38 responses

  1. Nicole @WholeHealthRD
    January 19, 2012

    I just bought a fish oil supplement and it came in the mail today actually! It was Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil. I was gagging as I sat back down at the computer and saw your post. Coromega sounds much tastier! I’m going to have to find a way to hide this in smoothies or something!

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      The Coromega goes down very easy. I could barely detect any fishy taste, although my kids said they could, but sometimes I think they just like to give me a hard time :-)

  2. Kristen @ swanky dietitian
    January 19, 2012

    Thanks for sharing such a great post!
    Your results are impressive. I try to remember to take my omega 3’s but occasionally forget. :(
    Reading this reminds me to be better about it!!

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      Thanks Kristen! I often forget to take my supplements too, but I keep the Coromega in the kitchen out on a shelf so I am forced to see it everyday-a girl’s gotta eat, right? :-)

  3. rebecca
    January 19, 2012

    interesting I must say I would rather eat fish

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      Ideally I would eat enough fish too Rebecca, but, realistically speaking, this isn’t going to happen right now,although, like I wrote, I am definitely going to try adding at least 1 fatty fish meal per week. Thanks for your comment!

  4. eatingRD
    January 19, 2012

    How cool to see your results improve. I do love fish, but don’t eat it that often due to price and availability. I do take a fish oil supplement and it helped with my mood. I also try to do a lot of canned salmon since it’s usually cheaper and super easy.

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      It really was eye opening to see my initial results, then see the improvement, and it has definitely motivated me to keep taking my fish oil/eat more fish. Canned salmon can be great too-I won some from The Swanky Dieitian last year :-)

  5. Terra
    January 19, 2012

    I definitely don’t eat enough fish, but I do love it. So I would be a bad nutrition student, LOL! I have been trying to incorporate some healthy changes this year, I will work on it this year:-) Congrats on completing the 90 day challenge, YOU ROCK!!!! Your quinoa cakes…Ummmmm….sound really wonderful! oxox, Terra

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      So, were both bad fish eaters??? We can encourage each other to eat more fish in 2012 :-) Hope you try the quinoa cakes. They’re very yummy-my son even liked them!

  6. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    January 19, 2012

    i really need to be more mindful of balancing omega3 and omega6! thanks for the post EA. and those quinoa cakes look so good. i remember when u first posted them!

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      You’re welcome Junia :-) Cutting back on the omega 6 fats can rally help a lot too with getting a better balance. Good luck!

  7. kellie@foodtoglow
    January 20, 2012

    Terrific, highly readable post on a subject that confuses many people. Fantastic ratio improvement! My father is a retired professor of pharmacology who specialised in heart disease. He is always bugging me to remember to take my Omega-3 supps (he’s quite keen on krill just now) so this is a further reminder. I think I would get laughed at here in the UK if I tried to get my levels tested (can’t even get Vitamin D tested without a struggle) but I will assume mine probably need improving. We are lucky that all of us love oily fish and I even have a few such recipes on my site (including quinoa and smoked mackerel cakes). But I will join my teenaged daughter who habitually takes her omega 3 supp every day. Daughter/dad know best. And you too, EA.

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      Thanks so much Kellie! The issue of krill is an interesting one, and from what I’ve read about it, there are those in the “pro” krill camp saying it’s better utilized by cell membranes than fish oil because it is in the phospholipid form, and while there are a few small studies showing the benefits of krill, those in the “anti’ krill camp refer back to the thousands of studies showing the benefits of fish oil, as well as pointing out the cost difference, with krill oil being quite a bit more expensive from what I have seen. I’m not sure I always know best, but you should definitely listen to your dad and daughter! :-)

      • JR “Bob” Dobbs
        February 10, 2012

        The answer to the fish oil V krill oil dilemma being, of course, take both!

  8. Lauren Slayton
    January 20, 2012

    Lots of good information, what do we think accuracy of the testing for levels is? I love coromega though I am more of a capsule person. This is good info for people who think they get enough omega 3’s.

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      Great question Lauren! I met Dr. Doug Bibus, creator of the test, at FNCE this past fall and will pass along your question to him. I’m usually a capsule person too, but fish oil pills can be pretty big, especially taking larger amounts, so I actually prefer the Coromega in the liquid emulsion form, plus love the fact that you can take less.

  9. Gina (The Candid RD)
    January 20, 2012

    Ok, I have a question for you and I am SO GLAD you posted this! I know I should have a better understanding of this, but I was not aware that EPA and DHA were essential fatty acids. I learned in school that only ALA and LA were essential. Since when are DHA and EPA? I mean, I know they are important, and we don’t get enough of them, but…..essential?
    I do take a fish oil supplement, but now I’m wondering if I could lower my dose. You took such a small dose! I see that your levels went up, but what do you think you’ll need to do to increase that EPA? Take more? I take 1000 mg total (as in, total EPA and DHA, not total fish oil, which is what many doctors recommend and I think it’s confusing).

