok now), I was still in good health, and I was taking these along with a multivitamin (already reviewed). There is no way of knowing really as there are too many variables. As of whether or not they have helped with my personality disorder? Well I'm certainly a lot better than I was...and perhaps these have contributed - but I feel only ever so slightly if at all.
Although I'm not sure if these have any effect on anything, I will continue to take until somewhere down the line when I get pregnant (it says on the pot that you should consult your doctor if you are pregnant or likely to become pregnant), as I'm reading conflicting information on whether or not these are suitable - some say it harms an unborn baby, some says it benefits an unborn baby. Best to consult the professionals!
I'd recommend these anyway and give them 4 out of 5 stars!
Summary: Cheaper than fish!