Recently I have heard a lot of people talking about prescription fish-oil, and all of the benefits that it provides to both the body and mind. I was curious to see what all of the fuss was about, because having done a lot of research myself on the many benefits of fish-oil I thought that some company had somehow been able to come up with a miraculous new breakthrough. Why else would the EPA approve the product?
I am still curious as to exactly why this company received special treatment from the FDA, when companies selling you the same product and conducting the same sort of clinical studies failed to get their DHA omega 3 fish-oil formulas approved. The truth is that despite the claims being made about this FDA approved fish oil it will not do any more for you than any of the other formulas on the market will.
Prescription fish-oil is being touted as the only FDA approved product that is proven to reduce triglyceride levels. Any fish-oil supplement that you buy over the counter will do this as well, along with lowering your blood pressure, slowing your heart rate, reducing heartbeat irregularities (arrhythmias), preventing the formation of plaque on the arterial walls, and preventing blood platelets from sticking together and causing clots.
It is also claimed that that by following the FDA standards for allowable levels of toxins in their fish-oil that this prescription formula is safer for you than the DHA omega 3 fish oil supplements on the market. To be honest with you the FDA allowable levels for mercury and other toxins far exceed the International Fish Oil Standards that most of the companies manufacturing dietary fish-oil supplements follow.
It is also claimed that prescription fish-oil provides concentrated levels of DHA and EPA so high that it could take 14 capsules of over the counter fish oil supplements to equal the dosage in 4 of the prescription pills. If you have read the labels of the majority of fish oil supplements you will know that 14 is a grossly inflated number. In most cases you would have to take 6 at best, and once I break down the price per capsule I think that you would rather opt for the 6 instead.
Each capsule of this FDA approved fish-oil costs roughly $1.31, so four capsules per day would cost $5.24. The highest rated over the counter fish thermal conductivity of fuel oil oil supplement costs roughly.29 cents per capsule, which at 6 capsules per day would cost you $1.74. If you want to pay 3 times as much per day in order to receive exactly the same benefits then be my guest, but it doesn't make much sense.
Of course, most health insurance will probably pay the bulk of the price for prescription fish oil, but depending on what your co-pay is it might just be easier to pick up the bottle of DHA omega 3 fish oil that sells for $16.85 a bottle. Then you wouldn't have to go through the hassle of picking up prescriptions, and waiting for them to be filled.