Frequently Asked Questions

PRODUCT QUESTIONS
How many pills per bottle?
What types of fish do you use?
Is it enteric coated?
How much Omega-3 does one pill have?
Is Omega-3 and Fish Oil the same thing?
What does “Pharmaceutical Grade” mean?
Why do supplements have different levels of EPA and DHA?
Why is OmegaVia made with pharmaceutical grade fish oil?

SHIPPING & ORDERING QUESTIONS
What does shipping cost?
What is AutoShip
When will the order be shipped?
What are my shipping options?
Do you ship outside the United States?
Where does it ship from?
Which carrier do you use?
Will I get a tracking number?
Do you ship to PO boxes or Military APO/FPO addresses?
Will my order be taxed?

DOSAGE & STORAGE QUESTIONS
How many pills should I take?
When should I take OmegaVia?
Can I take more than one softgel at once?
If I miss a dose, can I double up the next day?
Do I have to take OmegaVia with meals?
Can I break open the capsule and consume the oil inside?
Is it possible to overdose on OmegaVia fish oil?
How should I store the product?
How long is the product good for?

QUALITY QUESTIONS
Is it made in China?
Is it IFOS tested and 5-star certified?
Is the product FDA certified?
Is OmegaVia mercury-free?
Is there cholesterol in OmegaVia?
How is the fish oil processed?
Where does the fish oil for OmegaVia come from?
Is OmegaVia environmentally sustainable?

MEDICATION, SIDE EFFECTS & ALLERGY QUESTIONS
Will Omega-3 interact with my prescription medications?
I take Lipitor. Do I still need a fish oil supplement?
Can I take fish oil with an anti-coagulant?
Is it OK to take Concerta (ADHD) with Omega-3?
Are there any OTC meds that I should NOT take with OmegaVia?
Is it OK to take beta-blockers with OmegaVia?
Is it OK to take Zoloft with OmegaVia?
Can fish oil supplements be taken with other supplements?
Do Omega-3 supplements have side effects?
I’m allergic to fish. Is it OK to take fish oil supplements?
I’m allergic to soy. Is it OK to take Omega-3 supplements?
I’m allergic to shellfish. Does OmegaVia contain any shellfish?
Is Omega-3 safe for everybody?
How much Omega-3 is safe to take in one day?
Can I overdose on Omega-3?

PRODUCT QUESTIONS

How many pills per bottle?

There are 60 capsules per bottle. –>Back to top

What types of fish do you use?

  • We use ultra-pure oil from Sardine, Anchovy, Menhaden and Mackerel.
  • Sardine, Anchovy and Mackerel  come from clean, cold Peruvian waters. Menhaden comes from the US eastern seaboard.
  • The fisheries are sustainably managed and harvested. –>Back to top

Is it enteric coated?

Yes, OmegaVia is enteric-coated for increased absorption and odor-free digestion. –>Back to top

How much Omega-3 does one softgel pill have?

Each OmegaVia softgel has 1105 mg of Omega-3. Of that,

  • 780 mg is EPA Omega-3
  • 260 mg is DHA Omega-3
  • 65 mg is other essential Omega-3
  • Most retail fish oil supplements have about 300 mg Omega-3. –>Back to top

Is Omega-3 and Fish Oil the same thing?

  • Fish Oil contains Omega-3. Omega-3 is the most important nutrient found in fish oil.
  • Retail brand fish oils usually have 30% Omega-3. The other 70% are useless fat and oils.
  • High quality fish oils have 75% or more Omega-3.
  • On this website, “Omega-3” and “fish oil” are used interchangeably. –>Back to top

What does “Pharmaceutical Grade” mean?

  • “Pharmaceutical grade” or “concentrate” are terms used by fish oil manufacturers and marketers to mean high purity fish oil.
  • Pharmaceutical grade is not an official scientific or government term. It usually means that the oil contains very high levels of beneficial Omega-3, typically 75% or higher.
  • Regular or retail fish oil with only 30% Omega-3 is usually referred to as “18-12 oil” due to the18% EPA and 12% DHA content. This grade of fish oil is not recommended because 70% of the oil is lard-like non-Omega-3 fat. –>Back to top

Why do supplements have different levels of EPA and DHA?

  • Fish oils naturally contain a mixture of EPA and DHA. Fish oils almost always have more EPA than DHA Omega-3.
  • When crude fish oil is first refined, it only has 25% to 30% Omega-3. The rest of the fish oil is a combination of saturated fats and ‘lard-like’ oils. Unfortunately, this is the “consumer” or “retail grade” oil that is sold in corner drug stores and many big retailers. In the trade, this oil is called “18-12” oil because it generally has 18% EPA Omega-3 and 12% DHA Omega-3.
  • A higher “grade” of fish oil is often marketed as “pharmaceutical grade.” There is no scientific definition for “pharmaceutical grade.” However, this grade of oil is higher in Omega-3, usually containing 50% or more Omega-3. Some may contain as much as 70% Omega-3.
  • Recently, fish oil purified to 75% – 90% Omega-3 have become available. These oils are ultra-purified and have very little “lard-like” fats. –>Back to top

Why is OmegaVia made with this higher grade of ultra-purified fish oil?

Higher Omega-3 levels mean fewer pills required for noticeable benefits. Also, because all of us at OmegaVia take our own products daily and give them to our families and pets…and we do not like the idea of consuming retail grade fish oil. This is the #1 reason why OmegaVia was founded. –>Back to top

SHIPPING & ORDERING QUESTIONS

What does shipping cost?

  • FREE SHIPPING for all USA orders
  • CANADA – please call customer service at 800-270-4010.
  • ALL OTHER COUNTRIES: $15 minimum for all other international orders (higher for large orders)
    • $15.00 for 1 or 2 bottles
    • $20.00 for 3 bottles
    • $25.00 for 4 or 5 bottles. We strongly suggest that you not order more than 3 bottles at a time, as this will cause long delays in Customs/border clearance. Back to top

What is AutoShip?

AutoShip is an automatic delivery plan. You don’t have to order the product online every time you run out.

You never pay for shipping and you pay much lower prices. You save time and money!

Learn more about AutoShip here!

7 out of 10 customers choose the AutoShip during check out.

How to Pick an AutoShip Plan

Your Daily Dosage Ideal AutoShip Plan
1 pill per day 1 bottle every 60 days
2 pills per day 2 bottles every 60 days
3 pills per day 3 bottles every 60 days (Most Popular Plan)
4 pills per day 4 bottles every 60 days

Learn more about AutoShip here!

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When will the order be shipped?

Your order will usually be shipped within 24 hours or the next business day after you place the order. –>Back to top

How long will it be before I receive my order?

For standard shipping, you should receive your order within 4-5 business days. Please allow additional time (up to 3 weeks) for shipments to international addresses. –>Back to top

What are my shipping options?

Shipments to US customers will arrive by US Postal Service First or Priority Class. International orders may vary. –>Back to top

Where does it ship from?

Most orders ship from our Michigan office. Some ship from Agoura Hills, California. –>Back to top

Which carriers do you use?

Most orders ship via US Postal Service First Class or Priority. Large orders may ship via Fedex or UPS. –>Back to top

Will I get a tracking number?

Yes, all online orders will be sent an email with a tracking number as soon as your order has shipped. –>Back to top

Do you ship outside the United States?

Yes, we ship to Canada and select countries in Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia. Please allow additional time for shipments. Please note that international shipments may be inspected and/or opened by customs. –>Back to top

Do you ship to PO boxes or Military APO/FPO addresses?

Yes, we ship to both PO Boxes and Military APO/FPO addresses. Please allow additional time for orders shipped to these addresses. –>Back to top

Will my order be taxed?

Shipments to California residents will be taxed at 8.75%. Others pay no tax.–>Back to top

DOSAGE & STORAGE QUESTIONS

How many pills should I take?

When should I take OmegaVia?

  • OmegaVia is best taken with or just before a meal.
  • The Omega-3 in fish oil is better absorbed if you take the pills with a meal that contains some fat. –>Back to top

Can I take more than one softgel at once?

  • Yes. You may take 2 to 4 softgels at once. However, if you have not taken Omega-3 before, it is best to start with one softgel at a time to see how your body reacts.
  • If you are already on blood-thinning medication, please consult your physician before taking more than 1 softgel per day. –>Back to top

If I miss a dose, can I double up the next day?

