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Lovaza vs Fish Oil Supplements: A Side-by-Side Comparison

by Vin Kutty, MS on June 5, 2010

Lowering Triglycerides with Lovaza vs Fish Oil Supplements

Most fish oils are NOT the same as Lovaza.

But some are!

A few over-the-counter pharmaceutical grade fish oils are just as potent, pure and effective at reducing triglycerides as Lovaza.

Here is a diagram that shows the difference between Lovaza and Fish Oil Supplements.
Lovaza vs Fish Oil Supplements

Compare Lovaza vs Fish Oil, (OmegaVia, a pharmaceutical grade supplement):

LOVAZA: Prescription Fish Oil

Fish Oil Supplement

(OmegaVia)

Cost (without insurance) $8/day About $1.20/day
Prescription Required Yes No
Dosage 4 Pills Per Day 3 Pills Per Day
Omega-3 Per Pill 840 mg 1105 mg
Active Ingredients EPA, DHA EPA, DHA
# of Regular Fish Oil Pills to Equal Potency 2-3 3-4
# of Regular Fish Oil Pills to Equal Daily Dosage 10 to 12 11 to 12
Made from Fish Oil Fish Oil (Alaskan Whiting and Pollock)
Fishing Area South America Alaska
Oil Purified In Europe USA
Packaged In USA USA
Omega-3 Content 85% 90%
FDA Approved Drug Yes No
Side Effects Low Very low
Fatty Acid Form Ethyl Ester Ethyl Ester
EPA Omega-3 Content 465 mg 780 mg
DHA Omega-3 Content 375 mg 260 mg
Other Omega-3 Content N/A 65 mg
Used in Clinical Studies Yes Yes
Clinically Proven to Work Yes Yes
Reduces Heart Disease Risk Yes Yes
Triglyceride Reduction Yes Yes
Cholesterol Free Yes Yes
Molecular Distilled Yes Yes
Enteric Coated No Yes
Fishy Burps Very Likely Unlikely
Contains Antioxidants No Yes
Mercury and Heavy Metals Purified – passes all standards Purified – passes all standards
Certificate of Analysis Availability No Yes
Produced under FDA cGMP Compliance Yes Yes
5-Star Rating (Intl. Fish Oil Standards-IFOS) No Yes

What makes Lovaza work?

Lovaza vs Fish Oil

Lovaza works very well at reducing triglycerides. What makes it work so well? It’s the Omega-3. And some pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplements have as much or more Omega-3 than Lovaza.

Why people switch from Lovaza to OmegaVia:

  1. Cost – depending on your insurance, Lovaza co-pay can be as high as $150 per month. At 3 pills per day, OmegaVia is about $1 per day.
  2. No Fishy Burping – OmegaVia is enteric coated, so the pills do not dissolve immediately after swallowing. It dissolves in the intestines, so you don’t burp. And the Omega-3 are protected from harsh stomach acids and fully absorbed.
  3. One less Pill Per Day – OmegaVia has 30% more Omega-3 than Lovaza, so you get full benefits with one less pill per day.

Ultimately, choosing Lovaza vs. Fish Oil becomes a cost issue – one that you need to discuss with your doctor. If your insurance covers Lovaza, your should try the prescription option first. But if your co-pay is too high or your insurance does not cover Lovaza, you have inexpensive, non-prescription options like OmegaVia.

Please make sure to discuss any change in your medication or supplement routine with your doctor. Do not stop taking prescription medication without talking to your doctor.

More About Prescription Lovaza vs Fish Oil

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DISCLAIMER: This website is for your education and general health information only. This website is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any health condition or problem. Users of this website should not rely on information provided on this website for their own health problems. Do not stop taking Lovaza and/or switch to OmegaVia or any other fish oil supplement without express guidance from your physician. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own physician.

Lovaza vs fish oil Author: Vin Kutty About the Author: Vin Kutty, M.S. is OmegaVia’s Scientific Advisor and Chief Blogger. He is a nutritionist, author, and Omega-3 expert with over 20 years of experience.


Prescription Lovaza vs Fish Oil Supplements

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Will Helmly June 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I ordered the product and wish to order more how fast will it arrive?

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Angelo Bruno May 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

EPA Omega-3 Content 465 mg Lovasa 700 omegavia
DHA Omega-3 Content 375 mg Lovasa 150 omegavia

Your EPA and DHA are not 1,000mg. It is 850mg. Your added in 150mg from
other omega 3. Why didn’t you do the same for Lovaza? You put N/A for other
omega 3 for Lovaza. They have a total of 900 or more Omega 3 total.
I’m sure you’ll do the right thing and fix this on your website.

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Omegavia May 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hi Angelo,

Thanks for your comment.

