OMEGA XL Frequently Asked Questions
Can Omega XL be taken with other medications
YES - Omega XL can be taken with most medications. However each individual is unique and it is important to check with your healthcare provider regarding any food supplement when you are on medications. By FDA law, we are unable to provide medical advice regarding the use of Omega XL. All questions regarding use of Omega XL and medications or particular health problems should be discussed with your health care provider.
Omega XL and the expiration date
After the expiration date, Omega XL will slowly oxidize and the omega 3’s will break down. It is tested and certified to be at optimum quality for two years if kept at the recommended temperature and humidity levels.
At what temperature should Omega XL be stored?
Omega XL is recommended to be kept at room temperature or below and out of direct sunlight, with as little humidity as possible.
I heard Omega-3s are good for my heart.
Yes, Omega XL can be good for the heart when used as directed.
Is Flaxseed Oil a substitute for marine based oil?
Flaxseed oil is a rich source of the Omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an Omega-3 fatty acid with a shorter carbon chain than EPA and DHA. This structural difference confers different biochemical properties to ALA. Some ALA gets converted in the body to EPA and DHA, but this conversion may not be adequate to meet the body’s need for EPA and DHA. Flaxseed oil is more palatable than typical commercially available fish oil, but has a stronger taste and odor than marine oils such as Omega XL.
Are Omega-3 fatty acids important for pregnant or lactating women?
Yes. The Omega-3 fatty acids are absolutely necessary during pregnancy and lactation. Babies have an absolute need for the Omega-3 fatty acids for their brain and visual system development. Babies obtain their Omega-3 fatty acids from the mother through the placenta during pregnancy and from the breast milk in the post-partum period. In fact, the new mother who has a low consumption of fish or other Omega-3 sources will become profoundly depleted after giving birth to twins or triplets, because she is even more susceptible to a lack of Omega-3. It is safe to say that all pregnant women should be receiving Omega-3 fatty acids.
Too much fish can expose the mother and baby to toxins found all too often in fish, such as heavy metals (e.g. mercury) or organochlorine (e.g. PCBs). Therefore it may be safer to use an Omega-3 supplement such as Omega XL.
Do I need to check with my doctor?
Omega XL is an all-natural source of Omega-3 essential nutrients from the green lipped mussel. In all matters concerning health, it is always important to check with your physician before starting a new program.
Have a hard time swallowing a gel cap?
Easy, squeeze out the oil into a teaspoon of applesauce or yogurt or juice. Omega XL is manufactured as a gel cap, however, for customers who have difficulty swallowing pills/gel caps, we recommended piercing the gel cap with a sterilized pin and squeezing the oil into a liquid (juice, etc.) or pudding immediately prior to ingestion. This will not compromise the effectiveness of Omega XL.
Can I just eat more fish?
Yes, eating more fish would be a healthy choice for most Americans, however, data from regulatory agencies suggests that freshwater fish in the United States is essentially inedible, due to industrial pollution leading to residues of heavy metals (e.g. mercury) and organchlorine carcinogens (e.g. PCBs). Ocean fish are more variable, with some species likely to be very clean, while others may be highly contaminated. It is difficult to make general guidelines regarding how much fish is safe. The alternative way to receive Omega-3 fatty acids is through supplements. Omega XL is derived from the Green Lipped Mussel from the pristine waters of New Zealand. These mussels are uncontaminated. As one moves up the food chain, more and more toxins can accumulate depending on the diet of the fish. Mussels are near the bottom of the food chain and feed on the plankton that contain the Omega-3 essential fatty acids. A reasonable recommendation would be to eat moderate amounts of fish combined with Omega XL supplements to ensure an adequate intake of Omega-3 oils.
Can Omega-3 fatty acids be mixed with medications?
Yes, Omega-3 is a food product and an essential building block of health. Consult with your health care provider. For anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications, such as Coumadin (warfarin) or high-dose aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin, ibuprofen, and others check with your health care provider prior to using Omega XL. Omega XL and Omega-3 fatty acids in general can mix with any psychiatric medication very safely.