Yes, you may but it is not necessary. You may take up to 4 softgels a day if they are spread out through out the day. Do not take more than 4 softgels a day without talking to your doctor, pharmacist or nutritionist. –>Back to top

Do I have to take OmegaVia with meals?

No, it is not necessary to take OmegaVia with meals, but taking it with meals greatly increases absorption and benefits. –>Back to top

Can I break open the capsule and consume the oil inside?

You should avoid doing this. Here is why:

  • The oil used in OmegaVia is extremely concentrated and is not formulated to be taken as a liquid. It will taste unpleasant compared to low-potency, flavored liquid fish oils.
  • The oil used in OmegaVia is very sensitive to air exposure. It will begin going rancid when exposed to oxygen. This is why it is delivered in capsules in an air-tight, opaque container.
  • The oil inside the capsule will almost certainly squirt out in the process and begin to smell bad over time, as the oil droplets go rancid. –>Back to top

Is it possible to overdose on OmegaVia fish oil?

  • You may take safely 2-3 softgels daily. Talk to your doctor if you need more than 2 per day.
  • Taking more than 5 or 6 softgels per day can cause minor temporary stomach discomfort such as gas or burping and should only be done with doctor supervision.
  • The Food and Drug Administration suggests that 3000 mg of Omega-3 fish oil per day is generally considered safe.
  • Most health agencies and scientific organizations feel strongly that between 500 and 1000 mg of Omega-3 from fish oils must be consumed every day for overall health and reduced mortality from heart disease.
  • Taking more than 4 softgels per day can have a slight blood thinning effect and may prolong bleeding time. Consult your doctor about taking Omega-3 before undergoing surgery. –>Back to top

How should I store the product?

  • Store at room temperature in a cool, dry place.
  • Refrigeration is not necessary.
  • But, if you are going to keep the product for more than a few months, it should be refrigerated or frozen. –>Back to top

How long is the product good for?

  • Check the side of the package for expiration date.
  • OmegaVia contains anti-oxidants that increases the life of the product.
  • If you freeze OmegaVia, you can extend the shelf life by an additional two to three years. –>Back to top

QUALITY QUESTIONS

Is it made in China?

  • No. No part of the product is made in China.
  • Softgel encapsulation and packaging happens in California, USA under stringent FDA approved conditions. –>Back to top

Is it IFOS tested and 5-star certified?

Yes, all lot of OmegaVia are tested at IFOS. We also double-check IFOS results and our own internal test results at an FDA-audited third testing facility in California. All data, including Omega-3 and mercury content are tested at least three times after the oil has been put into the capsule. We also test for purity and cleanliness before the oil is encapsulated.

IFOS test results are here. –>Back to top

Is the product FDA certified?

  • FDA does not certify supplements because supplements provide nutrients that are already present in our foods.
  • OmegaVia is manufactured and packaged in a facility that has the following quality certifications:
    • FDA-certified for Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).
    • NSF-certified and registered for Good Manufacturing Practices.
    • Organic-certified by NAI. –>Back to top

Is OmegaVia mercury-free?

  • Yes. OmegaVia is mercury-free. A patented process called molecular distillation is used to ensure that all mercury, heavy metals and any other man-made contaminants are completely removed.
  • Also, because the form of mercury found in seafood (methyl mercury) is soluble only in water and not oil. So, the fish oil used in OmegaVia (and most other fish oil supplements) contains no mercury.
  • OmegaVia is certified by a neutral third party testing lab to prove that mercury is not present. –>Back to top

Is there cholesterol in OmegaVia?

  • No. Because the fish oil used in OmegaVia is so highly purified, virtually all traces of cholesterol are removed.
  • Less purified forms of fish oil, such as “retail grade” may contain cholesterol. –>Back to top

How is the fish oil processed?

  • The fish oil used to make OmegaVia goes through heat-free CO2 Supercritical Extraction and Chromatography.
  • These steps are patented because of the unique scientific methods developed to produce the purest fish oil.
  • The most important step is the CO2 chromatography – this step is where the already pure fish oil is transformed into Ultra-Pure Omega-3 and also where most of the impurities and contaminants are removed. –>Back to top

Where does the fish oil for OmegaVia come from?

  • The fish used in OmegaVia are harvested off the coast of Peru and United States.
  • The oil is then processed using a patented cold-process technology that preserves the Omega-3 nutrients. –>Back to top

Is OmegaVia environmentally sustainable?

  • The fish used are harvested ONLY during a few weeks of the year, allowing the fish population to recover.
  • The fish oil used in OmegaVia is fully regulated and licensed.
  • The oil used in OmegaVia is sustainable.
  • This short fishing period is established by scientists, not fishing companies.
  • All fishing boats are monitored with GPS units to make sure that they only fish in clean, approved fishing areas. –>Back to top

MEDICATION, SIDE EFFECTS & ALLERGY QUESTION

Will Omega-3 interact with my prescription medications?

  • In general, Omega-3 does not interfere with medications.
  • If you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medication, you should talk to your doctor about taking Omega-3 supplement.
  • Omega-3 are “good fats” that everyone needs. They should be a natural part of a healthy diet.
  • If you are using blood thinners like Coumadin®, taking high doses of aspirin, or anticipating surgery, talk to your doctor about taking Omega-3.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking Omega-3 if you have a blood clotting disorder.
  • Omega-3 can help cholesterol-lowering drugs work better. They can also improve the effect of anti-depressants. –>Back to top

I take Lipitor®. Do I still need a fish oil supplement?

  • Yes. Always check with your doctor before changing your prescription drug routine.
  • Fish oil and Omega-3 fats do not reduce cholesterol as much as Lipitor® but fish oil will reduce triglycerides.
  • Omega-3 are not just for your heart and cholesterol. Fish oil can help with joint comfort, brain health, skin health, depression and mood disorders.
  • Combining fish oil with cholesterol-lowering drugs increases the benefit and reduces triglycerides much more than just taking either product. –>Back to top

Can I take fish oil supplements while on an anti-coagulant?

  • If you are taking a blood thinner or anti-coagulant like Coumadin®, please talk to your doctor before taking fish oil supplements.
  • Some studies have shown that taking very high levels of Omega-3 (For example, 4 or more OmegaVia softgels per day) can slightly increase bleeding times, although typically not to an unsafe level.
  • To be safe, please talk to your doctor and monitor your clotting times if you are taking both an anti-coagulant and a fish oil supplement. –>Back to top

Is it OK to take Concerta® for ADHD with fish oil?

  • More studies are needed to see the combined effect of ADHD medication and fish oil. So please discuss with your doctor.
  • Research studies have shown excellent benefits from taking fish oil supplements for attention deficit.
  • Omega-3 is a very important nutrient for the brain and combining Omega-3 with ADHD medication can have additional benefits.
  • As always, talk to your doctor about what supplements you wish to take. –>Back to top

Are there any OTC meds that I should NOT take with OmegaVia?

  • Yes. Do not combine the weight loss product Alli® with Omega-3 supplements. The active ingredients in Alli® can bind with the Omega-3 and flush it out of the body, wasting the benefit of both products.
  • Omega-3 supplements should be taken 6 hours before or after taking Alli®. –>Back to top

Is is OK to take beta-blockers with OmegaVia?

  • Always talk to your doctor if you are already taking a prescription medication.
  • Omega-3 has been shown to help moderate high blood pressure.
  • Taking Omega-3 with your beta-blocker can have an additive benefit. –>Back to top

Can I take Zoloft with OmegaVia?

  • Always talk to your doctor if you are already taking a prescription medication.
  • Research shows that Omega-3 fish oil helps with mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
  • Combining Omega-3 with Zoloft® can have an additive benefit. –>Back to top

Can fish oil supplements be taken with other supplements?

Yes, fish oil can be taken with all supplements. Fish oil is extremely well tolerated and Omega-3 are “good fats” that everyone needs and which should be a natural part of a healthy diet. –>Back to top

Do Omega-3 supplements have side effects?

  • In general, no negative side effects are noticed.
  • Some people notice burping, but that typically goes away with daily use or if the softgels are taken before a meal.
  • Omega-3 supplements provide your body with nutrients your body needs every day.
  • If you take more than 4 softgels a day, you may experience a slight blood-thinning effect. Please talk to your doctor if you are already on blood-thinning medication. –>Back to top

I’m allergic to fish. Is it OK to take fish oil supplements?

