You can just use a pin and turn the capsule into liquid, but can’t turn the liquid into a capsule
The fish oil comes in a liquid or a capsule. My child can’t swallow capsules so shouldn’t I buy the liquid?
It depends on the age of the child. Most children prior to seven or eight years old are not swallowing capsules. So most of us pierce the capsule with a pin and squeeze it out. See serving suggestions here. Because new parents have no idea how many capsules one teaspoon is equal to there are mistakes made. For example one parent emailed that she started her 3 year old on 3 teaspoons a day of fish oil, which is equal to about 12 capsules. Most would never dream of starting their child or even themselves on 12 capsules of fish oil capsules a day. More is not always better. If you have the right formula you will find it will work even at lower dosages.
Fish oils are very unstable in oxygen as you can imagine. While the capsule keeps that same fish oil inside it fresh for up to 4 years and without being refrigerated, the oil in the bottle lasts only around 4 months and needs be be refrigerated once opened. The only benefit to the liquid vs. the capsule is the liquid is generally cheaper.
If you have the liquid use it quick. Some the liquid because they believe it’s easier to use -but the capsules are better in my opinion for various reasons including:
- Longer shelf life
- No need for refrigeration
- Easy to control dosage
- Easy to travel with
- Not a big deal if you spill the bottle over
- You can just use a pin and turn the capsule into liquid, but can’t turn the liquid into a capsule
Many start with one capsule of NNProEFA 3.6.9. which would be approximately equivalent to a 1/4 a teaspoon of the liquid NNProEFA 3.6.9.. 1/2 teaspoon of NNProEFA 3.6.9. oil is close to the equivalent of about 2 capsules of NNProEFA 3.6.9..
If you are experienced and decide you want to use the liquid knowing all you do now, you can proceed how you see best. But even still, if you travel I suggest you purchase the capsules for during that time.
Summary difference between fish oil in the bottle vs fish oil capsules
1/2 tsp of fish oil is about the same as 2 capsules of NNProEFA 3.6.9.. If you use oil from a bottle the shelf life will be around 4 months once opened vs. up to 4 years as with the capsules. Also the oil needs to be refrigerated, the capsules do not. Even if you typically prefer using the oil from the bottle I highly recommend getting some capsules as well for when you travel.