Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil Review – Affordable But Worth?

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I will try to be with this Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil review as thorough as I can possibly be.

The idea here is to look at everything starting with marketing to beneficial ingredients to discussing additives. Furthermore, we will also make it about customer reviews and success rates which will then be accompanied by another addition, namely, looking at pricing.

This Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil Review To Make It Most Informative

According to the manufacturer, Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil is an “Omega-3 Fatty Acids [supplement] for Active Adults.” It’s said to be easy to swallow. It’s said to have an enteric coating to minimize the fishy aftertaste. And it’s got both EPA and DHA. What more to desire from a Fish Oil product, right [R]?

Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil ReviewThe product page I like a lot. It’s quite similar to what we find in supplements like Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil (review) or Spring Valley Omega-3 Fish Oil (review) Meaning, it’s brief, to the point, simple. It even kind of forgets to claim anything.

I mean, they do mention this idea that Omega-3 Fatty Acids that this Fish Oil also provides play “important roles in numerous metabolic functions” [R].

And they hint or in a way imply that there are also other benefits but the page never mentions what kind. It just kind of limits itself to they “are essential fats that cannot be made by your body” [R].

As for the marketing tactics, this one is empty as a keg after a frat party. I mean, there is the customer review section (which is absolutely empty at the time of writing this article), and there is something along the lines of a money-back guarantee. Which doesn’t feel like one at all because of how strict the eligible-for-return conditions are [R].

Other than that, this Optimum Nutrition Omega-3 promises “high-quality raw materials, top-rated and reviewed, and we test & re-test for quality.” But is it really worth the buy [R]?

Personally, I Really Don’t Like Its Approach To Active Ingredients

Judging by the ingredients themselves, it’s not really. At least as far as beneficial ingredients go. Frankly, it feels very weak overall. I mean, I’m not sure I would ever buy it.

Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil Ingredients (Supplement Facts)For serving (one softgel), Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil offers 1000 milligrams of Fish Oil. Fish oil contains 300 milligrams of EPA and DHA combined. We get 200 such servings per container. And while I like that, I’m not too big of a fan of the Fish oil itself. Here’s why.

According to the best practices for nutrient amounts, we should strive for at least 1000 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA daily. What’s more, we should make sure that it is at the ratio of 3:2. That’s kind of the ideal approach when it comes to general health. It’s not however what we find here [RRRRRRRRRRR].

First, to get to 1000 milligrams we would have to do at least four softgels. Which not a lot of people would fancy. Second, we’ve no idea what the ratio in this one is. It’s a full-on mystery. Which, needless to say, is ideal.

This Does Not Have Third-Party TestingBut that I believe is the least of Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil problems. The bigger issue is the quality.

I mean, sure, they will try to tell us that it’s their fish oil that they retested that they do absolutely everything to make it as pure as possible. However, if they’re really making so much effort to make sure it’s pure why not third-party tested? Because third-party testing is the pinnacle of quality. But they haven’t. Why [R]?

To that end, I don’t think it’s worth getting this one over any other fish oil that has been third-party tested. Properly third-party tested. Like so many other options are. Like Dr. Tobias Fish Oil (review) or Nature Made Fish Oil (review).

I mean, the problem with not testing it is that it can actually turn out to be quite harmful. Which is not what we want. Not what I would want. I believe neither would you.

To Review Additives, This Time Optimum Nutrition Blew It

As far as additives there are quite a few involved. I’m not a fan of all. I mean, the Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil almost does a pretty decent job. Either way, I feel it is kind of worse than with supplements like Great HealthWorks Omega XL (review) or Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil (review).

There Is One Quite Poisonous Thing In ItSo what kind of additives does this one have exactly?

There is the Gelatin, Glycerin, Water, Ethylcellulose, Sodium Alginate, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Ammonium Hydroxide, Oleic Acid, Vanillin, and Stearic Acid. While I don’t have any problems with most of them, there is one that leaves me uneasy.

Ammonium Hydroxide.

It’s a clear, colorless liquid with a pretty pungent smell. It’s commonly used in industrial products and cleaners. It’s pretty darn harmful if it gets in the eyes or on the skin. It can even cause burns. Moreover, ingestion of it is said to be capable of causing nausea, vomiting, gastric irritation, and even convulsions, shock, perforation, depression of the central nervous system, as well as other negative effects [R, R, R, R].

