NEW! OmegaVia DHA 600

Prenatal supplement…or brain health supplement?

Yes.

 

OmegaVia DHA supplement
The new OmegaVia DHA 600 has, well, 600 mg of DHA per pill. It’s the only
product that provides enough DHA for the second half of pregnancy.

OmegaVia DHA 600 is our newest product.

You kept bugging us. Now here it is.

What is it?

  • It’s an ultra-pure DHA-only supplement made from Anchovy, Sardine, and Mackerel
  • Each capsule has 600 mg of DHA Omega-3
  • The DHA is in the well-absorbed triglyceride (rTG) form

Who should take it:

  • Men and women considering parenthood ( 4 months before conception)
  • Pregnant and nursing women (600 to 900 mg DHA per day)
  • Adults concerned about brain health
  • Adults concerned about eye health

How much does it cost?

$25.99 for 120 softgels

Why it’s special:

  • It has the most DHA available in one pill. (Yet it’s not a horse pill)
  • It’s made using a new gentle, heat-free technology called enzymatic concentration. Less heat equals less damage to delicate Omega-3 molecules.

Features:

  • Purified to remove mercury
  • The Omega-3 is in the well-absorbed triglyceride form
  • It’s enteric coated to reduce odor and burping
  • It is third-party tested for your peace of mind
DHA supplement pill size comparison
DHA 600 is larger than EPA 500 pills but much smaller than regular OmegaVia

OmegaVia-DHA-600-Supplement-Facts-Panel

What’s the right dosage for brain health?

There is always some news report about why fish oil doesn’t work.

Recently, there was a lot of media attention about one study that used 320 mg of DHA per day. The media reported that it does nothing for brain health or eyes. A ‘waste of money,’ said Newsweek.

Case closed. Toss your fish oil pills.

Not so fast.

While we were developing this formula, I spent a lot of time reviewing DHA studies (certainly more time than Jessica Firger from Newsweek) from the last decade that focused on cognitive health.

I noticed a couple of things:

  1. Studies that used less than 500 mg per day consistently failed to provide cognitive benefits.
  2. Studies that used more than 600 mg or so showed fairly consistent benefits.

600 to 700 mg of DHA per day seemed to be the sweet spot – the least amount of DHA that could be expected to provide benefits. It seems fair to say that if you take two pills (1200 mg DHA per day) that you’d tilt the odds in your favor.

This is the reason why our formula is ‘DHA 600’ and not ‘DHA 500.’ DHA 700 would have been better but we wanted to keep cost and pill size approachable.

This data was brilliantly reported by Adam Ismail of GOED as a response to mass media trashing DHA.

In the chart below, I have shamelessly combined my data with Adam’s eye-opening chart. (Yes, there are a couple of studies that used > 500 mg DHA that failed to provide benefits and if I keep looking, I’ll probably find a study or two that shows benefits at sub-500 mg dosage. That’s how science works.)

DHA & Brain Health Clinical Studies:
Dosage and Results

DHA dosage brain cognitive health benefits
Comparison of recent DHA research: studies that used less than 500 mg of DHA per day showed a near unanimous lack of cognitive or brain health benefit.

Dosage matters.

As Dr. Barry Sears regularly explains to his readers, if you take a placebo dose, you can expect a placebo result.

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Vin Kutty
Vin Kutty, MS, is co-founder of Innovix Pharma. He is a nutritionist, author, and Omega-3 expert with 20 years of experience.

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  1. Hi,I currently the omegavia 780 epa 260 dha.In some of my reading I have seen products recomending higher levels of dha. I am wondering what your current thoughts are on this subject and could you comment on the trade marked product vesisorb.
    Thanks

    • Hi Don – think of EPA and DHA has your right hand and left. Ideally, you need both. They have different roles in the body. DHA tends to be used for structural functions like building stuff. Think bricks of a building. EPA is the water and electricity flowing thru the building. EPA plays a more functional role, not a structural one.

      EPA is very good for reducing inflammation. It is good for mood and reducing blood fats like triglyceride. DHA is good for brain and eye health. It is critical during pregnancy and breast feeding due to its importance in brain development.

      OmegaVia (the original one) was designed to have a little more EPA than DHA to help reduce inflammation. However, there is enough DHA there still to meet your daily needs. The new DHA product (above) is for those focused on pregnancy, brain and eye health. If you have inflammation issues, then a little more EPA than DHA is a good idea.

