In this Nature Made Fish Oil review, we’ll immerse ourselves into all of the 14 Nature Made Fish Oil supplements to see what they’re really about and what they can provide for you.
Thus, in essence, we will examine everything starting from claims and ending with dissection of ingredients found within the supplements. But do not be frightened, my friend, I will keep it as concise as humanly possible while also providing all the key insights.
There’s A Ton Of Different Nature Made Fish Oil Supplements
When talking about Nature Made Fish Oil supplements it’s hard to pretend or deduce that talk to a single supplement. This is because Nature Made offers a complete number of 14 different fish oil-related supplements, all of which are different than the previous one [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, to make matters easier for the sake of reviewing I’ve divided them into 6 groups. Each of the groups displays similar qualities and are given a name that best describes the essence of that group.
So, first, we have the Group Standard. Within this category, we have three supplements – the Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg, the Fish Oil 1200 mg, and the Fish Oil One Per Day.
All of these are purely about providing oil in a type of a casual way without any sort of tweaks or black sorcery. In essence, a standard type of straightforward fish oil supplement.
The second group of the bunch is Group Improved. This group basically is the same as Group Standard apart from some rather minor additions that the supplements possess in a way kind of augmenting them a little bit. In this group there are two supplements – the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Plus Vitamin D 1000 IU and the Fish Oil 1200 mg Lemon Essence.
Group three – I call it the Group Burp-less – is about fish oil supplements that are specifically designed for you to never have ‘fishy’ burps or ‘fishy’ aftertaste or feel in the mouth after taking the supplement. There are three supplements in this one – the Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg Burp-Less, the Fish Oil 1200 mg Burp-Less, and the Fish Oil One Per Day Burp-Less.
Then we have the most capable fish oil supplements, the next-level stuff in the Group Ultra.
These are the very high-end supplements, thus, potentially being the most effective and beneficial in what they offer through fish oil.
There are two supplements here – the Nature Made Ultra Omega-3 Supplement from Fish Oil 1400 mg, and the Omega-3 with Xtra Absorb.
Fifth we have a group that is all about extremely small sized softgels – the Group Mini. Thus, this group enables you to either swallow them with ease without any food or water or in case of troubles swallowing large pills, make it ridiculously easy to do. This group has two supplements within it – the Nature Made Full Strength Mini Omega-3 Liquid Softgel and the Fish Oil Pearls.
And the sixth and last group is a sweet one – Group Gummies. This one is all about delivering Fish Oil in a tasty way be it for adults or children. Within this group there are again two supplements – the Nature Made Fish Oil Adult Gummies and Kids First Fish Oil.
But above all, yes, each of these supplements has its own description page. And on each of those, there is a lot to discover.
Typically the description pages are divided into a kind of five sections. What you see immediately when visiting the page is kind of an overview of any of the supplement providing some key insights.
Then when you scroll down a bit there are four sections. One is for product details, one for dosage & interactions, the third for FAQs, and the last one for Quality.
Additionally, from the pictures on those pages, you can also explore the supplement facts.
In this regard, while supplement facts and key insights they provide tend to slightly differ, those other four sections mostly do not.
To not make this section too long and to summarize all of them, here are a few core ideas they display.
First of all, of course, there are those claims of everything that the use of fish oil will be providing to you, the benefits a regular consumption will make happen. While they only focus on heart health, Omega-3 will provide much more than that.
Second, they guarantee that the supplement meets high-quality standards and are made from carefully selected ingredients under strict manufacturing processes.
Third, they declare that leading heart health experts recommend consuming 250-500 mg of EPA/DHA daily to help support a healthy heart.
Of course, there’s also the individual claims of certain supplements.
For example, the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Plus Vitamin D 1000 IU is said to additionally support bone, teeth, muscle, and immune health. Whereas stuff like Nature Made Omega-3 with Xtra Absorb is said to be 4 times better absorbed than standard fish oil supplements.
Above all, they are considered the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Brand in the category of Fish Oil supplements.
I bet all of this might sound pretty cool to you. It does to me.
But supplements are way more than just what meets the eye. Or to be more precise, what marketing people feed us and try to sell to us.
So, let’s explore that.
Supposedly High Fish Oil Purity – Not By IFOS Or NSF
While other supplements can too contain contaminants and therefore, must be purified before making the product, it is especially the case with fish oil supplements.
Reason being the pollution that has been set wild on to our seas and oceans. Not only is it unpleasant and harms the environment, but also that pollution accumulates in the fatty tissues of the fish.
