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Old 05-22-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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Fish oil caps: how can you tell if they've gone rancid?

A week ago I started NatureMade Fish Oil capsules, 1200 mg. each with 320 mg. of Omega-3 acids. I've heard a great deal about them going rancid and mine have a slightly fishy smell. Tonight I moved them to the fridge because I understand that's how you should store them, but now I am wondering if the ones I bought are no good anymore. It says to store in a dry cool place, but I am thinking the best place for them might be the fridge. I haven't experienced any gassiness or fish burps so far, but I am really wondering whether the fish oil caps I've bought are any good or are going to be more harm than good. I understand that rancid fish oil caps can do more harm than good.

It leaves me wondering if ANY fish oil caps that you buy at the store are any good if they are sold on normal store shelves instead of a refrigerated area. How can you trust any of them that you buy? Is there any way of knowing?

Oh, and my fish oil caps have no anti-oxidants in them but I take NatureMade Multi For Her 50+ vitamins that have anti-oxidants for us 50-something women, so I am getting anti-oxidants in my vitamin supplement.

I'd really like a good straight up, no nonsense answer from someone who knows what they are talking about.

 
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Re: Fish oil caps: how can you tell if they've gone rancid?

1) If they are in a gel capsule, the capsule should be firm. Soft or stretchy capsule = probably rancid fish oil, throw it away.

2) If you take one, eat your breakfast, and then immediately vomit, they are spoiled! Been there, done that.

If you've been taking them and feeling fine all along, you should be safe.

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Re: Fish oil caps: how can you tell if they've gone rancid?

Hi there is usually an expiration date on most bottles of medicines and supplements as well it just has to be looked for it is usually in small print and can be on the side the bottom or on the side of a bottle cap even in some cases I think if I remember correctly. Also flax oil has about the same omega 3's and 6's that most people are looking for and may be healthier since it is less likely to contain pollutions from the fish which may have gone to water which may have contained sewage or mercury or factory chemicals from factory waste dumping.

 
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