Omega XL Vs. Other Omega 3's

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Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of the human diet. They help fight inflammation, promote skin and heart health, and might improve mood and enhance memory. Because humans cannot produce these essential fatty acids, they must be consumed through over-the-counter supplements or through foods. Omega XL is a new form of omega-3 supplement and is available online. Always consult your physician before beginning a new supplement.

Sources of Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are in a variety of foods, including salmon, sardines, tuna and other oily fish, flaxseed oil, walnuts, some greens and soy products, according to Tufts School of Medicine. Some people find it easier to take omega-3 in a supplement such as fish oil capsules, flaxseed oil capsules or omega XL, which is derived from the green-shelled mussel.

What Makes Omega XL Different From Omega-3

Omega XL differs from regular omega-3 because of its source. The green-shelled mussels are farmed in New Zealand, where they grow on vines and are harvested after 1-1/2 years. Omega XL is manufactured by Great HealthWorks. It is processed to extract all proteins and carbohydrates, which makes it an appropriate omega-3 source for people with seafood allergies.

How to Take Omega-3 and Omega-XL

Omega-3 softgels are available in 1,000 mg and 1,200 mg capsules. One softgel is taken three times daily with meals. Omega XL capsules are taken four times per day for the first month, then two capsules daily for maintenance.

Efficacy of Omega XL Over Omega-3

Omega XL is a more potent form of omega-3 and contains purified amounts of this essential fatty acid. Green-shelled mussels contain a different blend of omega-3. This makes Omega XL more effective than regular fish oil capsules or flaxseed oil capsules, according to

Using Omega XL Instead of Omega-3

For severe inflammation and joint and muscle pain, the potency of Omega XL surpasses omega-3 as an essential fatty acid and antioxidant. Its anti-inflammatory properties are ongoing with continued use and can also help with post-exercise delayed muscle soreness and recovery, according to Dr. Ron Eaker, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist.