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10 Reasons Why OmegaVia is Better

1. Most Omega-3 in a Pill = Results with Fewer Pills

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Amount of Omega-3 in One Softgel

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Data gathered: October 2012. Formulas may have changed.

* 3rd Party Test Result: Even though the label says 1105 mg Omega-3 per pill, each OmegaVia pill actually has about 1200 mg Omega-3.

Consumer Tip: 1000 mg Fish Oil is NOT the same as 1000 mg Omega-3. Fish Oil contains Omega-3. 1000 mg retail brand Fish Oil typically contains only 300 mg Omega-3. The other 700 mg are fats that your body does not need. Always buy products with at least 75% Omega-3.

In trials aimed at lowering triglycerides, patients took three grams of Omega-3 per day. You would have to pop a daily dozen of the typical Omega-3 capsules on the market to get that

Benefits seen in most Omega-3 clinical trials involved much higher doses than you see recommended on supplement labels.


2. 100% Money-Back Guarantee and Free Shipping

Not thrilled? We will cheerfully refund your full purchase price. Even your shipping cost. No need to return your product.

Hassle-free. No questions asked. Within 90-days.

When you buy online, you can’t touch or feel the product before you buy. We understand. So we respect your right to change your mind after you buy.

Of course, shipping is free and so are returns (USA only.)


3. Independently Certified by 3rd Party for Your Peace of Mind

5-Star Quality verified by two different third party labs:


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HIGHEST RATING
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IFOS website has detailed certificate of analyses of all batches of OmegaVia ever produced.

Consumer Tip: to find out what’s in your fish oil supplement, ask for a certificate of analysis (or ‘C of A’).


4. QUALITY: ZERO Chinese Content

The fish oil is not from China and neither are any of the other ingredients.

  • OmegaVia is manufactured and tested in USA.
  • Manufactured in a cGMP Certified facility.
  • Manufacturing certified by third-party audits.

OmegaVia ingredients sources:

  • Fish Oil (United States and Peru)
  • Gelatin (Brazil and Argentina)
  • Sunflower tocopherol and Rosemary extract (Spain)
  • Glycerin (Malaysia)
  • Plant-based enteric coating (Scotland)

More on OmegaVia Quality & Safety here.

Consumer Tip: more than half of the fish oil pills sold in the United States are made in China or contain Chinese fish oil, gelatin glycerin or Vitamin E. (It’s much cheaper.) Yet they can be legally sold as ‘Made in USA’ because they are bottled in the USA and declaring the country of origin of ingredients like gelatin or glycerin is not required. Make sure you know where your product is made.


5. PURITY: Gentle Purification Process

  • Uses low-temperature CO2 extraction and molecular distillation.
  • One of just 4 brands in America to exclusively use gentle, heat-free CO2 extraction. The other three are Minami Nutrition, Real Dose and RenewLife…so you can compare.
  • OmegaVia exceeds standards set by:
    • Global Organization for EPA & DHA Omega-3
    • European Union
    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Norwegian Medicinal Standards

More on OmegaVia Quality & Safety here.


6. SAFETY: Ultra-high Purity

The patented dual-step CO2 extraction and chromatography technology is remarkably effective at removing environmental contaminants like PCBs.

  • Industry standard for PCB: less than 90 parts per billion
  • IFOS standard for PCB: less than 45 parts per billion
  • Typical OmegaVia values: less than 3 parts per billion

The second purification step (chromatography) is rarely used by non-prescription fish oils due to its expense. However, it produces an extremely clean oil that is both cholesterol-free and as pure as nature intended.


7. SAFETY: Always tested for radiation

  • OmegaVia is tested for radiation for your peace of mind
  • After the Fukushima tragedy, many of you asked us about this – fish oils do not contain measurable levels of radiation, but it’s always good to know.
  • Third-party tested by IFOS

8. 780 mg of EPA Omega-3 per Pill – the highest of any brand

Why is this important?

  • EPA is more effective than DHA at lowering triglycerides
  • EPA (but not DHA) helps improve mood and depression
  • EPA is a powerful anti-inflammatory for soothing arthritis
  • Our current lot has over 825 mg EPA (but we’re conservative on the label)

Yes, DHA is very important. If you are pregnant, nursing an infant, a child or recovering from brain injury, you will need more DHA than what OmegaVia provides. In which case, buy Nordic Naturals DHA. Otherwise, the 260 mg DHA in OmegaVia is sufficient for adults.


9. AutoShip program (7 out of 10 customers prefer hassle-free AutoShip)


10. Safe for Pets

Woof! We give OmegaVia to our dogs too.  It makes their coats soft and shiny. And it makes older dogs bounce again. Our product development team worked with 3 veterinarians to make sure that this formula would also work for our 4-legged family members.


And finally…We Made it for Personal Use

All of us here at OmegaVia take it and give it to our families too. We have worked in the fish oil supplement industry for most of our careers, so we know what to look for. When we developed OmegaVia, we created a formula that we would feel comfortable giving to our families. We hope to include you as part of that extended family.


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Hundreds of others have…see below.

 


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Ferdinand Flores October 18, 2012 at 3:40 am

Question. Can I take fish oil and moringa oleifera at the same time everyday. Because I am currently taking moringa everyday two times a day. I am considering your product and thinking of trying it. Please reply, Thank you,

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Vin Kutty October 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Hi Ferdinand – yes, you can certainly take fish oil with Moringa oleifera.
– Vin Kutty

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N. Fi October 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hello.

I would love to buy Omegavia for my family members and myself of course. Dad has high cholesterol & blood pressure, Mum has back-pain etc.

Anyway may i know what’s the source of the gelatin used in Omegavia? Is it Kosher/Halal certified? If it’s a yes, I’ll be on my way to buy a few bottles, that’s for sure. :-)

Looking forward to your reply. Thank you.

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Vin Kutty October 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Hi N. Fi – we use beef gelatin and yes, the gelatin is kosher and halal certified.
– Vin Kutty

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Nicole Carnevale October 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

How big are the pills? My children need these, but they can’t swallow large pills. Is there an actual size picture somewhere on your website?

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Vin Kutty October 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Hi Nicole – the pills are big. So we strongly recommend against giving the product to kids. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’re going to launch OmegaVia mini in 2013. That will be kid-friendly.
– Vin Kutty

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Donna December 26, 2012 at 3:27 am

Please let us know when. I have children too and they need this. Thanks..

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William Whitworth October 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Why so much more EPA than DHA? In fish, the ratio is the other way, isn’t it?

And which fish are used for your oil?

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Vin Kutty October 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hi William –

It’s not always high DHA in fish. Yes, with Salmon and Tuna, but not all fish.

Here are the reasons why OmegaVia was specifically formulated to have a high-EPA ratio.

How your body uses DHA vs EPA – DHA is a structural compound. Cell membranes are made of it. A very high portion of your brain and eyes are DHA. So it is absolutely crucial to have, especially during pregnancy and early childhood. If you’re not pregnant or a child, then the DHA that you consume stays with you for a few years. One study claims that DHA’s half life is over 2 years, meaning half of the DHA you ate could still technically be in your body at 2 years. DHA becomes a semi-permanent part of your body. You need a lot of it and once you get what you need, you don’t need large quantities of it. Hence the 260 mg of DHA in one OmegaVia pill. EPA, on the other hand appears to be much more transient. It’s not stored by the body for long periods – EPA’s half life is a few days. So there is a much higher turnover of EPA in our bodies. In other words, we may need a lot more of it. DHA is a structural Omega-3. Think of it as bricks to build a house. And EPA is the electricity. Once a house is built, it doesn’t need a lot of bricks. But it needs a regular supply of electricity. That doesn’t mean you don’t need DHA after you’re an adult. You still do, but at much lower levels than you did as a child.

Triglyceride – while both EPA and DHA reduce triglycerides, EPA is slightly safer than DHA at reducing TG and TG-to-HDL cholesterol ratio. This is why new drugs for heart health are all pure EPA or mostly EPA – drugs like Vascepa, EPAdel and EPAnova. Lovaza is a fish oil drug but it has a very high DHA level and the DHA has been pointed at as being the cause of increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol by about 10%. That’s also why these new drugs do not have DHA. High EPA fish oil will do the trick without affecting LDL negatively.

Mood health and depression – even though DHA is required for the brain, once that need has been met, more DHA does not prevent or cure depression. Only EPA seems to have the ability to reduce depression. The largest and most conclusive research on Omega-3 and depression used a very high EPA ratio. DHA is actually contraindicated for depression. Please see our multi-part series on fish oil and depression in our blog section.

Inflammation and Arthritis – EPA is the body’s main anti-inflammatory fatty acid. So if you have joint pain, you need more EPA to counter the inflammation that arises from dietary Omega-6 (corn and vegetable oils.) For curbing inflammation, a very high EPA formula is what works. The reason why we suggest a high-EPA formula for inflammation (joint issues, autoimmune issues, etc.) is that EPA is a ‘feedback inhibitor’ to Arachidonic Acid (AA), a source of several inflammatory cytokines and DHA does not inhibit AA. DHA does not inhibit AA. Most inflammatory pathways start from cytokines derived from the Omega-6 Arachidonic Acid. EPA and Arachidonic Acid (AA) are metabolized by the same enzyme (delta-5-desaturase). So EPA can compete with AA for the enzyme and thus reducing inflammation. The higher the concentration of EPA, the greater the inhibition of the enzyme and so less AA. Followed by less inflammation. This has a lot of impact on several inflammation related conditions from joint health to vascular health. Also, once the body has enough DHA, it can convert excess amounts to EPA to help combat inflammation.

Having said that, a high DHA fish oil is necessary and critical during pregnancy, nursing, childhood and for anyone going recovering from brain, eye or heart surgery, recovering from stoke or head trauma. DHA is also critical if someone is trying to increase fertility. There are some other uses for DHA as well. The 260 mg of DHA in each pill provides all the DHA you’d need every day, while providing a high dose of EPA to address the issues outlined above.

This has become an unintended blog post! I’ll expand on all this in a blog post with references etc.

– Vin Kutty

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Ravin November 21, 2012 at 4:56 am

Dear Vin,

Can I take omagavia and Plavix{ blood thinning} at the same time?

Thanks.
Ravin

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Vin Kutty November 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Hi Ravin – please check with your doctor about this. There was a recent study that said combining high dose fish oil with some anticoagulants like Plavix did not increase risk or pose problems. See links below. Still, this is not a decision that you can or should make without your doctor.

Hope this helps.
– Vin Kutty

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19801023
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17368278

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Arshan November 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

Every day I study about fish oil, and fish oil products on the market for about an hour. I think I know way too much, and I do it because I have a very high TG, and so far I think your product is one of the best, and th fact that you are answering people’s comment is amazing. Thank You.

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Vin Kutty November 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Thank you, Arshan.

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Jane December 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

Would I be able to stop taking Crestor if I start taking Omegavia?
Currently my total Cholesterol is 179. My triglycirides were 199 I think. The LDL and HDL were within the normal ranges but LDL was just under.

Thank you

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Vin Kutty December 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

Hi Jane – this is a question that only your doctor can answer for you. Fish oil does not reduce total cholesterol. That may surprise you, but that’s not how fish oil works. Fish oil reduces risk by reducing triglcyerides and reducing inflammation. And also by allowing cells to function properly. You may want to read these two blogs that I wrote:
http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-cholesterol/
http://www.omegavia.com/cholesterol-when-to-panic/

For what it’s worth, a total cholesterol of 200-220 is quite normal for women over 40. Cholesterol by itself is not very predictive of future heart events…but triglycerides and HDL are. Divide your TG by HDL. If the number is higher than 3 then it’s time to talk to your doctor and to reduce sugar and starch consumption. There is a little more detail in the blogs links above.
– Vin Kutty

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Mike January 8, 2013 at 2:28 am

what kinds of fish oil is in your pills ?

