Omega XL vs Anything Better

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    Aug 23, 2016 2:37 PM GMT
    Omega XL
    One 150 mg gel cap contains a total of:
    EPA = 11 mgs
    DHA = 6 mgs
    EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
    Other fatty acids = 133 mgs
    Total fatty acids = 150 mgs
    Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 11%

    OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil (See, OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, 1300 mg Enteric Burp-Free Capsule (1105 mg Omega-3/pill) 60 Capsules)
    One 1300 mg gel cap contains a total of:
    EPA = 780 mgs
    DHA = 260 mgs
    EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
    Other Omega-3 = 65 mgs
    Total Omega-3 = 1105 mgs
    Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = minimum 85%

    Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold (See, Nutrigold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold (1,060 mg Omega-3s per softgel), 1250 mg, 180 softgels)
    One 1250 mg gel cap contains a total of:
    EPA = 750 mgs
    DHA = 250 mgs
    EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
    Other Omega-3 = 60 mgs
    Total Omega-3 = 1060 mgs
    Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 85%

    Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula (See, Garden of Life - Minami MorEPA Platinum, Plus Vitamin D3 Supercritical Omega 3 Fish Oil, Orange, 30 softgels)

    One 1218 mg gel cap contains a total of:
    EPA = 756 mgs
    DHA = 228 mgs
    EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
    Other Omega-3 = 96 mgs
    Total Omega-3 = 1080 mgs
    Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 89%

    Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega (See, Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega, 30-Count)

    One 1200 mg gel cap contains a total of:
    EPA = 800 mgs
    DHA = 124 mgs
    EPA/DHA ratio = 5 to 1
    Total Omega-3 = 924 mgs
    Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 77%
    Lipase = 4 mgs (fat digesting enzyme)

    Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (See, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, 1,000 mg Fish Oil, 180 Soft Gels)

    One 1000 mg gel cap contains a total of:
    EPA = 325 mgs
    DHA = 225 mgs
    EPA/DHA ratio = 1.5 to 1
    Other Omega-3 = 90 mgs
    Total Omega-3 = 640 mgs
    Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 64%

    Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil (See, OMAPURE Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil (1 Bottle; 120 softgels))
    One 1000 mg gel cap contains a total of:
    EPA = 500 mgs
    DHA = 250 mgs
    EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
    Total Omega-3 = 750 mgs
    Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 75%

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    Aug 23, 2016 2:41 PM GMT
    very one of the products I've mentioned, with the exception of Omega XL, has a reasonably high, very high, or extremely high omega-3 potency. Some are higher than others. Some are more expensive than others. Some have certain ingredients that you might not like, such as soy or GMOs. And some are IFOS certified, which, in my opinion, is very important
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    Aug 23, 2016 2:45 PM GMT
    It is important that you understand that it is advisable to consume at least 1000 mgs of omega-3 per day. I take 2500 mgs of omega-3 per day. In order for you to get that much omega-3, you'll need to take at least four pills per day with the product you are using. So, that's minimally $.12 per day.

    Stephenoabc: Really? I have to take more.
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    Aug 23, 2016 2:47 PM GMT
    30% omega-3 is very low.

    Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3
    Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold

    are IFOS certified, contains an omega-3 potency of 75% - 85% (which is excellent), and costs less than $.20 per pill.
    These are quality products that will give you about 1000 mgs of omega-3 daily while taking only one pill.
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    Aug 23, 2016 2:50 PM GMT
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    I wanted to include my experience with Omega XL and other brands of omega 3. I originally started taking Kyani Sunset omega 3 fish oil when recommended by a friend. It contains 1g for the serving size of 3 softgels - 500mg total omega 3, EPA 32% DHA 13%. These are relatively small softgels, which is a plus for me because I hate swallowing the larger softgels. I started taking 3 a day and didn't notice anything really. The friend who recommended them told me to take 6 a day. I started taking 6 softgels a day. I noticed within 24 hours my sinuses completely cleared up so that I could breathe clearly all day and night. I have never in my entire life been able to breath freely through my sinuses, unless I used a decongestant which never lasted long and made it worse when it wore off. I was always congested due to some form of inflammation which the omega 3 eliminated. I also noticed back and neck pain had completely gone away.

    This cost me $80 for a 15 day supply (30 day supply if you only take the recommended dosage of 3 a day.) The price was to steep for me so I began searching for something a little less expensive. I found the Omega XL during my search and decided to give it a try. I started taking 6 a day and noticed it was as effective as the Kyani omega's for both the congestion and back/neck pain. Again, price was too high so I called them and told them my situation and that I need 6 a day for the positive effects. They cut a deal with me because I needed the higher dose and I began purchasing the 300 ct. bottle at a discounted rate. After this I noticed that if I cut down to 4 a day I would get similar results, not as clear but still I could breath through my nose without any problem 95% of the day.

