Use of the fish oil product called "Lovaza" could be the prescription for success in combatting cardiovascular complications. But those who find Lovaza's high price hard to swallow could still improve their heart health by using plainer fish oil products that do far less damage to their pocketbook.
Fish oil has been popular as prevention for heart disease since the 1960s when researchers found that people who ate high quantities of cold-water fish lowered their risk of heart attack by 70 percent, according to the examiner.com.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are a key component for heart health.
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According to Livestrong, the prescription-only Lovaza is a purified form of fish oil
that contains a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
GSK goes to great lengths to point out that "you can't get it at a health food store" and that it's the "only Omega-3 medication that's FDA-approved," according to SwansonVitamins.com.
Lovaza is able to describe itself as the only FDA approved Omega-3 medication because all other Omega-3 supplements are supplements, not medications.
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Two high-end fish oil supplements available online — Carlson Elite and Finest — both appear to be near Lovaza's quality level while costing less, reports examiner.com. In the end, plainer fish oil supplements and Lovaza offer the same end effect.
"It may really depend upon the patient's health insurance as to whether or not the person should buy Lovaza or fish oil supplements," reports examiner.com.
"Many insurance companies do not cover Lovaza, and since the cost is so much higher than that of fish oil supplements, the patient may use this as a consideration. The best solution is to talk to your doctor about both products so you can find the one that is the best for your situation."
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