  2. Hi,

    I am not sure which Omegavia product I should buy. I bought the OmegaVia EPA 500. Pharmaceutical Grade EPA Omega-3. Triglyceride-form EPA-only formula, 120 Capsules. 500 mg EPA per pill.
    on Amazon

    And then I tried the OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Omega-3, Enteric Odorless/Burp-Free. 1105 mg Omega-3 – Highest Omega-3 per pill.

    The first one reduced my depression. I was able to concentrate better.
    The second one was great for my skin and reduced my challenges with inflammation considerably. It has also assisted my recall but not my
    concentration. Not sure why that is.

    These are my challenges: inflammation, and brain health, mood, skin. I was a battered child and teen and suffered several blows to head, ages 6-19. I have been taking the fish oil along with my green foods, (spirulina, barley grass juice powder, e3live, and wheat grass juice powder). The fish oil helps me remember numbers well this is a big deal for me because I have not been able to recall numbers this well since I was thrown against a wall at the age of 8. So, I am very excited about what it is doing for my brain.

    The Omegavia is the best fish oil product I’ve come across.

    Do I need to purchase two different ones? I am running low on the product.

    Lastly, I have also started taking Viobin Wheat Germ oil. I take one teaspoon each day. Is it okay to take Wheat Germ oil even though i am taking the fish oil? I don’t mind alternating. It has been a great help. Thank you.

    • Hi WM – your post made me go quiet for a while.

      Since you want to focus on a lot of different areas, I think the original OmegaVia with 1105 mg of Omega-3 per pill will do. You don’t need to buy two separate products. I am not a big fan of greens – you’ll do better with increasing the quantity and variety of vegetables and tubers in your diet. Certainly not a big fan of wheat germ oil or anything that comes from wheat.

      Take care of yourself. Since others didn’t.

  3. Hi vin, i am currently taking blue ocean professional omega 3 2100 mg for the last one month. They didn’t mention their source of oil on label and when i inquired from them they said their source would be either Peruvian Anchovies or Alaskan Pollock. Is it good source or not, and when can we get your products in india? Am i taking right product for anti-inflamatory purpose.

    • Hi Babli – Blue Ocean is generally a good product. But one of their products failed a recent ConsumerLab.com test. It had a little less Omega-3 than claimed on the label. But the product quality is otherwise very good from my experience. If you take 2000-3000 mg of Omega-3 per day, you should notice a decrease in inflammation.

  4. Hi Vin!
    I am loving Omegavia so far. I have been aware of the benefits of DHA during pregnancy throughout my pregnancy and was taking a highly recommended Fish Oil that had much higher EPA than DHA. It wasn’t until my 6th or 7th month that I found your product and began taking it and have gathered a lot more information about EPA and DHA.

    Will the benefits be lessened because I have been taking much more EPA than DHA throughout this pregnancy? And could there be negative effects?
    Should my intake of DHA be balanced by an intake of EPA? Is there a ratio amount?
    (I am currently taking the 600 capsule twice a day along with an EPA/DHA capsule EPA 625/ DHA 244.)

  5. Is there a health reason to prefer this DHA 600 to the Ovega-3 vegan DHA?

    I currently take two EPA 500 and one regular omegavia per day to help with mood. I’m thinking about pregancy and the regimen I was thinking of was 2 regular Omegavias and 2 of the vegan ovega-3 per day. Is there a reason to think that -from a nutrition perspective, not pill quantity or cost-your DHA 600 would be better than taking 2 ovega-3 pills?

    • Hi EastCoaster – no. There is no health or nutrition reason to choose Ovega-3 over this item. If you are vegan, then, yes, Ovega-3 is the obvious choice.

  6. I tried to post this earlier.

    Right now I take 2 500 EPAs and 1 regular omegavia per day (mostly for mood). I’ve been thinking about pregnancy and wondering about taking 2 regular omegavias and 2 of the ovega-3 vegan dha.

    Right now I’m getting 1780 mg EPA (500×2 + 780) and 260mg DHA plus 65m other omega 3.

    Under the proposed regimen I would get:

    EPA (780×2 + 135×2) DHA (260×2 + 270×2)

    EPA 1830mg DHA 1060mg DHA

    Is there any nutritional reason why it would be better to get the dha from fish than from the algal oil?

    Thanks

    • Hi EastCoaster – I answered your earlier question yesterday…may be you’re not seeing it for some reason.

      There is no nutritional reason to choose fish over algae. Or vice versa. If you get the DHA into your body, your body will thank you, regardless of source. Some algae extracted DHA products may have some remaining solvents like hexane, acetone, or isopropanol. I have no idea if that is the case with your algae DHA.

      • Thanks for the response. There was a delay in the post showing up, so I thought my comment hadn’t posted.

        I was also asking about the best way to go about making sure that I get adequate EPA for myself even when upping DHA.

        • Hi EastCoaster – I think one regular OmegaVia and one DHA 600 should be plenty. As you get closer to 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy, you can always increase either pill by one.

  7. You have mentioned before in one of your articles about unopposed EPA being effective when one is interested in getting its benefits. Does the same work for DHA? Should I avoid a product that has EPA if I am more interested in the DHA component?

    • Hi NG – no need to avoid either. That would be a bad idea. For mood/depression, the evidence shows that more EPA than DHA helps. No such evidence exists for any other health condition.

  8. Hi Vin,

    I am 63 years old with high cholesterol and blood pressure. I also have Chronic Ischemic Microvascular Brain Changes and am wondering which (if any) of these products would give me the best benefit. Omegavia, Omegavia 500, Omegavia 600 or a combination of these products?

    Thanks

    • Hi Dennis – I’d go with the regular OmegaVia for now. It is the best way to get a high amount of Omega-3 into your body with one pill. I’d take 2-3 per day.

  9. Hey there Mr Kutty,

    My plan to improve my health, the dietary portion of it, is temporarily face down in the water. I have read numerous links lately regarding statins: specifically, statins and fish oil, as well as other related pharmacological and supplemental studies including coq10, K2 and vitamin E, etc. I thought, “Alright, finally! There it is in black and white–proof that it works–empirical results.”

    However, I went on to read anther link, “Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms”. That was a veritable horror show about the apparent Ted Bundy of prescription medications. Who knew? Before you correctly suggest I see my Doctor, keep in mind that she prescribed them. On one hand, they are touted as miracles, on the other hand, not so much. Kind of like the wheat/whole grains issue—ground zero of healthy food… that is going to kill you. Have you any advice? These conundrums are frustrating. Thanks

    • Boy, Bill, you sure know how to open a can of worms, don’t you? 🙂

      ‘Ted Bundy of prescription medications.’ Ha! Your words, not mine. But I agree with you for the most part. I have read an awful lot about statins. It seems to help a very small segment of the population (old men who’ve already had heart attacks) but no one else. If you’re young or female, or have not had diagnosed heart disease, it does not appear to improve quality or quantity of life. But, hey, people pop them like they’re candy. Having said that, we do not fully know what ELSE it does in the body besides lower cholesterol. And therein may lie the small benefits that some studies are able to tease out.

      My advice: flip over that health plan that’s face down in the water. Give it CPR. And begin eating real foods – stuff that was alive and growing last week. Mostly veggies and roots. Some fish, eggs, and animal protein. Sleep 8 hours a night. Walk 10,000 steps a day. Do some de-stressing stuff regularly = yoga + meditation. Socialize and laugh it up with friends and your community.

      When the dust settles, we may find that sleep and stress may count as much as diet. And we ALL could improve in these areas.

  10. Hello, Thank you for your putting so much information out there! I truly enjoy your articles and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them! I’ve been reading your articles for a while. I am currently a little over 5 months pregnant with my first and it’s GIRL :).

    I’ve been taking the following:
    4 Nordic Naturals Prenatal (serving size: 2)- 480 DHA & 205 EPA
    1 Carlson super DHA 500
    Total: 1460 DHA and 410 EPA

    I didn’t realize that EPA was as important as DHA and I am concerned about it. From your experience with your wife, what would you recommend that I take for my last trimester. I am thinking about ordering the Omegavia regular and the Omegavia DHA 600. How many should I take Starting my 6th month and is ordering from Amazon the same as ordering directly on your website? Lastly, what magnesium pills do you recommend and how much mg should I be getting?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    • Hi Aida – congratulations! And glad you find the articles here useful. I think your total DHA is fine for the whole pregnancy. EPA is OK too, but could be higher.