    After reading this post I have tried the Omapure omega,s. I am taking 4 to 5 a day but I am not seeing the same results. On day three, my sinuses became congested and one side completely blocked over night while I was sleeping. I began breathing through my mouth again, which I haven't done at night while sleeping since starting the 6 omega's (both Kyani and then Omega XL)

    I am going to continue to take them for a few more days but if I don't see improvement I am going back to the Omega XL. I shouldn't need to take 6 of the Omapure because it has so much of the omega 3 in it. Today I will be taking 6 I will see what happens and I will post my results here.

    Bottom line the Omega XL may not measure up with the numbers but it is very effective, maybe more so than the other supposedly superior brands here.
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    Aug 23, 2016 2:51 PM GMT
    Hi RWM

    I took your advice and tried the OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil. I have been taking just two a day and it is as effective as the Omega XL at a fraction of the cost.

    I am now on auto-ship and what cost me $135.00 now only cost me approx. $26.00

    Thank you for your this invaluable information you are sharing with people. It really is a breath of fresh air to see people helping others get out from under consumer trance and paying so much more than is necessary.

    I am deeply grateful I would have never found this without you.

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    Aug 23, 2016 2:56 PM GMT
    First off, thanks for all the time and effort you put into these reviews. Very informative without being biased (except a bias towards quality).

    I'm curious, though. You stress over and over how an IFOS rating is very important, yet the product you actually take (UnoCardio) is not IFOS rated (according to your review). I'm assuming that has something to do with the fact that you've been able to gather a LOT of information about the product yourself, but I was wondering if an IFOS rating provides any benefits for someone (such as yourself) who is already very knowledgeable on the subject?


    Hello, Mike,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    IFOS is important for all consumers who want to learn about the omega-3 products they take. Domestically, it is the best independent third party lab available for this information, and it is free. It answers most questions, particularly about heavy metals, as well others, such as potency, and questions about radioactivity. It is more helpful to consumers other than me, who don't have a lot of information about a product but want to learn something from an independent third party lab. I have many other sources, so, while IFOS is important to me, it is not as important as it would be for other consumers.

    Some of the best European companies who make omega-3 products, such as UnoCardio, do not use IFOS. They use a comparable third party testing lab in Europe. WHC, maker of UnoCardio, uses such a third party lab, although I have persuaded the owner to have his domestically sold omega-3 products IFOS certified and, I understand, he is in the process of doing so.

    I know the owner of WHC, the maker of UnoCardio, and have had many exchanges with him. He has a very successful track record in the neutraceutical field, having founded Minami, an excellent company, and ultimately selling it. He has now returned to the neutraceutical arena with his new company, WHC, and product, UnoCardio.

    It goes without saying that company transparency is important to me, and WHC is transparent. Its product, UnoCardio, is among the very best on the market, in my opinion. I understand they will be releasing a new product in a month or so.

    I hope this helps.

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    Aug 23, 2016 2:57 PM GMT
    Flaxseed oil does not provide much benefit. You are better off with fish oil. Flax and all other plant omegas contain ALA Omega-3. They have no EPA or DHA. The body must convert ALA to EPA. Only 5% of ALA gets converted to EPA, and none to DHA. So, you are certainly not getting the same benefits from flax as you do with fish.

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    Aug 23, 2016 2:59 PM GMT
    Sometimes, marketers claim better absorption with enteric coating. This is not very well supported by science. The real reason why Omega-3 are enteric coated is to prevent burping.

    The argument made against enteric coating are that: 1) it is used to cover up rancid oil and 2) it reduces absorption and 3) they cost more.

    Regarding #1: this may or may not be true. There are established brand with clean oil that also have enteric coating.

    Regarding #2: this is untrue because there is little or no Omega-3 digestion and zero Omega-3 absorption in the stomach. It happens in the intestines. This is textbook biology - simply how and where lipase enzymes digest and absorb fats in the body. Some proteins and minerals require pre-digestion in the stomach. Omega-3s and fats do not require this. I guarantee you that this 'DeLancey' piece you refer to, does not have any scientific evidence to support the claim that 'fish oil is best absorbed in the stomach.' Bottom-line: fish oil is absorbed in the intestines, not stomach. So enteric coating will not make a difference.

    Regarding #3: cost, yes, that could be true. Value of not burping, well, that could be priceless to some.
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    Aug 23, 2016 3:23 PM GMT

    I thought Borage Oil (Omega 6) helped with osteoarthirits?
    I'm considering following your suggestion to stay away from Omega 6, no exceptions.