  • Generally, yes. When people are allergic to fish, they are reacting to the protein in fish muscle.
  • Omega-3 is a type of fat and is not a protein.
  • But if you want to be extra cautious, it is best to take plant-derived Omega-3 like Algae or Echium oil. Flaxseed oil is common but your body uses only 5% to 10% of the Omega-3 from flax. So you would have to take about ten flaxseed pills to equal one fish oil pill.
  • So, if you prefer the ease of fish oil supplements, you should talk to your doctor about possible allergic reactions. –>Back to top

I am allergic to soy. Is it OK to take OmegaVia?

I am allergic to shellfish. Does OmegaVia contain any shellfish?

No. OmegaVia does not contain any shellfish. –>Back to top

Is Omega-3 safe for everybody?

  • The Food and Drug Administration considers Omega-3 to be safe. The FDA lists Omega-3 supplements under a class of products titled ‘GRAS’ or Generally Recognized as Safe.
  • If taken at the recommended doses, Omega-3 supplements are safe.
  • Omega-3 are “good” fats. All human beings and animals require Omega-3 to function normally. –>Back to top

How much Omega-3 is safe to take in one day?

  • When patients were given 6 grams (or the same as 6 OmegaVia softgels) of Omega-3 per day, they had no negative side effects.
  • Most people don’t need to take that many pills. So listen to your stomach. Many of us here at OmegaVia take 3 to 4 softgels every day with no side effects at all.
  • If you are on blood-thinning medication, please talk to your doctor before you begin taking Omega-3 supplements. –>Back to top

Can I overdose on Omega-3?

  • It is very difficult to overdose with Omega-3 supplements.
  • One clinical study had patients eat 16 grams (same as 16 OmegaVia softgels) of Omega-3 per day and there were no negative side effects.
  • Temporary stomach discomfort is the most commonly reported side effect at extremely high doses.
  • As always, talk to your doctor if you are using blood-thinning medications or are about to have surgery. –>Back to top


Coumadin® is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Lipitor® is a registered trademark of Pfrizer Inc.
Concerta® is a registered trademark of ALZA Corporation
Alli® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline
Zoloft® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.

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  1. I have extreme difficulty swallowing large pills like most of the OTC fish oils and Niacin for example. Do you have fish oil pills that can be halved or another solution?

    Thanks,
    Sharon Slate

    • Hi Sharon – as of this reply (November 2012) we do not have a small pill. But we are working on launching an OmegaVia Mini in 2013. It should be very easy to swallow. In the meantime, I suggest you look into liquid fish oil or some of the smoothie type products made by Barleans or Coromega.
      – Vin Kutty

  2. Hi Vin… really appreciate the care you take to answer all queries so thoroughly and professionally! When will Omegavia mini be available? Thanks.

    • Hi Derek – thank you. OmegaVia Mini is scheduled for the middle to second half of 2013. If it were easy, we’d offer it tomorrow.
      – Vin Kutty

    • Hi Kyle – if you miss a day of fish oil pills, no big deal. Put a note somewhere so you’ll remember to take it the next day.

  3. On trying GNC triple strength Fish Oil (1560/1000 Omega 3), the pill is coming out in stool. To us that means not breaking down/working. Do you feel yours would do the same?

    • Hi Kathy – the problem is not the pill. It is likely the antacids or other dietary components that’s causing a change in your gut’s acidity. Enteric coated pills are designed to stay intact in the stomach and fall apart as soon as it enters the intestines. The fact that your pills are not dissolving in your intestines means that your intestines are much more acidic than it should be. Are you taking apple cider vinegar or drinking a lot of lime or lemon juice? This is a not a good environment for probiotic bacteria to grow. You need to talk to an integrative medicine practitioner to find a solution.

      And yes, if you take OmegaVia, it will do the same: http://www.omegavia.com/why-enteric-coating-on-fish-oil-pills-fail/

  4. I suffer from severe dry eye, I have been taking Thera Tears Nutrition, 1200mg Omega-3 Supplement Capsules, the effect is good, dry eye after taking a lot of relief, but the capsules which contain too much vitamin E (183iu) cause I have a headache, I want to try another kind of omega3 supplements, I tried GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil 1500 mg, to no avail, it is the cause of enteric-coated capsules may be, I do not know if I’m taking omegavia treatment of dry eye (ulcers colitis and glaucoma) how many doses? Because I also suffer from ulcerative colitis and glaucoma, I was unlucky person.

    • Hi mcgradyctx – I suggest checking with your doctor about exact dosages for ulcertive colitis and glaucoma. For dry eyes, you should be OK with 2 OmegaVia pills a day.

      I doubt that the enteric coating in the GNC triple strength fish oil had anything to do with its lack of effect.

      Please look into an anti-inflammatory or paleo type diet that is low in sugar and Omega-6-rich vegetable seed oils.

  5. Hello there.
    Both me and my wife started taking OmegaVia. I’ve researched this topic extensively before resorting to OmegaVia as the best Omega 3 supplement for me.
    I would like my child , 3 years old, to start receiving the benefits of the Omega 3 supplementation. I understand that diet should be the primary source, but it is more often than not, not possible to get proper nutrition even from food. As far as the supplementation goes, can you suggest a product with similar superb quality as Omegavia that is suitable for a 3 year old?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Charlie – this is a subject that I’ve been meaning to write an article about. Look for a blog about it soon. In the meantime, I suggest one of the Barleans Omega Swirl or Nordic gummies. Cutting back on fast food, processed and packaged foods should be the first step. Secondarily, prepare foods at home with olive oil, coconut oil or grass-fed butter. Pastured eggs yolks are absolutely wonderful for growing children.

      • Thank you for the reply! I will be waiting for a blog about this!
        What is your opinion regarding EPA,DHA mg requirement per day for a younger kids (3 year old)? From what i’ve read, DHA should be primary focus. is that correct? Also, I’ve noticed, a lot of the products targeted for kids, also contain Omega 6&9. In your opinion, what should be safe Omega6&9 mg per serving per day when considering Omega 3 supplement? Nordic gummies seems to have less Omega6&9 than Barleans.
        I was really interested in Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA liquid product because it has quite a bit of Omega3 (DHA primarily). Not sure whether that much is safe for a 3 year old.

        Once again, thank you so much!

        • Hi Charlie – I’d say even 100 mg of DHA and EPA per day is a start. If your child got 300 mg combined DHA + EPA per day, that would be great. Yes, DHA should be the primary focus but do not neglect EPA. From conception to about age 3 is when kids need DHA the most, but they will continue to need steady quantities of it for several more years. There is no need for additional supplementation of Omega-6 – there’s too much of it already in our diets and too much causes several problems. Omega-9 is not essential – there is no need to supplement Omega-9 at all. So I prefer my supplement to have zero Omega-6 and 9.

          Nordic gummies are a good option but there is some sugar and you need to make sure your child does not choke. Barleans smoothies are very easy to take and taste OK. If your kid will accept Nordic liquid DHA, then that’s great – mine would not take it due to an odor issue.

          • Thank you!
            Just checked the Barleans smoothies. Looks great! Alas, most contain Omega 6 and 9.
            I will try Mango Peach with EPA: 437mg and DHA: 283mg which is not ideal ratio but perhaps good for a 3 year old anyways. Is 1000 overall Omega3 for that age too much?

            Thank you!

      • Hi Vin,

        I am back several years later:) Again looking for a suggestion for now my 5 1/2 year old child. Have you even come around to writing about this subject in your blog?
        You mentioned that DHA is still an important fatty acid for a growing child. What would you say the quantity and ratio of EPA/DHA should be?
        Is Nordic brand something I still should be perusing or now that the child is older, there more potent pill type products out there.

        • Hi Charlie – most of Nordic Naturals items are good. You can’t go wrong with them. At 5 1/2 years, a good bit of the brain development is done, but it will continue growing for a while more. I’m still comfortable with a little more DHA than EPA. But this is not something I worry about – if you give plenty of both EPA and DHA, your child will be fine. I regularly give my kids 500-1000 mg of total Omega-3.

  6. Hello there.
    Both me and my wife started taking OmegaVia. I’ve researched this topic extensively before resorting to OmegaVia as the best Omega 3 supplement for me.
    I would like my child , 3 years old, to start receiving the benefits of the Omega 3 supplementation. I understand that diet should be the primary source, but it is more often than not, not possible to get proper nutrition even from food. As far as the supplementation goes, can you suggest a product with similar superb quality as Omegavia that is suitable for a 3 year old?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Charlie – this is a subject that I’ve been meaning to write an article about. Look for a blog about it soon. In the meantime, I suggest one of the Barleans Omega Swirl or Nordic gummies. Cutting back on fast food, processed and packaged foods should be the first step. Secondarily, prepare foods at home with olive oil, coconut oil or grass-fed butter. Pastured eggs yolks are absolutely wonderful for growing children.