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Vin Kutty January 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi Mike – we use Alaskan Whiting and Pollock. It is 100% Alaskan fish, monitored by USDA officials and it is Marine Stewardship certified sustainable.

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Nancy Fussell March 2, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Then this would mean those of us allergic to tuna and salmon and cod CAN take this supplement? My Dr has recommended taking omega 3 in the past but because of the allergies he ruled it out as contra-indicative for me. But if it is of different fish oils I CAN take it without a problem!!!!!
He suggested 95% potency, Enteric coating, IFOS certification AND with vit D in each. Does yours meet all of these criteria?
I also take Plavix as a blood thinner and have multiple chronic health conditions.
If I can take this and help improve things it excites me! Please advise.

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Vin Kutty March 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Hi Nancy – not necessarily. If you’re allergic to those fish, you may still be allergic to the fish in OmegaVia. Do not take the product without doctor supervision. Sounds like your doctor watched Brenda Watson’s PBS special: http://www.omegavia.com/brenda-watson-omega-3-and-vitamin-d/ See more on the requirements your doctor mentions in that link.

– Vin Kutty

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ice January 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

Please let me know if the mini fish oil for kids is already in the market…
Thank you

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Vin Kutty January 14, 2013 at 1:01 am

Hi Ice – we are busily working on OmegaVia Mini as of this comment reply in mid January. Stay tuned!

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Joe January 21, 2013 at 6:54 am

@ ice
Gnc sells mini gels with high EPA/DHA. 714/288 mg. it’s good but its expensive.. hopefully Omegavia get them out soon so we all can get some at cheaper price.

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munna January 16, 2013 at 12:18 am

so is there enough dha in it for a nursing mother and why is that critcal for a nursing mother

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Vin Kutty January 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hi Munna – if you take two OmegaVia capsules, you will get enough DHA for a nursing mother. Nursing mothers need DHA for two reasons:

1) the mother’s DHA stores will be diverted to the baby’s developing brains and organs, so the mother is usually deficient during pregnancy and after child birth
2) the baby’s brain does most of its growing just before birth and for the 2 to 3 years after birth and the brain requires a lot of DHA for proper development.

– Vin Kutty

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Sunny January 16, 2013 at 1:10 am

Hi Vin –

Thanks for the info on Omega 3. I know you have touched upon this already (Omega 6). But how do you feel about Omega 6 (specifically GLA) supplement such as Borage oil or EPO. I have heard these are beneficial for PMDD and severe PMS. This assumes other Omega 6 is minimized in the diet.

Thanks

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Vin Kutty January 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Hi Sunny – whoa, no simple answer to this question, but I’ll try…

GLA is a potentially good Omega-6. I say ‘potentially’ because GLA lies at the fork in the road, so to speak, of fatty acid metabolism. GLA is converted to DGLA and that can be converted to ‘good’ eicosanoids. This is really complex stuff, so attempting to publicly simplify this is…umm…probably not a good idea. So, kids, don’t try this at home.

If GLA is not converted to DGLA, then it can get converted to AA and that can cause all kinds of bad stuff to happen. Several factors, including gender, affect how GLA handles this fork in the road. So blindly taking Borage or EPO oil to reduce PMS or PMDD symptoms may backfire and actually increase AA levels instead of DGLA levels. That’s what I meant by ‘kids don’t try this at home.’ Our entire legal dept just keeled over dead from reading this, with Xs instead of eyes.

One way you can influence how GLA handles the fork in the road is with EPA. More EPA = greater inhibition of delta-5-desaturase enzyme required to convert DGLA into AA. So a high EPA + moderate GLA regimen in combination with a low-Omega-6 diet has the potential for improving PMS and PMDD symptoms as well as several other chronic disease. At least theoretically.

Are you sorry you asked? :-)

– Vin Kutty

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vin volmut January 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Hi Vin,
We hear so much about Krill oil being a wonderful new fish oil. It is also a very expensive product. My Krill oil says only 50mg EPA, 20mg DHA. Looks like I should be eating a lot of these to get a benefit. Why do you use white fish and not Krill? Thanks in advance.

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Vin Kutty January 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Hi Vin – krill oil is wonderful, assuming you take 10 or 20 pills a day. I’m glad you read the back of your krill oil label – that’s where the truth is hidden – the tiny amount of Omega-3.

We don’t use krill oil because you’ll need a zillion pills a day to get the benefits you want. Yes, it is better absorbed than fish oil, but what good does better absorption do if there is only a tiny bit of Omega-3 in it? OmegaVia was started to give you the benefits of Omega-3 with the least number of pills – using krill oil would be going the other way.

– Vin Kutty

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vin volmut January 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Vin, One more thought, If these fish oils can suppress depression, what if anything can it do for dementia? I, like many people know someone going through this horrible condition. Thanks again!

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Vin Kutty January 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hi Vin – dementia and depression have different pathologies. They’re connected but not the same. From what I’ve read, preventing dementia requires dietary intervention years, if not decades, before it starts, plausibly starting with elimination of sugar and processed foods when you’re still in your 20s and 30s. Taking Omega-3 after onset of dementia may not reverse the problem. It can’t hurt. But if Omega-3 can prevent dementia, it probably needs to be taken through food or supplement long before symptoms start.

Sorry – probably not what you wanted to hear. But it’s worth going back to an ancestral or paleo type diet with only vegetable, fruits, grass-fed meats, seafood and nuts. This leaves out 95% of what most grocery stores sell.

– Vin Kutty

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stacy February 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

i am currently on tricor and i was wondering if this would be a good alternative? because i do not have the funds for the medicine anymore.

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Vin Kutty February 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hi Stacy – OmegaVia or any other pharmaceutical grade fish oil is not an alternative for Tricor. One is a drug and the other is an essential nutrient.

Tricor reduces both cholesterol and triglycerides. Omega-3 reduces just triglycerides. Granted fibrate drugs like Tricor are not the most effective at lowering blood fats, it may be a well-thought-out decision made by your doctor based on several factors, including side effects of other cheaper drugs, your health history etc. So do not discontinue this drug or any other drug without checking with your doctor.

You can certainly take fish oil with Tricor, but don’t switch one for the other without talking to your doctor.

– Vin Kutty

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Violet R Cartledge February 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

what is the difference between omega 7 and omegavia?

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Vin Kutty February 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hi Violet – Omega-7 is another rarely occurring fatty acid. It is found in small quantities in macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn. Omega-7 has some anti-inflammatory benefits but the scientific proof/results are still trickling in. Omega-7 is not found naturally in fish oil. At least not in significant quantities. OmegaVia is highly concentrated for two Omega-3 fatty acids, namely EPA and DHA. So OmegaVia does not contain measurable amounts of Omega-7.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM February 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm

1. How many mgs is the OmegaVia gel cap?
2. What is the EPA content (mgs) in each gel cap?
3. What is the DHA content (mgs) in each gel cap?
4. What is the “other” content (mgs) in each gel cap, and what does that “other” component consist of?
5. How many gel caps in a bottle, and what is the cost per bottle?

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Vin Kutty February 19, 2013 at 1:22 am

Hi RWM –

Each OmegaVia capsule contains 1300 mg of oil.
Each capsule contains 780 mg of EPA Omega-3
Each capsule contains 260 mg of DHA Omega-3
The ‘Other Omega-3s’ are potentially beneficial Omega-3 that often go unaccounted for. These can easily be converted to EPA Omega-3 in your body and can provide benefits.
60 capsules per bottle.
Cost depends on how many bottles you buy. As low as $24.74 to as high as $29.74.

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RWM February 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Can OmegaVia be substituted for Lovazza to lower triglycerides, since the primary active ingredients in both are EPA and DHA.

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Vin Kutty February 19, 2013 at 1:25 am

Hi RWM – we have thousands of customers who use OmegaVia for exactly this purpose. Due to FDA regulations, we are not allowed to directly answer your question. But I suggest you read this: http://www.omegavia.com/testimonials/

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RWM February 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Based upon the information you provided (each OmegaVia gel cap contains 1300 mgs of oil, 780 mgs of EPA, and 260 mgs of DHA), am I correct that the composition of the rest of the gel cap is what is normally classified as “other,” amounting to 260 mgs?

Am I also correct that the percentage of EPA/DHA in each OmegaVia gel cap is 80% of the total composition of the pill?

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Vin Kutty February 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hi RWM – Each capsule contains 1300 mg of oil. This is irrelevant and that’s why we don’t mention it on the product label. What’s relevant is the amount Omega-3 in that oil. There is a minimum of 1105 mg of Omega-3 per capsule. Of the 1105, 780 is EPA, 260 is DHA and 65 is ‘other’ Omega-3.

Total Omega-3 is about 90%. Usually higher, but we round down to 90. There is batch to batch fluctuation – this batch was at 96%, but we don’t guarantee it will be that high with the next batch. We always claim less than what’s on the label. Third-party lab test results are here: http://www.ifosprogram.com/files/IFOS%20Innovix%20OmegaVia%20Batch%20S2A042.pdf

– Vin Kutty

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RWM February 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

I don’t consider “other” when computing the benefits of an omega-3 product. Indeed, I think its inclusion in the computation is misleading and skews the results. I consider EPA and DHA the important factors. I try to compute the percentage of EPA/DHA in each gel cap. Normally, I am able to do this, but I am having trouble doing it accurately with OmegaVia because of the published information on the label. However, according to your statements here, and the third party IFOS results, the percentage of EPA/DHA in each gel cap is at least ninety percent (in fact, according to my computation, the IFOS batch results would place it at 93.8%). This would probably place OmegaVia as the product with the highest concentration of EPA/DHA currently on the market, prescriptive or non-prescriptive. Is this a fair assessment, and if it is, shouldn’t this be clarified on your label?

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Vin Kutty February 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Hi RWM – you should consider ‘other’ Omega-3s because most of those Omega-3s like DPA, SDA are easily converted to EPA in the body. In most fish oils, the amount of these other fatty acids is low, but in highly concentrated oils, it can be a significant amount. So I wouldnt discount it completely.

You are right, according to IFOS, this batch is about 94%. Another more detailed assay by IFOS said 96%. Yes, it does make OmegaVia one of the highest concentration products on the market. If you know of any with higher levels, please let me know. We dont make a big deal out of this, but I suppose we should! :-)

– Vin Kutty

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RWM February 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Do you recommend that OmegaVia omega-3 be taken with CoQ10? Do they complement one another, or are they largely duplicative of each other? If so (complementary or duplicative), how so?

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Vin Kutty February 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Hi RWM – CoQ10 is always better absorbed with taken with other oils or meals. So taking it with fish oil and a meal will increase its low absorption. But do you need CoQ10 – may be. If you are taking statins drugs, then, definitely, yes. If not, CoQ10 is a good antioxidant and something to take to keep your heart muscles powered up.

Other than that, there is no synergy and do not compliment each other.

– Vin Kutty

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Hughes February 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

Hi..

A few members of my family are suffering from High triglycerides , weak joints etc..and also a friend of mine suffers from depression..

Kindly answer the following which my family and also my friends wanted to know so that i can immediately order a few bottles!!…..:-)

Is the beef gelatin that you use in omegavia Kosher certified or Halal certified?? Kindly mention the organisation which has certified it as Kosher and Halal?

Is the Glaze that you use made of Shellac which is dissolved in Alcohol?..

Do email me too..

