Omega XL is popping up in online advertisements and in health magazines. With the wide variety of supplements available, people may be curious about the ingredients in Omega XL and how it differs from other omega-3 supplements.
Omega XL is produced by the Great HealthWorks Company of Coral Springs, Florida. Great Healthworks is a nutritional supplement company that also markets products for women's health.
The marketing claims behind Omega XL tout that the supplement can help to reduce pain from arthritis, increase energy and improve heart health. The company states that the product is all natural, has no known side effects and does not interact with any medications.
Because Omega XL is a dietary supplement and not a pharmaceutical drug, a complete list of ingredients is not required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The active ingredients listed are blends of polyunsaturated omega fatty acids, which are found in the Hoki fish, a coldwater fish found off the coast of New Zealand; and Perna canaliculus oil extract, which is derived from the green-lipped mussel found of the southern coast of New Zealand.
Per the information provided by Great HealthWorks on Omega XL, the recommended dosage is two pills per day. The dosage can be increased to four pills per day for extreme arthritis pain.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center's Complementary Medicine Guide, omega-3 fatty acids supplements can interact with blood-thinning medications such as Plavix, and should only be used as directed by a physician. Omega-3 supplements can also cause flatulence, bloating and diarrhea in some patients.