I mean, that does kind of explain why it’s referred to as poisonous. To that end, I guess, needless to say, kind of not ideal for a supplement.

Good Amount Of Conflicting Customer Reviews If That Makes Sense

So, that’s the ingredients. What about more practical aspects? Like customer reviews? I mean, does this Omega-3 product get good customer reviews?

On the product page, they don’t really have anything to say about that. Because while they do have a customer review section, there isn’t a single piece of feedback there. So, I did what I usually do. I went out and looked at every single rating for the supplement I could find.

Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil ReviewsIn total, I managed to find 1588 Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil reviews. Of these, 1388 were positive (3-star, 4-star, 5-star) and 200 were negative (1-star, 2-star). Hence, a global success rate of 87.4% (decent but not great). Which is likely even higher given that people are typically more prone to reporting negative experiences than positive ones.

But it might not apply to this one.

You see, I found a couple of reviews that were supposedly 5-star ones, yet claimed that the product is a fake and people shouldn’t by it. Which, maybe it’s just me, but sounds like something that should have no more than a single star. Something that should be negative feedback instead of effectively something positive.

So, yeah, fakes on Amazon. It’s not really something new. Personally, I’ve encountered quite a few of those already. Hence, I’ve moved to not recommending Amazon as a source for supplements anymore.

Pricing’s Good But That’s About The Only Advantage Of The Supplement

Now, what about Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil’s pricing? It looks good. I mean, it looks great. But then, again, if we recall, the beneficial ingredients weren’t really there in terms of the most optimal approach. Get what we pay for, right?

So, the supplement of this review costs $17.99 for 200 softgels. That’s almost $0.09 per softgel ($0.08995). It sounds awesome if we’re really taking just one a day. Fish Oil for $0.09, that’s busted. But I don’t think that’s a good way to measure the value it is providing.

This Omega-3 Product Is Really CheapWhat we should be calculating instead to make actually accurate comparisons is how much it will cost per 1000 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA.

For the Fish Oil of this review, that’s 30.0 cents. Now, if we compare that to the Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (review) or the NutraSea Omega-3 (review), the picture becomes a bit more crisper. With the former, that’s $84.7 cents whereas, with the latter, that’s 43.0 cents.

So, yes, the Fish Oil of Optimum Nutrition is cheap. But so, is their quality when compared to the other two. I mean, both of those are not only third-party tested, they are also sustainable fisheries certified. Whereas about the product of this review can be said no such thing. And there is more. Like the fact that neither of those two use potentially harmful additives.

Therefore, ultimately, I believe that the price difference is absolutely worth it.

I Think This Omega-3 Fish Oil Is To Avoid, No Third-Party Approved Quality

All that we’ve discussed I believe can be well-summarized by the following sentence. The cheap way can definitely come back to bite you.

Meaning, Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil is an affordable way to Omega-3s but it doesn’t come without drawbacks. I mean, the EPA/DHA ratio is a mystery. Ammonium Hydroxide is not a great additive to be having. Amazon probably sells fakes. The success rate is not ideal. The price is cheap. But the quality aspects…

Preferably Avoid This Fish Oil Omega-3 SupplementWell, let’s just say I don’t recommend the type of Fish Oil ever. The way I see it, you’re nuts if you’re doing a sort of supplement that doesn’t have third-party testing on it. I mean, the side effects from the oil not properly purified can be disastrous, especially over the long run.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the thing in this Optimum Nutrition is contaminated. That we do not know. It probably isn’t but still. I would not bet it on probably. Any Fish Oil must be third-party tested.

So, out of the categories (avoid it, consider it, shortlist it, or buy it), I would recommend avoiding it. Yes, it’s cheap but I feel the compromises on not well enough documented quality is just too great. Plus, the not-great additives. Kind of self-explanatory I feel.

That said, if you do happen to be interested in some truly great Fish Oils, check out my best-of list for them.

Above all, I hope this Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil review helped you find the information you were looking for. Have you used it? Even if you haven’t, what do you make of it? What, in your opinion, is its strongest suit? Would you still buy it if it was, say, 50% off? Let me know below.

14 thoughts on “Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil Review – Affordable But Worth?”