We only claim 850 mg EPA + DHA on our label. But our product has 1000 mg EPA + DHA per pill (+/- 3%). Our previous batch has 980 mg EPA + DHA. Our current batch has 1038 mg EPA + DHA.

With Other Omega-3 (ALA, DPA etc.) included, we have over 1100 mg Omega-3 per pill.

It’s just that we are conservative with our label claims due to FDA’s shelf-life regulations, which states that at the end of the product’s stated shelf life, the amounts of Omega-3 stated on the package must be present in the product. Just FYI, in other countries where OmegaVia is sold under different regulatory environments, we are more forthcoming about the actual content of the product – we claim 1000 mg EPA + DHA on the label.

Our intent is not to mislead. Our product will always have at least what we claim on the label. We struggle with what we should list on the label and the website – it’s not as black and white as we’d like it to be. For now, we will keep the web page as is. And bump up the label claim the next time we print packaging labels.

I was unable to find (not lack of trying, but they would not share) the ‘Other Omega-3′ profile of Lovaza. My guess is that the TOTAL Omega-3 in Lovaza is over 1000 mg.

Thanks,
Vin

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Total Gym 1800 November 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I in finding It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to provide one thing again and aid others like you helped me.

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Al February 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Do you folks sell the OmegaVia in any stores?

I’m not a fan of buying on the web due to exposing my credit card number to hackers. (If those guys can break into Pentagon computers, they asure a as shooting can break through a civilian firewall).
Al

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Omegavia February 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hi Al – we don’t sell through stores – the product would become too expensive for most people after the retailers took their profits. Other options are 1) to place a phone order, which reduces the risk 2) order using PayPal, which does not require credit card at all or 3) call us and tell us how many bottles you want and we’ll give you a total and an address to send a check to. We have more people than ever buying with checks. Hope this gives you some options.
- Vin

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GC Lee April 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

How do I get this in Kuala Lumpur?

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Bob Moore June 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

I read books by Dr. Amen.

Dr. Amen professes: DHA in the brain decreases when our memories
falter in old age.

I am preparing for the GRE in my old age. I need “DHA help” to make it in
Grad school.

Do you have DHA at 1000 mg? Note: this would need to be in a much greater
fish oil..

Bob

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Omegavia June 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hi Bob – we do not make a 1000 mg DHA product. Unless you’re pregnant or recovering from trauma, stroke etc., you don’t need that much DHA per day. You should be fine with 250 to 500 mg DHA per day. It will have a big effect if you take it regularly over the course of weeks, months and years.
- Vin Kutty

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Roger August 19, 2012 at 11:25 am

Vin,

I like what I see. Fish Oil has produced wonderful results for me. I am not looking for the hype but the results.

Currently, I am using Member Mark Triple-Strength. How does your product compare?

Secondly, I am sure you get this a lot: to what standards does Omegavia comply to reduce or remove contaminants like mercury and dioxins.

Thanks Vin ~ Roger

to reduce or remove contaminants like mercury and dioxins

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Omegavia August 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Hi Roger – I like the Triple Strength product at Sam’s. Most Triple Strength products are a huge step up from the regular strength fish oils that filled up drug store shelves. The only issue I have with the Triple Strength products is that they are not really ‘Triple’ strength but double strength. Triple Strength oils have about 60% Omega-3. That’s twice as much as the regular strength oils with 25-30% Omega-3.

Comparing the two products,
- Member’s Mark has 900 mg of Omega-3 while OmegaVia has 1105 mg per pill.
- Member’s Mark is a 1400 mg pill while OmegaVia is 1300 mg.
- Member’s Mark has 647 mg of EPA while OmegaVia has at least 780 mg.
- Member’s Mark is about 60% Omega-3 while OmegaVia is 90%.

The product you’re taking is a good value. If you’re happy with it, no need to change. Unless, you feel like you could still use additional improvement with inflammation or mood related benefits. OmegaVia is a niche product make for people who need a high-EPA formula (for triglycerides, joint care and mood disorders) and it does a very good job.

As far as heavy metals, we make sure that we pass all standards by European Union, Council for Responsible Nutrition and IFOS standards. Also, what really helps with the purity is that we use a very highly concentrated oil that’s usually well over 90% Omega-3. That leaves room for very little else.

Hope this helps.
- Vin Kutty

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Sheila December 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

Hi Vin,
You mention that OmegaVia is a 1300 mg pill, but the bottle says 1.5 g. Why the discrepancy? With 1105 mg omega-3 and 1.5 g total fat, the percentage of omega-3 would be 74%.

