i've been taking the nordic naturals brand fish oil pills for over 3 months now and i'm very happy! my main reason for starting fish oil pills was to help with my severe pms and help ease hormonal breakouts.....and i feel this has indeed helped. i have never had any fish burps from this brand either. also this is the only brand i've tried. i take 2/day with meals, which is a serving size, and this provides 690 mg of omega 3s. my chin/jaw has suffered a lot from hormonal breakouts and these little gems have really helped control them nicely. as for pms...i think it has helped some. my nails have always been fine, so i can't really see a difference in them, nor with my hair really....it's pretty healthy anyway. but since my breakouts have lessened in severity a lot, i will continue taking these! a one month supply of this brand costs about $14 at whole foods. you can also buy a bigger jar and save some $.
These didn't do anything for me other than make my hair greasy. I might try another brand, due to all the glowing reviews, but right now, I'm not happy. UPDATE: After trying out a new brand from my health food store, I've actually noticed a big improvement, just during the past week. My skin looks amazing, and my nails are beautiful. I also have noticed a great improvement with my mood, my attention span is better, and I feel all around happier. These are beauty pills! :) I keep mine in the freezer, otherwise the fish burps get me.
I feel I need to weigh in here, given the fact that these have altered my life so dramatically. I am 50 years old, chugging through the last stages of perimenopause, and most significantly, I have severe arthritis in both knees. So severe in fact, I was considering getting a handicap placard for my car.
Rewind the tape to November 2006, when I was in a health food store, and asked the woman on duty what I could do for my severe perimenopause mood swings. She turned me onto Nordic Naturals Omegas 3,6,9. They worked!
Long story short: within a month, my arthritis pain was greatly diminished to the point I rarely needed pain killers -- and I had been popping handfuls a day, followed by a Maalox chaser.
As I resumed exercise, I found that I had breakthrough pain, and learned that it was the EPA in fish oil that was the anti-inflmmatory. So, I bought the high EPA fish oil from then on.
In addition to the reduction in pain, my hair is thicker and shinier, my nails are stronger and shinier, and no one -- NO ONE believes I am 50. I actually had to tell someone to touch my face, because she was sure I was wearing foundation when I wasn't. The fine lines under my eyes are GONE. That leaves me to believe that someone with oily, acne-prone skin might break out.
There is evidence that fish oil can help with heart health, skin health, eye health, colo-rectal health, and mental health -- especially depression. There is clinical proof it can mitigate some of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. (See the Maroon and Bost book on Fish Oil)
Buy the kind with lemon oil added and store in the fridge for less fish-belching. Give it at least three months before you reject it.
Side effects can be rugged. Fish oil can make GERD worse, and can make you bruise easily. In my case, my blood has thinned, which is good for my heart, but bad for clotting. Cuts bleed longer than usual.
I prefer Nordic Naturals and GNC Ultra -- hence my "3"'s, in the rating. Those scores depend on the brand you buy. Don't buy cheap.
Just wanted to make a suggestion... I was told to keep the fish oil capsules in the freezer, which I do, and I've never had a single fish burp!
I'm currently using Spring Valley's Fish, Flax, Borage Oil softgels. The bottle states: contains Omega 3, 6, 9. I buy these at WalMart. It's essential to get all three 3, 6, 9 omega's in your diet, not just omega 3. Since using this about 3 months ago, I have noticed significant difference in my overall health, especially energy. It has caused my hair to become more oily, and don't consider that any major problem. It has also brought back "some" oil into my dry perimenopausal skin.
Like with most supplements, I don't care for the taste ( I can't swallow pills ) and leaves a less than desirable after taste. That was the same with the regular fish supplements, except there was more burping. I also use Spring Valley's CO-Q10 supplements and WalMart's Womans Essential Daily vitamins. Still, you can't live on McDonald hamburgers and expect a supplement to be the cure all. Healthy eating is first and foremost!
Update: Since my review, I have noticed some people expect this to be the "cure-all" for various health issues. Give me a break. That's not going to happen. You can't rely solely on a supplement/vitamin to replace a prescription or poor eating habits ( probally both ). Hence, my comment about McDonald hamburgers.
I experience solar keratosis and my supplements ( listed above ) have aided in clearing some of that. Still, I have to use sunscreen, eat right and get proper rest/sleep. If, my keratosis were to get worse, I would have to rely on a prescription, not a supplement. I would hope that the negative reviews, aren't judging the positive one's. I feel, we are only relating our experience, and not promoting a "miracle" product.
Nothing happened. I kept them in the refrigerator and took one pill a day, for a few weeks I guess. I waited for my nails to stop breaking, my hair to get smoother, my skin to get dewy. Nope, nothing.
Maybe it's just me...but this made my skin break out with the biggest zits ever. True, I am acne prone. But these were ENORMOUS. They were physically painful. My boyfriend actually would look at me and go "ouch!". They looked painful!! I didn't start getting them until about 2.5 months in. I stopped and have been off of them for 3 weeks now, and no break outs. So, if you have gotten terrible break outs then you are not alone!! But it seems for the most part people like this stuff.
I try take 3 of these a day, one after a meal/snack. I find that keeping them in the freezer does indeed eliminate most fish burps. As to the benefits: when I take it, my skin becomes clearer and takes on a nice dewy glow, my nails don't peel or break off several times a week, and my hair is softer and easier to control. When I don't take it, a very persistent patch of crusty skin appears at the corner of my mouth. This is not helped by any balm, exfoliant or moisturizer I've tried; only the fish oil. I keep taking it just because I don't want a scar right there on my face! I also know that when I stopped the fish oil for a couple of weeks, my blood pressure rocketed up to 150/95. Not good. Of course none of these perceived benefits can be proven scientifically, but I'm willing to believe the fish oil helps. So yes, I will repurchase. EDIT: As of 2009, I now buy this with added evening primrose oil because it cuts down on the fish burps further and has added possible health benefits of its own - namely help with female concerns.
I read the rave reviews for fish oil on MUA a few months back and thought I'd give it a shot. I also knew not to expect immediate results from all the other reviews.
My dosage: two per day w/a meal.
The first bottle of pills I bought were designed to not give you fish burps, which was great. The second bottle, however, didn't so when I burped, I had that nasty fish taste in my mouth.
Results: I don't notice too much for my hair since I already have great thick and fine straight hair, but for my nails, I notice now a great difference. My nails used to split into layers very easily. I couldn't wear nail polish for long because I would notice the layer and I would ruin my nail by taking off the top layer. My nails were weak (even without my removing the top layer) and chipped very often. Now, about two months later, I've noticed that my nails chip less and split less too. My nails aren't completely cured just yet, but after seeing the improvement, I'm definitely going to continue taking the pills.
For those that want the benefit of the Omega-3, you might consider Flax oil capsules instead. That will eliminate the fish burps.