Omax3 is a supplement from Prevention Pharmaceuticals that claims to be more than 97% pure Omega-3 fish oil and touts a revolutionary 4:1 EPA:DHA ratio, which they say is better for inflammation. They promise if you take Omax3 daily you will have improved brain function, lower cholesterol and improve muscle recovery.
The Omax3 Pitch
Omax3 is pushing the potency of its Omega-3 supplements by claiming it delivers 1.5g of pure Omega-3, as opposed to other manufacturers’ pills, which they claim only contain 30-60% Omega-3. They also tout that has no harmful chemicals like mercury and that its EPA and DHA ratio (acids found in fish Omega-3) is superior to other fish oils.
They boast that “Yale-Affiliated” Physicians created Omax3; their About Us page lists an Associate Clinical Professor and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine as well a PhD that is the Director of Vascular Biology.
The Omax3 website points to many clinical studies citing the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids in the human diet; however, these studies are not specifically about the effectiveness of Omax3. And while they claim Omax3 will lead to a healthier heart, body, and mind they concede in the fine print that Omax3 is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.
$55.90 if you buy one 30-day supply (listed as $47.95 plus $7.95 first-class shipping). However, if you buy 3 boxes or 6 boxes, the price is $95.90 and $179.94 respectively, which includes free shipping.
However, a peek at their Terms and Conditions reveals that no matter what you buy, you will also be enrolled in an auto-ship program, in 1, 3, or 6 months (depending on how much you ordered) and then shipped 3 months worth and billed $129.85. Unless you call to cancel within the first 30 days, you will be responsible for paying for all auto-shipments.
Omax3 promises a “200% satisfaction guarantee” but this appears to mean your purchase price (minus shipping) so long as you return it within 30 days from receipt.
We called to ask about the auto-ship program and were told it was optional and you had the choice during checkout. However, when we went through the ordering process we could find no such options.
Bottom Line: Is Omax3 a Good Supplement?
There is a lot of scientifically valid information on the Omax3 website; there is also some conjecture. We’ll separate the two by taking information we found at via Harvard Medical School (sorry Yalies!)
Omega-3, most plentiful in fish (but also plants, seeds, and nuts) is considered one of the few supplements that do actually have clinical data to back up the benefits of taking it. However, this is only for prevention of coronary disease; other benefits listed by Omax3 such as cognitive or muscle function have not been validated.
But should you get these Omega-3s from a pill and is there any difference between the EPA and DHA in fish and the ALA version found in plants? Again, according to Harvard, you should get most of your Omega-3s from your diet and there are no proven differences between Omega-3s from fish and plants. (You can learn more by reading Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Harvard School of Public Health.)
Now that you know you should get your Omega-3s from your food as much as possible, what about Omax3 itself? Currently, at Highya, Omax3 has a 3-star rating from consumers. The loudest complaints are about the company’s auto-ship program as discussed above.
And while we appreciate their insistence that Omax3 is a purer form of Omega-3 fatty acids, other than taking their word for it, there is no way to know if this is true.
If you are looking to take an Omega-3 supplement (or any supplement for that matter) we recommend buying from companies that have the US Pharmacopeial seal because this means their ingredients have been tested and verified by an outside lab (Omax3 does not have this seal).
Let us know your experience with Omax3 below!