The FDA approved the first prescription fish oil product a few years ago. Now called Lovaza, it contains high amounts of omega 3s. The manufacturer also says that it is contaminant free. In other words, it is similar to some of the quality over-the -counter products available on the Internet. The difference is price.
The better over-the-counter supplements will hardly put a dent in your credit card. Depending on your taste in furniture, Lovaza will cost you a down payment on a set of living room couches and chairs. In this article, I will try to explain how to get the exact same health benefits as Lovaza offers so you will not have to sit on the floor.
Fish oil has been a staple in diets ever since we learned how to catch fish. In the past 40 years, various research groups have studied people who live by coastal areas throughout the planet. They speak different languages, have different customs but their seafood diets are loaded in omega 3 fatty acids. They also share two other traits.
1] Western diseases such as clinical depression, heart problems, arthritis and out of balance immune systems are statistically very small.
2] Prescription drugs are used very sparingly.
There are two specific omega 3s in fish oil that are given credit for the benefits I just mentioned – EPA and DHA. An omega 3 fish oil product has EPA and DHA in it. Some over-the-counter [OTC] supplements will add another omega 3 called ALA. It is derived from flax seed and is not needed. ALA is also not used in the prescription fish oil product.
By the way, Lovaza used to be called Omacor. They are the same and currently the only prescription fish oil drug. There are, however, several high quality OTC supplements that are just as pure as Lovaza and can prove it with independent lab reports. Go to their websites. Look for a Certificate of Analysis [COA]. It will tell you exactly what is in the product but what is not – ocean toxins, chemical additives etc.
Aside from the price differential, you may be wondering if there is any difference at all? There is one thing – dosage. Lovaza has over 800mg of EPA / DHA per capsule. Most of the better OTC brands have around 450mg. per capsule. That is the difference.
The American FDA does not classify omega 3s as medications. They are nutritional supplements. Consumers do not need to get food from a drug manufacturer. If you go out to dinner, is there an FDA approved special on the menu? Has the chef been trained by a drug company?
Back to price for a moment. Two capsules of my OTC product gives me a little more EPA and DHA more than one of the prescription fish oil. They are exactly the same natural omega 3s and they are just as toxin free if not more so. I can find other uses for the $ 150 per month that I am not sending to the drug companies.