      • Thank you for the reply! I will be waiting for a blog about this!
        What is your opinion regarding EPA,DHA mg requirement per day for a younger kids (3 year old)? From what i’ve read, DHA should be primary focus. is that correct? Also, I’ve noticed, a lot of the products targeted for kids, also contain Omega 6&9. In your opinion, what should be safe Omega6&9 mg per serving per day when considering Omega 3 supplement? Nordic gummies seems to have less Omega6&9 than Barleans.
        I was really interested in Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA liquid product because it has quite a bit of Omega3 (DHA primarily). Not sure whether that much is safe for a 3 year old.

        Once again, thank you so much!

        • Hi Charlie – I’d say even 100 mg of DHA and EPA per day is a start. If your child got 300 mg combined DHA + EPA per day, that would be great. Yes, DHA should be the primary focus but do not neglect EPA. From conception to about age 3 is when kids need DHA the most, but they will continue to need steady quantities of it for several more years. There is no need for additional supplementation of Omega-6 – there’s too much of it already in our diets and too much causes several problems. Omega-9 is not essential – there is no need to supplement Omega-9 at all. So I prefer my supplement to have zero Omega-6 and 9.

          Nordic gummies are a good option but there is some sugar and you need to make sure your child does not choke. Barleans smoothies are very easy to take and taste OK. If your kid will accept Nordic liquid DHA, then that’s great – mine would not take it due to an odor issue.

          • Thank you!
            Just checked the Barleans smoothies. Looks great! Alas, most contain Omega 6 and 9.
            I will try Mango Peach with EPA: 437mg and DHA: 283mg which is not ideal ratio but perhaps good for a 3 year old anyways. Is 1000 overall Omega3 for that age too much?

            Thank you!

  7. Does the EPA 500 smaller pills deliver the same ingredients; meaning, does the prescribed quantity you must take per day of the smaller pills produce 780 mgs of Omega 3 EPA like the larger pill?

    • Hi Janis – taking one EPA 500 will not give you 780 mg of EPA. EPA 500 contains 500 mg of EPA per pill. If you took two EPA 500, then you will get 1000 mg of EPA.

  8. Does the EPA 500 smaller pills deliver the same ingredients; meaning, does the prescribed quantity you must take per day of the smaller pills produce 780 mgs of Omega 3 EPA like the larger pill?

    • Hi Janis – taking one EPA 500 will not give you 780 mg of EPA. EPA 500 contains 500 mg of EPA per pill. If you took two EPA 500, then you will get 1000 mg of EPA.

  9. I am currently taking omegavia and jarrow borage oil (240mg GLA), in addition to taking the grape seed extract 400mg. I have chronic colitis, anxiety disorders, glaucoma, dry eye. Can fish oil, borage oil and grape seed can lead to clotting problems?

    • Hi mcgradyctx – clotting problems with fish oil have been largely proven false. If any, it will be with extremely high daily doses – higher than 12,000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

  10. I am currently taking omegavia and jarrow borage oil (240mg GLA), in addition to taking the grape seed extract 400mg. I have chronic colitis, anxiety disorders, glaucoma, dry eye. Can fish oil, borage oil and grape seed can lead to clotting problems?

    • Hi mcgradyctx – clotting problems with fish oil have been largely proven false. If any, it will be with extremely high daily doses – higher than 12,000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

  11. Any plans on a mini pill that contains both EPA and DHA? We would like to take your ‘regular’ fish oil pill but it’s just too big…

  12. Any plans on a mini pill that contains both EPA and DHA? We would like to take your ‘regular’ fish oil pill but it’s just too big…

    • Hi Curious – I have not seen data that showed an additive or synergistic effect from adding EPA to Resperidone…at least in humans. Unfortunately, most of the studies I’ve seen are in mice and there appears to be a connection. In humans, it is not uncommon for Omega-3, especially EPA, to help with mood disorder medications.

      Giving mice Resperidone along with an Omega-3 deficient diet causes some issue. Does this mean that humans deficient in Omega-3 are going to have issues with Resperidone? Don’t know. But it suggests a possible benefit with being generous with seafood or Omega-3 supplements.

    • Hi Curious – I have not seen data that showed an additive or synergistic effect from adding EPA to Resperidone…at least in humans. Unfortunately, most of the studies I’ve seen are in mice and there appears to be a connection. In humans, it is not uncommon for Omega-3, especially EPA, to help with mood disorder medications.

      Giving mice Resperidone along with an Omega-3 deficient diet causes some issue. Does this mean that humans deficient in Omega-3 are going to have issues with Resperidone? Don’t know. But it suggests a possible benefit with being generous with seafood or Omega-3 supplements.

    • Wow, Bryan! Thank you for the heads up. I had no idea that they’d reviewed OmegaVia. I find their review incorrect because they found only 602 mg of Omega-3 per pill when the label says 1105 mg. This is why they ranked us so low for label accuracy…and why the quality ranking is so low.

      We have OmegaVia third-party tested by two different labs – IFOS and Covance, in addition to our own in-house lab. All show that OmegaVia exceeds the 1105 mg of Omega-3 per pill that is claimed on the label. You can check the results yourself here: http://www.nutrasource.ca/ifos/files/ifos%20innovix%20omegavia%20batch%20ov140277.pdf According to IFOS, there should be 1219 mg of Omega-3 per pill. That roughly twice that of 602 mg that Labdoor found.

      However, it is entirely possible that they thought the 1105 mg we claim on the label is the amount found in 2 pills…since it is very rare to have that much Omega-3 in one pill. If you multiply 602 times 2, you get 1204 mg. This math error on their part makes more sense.

      • Hi Vin,

        On October 31 I brought to your attention LabDoor’s rating of your fish oil, and noticed today that your fish oil isn’t rated at all by LabDoor now. Are you able to share any details about what has happened since October 31 with LabDoor’s rating of your fish oil, and why it’s not rated by LabDoor anymore?

        • Hi Bryan – thanks again for noticing and bringing it to our attention. Labdoor has removed about 20 products from their review and reports. OmegaVia was one of those removed products. We have had extensive discussions with Labdoor. We provided them with third-party certificate of analysis to prove that OmegaVia, indeed, contains what the label says it does. At first, they were somewhat dismissive of the third-party results we provided. So we had another third-party lab test the product. And another. And yet another. ALL THESE DIFFERENT LABS found the same amount of Omega-3 per pill – about 1150 to 1200 mg of Omega-3 per pill. Labdoor was only able to detect about 600 mg of Omega-3. We were able to provide overwhelming evidence to the contrary. We submitted all certificates of analyses to Labdoor and demanded that they immediately remove the false and erroneous review. All this occurred in November 2014. There are several other details that I am unable to share at the moment. However, I will share that fish oil products from VitaminShoppe, SAM’S Club, Life Extension, Country Life, Trader Joe’s, and Twinlabs were all ‘failing’ as well. I know that these high-quality brands also contain the correct amount of Omega-3 per label claims. So it is not surprising that their erroneous reviews were also removed from Labdoor.

          Bryan – I regret that Labdoor’s erroneous analysis and review of OmegaVia caused you (and many, many others) to question or wonder about OmegaVia’s quality and perhaps your decision to buy this product. The issue is still in the process of being resolved. I will have more information in January/february, but in the meantime, please know that all batches of OmegaVia are thoroughly tested by at least 3 different labs before they reach our customers’ hands.

          • Hi Vin,

            Thanks for your candidness and openness. I don’t know anything about LabDoor’s reputation, so I can’t put a lot of confidence in their review, however it is difficult to understand why there would be such a discrepancy that doesn’t seem to be resolved between the independent analysis that you provided and their’s. I’ve been using your fish oil for months and can testify that it works. Keep up the great work!

            • Hi Bryan – the discrepancy could be because of their testing methodology. They probably used a lab that is not proficient at fish oil analysis or the lab used a method that is not validated. Either way, it’s like a car mechanic who does not know how to use a wrench. It is highly suspect.

    • Wow, Bryan! Thank you for the heads up. I had no idea that they’d reviewed OmegaVia. I find their review incorrect because they found only 602 mg of Omega-3 per pill when the label says 1105 mg. This is why they ranked us so low for label accuracy…and why the quality ranking is so low.

