In this NutraSea Omega-3 review, we will explore everything there is to know about this particular supplement brand.
To properly do that, we will wander through their promotional materials and claims. We will make sense of the beneficial ingredients and their purity aspects due to how incredibly important those are for Fish Oils. We will devote a section to the additives. And we will seek out customer reviews and assess global success rates.
NutraSea Omega-3 Review – Initial Thoughts & Overview
According to the manufacturer, NutraSea Omega-3 is “a great tasting, liquid omega-3 for the maintenance of good health.” There are five different supplements with a total of three different flavors to choose from plus the two kids versions [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, just to give the full range of options. There is a Lemon 6.8 fl oz (200 ml), Lemon 16.9 fl oz (500 ml), Mango 6.8 fl oz (200 ml), Chocolate 6.8 fl oz (200 ml), Chocolate 16.9 fl oz (500 ml), and two versions devoted to kids Bubble Gum 6.8 fl oz (200 ml) and Bubble Gum 16.9 fl oz (500 ml). Oddly enough, there is no such thing as Mango 16.9 fl oz (500 ml). At least they don’t exactly list it on their website [R].
Fascinatingly, each of these get their own description/product page. The information they contain is, however, pretty identical, apart from, of course, the kids versions as those are about different beneficial ingredients altogether.
For the NutraSea Omega-3 Lemon, Mango, and Chocolate, they promise that this “is an easy way to get your omega-3 and is a great choice for anyone looking for a pure and balanced omega-3.” They promise that “NutraSea supports the maintenance of good health, cardiovascular health and cognitive & brain function.” And that “it also helps support the development of the brain, eyes and nerves in children” [R, R, R, R, R].
Which begs to add that the flavored versions are not only for adults as it may initially seem, especially due to the fact that they have a separate product labeled as something for kids. Obviously, the recommended dosage differs but children can use these too.
Whereas for the NutraSea Kids Omega-3 Bubble Gum, the promises differ, mostly due to the different combination of beneficial ingredients.
At the core, they describe it as a supplement “specially formulated for kids, a great tasting, ultra-pure liquid omega-3 for the maintenance of good health.” Which they further elaborate with “NutraSea Kids supports the maintenance of good health, helps in the development & maintainance of bones and teeth and helps support cognitive health and brain function. It also helps support the development of the brain, eyes and nerves in children.” So, very similar but slightly different [R, R].
What I like most about the description pages is that they are very, very Nature’s Way approach. Meaning, they are not trying to bribe anyone with buy more, get greater discount, subscribe and get a discount, look at our incredible customer reviews or, God forbid, customer testimonials and supernatural claims. There is also no money-back guarantee as far as I can tell either [R, R, R].
So, they are kind of just purely informing about the products, unlike so many other brands. They are not trying to lure anyone into buying them. Which is something I deeply respect.
But is there true value in them?
The Purity Is Paid Much Attention To; Core Ingredients In Separate Sections
Given that there are slightly different variations of the NutraSea Omega-3 supplement, I think the best approach is to discuss each of them in a separate section. This way you can immediately jump into the section that most interests you, as well as I believe it’s all quite straight forward that way. And easy to follow.
There is one aspect, however, that goes beyond the label and ingredients. But it’s a remarkably important one, especially when it comes to Fish Oil supplements. Which these NutraSea Omega-3s are. And that’s the aspect of purity.
To illustrate the importance of this, it’s common knowledge that oceans are quite polluted. The trouble is that pollution accumulates in the fatty tissues of the fish. Extracting Fish Oil without them is impossible. But what can be done is purification to get rid of harmful levels of contaminents [R].
There are quite a number of different ways to do this. But the best way (and the only way I ever recommend people embrace) is that of third-party testing. Which, as I see it, ideally, should be from IFOS as they are the stringiest in their testing. But other third-party stuff works too. Be it NSF, USP, or, as it is the case with NutraSea Omega-3 supplements, other third-party laboratories that make their certificates of analysis freely available (like with Nordic Naturals) [R].
So, the purity of these products is superb. But they go even further than that also ensuring that all of them are Friend of the Sea certified. Hence, reassuring that they’re fish oil sourcing is complient with sustanable practices to ensure the longevity of the planet. Which is the ideal way how to go about it. Really, it’s kind of a must in this day and age [R].
But now, this out of the way, let’s jump into each individual supplement.
NutraSea Omega-3 Lemon Review – Decent Amounts Of EPA & DHA, Great Ratio, Fine Additives
This one is about providing 750 milligrams of EPA and 500 milligrams of DHA per every 4.55 grams of Fish Oil which is one teaspoon. A Fish Oil derived from anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and herring.