Thank You

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Vin Kutty February 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Hi Hughes – the beef gelatin is both Kosher and Halal certified. The Halal certification is by the German certification authority, Islamiches Zentrum Aachen. The product uses gelatin from GELITA USA and the certificate number is 01-01-13. The glaze is not shellac. It is based on plant cellulose.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM February 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Omega-3 pills seem to have four categories of ingredients: EPA, DHA, “other,” and whatever else is left over. What comprises “other,” and what is the left over stuff?

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Vin Kutty February 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

In OmegaVia the left over stuff is about equal parts Omega-6, monounsaturated fats (Oleic) and various other saturated fats. About 1 to 2 percent each.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM February 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

What about the “other” category. What does that consist of?

Also, what is the ideal ratio of EPA to DHA I should be looking for? Personally, I’m more interested in the EPA component than the DHA component.

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Vin Kutty February 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Ideal EPA to DHA ratio depends. For inflammation and mood benefits, you’re better off with EPA. If you’re pregnant and/or nursing, then DHA.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM February 25, 2013 at 4:30 am

Is OmegaVia kosher or hallal?

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Vin Kutty February 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hi RWM – the gelatin used is both kosher and halal.

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RWM March 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

I understand, but is OmegaVia CERTIFIED Kosher and Halal?

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Vin Kutty March 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Hi RWM – no. OmegaVia is not certified Kosher and Halal. Only the gelatin is. We have made this clearer on the new labels we are currently printing.

– Vin

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RWM February 25, 2013 at 4:36 am

I have noticed that high quality omega-3 in liquid form has very high EPA/DHA numbers per teaspoon full, i.e., 3000 mgs per spoonful. Is this something that OmegaVia offers or is considering?

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Vin Kutty February 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Hi RWM – we don’t have a liquid dosage form. I don’t want to say that we will never do so, but it is unlikely that we will do so in the near future. The reason is that liquid oils are triglyceride form because they are relatively pleasant tasting. We specialize in ultra-concentrated oils and concentrated oils are almost always ethyl ester forms and EE form oils don’t taste that good. TG forms are usually not very concentrated but even with their low concentration, a teaspoon can hold a lot more volume than a capsule can, hence the high amount of Omega-3 that you get per teaspoon. My suggestion to most people is that if you can handle the taste of a liquid fish oil, you are MUCH better off taking liquid than capsules – lots of Omega-3 and it costs so much less.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM February 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Vin, kudos to you for your candor in that response.

I am familiar with a company that manufactures high quality liquid and gel cap omega-3. They say that one teaspoon full of omega-3 liquid is equal to five 1000 mg gel caps of omega-3. I did the math and that’s about right for their products. (By extrapolation, their teaspoon full is equal to about 3000 mgs of omega-3 and one of their 1000 mg gel caps has about 600 mgs of omega-3, ergo, five to one.

This is one reason why OmegaVia, with its 1217 mgs of omega-3 (per the IFOS test batch result) per 1350 mg gel cap, caught my attention!

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JUNAID February 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

hello vin,
i suffer from internally dry skin ,,i have heard much about fish oil,,i started taking fish oil 3 softgels of amway s salmon omega,and 2 tbsp of flaxseeed,,last year ,,i found a dramatic improvement inmy skin hydration and feel after 20 days,,this improved state stayed for 20 days ,,and after which my skin returned to being dry again,i have been taking fish oil for one year ,,and developed neuropathic pain due to it,,i really want to solve my internally dry skin problem ,,please guide me whether ur omegavia product wid high epa content can help?
waiting for ur reply
thank you

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Vin Kutty February 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Hi Junaid – the fact that your skin improved initially tells me that Omega-3 helps. But I am willing to bet money that you are consuming too much Omega-6 from vegetable oils. If you can eliminate vegetable oils completely from your diet, you will notice that your skin and many other health markers will improve. I have not heard of anyone getting ‘neuropathic pain’ after 1 year of taking fish oil.

OmegaVia may be able to help, but no supplement can outrun a bad diet.

– Vin Kutty

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Lesley February 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

As UK import tax would almost double the cost of your product I looked for a comparable UK based product – & cannot find one! The highest EPA per cap I can find ( after a few hours searching) is marketed by this company http://www.mind1st.co.uk/. I thought some of the claims they are making may be of interest to you:

“How does your clinical grade Pure EPA Omega 3 fish oil compare to other supplements? The simple answer is, it doesn’t, you have come right to the very top of the tree in terms of strength of concentrate and purity. It doesn’t compare to cod liver oil (weakest oil around) health food shop omega oil (second weakest) or even pharmaceutical grade fish oil (third weakest) this omega3 fish oil will do everything you want it to do because it is clinical grade!!! And it is quite simply the strongest and cleanest omega 3 oil money can buy” and………..”Quite simply the strongest concentrated EPA fish oil on the world market”

Now, unless I have misunderstood the information on your website, it seems to me the above statements are just not true? Whilst I assume it is hardly worthwhile your ‘challenging’ the statements made by this company I would be interested to hear what you think about the inclusion of ‘Borage Oil’.

Have you any plans to distribute directly in the UK/EU any time soon?

Regards
Lesley

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Vin Kutty March 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Hi Lesley – you may purchase small quantities of OmegaVia (3 bottles or less) for personal use and we ship directly to you without taxes.

The Mind1st product in UK seems like a good product. Their claims are, shall we say, strong! Since the marketing language associated with dietary supplements are not 100% govt regulated, companies say and do a lot of ‘funny’ things. Our legal dept keeps tabs on these developments but we do not act on them unless absolutely necessary.

GLA found in borage oil is often a good thing as GLA can be converted to DGLA, which can in turn be converted to several anti-inflammatory compounds. But taking GLA every day is not a good idea, as there can be some ‘feedback inhibition’…difficult subject to address here.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM March 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Vin, is there a testing facility that rates CoQ10 products, the way IFOS rates omega-3 products? If so, what is it?

What are your top three choices for CoQ10, including both liquid and gel cap?

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Vin Kutty March 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Hi RWM – I am not aware of a CoQ10 testing facility. ConsumerLab.com is the closest thing I can think of. They will charge membership to view test results. What I always tell people is that 90% of CoQ10 is probably Chinese. The other 10% is made in Japan or by Japanese in Texas – Kaneka. If you can find the Kaneka cobranded products, at least you know that the quality is top notch. But there no no guarantee that even if Kaneka CoQ10 is used, that the right amount claimed on the label is present…fortunately, this is rarely an issue. Unlike fish oil prices, CoQ10 prices are dropping, so there is less incentive to adulterate or skimp on capsule fill. Having said all that, there is very little quality or potency stratification in the CoQ10 products and most are fine. As far as liquid products, Qunol is fairly good.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM March 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Vin, what are your top three choices for astaxanthin?

Does OmegaVia have any intention of entering the CoQ10 field?

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Vin Kutty March 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Hi RWM – I use Costco’s Trunature brand astaxanthin. It’s not an endorsement, but just want I’m using right now. Look for BioAstin or AstaReal sub-brands – these are OK. Not sure I have favorites.

At some point, may sell a ‘heart health pack’ that could contain CoQ10, but we will not be selling CoQ10 by itself or adding to fish oil.

– Vin Kutty

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Jim March 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hello:

I would really like to try your product but I’ve tried so many and spent so much money only to be let down. Can you tell me if your product contains krill oil? I’m currently taking krill oil pills now and they haven’t done a thing. But I was told that the krill oil is the best. I suffer with asthma and thought krill oil would help. Can you advise me on this please? I really need help! Thanks

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Vin Kutty March 11, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Hi Jim – OmegaVia does not contain any krill. I suspect that your krill oil didnt do anything is because you followed their dosage instructions. Most krill oil package dosage instructions say take 1 or 2 pills per day – that’s the marketing. The reality is that you still need about 1000 mg of Omega-3 for krill oil to give you noticeable benefits. 1000 mg of Omega-3 is usually about a dozen pills a day. If you keep up that dosage for a couple of weeks, you will begin to notice benefits and your wallet will be a lot skinnier. Don’t fall for the marketing.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM March 9, 2013 at 7:42 am

Vin, I take high potency omega-3, CoQ10 Ubiquinol, and astaxanthin. I’m not sure where the benefits of one leave off and the benefits of the others begin.

How do these three supplements interact, and is it really beneficial to take all three?

In other words, what does each contribute to the mix?

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

Hi RWM – you don’t need to take all three together. We’ve talked about Omega-3 enough. CoQ10 is not necessary (but it’s a nice antioxidant) unless you’re taking statin drugs or you have diagnosed heart disease. Astaxanthin is also a great antioxidant. Good for your skin because it gets deposited in your skin and protects from UV exposure. It is technically possible that CoQ10 and astaxanthin help the Omega-3 from rancidity or oxidation. Otherwise, no need to combine the three.

– Vin Kutty

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Lynda November 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

Vin,
Are you saying that CoQ10 is not necessary unless I’m taking statin drugs or have heart disease? Considering buying it from Jigsaw, which you referred me to, and it seems you don’t think it’s necessary for me. I’m 62. Take care, Lynda

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Vin Kutty November 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Hi Lynda – no. You could benefit from CoQ10 even if you are not on statins and don’t have heart disease. I take 100 mg twice a day. CoQ10 levels go down with age and some supplementing could help with energy and antioxidant levels. Jigsaw CoQ10 is fine, but you can get the same quality at much lower prices. Look for Kaneka brand CoQ10 – many brands sell Kaneka CoQ10.

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Dena March 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Does your fish oil contain vitamins D. Is it necessary? I’m allergic to any animal with fur. That includes beef. Can I take this pill?

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

Hi Dena – no, OmegaVia does not contain Vitamin D – pleas see this: http://www.omegavia.com/brenda-watson-omega-3-and-vitamin-d/ Vitamin D absolutely DOES NOT have to be mixed with fish oil for it to be absorbed.

Vitamin D is essential but fortunately, your skin can make plenty of it if you get some sun every day in the summer. If you are allergic to beef, you need to know that our gelatin is made from beef. You need to talk to your doctor before taking OmegaVia.

– Vin Kutty

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FAM March 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hi Vin,
Does OmegaVia only sell softgels? I was looking for fish oil in a bottle.

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

Hi FAM – yes, we only sell softgels.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM March 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

Vin, what is the soy and GMO content of OmegaVia?

What is the significance of GMOs in an omega-3 product?

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Vin Kutty March 13, 2013 at 3:16 am

Hi RWM – there is 3IU of Vitamin E in each pill of OmegaVia that is derived from soy. It is extremely purified, so there is virtually no proteins to react to. But if you are soy-allergic, then I’d proceed with caution, with your doctor’s supervision. Any GMO content in OmegaVia would come from that portion of Vitamin E. Typically, fish oil are not considered GMO for this reason, but just about every fish oil contains some Vitamin E added as an antioxidant, and I don’t think any of that Vitamin E is non-GMO.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM March 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Bottom line, then, would it be correct to conclude that OmegaVia contains both soy and GMOs?

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Vin Kutty March 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Hi RWM – I feel like I’m on the stand! Put that way, yes.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM March 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Sorry, Vin, it probably has something to do with what I do for a living.

Thanks for the candor!

Oama December 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

then if OmegaVia contains GMOs, why not advertising about that, because it’s something important that we should know. …don;t you think so? Nutrigold triple strenght is a prduct that I used to order, because it has no GMOs, and I wanted to switch to your brand nut now I’m hesitating…What could you say about that GMOs thing…

Jim March 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Good Afternoon; I was reading that this product is good for inflammation. I have asthma and most times have a very difficult time just climbing a flight of stairs.