Therefore, it really goes without saying that any fish oil before put into supplements must be purified. Otherwise, the potential adverse effects from such poorly purified or unpurified fish oil can pose health risks far worse than the benefits those Omega-3s can ever provide.
In this regard, the Nature Made Fish Oil supplements all are said to subscribe to the highest quality standards.
But is that really true?
I mean, the thing about Nature Made Fish Oil supplements is that they are constantly and almost aggressively putting forth that idea that they are all about quality and stuff.
And while the fact that they are the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand might contribute somewhat to the quality that they display, it’s not definite.
In fact, they have not been approved by the IFOS or NSF. Both of these organizations do independent testing for fish oil purity and potency and are the most trustworthy and qualified organizations to do it [R, R, R].
There is some hope, however.
Five of the Nature Made Fish Oil supplements – Fish Oil 1000 mg, Fish Oil 1200 mg, Fish Oil One Per Day, Fish Oil 1200 mg Plus Vitamin D 1000 IU, and Fish Oil Adult Gummies – have been approved by USP [R].
This is another high standard organization that does all kinds of independent supplement testing for purity and quality. And that includes also everything that regards fish oil quality [R].
But it does, however, beg the question, and obviously, I might be wrong here but why are the other 9 Nature Made Fish Oil supplements, not USP verified? What’s the deal with that?
Don’t they have the budget to do it? I seriously doubt that.
The most probable explanation would simply be that neither of those 9 really display the qualities necessary to get certified.
So, the Nature Made pledges of the highest of quality almost certainly does not hold true.
I mean, they could consider it the highest of quality they are capable of exhibiting. But then again there are way over 500 supplements that are approved either by IFOS, NSF or USP.
o, as far as this goes, it isn’t really accurate to be proclaiming those supplements to be of the highest quality.
And all this actually begs for another question. Are those surveys of being the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand in Fish Oil category legit? Or are they in reality biased? And thus, mean nothing and actually misleads people?
As I said, I might be terribly wrong here. There might be another explanation of why those other nine supplements are not approved.
All I’m saying is that it’s something that is extremely unlikely.
I myself would absolutely avoid going for any of the unapproved ones. And I’d highly suggest you too to follow that example.
Fish Oil’s Potency Seems Solid For Most
The two most important numbers of any Omega-3 and in so also fish oils are the EPA and DHA numbers. They’re considered the fish oil’s potency or quality. And there’s a simple rule to these – the more, the better.
A thing worth noting is that some consider that for an optimal benefit you should strive for their ratios being at 3 to 2. For example, ideally for every 300 mg EPA you want approximately 200 mg DHA, or for every 450 mg EPA you want approximately 300 mg DHA and so on [R].
Obviously, this might not be the only approach but has proven to work well, so we’ll stick with it for now. Or until I become aware of better guidelines.
Next, we’ll discuss briefly the potency of every fish oil supplement in the Nature Made line-up.
Group Standard – 3 Different Nature Made Fish Oil Supplements
Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 Mg (Review) – USP Verified, Ideal Amount Containing Fish Oil
The very first in this group is the Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg supplement. It’s one of the USP verified ones.
This supplement offers 2000 mg of fish oil within a single serving size that consists of 2 softgels. Thus, 1000 mg of fish oil per softgel. Which is the ideal amount.
What’s not, however, that ideal is the not strictly identified EPA and DHA ratio. I mean, it is noted that they are in the combined amounts of 500 mg. Yet it does not indicate how much of each is there (600 mg of Omega-3 total).
Also, judging by the ratios in the other supplements, it is not possible to deduce a conclusion of what the ratio might be. This is because it varies greatly among different Nature Made Fish Oil supplements.
So, at the end of the day, might not be ideal but Overall is a really good option potency wise, nonetheless.
Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 Mg (Review)
The second of this group is the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg supplement. It’s another one that is USP verified.
As it’s well apparent from its name, it offers greater amounts of fish oil. In particular, 1200 mg per softgel, 2400 mg per serving.
It also rolls great with the guidelines and what’s even better is that the EPA and DHA amounts are clearly identified. In the supplement, they are 360 mg and 240 mg, respectively.
Which if you do the math falls exactly in that 3 to 2 ratio. Plus, it also provides 120 mg of other Omega-3 for a complete amount of 720 mg Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
So, as for Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg, it’s the absolute ideal supplement so far.
Nature Made Fish Oil One Per Day (Review)
The third in this group is the Nature Made Fish Oil One Per Day supplement. The purity of this one is also approved by USP.
This particular supplement is very similar to the previous one – the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg. It also offers 1200 mg of fish oil within a single softgel. Of this 1200 mg, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are a complete number of 720 mg.
