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I'm looking for small fish oil capsules, so my question is not exactly about food. I just thought to ask in here seeing how you guys are pretty well versed in the art of consumption. I was at GNC and found some huge capsules. They're humongous; I doubt most adults would be able to swallow them. Same thing with CVS. Stop & Shop had huge ones, as well, if I remember correctly. They have to be small enough for children to be able to swallow them. I did find cod liver oil capsules at GNC. Could I be mistaking the two? I know cod liver oil capsules are usually the ones given to children and are more popular than fish oil capsules, but I've also seen fish oil capsules in Europe that come in smaller sizes. Or could I have seen cod liver oil being referred to as simply "fish oil" for lack of a better translation?

Feel free to warn me against the dangers of allowing children to have fish oil or mistaking fish oil for cod liver oil. I'm pretty clueless on the matter. I'd prefer not to die this way, though.

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I believe fish oil which you are referring is also cod liver oil . As far as I know, they only make oil from cod liver . You do not need to buy at GNC, but Walgreen, CVS all carry Nature Made fish oild small capsules.
post #3 of 9
Not at all true ... I get salmon oil caps, and there are caps with mixed fish oils. Ladybug, I'll post info about the salmon oil caps I use later. I don't know if they'd be too big for your kids, though. Salmon oil is an excellent choice. One brand is called NOW - 100% pure salmon oil. I don't recall the brand that's in the house now, but they're made 100% from pure Alaskan salmon, which is a good thing IMO. I'll get back to you with that information. Meanwhile, here are two respectible choices for Salmon oil.

Vital Choice Seafood Salmon Oil

Now Foods Salmon Oil 1000mg

Not suggesting that you purchase the products at the posted sources - just wanted you to see the products.

Shel
post #4 of 9
OK, I checked ... in addition to the two choices I posted earlier, here's a third, and the one that's in the house now:

http://www.totaldiscountvitamins.com...AssocID=nextag

I no longer use anything but the wild alaskan salmon oils. I once used a Norweigan oil, which was represented as wild salmon oil, but upon careful reading of the label discovered the caps actually contained other unnamed fish oils.

If the caps are too big for your kids, you can always prick them and mix the oil in with their food, or, not quite so good, buy the liquid oil and use a dropper to add the oil to food.

Shel
post #5 of 9
Check with your druggist?
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As a child I was a slow eater (god help anyone who gets near my plate now!) So my parents devised a way of a fast breakfast which would help me.

I was very active; I swam at an international level as well as playing rugby and soccer to very high standards. So I needed something which would help me to be strong as an ox.

The devised breakfast: 2 bananas and ½ litre milk blended with a tsp of cod liver oil added (during the blend otherwise it gathers on top and tastes horrid!:eek:).

I later found through more scientific means that it was the addition of cod liver oil that had contributed to my physical state. A definite must for any active person, especially children. To this day I still have the same breakfast.

SC
post #7 of 9
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So I went and hounded all the right people to get me a bottle of fish oil capsules from EU because I was sure people said "fish oil" when they meant "cod liver oil." My husband was ever so skeptical -- he was sure that what he had seen in Greece was not cod liver oil and was disappointed with the American pharmacies for not having smaller fish oil capsules :lol: But I neverminded him and found a bottle of the good stuff. It said "cod liver oil." Oh, yeah, definitely a lost in translation type of misunderstanding. European pharmacists will say "fish oil" for any yellow capsules made of fish products, including (probably) salmon oil... if it's yellow. Is it?

So now that we've cleared up the misunderstanding, I'm very curious about salmon oil benefits. I might start taking some myself. With a FT job, FT school and two kids in the house, I'll need some extra energy if that's what the salmon oil can do.

Swiss Cheese, my husband identifies with your story. He did the same thing with his son when he was a toddler and now when it comes to his physique he's huge and way ahead of his peers. He's more energetic and so powerful he can knock my lights out in a pillow fight... which is why I banned it, the punk that I am :blush: "Strong as an ox" is the correct description for him.

Punkedly,
Chef Ladybug.
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post #8 of 9
You shouldn't take fish oil capsules for any condition without consulting a doctor. He also cautions depressed or bipolar patients not to stop using their medications. That step could cause serious problems, and it must be remembered that fish oil supplements are generally used as an addition to therapy rather than as a replacement. But fish oil may be a welcome addition to current treatments, he adds. If you are depressed, talk with your doctor about omega-3s: You may be able to take fish oil as a valuable adjunct to your therapy.You can find more info about it at mamaherb.com/Ingredients/View.aspx?id=85
post #9 of 9
It's my impression that GNC is the ultimate high-cost source for all kinds of "health" preparations.

My doctor put me on a fairly high dosage of "fish oil" and told me to get it at Costco. They have three or four formulations, varying in the amount of "concentrated fish oil" and Omega-3 fatty acids. I use the maximum strength variety, with 1,700mg "concentrated fish oil" and 880mg Omega-3, and take two a day per doctor's orders.

They are an inch long and 1/4" in diameter. Two humdred softgels - three months' supply for me - is eight or nine dollars.

The ingredient list is "Fish oil concentrate (anchovy, bonito, mackerel, sardine) and soy."

Seems like cod liver is not involved.
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