Does your product help with Asthma? I have tried so many other things that I’m all spent out. But I’m willing to try your product if it will assist me with breathing. Thanks

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Vin Kutty March 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Hi Jim – a lot of our customers take OmegaVia to help manage inflammation. And our high-EPA levels provide a lot of help in that regard. Asthma is not a condition that should be self-medicated, so you should definitely consult with a doctor if you have not already done so. But asthma is strongly associated with inflammation and Omega-3 helps reduce inflammation. And inflammation is strongly correlated with high Omega-6 diets that are rich in vegetable seed oils. Is Omega-3 worth taking in your case? Absolutely. Will it cure asthma? Probably not, without medication and a change to low-inflammatory diet. It has to be a multi-pronged approach that includes medications, supplements and diet.

– Vin Kutty

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Mark March 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

Hello. Thanks for the informative article. I have a question though regarding to the enteric coating. You say that “A New England Journal of Medicine Study comparing enteric-coated and non-enteric coated fish oils show a marked improved in absorption and benefits of enteric-coated fish oil pills.”

I read the journal article, and it doesn’t compare enteric-coated fish oils with non-eneteric coated fish oils. Rather, it compares enteric-coated fish oil capsules with enteric-coated placebo pills. (“The patients were randomly assigned to receive either three enteric-coated capsules of fish oil three times daily or three enteric-coated capsules of identical appearance containing 500 mg of placebo three times daily.”) The article concludes that the fish oil capsules showed benefits over the placebo pills, but did not compare coated capsules to non-coated capsules whatsoever.

The article does not test the effectiveness of the enteric coating, so how can you claim that the journal article supports the assertion that enteric coatings improve the absorption and benefits of fish oils?

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Vin Kutty March 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hi Mark – the ‘marked improvement’ in the NEJM paper was when compared to Belluzzi et al from 2 years earlier in 1994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7995183 Same lead author for both papers.

They concluded in the NEJM paper that with the enteric coated delivery form, ‘the dose needed to achieve the incorporation of fish-oil fatty acids into phospholipid membranes is one third of that used previously’ in the 1994 study.

– Vin Kutty

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Mark March 22, 2013 at 3:51 am

Hello Vin. Thanks for the quick response! You are correct… they do state that in the paper. I missed that. My mistake.

They don’t seem to justify the claim, though. It appears to be somewhat of an aside comment that’s outside the main scope of the experiment being report. Are you familiar with the researchers? Do you know how they came up with the “one third” number? If that’s correct, it is quite substantial.

It looks like they used a synthetic coating (“Eudragit NE 30D”), which resists gastric acid for 30-60 minutes. Would the OmegaVia coating be similar in terms of resisting stomach acid? Thanks!

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Vin Kutty March 23, 2013 at 12:30 am

Hi Mark – I too wish they’d gone into that in greater detail, but they didn’t. It is a substantial increase and it ought to be further explained/explored. Eudragit is a synthetic methacrylate copolymer. OmegaVia does not use that, instead, uses a natural cellulose-derived enteric coating that also works by resisting gastric acid. Both types of coating perform similarly.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM March 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Vin, I noticed that OmegaVia has, roughly, a 3 to 1 ratio of EPA to DHA. Is that something OmegaVia planned and can adjust one way or the other, and if so, how did the company arrive at that ratio?

Also, do some omega-3 oils have no “other” component, or do all omega-3 oils have at least some “other” component?

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Vin Kutty March 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

H RWM – we prefer to have anything from 3 to 1 to 5: 1 ratio on a daily basis. Since a lot of fish have 1.5 to 1 ratio, making 3 to 1 is expensive. Making 5:1 is even more expensive. So the 3:1 was a compromise between what we REALLY wanted and what’s affordable to most people. Having said that, we’re working on launching an EPA-only product, so the ratio would be 100+ to 1…cost be damned?

All fish oils have ‘other’ fats and other Omega-3s. Higher the purity, the less of the other stuff you’ll have in there.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM April 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi, Vin:

Where do you see the market for a 100+ to 1 EPA/DHA omega-3 product? What would be the profile of a person who would likely take such a pill? I assume it would be a 1350 mg gel cap or would this be a liquid?

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Vin Kutty April 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hi RWM – I prefer to call these EPA-only formulas and I think they are going to become popular with ‘highly informed’ Omega-3 users. Inflammation and mood management would be the top benefits of such a product. Could also be used for triglyceride management. There is a new drug called Vascepa that’s EPA-only fish oil and its used for lowering triglycerides. The down side is that these oils are very expensive – about twice as much as regular oils of equal strength and mix of EPA/DHA. Using chromatography to remove the DHA is not cheap. But it can be done and it’s a very safe and clean technology. These products will not be in a liquid form – high potency ethyl esters don’t taste that good.

– Vin Kutty

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RWM April 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hello, Vin.

It looks like Amarin plans to market Vascepa primarily for the lowering of triglycerides. I would assume its success may be dependent upon comparsons with Lovaza, both from an effectiveness standpoint and a price standpoint.

Apparenly Amarin is very optimistic about Vascepa, judging by its projections.

I could see a market for this, but I would have to be convinced: (1) that the higher EPA ratio is really beneficial for mood management, inflamation, and triglycerides reduction, as compared with more conventional omega-3 supplements; (2) it makes serious inroads into Lovaza in terms of triglycerides management; and (3) the price is not outrageous. Pricewise, “twice as much” doesn’t seem like a scary number, especially when compared with Lovaza.

Does all of this mean that a case can also be made for a high ratio DHA supplement?

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Vin Kutty April 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hi RWM – the data for EPA Omega-3 and mood management and inflammation is fairly clear. More here: http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-mood-benefits/ and here: http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-part-1/

Data on EPA and triglycerides is what Vascepa is based on. Amarin can argue the case much better than I can, after all, they are a publicly traded pharma company with one FDA-approved product for lowering triglycerides.

I have no idea what Vascepa costs, but I can promise you that the oil going into Vascepa is a LOT more expensive than the one going into Lovaza.

A high-DHA supplement makes sense for select conditions like pregnancy, people recovering from stroke, head injury and possibly a few other things. Otherwise, a little bit of DHA goes a long way. http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-dha-and-your-brain/

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RWM April 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

Vin, re:

“[T]he data for EPA Omega-3 and mood management and inflammation is fairly clear.”

What about the data for EPA Omega-3 and the lowering of high triglycerides via a high EPA formula, the approach Amarin seems to be taking?

“I have no idea what Vascepa costs, but I can promise you that the oil going into Vascepa is a LOT more expensive than the one going into Lovaza.”

If I understand you clearly, are you saying that, in your opinion, the high EPA omega-3 oil in Vascepa costs more to produce than the omega-3 oil in Lovaza, yet the price of Lovaza costs far more on the retail market? If I understand you correctly, then it would make sense for Amarin, or any other prospective manufacturer of high EPA omega-3 oil, to launch a frontal attack on Lovaza, highlighting, among other things, that Vascepa, or any other similar high EPA omega-3 oil product, is non-prescriptive.

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Vin Kutty April 14, 2013 at 12:31 am

Hi RWM – the data for EPA-only formulas and triglyceride reduction certainly exists. But DHA reduces triglycerides almost as well. The reason why Vascepa exists is what I call ‘LDL-phobia.’ DHA tends to increase LDL cholesterol a little bit. People (and doctors) are scared of LDL. But LDL can be good or bad – we don’t know if DHA increases what they call ‘LDL-P particle numbers.’ See my blog about it here: http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-ldl/

Yes, the oil that goes into Vascepa is far more expensive than the oil that goes into Lovaza. What you are suggesting is exactly what Amarin is doing…and about a dozen supplement companies have EPA-only products in their pipeline.

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Eric April 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Based on the FDA’s FAQ they do not approve facilities? I was unable to locate your company in the FDA Database as well…

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm047470.htm#companies

Can you provide more clarification as to your FDA Approved Facility really means?

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Vin Kutty April 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hi Eric – you are technically correct and so is the FDA is saying that they don’t approve facilities or companies or supplement products. FDA does not hand out a certificate of approval for facilities. But they have certainly dropped by unannounced every year or two and stay for 3 or 4 days. They inspect every quality control document and process, standard operating procedures, record keeping, validation of analytical methods, employee training certificates, etc. The list goes on.

If our facilities are not approved, we will get something called a ‘483’ in FDA lingo. This is basically a list of violated regulations. We are then given a few days to make corrections and respond back in writing. If our response is inadequate, then they would issue a public ‘warning letter.’ All of our facilities have been inspected, more than once, and we have not received any 483s or warning letters. We interpret this in two ways: 1) our facilities are acceptable to FDA inspectors and 2) we are unofficially ‘FDA Approved.’

Of course, our fortunes can change depending on the mood of the FDA inspector or how that inspector interprets the regulations…not unlike when a cop pulls you over for speeding.

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Sam May 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hey Vin,

You’ve probably heard of these guys: Icelandic Fourmula [sic].

They seem to list how they are better than OmegaVia in several different categories.

Please comment and refute. I want to know Omega Via is THE BEST.

Also, separately, can the pills be opened and spread over food, or is that not a good idea?

I am asking because I am concerned over the size of the pill. Do you have the measurements of an individual pill?

Thanks,

Sam

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Vin Kutty May 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Hi Sam – yes, I are aware of the brand and our management is aware of their misrepresentation of OmegaVia expressed here: http://icelandicfourmula.com/omegavia-vs-iceland-omega-3-iceland-fish-oil.php

A few points:

  1. Quadruple Strength – there is no official definition of Triple or Quadruple Strength fish oil, but one assumes Quad would have more than Triple. Triple Strength formulas typically have 900 mg of Omega-3 per pill. Icelandic formula has 600 mg Omega-3 per pill. Their Omega-3 numbers on the label are based on 3 pills.
  2. Pharmaceutical grade fish oil – again, there is no strict definition for this term. If we use Lovaza (pharma product) as a yard stick, then 85% Omega-3 concentration of the oil or higher is pharma grade. We claim 90% purity. Our last batch was at 96% and this batch is 93%. I’m very comfortable with calling OmegaVia a pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Very few products reach 90% purity or higher. Icelandic certainly does not.
  3. Molecularly distilled fish oil – virtually all fish oils these days are molecularly distilled. The only way we can get our concentration that high is thru multiple molecular distillations.
  4. They are right in that OmegaVia is not made with oil from Iceland. The only thing I can agree with.
  5. Doctor recommended – actually 80% of our customers come to us from doctor recommendation. We don’t advertise or call on doctors. Never have. If we did, you’d have to pay more.
  6. Unconditional 30 day guarantee – actually, they are right on this one too. Sorry. We don’t have a 30 day guarantee. We have no time limits on our return policy: http://www.omegavia.com/returning-product/

To directly quote their web page, “When you compare Icelandic Fourmula to Omegavia, the choice is CLEAR!

Indeed.

Choice isn’t always as clear: I really like and often recommend RenewLife’s Norwegian Gold products, Minami Nutrition and Nordic Naturals. Minami and RenewLife have niche products that are great. Is OmegaVia THE BEST? Well, I think so, but you could make a good argument for the brands I just mentioned too.

I would NOT squeeze the oil out of pills and spread on food – capsules are somewhat pressurized and puncturing will squirt droplets to places you’ll never discover and your house will smell after a few days. Concentrated ethyl ester oils are not pleasant tasting like lower-potency triglyceride oils used in liquid fish oils like Nordic’s. Also, once exposed to air, Omega-3 will begin oxidizing – going rancid.

I don’t have measurements of individual pills – the manufacturing guys call it ‘Oblong 24′ but that means nothing to most people. I’d just say it big. But we are coming out with an OmegaVia Mini this summer, probably July/August.