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      Another great question Gina, and glad you asked, because technically you are correct! Most of the information you see these days refers to EPA and DHA being essential fatty acids, but technically speaking ALA is the essential omega 3 fatty acid {and LA is the essential omega 6 fatty acid} because it can be converted to EPA and DHA. I just added a little info to my essential fatty acid primer in thus post to state that EPA and DHA are “essentially” essential fatty acids in that they CAN be made from ALA in the body, but the conversion rate is VERY low, especially for DHA, so it’s best to get them straight from the diet and supplements. Thanks so much for pointing this out! I’m hoping that by adding at least one serving of fatty fish, such as wild salmon or sardines, to my diet every week, I will be able to bring my EPA up to the optimal level. Another consideration is to get more ALA from flax, chia, and walnuts, etc as 5-10 % is converted to EPA in the body. You’re right on about fish oil recommendations being confusing. The thing you want to look for with dosing is the combined amount of EPA and DHA in the supplement, and NOT the total omega 3 content which will be higher.

  10. teri @ managed macros
    January 20, 2012

    This a GREAT post! I LOVE all the information…the difference between ALA, DLA, Omega 6’s.. the health benefits …the recipes, the great references. You really went all out, this must of taken some time to compile!
    Are those quinoa cakes the same recipe as the quinoa burgers??
    I want to make some salmon cales soon too. I take a supplement for my DHA/EPA Omegas. We don’t buy lots of fish right now which is unfortunate because we love it. The sardines…well that would be a fun addition!!!
    Thanks for a great post. I love the chart of your results; before, after, optimal ranges,..its really cool. How did you get involved in this challenge?

    • The Spicy RD
      January 20, 2012

      Thanks so much Teri! Glad you enjoyed the information presented, because, yes, it did take awhile to compile :-) These quinoa cakes are different then the ones you just posted about. I made these last summer with a recipe from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals {a fabulous cookbook!} I got involved in the challenge when Coromega, which is based here in San Diego {Vista}, asked me if I wanted to participate :-)

  11. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense
    January 20, 2012

    We all take fish oil supplements in this household… not much fish eating going on!!
    I do have to get better at remembering to take it everyday though… =) Great information!!

  12. Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift
    January 20, 2012

    Did you happen to check your vitamin D status (via 25(OH)D ) beore and after as well? Just curious because this supplement says it is a combination of omegas and D3 and previously worked in a lab that focuses on vitamin D research! Also, how many IUs of vitamin D are in this supplement?

  13. Matt F
    May 6, 2013

    Even though this is well after you posted it, I recently found your 90 day challenge post after I’d purchased some Omega 3 (part cause I needed it, and part I’ve heard it’s good for helping the brain and moods)… as others have said, I simply want to say thank you for posting, and making your blog/results readable to the layperson – given that I’m not a fish eater, this could be just what I need… Thank you again!

    My experience with it is the first few days, I did notice a bit of an oily/fishy aftertaste… but I’m either getting used to it, or swallow it so quick I don’t notice it anymore. I usually take it with food so if the aftertaste is there, I can cover it quickly.. lol.

  14. Caroline Sezionale
    June 10, 2013

    Hi EA Stewart, I would like to take the The 90 day Coromega 90 Day Fish Oil Challenge where I would have my omega 3 fatty acid levels tested…take fish oil for 90 days…then had my omega 3 levels re-tested. How could I sign up for this? I consider my diet to be excellent however my oesteopath is recommending that I take fish oil. I am not convinced it’s necessary. However, reading your article, gives me food for thought (or should I say Coromega Fish Oil supplements)!
    Intrigued,
    Caroline

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  17. Lynne McMillan
    October 19, 2013

    Congratulations in completing your omega challenge. I wonder if there is Coromega fish oil available in our local market. It seems nice to take it to meet my daily requirements of omega. But I was wondering why there is a decrease of omega 6 in your results? Does the omega 6 convert into other nutrient or something?

    • The Spicy RD
      October 21, 2013

      Thanks for your comment Lynne! Your best bet to find Coromega is to go to the website and check out the store locator. In addition, you can buy it on-line or via Amazon. Regarding the decrease in omega 6, yes, it’s interesting that it decreased since my intake of omega 6 fats remained the same before and while taking the Coromega, and I’m not sure exactly why this happened, but it is actually a good thing, as most research supports a ratio of 4:1 omega 6 to omega 3, as being the most optimal in regards to health. Hope this helps a little. Cheers! EA

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    December 7, 2013

    My concern is the color and the flavors. Are they artificial? I assume the emulsion involves soy lecithin? While I am tempted by this product, I need to know more about these other ingredients before it will cross my lips.:)

  19. Janet
    April 23, 2014

    So glad I came across your blog on Coromega! I got my Omega 3 lab results back and was shocked at my 3.6 index…waay below the optimal range!
    I was reading a Dr Blaylock Wellness Report that recommended Coromega , googled it, and came across your own results. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • The Spicy RD
      April 29, 2014

      Hi Janet! So glad you found my post too! Would love to hear how your omega-3 levels improved after taking the Coromega or other fish oil. Keep me posted!

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        October 11, 2014

        Hi, I was wondering if you know much about this product and dry eyes.
        The doctor has recommended I use this product for a problem I have
        with my eyes. If I started taking this would I still need to take my Lovaza?
        Doctor says my eyes are not making the healthy tears I need.

      • The Spicy RD
        October 20, 2014

        Hi Cathy! Fish oil, in combination w/ some other oils, i.e. Evening Primrose or Borage Oil, may help w/ dry eyes and tear production, however I would not recommend taking both the Lovaza (prescription form of fish oil) AND the Coromega at the same time, as both supply omega 3’s. If you are interested in trying the Coromega, I recommend talking to your doctor first about possibly switching from the Lovaza to Coromega. Hope this helps!

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