Is Omega XL A Scam? (My Personal Review)
It’s time for my Omega XL review, a supplement that gave me some real hopes at first. Why I’m saying this? Well, it’s not the typical joint supplement – it has some special things I’ve never seen before in any others:
- unique ingredients
- a different formula
- several studies behind
But when I tried it myself, I discovered a lot of disappointing things about it – starting with the ingredients and ending with the price.
Besides, I found so many negative reviews about it that I was terrified. That’s why I decided to try this supplement and see for myself. So is Omega XL a scam or not? Let me tell you what I found out after trying this product.
Note: This review is based on my experience with this supplement, so it’s not like the other reviews you can find (based on general info). I’m no trying to praise/criticize this product or its company, I am simply telling how it worked for me.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Omega XL from Great Health Works
Quantity : 60 capsules
Best Actual Price: $49.99
Where I Bought It From: Ebay – you can find a better price than on Amazon
Designed For: Joint pain and inflammation, according to the label. Considering what it contains, I think it works better for swollen joints and swelling in general.
However, it’s not my top recommendation for these problems – turmeric works much better (but I will explain you later on why I say this).
Anyway, if you have osteoarthritis and cartilage problems, it’s pretty useless. In this case, I recommend you something with glucosamine sulfate – a cartilage rebuilder.
My Rating: 1 out of 10 – It has a lot of problems, so I can’t rate it higher.
Worth Buying?: Definitely not. It has very weak ingredients and low doses. When it comes to relieving pain, it was absolutely useless – despite taking the whole bottle, I felt absolutely not change. So I couldn’t possibly recommend a product of this kind.
Besides, it’s extremely expensive for what it offers. $50 per bottle is huge, especially if it’s not even the monthly supply. So in my opinion, it’s definitely not worth buying. You can get something much better for less money.
What I Liked About It
- You can find lots of reviews about it (but most are negative)
- Available in several shops and retailers
What I Didn’t Like About It (I have a long list)
- Very low dose – the only ingredient has only 300 mg
- The active ingredients aren’t clearly mentioned (you have to take a close look to see what they are)
- Once you find the active ingredients, you can tell they are very weak – Omega Fatty Acids + Virgin Olive Oil Extract + Vitamin E
- No doses for the active ingredients
- The Omega Fatty Acids aren’t mentioned with names (though they claim to use 30 different types)
- It didn’t decrease my pain at all after one month
- My stiffness also didn’t improve
- You have to take up to 6 pills per day (I’m still not very sure which is the average dose they recommend)
- One bottle may last for even 10 days – depending on how many pills you take per day
- Way too expensive ($50 per bottle)
The Ingredients – Pretty Disappointing
#1 – First of all, Omega XL’s ingredients are pretty hard to find. They’re not clearly mentioned, as in other products – you have to look inside the list and spot the active ingredients.
#2 – Secondly, they are completely different from the rest of products I’ve tried before. What do I mean by that? Well, they don’t belong to any of these 3 categories:
- glucosamine/chondroitin supplements (osteoarthritis)
- turmeric supplements (swollen joints)
- collagen supplements (stiff and weak cartilages)
Around 95% of the joint products on the market follow one of these patterns – they are based either on glucosamine, herbs or collagen.
However, Omega XL doesn’t contain even one of these 3 major ingredients. It actually has only one substance inside – 300 mg of a Proprietary blend.
And what does this Proprietary blend contain? According to the label, Green Lipped Mussel Oil Extract. That’s the oil of a mussel from New Zealand – you can read more about it here.
But things get even more complicated here. The label goes on and mentions what’s inside this mussel oil extract – these are actually the active ingredients from Omega XL:
- Omega Fatty Acids (they say there are 30 – but no name is mentioned)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Vitamin E
That’s basically all this supplement has inside – these are the ingredients that are supposed the relieve the pain. Very disappointing, if you ask me. They’re not only very hard to find on that list, but they’re also super weak.
