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Review: PurePharma O3 Fish Oil


PurePharma Fish Oil and Vitamin D

This week, we take a moment to review PurePharma O3 Fish Oil.

Item: PurePharma O3 Fish Oil
Price: $37 USD for 120 capsules
Manufacturer: PurePharma

Most functional fitness athletes need not be convinced of the benefits of fish oil. Most people just hear train more, recover faster and that is all they need to know.

However, the benefits of taking fish oil makes an extremely long list that goes beyond training alone. It’s anti-inflammatory properties seem to be the cure for the human race, but hey, I am not your doctor – I am your Rx Reviewer.

Most CrossFitters want fish oil, take fish oil and need fish oil, but how do you decide which one is overrated, overpriced and overlooked?

I recently completed a full six weeks on PurePharma Fish Oil and their Vitamin D. This review will primarily focus on the fish oil because, while Vitamin D is important and healthy, it is not as easily noticeable in training or for review.

Fish Oil (Info from their website):

PurePharma Fish Oil

PurePharma Fish Oil

At PurePharma, we strive to make the freshest, purest and most potent fish oil possible. We achieve this by:

1. Using the whole body of small deep sea fish
2. Molecularly destilling the oil two times to achieve ultra high concentration and purity
3. Cold filtrating the oil as a final purification step to gently remove all contaminants
4. Carefully managing heat, light and oxygen exposure throughout production to ensure the absence of oxidation

Sounds pretty legit, right?

I agree with the purity of their products and I think they truly fit in with the CrossFit lifestyle of health and fitness.

The Good:

Effective – The fish oil works! I was no stranger to fish oil before the PurePharma review, but I went off of fish oil for almost a month before going on PurePharma just to check to make sure I had the usual results of fish oil. I train a lot, and notice when I am on and off fish oil. PurePharma is very effective as a fish oil product.

Burp(ees) – When I tell anyone that I take fish oil, 9 times out of 10 they will ask, “Do you burp it up all day?” Well my official answer for PurePahrma fish oil is, no, I did not have any noticeable burps that tasted like fish oil. However, I always take fish oil with a meal, so maybe that helps.

Purity – If you are snagging your fish oil for $8 at your local drugstore, you are getting a pretty low grade, filler added less potent fish oil. PurePharma has an extremely high quality fish oil that is pure and fits with the Paleo peeps out there.

Dose – PurePharma dosing is pretty great. 2000mg per serving with 40 servings per bottle is a pretty good dose. That’s pretty good compared to some of those drugstore fish oils only have about 300-600mg per dose.

The Bad:

PurePharma Pills

PurePharma Pills Stuck together

Shipping – My biggest beef with PurePharma, so it has to be mentioned. I received my PurePharma fish oil in the mail and all of my pills were semi-melted together. In fact, I could not even get any of the pills out of the bottle. I had to cut the bottle open (which was incredibly hard) and harvest what fish oil I could. I pulled most of them apart, but the rest I had to kind of take in chunks… the things I do as a reviewer (kidding). This was very upsetting and the main reason I am not currently taking PurePharma fish oil.

Price – While I think, for the purity of the product and dose, PurePharam is competitively priced, I also think they are just really great at marketing their product. $37 USD a month for high quality fish oil is not that bad, but I think there is extremely pure fish oil in liquid form out there that trumps their price to serving ratio.


I think PurePharma has some great products; they are pure and they deliver exactly what they advertise. All of their products are effective and would be value added for any CrossFitter out there.

However, due to my shipping experience, the price and the massive amounts fish oil I take on a daily basis, I will have to go with a pure liquid fish oil that has a lower cost per serving.

  • That’s a very disappointing shipping experience. I believe it’s an exception, rather than the norm, especially when it’s summer over there in the States. Perhaps, the product should be returned/exchanged.

    I’ve always ordered by mail, and this problem has yet to occur to me. Fingers crossed.

  • Julius


    Unfortunately we’ve experienced this sort of thing happening a couple of times over the summer. It is of course not out intention for this to happen – but we can only do so much when it comes to the weather, so if you’d like a replacement bottle – please don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail at and we’ll make sure to get you a new bottle with no sticky capsules.

    All the best,
    The PurePharma Team

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  • I want to order some of this stuff but have heard that shipping is atrocious I really wish they would address this.

    Its dissapointing that that happened to you. Hopefully its just a one-off.

  • stretch

    Jerrod will you tell us what fish oil brand products you purchase that fits your ctriteria? I always find deals but sometimes question the quaility…

  • Ascenta Nutra-Sea in oil form.

  • Hmm I think I want the too now

  • Fish Oil has got some bad press lately but it just does wonders for my skin, I’ll def check out this new brand. I’ll let you know how it goes thanks guys.

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  • Simone

    Great review – and thank you for it as I was looking online to compare this product with the one I use and endorse. This seems to have great properties but that delivery problem is terrible. Your supplements are damaged to the point of no longer being safe to take in that state. Have you ever looked at Usana? their Biomega is triple distilled with added Vit D and lemon so no fishy aftertaste, is cheaper than Pure Pharma and would never arrive in that state lol. I’d love to get your opinion! Feel free to contact me.

  • Jen

    You should try the new Nutriforce Sports Omegafort product – it’s a quadruple strength fish oil and its enteric coated….can’t get better than that without a prescription….

  • Martin Andersen

    Nice review! I’ve been taking them for a while now and I really like them compared to others – even though the price is a bit higher. In Denmark at (which is where I got mine) it’s over 40 dollars, but then again I guess it’s okay for a superior O3 product 😉

  • neil ferguson

    I had read the previous reviews and did some research to gauge the efficacy of this product. Make no mistake the packaging and ad type is impressive. But what about the product?. Well for one thing , as it can be easily seen, this is a very expensive product given other Omega 3 products designed for athletes can be purchased for far less. Ok, while doing my research I came across an article which brought into light the quality of the actual fish stocks going into the product. I was surprised but felt informed enough to take the advice and purchase from another manufacturer.

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