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Vin Kutty December 5, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hi Sheila – that’s an FDA quirk/requirement. FDA needs amount of fat declared on the label and will not accept 1.3 grams. It needs to be rounded up. So we round up to 1.5 grams. Test results show 1217 mg of Omega-3 per pill. See this at IFOS: http://www.ifosprogram.com/files/IFOS%20Innovix%20OmegaVia%20Batch%20S2A042.pdf

So technically, shouldn’t it be 93.6%? But who’s counting… :-)
- Vin Kutty

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Sheila December 5, 2012 at 3:19 am

Thanks for your reply! That’s interesting. It’s too bad that in a supplement where fat is the intended nutrient they won’t accept a value of 1300 mg. However, I looked up the FDA labeling requirements regarding rounding, and for “calories from fat” it says “≤50 cal – express to nearest 5 cal increment”. So, technically you could (or should) have a value of 10 calories instead of 15 on the label (1.3 g fat at 9 cal/g is 11.7 cal). I have noticed that sometimes the calorie count on a label does not jive with the number of grams, and I always assumed it was because of rounding, and now I know that the calorie count is more precise than the mass (for fats, anwyay).

Ravindra Gohil September 1, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hi Vin,
First of all thanks for this wonderful article and research. I really appreciate that.

Could you please suggest me which fish oil is better for healthy hair and will help to prevent hair fall. I have read in some forums that salmon liver oil and cod liver oil are very good for health and helps to promote hair growth too.

Waiting for your response.
Thanks in advance.

-Ravindra

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Omegavia September 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hi Ravindra – I am not aware of any evidence that says fish oil will prevent hair fall-out. There could be several reasons for hair loss, but I seriously doubt that Omega-3 will stop or reverse it. As a rule, I stay away from Salmon and Cod oils because they are large fish and often tend to contain more environmental toxins. Regular fish are just fine.
- Vin Kutty

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Ravindra Gohil September 1, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hello Vin,
Its me again. Please also suggest me good and affordable brand for cod/salmon liver fish oil which is free from metals and are of pharmaceutical grade. I have heard of Seven Seas cod live oil is it a good brand.

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Omegavia September 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hi Ravindra – Seven Seas is a good brand. Go with regular fish oil, not Cod.
- Vin Kutty

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Ravindra Gohil September 3, 2012 at 1:14 am

Hi Vin,
Thanks you very much for the reply. As you have suggested for regular fish oil but I have a doubt because in regular fish oil quantity of DHA & EPA is less when comparing to cod & salmon liver oil.

Does Omegavia regular fish oil supplement product is available in India. If not could please suggest me the best alternatives.

Thanks,
ravindra

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Omegavia September 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hi Ravindra – OmegaVia is not currently available in India. However we ship to India. It takes 2-4 weeks and there is a $11.99 international shipping charge.
- Vin Kutty

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Gena Dobbs September 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

Since Costco’s Kirkland brand fish oil gel capsules lists 10 calories
each which I think comes from the pork fat in the gelatin capsul that holds the fish
oil, does that mean that your Omega Via contains 10 calories each capsul also?
Thank you.

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Vin Kutty September 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Hi Gena – the calories found in these capsules come from the fish oil itself. There is no pork fat in Costco’s fish oil. The gelatin capsule is made from either pork or beef, but that would only contribute 1 or 2 calories at most. Each OmegaVia capsule would have about 12 calories and we round it up (per FDA regulations) to 15 calories.
- Vin Kutty

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Marta September 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I read that having low thyroid may mean that I shouldn’t take Lovaza or like products. Is this true and if so what is the reasoning? I have taken the Lovaza and tried to replace it with OTC fish oil. I had no problem with the prescription (except the price) however the OTC fish oil caused itching.

Thank you

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Vin Kutty September 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi Marta – you should discuss this with your doctor or endocrinologist. But I will share my opinion: there is no evidence that Omega-3 negatively affects thyroid health in anyway. What is the brand of the OTC fish oil that is causing itching? This is a very uncommon side effect, possibly due to low purification.
- Vin Kutty

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Marta October 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

The OTC fish oil was Spring Valley. The levels of DHE & EPA were low enough that the pharmacist figured the number I would have to take to equal the Lovaza at 16. The only side effect was the itching. I had expected alot of burping and stomach upset with that number. Thank you so much for your input!