As far as the raw amounts of these incredibly important fatty acids go, it’s a good amount. Given its suggested use (one teaspoon a day), the thing also easily subscribes to this notion of at least 1,000 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA a day. The ratio is also the ideal one for general health and well-being [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
What about it’s Lemon flavor though?
Well, that’s the work of other added ingredients, also known as additives. Generally speaking, they can be very helpful, especially in the making of the supplement and ensuring that it has a decent shelflife, taste, or color. However, not all additives are great options. Quite many of them can actually be harmful [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
When it comes to this NutraSea Omega-3 version, it uses Natural Flavor, Tocopherols (derived from soy), and Green Tea extract.
Natural Flavor can be a problem if manufacturing is not solid. Which here, as far as I can tell, is very far from the case. Tocopherols can also be a problem if they’re derived from GMO soy. Which in this case it isn’t given the supplement’s Non-GMO Project Verified certification. Whereas an extract from Green Tea will be nothing but beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, it’s third-party tested, everything beneficial, and zero side-effects/harmful. The kind of supplement which is always awesome to encounter.
NutraSea Omega-3 Mango Review – An Identical Twin Of The Lemon Version; Well… Almost
NutraSea Omega-3 Mango is an extremely similar product to the one we just took a look at.
It uses the same beneficial ingredients in the same amounts. So, 750 milligrams of EPA and 500 milligrams of DHA. Hence, it’s the same ideal ratio; the same everything.
Also, as far as the additives go, it’s identical to what we saw in the Lemon version. At least as far as the wording goes.
You see, they list Natural Flavor, Tocopherols (derived from soy), and Green Tea extract. So, it seems the same but given its Mango idea, it does not exactly use the same Natural Flavor.
Still, it’s still bound to exude the same quality. Hence, worries there. And so, another great highly beneficial, concern-free supplement.
NutraSea Omega-3 Chocolate Review – There’s One Key Difference; The Same Beneficial Stuff Still
The NutraSea Omega-3 Chocolate is a slightly different supplement from the Lemon and Mango ones. A slightly different one, indeed.
So, it’s again a supplement about the combined amounts of 1250 milligrams of EPA plus DHA (750 milligrams and 500 milligrams, respectively). The same great ratio for general health and well-being.
Thus, that “slightly” comes in with additives.
This Chocolate one has four instead of three. Namely, apart from the three already discussed (Natural Flavour, Tocopherols (soy), Green Tea extract), this one also uses Monk Fruit extract.
Monk Fruit is like the perfect choice when it comes to sweetening anything. It’s an actually natural sweetener that has none of the effects on health that sugar, its modern highly-processed brothers, or artificial sweeteners do. Plus, apart from sweetening the substance it has been added to, it also inherently offers a number of potential gains [R, R, R, R, R].
Hence, to some extent making, this the more preferred option when compared to both Lemon and Mango versions of the NutraSea Omega-3.
Seems totally counter-intuative to go with the option the only difference of which is having more additives?
But that makes complete sense here.
NutraSea Kids Omega-3 Bubble Gum Review – A Completely Different Approach To Fish Oil
The NutraSea Kids Omega-3 Bubble Gum is unlike any of the three supplements we looked at before. It’s different ingredients, it’s more ingredients, it’s different amounts, and it’s different additives.
Per one teaspoon, it offers 2.02 grams of Fish Oil that holds within itself 320 milligrams of EPA, 200 milligrams of DHA, and 50 milligrams of GLA. This gets coupled with 500 IU of vitamin D3 and 560 milligrams of Evening Primrose Seed Oil.
The EPA and DHA ratio is about the ideal 3:2. Which, as mentioned earlier, is considered the most optimal choice for general health and well-being. The amounts, of course, will highly depend on age but for the most part what they recommend should work just fine; definitely much better than no Fish Oil at all [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Vitamin D is a very necessary nutrient these days as more and more time we tend to spend in-doors. So, to avoid any potential future deficiency, I believe it’s pretty mindful to add that here. And another thing that’s awesome about it is the fact that it uses the vitamin D3 form. Which is the exact same one our bodies naturally produce when exposed to sunlight [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Whereas as for the Evening Primrose Seed Oil, it’s a highly beneficial substance. It can improve overall skin health and help battle various skin problems, foster heart health, ease bone pain, increase bone density, reduce nerve pain, help fight high-cholesterol and help with a number of other conditions [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
However, it’s somewhat alien to me as to why, for example, a 4-year-old should consume such a thing. The oil itself is a great source of Omega-6 fatty acids and so, it can help balance the incoming Omega-3s. Nevertheless, people typically have already too much Omega-6s in their diet. So, adding more doesn’t make too much sense, at least as I see it [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Even more so, because it seems to also be a potent allergen. People with certain conditions like should not embrace it. As for everyone else, it’s considered to only be fine for short-term use. Beyond that it’s all uncharted waters. Which, as I see it, may be somewhat fine for adults but totally unacceptible for children [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
And on that note, this kind of makes it a temporary supplement. Something our kids should not use for more than, say, 2-3 months. Which is far from ideal given that we pretty much should use a fish oil daily for the rest of our lives (given the terrible lack of their presence in food). So, we’d have to change away from this anyway. So, why bother picking it in the first place?
