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ovega-3 vs deva omega-3
on January 7, 2012
i used to buy the deva omega3 supplements ([...]) and liked them very much except that i had to take so many per day because they only contain 200mg DHA per capusle (no EPA). the last time i went on amazon to reorder the deva supplements i found these and decided to give them a shot - with 320mg DHA and 130mg EPA (not sure what makes up the other 50mg, the facts say 500mg total) i can cut down on how many capsules i take each day (i take these for inflammation which requires a higher dose than what is usually recommended).
so the pro is that the capsules contain 120mg more DHA and 130mg more EPA than the deva supplements. also, for the amount of omega3 you're getting ovega-3 is less expensive (even with the deva price being reduced on amazon). the cons are:
* capsule size is significantly larger...i'd say by 30%-40%. however, they are still relatively easy to swallow as they have a smooth coating
* the capsules have an odd smell...sort of a plastic/seaweed combo. not super strong so it's not a big deal to me, though i prefer the deva supplements on this point (they didn't have any noticeable scent)
overall i think i like the ovega-3 supplements better - mostly because i have to take fewer per day, and also because they are a bit less expensive. however, if i only required 200mg-400mg of omega-3 per day i'd probably stick with deva because they are smaller and don't have an odd scent.
EDIT: some reviews of this product imply that you would need to take 2-3 deva supplements to equal one ovega-3 supplement which is misleading. the deva supplements contain 200mg of DHA, 0mg EPA. the ovega-3 supplements contain 320mg DHA, 130mg EPA. DHA and EPA work in different ways, and most people require more DHA than EPA (which is undoubtedly why ovega-3 has more DHA than EPA in it). therefore one cannot make a 'total mg to total mg' comparison of these two supplements; only a 'total DHA to total DHA' and 'total EPA to total EPA' comparison.
UPDATE (04.23.13): when i first purchased these supplements they were about $17, arrived within three days of purchase, and the order was fulfilled by the vitamin shoppe. every order thereafter (i've ordered these through amazon about ten times now) was fulfilled by a different company, but the cost and shipping time remained about the same. the last time i placed an order it was fulfilled by PharmaFrag. the price was about $20 total (including shipping) and the order took over two weeks to arrive - at one point i was actually going to get in contact with them to ask if they forgot to ship it, but finally arrived shortly after that. i was annoyed about the price increase and ridiculous amount of time it took the order to be mailed out but i wasn't going to amend my review because at that point i thought each time i ordered this product it was coming from the same company and this time was just a fluke.
today i received an email from PharmaFrag - this is an excerpt of that email:
"I would please ask you to take just a few minutes and leave us a 5 star feedback by clicking on the link Bellow: This will be greatly appreciated and helpful. Please do not give us a bad feedback or even a neutral. It will make our account on a negative site and it will affect our ability to serve you in the future."
i thought this was a pretty weird email which is basically telling me to give them five stars. having never before received this email after purchasing ovega-3, i looked into my order history and realized i have been buying this product from a different company each time i order. the point of this lengthy update is that i think PharmaFrag is a pretty slimy company and i won't be purchasing from them again. in addition, when i consider the fact that the price is higher and it took forever for the ovega-3 to get to me, i've decided to just buy this from my local vitamin supply shop (which is selling it for about $25 - the additional $3 is well worth getting the product immediately and not supporting a company that i think it trying to manipulate people into giving positive feedback for inadequate service).
i want to make it clear that i did NOT change my star rating of this product. i still think the product itself is great, i just wanted to include this update so people know if they're ordering from PharmaFrag their order may take a really long time to arrive. also, in my original review i made the point that this product has a better bang for your buck than the deva supplements, but if the price keeps going up that won't be true anymore.