Marta

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Vin Kutty October 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hi Marta – yea, I am not surprised. If you had to take 16 pills to get your Omega-3 dosage, you were dealing with low-potency oil. And from the itching, I’m guessing oil that was not particularly pure either. I’d bet money that it was Chinese stuff. You don’t have to get OmegaVia, but certainly, you need something at least in the middle of the spectrum if cost is an issue. There are good middle-of-the-road potency brands like Carlsons and NOW.
- Vin Kutty

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Marta October 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Thank you so very much for the heads up on brands to look for. I appreciate all your help!
Marta

Joy October 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I recently had my colon removed (about 7 weeks ago) and every day I felt like a truck had run over me. My body just aches and as the day progressed my back really hurt. My sister said to take 6 Double Strength Omega 3 pills a day from Puritans Pride. Since I had some Lovaza around I took 6 of them – 3 in the morning and 3 around 2:00 P.M. The Lovaza made a world of difference and it worked immediately. For the first time since the surgery I had a lot of my energy back – I felt so much better. My back still hurt in the evening but not as bad as before. Once I ran out of the Lovaza I ordered the Puritans Pride Premium Double Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil 1200 mg. The problem is there is a huge difference in the results. I hurt again. Do you think the OmegaVia will work for me?

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Vin Kutty October 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Hi Joy – everyone is different. There is no way to tell until you try it. I’ve noticed that people who’ve switched from Lovaza to OmegaVia have been pleased. If, for any reason, you’re unhappy with OmegaVia, please give our customer service folks a call at 800-270-4010 and we’ll refund your full purchase price and I can help you find another product if you no longer wish to use Lovaza.
- Vin Kutty

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Gina October 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I have a shellfish allergy and I am having a hard time finding fish oil without shellfish oil, either intently or through contamination. Does Omegavia have shellfish oil in too?

Thanks!

Gina

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Vin Kutty October 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hi Gina – OmegaVia has no shellfish-derived ingredients. Krill oil is the only product that comes from shellfish. Having worked in the fish oil industry for over 20 years, I have not seen a single fish oil product that contains shellfish oil. They don’t have ‘shrimp oil,’ so the only shellfish oil available is krill oil. I’m highly allergic to shellfish and I try just about every fish oil on the market without issues. Contamination is also very, very unlikely. So I suspect you may be allergic to something else in fish oil or the gelatin. Possibly the soy-derived Vitamin E that’s used as a natural preservative or the glycerin, both of which are present in very small quantities in OmegaVia as well. Hope this helps.
- Vin Kutty

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Ranjan October 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Dr Vin Kutty

I have been taking 4 lovaza pills now for 8 years now to keep my triglycerides under control but cannnot afford this anymore due to the high copays.

I am willing to try your product but is there any scientific study that shows an equivalent effect on Triglycerides to lovaza, even though the Omega 3 is high

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Vin Kutty October 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hi Ranjan – we are in the middle of two clinical trials. Results will not be available for at least another year. Having said that, you may wish to read what others like you have to say about switching from Lovaza to OmegaVia: http://www.omegavia.com/testimonials/

Also, the response of triglyceride to Omega-3 consumption is very ‘linear’ and dosage based. Assuming you’re taking a pharmaceutical grade fish oil, every 1000 mg of Omega-3 should reduce your triglyceride level by 5-10%. With 4 Lovaza, you were getting 3,400 mg of Omega-3. Four OmegaVia will give you 4,420 mg of Omega-3. So if you keep the same dosage (4 pills), you should see a slightly greater decrease in TG. You may want to read this as well: http://www.omegavia.com/i-take-your-omega-3-but-my-triglycerides-still-went-up/
- Vin Kutty

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Alice November 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I left a comment and I never saw it why is that?

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Vin Kutty November 17, 2012 at 12:10 am

Hi Alice – I see and respond to all comments that people leave on this website. We also use a spam filter to remove advertising that is masquerading as a comment. We get several hundreds of those a day. So it is possible that your comment got filtered out by the spam filter by accident. Sorry about that. Please repost your comment and I’ll be happy to respond.
- Vin Kutty

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LaRue November 26, 2012 at 4:21 am

I have peg tube to due to throat cancer. Everything has to be crushed up. On the lovaza bottle it says not to crush it But I have no other way to get it down. Could I Crush Omega via and it would be okay? I mix everything with water and put it down my stomach tube.

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Vin Kutty November 27, 2012 at 1:10 am

Hi LaRue – we generally discourage our customers from cutting open the capsules and consuming the liquid inside. This is because the oil will likely squirt across the room when you puncture the capsule, resulting in droplets of oil all over the house and eventually it will smell bad. We don’t recommend it. My suggestion is to get a concentrated liquid oil from Nordic Naturals – this is a good product and will save you the trouble of piercing open capsules and squeezing out the oil. Hope this helps.
- Vin Kutty

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SAID November 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

ANY HALAL CERTIFICATION?

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Vin Kutty November 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hi Said – the gelatin used for encapsulation is halal.
- Vin Kutty

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Ninette December 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

This article says that dosage is 3 pills a day, and 4 if you want to maintain a schedule similar to Lovaza, with enhanced results; however even taking three pills a day, your monthly order is for 20 days, not 30. so really you would need to order a 90 day supply of 180 pills for a 2 month supply. Why is that?

