The subject of our product review today is NOW Ultra Omega-3 Softgels. This supplement is designed to enhance brain health and/or general cardiovascular health. The maker’s of this product claim that its contents are a pure source of fish oil, that their supplement supports cardiovascular health, energy, and vitality, that it provides optimal levels of EPA and DHA, is laboratory tested, certified, and validated, and that it is free from contaminants.
The primary active ingredient in this supplement is fish oil concentrate. The amounts and concentrations of the fish oil acids EPA and DHA are:
- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) – 500 mg
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) – 250 mg
Other Ingredients include:
- Softgel Capsule (gelatin, glycerin, water, enteric coating)
- Vitamin E (as natural d-alpha tocopherol)
- Contains fish (sardines, anchovies, and mackerel)
- Vitamin E from soy
This supplement is free from: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.
The recommended dosage is one to two softgels with meals. It does not specify the best time of day to take the supplement nor how to decide whether to take one or two pills per day or per meal.
Possible side effects
The company website has not listed any specific potential side effects for this supplement but provides the following general precautions. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this supplement.
The supplement is not available for purchase on the company website, but we found it for sale on Amazon where a bottle 90 softgels costs $12.97 with free shipping. There are no incentives for new customers nor discounts for bulk buyers of this supplement on the manufacturer’s website.
We did not find any information regarding a guarantee or money back policy from the manufacturer. Amazon and other third party vendors may have their own separate guarantee policies.
Conclusion of Our NOW Ultra Omega-3 Softgels Review
Positives of this supplement include that it is free from: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives. The natural fish oil concentrate used in this softgel is manufactured under strict quality control standards and is tested to be free of potentially harmful levels of contaminants. We liked that the supplement is enteric coated which should lessen the side effects of nausea or reflux that other fish oil products sometimes cause. The enteric coating should also lessen the fishy after taste that is a common issue of Omega-3 capsules. There are a number of not so positive aspects of this supplement too. The dosage instructions were confusing. It does not specify the best time of day to take the supplement nor how to decide whether to take one or two pills per day or if taking two pills whether to take both at one sitting or spread out over the day. We were somewhat confused by the goals of this supplement. The label on the bottle said “cardiovascular support”, but the website says “supports brain health”. Is it one or the other, or both? Who is the target audience and what is the therapeutic goal of this supplement? This product only contains 200 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 500 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These level are below the optimal levels of 600 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 800 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). There were no special discounts offered by the manufacturer for first time buyers or bulk orders. We suggest that you look for an Omega-3 supplement that provides the highest dose of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 180 mg of eicosapentaenoic acids as possible, and one that has a reliable and lengthy return policy and guarantee.