Either way, as far as additives go, it’s all fine. There are Natural Flavours, Tocopherols (soy), Green Tea extract, and Monk Fruit extract (those we looked at in the previous sections), Sunflower Oil (which is a fine semi-beneficial substance), and Medium-Chain triglycerides (which is a highly beneficial substance other supplements use as their primary beneficial one).
So, the NutraSea Kids Omega-3 Bubble Gum is kind of a great supplement apart from that addition of Evening Primrose Seed Oil. It’s just something I completely disagree with as far as children go.
People Have Really Enjoyed This; It Has Had Such A Great Feedback
Taking our sights away from the ingredients and so, all the theoretical aspects, we have the practical ones. Customer reviews and all that people who actually tried the supplement say about it.
It is common these days that product/description pages hold a section for customer reviews. Granted, it’s not always the most reliable place to get our information from given that manufacturers have the full control over those sections and they are monetarily invested in selling the supplement more.
But the Omega-3 supplements of NutraSea do not have that kind of section. What they do, however, have is some kind of “recommends” counter. Which gives an impossibly vague number, a number that really doesn’t mean or indicate anything. Mainly because we have no way of knowing how many people do not recommend it as it only counts those who do.
Thus, kind of out of necessity we are forced to look at the reviews we can find by all other sellers and retailers of the NutraSea line-up.
And the results of those were nothing short of surprising to me.
For the NutraSea Omega-3 Lemon, I managed to find a total of 235 reviews. Of these, there were only 5 negative ones (1-star and 2-star) and hence, 230 positive ones. Which makes for a global success rate of 97.9%. Which, frankly, is busted. I feel calling it a hugely favored thing, would be an understatement.
For the Mango version of the thing, I found it to be a very similar success rate. Granted, it’s a bit early to tell for sure because I was able to only come across 30 reviews. But of those, there was only one 1-star rating; all else were 3-star or higher. Hence, 96.7% satisfaction rate. Again, bonkers. That’s really, really high.
For the Chocolate version, it seems that that Monk Fruit addition hasn’t really work out well. Relatively speaking, there were a lot of people who did not like the taste of it. Hence, out of a total 26 reviews, six were bad. And so, 76.9% success rate. Which is the lowest of the whole brand.
Lastly, the NutraSea Kids Omega-3 Bubble Gum kind of picked up the ball again. It had almost as many pieces of feedback as the Lemon version but slightly more negative reviews in total. Or in other words, out of a 230 ratings total, 17 were bad, 213 were good. Thus, a global success rate of 92.6%. Which absolutely is a high one.
So, if we sum it all up, out of 521 NutraSea Omega-3 reviews, only 29 were bad, the rest were positive. And so, as far as the brand goes – 94.4%. Which is really high. And that’s disregarding the fact that people are typically far more willing to report negative experiences than positive ones (same applies to the individual success rates).
At the end of the day, one word only. Busted.
An All-Round Great Brand, High-Quality Supplement & Picking Rivals
Generally, I really like the NutraSea Omega-3 brand. Just the whole line-up. The whole idea behind it.
Awesome amounts of EPA and DHA. Solid harmless, often beneficial additives. And the purity checks and available certificates of analysis all scream quality. This complemented by the Friend of the Certification for sustainability and Non-GMO Project Verified certification for Non-GMO ingredients kind of means it’s all we could ever want from a proper Fish Oil supplement.
That said, here are two final thoughts.
First, I would not recommend buying the Kids Bubble Gum thing for your little ones. Sure, it may seem all nice and shiny with the added beneficial stuff but, as far as I can tell, Evening Primrose Seed Oil for regular daily use is not ideal to say the least. Thus, if you want this Fish Oil brand for your children, just use the other three as suggested when giving to kids.
Second, despite so many boxes ticked with the three main NutraSea flavored options, there are still better supplements out there. What I did, I looked every single Fish Oil supplement I could find (not just from English speaking countries but everywhere). And I created a list of the very best ones. The supplement of this review did not make that list.
Still, this is not in any way to mean, that it’s not a great supplement. It is exactly that as I feel I have been emphasizing it again and again throughout this article. It’s just that the competition is very fierce for Fish Oils. And so, if you feel like it or you were looking forward to it, try it. But if not, have a look into the very best.
Other than that, I hope this NutraSea Omega-3 review on all four liquid supplements helped you find the information you were looking for. Did you like what this one had to offer? Which flavor do you see yourself getting? Let me know below.