Fishy Findings - Aftertaste and Fishy Burps
While Dr. Tobias Optimum claims to be free of a fishy aftertaste, many users report that just isn’t true. They also report that Dr. Tobias is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to fishy burps. Some even report that, as consumers who have tried many Omega-3 fish oil products, this has some of the worst fishy aftertaste and burps of aï»¿ny product they have used. You may be looking for a fish oil substitute that reduces the impact of fishiness in your day. Judging from some of the more frequent customer reviews, Dr Tobias Optimum Omega-3 Fish Oil may not be the Omega product for you.
As a higher end product costing way more than your standard fish oil supplement from the pharmacy aisle, you have reason to expect more than what you could get on the shelf. If you’re shopping around and willing to pay for something that tastes a little better, you may want to skip over this product. Consumers had less than “rave” reviews in this area.
Quality and ConsistencyMany users reported major differences from bottle to bottle. Some said that while their first bottle lived up to its promise of no fishy aftertaste, they reported drastic differences in the second bottle of product. There have even been reports of receiving bad or rancid product, as well as a few reported cases of broken pills getting fish oil onto everything: not a pleasant odor. Not to mention, again, when paying more for a product like this, you expect to be able to count on a higher level of quality control, which seems to be a problem for this product.
Not only is quality often times disappointing and inconsistent, some also reported that they were not treated with quality customer service. One reviewer cited an incident of a bottle of pills gone rancid, which he noticed as soon as he received the product, and was refused a refund or a replacement. For a company working on this high end of the market, substandard customer service is not something you want when picking a brand, especially with so many other companies out there clamoring to please you and to get your business.
Some of the ingredients are odd for a fish oil supplement. The most peculiar of these is soy. While soy is high in plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids like ALA, those are shown to have significantly less benefit than fish-based Omega-3 EPA and DHA. There is also a good amount of EPA and DHA in it, but the soy also creates for a different problem. Soy is very high in Omega-6 fatty acids.
Some foods that are high in Omega-6 like nuts are advisable for those watching their intake of certain kinds of fats. Soy, however, does not have enough benefit to outweigh the problematic Omega-6. Omega-6 inhibits Omega-3 fatty acids from being broken down properly and utilized. When the absorption is heavily affected, this can cause problems with your digestive system. Omega-6 can also increase your LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” especially when consumed daily.
There may also be reason to exercise caution when using this product if you are gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive. People with gluten sensitivities have reported adverse reactions to this product. While customer care is forthright in telling you that the product may be processed in the same area as wheat products, it is problematic that this is not listed on or near the ingredient list. Since soy is included on the ingredient list, people with allergies can avoid it if they do their due diligence, even if it is odd for a fish oil to contain soy. However, since this same standard of disclosure is not provided across all fronts on the packaging, one with any food allergies of any kind would be advised to exercise extreme caution when using this product.
For the record, there is a disclaimer about wheat, soy, peanuts, milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. However, even though it is pretty clear on the packaging, it’s in an entirely different place than the ingredients and there is a second warning about soy on the ingredient list. This makes it look like it might be the only warning, which is a bit deceiving. A few consumers made the same mistake.
While some adversity to digesting fish oil pills is pretty common, consumers have reported some pretty uncomfortable digestive side effects. This could be from the ALA or Omega-6 amino acids not allowing for the fat to be properly broken down and used in the body. This causes it to pass through the digestive system without breaking down, which can cause for some very uncomfortable digestive problems.
You’ll also notice, 4 pills?! There are so many Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements available, and many of them are once-daily pills. Even many drugstore aisle brands offer one-a-day supplement options. With other options available, and this one being hard to digest, why would you take 4 fish oil pills a day? This probably doesn’t make it any easier on your digestive tract.
Results and Natural Pain Relief
Many people turn to fish oil supplements as a way to help them achieve natural pain relief rather than using a variety of medications. Since fish oil has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and may be able to reduce pain, this is a method many people turn to for natural joint pain relief from arthritis and other medical conditions.
However, because of this product’s ingredients including soy and the presence of Omega-6, the Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be properly absorbed and utilized. This not only leaves for a rumble in the tummy, but also for more discomfort in the body, since the Omega-3 is not serving to reduce inflammation as well as it would without the soy. Also, for those trying to avoid
For a middle-priced, higher-end product, you don’t really get what you pay for. Between the quality control issues of consistency between bottles and the fishy burps, it’s likely you can find a better product for less at Walmart. The collective ingredient list also makes it a very unfriendly product for those with almost any food allergy. Then, there’s the inconvenience of having to take 4 pills a day when there are many other alternatives that require much less commitment to a much more tolerable pill. Overall, this supplement is not worth the money and produces mediocre results.
Results - ⭐⭐
Safety - ⭐⭐⭐
Price - 2.5 stars
Ingredients - ⭐
Taste and Smell - ⭐
Ease of Digestion - ⭐
Overall - 1.5 stars