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Super DHA Gems Review – Is it Effective?

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Facts | Nutrition Info | Precautions | Cost | Directions | Bottom Line

Super DHA Gems is a fish oil with vitamin E that says it will help keep your heart, brain, eyes, and joints healthy. It’s made by Carlson Laboratories, a company which was created more than fifty years ago in Chicago. Sometime after 1965 they expanded into the city suburbs, and have been there ever since. They’re family-run and sell more than 250 supplements for a variety of dietary needs, including notable vitamins and fish oils. The company slogan is “Choose quality. Choose Carlson.”


1) Super DHA Gems Quick Facts

Super DHA Gems contains 1000 mg of fish oil with 600 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. 500 mg of this is DHA from anchovy, sardine, and tuna. Each serving – one soft gel capsule – also has about a third of your daily value for vitamin E.

Carlson correctly notes on their website that DHA plays an essential role in development during birth and infancy. Particularly the nervous system, brain, and eyes. DHA is important for children and their mothers, as DHA levels tend to drop significantly during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It’s also important to have DHA throughout out life to maintain your health, as Omega-3s play important roles in your daily life. Between the ages of 5 and 55, though, you tend to want higher levels of EPA than DHA.

Nutrition Info

2) Ingredients of Super DHA Gems

Super DHA Gems contains the following ingredients: Vitamin E, Fish Body Oil Concentrate, DHA, EPA, Soft Gel Shell: Beef gelatin, glycerin, water, contains fish: anchovy, sardine, tuna.

You can find DHA in other brain health supplements like Country Life Sharp Thought.

3) Does Super DHA Gems Work?

Each soft gel capsule contains the standard 1000 mg of fish oil, including 500 mg of DHA and 100 mg of EPA. There’s also 10 IU of vitamin E per serving, which is about a third of your daily value. The fish oil comes from sardines, anchovies, and tuna.

Early intake of DHA has been linked to healthy vision, mood, and cognitive function. It’s an important part of brain nutrition in development, and increasingly more organizations are recommending its inclusion in baby formula. It’s also good for new mothers or those who are nursing, since pregnancy can lower DHA in the mother. Its benefits stretch across the board for both mother and child. Although it’s essential in adults as well, because high DHA levels can lead to improved mental performance for the duration of your life. Studies show additional DHA in childhood impacts memory, attention, and reasoning later in life. One study, of people over the age of 55, found that taking 900 mg of DHA daily led to improved memory.

Side effects are rare, if not nonexistent. There are no reports of side effects from using Super DHA Gems. In general, if you take fish oil supplements with food, you won’t experience adverse reactions like burping unless you’re using a low quality supplement that isn’t very pure. If you’re experiencing side effects with a high quality fish oil like Super DHA Gems, it may be due to an unusually sensitive gastrointestinal tract.

4) Super DHA Gems Benefits & Results


  • A top-rated supplement from IFOS, The International Fish Oil Standards Program. This is an independent testing group who evaluates various fish oils on their purity and quality.
  • Super DHA Gems is noted as being low to average price, relatively high potency compared to other brands, and has an average pill size.


5) Precautions of Super DHA Gems Use

  • Not vegetarian, kosher, or halal. However, it’s free of mercury, cholesterol, and soy.
  • EPA levels of 100 mg per serving are a lot lower than most people will want.

6) Super DHA Gems Cost

Bottles come with 60, 180, or 240 capsules. If you take one a day, Super DHA Gems is inexpensive; if you take two a day, it’s about average compared to other products. You can find Carlson products in local stores and from online retailers like Amazon, where the prices are sometimes drastically under MSRP. The 240 count bottles are very popular, very inexpensive, and you can get free shipping with Amazon Prime.


7) Directions For Taking Super DHA Gems

For most adults, EPA is often more important to have in good quantities, because DHA is slightly more effective for children and the elderly. EPA is beneficial for mood, inflammation, arthritis, heart health, and regulating LDL cholesterol. Between the ages of 5 and 65 more EPA can also assist with focus and concentration. If you’re in doubt about you what you need, a doctor will be able to fill you in and recommend a product that suits your unique individual needs.

Bottom Line

8) The Bottom Line – “Does it Work?”

This is a premium supplement with the type of high quality ingredients you’d want to see in fish oil capsules. The high amounts of Omega-3s will carry positive long-term results that benefit people of all ages and needs. Still, it does have a target audience, and if you’re not in that audience you may not get the best possible results. Super DHA Gems is mostly for the very young, the very old, and women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. DHA is the most important in these people because of its effects on health and development. The inclusion of EPA in each capsule is a bonus that opens more possibilities for everyone.

2.5/5 - (2 votes)
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