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Vin Kutty December 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Hi Ninette – yes, you are right. However, our customers who use OmegaVia instead of Lovaza order 3 bottles every 60 days. This will give you 180 pills in total and that’s exactly a 2-month supply.

Here is a useful guide to help you choose the right number of bottles and frequency for automatic shipments:

Consumption rate of:
1 pill per day = 1 bottle every 60 days
2 pills per day = 2 bottles every 60 days
3 pills per day = 3 bottles every 60 days
4 pills per day = 4 bottles every 60 days
5 pills per day = 5 bottles every 60 days
6 pills per day = 6 bottles every 60 days

Hope this helps.

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Nadim Chaudhry January 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hi Vin
Would you please confirmed for me if the Lavaza Capsule contain any gelatin derived from rather than fish any other animal such as swine(pig-pork), cow, or any animal.

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Vin Kutty January 4, 2013 at 12:25 am

Hi Nadim – unfortunately, I can’t confirm what source of gelatin is used in Lovaza. That is a trade/corporate secret that is difficult to disclose. However, most gelatin capsules are made from either beef or pork gelatin. Fish gelatin is uncommon.
- Vin Kutty

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Dr.Mullick January 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Fish oil did not reduce Coronary events.(ORIGIN study).
We know that Lovaza raises LDL_C by 49%. That may be the reason.
EPA-Epadel-Jelis study showed 19% reduction in Coronary events.

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Vin Kutty January 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Hi Dr. Mullick – yes, ORIGIN study was neutral. No benefit. The study was done on diabetic patients with metabolic disorder. People don’t become diabetic by eating a healthy diet. The confounder that the authors (and most authors for that matter) fail to mention is the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. Unless you force a significant shift in this ratio or better yet, the AA/EPA ratio, you will not see much change in outcome. Given that the daily Omega-3 dose was only 900 mg, I would not expect much of a difference in outcome given the subject population. Otherwise, the study was very well designed.

Yes, DHA in Lovaza raises LCL-C, which could have affected the results a bit. But we don’t know the particle size etc. of the LDL change caused by Lovaza. EPA appears to remove this variable as it is LDL neutral.

Thank you for your thoughts.
- Vin Kutty

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John R. Green January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

For the last two and a half years, I’ve been a walking chemistry experiment since receiving a kidney transplant from my daughter in July 2010. I have been taking 2000 mg of OTC fish oil for high triglycerides twice a day for as long as I can remember and the numbers are still up there. My doctor wants me to increase the dosage to 5000 mg from the 4000 mg currently and have asked him to prescribe a generic because with my insurance we get 30 day generic prescriptions for zero co-pay. Does your product fit that description and is it safe with all the other medications I am on to prevent rejection ? Lovaza has been discussed, what about Omegavia ? Please give me some direction.

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Vin Kutty January 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hi John – my first question is 4000 mg of fish oil or 4000 mg of Omega-3? Most doctors simply tell people to get 3000 or 4000 mg of fish oil. That is bad advice because 4000 mg of fish oil can contain almost 4000 mg of Omega-3 (if you take a product like OmegaVia or similar products) or you could get just 1000 mg of Omega-3. If you’re taking regular (OTC) fish oil, you’re probably getting about 1000 to 1200 mg of Omega-3 per day. This is not enough to lower triglycerides. So going to 5000 mg of fish oil will probably only get you another 300 mg more Omega-3. Again, not enough.

If you’ve been taking 4000 mg of fish oil, you will have no trouble with OmegaVia. But we always recommend that you check with your doctor before you make any changes to your health routine. Research shows and we have also found that every 1000 mg of Omega-3 will reduce triglycerides by 5 to 10%. Possibly more if you cut out sugars, juices and grains.

- Vin Kutty

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biju January 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

hi vin.. i had seizures two times in the past and iam taking depakine tablet for seizure past 2 years. actually this medicine reduces activeness in the brain due to which iam not able to recollect or remember at times.doctor told this is common for people consuming this medicine. recently i ve been taking puritans pride (omega 50%) DHA 200-EPA 300) .does ur pharmaceutical grade fish oil has omega 80% content alsowhich type of grade fish should i take . pls advice whether available in U.A.E gulf region

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Vin Kutty January 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Hi Biju – OmegaVia is actually much stronger and purer than 80%. We claim 90% publicly but tests show that often, it is much higher. OmegaVia is not available in retail stores – it needs to be purchase online, directly from our website.

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Erica February 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hi Vin -

I appreciate the even-handedness of your answers. I recently started taking Barry Sears fish oil….2.5mg a day to start – I’m mixing his regular Rx fish oil with his Rx Eico fish oil. How does Omegavia compare in price and quality. I’m committed to this process and committed to recommending fish oil as the primary step people should embark on (along with insulin control and calorie restriction). I may add his bottled oil, but would be open to switching and recommending another capsule brand if you give me a good answer! :)

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Vin Kutty February 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi Erica – I am hesitant to compare OmegaVia with any of the Zone oils because I know (and like) Barry Sears.