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Sam May 10, 2013 at 4:48 am

I absolutely LOVE how you reply quickly to questions from anyone. So many companies just don’t do that.

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty May 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Thanks, Sam. Ironically, I am going to be away from my desk for a week or two, so you may have to take that back! :-)

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Donna May 8, 2013 at 2:44 am

I am a “super” pill swallower and a nurse. I have gotten a pill stuck in my esophagus 3 times already. It HURTS! And I suspect it will cause some erosions. Seriously….can’t you halve the amt in each capsule and I will HAPPILY take 6 pills instead of 3.

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Donna May 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Just read about the smaller pill coming. That’s wonderful! Looking forward to ordering

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Vin Kutty May 8, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Hi Donna – I am so sorry! I hate, hate, hate hearing this…and that’s why we’re working night and day to get OmegaVia Mini ready for sale. It will be less than half the size of OmegaVia. We hope to have it ready by July/August.

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Thelly May 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Hi, are the any advices you can give to shift workers, eg police officers? Are shift workers able to achieve maximum health like normal workers?

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Vin Kutty May 25, 2013 at 6:55 am

Hi Thelly – shift workers generally have a lot more chronic health issues than those who sleep at night. I don’t have any easy solutions. Our genetic blueprint was cemented eons ago when we were hunter gatherers – a lot of hunting and gathering under the sun and sleeping at night. Shifting away from them has health consequences.

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Kathy May 27, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Is your brand a natural triglyceride fish oil or ethyl ester fish oil? I am new to taking fish oil supplements and have recently read there is a huge difference between these two types.

Thank you for any input on this subject.

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Vin Kutty May 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Hi Kathy – OmegaVia is an ethyl ester. All prescription and pharmaceutical grade fish oil with ultra high purity are ethyl ester forms. Over 90% of the research ever published on fish oil was done on ethyl ester form of fish oil.

Triglyceride form of fish oil is usually not concentrated but it is slightly better absorbed. However, the difference in absorption virtually disappears if you take the supplements with meals, like you’re supposed to. If you only plan on taking fish oil for a week or two, then triglyceride form is better because you’ll see it in the blood cells sooner. But if you’re planning on taking fish oil pills regularly, the difference vanishes.

Saying triglyceride form of fish oil is better is like saying you’re the best runner, three minutes into a marathon. Your body is perfectly capable of utilizing the Omega-3 in ethyl ester oils. All scientists know this, but marketing and sales people don’t. So whenever you hear someone painting a poor picture of ethyl ester oils, you know they are selling triglyceride oils. And if you hear someone trashing fish oil in general, they’re probably selling algae oil or krill oil. Pretty sad, huh?

That’s why I get my facts from PubMed (US National Library of Medicine) and I also trust people who say to get your Omega-3 from wild seafood, nuts and green leaves.

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Kathy May 28, 2013 at 3:21 am

Thank you. This is very helpful information.

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Deborah June 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I’ve just started my first bottle of Omegavia after many days of research and will report back on effects in a month or two. I have been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis (fancy name for arthritis in neck) and am anxious to avoid muscle relaxants , cortizone and hard core pain pills. I have numbness in hands and assorted symptoms.

Last week I read about research claiming the effects of fish OK are greatly enhanced by combining it with low dose aspirin. What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty June 4, 2013 at 5:09 am

Hi Deborah – yes, baby aspirin will increase the anti-inflammatory benefits of Omega-3. This information is fairly new – I’m impressed with your research! The only thing I don’t know yet is if it’s OK to continue taking the two together for long periods – for years. Many doctors are OK with their patients taking baby aspirins daily, forever. Talk to your doctor and see if it’s OK. If it were me, I’d take both for a couple of months, then go off the aspirin for a few weeks to see if there is difference. In the meantime, you may also want to go on an anti-inflammatory diet that’s very low in sugar and omega-6-rich seed oils.

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Thelly June 8, 2013 at 3:37 am

Hi Vin,

Would like to ask some general question. What would be your idea of top 5 supplements (ranking from 1 to 5) ? Where will fish oil be ranked at?

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Vin Kutty June 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

Hi Thelly – I’ll give you my personal Top 5 but your Top 5 may be different. If you are not eating cold water fish, then your #1 may be Omega-3. If you dont go out in the sun and apply sunscreen all the time, then your #1 may be Vitamin D3. So my Top 5 will be different from yours based on your diet and lifestyle.

My personal Top 5 in no particular order:
1. Omega-3
2. Magnesium
3. Vitamin D3
4. Vitamin K2
5. Probiotics

In the summer, I get enough sun that my Top 5 could include Iodine (kelp) for thyroid reasons.

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Thelly June 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for your reply!

In the recent blog post, it was mentioned that vitamin K2 and D works together with calcium. I live in a tropical country and I don’t see a point in taking vitamin D.

Will that affects me if i only take vitamin K2? And do I need to take calcium?

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Vin Kutty June 9, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hi Thelly – everyone needs calcium. You may not need Vitamin D, but the only way to know for sure is to get tested. You can take Vitamin K2 without D or magnesium if your diet contains enough magnesium and you get adequate sun exposure.

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Ian July 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Hey Vin,
Are there any recommendations for probiotics?

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Vin Kutty July 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Hi Ian – I could go on and on about probiotics! I don’t have specific brands to recommend, well, may be Prescript Assist, but that’s about it. But please don’t fall for the numbers marketing game – ‘more billions’ is not better. Go for variety of bacteria. A healthy gut has over 1000 species of bacteria. Taking a supplement with just one strain is relatively useless. You need a variety of approaches, not just supplements. Here’s what I do: I eat a lot of fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, picked beets, yogurt, kefir, kambucha etc. Non-dairy fermented foods contain anaerobic bugs like in our gut, so they are quite different than the dairy-based probiotics you get on the shelves. You need to cut out anti-biotic drugs (unless absolutely necessary!) and foods that disturb gut bacteria – fructose, wheat, sugar. Look into SIBO. Finally, you need to eat foods that will provide prebiotic food to these good bugs – resistant starch from root tubers, vegetables and fruits.

I never take the same probiotic supplement over and over. I buy different strains to get variety into my gut and most of all, I eat a variety of fermented foods. If you were hoping for a simple solution, sorry! There is none. Gut health is extremely important and very under-rated by mainstream medical care. It requires work and lifestyle changes.

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Ken July 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I’m currently on my third bottle of Omegavia.

I might be a little insensitive to any body changes. Can I know what difference should I be feeling from the consumption?

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Vin Kutty July 6, 2013 at 3:12 am

Hi Ken – this depends on your dosage and what health issue you were hoping to address with taking fish oil. If you were trying to lower blood fats, then you need 4000 mg of Omega-3 per day (3 to 4 pills). If you were hoping to reduce inflammation, 2 to 3 pills a day will do. Same for mood and depression. There are several other important benefits to fish oil that you won’t feel at all.

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Ken July 6, 2013 at 4:50 am

I’m taking 2 capsules a day, with no particular illnesses. Also exercise everyday.

Do i fall under the few who would feel no differences? Or is it that my dosage is not enough?

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Vin Kutty July 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Hi Ken – if you are young and have no health issues at all, then, yea, you will not feel that much different. Perhaps increase suppleness of the skin, may be deeper sleep, less anxiety – not sure. 2 per day is a great dose for staying healthy.

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A C July 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

I am currently transiting into paleo and also hopes to gain muscle mass.

Does fish oil complements with gaining mass? What do you think about this protein powder?

http://plantfusion.net

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Vin Kutty July 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi AC – paleo may help you get healthier. But almost everyone I know who’s tried paleo goes about it the wrong way. Paleo is a concept – a damn good one – but one that requires individualization. Most people make the mistake of eating too much protein or too little fat or too little carbs, or too much fruit or nuts. We all have slightly different requirements. If you’re serious, work with a paleo nutrition coach.

Yes, fish oil in reasonable quantities complements everything. I’d aim for 1000 to 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day. You don’t need more unless you have special metabolic conditions.

I pass on the Plantfusion protein – nothing beats pastured eggs and grass-fed meats and seafood.

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Ken August 20, 2013 at 6:54 am

Hi,

I’m planning to take a can of wild sardine in spring water from Wild Planet everyday as my post workout diet for convenience. Will I be exceeding the amount of omega 3 intake if i continue to take 2 capsules of Omegavia everyday?

Also, are the fishes sourced by Omegavia affected by the radiation contamination from Fukushima disaster?

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Vin Kutty August 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Hi Ken – this depends on the amount of sardine. Spring water packed sardines sometimes have less Omega-3 than ones packed in oil. To be safe, I would reduce dosage to 1 pill per day. Our fish do not show any radiation. Virtually all oil used for fish oil supplements come from the Pacific Ocean, so if you are concerned, your option is to eat fish from the Indian and Atlantic oceans, but even that is not guarantee.

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Venkat Maroju September 18, 2013 at 6:17 am

I suffer from B12 deficiency and absorption problem. Somebody advised me to take omega 3 capsules, kindly advice me what to do which capsule i have to take and let me know the cost of product……

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Vin Kutty September 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hi Venkat – you need to talk to your doctor about getting B-12 injection. Or take methylcobalamin supplements or drugs – again, talk to your doctor. Omega-3 supplements do not contain B12. Once that’s is handled, on an ongoing basis, eat 2 egg yolks a day. B12 deficiency is dangerous and often seen with veganism or vegetarianism – may be time to rethink your diet as well.

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Jeannine September 24, 2013 at 3:42 am

Vin, I have a daughter who suffered a stroke a year-and-a-half ago due to oxygen deprivation rather than either ischemic or hemorrhagic. She has severe brain damage and was left as effectively quadriplegic and unable to talk. She had the stroke following a heart transplant. She was put on Nordic Naturals fish oil before the transplant, and has been on “fish oil” since then, as facilities are prone to use the cheapest they can obtain, and she has been institutionalized since the stroke in February of 2012.

At this point and after this time, would using Omegavia be of benefit to her? I will do whatever I can both physically and financially to give her anything to increase her few abilities, although we still have to be careful not to use our limited resources to the point we cannot take care of ourselves. How much Omegavia would you recommend for her? Since she is taking fish oil, I am assuming that there would be no interaction with her antirejection drugs. When you say it is excellent for the brain and following a stroke, would that be effective in her case? She also does not eat and receives nutrition at night through a G-tube. The Omegavia would have to be opened and put into liquid in her feeding. Would that then cause stomach upset, heartburn, and belching, since it would be digested in the stomach rather than the small intestine? I know this is a complicated issue, but I grasp any straw I can to help her function. Although she cannot talk and cannot move except for her left hand and her head, we know that she understands and is involved with what is going on around her. She exhibits appropriate emotions and chooses her own TV shows by using the remote, and plays dice games and others that she can accomplish with the limited movement of her hand. Her limitations are severe, and if there is anything that could help the brain to regain some function and allow her increased cognition or function, I would be grateful.

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Vin Kutty September 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

HI Jeannine – I’m sorry about the difficult situation you just described. I can understand your want to grasp at any straw, as you put it.

I don’t think OmegaVia is the right choice for you. A higher-DHA liquid formula from Nordic Naturals is what I’d go with for 2 reasons: 1) It is higher in DHA and 2) it is liquid. Well, also, you should not open capsules to use the oil within. It is much better to go with liquid oils.

The brain requires a lot of nutrients, but fat is one of the most important and I’m not just talking about Omega-3. I would avoid vegetable seed oils that are high in Omega-6. Saturated animal fats like butter is useful. Egg yolks contain a lot of brain-friendly nutrients too. This is the best advice I can give you.

