Fish Oil Burps

Fish Oil Burps


What are fish oil burps?


We know that Omega-3 Fatty Acids, found in fish oil supplements, are extremely beneficial for us. Have you ever been discouraged from taking a fish oil supplement because you burp afterwards and there’s a fishy aftertaste?

Fish oil burps occur when the fish oil supplement is not fully digested in the stomach and begins to release gas as it breaks down, causing a fishy taste and smell when you burp. Unfortunately, this is a common issue with taking Omega-3 supplements, often leading to an unpleasant aftertaste which discourages people from continuing to take fish oil.  

Incorporating a good quality fish oil supplement has shown to be an effective strategy to support health in various ways. EPA and DHA are two types of Omega-3 fatty acids found primarily in fish oil. They have significant heart, brain, joint and gut health benefits. Consuming sources of EPA and DHA, such as fish oil supplements or fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, can help ensure you receive these vital nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids are also incredibly beneficial for IBD patients because they are anti-inflammatory. Additionally, they increase friendly gut bacteria, which then improves the gut barrier. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Benefits Include:

  • Heart Health: Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering triglycerides, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood pressure.


  • Brain Function: Omega-3s, particularly DHA, are crucial for brain health and cognitive function. They are important for maintaining the structure of brain cells and may help prevent neurodegenerative diseases.


  • Joint Health: Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, improving mobility and quality of life in those with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions.


  • Eye Health: DHA, a type of Omega-3, is a major structural component of the retina. Adequate intake can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, which can cause vision impairment and blindness.


  • Mental Health: Omega-3 supplements have been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.


  • Skin Health: EPA and DHA contribute to the health of cell membranes, which helps maintain skin elasticity and hydration. They can also reduce inflammation and may help manage conditions like eczema and psoriasis.


Improving Gut Health with Omega-3 Fatty acids:

  • The gut microbiota, composed of trillions of microorganisms, plays a crucial role in digestive health. Omega-3 fatty acids can positively influence the composition and diversity of gut microbiota. Omega- 3 fatty acids tend to increase a friendly gut bacteria called Akkermansia muciniphila. Higher levels of this gut bacteria seem to correlate with a healthier gut barrier. 


  • Omega-3s support the integrity of the gut barrier by enhancing the production of tight junction proteins, which help seal the gaps between intestinal cells. This can reduce the risk of “leaky gut” syndrome, where the barrier becomes permeable and allows toxins and pathogens to pass through.


  • Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which can help manage IBS and IBD. 


Solution to Fish Oil Burps

As we can see, Omega 3’s have amazing benefits. Would you like to enjoy the benefits of Omega 3 supplements without the unpleasant aftertaste and burps? We add lipase to our Omega HP fish oil  to decrease the fishy taste. Lipase is an enzyme that aids in the breakdown of fats, including the fats found in fish oil. By enhancing the digestion of fish oil in the stomach, lipase can minimize the release of gas that leads to burps and a fishy aftertaste.

Another helpful tip is that you can also take your fish oil with food. Fish oil is absorbed better with other fats, so it is best to take your omega-3 fatty acids with meals. Also, you could add in a digestive enzyme when you take your supplement to enhance digestion and minimize burps and a fishy taste.

As always, please discuss with your healthcare provider if an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement is right for you.