But I’ll do my best to give you a quick and fair comparison. Barry Sears is absolutely right when it comes to the importance of high-EPA fish oil. He is right when it comes to reducing sugar consumption and processed oil consumption. You should also read his Toxic Fat book. Eating his Zone style diets will reduce inflammation and is much better than the regular American diet. I wish more people listened to his advice and read his books.

Having said that, I do not agree with the Zone diet on a couple of things –
I don’t believe wheat or grains have any place in human diet because of the anti-nutrients like gluten and phytates.
I do not believe we should eat as much protein as his diet or most other diets recommend because when protein levels exceed 20% or 25% of our calories, the excess protein gets fermented in the gut and this causes a lot of inflammation and toxic chemical production.
I do not believe that Zone diet contain enough fat. Our bodies hum on a high-fat diet. And by that I mean good fats like olive oil or healthy saturated fats like coconut oil or pastured butter from grass fed cows. Fat-phobia is a dangerous thing.

From a fish oil perspective, both OmegaVia and Zone oils are IFOS tested and certified 5-star for purity, potency and freshness. So we’re on equal footing there. However, Zone oils are 60% Omega-3. OmegaVia is 90% Omega-3. OmegaVia provides almost twice as much Omega-3 per pill at a much lower cost – Zone has 600 mg Omega-3 whereas OmegaVia has 1105 mg. These are not opinions, just facts you can pick up from our website. Finally, we have more EPA per pill. Our EPA:DHA ratio is 3 to 1. Zone offers 2:1.

Having said all that, I frequently recommend Zone oils to our customers, in addition to Nordic Naturals. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these. If you are happy with the Zone oils, no need to switch.

Hope this helps.

Vin Kutty

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Michael February 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hi Vin,

I am a Health Coach for a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield with my M.S in Exercise Science. I read a lot of nutrition-based books. I recently received a question regarding fish oil, and due to our QA policies, we are not allowed to promote the use of any supplements, not even fish oil. Very unfortunate, I know. Anywho, I was looking up differences in fish oil products and this page popped up. I just wanted to let you know I am impressed by your professionalism and prompt responses to all of these questions.
Thanks!
(BTW, I zoned, dropped from 11.6% body fat to 9.2% in about a month, and was in the best shape on my life. But, got tired of weighing and measuring everything!)

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Vin Kutty February 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thank you, Michael. The Zone diet is pretty effective in lowering insulin and inflammation levels. Lowered insulin levels help a lot with shedding fat, especially abdominal fat. Then again, you started with 11.6%, which is amazing. Still, Zone contains too little fat and too much protein in my opinion. Too much protein and you get intestinal fermentation of proteins (and resulting toxic chemical production) and that offsets some of the benefits from the reduced inflammation.

Thanks again.
- Vin Kutty

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RWM February 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

Does it matter whether high grade omega-3 is in the ethyl ester form as opposed to the triglyceride form? Which form is better and why?

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Vin Kutty February 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hi RWM – yes, there is a minor difference. But these differences are unnecessarily exploited for marketing purposes. Best bang for the buck is EE when taken with a meal. A lot more here in my multi-part blogs: http://www.omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil/

- Vin Kutty

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Concerned March 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Angelo (at top) was incorrect about the amount of ‘Other Omega-3′ in Lovanza. Other Omega 3 ethyl esters per cap is 60mg.

Reference, see pg 7 of the slide deck by Amarin, the maker of the newly launched Vascepa (highly purified ethyl-EPA)

[http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/AMRN/2347189326x0x638806/56bae7cf-7c9f-4936-853d-4e5f794125d2/Amarin_Investor_Presentation_CITI_Feb_2013FINAL.pdf]

This deck also details some of the data on the newest, FDA approved, prescription only, next generation purified “fish oil”. I understand it is run by former principles of the company that developed Lovanza. I’m not associated with or paid by the company, however, in my professional opinion, the Vascepa data is quite impressive and seems superior to Lovanza on the same endpoints (but yet without a head to head trial). Now I do look forward to the results of your clinical studies, if of a comparable size and endpoint and if/when published in peer reviewed journals. Still, above you seem to suggest you have far more EPA than you state on your label and then you admit to having a considerable variability in the amount of active ingredient in you caps from lot to lot, which obviously make interpretation of your data to be … well … a challenge.