    RWM says:
    Hello, Stephen,

    I have always considered that it is important to increase the omega-3 to omega-6 imbalance. We have too much omega-6 in our diets and certainly don't need more from supplements. The goal is to increase our omega-3 intake so that the balance is more heavily weighted in favor of omega-3. Bottom line: increase your omega-3 intake and decrease your omega-6 intake.



    Thank you. I do not know how I got off track with my Omega intake.
    Dr. D'adamo (Blood Type Diet and Geno Type Diet) said eating Red Snapper would be beneficial for me.
    I got away from having Whole Foods steam a small red snapper fish for me. Rainbow trout was recommended also. I got away from that, too. On rare occasions when I would go to Red Lobster, I would get Rainbow Trout. I have a shellfish allergy. I hear shellfish is bad for gout. I don't have gout but the person who suggested Omega XL does get flair ups. I truly hope Omega XL is removing the offending protein.

    Unfortunately, I am currently taking 1000mg Borage Oil and Omegaforce 3-6-9 Complex, both from Whole Foods.

    A family member told me to pay attention to the ratios but she didn't know which. I thought I was doing fine so long as I liberally poured Mediterranean Diet olive oil on brown rice or Coconut Oil. I used to use Walnut Oil before I started eating Walnuts. I also take Black Walnut tincture drops.

    Walnut Oil is more good for the brain. Anyway, more importantly, both Olive and Walnut oils are Omega 6 top heavy in the Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.

    Now, all I have to do, is see which of the products you mentioned have to be ordered vs which products I can buy at a store.

    Last but not least, I used to buy Green Pasture Products: Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil Butter Oil Blend

    I am so disappointed for not knowing why I thought that was nutritional. Maybe it's just not related to an Omega 3 Omega 6 discussion as Coconut Oil is not an Omega 3 - Omega 6 topic.

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    Aug 23, 2016 3:59 PM GMT
    Hello, Stephen,

    Omega-9 is another oil you can do without.

    Consider wild caught salmon, either King or Sockeye. Both have high omega-3 oil content. Pecans and macadamia nuts are good.

    As for cod liver oil, here's my take:

    I'm not a big fan of cod liver oil.

    It is generally higher in environmental pollutants and low in omega-3. It is a bit old school. Some people take it thinking it has natural Vitamins A and D, but those are removed during processing.

    Weston Price foundation has a lot of brilliant insight. They are a non-profit based on solid science. However, the fermented cod liver oil that they recommend (Green Pastures) has been shown to have very little omega-3, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and K2. Fermented cod liver oil is almost always rancid. There is no reason why someone should take that product when they have cleaner, safer sources of all these nutrients.

    My advice, find yourself a nice, high potency omega-3 triglycerides form of omega-3 oil from a reputable company. Several are mentioned in this review.

    Let me know if you need more information.

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    Aug 24, 2016 12:07 AM GMT
    Omega-3 for Fatty Liver
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    Aug 24, 2016 12:52 AM GMT
    Omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

    National Institute of Health Resource: a World Journal of Gastroenterology Article
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    Aug 25, 2016 10:33 PM GMT
    Hundreds of studies suggest that omega-3s may provide some benefits to a wide range of diseases: cancer, asthma, depression, cardiovascular disease, ADHD, and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

    How could fatty acids be so beneficial for so many different conditions?

    "All these diseases have a common genesis in inflammation," says Joseph C. Maroon, MD, professor and vice chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Co-author of Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory, Maroon says that in large enough amounts omega-3's reduce the inflammatory process that leads to many chronic conditions.

    For these and other reasons, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the American Heart Association, and the American Dietetic Association recommend eating two 8-ounce servings of fish each week.

    Powerful Health Benefits of Omega-3s

    Many studies documenting the benefits of omega-3s have been conducted with supplemental daily dosages between 2 and 5 grams of EPA and DHA, more than you could get in 2 servings of fish a week. But that doesn't mean eating fish is an exercise in futility. Many studies document its benefits. For example, a 2003 National Eye Institute study showed that 60- to 80-year-olds eating fish more than twice a week were half as likely to develop macular degeneration as those who ate no fish at all.
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    Aug 25, 2016 10:35 PM GMT
    Cancer Prevention With Omega-3s

    Among 1,300 Swedish men, those who ate salmon and similar fish, such as herring or mackerel, had a much lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who didn't eat fish. Those eating five or more servings a week had a 64% lower risk of the disease.

    Omega-3s for Healthier Arteries

    Following postmenopausal women in Finland and the United States, investigators found that those eating two or more servings of fish each week had healthier arteries than women who ate less than two servings. Benefits were even greater in those eating tuna or another type of dark fish at least once a week.