fish oil

Is Fish Oil Making You Sick?

Don’t be silly Laura.

Fish oil is anti-inflammatory, prevents cardiovascular disease, reduces arthritic pain, improves brain function,  helps improve skin tone and appearance and is just generally good for you!

Well yes, that is all true. If you’re taking the right fish oil.

Do you get fishy burps after taking your fish oil?

If you do, I have two suggestions for you:

1)      Stop taking it with hot drinks and/or hot food

2)      Chuck it in the bin

It may seem a bit dramatic to tell you to throw away your fish oil supplement but sadly, some fish oil supplements sold in stores are doing you more harm than good.

Rancid fish oil causes disease.

If you get fishy burps after you take your fish oil capsules then chances are, the oil is off. Rancid oils are oxidised (opposite to anti-oxidants) and are very harmful for the body.

One of my reps recently encouraged me to chew one of his companies fish oil capsules. I was hesitant. I really didn’t want to be left with a fishy taste in my mouth all day.. And who wants to see a Naturopath with fish breath?!
He saw me turn up my nose and immediately popped a capsule in his mouth and started chewing. Well, I didn’t want to be a wimp, so I copied. To my amazement I could not taste one iota of fish! In fact I quite enjoyed my fish oil capsule, it was kind of like a lolly! And at no point in the rest of the day did I get any hint of fishy after taste.

The reason I could chew this fish oil capsule so easily is because the oil was clean, pure and fresh. During the manufacturing process it had not been left out in the open air being exposed to oxygen and going rancid.

I always tell my clients, “If there is only one supplement you are going to spend more money on it should be fish oil”. This is not a sales pitch. I’m not salesy at all. In fact, I mostly prescribe liquid fish oil because its a lot cheaper than capsules (and easier to take). This advice is simply because I want to help you improve your health, not make you sicker!

The other problem with bargain basement fish oil is Mercury. Cheap fish oil usually comes from large fish. Large fish are known to retain high levels of heavy metals. Hello toxic fish oil! This is particularly concerning when we are feeding nasty fish oil to kids (often in the form of equally worrisome chewy, coloured fishies). I hate to think that we are filling these little people with such toxic substances.

When you are buying fish oil, read the packaging. It should state on there somewhere that it is from a sustainable source and from small fish.

And for the record; Krill oil is not equivalent to 6 fish oil capsules in 1 (cleverly marketed) capsule. Fish oil is fish oil and no other oil, including krill oil, matches its supreme power.

OK, I got a little bit carried away with my creative writing at the end there. But seriously, don’t believe the hype. Krill oil has been proven to be great for cardiovascular disease. But fish oil has been proven to be amazing for so much more!

Choc-Mint Brain Power Bites

These balls are a really great way to take fish oil. Especially for kids. You can get a full therapeutic dose of fish oil in one ball for children and two balls for adults which definitely beats swallowing six capsules!

In my clinic, I use a high potency fish oil for children with ADD, ADHD, asbergers and learning difficulties. The oil I use has quite a strong peppermint flavour and some children are happy to take it straight off the spoon while others won’t touch it! So, these choc mint balls are the perfect disguise and they are now one of my favourite treats to eat!

I also have an adult version of the mint flavour which is used to prevent age related cognitive decline and is great for boosting brain power!

And of course they work well with orange flavoured fish oil for an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging Jaffa Bite.

Ingredients (Organic)

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 3 tablespoons raw honey

  • 3 tablespoons raw cocao

  • 1.5 cup rolled oats

  • 30ml mint flavoured fish oil

  • Desiccated coconut (no added sugar)


  1. In a blender or stick mixer, blend the oats to make a fine powder

  2. Add the cocao, coconut oil and honey and blend to combine

  3. Mix in fish oil near the end – don’t blend too hard.

  4. Roll into 12 balls and roll each ball in desiccated coconut.

  5. Refrigerate to set. Store in fridge

*Each Brain Power Bite will provide approx. 2.5ml fish oil

If you don’t want to use fish oil in this recipe, just add more coconut oil or honey to get the right consistence and taste.

A note on fish oils

I use particular practitioner only oils as they are of a very high quality and are tested for heavy metals as well as rancidity. It is important when buying fish oils, to go for quality. Cheap fish oils often cause reflux or fishy burps – this is because the oil is rancid. Rancid fish oil is very bad for your health. When it comes to fish oil, avoid the bargain bulk tubs that seem too good to be true as they are probably, rancid, high in heavy metals and from fish caught by unethical and unsustainable practices.