The EPA and DHA ratios are, however, rather different. They are 6:5 instead of 3:2.
But the biggest difference by far is the fact that you are recommended to take it only once a day. So, either you fall short in regards to the necessary combined amounts of at least 1000 mg of EPA and DHA daily, or you have to take a double recommended dose.
In the case of the latter, this definitely is a viable choice when it comes to fish oil’s potency.
Group Improved – Next On The Stand 2 Improved Supplements
Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 Mg Plus Vitamin D 1000 IU (Review)
The first of the supplements here is the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Plus Vitamin D 1000 IU. This one’s also USP approved.
In a way, this supplement is a combination of the first two in the Group Standard. Meaning, it offers 1200 mg of fish oil. Of that fish oil 720 are Omega-3 Fatty Acids. However, when it comes to the amounts of EPA and DHA only the combined amounts of those are clearly indicated. 600 mg.
Thus, it might have an EPA and DHA composition similar to the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg but it can’t be said for sure.
Additionally, this supplement, as the name suggests, offers good amounts of vitamin D in its most effective form. What I did find odd though was the amounts of that vitamin in the supplement [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Meaning the name of it clearly suggests that there is 1000 IU or 25 mcg of vitamin D present. However, the label just as clearly identifies that the supplement contains 2000 IU or 50 mcg of that vitamin.
Thus, a faulty name? Probably.
Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Lemon Essence (Review)
The second of the supplements is the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Lemon Essence. It’s the first one we’ve looked at so far that isn’t USP approved.
However, it is a perfectly identical supplement to the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg supplement. The composition of Omega-3s and everything.
Which means 1200 mg of Fish Oil, 720 mg of Omega-3, 360 mg of EPA, and 240 mg of DHA.
The only way the supplement really differs is through Lemon Flavor that has been added to it. This to make it more pleasant for people who genuinely do not enjoy the taste or feel of the capsules (though the softgels should be tasteless).
Group Burp-less – 3 Without The ‘Fishy’ Burps, Aftertaste Or Feel
Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg Burp-Less (Review)
The Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg Burp-Less is the counterpart of the Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg supplement.
In truth, both of these supplements are identical fish oil’s potency wise. Meaning the amounts of fish oil and the good stuff in the fish oil, and the not exactly specified individual amounts of EPA and DHA – all is exactly the same.
1000 mg of Fish Oil, 600 mg of Omega-3, of those the combined EPA and DHA amounts of 500 mg.
All exactly the same.
One huge difference is, however the fact that this particular supplement is not USP approved. The other huge difference will be in the additives. But we’ll get into that a little bit later.
Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Burp-Less (Review)
Similarly, as it was with the previous supplement, also this one is an exact copy of its respective counterpart – the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg supplement – fish oil’s potency wise.
1200 mg of Fish Oil, 720 mg of Omega-3, 360 mg of EPA, 240 mg of DHA.
All exactly the same.
But again, when it comes to being approved by USP, it’s a dead end. It hasn’t been tested or evaluated by it.
And the additives will also be remarkably different from those in the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg.
Nature Made Fish Oil One Per Day Burp-Less (Review)
I mean, by now you can probably already tell what’s the deal with this one.
Yes, the Nature Made Fish Oil One Per Day Burp-Less is a supplement identical to Nature Made Fish Oil One Per Day fish oil’s potency wise, only burp-less.
So, again, as with the previous ones, there will be a considerable difference as regards to the additives.
Also, this supplement as it’s peers of the Group Burp-less has not been USP approved.
Group Ultra – 2 Supplements Of The Highest Potency
Nature Made Ultra Omega-3 Supplement from Fish Oil 1400 Mg (Review)
The first of the two supplements in this group is the Nature Made Ultra Omega-3 Supplement from Fish Oil 1400 mg.
This is the most abundant supplement when it comes to measuring the fish oil amounts within a single softgel.
This supplement offers 1400 mg of the substance. Of this 1400 mg, a total amount of 1000 mg is the Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Of that a total amount of 683 mg is EPA and 252 mg is DHA.
The ratio is off but the numbers are definitely good.
A considerable downside is a fact that it’s recommended to be taken only once a day. Which is insufficient as regards to the best practices. On top of that, it also has not been approved by USP and it employs that same Burp-less technology that the Group Burpless does.
Nature Made Omega-3 with Xtra Absorb (Review)
The Nature Made Omega-3 with Xtra Absorb is somewhat their most sophisticated supplement that is claimed to have 4 times better absorption than a standard fish oil supplement.
It gets you 1200 mg of Fish Oil per softgel, of which 576 mg are Omega-3 Fatty Acids. And of that 500 mg are EPA and DHA.
