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Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the hearts of healthy people as well as those who have cardiovascular disease.

In 2002, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a statement on the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids on heart function (including antiarrhythmic effects), hemodynamics (cardiac mechanics) and arterial endothelial function.

Large-scale epidemiologic studies suggest that people at risk for coronary heart disease benefit from consuming Omega-3 fatty acids. Particularly those from fatty fish like trout, mackerel, tuna and salmon help:

  • Decrease risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death
  • Decrease triglyceride levels
  • Decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque
  • Lower blood pressure (slightly)

What Your Patients Need to Know…

All Fish Oil Supplements are NOT the Same

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AHA logoAccording to the American Heart Association:

“Taking EPA+DHA ranging from 0.5 to 1.8 grams per day (either as fatty fish or supplements) significantly reduces deaths from heart disease and all causes.”


“Clinical trials have shown that Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can reduce cardiovascular events (death, non-fatal heart attacks, non-fatal strokes).”


“Coronary artery disease patients may not be able to get enough Omega-3 by diet alone. These people may want to talk to their doctor about taking a supplement.


“Supplements also could help people with high triglycerides, who need even larger doses.”

Article at www.americanheart.org
Publication at circ.ahajournals.org

Besides AHA, regulatory bodies FDA and USDA have also made official recommendations for daily Omega-3 consumption.

ACC logoAccording to American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Expert Consensus Document:

“Omega-3 fatty acids reduce cardiovascular events, sudden death, and overall mortality.”


“Omega-3 fatty acids may also affect CHD outcomes by decreasing triglyceride levels, ventricular arrhythmias, decreasing fibrinogen levels and platelet counts, modestly reducing blood pressures, and decreasing cell proliferation.”


“Omega-3 fatty acids have been tested in several secondary prevention trials. The GISSI-Prevenzione study is the largest of the controlled trials investigating omega-3 fatty acid supplements (1 g per day) and CHD risk. In this trial, total mortality was reduced by 20% and sudden death by 45%”

Source: Vogel, JH. et al. J. Am. Coll CardioL. 2005 July 5; 46(1): 184 – 221.

Article at www.acc.org.

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Jerzy Chachaj, MD December 7, 2012 at 3:07 am

Highly recommended !

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Dr. N. Shaikh March 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Looks like a good product specially price vs amounts of Omega-3 content. Two questions
1. In your 1200 mg pill, you claim to have close to 820 mg of EPA. How much DHA and other Omega-3s?. What is the ratio of EPA to DHA?
2. Have you done any clinical trials on your product to support your claims?

Thanks,

Nisar

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Vin Kutty March 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Hi Dr. Shaikh – It is a 1300 mg pill, with 780 mg of EPA, 260 mg of DHA – this gives you a 3:1 ratio. We are in the middle of a couple of clinical trials, one on metabolic markers and another on mood.

- Vin Kutty

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Inder April 14, 2013 at 2:59 am

Hi,

What fish do you use to extract the fish oil…and what is the mercury levels in your tablets?

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Vin Kutty April 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Hi Inder – we use Alaskan Pollock and Whiting. The mercury levels were less than 0.01 parts per million or 10-times less that the allowed limits. See more here: http://www.ifosprogram.com/files/IFOS%20Innovix%20OmegaVia%20Batch%20S2A042.pdf

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Jose C. Tutor, MD, PharmD, PhD April 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

In my view the EPA/DHA ratio in Omegavia is optimal for treatment of inflammatory processes. I will test immediately this omega-3 preparation.
Usually fish oil concentrates are administered once or twice daily with food. However, Svein Torgersbraten in his recent book “Omega-3 and Vitamin D Secrets” suggest to  make an emulsion of cod liver oil with whole milk, and take it on an empty stomach at least from 4 hours before to achieve higher levels of omega 3 in blood and tissues.
Have you done any study on the bioavailability of omega-3 using different protocols of administration?
Thank you very much for your attention

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Vin Kutty April 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi Dr. Tutor – the high-EPA formula in OmegaVia was specifically designed to address inflammation. More here: http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-part-1/

Cod liver oil (old technology) and pharma grade fish oil of today are very different delivery forms. Mixing Cod Liver Oil (which is a low-potency triglyceride form oil) with milk is very different than taking OmegaVia, which is a very high potency ethyl ester form oil. Triglyceride form oils can be taken on an empty stomach or with foods. Ethyl ester form oils are best absorbed when taken with foods. The adjoining fats present in meals helps bioavailability. Ethyl ester form of Omega-3 are not very well absorbed on an empty stomach. This is fairly established science, so we have not repeated any of these studies. However, we are in the process of a doing a couple of clinical trials with OmegaVia on depression and lipid-management.

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Betty Babineaux June 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Triple strenght fish oil of 1400 omeaga3 900 is that good for constipation iam taking 3 a day

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Vin Kutty June 22, 2013 at 3:56 am

Hi Betty – there is not much evidence to show that fish oil will help constipation. I suggest, vegetables, more water, probiotics, exercise etc.

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Asmizan October 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

Hi Vin,

If i take regular fish oil with 70% fish fat, will that amount of fish fat can cause me any health problem? Weight gain, for example.

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Vin Kutty October 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Hi Asmizan – no it wont cause health problems but you may not see the benefits of Omega-3 with low potency fish oil.

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William November 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

Hi, Vin:

Does Omegavia contains protein ?

