Friday, June 11, 2010

fishy oil

Alternative medicine doctors have been promoting, if not hawking, the consumption of fish oil for health for years & years.  One I've listened to is Dr. Ronald Hoffman on whose web site a search will reveal dozens of references to fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, dating back more than a decade.  Now, (finally?) there is an FDA approved Omega-3 acid product, LOVAZA.  Is it different than other fish oil you can buy?  They think so.  Because it's blessed by the FDA and has a high EPA & DHA content.  Their website says the FDA approved dosage is 4 grams/day or about 1860 mg EPA and 1500 DHA.  You'd have to take 14 of the other pills to get that dose.  I love those sorts of arguments.  Actually the fish oil pills I usually buy are 450 mg and 340 mg DHA so they are pretty comparable.  But not blessed by the government.

And not as pricey?  One analysis calculates LOVAZA to cost about $3300 per year instead about $150 per year for a Costco brand.  Thanks FDA. Thanks GlaxoSmithKline.

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