      We have OmegaVia third-party tested by two different labs – IFOS and Covance, in addition to our own in-house lab. All show that OmegaVia exceeds the 1105 mg of Omega-3 per pill that is claimed on the label. You can check the results yourself here: http://www.nutrasource.ca/ifos/files/ifos%20innovix%20omegavia%20batch%20ov140277.pdf According to IFOS, there should be 1219 mg of Omega-3 per pill. That roughly twice that of 602 mg that Labdoor found.

      However, it is entirely possible that they thought the 1105 mg we claim on the label is the amount found in 2 pills…since it is very rare to have that much Omega-3 in one pill. If you multiply 602 times 2, you get 1204 mg. This math error on their part makes more sense.

      • Hi Vin,

        On October 31 I brought to your attention LabDoor’s rating of your fish oil, and noticed today that your fish oil isn’t rated at all by LabDoor now. Are you able to share any details about what has happened since October 31 with LabDoor’s rating of your fish oil, and why it’s not rated by LabDoor anymore?

        • Hi Bryan – thanks again for noticing and bringing it to our attention. Labdoor has removed about 20 products from their review and reports. OmegaVia was one of those removed products. We have had extensive discussions with Labdoor. We provided them with third-party certificate of analysis to prove that OmegaVia, indeed, contains what the label says it does. At first, they were somewhat dismissive of the third-party results we provided. So we had another third-party lab test the product. And another. And yet another. ALL THESE DIFFERENT LABS found the same amount of Omega-3 per pill – about 1150 to 1200 mg of Omega-3 per pill. Labdoor was only able to detect about 600 mg of Omega-3. We were able to provide overwhelming evidence to the contrary. We submitted all certificates of analyses to Labdoor and demanded that they immediately remove the false and erroneous review. All this occurred in November 2014. There are several other details that I am unable to share at the moment. However, I will share that fish oil products from VitaminShoppe, SAM’S Club, Life Extension, Country Life, Trader Joe’s, and Twinlabs were all ‘failing’ as well. I know that these high-quality brands also contain the correct amount of Omega-3 per label claims. So it is not surprising that their erroneous reviews were also removed from Labdoor.

          Bryan – I regret that Labdoor’s erroneous analysis and review of OmegaVia caused you (and many, many others) to question or wonder about OmegaVia’s quality and perhaps your decision to buy this product. The issue is still in the process of being resolved. I will have more information in January/february, but in the meantime, please know that all batches of OmegaVia are thoroughly tested by at least 3 different labs before they reach our customers’ hands.

          • Hi Vin,

            Thanks for your candidness and openness. I don’t know anything about LabDoor’s reputation, so I can’t put a lot of confidence in their review, however it is difficult to understand why there would be such a discrepancy that doesn’t seem to be resolved between the independent analysis that you provided and their’s. I’ve been using your fish oil for months and can testify that it works. Keep up the great work!

            • Hi Bryan – the discrepancy could be because of their testing methodology. They probably used a lab that is not proficient at fish oil analysis or the lab used a method that is not validated. Either way, it’s like a car mechanic who does not know how to use a wrench. It is highly suspect.

  13. I would like to know in which form ar the fatty acids in the product, if they are as triglycerids or as ethyl esters, or as free acids. Thank you very much.

  14. I would like to know in which form ar the fatty acids in the product, if they are as triglycerids or as ethyl esters, or as free acids. Thank you very much.

  15. Nice blog with lots of interesting reads, I am learning a lot!!! Nice work Vin 🙂

    I have adult cystic acne on my chin, will Omega3 help? What is recommended dosage?

    What are your thoughts on sugar in our diet? I am desperately trying to kick the habit but I cant. I am wondering if I am addicted to deserts (fat + sugar)??? Other that the desert cravings after lunch/dinner, I am very healthy & fit. My doctor is amazed at how low my bad cholesterol is and asked me what I typically eat? 🙂

    Thanks
    Girly

    • Hi Girly – acne of all sorts are symptoms of inappropriate diet, inflammation and compromised gut health (leaky gut, poor probiotic status etc.). You can make a huge improvement by sugar-free, dairy-free and grain-free diet like Paleo. You need a lot of nutrients for healthy skin: Vitamin C, zinc, silica, Omega-3, Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamin K2, probiotics…etc. Omega-3 is part of the collection of nutrients. It will also help reduce skin redness and inflammation. Omega-3 by itself won’t fix the problem. Fix your diet, heal your gut and then take Omega-3 on top of that for more effect. Low cholesterol is NOT a symptom of health. Skin health, however, is incredibly telling of what’s going on in your body and your overall health. It’s too bad most doctors don’t know how to read skin. Yes, your dessert addiction is contributing to the problem.

  16. Nice blog with lots of interesting reads, I am learning a lot!!! Nice work Vin 🙂

    I have adult cystic acne on my chin, will Omega3 help? What is recommended dosage?

    What are your thoughts on sugar in our diet? I am desperately trying to kick the habit but I cant. I am wondering if I am addicted to deserts (fat + sugar)??? Other that the desert cravings after lunch/dinner, I am very healthy & fit. My doctor is amazed at how low my bad cholesterol is and asked me what I typically eat? 🙂

    Thanks
    Girly

    • Hi Girly – acne of all sorts are symptoms of inappropriate diet, inflammation and compromised gut health (leaky gut, poor probiotic status etc.). You can make a huge improvement by sugar-free, dairy-free and grain-free diet like Paleo. You need a lot of nutrients for healthy skin: Vitamin C, zinc, silica, Omega-3, Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamin K2, probiotics…etc. Omega-3 is part of the collection of nutrients. It will also help reduce skin redness and inflammation. Omega-3 by itself won’t fix the problem. Fix your diet, heal your gut and then take Omega-3 on top of that for more effect. Low cholesterol is NOT a symptom of health. Skin health, however, is incredibly telling of what’s going on in your body and your overall health. It’s too bad most doctors don’t know how to read skin. Yes, your dessert addiction is contributing to the problem.

  17. Hi Vin,

    I’ve commented before and you’ve never not answered. That alone speaks volumes about the type of company you run.

    I just wanted to mention in the FAQ section, under the question “What is AutoShip”, there is no question mark at the end of the question. Minor detail…but nevertheless.

    Also – more importantly…I think if you could take the time to either directly respond to some of your product’s lower Amazon reviews or even devote a new webpage here with user comments and your responses to those comments would help a lot of people with their decision about whether or not to purchase your product.

    One in particular irked me a bit…

    *Copied from Amazon*

    12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Marketing, Inferior Absorption Form, Look elsewhere…again EXCELLENT MARKETING, August 2, 2014
    By Jordan (USA) – See all my reviews
    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Enteric Odorless/Burp-Free, 60 Capsules. 1105 mg Omega-3 – Highest Omega-3 per pill on Amazon. (Health and Beauty)
    FOR ALL PEOPLE NEW TO FISH OIL, PLEASE LISTEN. OmegaVia has a very aggressive, blog-like marketing team pushing this product on the Internet. If one searches “enteric coated fish oil” on Google, their website is the first to come up, listing all the benefits of enteric-coated fish oil, naturally. In fact, just searching any number of questions regarding fish oil will bring up Vin Kutty’s blog on omegavia.com (the owner, always a bad sign). The “health blog” is just strangely written, vacillating between product placement and shooing contrary evidence (e.g. about the bioavailibliy of different forms of fish oil) under the rug. Check it out yourself. Enteric coating is almost certainly unnecessary for the absorption of fish oil in the human body (Lovaza, the actual fish oil-based pharmaceutical drug used for lowering triglycerides, is not even enteric coated!) save for a few potential exotic applications such as Crohn’s Disease (and even these have marginal benefits). Do not be hoodwinked by marketing. It should be clear this is NOT the triglyceride form of fish oil, the most bioavailible form. This is the ethyl-ester (EE) form, a semi-synthetic form which is easier to manufacture (interestingly, it’s the active ingredient in Lovaza as well, which raises all sorts of questions the FDA might be interested in investigating). DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE PROFESSED HIGHER AMOUNTS OF EPA AND DHA. While technically yes there are higher “amounts,” this specific form (EE) is more poorly available to the body. This isn’t intended to be a product plug, but most of Nordic Natural’s stuff is triglyceride form, the primary reason they’re so expensive. Bottom line: Don’t waste your time with this stuff. They have excellent marketing, but the product is overpriced, less effective than the triglyceride form, and questionably legal due to their addition of an active pharmaceutical ingredient in accordance to the FDA’s Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

    *End Copy*

    What do you think of this review?