  1. I think this is a really, really interesting review. I really enjoy how you have shown and juxtapose both the good and the bad of this product. Personally, I feel this Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil could be a good option still, and considering the fact that there are worthy customer reviews up everywhere, I feel there definitely is a market for it. So, I wouldn’t count it out from the game. I think it’s definitely an option.

    • Hey, Liza!

      I really appreciate the option. Thank you. :)
      And the kind words really mean a lot.

      And I do know what you mean. I mean, absolutely, there definitely is a market for it. It’s not like it’s guaranteed to be harmful because it doesn’t do third-party testing for purity. It’s just better to have that than to not have it.


  2. Hi there Matiss! Thank you very much for your Honest and Detailed review on this product. I enjoyed going through it. The Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil kept popping up for me. A friend suggested it. A relative is using it. So, I had to know. From your review, It does seem to have quite a number of flaws. Therefore, I will be steering clear, for sure. Again, thank you. 

    • Hey, Josh!

      Uuu-uu, I appreciate the kind words. They mean a lot.
      And, yeah, for sure, I think it definitely has more disadvantages than advantages. Overall, the affordable doesn’t mean anything. Because it’s just not good enough.


  3. Hello there, thank you very much for sharing this truly well-written article. I am glad to have come across this. It makes so much sense now. I’m glad I just didn’t go for it. The price is truly a very attractive aspect of this. And the promise of benefits with fish oils just in general. I think it makes a ridiculously compelling argument. I wouldn’t have looked at the additives if not for your article. Thank you for it.

    • Hey, Miraclex!

      I’m glad I was able to help. And, indeed, I can only agree about this Optimum Nutrition’s price being a very compelling argument. I believe it’s the reason why probably many people, generally, just go for it.

      I appreciate the kind words, man, thank you!

  4. Oh, this is a good post and I honestly like the fact that you shared this particular information about the fish oil. At first, I was thinking that this will be a straight review where you just tell us about how good the product is and all that. But you’ve actually done the research as very evident by the references. And it just displays all elements of honesty which is what I love most about the review. Thanks!

    • Hey, Jamie!

      Yeah, I try to make it as all about the truth as I possibly can. I try not to fanboy out about supplements in my reviews, even when I think they’re awesome.

      I’m glad you liked this one. I genuinely appreciate the kind words. :)


  5. I have been taking fish oil for heart health at the suggestion of my doctor for about 5 years. I take a very generic brand… Kirkland… Which has 1000 mg capsules giving 300 mg of fish oil. I have been looking at other brands for a while. I am thankful for your article that reviews this Optimum brand for me. It will save me doing a lot of research and possibly wasting some money. Again thank you for the very informative article.

    • Hey, Anastazja!

      Yeah, I think that’s good advice. But while heart health is just one of the obvious reasons, our every cell needs Omega-3. To which end, I believe to say that the addition, in the long run, is incredibly important is beyond an understatement.

      As for that Kirkland, I would highly recommend getting off it ASAP. I did a review on one of their main ones but it brought a huge shadow onto the entire brand. I mean, probably it’s bad. Even terrible. Frankly, more than terrible, the way I see it.

      You can read the review by clicking here.


  6. I feel those who produced the supplement might be amateurs, it’s either they didn’t know what they were doing or they were hoping no one does a review on their product. Because it’s obvious they didn’t put any effort into the product. I don’t think anyone would want to get the product, especially after knowing it’s potentially poisonous.

    • Hey, Age!

      Thank you for sharing your opinion on this. I really appreciate it.
      Yeah, I guess their main goal with this one was to make it as affordable as possible. Which doesn’t, however, justify the Ammonium Hydroxide, the way I see it. But still.


  7. Hello there! These days, staying healthy is a growing trend with the whole COVID-19 going on. I feel like some of the ways is to maintain nutrition, stay fit, and taking those supplements. Fish oil is quite popular as it is great for brain health, cholesterol, basically many things. Since it is so well known for its health benefits, many companies are competing to sell their fish oil products and it is hard to tell which is genuine or not. I am glad to have run into this article which has provided a very detailed review on one of the many products. Thanks for saving many people a lot of time and money!

    • Hey, Mike!

      Yeah, I absolutely agree. No forget about proper food and exercise. Incredibly important. :)
      Other than that, I genuinely appreciate the kind words. I’m thrilled it was insightful.



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