However, till then, I must say it’s quite brazen – especially by a non MD like yourself – to advocate any patient under a physician’s care to ignore their doctor’s prescription and switch to a non FDA approved product that you sell over the internet. Your basic point is correct – not all fish oils are the same, and there is a lot of junk sold out there. But over time several troubling side effects have been found even with less pure but still FDA approved Lovanza (e.g., CVD side effects like AF). As such I remain convinced that all high dose highly purified ethyl-EPA should be prescribed only and most importantly monitored by an actual physician.

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Vin Kutty March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Hi Concerned – we state 780 mg EPA per capsule. We are required to meet this level at the time of expiration, so there is a 5% overage built into the formula. And, fish oil being a natural product, will vary in composition a little bit. So you should expect a little more EPA than what is on the label. No more than 5 to 10%. This should be the case with all well-formulated dietary supplements. And is the case with Lovaza too.

Having said that, OmegaVia is a dietary supplement. It is not a drug. We do not advocate patients ignore their doctor’s advice or care. On the contrary, we prefer (and tell) our potential customers to discuss the matter with their doctors first. Most of our customers come to us AFTER a doctor referral. We do not seek these doctors out – it is an organic thing. We prefer it that way for the reasons you mention.

- Vin Kutty

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Catherine March 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I had stomach bypass surgery 6 years ago and have difficulty absorbing any type of nutrients from pills. I suffer from hypoglycemia also due to this surgery. Since your pills are enteric coated will I have trouble absorbing them for full benefit. I have been taking 2 tsp. liquid OmegaCure twice a day. There is absolutely no unpleasant taste, burping, etc; but it is very expensive. How does it compare to your product?

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2013 at 12:02 am

Hi Catherine – I do not recommend that you take OmegaVia. You’re better off eatng salmon once or twice a week or taking liquid fish oils. Definitely stay with OmegaCure. It is a good product, but a bit overpriced in my opinion.

- Vin Kutty

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Aimee April 9, 2013 at 2:30 am

Hi Vin,
I’ve just been told by my doctor that I need 4g of fish oil for Triglycerides and to raise HDL. I recently bought Vitamin Discount Center’s Omega Delight liquid because a) I can’t afford the prescription with no insurance and b) I just can’t swallow big pills without choking.

Omega Delight touts 3,500 mg of “Omega 3 Rich Fish oil” on it’s label, but upon closer inspection, it says there are only 360mg each of EPA and DHA. What’s more disturbing is that there are 200mg of Omega 6 and 830mg of Omega 9. The girls at the store said that because the supplement is a liquid, you get 3,500mg of Omega 3.

I’m pretty confused on this mess. Is there anything you can recommend for me that doesn’t require me to have a life-and-death battle to not choke on a giant fish oil pill, yet still get the “prescription strength” dosage without having to take a ton of pills?

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Vin Kutty April 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

Hi Aimee – please don’t take that product! Buy Carlsons liquid fish oil or Nordic Naturals. The stuff you’re taking has very little Omega-3 in it. Liquid fish oils are never as strong as the Rx strength oils in capsules – we put them in capsules not just to make it easier for some people to swallow, but pharmaceutical grade fish oils are very strong and don’t taste very nice. So the capsules hide the unpleasant taste of strong fish oils.

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E. Hines April 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Vascepa is superior in many ways without atrial fibrillation, raising bad ldl etc.. Reduces trigs greatly and also lowers inflammation and many other bio markers. I would highly recommend doing research on this. Helping many friends and family at this time.

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Vin Kutty April 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Hi E. Hines – Vascepa is superior in many ways, no doubt. We will be posting more on Vascepa and its benefits in the future. Stay tuned.

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Mike Proms May 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hi Vin,
My wife has diagnosed with mixed dyslipedemia and been told to take Lovasa… VERY expensive, but I do not want to do anything that might reduce her recovery. Have you seen any studies that indicate that Lovasa’s EPA/DHA ratio contributes to its effectiveness? Any thoughts?

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Vin Kutty May 13, 2013 at 12:24 am

Hi Mike – yes, there is plenty of evidence that shows Lovaza’s active ingredients EPA and DHA reduce triglyceride levels. Usually about 5 to 10% for every 1000 mg of Omega-3. See this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23110706

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Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 3:34 am

You are an idiot and don’t know what you are talking about.

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Rakesh June 8, 2013 at 12:37 am

Hi Vin,

a few questions

1] Been taking NatureMade Costco FishOil for years – 7 tablets a day. Seems to be working with Trig levels fairly in control. However, doc is suggesting switching to Lovaza mainly because less tablets to take. What do you think?

2] I am confused about what is the ideal EPA/DHA ratio for a fish oil supplement? Could you pls. comment about EPA/DHA ratio for Lovaza vis-à-vis Omegavia? Why is EPA/DHA ratio important?