Take care.

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Jeannine September 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

Vin, as an addition to the note I just sent, my daughter is on antirejection drugs, which reduce her immunity. We cannot give her anything to increase her immunity, as that is counterproductive to the antirejection drugs. Would she be better off with something higher in DHA than EPA?

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Vin Kutty September 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Yes, see my response to your original question.

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Thelly September 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Hi,

Would love to know what you think about whey protein and what os your take with regards to this article? http://blog.lef.org/2013/09/whey-protein-increases-healthy-lifespan.html?m=1

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Vin Kutty September 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Hi Thelly – it depends on how well you tolerate dairy. A lot of people don’t do well on dairy – for them, I’d say stay away from protein powders. And there are people (like me) who do OK with dairy. It’s probably OK to take whey protein occasionally if you can handle dairy.

But, really, there are two issues here:
1. Increasing longevity. We need a lot more research to conclude that whey protein will make you live longer. If you want to live longer, eat a toxin-free whole foods diet, sleep a lot, exercise under the sun, reduce stress and socialize. Whey is not the answer.
2. Increasing protein is often seen a healthy thing to do. I’d say increasing healthy fats is far healthier. This is why I eat grass-fed butter, grass-fed heavy cream and full-fat home-made yogurt made from grass-fed milk – generously.

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Nancy October 10, 2013 at 1:11 am

Thank you so much for your advice… After debating and calculating which one of the omega 3 fish oil is the best , I followed your advise . I just ordered two bottles for me and for my husband , he is diabetic.

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Nico October 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hi Vin,
What is the amount of fish oil (in mg) in one softgel?
Thank you.

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Vin Kutty October 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Hi Nico – 1300 mg. But we’re upgrading the formula…

Hope to see you as SSW.

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Ken October 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Hi Vin,

Can you do a comparison between omegavia and OmegAvail Hi-Po from designs for health?

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Vin Kutty October 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Hi Ken –

OmegaVail Hi Po has 700 mg Omega-3 per pill. OmegaVia has 1105 Omega-3 per pill.
OmegaVail Hi Po is a 70% Omega-3 product. OmegaVia is 90%.
OmegaVail Hi Po is triglyceride form while OmegaVia is ethyl ester form.

Designs for Health is a good company with solid products. But it’s very expensive.

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Ken October 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for the info. I nearly got tricked into thinking it has 1400mg of omega 3. Din realised its 2 capsules.

I just received my medical checkup result. It says my total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol is borderline high. (209 for total, 139 for LDL). Suggested me to reduce dietary fats and food high in cholesterol like eggs and shellfish.

I sense something amiss here, from the knowledge gained through your blog. Any suggestions?

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Vin Kutty October 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Hi Ken – a lot of people get fooled by the ‘serving size = 2 capsules’ gimmick. Don’t fall for it!

Your Total Cholesterol and LDL – not sure what’s high about it! See this: http://www.omegavia.com/cholesterol-when-to-panic/ Reducing fats in your diet is pointless and dangerous! Most people who avoid fats will inadvertently increase the carb intake and that will only lead to higher blood fats, contradictory as it seems. The key thing is to reduce sugar, refined carbs, grains and vegetable oils. Try eating as close to a paleo diet as you can. Lots of vegetables, meats and seafood.

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Nancy November 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I have OCD, clinical depression, severe sleep apnea, joint pain and was recently diagnosed with a gallstone in the neck of my gall bladder. I am also highly stressed as a caregiver (experiencing a lot of anger). Would you speak to how omegavia might help these issues (especially those not elaborated on elsewhere on this site). Also, how many mini pills would work for an adult? (Sorry if you have addressed efficacy in affecting these conditions elsewhere on this site – ran out of time to look.)

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Vin Kutty November 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Hi Nancy – OmegaVia is a highly purified Omega-3 supplement and Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and necessary for several functions in your body. If you are deficient in Omega-3, you can experience some of these chronic health issues, especially depression and joint pain. So it is definitely worth considering to take about 2000 mg of Omega-3 to see if quality of life improves. You can get 2000 mg with 2 OmegaVia pills or 4 OmegaVia EPA 500 pills.

A diet makeover sounds like it may help as well, as diet is critical in increasing or decreasing inflammation. Look into a Paleo type diet with lots of fresh vegetables.

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Ken November 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hi Vin,

I saw your new Omegavia EPA product and I am at a loss which to purchase. Is DHA bad for us? Is it better for me to take 4 pills of Omegavia EPA or 2 pills of Omegavia daily?

My aunt recently felt joint pain when walking down the stairs and standing up after long period of sitting. Should I get her fish oil, glucosamine or both?

Do you recommend intermittent fasting? I always thought breakfast is the most important meal.

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Vin Kutty November 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Hi Ken – DHA is essential for ALL of us in small quantities. However, if you are pregnant, nursing a newborn or recovering from stroke or brain injury, you need very high levels of DHA. Then there is a second group of people in the middle, who are actively trying to deal with brain and memory health issues – they also need a little more DHA than the rest of us. For these two groups of people, EPA 500 is not appropriate. They should stay with regular OmegaVia. However, if you don’t fall into the categories I mentioned above, EPA 500 is a good choice. Most of your daily DHA needs are easily met without supplementation if you eat eggs and seafood a couple of times a week.

Having said that, DHA is not bad for anyone. It is essential. However, if you are taking DHA to reduce triglycerides, you will notice your LDL cholesterol going up. This is why the new-generation of Omega-3 drugs are all EPA-only formulas. DHA is also contra-indicated if you suffer from depression or anxiety.

Again, if you do not fall into any of the categories of people I described above, you can substitute two EPA 500 pills for one regular OmegaVia pill.

I would have your aunt take both fish oil and glucosamine. Note that glucosamine takes a couple of months to show any effect…but it will help.

Changing gears…

Yes, a breakfast with protein and healthy fats is extremely important. Intermittent fasting is highly recommended. The key thing here being INTERMITTENT. You only need to do it once a week or so to see improvements in metabolic function and markers. However, if you are on a high-carb diet, you will find this extremely challenging.

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Ken November 6, 2013 at 7:36 am

Thank you for the valuable information.

A really important question to me. I have childhood asthma since young and I would cough badly for 3-6months if i got sick. Things got better when I grew older but if i start coughing, my lung will feel really bad and there might be wheezing sound when I breath.

This happens especially in the winter season (although I live in a tropical country with no year-round seasons). Is there anything I should be taking so as to eliminate this once and for all?

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Vin Kutty November 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hi Ken – this is better answered by your doctor than me. I don’t have all the facts or the authorization to make medical decisions. Having said that, I would point my finger at excess Omega-6 from vegetable seed oils and sugar as the primary cause of the inflammation-driven irritation you’re experiencing.

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Alexander November 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

How would you compare between life extension’s 2 per day multivitamins and megafood men’s one daily. In terms of potency, it seems that life extension is stronger but megafood got its source from food sources.

I heard that food-based vitamins are easier to absorb than synthetic ones. Also, i’ve heard that one per day vitamins would not be potent enough.

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Vin Kutty November 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

HI Alexander – this is a huge discussion that I couldn’t possibly cover here, but generally, whole foods supplements are good options. I’d prefer them to synthetic ones, but this depends on which ingredient, how well the synthetic ones are absorbed, if there are any side effects to the synthetic forms, whether the natural options have any contaminants, etc. etc. Having said all that, I have to confess that I do not take any multivitamins because I prefer to get my vitamins and minerals directly from my diet. I eat a wide variety of vegetables, eggs, seafood and grass fed meats, including liver. Liver and eggs are nature’s multivitamins. I also buy LifeExtension’s Two Per Day Multis for my family members who refuse to eat a good diet. Hope that helps.

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Alexander December 27, 2013 at 1:54 am

Do you think its okay for us to eat eggs raw then? I heard bad things about eating egg whites because of its biotin.

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Vin Kutty December 27, 2013 at 5:01 am

Hi Alexander – avidin in raw egg white can bind biotin. This may be an issue if you are not getting much biotin in other meals and foods. I do not recommend eating eggs raw. Lightly scrambling it denatures the avidin, so you don’t need to worry about biotin binding. Just make sure you don’t overcook eggs to the point of becoming rubbery.

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Anne December 5, 2013 at 1:18 am

Looks like a great product! Can I take this if I am allergic to shellfish and squid?

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Vin Kutty December 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hi Anne – yes. There is nothing in OmegaVia that’s derived from shellfish or squid.

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Nancy December 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

My husband and I are in the second bottles of OmegaVia 500. I have observed a huge reduction in stiffness and pain in my fingers. My mood has changed for being more patient and calm..my husband sugar went down , which I believe the EPA has something to do with it. I signed for an auto delivery.

I have another concern which I am hoping omega via could be of great help..my 13 yr old grandson has an attitude problem..I am so worried of him that I keep on researching how I can help.. Which of the OmgaVia product is best for him.. Thank you

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Vin Kutty December 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Hi Nancy – so glad to hear that you’re experiencing benefits from the EPA.

Well, 13-year-olds and attitude problems are sometimes synonymous. With teens, just cutting out soda and junk food can help a lot. But a multivitamin and Omega-3, the EPA 500 (same thing you’re taking) can have an impact. Keep us posted.

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Tan December 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

I am using omega3 to help with my skin problems. My acne and scars issue seems to be too stubborn! Can I have your opinion on this product?
http://www.praventac.com

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Vin Kutty December 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hi Tan – I am not familiar with this product. But I am skeptical about lactoferrin, the active ingredient, being able to reduce or remove acne scars.

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Eric Li December 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

Do the fish oil have trans-fatty acids in it? US prohibit the trans-fatty acids to add in food.

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Vin Kutty December 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi Eric – fish oils do not have any added hydrogenated vegetable oils.

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Patrick December 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Can I sell your product thru my store?

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Vin Kutty December 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Hi Patrick – yes, please contact our customer service team at service@omegavia.com or call 800-270-4010 and they will walk you thru the practitioner/pharmacy volume discounts. Thank you for your interest.

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Patrick December 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Please compare Omegavia with vayarin, vayacog and Ocean Blue 2100.

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Vin Kutty December 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hi Patrick – I’ll do my best.

Vayarin is a medical food (novel supplement that you need a prescription for) that is EPA Omega-3 bound to Phosphatidylserine. It combines two nutrients that have been shown to have an effect on ADHD. I think it is a great product.

My opinions: if my child had ADHD, I would try this product before Ritalin. The recommended 1 pill per day may not be sufficient. I also think it would be much more cost effective if you combined these two supplements:
EPA supplement: http://www.amazon.com/OmegaVia-Pharmaceutical-EPA-Only-Formula-Mini-Gels/dp/B00D37S0HC/
phosphatidylserine supplement: http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Phosphatidyl-Serine-120-Count/dp/B0036FWOJQ/

Vayacog is similar and made by the same company. Again, good product, but you may be better off using a combination of a DHA supplement with a PS supplement. Both these products can be avoided if you eat salmon and liver a couple of times a week.

Ocean Blue 2100 – again, good product with equivalent potency as OmegaVia. OmegaVia has a higher EPA to DHA ratio and has enteric coating to prevent burping.

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Patrick December 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm

What about plant based Omega 3 Fatty acids! How do they compare with fish oils? Flax, Borage, chia, walnuts, sesame seeds, soy, rapeseed, pumpkin and many others have high contents of ALA. ALA is a precursor of EPA and DHA correct. Do you have a vegan version of Omegavia for vegetarians? Do you intend to possibly look in to making a non sea food containing vegan Omegavia? Do you intend to blend plant and non plant based EPA/DHA/ALA in to one pill?