Thank you.

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Vin Kutty November 8, 2013 at 12:29 am

Hi William – the oil in OmegaVia does not contain protein, but the gelatin capsule shell is protein. So, yes, it contains protein.

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William November 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Hi, Vin:

Thank you for your reply.

Can i know how much protein is contained in 1 softgel ?
My wife is suffered from knee cap problems and doctor advice is tentatively cut off intake of protein.

Thank you for your advice.

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Vin Kutty November 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Hi William – there is roughly a third of a gram of protein per capsule. On a separate note, I strongly urge you to seek another doctor. At least get a second opinion.

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Gayla M December 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

What about radiation in the fish? There is concern that Alaska’s fish are now contaminated with radiation from Japan.

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Vin Kutty December 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Hi Gayla – I share your concern.

We are keeping an eye on the developing situation in the Pacific. Sadly, it is not an inconsequential development. So your concern is appropriate.

We have three sources of radiation data:
Scientific publications – http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/05/30/1221834110
GOED, Global Organization for EPA and DHA.
Fishery data from our supplier

Based on the above, it is fair to state that fish from the Pacific have elevated Polonium and Cesium levels. But to put things in perspective, a Tuna fish from the Pacific would have only 5% of the radiation found naturally in a banana. See reference above. If you eat a pound of Pacific Tuna every day, you would still have less than 20% of the radiation that you get from flying from New York to LA.

I’m not trying to say that there is less risk than before. Sadly, our post-Fukushima reality is that all oceans, not just the Pacific is slightly more contaminated. And 95%+ of all fish caught for fish oil supplement use is caught in the Pacific. We will not use Chinese fish oil caught in the Indian and Atlantic oceans due to other even more severe quality issues.

I personally take 4 OmegaVia capsules per day and give it to my family. So for your health and mine, we will be monitoring this situation and doing everything we possibly can to do the right thing.

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Eric January 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Vin..

Seems like an amazing product and a serious alternative to Vascepa…
Im currently taking 2-3 gelcaps 2X daily Puritans Pride Triple Strength Omega 3 @ 1360 MG (Link Here http://www.puritan.com/puritans-pride-brand-0102/triple-strength-omega-3-fish-oil-1360-mg-016105?scid=28176) which yields EPA @ 625mg || DHA@244mg per GEL CAP so total dosage @ 1875 EPA and 738 DHA twice daily..

Is Puritan a quality product/option….Is this overkill/not adequate..

Compared to Omegavia is this selling my self short?

Youre commentary is appreciated

Thank you

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Vin Kutty January 7, 2014 at 1:30 am

Hi Eric – Puritans Pride is a good brand. It is owned and operated by the folks at US Nutrition and Natures Bounty, the largest value brand and private label supplement company in the US. So they know what they’re doing.

But how much Omega-3 you need depends on your diet and your health goals. You are taking 5,226 mg of Omega-3 per day. That’s more than I would take. I prefer to see that number at 4,000 or less. Also, are you seeing the results you’re looking for? If you’re after triglyceride reduction, most OmegaVia customers take 3 or 4 pills per day. You may want to read this if you are taking it for triglyceride reduction: http://www.omegavia.com/why-pharmaceutical-grade-fish-oil-is-better/ FYI – your product is 64% Omega-3 potency. According to the study cited in the link above, Omega-3 at 63% or so did not lower TG significantly. TG reduction is more dramatic once you get to 80-85% potency.

If you’re taking it for joint health or mood etc., you approach may need to take a higher EPA product and less of it.

If you’re healthy and taking it for general health, then it is definitely overdosing.

Overall, I don’t think you’re selling yourself short, but I also don’t know your diet, health goals and budget. Are you OK with no enteric coating, are you OK with soy? There are several questions to ask yourself before you find the right product for you. In the meantime, I am happy answer questions to help you choose the right product, be it OmegaVia or not.

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ANNA STEIN March 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Hello,
My local store has a Omega-3 product that yields these contents:
http://www.doctorsnutrition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=575&idcategory=39

Serving Size: 2 Softgels
Servings Per Container: 30

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Amount Per Serving: % Daily Value

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Calories: 25 Calories From Fat: 25

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Total Fat: 2.5 g. 4%
Cholesterol: 25 mg. 8%

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Vitamin D3 ( cholecalciferol): 1,000 IU. 250%
Marine Lipid Concentrate: 2,500 mg. *
yielding EPA: 900 mg.
DHA: 660 mg.

Should I be concerned of the cholesterol?
Does this mean their product has higher Omega-3 than OmegaVia?
Thanks, Anna

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Hi Anna – this Doctors Nutrition product has 750 mg of Omega-3 per pill. Notice that the serving size is 2 softgels – that’s easy to overlook, but it means that you have to divide all numbers by two. So it becomes complicated. So this item has 750 mg Omega-3 while OmegaVia has 1105 mg of Omega-3 per pill. There is usually little or no cholesterol in highly purified fish oils, so I’m not sure why this one has more than usual…

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GB May 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Would you recommend fish oil in patient with chronic gout symptoms. Is your fish oil distilled of purines?

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Vin Kutty May 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Hi GB – I would check with your doctor before adding or removing anything from your diet. Having said that, there are no purines in OmegaVia. Fish oil is not a concern for gout – fructose from juice, sodas, sweets is the real culprit.

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