4 Conclusions On The Ingredients
#1 – Hard-To-Spot Ingredients – here I’m talking about the active ingredients. Here’s why:
The label mentions the Proprietary blend – but this is actually a mussel oil extract, so it’s not the active ingredient. You have to check out below to see what these pills really contains.
And that is: Omega Fatty Acids, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vitamin E.
These are actually the active ingredients – the ones responsible for the effect of these pills. It’s not the Proprietary blend or the mussel oil extract – these are only to distract you from the real ingredients, if you ask me.
#2 – Hidden Doses – once again, I’m referring to the active ingredients:
- The Proprietary Blend has its doses mentioned (300 mg)
- There’s no dose for the Omega Fatty Acids – it’s not even mentioned their percent or how many they are
- The Olive Oil and Vitamin E also don’t have any dose (even though they’re pretty useless as active ingredients)
#3 – Very Weak Ingredients – to be honest, these are the weakest ingredients I’ve seen in a joint supplement:
- Omega Fatty Acids – are good for inflammation, but they’re pretty weak if not combined with anything else (like turmeric, Boswellia or a strong anti-inflammatory)
- Olive Oil – no matter how organic it was, it’s extremely weak when it comes to decreasing inflammation
- Vitamin E – it’s an antioxidant that protects the joints. But regarding inflammation, it’s pretty useless
#4 – Unknown Fatty Acids – there are no details about the fatty acids inside these pills:
- no doses or their percent
- no clear names (not even for the most important ones)
- no numbers or how many different types there are (though the front label mentions there are 30 – but the ingredient list doesn’t say anything)
My Experience With This Supplement
My Condition: I was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which basically means that my joints are constantly swollen. So according to its description, Omega XL seems the right product for this.
Here are a few things about my pain:
- it was around a 6 on average
- I had flare-ups pretty often (every 3-4 days) when my pain would go up to a 7
- my hands were the most affected
- morning stiffness was an everyday problem (it usually lasted around 45-50 minutes)
How It Worked: Honestly, I was completely disappointed by this supplement. Not only that it didn’t decrease my pain, but it brought me absolutely no improvement – at any chapter:
- my pain didn’t get any lower than 6 (even after a month)
- I still had stiff joints every morning – it didn’t even go away 5 minutes faster
- my hands were still feeling very swollen, just as before
- I had flare-ups as often as before
- basically, there was no change – I felt like I wasn’t taking anything
Conclusion: This supplement was totally useless. It didn’t bring me absolutely any improvement, from any point of view. So I couldn’t possible recommend it to anyone, because in my opinion, it’s a placebo.
PROs – Are There Any?
Whenever I review a product, I try to find both its good and its bad points. Now to be honest, I had a very hard time finding the good points of Omega XL.
I have to admit that I haven’t found any real ones. Yes, there are some things that look good at first sight – but if you take a closer look, they’re far from good.
Here’s what I mean:
- Special formula – the formula is indeed new, but it’s extremely weak and ineffective.
- Only 2 pills per day – the label recommends this dose, but it also recommends taking 2 pills 1-3 times per day (6 in total).
- Easy to swallow pills – normally, they should be so. But the pills were really sticky and swallowing them wasn’t easy.
So I personally couldn’t find any real advantage about Omega XL. I could be wrong, but it’s my personal opinion – so I have absolutely no reason to recommend this product.
However, I found a dozen of problems and things I didn’t like about it. I will try to mention them as briefly as I can.
CON #1 – Really Weak
At this chapter, I’m talking about 2 things:
- the ingredients and the formula
- how it works
I think I explained well enough above why I have this opinion – but I will tell you briefly why Omega XL is a very weak product in my view.
- no important ingredient like glucosamine, collagen or turmeric
- 2 ingredients that don’t have any major benefits for inflammation (Olive Oil + Vitamin E)
- no details and no dose for the Omega Fatty Acids
- it didn’t decrease my pain at all, despite taking the whole bottle – I felt absolutely no change
- my hands remained as swollen as before
I personally didn’t try such a weak product for a long time ago. Yes, I used some turmeric products that were pretty weak, but at least they didn’t claim to be miracle products. And they didn’t cost a fortune.