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Vin Kutty December 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hi Patrick – unless you are a vegan or vegetarian who does not consume fish, taking plant-based Omega-3 is not a good idea because plants provide ALA Omega-3 that need to be converted to EPA and DHA via long and complicated process. This conversion is very inefficient and only about 5% of the ALA gets converted to EPA and even less gets converted to DHA.

For vegans, I suggest buying an algae-based product like Ovega-3. We do not currently market an algae-based product. There are several algae farms cropping up everywhere and we are in discussion with a few to see if it makes sense for us to market an algae-based product. We will not blend plant and animal based Omega-3s – that would not appeal to vegans and will increase the cost for non-vegans who can buy fish-based products.

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Eric Li December 27, 2013 at 2:15 am

Hi Vin Kutty,

Could you tell me more about the conversion rate from ALA to EPA or DHA? As you said, if the rate is 5%, so we take 4g ALA from oil, we can also get 200mg EPA by this conversion rate.

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Vin Kutty December 27, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hi Eric – yes, your calculation is correct but there are a lot of factors that can reduce the conversion rate to well below 5%. Starting with gender and age. You’re still likely to be DHA deficient with 4 grams of ALA. More here: http://www.omegavia.com/flaxseed-oil-vs-fish-oil/

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William December 29, 2013 at 2:14 am

Hi, Vin:

Can i know if Omegavia is qualified with GMP certificate ?

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Vin Kutty December 30, 2013 at 5:47 am

Hi William – yes, OmegaVia is manufactured in a third-party cGMP audited and approved facility.

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PETER SWEIGART December 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hi Vin,
Can I take OmegaVia with chondroitin glucosamine joint supplement?

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Vin Kutty December 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Hi Peter – yes, you can. I strongly feel that everyone who takes Glucosamine and Chondroitin to manage joint aches will benefit from Omega-3s, especially EPA Omega-3. Reducing Omega-6 from vegetable seed oils will help as well.

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melissa January 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Hello,
Im interested in the effects of Omegavia EPA 500 on anxiety and depression. I have read a lot of information that recommends 2 to 4 grams ( 2000mg to 4000mg?)of fish oil per day to see therapeutic results. Should a person build up to this amount or start right off with a higher dose?

Thanks, Melissa
p.s. Final clincher for ordering Omegavia for me was the all the complete answers and expertise Vin displays in his comments. Its like, finally somebody cares beyond just making a buck!

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Vin Kutty January 13, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Hi Melissa – almost all our customers who use the EPA 500 product take it for either depression or anxiety. I don’t recommend starting at 4000 mg (8 capsules) on day 1. I suggest you take 500 mg (1 capsule) for a couple of days and then increase to 1000 mg (2 capsules) a day and work up to 2000 mg over a period of a week or two. If you’re used to taking high doses of fish oil, you don’t need to gradually increase your dose, but if you’re not used to it, start slow. Once at the higher dose, it will probably take you a few weeks to a month or more to notice any effects. Also, this info may be helpful: http://www.omegavia.com/supplements-for-depression-anxiety/

Thanks for the kind words. They’re appreciated.

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Mohamed February 3, 2014 at 4:18 am

I just saw this article which mentions that having Omega-3 supplements to reduce the inflammation of Omega-6 might do more harm than good.

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Fish+supplements+more+harm+than+good+researcher+finds/7857942/story.html

Do you think this makes sense?

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Vin Kutty February 4, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Mohamed – this sentence says it all “Fish oil supplements fed to mice already on a diet rich in vegetable oil ”

Vegetable oil is rich in Omega-6, which undoes most of the benefits of Omega-3 and adds a lot of oxidative stress. High levels of Omega-6 is a recipe for disaster. I am not surprised at the results of the study, but newspapers are not the best at interpreting scientific studies. They are better at writing scary headlines.

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staci February 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Hi Vin,
I heard fish oil can go rancid once it hits your warm stomach, cold water fish oil hitting a warm body. I heard this on the radio from some guy called Dr. Mitch. Whats your opinion?
Thanks,
Staci

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Vin Kutty February 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Hi Staci – if only I got a dollar every time someone on TV, radio or internet said something outrageous about fish oil! My opinion is that this is completely irrelevant and illogical. Omega-3 EPA and DHA are rich in cold water fish and shrimp and algae, which the fish and shrimp eat. You need EPA and DHA – regardless of what the experts tell you. Yes, your body can make some EPA from Omega-3 from plants. But you cannot make enough DHA from plant Omega-3. The best way to get Omega-3 is to eat cold water fish, about 12 ounces a week – this is the most bang for the buck. If you cant do that, fish oil supplements provide a convenient alternative source of Omega-3.

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Shuchi February 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

I’m worried about my husbands triglyceride levels are not normalising since last three yrs or so. My husband has stopped eating red meat, no alcohol , very less outside food. Our diet is simple, Veggies, fish, chicken. We use rice bran oil. I also use olive oil for salads. His exercise is moderate. His work pressure though is very high. This has been there since the last 2/3 yrs and he has also developed acidity which he never had.
Now one mysterious and contradicting thing is he lost weight in 2011 very suddenly though it did not appear…till after one year when it started looking…and now he has become thin and lost so much of fat even on the face….actually he was never fat or flabby…but even that he lost. All blood tests done were normal…yet cause unknown.
Why does he have high Triglycerides when his weight less and there has been so much wt loss?

He had steady weight of 71-72 kg for 10 -12 yrs…before the wt loss…that has now taken the wt to 64 kg.

He had taken Finate which is a fenofibrate one or two times for 1 month but that did not lower the Triglycerides.

He is taking one pill of Amway salmon omega per day but of no use.

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Vin Kutty February 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Hi Shuchi – there may be an underlying medical issue related to the sudden weight loss. I suggest you discuss this with a specialist. However, the triglyceride issue is fairly straight forward. It’s from too much sugar, sweets, juices and grains. Cut back on starches and increase the protein and healthy fats. Switch from rice bran to olive oil. All the information you need to act are in the blogs here (see archives) and the comments section under each blog.

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Shuchi February 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hi Vin,
Thanks for your reply. But there are not too many sweets in his diet, he has cut down on sweets except for few occasions. No juices too. There seems to be nothing to increase the Tgl levels. Is it that he should reduce grains like whole wheat and brown rice that he is having? His diet is very moderate of 2 chapatis (flat bread) and brown rice in the afternoon with Veggies and fish, and 3 chapatis in the night with veggies and dal.
If he needs to take omega 3 then how many capsules you suggest and if I order how many days will it take to reach India?

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Vin Kutty February 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hi Shuchi – it’s the flat bread and rice that’s causing the problem. I’m sure genetics plays a part too. He should be aiming for 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day. Unfortunately, we do not ship to India – sorry!

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Syed February 25, 2014 at 8:02 am

Hello,

Would you be able to explain the difference between omega 3 and fermented cod liver oil? The WAP followers are raving about FCLO and I don’t know the difference.

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Vin Kutty February 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hi Syed – I love the Weston Price group and what they’re trying to do. I wish more people followed their advice. http://www.westonaprice.org/

Having said that, I am very mixed on fermented cod liver oil. I have issues with cod because it is over-fished, polluted (compared to other fish oils), and the cod liver oil industry seriously lacks transparency. So you’re starting with issues that are not necessarily nutrition related. There is one major player in the fermented cod liver oil field and they are equally opaque in their operations. I have not tested the product the WAP folks seem to love, so I cant comment on the purity. More here: https://www.omegavia.com/cod-liver-oil/

But the key point to remember is that FCLO is not exactly an Omega-3 supplement. It is a natural Vitamin A supplement. It is very high in fat-soluble vitamins like A and D. So, yes, it is a ‘super food.’ I prefer to get my Omega-3 from salmon and fish oil supplements. And I prefer to get my Vitamin A from grass-fed lamb liver, dairy fats etc.

If you take FCLO by the spoonful you will get most of your Omega-3, A and D. You’d be way ahead of most people with just those three ingredients. But I pass…at least until I’ve done a full lab assay on FCLO.

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Eric Li March 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/14302/65691/65691.pdf I read a Myocardial infarction – secondary prevention: NICE guideline in this website. This guideline told us that Do not offer or advise people to use the following to prevent another MI:
omega-3 fatty acid capsules
omega-3 fatty acid supplemented foods.
If people choose to take omega-3 fatty acid capsules or eat omega-3 fatty acid
supplemented foods, be aware that there is no evidence of harm

Why? Is Omega-3 harmful for MI patients?

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Vin Kutty March 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Hi Eric – I’m glad you asked this question. This has been bugging me. I’ll expand the following comments into a blog soon.

There is absolutely no harm in taking Omega-3. If you’re a doctor and tell your MI patients to avoid Omega-3 patients, please know that you are basing your decision on improperly interpreted and misguided science.

The decision by NICE to back off on Omega-3 is based on a study that was severely underpowered because the patients in the study were already getting state of the art therapies like anti-thrombotics, statins and anti-hypertensives.

It is difficult for any therapy to show a significant benefit above and beyond the combination of such firepower. It’s like you having to shout to be heard at a loud party. You may have something important or funny to say, but no one will hear you at your regular speaking volume.

There are several other reasons – one is the level of Omega-6 linoleic acid that’s competing with Omega-3 DHA and EPA. Look at the second graph in this article: http://www.omegavia.com/oxidized-ldl-cholesterol-lard-less-lipitor/ It shows you the Omega-6 content in body fat. The higher the Omega-6 level in our diet, the greater the Omega-3 dose required to show a clinical benefit. This fact is ignored by virtually all studies. Since almost all of us are overdosed on Omega-6, if we used this as an exclusion criteria, we would have a very hard time finding candidates for studies who qualify. Large studies would never get off the ground. At some point, we have to focus on reducing competing Omega-6 and stop doubting Omega-3.

These are huge problems for current studies on Omega-3. There is no way to detect an effect with all the ‘signal noise.’ So expect more bad news about Omega-3 in the future.

Neither fish nor humans have evolved much since the 1980s and 1990s when every study published on Omega-3 showed amazing promise. The problems here are with the study design, not Omega-3 metabolism.

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Eric Li March 6, 2014 at 1:46 am

You means that they make this conclusion with OMEGA study. I also agree with you about the imbalance of Omega-3:Omega-6 ratio.

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Eric Li March 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

Do you have simple ways to identify the difference between high concentration fish oil(90%) and low concentration fish oil(30%) ?

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Vin Kutty March 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Hi Eric – by looking at the pill itself, it is impossible to tell. I look at the supplements facts data panel on the side of the bottle. Sometimes, even that is not easy. When in doubt, call the manufacturer.

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ANNA STEIN March 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hello Vin,
Here is what I read from FishOilDetctive:
…Therefore, check your supplement facts label to see if your dietary supplement contains the words “as ethyl esters”. If so, your incorrectly labeled “fish oil” is not fish oil.
http://www.fishoildetective.com/index.html
…fatty acid ethyl esters that are synthetic chemical compounds that are not found in fish. You are probably like most consumers who paid for what you thought was “fish oil” but actually got gelatin capsules filled with the flammable fuel marine biodiesel.
http://www.fishoildetective.com/burning-fish-oils.html
Your OmegaVia is ethyl ester form.
How should I understand the claim form FishOilDetective that ethyl ester is a waste of money and harmful.
Thank you,

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Hi Anna – we are very familiar with ‘Fish Oil Detective.’

All points made on those pages have been addressed in the following articles:
http://www.omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil/
http://www.omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil-2/
http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-ethyl-ester-vs-triglyceride-revisited/

There is a lot of technical information in the articles above. After reading it, you will find that every argument can have a counter-argument. This ethyl ester versus triglyceride debate and fear-mongering will be around as long as the internet is. Ultimately you are doing the right thing by digging up facts and making up your own mind – that’s smart.

