Preventing Fish Oil Capsule Burps

Just read this, and it is wonderful. If you take fish oil capsules, but can't take the after effects of burping the fish taste, there is something you can do. Put the fish oil capsules in the freezer, and take them frozen. It takes longer to dissolve in your system, and prevents the bad after taste. Also they are very good for you.


Source: Arthritis Today

By Hope from Charleston, SC

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

Also, be aware that fish oil capsules can go rancid quickly! I learned this the hard way when both my husband and I developed cramping and intestinal problems soon after starting a new bottle of capsules. I'd left them out where the bottle was exposed to a lot of sunshine, which hastened their spoilage.

They were labeled "burp-free," and we didn't burp - but we sure had terrible stomach aches! My husband figured it out first, and stopped taking them. I continued to take them, because I couldn't believe they'd spoiled or were causing my tummy pain, so I suffered worse and longer! Finally I stopped taking them, and in a couple of days I was fine.


So this tip about freezing them is great for more than one reason!

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

Great tip - can't wait to try it. We've used fish oil for at least 22 years, both liquid and capsules, and hate that after taste from burping them up. Thanks!

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful

I buy the coated kind so never have "fish burps". I keep most of it in the frig and just a small amount in a cabinet. They are much easier to prick with something sharp if they are room temp. I give to my son who will not swallow a pill, so I take something sharp and poke a tiny hole in the capsule and then squeeze out the oil into juice or his nutritional drink, .and no, he doesn't mind, he drinks it right down!


I do not keep any out in the sun. I don't know how long it takes for it to go rancid but I never keep very much of it at room temperature. Thanks for posting this tip. I pay a little more for the coated capsules and perhaps I will buy the other and try the freezing, although I am not sure it is a big savings, my freezer is always so full anyway!

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July 5, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the freezing tip. I was getting so frustrated with "fish burps" that I wanted to stop taking the pills but my cardio doc probably would have had a fit. When I'm done here, into the freezer they go!! One other hint, altough not freezing them: If you're planning a trip put them into a small (e.g. Rubbermaid) cooler and you will still have them cool enough by the time you get to your destination. Don't forget the freezer pack either!

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