    One final thing – would it be possible for you to add pure Vitamin D (1000 IU or higher) into your regular-sized pills for more benefit

    Thanks much,

    Sam

    • Hi Sam – you make a good point. There are some valid points to be addressed in some of the one and two-star reviews on Amazon.com

      While I cannot address each one-star review, if there is a trend, I will post a blog about it. Like this one: http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-supplements-fishy-burps/ But please note that the Amazon.com review process is a Wild West circus with trolls, competitors and review-for-hire services like Fiverr. There is a behind-the-scenes cottage industry of lawyers and lawsuits. I try to stay away from all that drama. But I am partial to folks who prefer to deal with us one-on-one on this site, like you’re doing.

      Regarding this particular review that you found ‘irksome’, I suspect it is from a competitor who sells triglyceride form fish oil. Or someone who has passionately believed some of the marketing language associated with triglyceride form fish oil.

      “Excellent marketing” – I’ve never thought of us as being good at marketing, let alone excellent. But I’ll take the compliment, I suppose.

      “Inferior absorption” – this is the standard objection from companies who exclusively sell triglyceride form fish oil. TG form fish oil is slightly better absorbed. But this difference virtually disappears if you take ethyl ester form fish oil regularly and with meals. I’ve written a lot about that here:
      http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-ethyl-ester-vs-triglyceride-revisited/
      http://www.omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil/
      http://www.omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil-2/

      “aggressive blog-like marketing team” – I have strong opinions about nutrition. People who know me personally, know that I can’t shut about about health and nutrition. I vent all my opinions on our blogs. I have answered almost 5000 blog comments. All that gets cached by Google and served up to people who search for it. My goal is not to be aggressive, but to inform…and to sell a good product to people who seek information along with their Omega-3.

      “Enteric coating is almost certainly unnecessary for the absorption of fish oil” – True. I won’t argue with this. The #1 reason why OmegaVia is enteric coated is to prevent burping. And burping is the #1 reason why people who don’t eat fish discontinue Omega-3 supplement use. If we have indicated anywhere that enteric coating improves absorption, we should/will delete that because the science is not as conclusive as I’d like.

      “It should be clear that this NOT the triglyceride form of fish oil, the most bioavailable form” – Incorrect. The most bioavailable form is free fatty acid (FFA) form. Then phospholipid form. Then comes triglyceride form at #3 position and EE at #4. FFA form is very unstable, expensive and goes rancid quickly. Phospholipid form is even more expensive and is impossible to concentrate, so you’d have to take dozens of pills per day. So you’re left with TG and EE forms if you want something practical. All OmegaVia labels state what form they are in. We don’t hide it. OmegaVia is currently in EE form. EPA 500 was recently changed to TG form.

      Regarding the addition of Vitamin D to OmegaVia, yes, it is possible, but it is a bad idea. We all need different amounts at different times of the year, depending on how much sun we get and how much Vit D is already present in our bodies. More here: http://www.omegavia.com/brenda-watson-omega-3-and-vitamin-d/

      Hope this helps.

  18. Hi Vin,

    I’ve commented before and you’ve never not answered. That alone speaks volumes about the type of company you run.

    I just wanted to mention in the FAQ section, under the question “What is AutoShip”, there is no question mark at the end of the question. Minor detail…but nevertheless.

    Also – more importantly…I think if you could take the time to either directly respond to some of your product’s lower Amazon reviews or even devote a new webpage here with user comments and your responses to those comments would help a lot of people with their decision about whether or not to purchase your product.

    One in particular irked me a bit…

    *Copied from Amazon*

    12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Marketing, Inferior Absorption Form, Look elsewhere…again EXCELLENT MARKETING, August 2, 2014
    By Jordan (USA) – See all my reviews
    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Enteric Odorless/Burp-Free, 60 Capsules. 1105 mg Omega-3 – Highest Omega-3 per pill on Amazon. (Health and Beauty)
    FOR ALL PEOPLE NEW TO FISH OIL, PLEASE LISTEN. OmegaVia has a very aggressive, blog-like marketing team pushing this product on the Internet. If one searches “enteric coated fish oil” on Google, their website is the first to come up, listing all the benefits of enteric-coated fish oil, naturally. In fact, just searching any number of questions regarding fish oil will bring up Vin Kutty’s blog on omegavia.com (the owner, always a bad sign). The “health blog” is just strangely written, vacillating between product placement and shooing contrary evidence (e.g. about the bioavailibliy of different forms of fish oil) under the rug. Check it out yourself. Enteric coating is almost certainly unnecessary for the absorption of fish oil in the human body (Lovaza, the actual fish oil-based pharmaceutical drug used for lowering triglycerides, is not even enteric coated!) save for a few potential exotic applications such as Crohn’s Disease (and even these have marginal benefits). Do not be hoodwinked by marketing. It should be clear this is NOT the triglyceride form of fish oil, the most bioavailible form. This is the ethyl-ester (EE) form, a semi-synthetic form which is easier to manufacture (interestingly, it’s the active ingredient in Lovaza as well, which raises all sorts of questions the FDA might be interested in investigating). DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE PROFESSED HIGHER AMOUNTS OF EPA AND DHA. While technically yes there are higher “amounts,” this specific form (EE) is more poorly available to the body. This isn’t intended to be a product plug, but most of Nordic Natural’s stuff is triglyceride form, the primary reason they’re so expensive. Bottom line: Don’t waste your time with this stuff. They have excellent marketing, but the product is overpriced, less effective than the triglyceride form, and questionably legal due to their addition of an active pharmaceutical ingredient in accordance to the FDA’s Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

    *End Copy*

    What do you think of this review?

    One final thing – would it be possible for you to add pure Vitamin D (1000 IU or higher) into your regular-sized pills for more benefit

    Thanks much,

    Sam

    • Hi Sam – you make a good point. There are some valid points to be addressed in some of the one and two-star reviews on Amazon.com

      While I cannot address each one-star review, if there is a trend, I will post a blog about it. Like this one: http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-supplements-fishy-burps/ But please note that the Amazon.com review process is a Wild West circus with trolls, competitors and review-for-hire services like Fiverr. There is a behind-the-scenes cottage industry of lawyers and lawsuits. I try to stay away from all that drama. But I am partial to folks who prefer to deal with us one-on-one on this site, like you’re doing.

      Regarding this particular review that you found ‘irksome’, I suspect it is from a competitor who sells triglyceride form fish oil. Or someone who has passionately believed some of the marketing language associated with triglyceride form fish oil.

      “Excellent marketing” – I’ve never thought of us as being good at marketing, let alone excellent. But I’ll take the compliment, I suppose.

      “Inferior absorption” – this is the standard objection from companies who exclusively sell triglyceride form fish oil. TG form fish oil is slightly better absorbed. But this difference virtually disappears if you take ethyl ester form fish oil regularly and with meals. I’ve written a lot about that here:
      http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-ethyl-ester-vs-triglyceride-revisited/
      http://www.omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil/
      http://www.omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil-2/

      “aggressive blog-like marketing team” – I have strong opinions about nutrition. People who know me personally, know that I can’t shut about about health and nutrition. I vent all my opinions on our blogs. I have answered almost 5000 blog comments. All that gets cached by Google and served up to people who search for it. My goal is not to be aggressive, but to inform…and to sell a good product to people who seek information along with their Omega-3.

      “Enteric coating is almost certainly unnecessary for the absorption of fish oil” – True. I won’t argue with this. The #1 reason why OmegaVia is enteric coated is to prevent burping. And burping is the #1 reason why people who don’t eat fish discontinue Omega-3 supplement use. If we have indicated anywhere that enteric coating improves absorption, we should/will delete that because the science is not as conclusive as I’d like.

      “It should be clear that this NOT the triglyceride form of fish oil, the most bioavailable form” – Incorrect. The most bioavailable form is free fatty acid (FFA) form. Then phospholipid form. Then comes triglyceride form at #3 position and EE at #4. FFA form is very unstable, expensive and goes rancid quickly. Phospholipid form is even more expensive and is impossible to concentrate, so you’d have to take dozens of pills per day. So you’re left with TG and EE forms if you want something practical. All OmegaVia labels state what form they are in. We don’t hide it. OmegaVia is currently in EE form. EPA 500 was recently changed to TG form.

