In this Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil review, we will explore this particular Omega-3 Fatty Acids supplement in all of its detail and glory (or not).
The idea here is to look at all of the promises, to explore the beneficial ingredients and the added other ingredients (additives). This one will also be about checking its purity and customer reviews which we’ll also lead us into the global success rates.
Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil Review – Initial Thoughts & Overview
Typically I tend to use this section to look at various aspects of the product page for the particular supplement. However, in the case of Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil, I’m unable to access it. Costco’s (the real behind the supplement) not really welcoming to traffic from Europe. Moreover, they’re not showing any love to free proxy servers either.
So, this time we’ll have to limit ourselves to what we can deduct from the entirely of the supplement label [R].
Right off the bat, there are the two primary health claims they make. So, according to them, this is going to help support heart health and foster the normal range of Triglycerides. Hence, generally speaking, really vague claims. It feels as if they don’t want to invest in that aspect for whatever reason.
Another thing that immediately springs into view is the USP-verified seal. Which supposedly approves that this supplement has been tested for purity and potency (more on why “supposedly” in the next section). It also shows up on the official USP-approved products list [R].
Another something they put on the label is the “Sustainably Sourced” writing on the front of the supplement. But that doesn’t come with third-party certifications for that. It’s their self-proclaimed, impossible to look up kind of thing. Which for all we know, may be a stretched truth or not a truth at all.
Overall, USP certification is probably the biggest factor in people trusting this as a viable Fish Oil. But is that really the case here?
Yes, It Has USP Certification But Core Ingredients & Purity Still Questionable
The Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil is a rather potent, good-looking, supposedly trustable product. At least that’s what I thought when I first saw the label. The truth, however, seems to be a bit more complex.
According to the manufacturer, per a single capsule, the supplement offers 1,400 milligrams of 100% Natural Fish Oil in which we’ll find 330 milligrams of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, 670 milligrams of Omega-5, Omega-6, Omega-7, Omega-9, Omega-11 Fatty Acids, and 270 milligrams of Other Fatty Acids. On top of that, there’s also 270 micrograms or 900 IU of vitamin A (as Retinol) and 0.75 micrograms or 30 IU of vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol).
Thus, supposedly everything looking really good, especially given that there’s the USP certification badge.
So, tell me. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you see this certification? Do you immediately see the product as something tested for purity, tested for safety, tested for potency, and thus, something definitely worth checking out? That’s what I do. Typically. In the case of this one, it’s quite controversial.
As it turns out, despite this certification the Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil doesn’t deliver what it promises. It actually has less than half of what they promise on the label. I mean, how’s that possible? But it is [R, R].
It’s hard to say whether this is something that would raise concerns in trusting the USP’s accuracy in general or is it the doing of Kirkland Signature where, for example, half of the batch fits every label claim and the other half doesn’t (because no third-party laboratory tests every supplement in the batch; it’s usually a select few of each that get tested). And so, two things I feel are for sure.
First, given that USP doesn’t provide any actual certificates of analysis (only a list of supplements that have supposedly passed the testing and its set criteria), I think it’s the less trustable of all third-party certifications. They should really start providing those certificates on analysis. And second, Kirkland is a brand to avoid until, so to say, further notice [R].
It’s just too big of a risk, in my opinion, to get scammed and not get a quality product.
Many Struggle With Additives, But That’s Not Something That This Does
Additives come in all kinds of shapes and forms. Many people are completely unaware of the fact that while many are harmless, there are also those that don’t fit that mold at all. Cancer, liver disease, heart disease are just a few of the ailments that can be created by consuming the wrong kind of ingredients [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, how well does the Alaskan Fish Oil of Kirkland does in this regard?
Well, it’s not something plagued by Polysorbates like we’ve seen it to be the case with Nature Made Fish Oils. It’s also not the case of likely using Shellac like what we’ve seen with Dr. Tobias Fish Oil. And neither have fallen prey to sugar and some of it’s worst forms like what we’ve seen with some of the Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil supplements [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
There’s Gelatin, which in its essence is an extremely beneficial substance. Then there’s Water. There’s also Glycerin that is something harmless. And finally, there’s vitamin E as a Mixed Tocopherol to preserve freshness. Something that’s commonly used in supplements as the beneficial ingredient [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, as far as the other added ingredients, at least there’s nothing disastrous there.
The Incredibly High Success Rate Masks The Reality Quite Well
Generally speaking, customer reviews and global success rates are a highly controversial subject for the Kirkland Signature Alaskan Fish Oil. To an extent, they are terribly misleading about the overall beneficialness of the product. But one step at a time.
First, the manufacturer’s own accumulated reviews… Well, given that I have no access to Costco’s website, we won’t be looking at those. But that’s not a big loss given how often these are straight out deceiving and often adjusted, and just generally feel tampered with. And thus, they are useless when it comes to the actual global success rates.
And so, let’s go into those found by other sellers and retailers right off the bat.
In total, I managed to come across 142 Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil reviews. Of these, 134 were positive and eight were negative. Hence, standing for a very, very high global success rate of 94.4%. But as great as it sounds, there’s a danger here.
It’s not uncommon from time to time to come across supplements that have a success rate that they don’t really deserve. I am yet to encounter that by Fish Oils but with multivitamins, it’s no rare thing. Centrum Women and Smarty Pants Prenatal are just some of a plethora of examples.
The true danger here is that although these supplements all enjoy high and sometimes ridiculously high success rates, they are not great or even just good supplements to take. And the same is with this Wild Alaskan Fish Oil created by Kirkland.
Do you recall what we talked about earlier in the section when discussing core ingredients? This notion that it has less than a half in it of what it claims on the label? And God knows, what else doesn’t fit to what they are saying. I mean, for all we know it may not be a pure enough of a Fish Oil at all. It’s just that no amount of great success rates can erase that.
It may still look so good on paper. But when it comes to reality, from what I can tell, it’s so bad.
Looking Good On Paper Is Not The Same Being Good
People will say that there’s a lot to love about this Wild Alaskan Fish Oil of Kirkland. That it’s great and that it has helped them a lot and whatnot. However, the way I see it, the truth is something significantly more different.
Sure, everything on the label seems fine (apart from this low-quality approach of not clearly indicating EPA and DHA amounts). Additives look fine. Success rates look amazing. But what about that notion of having 40-50% of the good stuff that the label claims despite having a third-party certification of potency, as well as purity and safety?
Yeah, not exactly what high-quality brands do. I mean, can you even for a brief moment imagine this being the case with brands like Nutrigold, Nordic Naturals, or Wiley’s Finest? I can’t. And that’s my point.
On that note, I have done some truly in-depth research on what the actually best Fish Oils are. And the product of this review is not even close when we’re considering those. Here’s the article if you’re interested.
Above all, I hope this Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil review helped you find the information you were looking for. What is your opinion on the label being misleading despite the USP certification? Is that something you would forever hold against Kirkland as a brand? Let me know below.