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ANNA STEIN March 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Hello Vin,
I did catch your sharing about taking Astaxanthin. Did you do a research to find out if Costco Trunature brand’s Astaxanthin are from microalgae or from synthetic source? Below is what I found from my readings:
“Most Astaxanthin products available on the market are from a synthetically produced source. However, there are some brands that harvest the microalgae that produces Astaxanthin in high quantities. One of the main advantages of the natural form of Astaxanthin is its stability. Natural Astaxanthin is in an esterified form unlike the synthetic which is in the free form. The stable esterified form of natural Astaxanthan gives it a longer shelf life and prevents oxidation”. Thank you. Anna

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Vin Kutty March 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Hi Anna – the last time I checked, Costco had two different natural Astaxanthin products. Neither were synthetic. Most of the astaxanthin produced in the world is synthetic but almost all of it goes to animal feed. We feed stuff to animals that are far worse than synthetic astaxanthin! Quite disturbing. Selling synthetic astaxanthin as supplements to humans is a new thing. So your source is incorrect in hinting that most supplement are synthetic. I am not convinced that natural astaxanthin is highly stable – I’d have to see more data on that. Regardless, it is a great antioxidant.

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ANNA STEIN March 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Hi Vin,
Do you make a fuss about DPA, how much do we need? I noticed that your Omegavia does have DPA in other Omega-3 group, but how many DPA mg? One product has these claims about DPA:
…there is another fatty acid that may be equally important. It’s called docosapentaenoic acid, or DPA….DPA offers the missing link in complete omega-3 essential fatty acid nutrition…it plays a critical role in helping other fatty acids work inside the body while providing its own unique benefits as well.
I also saw one Dr. recommended on Dr. Oz show that we need 600mg DHA/day. You seems to have a different view on this DHA requirements as if such high level of DHA is for nursing mothers, stroke patients, etc.. but not for regular healthy adults. Your explanation please. Thank you, Anna

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Vin Kutty March 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Hi Anna – DPA can be 20-40 mg per capsule but it tends to vary a lot. In my opinion, DPA is great because it is very easily converted to EPA by the body. There are some promising studies about it, but you could argue that the benefits are largely due to its easy convertibility to EPA, which has benefits of its own.

DHA is very critical. However, supplementing with just DHA and excluding EPA does not make sense to me.

I’ve explained it here:
http://www.omegavia.com/dr-oz-omega3-supplements/
http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-part-1/
http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-dha-and-your-brain/
http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-mood-benefits/
http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-ldl/

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Anna Stein March 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Hi Vin, please explain the review on Feb. 2014 about OmegaVia on Amazon, the reviewer’s name is Vin Kutty. I am totally confused. It must be from another Vin Kutty who gave a very bad review of OmegaVia product. Please respond to clear this issue. Thanks, Anna

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Vin Kutty March 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Hi Anna – I can understand the confusion…someone is pretending to be me on Amazon.com and has posted several negative comments about OmegaVia. Amazon has already deleted most of the really offensive stuff. Our lawyers are in touch with Amazon.com to put an end to the false impersonation. There are some nutty people on the interweb!

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Anna Stein March 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Hello Vin,

I am pretty sure that you read about these stories of fish oil benefits, but I wanted to share this story with other readers:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/18/health/fish-oil-recovery/.
Anna Stein

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Vin Kutty March 28, 2014 at 12:09 am

Hi Anna – we’ve been getting lots of questions about this lately. Some of the quite heartbreaking. The key here is high purity, high dosage and high urgency. This needs to be done via feeding tube or IV as soon as possible. Better to go with an unflavored liquid oil.

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Charlotte April 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Is a certificate of analysis available for the Omegavia? Thanks.

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Vin Kutty April 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Mohamed April 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

Hi there,
You had clarified to me that “Vegetable oil is rich in Omega-6, which undoes most of the benefits of Omega-3 and adds a lot of oxidative stress. High levels of Omega-6 is a recipe for disaster”.

I am on omegavia now for last 1 month. Does it make sense to switch to a different oil (currently using sunflower oil).

I am thinking of 1. Canola oil 2. Virgin Coconut Oil 3. rice bran oil
Could you pls suggest me what would be the best alternative oil for cooking purpose (thereby reduce omega 6 and make omega 3 I’m consuming more effective) and your thoughts on what I should go and not go for. Thanks.

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Vin Kutty April 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

HI Mohamed – switch away from sunflower oil as soon as possible. Sunflower oil is extremely high in Omega-6. Switch to coconut oil, olive oil or butter. Do not use Canola or rice bran.

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Anna Stein April 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Vin,
Thank you for the information regarding cooking oil. I recently bought 2 huge bottles of grapeseed oil from Costco. Then I found an article saying that it is high in Omega-6. http://authoritynutrition.com/grape-seed-oil/ – Last week, I wrote to Costco to find out if the oil is cold-expelled, but did not get an answer . I am taking Omegavia and I don’t counteract its benefits with Omega-6. Thanks for your reply. Anna

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Vin Kutty April 17, 2014 at 12:32 am

Hi Anna – take the grapeseed oil back to Costco. They have good return policies. Instead get their olive oil or get Kerry butter or may be if they’re keeping up with the times, they’ll have coconut oil. The last time I checked they only had extra virgin olive oil, which isnt good to cook with, but it great over salads. Costco does not have extra light olive oil, which handles heat much better. Butter is fantastic. Virgin and Extra Virgin coconut oil has a lot of nutty sweet odor, so I prefer expeller pressed coconut oil, which has less odor and takes heat really well.

Everyone should read Authority Nutrition – fantastic unbiased stuff. He says a lot of the same things I do, but he isnt selling anything like I am, so there is that credibility factor. :-)

Taking OmegaVia alone will not counteract several years worth of Omega-6 overconsumption. It will take several months or years to get your Omega-3 to 6 balance where it is not making you more prone to chronic diseases.

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Alice April 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Hi there,

I’ve heard that the ‘super critical’ processing method of fish oil is very important – how does OmegaVia processes work?

Thanks

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Vin Kutty April 24, 2014 at 12:37 am

Hi Alice – ‘important’ is the wrong word. It’s more, well, special, advanced and better in many ways. Supercritical CO2 process is a way to concentrate Omega-3 to very high levels with hardly any heat. It is also extremely effective at removing heavy metals. OmegaVia uses a molecular distillation process, but will soon switch to supercritical CO2 technology. Stay tuned…

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Eric Li April 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

Hi Vin,

When I see your comments on fish oil, and you said a lot about that higher concentration fish oil is better. Could you show me more scientific evidence to prove that higher concentrations fish oil(>90%) is better than low concentrations fish oil(30%)? Thanks.

Eric

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Vin Kutty April 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Hi Eric – here is an article that contains discussion and a link to a study that shows higher concentration fish oil is better. https://www.omegavia.com/why-pharmaceutical-grade-fish-oil-is-better/

But putting this reference aside, the main reason why I say high potency fish oil is better is that it allows people to get therapeutic doses with the fewest number of pills per day. We’ve conducted enough consumer research to know that most people will take one pill a day, regardless of higher recommended dosage. This is just human behavior. Accepting this, the only way to impart noticeable health benefit in populations that are Omega-3 deficient is to take highly concentrated fish oils.

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Omegavia fan July 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

Dear Omegavia,

I find this page especially informative and have emailed it to many people as it was all that was needed to convince them to take your product. However, I have one humble request for you: Can you please update your analyses in the pictures to see where Omegavia stands today (July 2014) in regards to Omega 3 cost, omega 3 concentration per softgel and purity?

Kind regards,

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Vin Kutty, MS July 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hi Omegavia fan – that page is a bit outdated and due for a make over. We will get to it. Thanks for the reminder.

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anu September 15, 2014 at 6:41 am

i am having 2 pills of carlson elite omega3 1250mg daily.it provides me 800mg epa,600mgdha and 200mg other omegas.could u plz. tell me it is good for deppression .i have been taking it for last week but i have not improved.

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Vin Kutty, MS September 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Hi Anu – Omega-3 is not going to make your depression go away in a couple of weeks, assuming your depression was caused by Omega-3 deficiency. Omega-3 deficiency is rarely the sole cause of depression. Talk to a doctor about medication. In the meantime, follow an anti-inflammatory diet, like Paleo or Zone. And get lots of exercise, sun exposure and work on fixing inflammation.

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dawn September 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

hello! Hope you are still answering questions… I currently take a liquid
Omega-3 product which, at 1 tablespoon, delivers 3.6g EPA and 1.6g DHA.
My question is: how much of this do you suppose is actually absorbed? Is there any food item which helps in absorption of EPA/DHA. Further, I read in one of your other responses that EPA hangs around for a few days, DHA for a longer period. Does one, therefore, need a daily dose or is every other day sufficient? The dose I currently take is double the suggested dose but I am thinking that, in the matter of EPA/DHA, more is better. :)
I have no real health issues; am in my late 60s; just trying to keep my brain alive! Thanks

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Vin Kutty, MS September 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hi Dawn – most of the Omega-3 in your product should be absorbed. I can’t give you an exact percentage that is absorbed because how much is absorbed depends on whether you take it with food or on an empty stomach. Always better with meals. Especially if your meals contains fats – any fats, but healthy fats like olive oil is good for increasing Omega-3 absorption.

Since you’re taking a good dose of Omega-3 (5.2 grams of Omega-3) with each tablespoon, I would think you’d be fine with taking this every other day…unless you’re taking Omega-3 to reduce triglycerides per your doctor’s instruction, in which case, stick with it every day.

More is not better. If you were taking 10 grams a day, I would ask you to cut back to about 4 or 5 grams. All Omega-3 supplementation needs to go hand-in-hand with Omega-6 reduction: http://www.omegavia.com/how-to-reduce-omega-6/ and drastic reductions in sugar and refined grains. If your goal is keeping your brain alive, you need to read Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter. http://www.amazon.com/Grain-Brain-Surprising-Sugar-Your-Killers/dp/031623480X

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Giovanni October 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

Dear Mr. Kutty,

I am a little bit confused since this blog post (with scientific references) prefers DHA to EPA in heart control: http://www.ascentahealth.com/omega-3-and-you/wellness/dha-heart-health/

So if I want to lower cholesterol and blood pressure should I take a DHA rich supplement or an EPA rich one? Is there a good ratio if I shoot for heart health or brain health?
Thanks for your answer in advance, Giovanni

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Vin Kutty, MS October 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Hi Giovanni – no need to be confused. Your body needs both EPA and DHA for slightly different purposes. DHA is needed in small quantities for adults and in large quantities for children and pregnant women. EPA is ideal for inflammation and improving depression. Most OmegaVia products to date have been EPA-only or high in EPA. However, we will be launching DHA products soon. Anyone who tells you that you should only take DHA or only EPA is trying to sell you something.

Having said that, take a look at prescription Omega-3 medications – Lovaza/Omacor is a mix of EPA and DHA. Epadel, Epanova and Vascepa all have EPA in their names and two of them are EPA-only. There are no DHA-only medications currently.

You cannot lower cholesterol with fish oil, but you can lower triglycerides quite well. EPA + DHA or DHA alone can help reduce blood pressure a little bit. But for blood pressure, you’re better off reducing sugar/grains and increasing potassium intake with vegetables.

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Giovanni October 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Thanks a lot Mr. Kutty, invaluable help! Have a nice weekend, Cheers, Giovanni

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Vin Kutty December 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Hi Oama – OmegaVia contains no GMOs.

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