So Omega XL really disappointed me – both in terms of ingredients, but especially in terms of how it works. Maybe others don’t have such a drastic verdict, but in my case it really was no good.
CON #2 – Up To 6 Pills/Day
To me, this is the best example that Omega XL isn’t a product that’s worth it. So here’s the thing:
- the ingredient list recommends taking 2 pills per day (that’s the size of a serving)
- the other part of the label recommends taking 2 pills 1-3 times per day
So what does this mean? Which of these recommendations should you follow?
Normally, I would follow the second one – more pills usually means a stronger effect. So this probably means that 2 pills aren’t very strong – in terms of how they work.
However, 6 pills per day is way too much. In fact, I would never recommend a supplement that requires so many pills. The dose may be fine, but the number of pills isn’t. Here’s why:
- high chances to forget about one or several dose
- increased risk for liver problems (because most pills are decomposed in the liver)
There’s another thing I didn’t point out. As there are 60 pills in the bottle, if you take 6 per day, that bottle is only going to last for 10 days. You’re basically paying $50 for 10 days, which is literally a fortune.
CON #3 – Not Transparent
As I said above, Omega XL’s producers aren’t too honest and transparent. I don’t mean to insult anyone or make any fake claims, but this is my opinion about it and it’s how I see things.
Here’s why I’m saying this:
- the active ingredients aren’t clearly listed
- there are no doses for each substance
- the number of pills/day they recommend is different on 2 sides of the label
- if you follow their recommendation, one bottle is going to last less (10 days, according to my calculations)
- they don’t mention the Omega Fatty Acids they use
These are just the major things. But there would be a lot of things to improve in this supplement – and I’m only talking about this chapter, transparency. I (and probably a lot of people) would like to see more things clearly mentioned.
The fact that you can’t find the dose or the active ingredients make me think about 1 thing – they want to hide them. It’s probably because this product isn’t that good at certain chapters.
So I think the producers should really work at these things. At least if they want to gain some trust.
CON #4 – Super Expensive
That’s the most frustrating part about this supplement, if you ask me. So despite having clear problems at some chapters, it also comes with an absolutely huge price – $49.99 per bottle.
Now, I won’t come back over its downsides – I explained them well enough in the lines above.
However, let me tell you why this product is way too expensive – because I’m not talking only about money. There are 3 other reasons why I consider it way too overpriced:
- one bottle doesn’t last for 1 month – it can last even 10 days, depending how many pills you take
- the active ingredients are worth around $15-$20, in my opinion (maybe even less)
- doesn’t bring absolutely any improvement
I think that it’s pretty clear now why Omega XL is far from being worth $50. This is only my opinion, but I have to be subjective – I’ve paid these money for it, after all.
I wasted them in vain, so I couldn’t possibly say good things about a product that didn’t work at all.
My Final Verdict – Scam Or Not?
Short answer: In my opinion, scam. As I said, I don’t want to make any fake claims, but that’s how I see this product after testing it out:
- very weak ingredients (but they try to make it look valuable)
- lose dose overall – they’re not even mentioned for each ingredient
- didn’t relieve my pain absolutely at all
- the label recommends taking a different number of pills (2 per day vs 2 once-thrice per day)
- one bottle may last even 10 days
- the price is huge for what it offers
So I couldn’t possibly recommend Omega XL to anyone. I did find a lot of negative reviews about it, but I decided to test it out and see for myself.
Well, now I agree with them – this supplement is a big waste of money. It’s definitely not worth the $50 – I wouldn’t pay even $10 on it, if you ask me.
Therefore, if you really want a good product for your swollen joints, I recommend you this combination: turmeric + curcuminoides + bioperine. It decreased the pain and inflammation really fast – and it does it for real. Besides, it costs less than half.
So there’s no point spending $50 on Omega XL, in my opinion. But it’s totally up to you – so choose the best product according to your needs.