      You could keep your routine the same or you could use OmegaVia (regular) and OmegaVia DHA 600 in combo. One regular and 1 or 2 DHA per day.

      Buying from this site or Amazon is the same. Except I don’t think Amazon offers ‘Auto-ship’ and the discount that goes with it. As for Magnesium, try the one from our sister company, InnovixLabs on Amazon. Aim for 400 mg Magnesium per day, but check with your OB before you add anything new to your routine. Good luck with the pregnancy.

  11. Hi Vin,

    I read somewhere that your body becomes saturated with DHA at a dose of about 900 mg/day, so taking more than that won’t do any good. Is that true?

    • Hi Peter – I dont know how that could be true. It is possible that there is no need for more than 900 mg DHA per day, but it can always be converted to EPA if there is excess.

    • Hi Peter – DHA is a longer molecule than EPA. By 2 carbons. Generally, elongation of any molecule is more cumbersome and consumes energy, so the body isn’t very efficient at it. So conversion of EPA to DHA is not as efficient as the reverse. The answer to your question: yes, EPA can be converted. But DHA to EPA works much easier and faster.

  12. Hey Vin,

    (This unrelated to DHA but this was the most recent article)

    I have been following your health recommendations and would like to get your take on some things.

    I am thinking about incorporating fish into my diet certain weeks so as not to have to supplement ALL the time with EPA pills. Does mercury toxicity concern you? (I heard Salmon was good on this front)

    Per your recommendation I have been eating a lot of eggs (6 whites, 2 yolks a day) but I recently came across research connecting eggs to Prostate Cancer and its progression. Have you heard about this?

    Lastly, I recently read a few articles warning against olive and coconut oil (especially coconut). Is this just another case of people fearing any and all fat?

    http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/11/19/why-are-eggs-linked-to-cancer-progression/

    https://www.pritikin.com/your-health/healthy-living/eating-right/1103-whats-wrong-with-olive-oil.html

    • HI Sullivan – wild salmon is an excellent food. Mercury is not high in salmon.

      There has never, ever been cause and effect shown between eating eggs and cancer of any sort. I feel pretty comfortable is saying virtually everyone who has cancer has eaten eggs at some point. So it is easy to connect the two. Otherwise, I think it is hogwash. I feel the same way about the olive/coconut oil article.

  13. Hi Vin,

    What percentage of DHA is present in the sn-2 position of this product?
    And maybe, if you have the time, could you elaborate on the importance (or not) of this in your opinion?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Nik – as far as we know (based on NMR analysis), the DHA is equally distributed between sn-1, 2, and 3 positions on the glycerol backbone. In other words, about a third of it is probably in the sn-2 position.

      Just curious – why do you ask?

      • I’ve been following Jack Kruse for some time. He says that DHA has to be in the SN-2 position to get into the brain and nervous system.

        Rhonda Patrick seems to favor Krill for DHA and fish oil (she apparently uses Nordic Naturals Extra EPA) for EPA. Maybe you should sponsor her with some OmegaVia EPA? 😉 Anyway, seems like a decent approach? Given Krill is too expensive to cover all to make sense.

        Feel free to cut out parts of the text if you wish. I just appreciate your opinion since I like your writings and view on things.

  14. Hi Vin,
    I have 2 boys – a 10yr old, who has concentration issues and a 4.5 yr old with sensory issues. Their diet is full of sugar juice and artificial stuff, while I am tackling that, please advise what Omega-3 to give them ? And how much.

  15. Hello Vin,

    Earlier I used to take Nordic Naturals EPA Xtra, but I recently started using “Omegavia Fish Oil” supplement after Omegavia switched to the rTG form.
    Now, the supplement is Enteric-Coated, which means it won’t be digested in the stomach, and if I want to avoid this is it OK if I chew on the softgel? Once I feel that all the oil has been taken in, I spit out the capsule body. I have done it a couple of times and the oil tastes fine (this really shows it’s good quality stuff, so kudos to you guys!!!), can you please tell me if this method is OK and doesn’t affect the absorption in a negative way.

    • Hi Pankaj – I would not recommend chewing the capsule to release the oil in the mouth. There is no biological or scientific need to. There is almost no gastric digestion of Omega-3 in the stomach. Virtually all Omega-3 digestion happens in the intestines. So why go through the hassle? The only people up in arms about enteric coating are companies selling non-enteric-coated fish oil.

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