Liquid Fish Oil vs Capsules - not all products are the same!

August 14, 2017
No two fish oils are the same, requiring consumers to purchase from a reputable source.


Health and wellness is becoming an increasingly important concern for people across the world. In an attempt to improve both of these factors of life and longevity, men and women focus on a strong diet that includes vital nutrients and minerals paired with exercise.

There are other steps people can take, however, including adding supplements to their regimen. These additives can help consumers with vitamin deficiencies, while lending themselves to improved metabolism and physical energy. One of the most popular supplements on the market today is fish oil.

The benefits of fish oil
Fatty fish - salmon, mackerel and sardines, to name a few - provide humans with omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients cannot be produced in the body naturally, so we have to get them from food instead. Ingesting these fatty acids can improve brain function, growth and development and reduce inflammation, according to Harvard Health Publications. For people who have a deficiency of omega-3 or simply don't enjoy eating fish, supplements are available to obtain the necessary amount of fish oil.

Consumers interested in the supplemental version of fish oil have many options to choose from. The two most popular forms are liquid or capsules. Let's take a closer look:

"Advancements have been made to improve the taste of liquid fish oil."

Liquid fish oil
It's not uncommon for people to have difficulty swallowing pills. In these cases, they have the option to ingest liquid fish oil to get their supplemental dose of omega-3 fatty acids. While in the past liquid fish oil had a "fishy" taste, advancements over the past few years, however, have greatly improved the flavor of liquid fish oil. SFH's fish oil products for example, have been formulated to come in multiple flavors such as berry, lemon, orange and peppermint.

It's important for consumers taking liquid fish oil to store the supplement in the right conditions, since it's more likely to go bad at a faster rate than capsules, according to Livestrong. People should keep this supplement in a dark, cool place and make sure the lid is on tight to prevent too much air exposure.

Fish oil capsules
Taking fish oil supplements in pill form is the most popular way to ingest additional omega-3 fatty acids. Capsules provide consumers with a flavorless and odorless option, although the same side effects - especially belching - may still occur, according to SFGate.

It's important to note that not all fish oil supplements are made the same especially between liquids and capsules. When determining what method and amount is best for their individual needs, consumers should consult their doctor about proper dosage for specific health conditions.

What to look for when choosing fish oil
When looking for an omega-3 fatty acid, people should purchase fish oil supplements from a reputable source. To find a trustworthy producer, consumers should look for the following:

  • Authentic and positive peer reviews
  • Health and safety labels: Has the product been tested and approved by organizations such as the IFOS and the NSF?
  • The dosage
  • The levels of toxins present

Keeping all of these factors in mind when selecting a fish oil supplement is crucial, but consumers should be aware that a higher price point doesn't necessarily align with a better product, according to U.S. News and World Report.


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Preparing for the Crossfit Games with Val Voboril

July 31, 2017

Not only is Val Voborilshe a teacher and a mom but she is a Crossfit legend. Voboril could have skipped the California Regional and gone straight to Madison as a Masters athlete but she accepted the challenge to compete amongst the younger field. With her top 5 finish, Val secured her 6th trip to the Crossfit Games as an individual competitor. We caught up wth her before she headed north and Val gave us some insight into how she is preparing for the Games while balancing training and motherhood.

How has Games training differed from the rest of your year?
During the school year I train 1-1.5 hours 5days per week. Now that school is out for the summer I have been able to pick up my training and spend 2-3 hours 6days a week.

How has your training for the Games this year differed from previous years?
My focus has been on training with friends to keep it fun. Friends, community, and fun were what made me fall in love with crossfit, so I needed to go back to "my roots"

What does a typical day look like?
Breakfast, get myself and my kiddo ready for the day. Take her to camp. Use that 2-3 hour block she's at camp to train hard with friends. Pick up my kiddo. Eat. Go splash around in the pool, go to the beach, or play at home. Then hubby gets home and we do something together as a family, make dinner, and chill out.

How does mobility/recovery work factor into your training plan?
I have been trying to focus on warming up and cooling down better. I have also been using my PowerDot, Cryotherapy, and body work about once a week.

What are you doing outside the gym to help you prepare?
Steve, my hubby, and I went mountain biking last weekend. I have been swimming (pool, lake, ocean). We also have plans to hit some sand dune training (Sand Dune Park), and strong man exercises (at Brazil Strength).

After Regionals, was there anything you felt you needed to focus on to improve before the Games?
Ha! Everything! My biggest focus was to hit a strength cycle and to be more consistent with my barbell work.

What is the most fun part about Games training?
Training with friends, getting outside, having the summer off!

What motivates you every day during training? What are your goals for the Games?
To be the best version of myself while enjoying the experience of being faced with huge challenges.

Have you been doing anything to help you mentally prepare for the challenges at the Games?
Yes! I just started reading "The Obstacle in the Way" and "The Daily Stoic" as recommended by Scott McGee from the WodcastPodcast. Then Jamie Hagiya introduced my to Bob Fystro who does Mind Gym for mental preparation.

As workouts are announced, are you altering your training strategy?
Just taking advantage of using one day a week to "play" with announced skills.

What do you hope to see at the Games this year?
Gymnastics skills - I have been working hard with Duke VanVleet on my gymnastics skills.

What are you hoping doesn’t show up in the programming?
Heavy lifting!

How are you balancing training with the rest of you life?
By preparing each week with flexible schedules and prepared food and planned training partners and goals. I also make sure I have made plans for family fun too! This week we are going to a movie at the beach. Last night we made sand castles and walked on the beach for an hour.

What are you plans for after the Games?
We are going camping in Zion for a week of rest and to get ready for the school year.

Be sure to watch Val when she competes at the 2017 Reebok Crossfit Games in Madison this week. Competition kicks off on Thursday, August 3, and we will be sharing how she and the rest of the SFH ambassadors do.

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