Any suggestions for dealing with a long-lasting bad taste?
The main (but not only) culprit for me is the prescription Omega-3-from-fish-oil capsules (formerly Omacor, now named Lovaza) I need to take daily. Basically, I burp fish oil, and my mouth tastes of it much of the time. And I hate fish!
Altoids are better. Or you could take a few drops of peppermint extract. That will mix with the fish oils in your stomach and ‘come up’ with the fish smells when you belch. I take a mixture of fish, flax, and borage from Rexall (Omega 3, 6, 9)and I only rarely get any taste from it. I tend to drink a lot of water or juice when I take them and usually right before I eat something.
If you’re looking for omega-3, I don’t reckon it really has to be fish oil does it? I understand there are other things like flax oil that are just as effective. I’ve never had flax burps, personally I like salmon burps because I can imagine I had a nice broiled salmon filet with soy sauce for breakfast.
Freeze the oil? This sounds a bit, er, fishy to me. A convenient property of fish oil (at least if you’re a cold-water fish) is that it only freezes at extremely low temps. I’m not sure your kitchen freezer would do it.
I think the idea is to freeze the “membrane” that contains the fish oil (I have no idea what the actual capsule is made out of). The oil may remain liquid, but the capsule will dissolve slower, so it’s farther along in the digestion process before the oil is released. Again, I read this in a magazine as a cure for “fish burp.” Personally, I take fish oil at night with a meal, and I don’t really notice the taste.
Thanks for the peppermint extract idea. I’ll try it tomorrow.
I’ve tried the “curiously strong” Altoids, but they aren’t ideally effective because I still get the fish burps and so I end up with a mixture of Altoids and fish tastes, which is not something I would recommend. The peppermint extract idea may work better because I imagine the extract is swallowed, allowing the mixture to combine in the stomach rather than the mouth.
Thanks for the info about alternatives. I’m a bit puzzled, though, because my doctor is very sensitive to minimizing his patients’ expenditure on medicines yet he still advised me to take Omacor/Lovaza even though it’s a ridiculously expensive source of Omega-3s. The manufacturer processes and purifies it very extensively to eliminate mercury and other toxins and to adjust it to what they consider an ideal proportion of various elements, which is the justification for the steep price. (See No other omega-3 product is like LOVAZA™)
My guess for why he insists on this product is probably that, while it appears to me to be heavily processed from fish oil rather than from other sources of Omega-3s, the only peer-reviewed, properly controlled studies that clearly demonstrate a significant reduction in triglycerides were all based on Omacor/Lovaza.
I did try at least 2 different brands of over-the-counter fish-oil capsules, but they were even worse for me in this regard, even though I always took/take these or Omacor/Lovaza half-way through a meal in hopes of “embedding” them with food.
Oh, one thing I forgot to point out is that “fish burps” are a documented side-effect of Omacor/Lovaza, so I suppose that the problem just might be worse than with OTC, non-processed fish oil in this regard.
Also FYI, the name change from Omacor to Lovaza was to minimize pharmacists’ confusion btween Omacor and a very different medication named Amicar.