The Benefits of Enteric Coated Over Liquid or Softgel Fish Oil
– Enhanced absorption and dosage without side effects of regular fish oil capsules or liquids
– Up to three times greater the absorption of regular fish oil gels or liquids
– Better tolerance, improved compliance and cost effectiveness
Enteric coating of fish oil capsules was introduced into the dietary supplement industry by Stephen Holt, MD in 1995. The advantages of this expert formulation of fish oil rapidly became clear and this approach revolutionized the use of fish oil supplements. Recent research shows that the amount of fish oil required to exert health benefits is higher than initially supposed. Using regular preparations of fish oil in liquids and gels is an obsolete approach, given this modern nutraceutical technology. An enteric coated fish oil permits an individual to tolerate higher doses of fish oil and the technology improves absorption of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) while providing convenience of dosage, better tolerability, distinct cost advantages and improved compliance. Fish oil liquids are redundant because of their ability to decompose rapidly with the formation of lipid peroxides and potentially toxic fats. Regular fish oil gels produce halitosis, gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea in high dosages, even if deodorized or high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids are used. The concept of enteric coating is targeted delivery to the small intestine which is the site of maximal absorption of active omega-3 fatty acids. The industry has recognized the major advantages of enteric coating and Dr. Holt’s original technologies have been copied by many manufacturers.