Today we review Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil 1000 mg. Fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to good health. Studies show they benefit the cardiovascular system, improve cholesterol levels and boost brain health. Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil states its odorless gel capsules may maintain good cholesterol and cardiovascular health. It claims to differentiate itself from the competition by noting that it is sourced from clean Peruvian waters and that its gels are coated to prevent fishy burps
Primary Ingredient (per two capsule serving size)
- Fish oil 2000 mg (600 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids obtained from anchovy, mackerel, and sardine)
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Acetylated Monoglycerides
- Food Glaze
- Mixed Natural Tocopherols
- Polysorbate 80
- Potassium Sorbate (preservative)
- Sodium Alginate
Nature’s Bounty obtains its fish oils from commonly used oily fish sourced from Peruvian fisheries. This supplement is manufactured in Peru in a non-FDA registered facility, which may or may not abide by the standards enforced in the USA.
The long list of secondary ingredients gives us pause. It includes emulsifiers and preservatives both synthetic and natural. Many do not seem necessary for the production of the supplement. We prefer our ingredient list as simple as possible.
There is no indication of a third-party verification of the safety and efficacy of this product. It is not GMP certified.
The manufacturer suggests taking two capsules one to two times daily, with meals.
Nature’s Bounty lists no side effects associated with this product. However, the long secondary ingredient list contains items potentially dangerous to susceptible individuals. Food glaze is made of shellac, obtained from insects and may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Polysorbate 80 is a synthetic emulsifier that has been linked to reproductive concerns. Potassium sorbate is a synthetic preservative that may cause gastrointestinal distress and, of course, should be avoided by individuals with a potassium allergy. Sodium alginate is sourced from seaweed. It is linked to upset stomach and diarrhea and may suppress appetite.
More generally, reviewers have complained of fishy burps and difficulty in swallowing the large capsule.
Nature’s Bounty does not sell directly to the consumer so prices will vary by retailer. At the time of our review you could buy a 120-capsule bottle for the unusually low price of $4.96.
Unfortunately, we found no guarantee offered by Nature’s Bounty. In our view, a solid guarantee reflects the manufacturer’s belief in its product and a money-back guarantee allows the user to test the product without risk.
Conclusion of Our Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil 1000 mg Review
Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil 1000 mg contains a healthful amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and the fishing fleets it sources from comply with the Marine Research Institute to improve sustainability. At the time of writing it had also garnered good Amazon customer ratings with 85% positive and only 8% negative from 56 reviews.
However, the drawbacks are also notable. Perhaps most concerning is the long list of unnecessary secondary ingredients. These contain potential allergens that may harm some individuals. There also seems to be no independent verification of purity and safety. This is especially concerning in a product made outside the United States in a non-FDA registered facility. Nature’s Bounty also appears to offer no money-back guarantee, which leads us to doubt the product’s efficacy. Our bottom line is that, after careful consideration, we cannot recommend this product.