Sadly, only the combined amounts are indicated, so there’s no telling of what the ratios actually are.
At the end of the day, the EPA and DHA amounts could probably be considered sufficient enough even though the recommended daily amount is 1 softgel. This is because of that patent-pending technology that improves absorption 4 times. This supposedly has been also clinically tested. So, it should be solid.
This Nature Made Omega-3 with Xtra Absorb is also among those that have not been USP approved.
Group Mini – 2 Supplements All About Tiny Softgel Size
Nature Made Full Strength Mini Omega-3 Liquid Softgel (Review)
The Nature Made Full Strength Mini Omega-3 Liquid Softgel while smaller sized is smaller also in its potency.
It offers 788 mg of fish oil, 540 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and has even specified EPA and DHA ratios, unlike supplements like Nature Made Omega-3 with Xtra Absorb.
That ration is about 3:1 respectively coming in at 365 mg and 135 mg.
Not the ideal ratio but I imagine it can definitely work.
The total fish oil amounts for daily consumption are, however, quite off. The recommendation with this supplement is 1 softgel a day, which stands for 500 mg EPA and DHA total. So, it’s about 2 times off to what you’d really want.
I mean, you can always just take two softgels daily to remedy this. It’s worth, however, considering also that the Nature Made Full Strength Mini Omega-3 Liquid Softgel is not USP approved.
Nature Made Fish Oil Pearls (Review)
The Nature Made Fish Oil Pearls is the second small sized Nature Made Fish Oil supplement. This is also one that has not been USP approved.
This supplement offers the same amount of total EPA and DHA as the previous supplement does, however, the ratio is considerably different.
The supplement has 275 mg of EPA and 225 mg of DHA, so the ratio’s more like 11:9.
Overall, the supplement does, however, provide slightly more total Omega-3 amounts. And considerably higher total fish oil amounts per softgel (not that it matters too much).
And while the softgels are remarkably smaller than those in the Full Strength Mini Omega-3 Liquid Softgel supplement, you do have to take three of those to get to that single serving size.
On that same note, while this will definitely account for benefits, ideally you should consume twice the serving size daily to get to that prescribed amounts of the best practices.
Group Gummies – 2 Supplements All About Taste
Nature Made Fish Oil Adult Gummies (Review)
Nature Made Fish Oil Adult Gummies is the first of the two especially tasty fish oil supplements for all you sweet-tooths out there.
It does, however, quite disappoint in terms of its fish oil potency. Per serving (two gummies) you get only 227 mg of fish oil of which 57 mg are Omega-3 Fatty Acids – 47.5 mg of DHA and 9.5 mg of EPA.
Not only are the amounts ridiculously low, and I mean ridiculously low but also the DHA and EPA ratios are reversed (there’s more DHA than EPA in the supplement).
I doubt anyone can ever really get a solid benefit through such a weak fish oil supplement. I mean you should pretty much consume half a bottle a day to get to about above combined EPA and DHA amounts of 1000 mg daily.
Thus, if you are really that into candy it’s better to just consume proper fish oil supplement its potency wise, something like the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg, and flush it down with some regular candy. Not that I am for this but the benefit to your health will be infinite times greater.
One good thing about this one is through the fact that it’s USP approved.
Nature Made Kids First Fish Oil (Review)
The Nature Made Kids First Fish Oil supplement is the second one in the Group Gummies and without a surprise it is just as miserable as the Fish Oil Adult Gummies.
The supplement provides with 113.5 mg of fish oil. Of this fish oil, 28.5 mg is Omega-3 Fatty Acids and of that 23.75 mg is DHA and 4.75 mg is EPA. Again, the ratios are reversed.
I mean, I know this is geared towards children. But the amounts even for the use of children are no less than miserable.
Fun fact about this supplement. The label and packaging of it say that it is USP verified. But when you actually check that on their USP’s approved list, it’s not there. Woops. Misleading people I guess [R].
Thus, ultimately, while there are a few great supplements potency-wise in the Nature Made Fish Oil line-up, not every single one represent the best practices.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s good that they offer options in terms of potency as not everyone will be eager to follow the best practices and many people may have an idea of what the ideal practices of fish oil consumption looks like for them.
This is why I do believe that ultimately in Nature Made Fish Oil supplements it is solid for most (even if it didn’t seem so when I explained any of the supplements individually).
In that sense, what I would consider being very far from solid, however, is the Group Gummies.
They’re pretty useless. And I feel I’m being modest here.
Additive-Wise It’s A Disaster For Most
People generally fall into two categories when it comes to additives.