3] Everybody agrees about the superiority of Vascepa over Lovaza. However, do you think it is safe to switch over to Vascepa because it is so new. Also what about EPA/DHA ratio for Vascepa vis-à-vis Omegavia,Lovaza,etc

4] Should I ask my doc for a Vascepa Rx instead of Lovaza? Worried about heart related side effects like AF,etc along with increase in LDL-C,etc with Lovaza.

5] Does Omegavia also have the same heart side effects like Lovaza of increased LDL-C and AF?

thanks much. appreciate your feedback a lot!

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Vin Kutty June 8, 2013 at 7:22 am

Hi Rakesh – doc may be right. Yes, it is fewer pills to take, but reducing triglycerides with low potency fish oil like the one you’re taking is less effective than with higher potency fish oil: http://www.omegavia.com/why-pharmaceutical-grade-fish-oil-is-better/

Have a whole series of blogs on EPA/DHA ratio starting with this one: http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-part-1/

Yes, it is safe to switch to Vascepa, assuming your doctor is OK with it. Talk to your doctor.

OmegaVia is somewhere between Lovaza and Vascepa in formulation and effect. No reports on OmegaVia re LDL or AF after all these years on the market.

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Carlos Villabon June 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

What is the fat content in this product?

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Vin Kutty July 1, 2013 at 12:08 am

Hi Carlos – the active ingredient in OmegaVia is Omega-3 fats, so 100% of the active ingredient is fat. Omega-3 fats reduce triglycerides and protect your heart. The capsule shell is gelatin protein.

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Megster September 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

You might want to double-check your Lovaza data.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2683599/

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Vin Kutty September 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Hi Megster – which specific data point are you referring to? All information on this page was taken from Lovaza’s website.

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Patricia November 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I just want to say Thank you for your advice. I have been on Lovaza for almost a year. My tryclycerides dropped like a rocket but at the same time I took a prescription for a nail fungus and wondered if that had helped. I wondered this because it definitely takes your craving for sweets away. Anyway….my LDL was unmeasurable for a time because my tryclycerides were about 600. They are now about 150 but my LDL is 190!!! Argh I’ve read now that is the results they have found. Then I thought if the DHA is the culprit then I should try getting a supplement that is higher in EPA. My doctor has prescribed me liptruzet…. I haven’t read anything really good about it and it is very expensive. Sooo my question….will I get good results by lowering the DHA? Is there something important about the ratio of EPA & DHA? I am considering trying Dr. William Davis’ Wheat Belly diet. What are your thoughts?

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Vin Kutty November 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Hi Patricia – your numbers certainly are all over the place! Don’t rely on just one test result. Watch it over time and you’ll get an idea of when things are off-kilter.

Lovaza can raise LDL by as much as 45% per Lovaza website. This is due to the DHA but your LDL-C number by itself is not very revealing. Your doctor may need to take a deep-dive and test for particle size and number.

Yes, it’s true that EPA does not increase LDL. This is why the new triglyceride drug Vascepa is all-EPA with no DHA.

Yes, if you are having blood lipid issues, then definitely try out Dr. Davis’ Wheat Belly diet or any of the veggie-n-meats-only diet like Paleo diet. It’s easy to go very-low carb on these diets, so get some guidance from a Paleo dietitian to keep you healthy. Ultimately, what works for you may not be what the any book tells you to eat. There will be some experimenting involved.

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esmy March 17, 2014 at 2:50 am

Hi can you check out WIN omega 3 to see if it’s as good as lovaza thanks

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Vin Kutty March 17, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Hi Esmy – this product has a little less Omega-3 than Lovaza. The product is not tested by IFOS, so I dont know how fresh it is. If you are happy with the product, I don’t see a reason to change.

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Scott June 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I’ve been taking Lovaza for several year with good results. Dropping my tri level down to the mid 300 levels. I take 4 Lovaza a day, 2 am/2pm. Would I take same qty daily if I switched or an increase. I’m looking to switch due to the high cost of Lovaza for me being $700 plus for 90 days.
tks

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Vin Kutty June 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Hi Scott – check with your doctor to make sure he/she is OK with what you’re considering. If you have the green light to proceed, then as long as you are getting 4000 mg of Omega-3 per day from a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement, you should notice similar results. Take it with meals.

Mid 300s is still very high – you may want to read this: http://www.omegavia.com/cut-triglycerides-in-half-without-lovaza-or-fish-oil-1/

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Omegavia May 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hi GC Lee – you can order directly from http://www.omegavia.com and we will deliver to Malaysia. We do not sell through distributor in Malaysia.
- Vin

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Vin Kutty December 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Hi Sheila – You’re absolutely right. We have just about 12 calories, so , yes, we could legally say 10 calories per pill. Wanna come work for us? :-)
- Vin Kutty

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