Coromega – Product ReviewJune 10, 2009 Written by JP [Font too small?]
The health benefits associated with eating fish and taking fish oil supplements continue to build. In fact, the evidence supporting the use of omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish) has even spilled over into the pharmaceutical sector. GlaxoSmithKline, a major player in the prescriptive medication arena, now produces a fish oil product called Lovaza which can only be acquired by way of a physician’s prescription pad. But is it necessary to use a prescribed drug to get a high quality source of these health promoting lipids? I don’t think so.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to a unique fish oil supplement called Coromega. If you’ve all but dismissed fish oil supplements because they upset your stomach or cause you the much dreaded “fishy burbs”, please read on. There is hope for you yet!
What Makes Coromega Special?
There are several key differences that set this product apart from others. The first is the taste and texture. Coromega doesn’t come in the traditional capsule form. Instead, each serving is contained in small squeezable packets. Inside there is a creamy, fruit or chocolate flavored emulsion that can be emptied into a spoon or directly into your mouth. It tastes pretty good to me. The texture is smooth and pleasing. Perhaps most importantly, you simply don’t taste the fish oil at all.
Now that we’ve gotten past the major stumbling block of taste, we can move on to more significant matters such as the bioavailability of the product. A new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association provides strong evidence that this emulsified fish oil supplement is absorbed and retained better than conventional fish oil soft gels. (1,2)
A group of 10 healthy individuals were given comparable amounts (4 grams) of both forms of fish oil on separate occasions. Blood tests measuring omega-3 fatty acid levels were administered before giving each supplement and subsequent testing was conducted 2, 4, 8, 24 and 48 hours post ingestion.
Before looking at the experiment findings, it’s worth talking a bit about emulsification and how the process is achieved in Coromega. Emulsifying an oil is a method by which you make a fatty substance dispersable in water. Normally, water and oil mix, well, like oil and water – which is to say, not at all. But by adding certain substances to the mix, such as egg yolk, the mixture defies the normal reaction. This is the same process used when making salad dressing that contains both oil and lemon juice or vinegar. Preliminary research suggests that emulsifying fats, renders them more digestible. (3)
The results of the blood work, conducted at the University of Minnesota, show a consistent and impressive pattern of greater absorption and an extended presence of omega-3s in the blood when Coromega was administered:
Total Omega-3 Percent Increase from Baseline
There were no reports of digestive upset or taste repetition in the emulsified fish oil testing. Mild reports of “fishy burps” were present in those using the standard fish oil soft gels.
Coromega Pros and Con
- The Pros: Better absorption and a longer “half life” in the body, easy to incorporate in foods such as smoothies and yogurt, palatable taste, no artificial colors or sweeteners and very portable (because they’re in individually sealed packets).
- The Cons: A small amount of synthetic preservatives (potassium and sodium benzoate) is used to maintain long-term freshness and stability. Some may consider the price a “con” as well. But when you take into account the enhanced activity of this product, the $25 (or less) price tag (for 90 packets) is pretty reasonable. This price is based on deals that are commonly available on the Internet. Retail stores generally charge much more.
The Bottom Line
The best possible endorsement I can give a product is whether or not I would recommend it to someone I love dearly. I ask my wife to take this product every single day. Enough said.
Tags: Fish Oil
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