Barleans' Omega Swirl Fish Oil

Barleans’ Omega Swirl Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids are all the rage, and a number of fortified foods have appeared on the market, such as eggs, cereals and even peanut butter.  Many people (like me!) prefer supplements, however, as this enables them to consume a standard amount of their choice.

Finding quality supplements can be a bit tricky, though: capsules sometimes cause fishy “burps” or have an objectionable aftertaste.  I prefer the liquids from high quality sources like Carlson’s or Nordic Naturals, but – let’s face it – not everyone likes consuming oil off a spoon…even if there’s no particular flavor, it’s still, well…kinda oily.  It would be nice if there were a fish oil supplement you could actually like, vs. barely tolerate.

Enter Barleans’ Omega Swirl.  Barleans has been an industry leader in producing high quality oils, particularly flax oil.  Omega Swirl is designed to deliver a solid amount of EPA and DHA, while having a “smoothie-like taste and texture.”

Manufacturer’s Description: Omega Swirl is an Omega-3 Sensation with the taste and texture of a fruit smoothie! Now everyone can enjoy the benefits of Omega-3 without the oily taste and texture or swallowing large capsules. Rich in vital and essential Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega Swirl flax and fish oil supplements are the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious, naturally. Omega Swirl is the perfect solution for the whole family!

Product Label:

Serving Size 2 tsp. (10 ml)
Servings Per Container 47
Calories 45
Calories from Fat 30
Total Fat 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4 g
Sugars 0 g
Xylitol 2 g
Vitamin A 84 IU
Vitamin E 2 IU
Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fat
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 365 mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 365 mg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA) 35 mg
Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids 220 mg
Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fat
Linoleic Acid (LA) 130 mg
Other Omega-6 Fatty Acids 190 mg
Omega-9 Monounsaturated Fat
Oleic Acid 820 mg
Other Omega-9 Fatty Acids 190 mg
Ingredients: Molecularly distilled cod liver oil, water, xylitol, glycerine, gum arabic, natural flavors, citric acid, xanthan gum, guar gum, turmeric (for color), ascorbyl palmitate.

Comments: I first encountered Omega Swirl at an industry trade show and was hooked.  It’s a sweet, creamy, lemon-flavored emulsion that doesn’t taste particularly greasy or oily at all, much less fishy…the sales rep for Barleans described the flavor as “lemon meringue pie” – which was pretty accurate, in my opinion.

One drawback is that it is more expensive than conventional offerings.  A 16 oz. bottle costs $19.16 at iHerb.com and provides 47 x 730 mg servings of combined EPA/DHA – which works out to 34.3 g total.  The 16.8 oz. bottle of Carlson’s that I usually order costs about $6.00 more ($25.46) but provides over 3 times as much EPA/DHA (100 servings x 1300 mg = 130 g).

I will readily concede, however, that the Carlson’s doesn’t taste anything like the Barleans!  And while it’s not the most economical choice, it’s not outrageously expensive either.  So, if you’d like to take fish oil, but are concerned about the taste, Omega Swirl could be just the product you’re looking for.

Taste:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Quality:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Efficacy:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

2 Comments

  1. Barlean’s Omega Swirls are a totally revolutionary way to supplement omega-3s! It tastes just like a smoothie, seriously.

    Finally, someone came up wit an omega-3 nutritional product the whole family can take. My 3 year old thinks its her dessert.

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