      Regarding the addition of Vitamin D to OmegaVia, yes, it is possible, but it is a bad idea. We all need different amounts at different times of the year, depending on how much sun we get and how much Vit D is already present in our bodies. More here: http://www.omegavia.com/brenda-watson-omega-3-and-vitamin-d/

      Hope this helps.

  19. Hi There,
    just wondering much do i need to have of omega3 for improvement of brain cells and cognitive ?”EPA & DHA”
    if there is a specific product

    It would be greatfully appreciated

    cheers
    sam

    • Hi Sam – for most people, aim for 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day. Any combination of EPA and DHA will work as DHA accumulates slowly in the body versus EPA being used up much more quickly. As long as you continue to get both, I wouldn’t worry about how much of each or ratio.

  20. Hi There,
    just wondering much do i need to have of omega3 for improvement of brain cells and cognitive ?”EPA & DHA”
    if there is a specific product

    It would be greatfully appreciated

    cheers
    sam

    • Hi Sam – for most people, aim for 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day. Any combination of EPA and DHA will work as DHA accumulates slowly in the body versus EPA being used up much more quickly. As long as you continue to get both, I wouldn’t worry about how much of each or ratio.

  21. Hi, can Omegavia also sell the products through iherb? It would be greatfully appreciated for customers outside the US like me. Thanks.

    • Hi Wei – as of now, we are unable to sell OmegaVia through iHerb. If/when it becomes available on iHerb, we will make an announcement.

  22. Hi, can Omegavia also sell the products through iherb? It would be greatfully appreciated for customers outside the US like me. Thanks.

  23. Hi Vin,
    Is a single dose of lots of fish oil better or worse than consuming the same amount but in portions throughout the day? Thank you.

    • HI Wei – if you’re asking whether you should break up your dosage into smaller doses throughout the day or just take the whole thing in one dose, I’d say it makes no difference. If you take your daily dose once a day with a meal, you should be fine.

  24. Hi Vin,
    Is a single dose of lots of fish oil better or worse than consuming the same amount but in portions throughout the day? Thank you.

    • HI Wei – if you’re asking whether you should break up your dosage into smaller doses throughout the day or just take the whole thing in one dose, I’d say it makes no difference. If you take your daily dose once a day with a meal, you should be fine.

  25. Hi Vin,
    I am now on Omegavia since 6 months and it’s really great. My triglycerides went from 178 t0 116. My wife has very low TGL, can I give her Omegavia or should I go to around 300 mg EPA/DHA for her?
    Why Nordic Naturals have only 55% EPA/DHA per pill and still good choice?
    And does the remaining 45% raise LDL? Thanks.

    • Hi Rafik – thank you. Glad to hear that you’re happy with OmegaVia. Yes, you may give your wife OmegaVia as well. There are many functions for Omega-3, not just for managing triglycerides.

      I like Nordic Naturals because they make good quality products, but their Omega-3 concentration ranges from low to high depending on products. No, the other 45% will not raise LDL.

  26. Hi-I started taking Omega Via a couple of years ago for joint pain, and mood support. Then the new EPA 500 came out and I switched to that. I am not that concerned about heart health at this point but figure it couldn’t hurt to do the most I can to keep it healthy. I’m wondering if I should switch it up and take some of each, maybe get a shipment once every 2 months of both supplements just to cover everything. Would they complement or work against each other? Also, does either supplement have natural vitamin D? Thank you! My joint stiffness and pain is 100% improved! Also, my nails are extremely white and strong now. If this is a side effect, it’s one I’m very happy with!

    • Hi Cindy – glad to hear that you are happy with OmegaVia. You can take OmegaVia by itself and get most of the benefits you want. However, a lot of our customers who choose EPA 500 are specifically seeking help with mood, inflammation, and triglycerides…and they have trouble with the larger OmegaVia pill. So EPA 500 makes perfect sense for them. You can always combine the two to give yourself a higher EPA to DHA ratio. I do that sometimes. No harm in doing that at all.

      None of these products have added (or naturally present) Vitamin D. It is always a good idea to supplement with Vit D3 during Winter and Spring. And if you do so, make absolutely sure you get enough Vitamin A and K2 because A, D and K2 work together. We don’t make Vit A pills but we do make K2: http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-InnovixLabs-essential-Soy-free-Capsules/dp/B00T8NROWM/

      We occasionally hear from people who’ve noticed improvements in nail strength. It may be Omega-3-related, but usually, people who take our products are in the process of making several other health and diet improvements that it could be other things that you’re doing as well…like getting enough protein. I always joke that in a pinch, I can use my nails if I can’t find a screwdriver… 🙂

  27. Hi-I started taking Omega Via a couple of years ago for joint pain, and mood support. Then the new EPA 500 came out and I switched to that. I am not that concerned about heart health at this point but figure it couldn’t hurt to do the most I can to keep it healthy. I’m wondering if I should switch it up and take some of each, maybe get a shipment once every 2 months of both supplements just to cover everything. Would they complement or work against each other? Also, does either supplement have natural vitamin D? Thank you! My joint stiffness and pain is 100% improved! Also, my nails are extremely white and strong now. If this is a side effect, it’s one I’m very happy with!

    • Hi Cindy – glad to hear that you are happy with OmegaVia. You can take OmegaVia by itself and get most of the benefits you want. However, a lot of our customers who choose EPA 500 are specifically seeking help with mood, inflammation, and triglycerides…and they have trouble with the larger OmegaVia pill. So EPA 500 makes perfect sense for them. You can always combine the two to give yourself a higher EPA to DHA ratio. I do that sometimes. No harm in doing that at all.

      None of these products have added (or naturally present) Vitamin D. It is always a good idea to supplement with Vit D3 during Winter and Spring. And if you do so, make absolutely sure you get enough Vitamin A and K2 because A, D and K2 work together. We don’t make Vit A pills but we do make K2: http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-InnovixLabs-essential-Soy-free-Capsules/dp/B00T8NROWM/

      We occasionally hear from people who’ve noticed improvements in nail strength. It may be Omega-3-related, but usually, people who take our products are in the process of making several other health and diet improvements that it could be other things that you’re doing as well…like getting enough protein. I always joke that in a pinch, I can use my nails if I can’t find a screwdriver… 🙂

  28. Hi Vin,
    A few years ago I took Omega Via and really liked the product. I believe I was taking the EPA only version for mood support. Ive had a myriad of disturbing symptoms and just recently saw an Endocrinologist who thinks it’s Graves Disease. Of course, this is essentially an immune system problem. I’ve done a TON of reading about how best to strengthen my immune system, reduce inflammation, eat to support those goals ( gluten free, paleo type way of eating for the rest of my life), but am unsure which fish oil would benefit me most from Omega Via. My eyes have also been effected by this with blurred vision, puffiness and decreased color acuity. Do you have any suggestions about which product and dosage? Thank you so so much!
    Melissa

    • Hi Melissa – get this book and read it cover to cover a couple of times: https://www.amazon.com/Thyroid-Connection-Tired-Brain-Fogged-Overweight/dp/0316272868

      I know the author well. She suffered from Graves. IT CAN BE MANAGED, so get the information that you need to do that. There was also an online Thyroid summit that you may want to buy and watch. Get informed first.

      As far as OmegaVia, I think regular OmegaVia will work fine, if you can handle the pill size. If not, go with EPA 500. Aim for 2000 to 3000 mg Omega-3 per day. Curcumin and Probiotics as well – our sister company InnovixLabs makes those.

  29. Hi!
    I have been taking OmegaVia for one month now. I was most interested in the positive effects on mood so I know I need more EPA, however, I am also trying to become pregnant. Wondering if I will need to switch to DHA 600 for pregnancy or if original OmegaVia will be sufficient! Thanks!

    • Hi Elise – if you’re trying to become pregnant, you need a different approach – take the regular OmegaVia. Two per day. Once you get pregnant, add a DHA 600. In the meantime, take Folate, not Folic Acid. I suggest Jarrow B-Right. Many pregnant women are deficient in Vitamin D3, so get your level tested and supplement as needed. Most women are also low in Choline, Magnesium, and several vitamins and iodine. Eat eggs!

  30. Hi,

    I have been told OmegaVia will be switching to rTG from EE this month which is great. If this is still the case, when exactly?

    Will this apply to all products and will the website/images/labels be updated to reflect this change?

    I am ready to order but have but have been waiting for the rTG.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Leigh – all three OmegaVia formulas are now in the rTG form. Our EPA and DHA formulas have been in the rTG form for a while. The regular OmegaVia formula was switched to rTG very recently (July 2016). Images, label art, and website information will be updated shortly. Thank you for your patience.