They either consider them to be bad no matter the case or their use. Or they are completely negligent to their existence and to the fact that they just like anything you consume can have an impact on your overall health.
Both of these approaches are ill-founded. Not all additives are bad. Yet they can considerably affect your health. Often it might not be immediately noticeable but it will be there.
Thus, it is really important to always consider what are the additives within any particular supplement. Are they harmless? Or are they harmful? Sometimes you’ll encounter also additives that best fall into the category of beneficial.
However, when it comes to additives in the Nature Made Fish Oil supplements among the groups they vary greatly and not always are they harmless. In fact, I believe there are only a handful of supplements that employ fully harmless ones.
While I won’t cover every single additive findable in the supplements, as this article is getting too long already (but 14 supplements though), I will provide insights into the key aspects.
One extremely common additive across multiple supplements is the Polysorbate 80. It’s present in Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg Burp-Less, Fish Oil 1200 mg Burp-Less, Fish Oil One Per Day Burp-Less, Ultra Omega-3 Supplement from Fish Oil 1400 mg, and Full Strength Mini Omega-3 Liquid Softgel.
In truth, I get why it’s there as it’s probably there more or less because of that Burp-less effect. Generally, though it’s known to be used in supplements for the improvement of consistency or dispersion of pills. But it’s a genuinely nasty additive [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
I would even consider it as one of the most harmful additives there is. Not only is it known for violently severe allergic reactions but it can easily cause effects like stomach pain, coughing, and irritation. This, however, does not exhaust its effects on human health – overall I do consider it to be a must avoid additive [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
In that sense, the Polysorbate 20 that is present in the Nature Made Omega-3 with Xtra Absorb is just as violent and thus, just as avoidable. That ingredient probably is the key aspect of why they were able to make that supplement 4 times as effective. But I wouldn’t take that trade-off any time of the day. Not worth it.
Both of the supplements in the Group Gummies also do some of the most harmful additives in existence. Corn Syrup and Sugar.
I mean, it does not sound that hazardous. That is until your presented with the fact that Corn Syrup in truth probably is High Fructose Corn Syrup as it has been listed as the alternative name for that ingredient. This is one of the most harmful forms of sugar out there. On top of that, needless to say, that processed sugar as of itself isn’t really blameless when it comes to worsening health either [R, R, R, R, R].
Both of these substances can potentially obliterate your health by giving you diabetes, coronary artery disease, heart disease, causing high blood pressure, obesity or weight gain, straight up stupidity, eating disorders, aggressive behavior, depression, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, and a huge variety of cancers among other devastating consequences [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Furthermore, given the fact that the fish oil’s potency in the Group Gummies supplement is utterly miserable taking those supplements essentially works like a poison. You’re just paying money for supplements that do nothing for you other than harm your health.
Another one of the additives that might not be among the healthiest ones, although nowhere as near as hazardous as the two discussed, is the Lemon Flavor in the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Lemon Essence.
When it comes to natural flavoring it should not be approached with the general idea of ‘what is natural, that is also healthy’ (or harmless). It’s not that straight forward at all. In fact, it is known that something like natural flavors can contain some potentially unwanted substances (impurities) [R, R, R, R, R, R].
This should be of no concern when considering a supplement of high-quality manufacturing processes. However, given the fact that this supplement is not USP approved while 4 other very similar supplements are, I don’t know what to think.
Ultimately, if we cut out all the (potentially) in one way or another harmful and shady supplements we’re left with 6 supplements, of which 4 are USP approved. All of these only do harmless additives.
Overall, There Are Some Very Viable Options, And There Are Some Very Poor Ones
At the end of the day, the statement of being the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand in Fish Oils at least to me seems a little bit overboard. What do you think? Is it biased or in some weird way actually true?
Here’s an idea I had that you might agree with. Meaning, if you really, really think about it, ultimately, it may actually be true.
But it would make a lot of sense if it just might be that some of the supplements in their line-up carry the whole brand. I definitely see it possible.
For example, the Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg is, without a doubt, a top-notch supplement that I would even consider replacing my current fish oil supplement.
It’s that good. Furthermore, it’s affordable.
The other viable options definitely include these three –
Nature Made Fish Oil 1000 mg,
Nature Made Fish Oil One Per Day,
Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Plus Vitamin D 1000 IU.
As for the rest, please do your health a favor and avoid them like the plague. That said, there are a ton of even better options out there (the best fish oils I’ve found through extensive research).
Other than that, I hope this Nature Made Fish Oil review of all 14 fish oil-related Nature Made supplements helped you find the information you were looking for.