  31. I have subscription to the regular OmegaVia formula and did not realize the formula had been switched to rTG; I found out while reading a review on Amazon, and thought it was a typo. How do I know whether what I have is the rTG or EE formula?

    • Hi Bryan – pardon us while we update our website. In the meantime, if you look at the ‘Supplement Facts’ panel on the back of the bottle, you will see it noted as ‘Reported as triglycerides’ or ‘Reported as ethyl Ester.’ The back panel also has a bullet point that says ‘Triglyceride (rTG) form Omega-3.’ We are no longer selling the ethyl ester batches. I am told that Amazon.com no longer has any of the ethyl ester bottle left. There may be some ethyl ester bottles still in distribution in doctor’s offices and internationally.

      • Just out of curiosity, why the switch to rTG? It seemed like when OmegaVia used to be in the EE formula that you felt pretty strongly that the EE formula was just as effective as rTG. Personally, I am happy for the switch, but am just curious about what prompted it?

        • Hi Bryan – I’ve written several articles about this, so I might go overboard in my response.

          I published this blog 4 years ago: http://omegavia.com/ee-fish-oil-vs-tg-fish-oil/ In that blog, I show a graph of the true difference between Ethyl Ester and Triglyceride form fish oils. Most studies find little or no difference. Some studies found that TG was a tiny bit better absorbed. But only by about 10-15%. Really, it’s nothing significant.

          My strong opinion was and still is: there is no difference or advantage over the long term. DO NOT pay more for triglyceride form Omega-3. If you can find it at the same price as Ethyl Ester forms, fine, get it. But otherwise, you will unnecessarily pay a lot more for TG forms. You will note that we have not changed the price of OmegaVia at all. We are not going to issue a press release or start bad-mouthing EE form oils. That would be hypocritical.

          This whole ‘TG form is better than EE form’ debate was started by two or three individuals back in the late 1990s to provide a ‘sales story’ and advance the sales of their TG product in health food stores. I won’t name names for obvious reasons. Then the internet came along and gave validation to this nonsense.

          So why did we switch to TG? To sidestep this silly debate. It is not an admission that TG is better…because it is not.

          The debate was started by people who do not understand science and is being kept alive by people who do not understand science. We’ve generally tried to provide the highest quality product and over the years and we’ve tried to eliminate reasons why people choose not to buy OmegaVia. Those reasons include beef gelatin (we no longer use it and have switched to fish gelatin), soy (we used to use soy tocopherols as an antioxidant, we have now switched to a blend of sunflower tocopherols and rosemary extract), we have gone from larger fish higher up the food chain to smaller, algae eating fish that are lower on the food chain, we’ve switched to a sustainable and non-GMO glycerin, we’ve increased the thickness of the algae-based enteric coating so there are fewer complaints about burping. You get my point.

          If the switch to triglyceride form oils removes an irrelevant obstacle for the product, that’s great. We can now focus on health.

          PS: if you want to stir the pot and start another debate, tell people that Free Fatty Acids form (FFA) is much better than Triglcyeride form. 🙂 It is better absorbed and do not require any digestive enzymes. But FFA are inherently more prone to oxidation and go rancid much sooner.

  32. If I want to have a balanced EPA and DHA (for eye health, mood, skin and joints), should I take 1 softgel of OmegaVia Fish Oil and 1 softgel of DHA 600?

    • Hi William – you can either take one OmegaVia plus one DHA 600. Or you can take two OmegaVia. If your goal is cognitive health, then you will need a little more DHA than is present in one OmegaVia. So the combination will help. But for the rest of the effects you are looking for, two OmegaVia per day should be fine,

  33. I noticed my recent order the labels have changed. Fish not from China was removed and now it says tested in Europe. Also, it seems the fish only come from Chili and Peru. I recall my prior orders had listed fish also from the USA. The FAQ mentions Menhaden comes from the US eastern seaboard, but I don’t see this listed on the bottle. How are the fish handled when they are imported into the country? I noticed that fish caught in the USA was also dropped from the label. Any reason why the labels have changed?

    Does your process using the heat-free CO2 Supercritical Extraction and Chromatography remove toxins such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides ,etc?

    Regards,

    • Hi Rick – yes, the label language has changed a little bit. We always make small tweaks to clarify and address consumer concerns. We also update label language when we upgrade the formula, as we have recently. The fish source has been the same for at least 3 years now – Sardine, Anchovy, Mackerel from Chile and Peru and occasionally blended with Menhaden oil, on an as-needed basis, from US waters. Menhaden has not been removed from the formula.

      We still have a ‘no Chinese ingredients’ statement listed on the current product.

      The oil is usually transported at 40 below zero to Europe for processing and concentration. We produce and import oil only when we are ready to make another batch, so it goes straight into quality testing and capsule encapsulation immediately upon importation.

      As far as the formula upgrade, we have changed from ethyl ester form of Omega-3 to triglyceride form. Many people seem to prefer the triglyceride form.

      Yes, we use CO2 extraction/chromatography to purify

  34. Hi Vin,
    what’s the source of the fish oil please? is it from cold water fish or equatorial water?
    I read many companies were getting the oil from Peru. Are Peru coats considered as cold water? Thank you.

    • Hi Rafik – yes, it is BOTH tropical and cold. That might sound strange, but it is what’s unique about Peruvian and Chilean waters. There is a cold current that comes up from the Antarctic that brings nutrients that help algae (phytoplankton) flourish and the small fish that feed on this algae. The water off the coast of Chile and Peru is very cold. This is why even though coastal Peru is tropical, you will feel freezing cold if you stand on the beach. Peru and Chile supply most of the fish used in dietary supplements.

  35. Hi Vin,

    I’ve been taking Omega Via for a while and really like it. However, it’s not unusual to feel bloated, and I think it may have to do with the pills being enteric coated and therefore taking longer to break down. Recently to confirm my theory I decided to switch to a non-enteric coated pill for a week to see if I notice a difference. During that week I did not experience any of the bloating, and the bloating seemed to occur when I started taking Omega Via again. Any plans on making a non-enteric version so people have a choice? I truly believe Omega Via is a superior fish oil, but would prefer a non-enteric coated version. Thanks!

    • Hi Bryan – I am very sorry to hear that you’ve been having digestive issues. It is very rare to experience side effects with Omega-3, other than fishy burps, but when you do, it is usually bloating and digestive distress. From previous communication, I know you’ve been taking OmegaVia for a while – is this a new development or have you always experienced bloating after taking it?

      As for offering a non-enteric version, we do not currently have plans to do so. OmegaVia (the regular version) gives you a whopping dose of Omega-3 in one shot. So it’s possible that you are experiencing the bloating because of the sheer volume of oil. There are a couple of options. First is to try the smaller EPA 500 or DHA 600. Having smaller oil volumes, they will have less of an impact on your system. If the smaller pills do not bother you, you have a new option. Second, you may want to try taking the regular OmegaVia with a lipase supplement. If you find that lipase solves the issue, you have additional info about what’s going on in your body. There may be some digestive enzyme issues.

      I hope one of the solutions above work for you.

  36. Hi Vin,
    if I want to improve joint health and optimal benefits of fish oil for my 14 year old, what would be the recommended dosage?

    • Hi Melissa – start at 1000 mg Omega-3 per day. But if you are starting at a deficient level, you may need to go up to 2000 or 3000 mg per day for a while at first.

  37. Hi Vin,
    I have a 14 year old boy who doesn’t eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. What kind of supplement do u recommend ?

    • Hi Anlee – you cannot outrun a bad diet with supplements. There is no way to REPLACE vegetables with supplements. You can fill in some minor gaps in diet with supplements but there is simply no way to replace vegetables.

  38. I am 39 years old. While I was using OmegaVia (1 cap a day), my HDL was in range 42 to 47. I was offered another brand which was 600 mg Omega 3 out of 1000 mg Fish Oil (300 EPA + 200 DHA). I was taking 2 caps a day. Now my HDL fell to 34.
    Do you think it’s because the rate (Omega 3 / Fish Oil) is lower than that of the OmegaVia? and does the extra 500 mg (non Omega 3 oil) has an effect on that?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Rafik – HDL is affected by total fat consumed (more healthy fats = higher HDL), but Omega-3 by itself does not have a big effect on HDL. Lower fat consumption, less activity, more starch/sugar can lower HDL. As much as I’d like to say it’s because you stopped using OmegaVia (:-) it is unlikely to be the cause.

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