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Omegashred is a dietary supplement aimed at providing support to the metabolism and cardiovascular system through the use of various forms of fatty acids. The main components are medium-chain triglycerides (the kind that has made coconut oil famous), Conjugated Linoleic Acid (an overrated form of fat that has become something of a “fad” in recent times), and Omega-3 fats.
Obviously, the latter is the most important and effective, being a huge part of the dietary supplement market in fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the very few genuinely-useful dietary supplements on the market, playing a key role in various biological processes.
The way that Omegashred is marketed may be it’s greatest downfall, as the title seems to suggest that it would have some positive benefits on diet and body fat. The suggestion that it will help you shred down is likely to suggest positive benefits despite the fact that there is no real scientific data on this and the dubiously-named “legal limit labs” don’t claim it will.
As mentioned above, this product is a combination of various forms of fat that have, at some point, been individually marketed as health and fitness supplements. Their combined effect is likely to be greater than any individual product, but it is interesting to note that the majority of the product is not omega-3 fat.
We can safely assume, based on the nutritional information, that saturated fats outnumber unsaturated fats in this product at a ratio of 2:1. This suggests that for every gram of omega-3 fatty acids and CLA, you’re getting around 2g of MCTs (which are saturated fats). It seems like this has been at least partially hidden by the inclusion of a proprietary blend.
Omegashred also contains gelatin in the coating as well as flaxseed oil. If we consider flaxseed oil as another contributor to the overall count of Omega-3 in the product, the concentration of effective long-chain Omega-3 fats is likely to be less than 0.5g per serving, making its overall efficacy as a dietary supplement less .
Omegashred is likely to be very effective in its interactions with health and wellbeing: MCTs and fish oil have been shown to be massively effective in mediating common health problems like blood pressure, heart disease risk factors and even reducing the odds of significant metabolic problems like type-2 diabetes.
Medium Chain Triglycerides
MCTs are the healthiest form of saturated fats and have been celebrated for their effectiveness in coconut oil as an alternative to other forms of saturated fats. For this reason, they’re perceived as healthy, but it’s important to note that MCTs and saturated fats (generally) are less healthy than their polyunsaturated counterparts.
The inclusion of MCTs seems like a poor choice. Including something like olive oil or avocado oil may have been a more effective choice – but it is unlikely that these would sell as well. Overall, MCTs are the best of the worst, and not a weight loss aid in the dosages that Omegashred prescribes  – even if they have some modest effects on metabolism compared to other saturated fats.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
CLA is a commonly overrated fatty acid that has achieved industry popularity for fat loss. Theoretically-speaking, it should have a positive effect on Peroxisome receptors (PPAR) to induce greater fat loss, but the effect is so weak that there is unlikely to be any noticeable long-term effect on your body fat.
CLA is also a polyunsaturated fatty acid, which means that it shares the 0.5g per serving of unsaturated fats with Omega-3. This means that the two different fats make up the overall half-gram of polyunsaturated fats found in this product. The problem this poses is that the likely content of Omega-3 fats is far lower for the inclusion of this product in the NET unsaturated fat content.
CLA is useless in this context and acts as a filler more than an active ingredient. It is a common and well-marketed compound but it has no real effect on fat loss  and has likely been included for marketing purposes alone – much like MCTs.
Fish oil has become so effective and well-renowned that many circles of athletic performers have turned “remember to take your fish oil” into a standard prescription for health and wellbeing. The effects of fish oil are numerous and it has gained a positive reputation for reducing inflammation, improving cardiovascular health and cognitive health.
The problem with fish oil is that it isn't an effective weight loss aid and is only effective when used to replace unhealthy fat like low-quality saturated fats. This is not an indictment of the whole compound, as the health benefits alone are worth considering, but it is important to keep in mind that this will not positively affect weight loss.
The ALA in the flaxseed oil present in Omegashred is also relatively useless. ALA Is an important omega-3 fatty acid but it is the least useful of the 3 common forms (the long-chain forms being EPA and DHA). ALA is not as important as the other 2 forms  and can only be converted into long-chain forms at around 5-15%, so its overall effectiveness is very low .
The dose provided in Omegashred is also relatively low. Even using 4 pills a day as per the instructions is only going to provide 2g of fish oil at best. Given the inclusion of low-quality Omega-3 in the form of flaxseed oil, it may well be the case that 4 pills provide a maximum of 1.5g of EPA and DHA combined. This can be achieved easily with other forms of fish oil supplements at a much lower cost.
We’re inclined to say that this product isn’t actually going to boost your metabolism or induce greater fat loss than a balanced diet without supplementation. The overall effects seem to be comparable to other Omega-3 supplements at best, while simply being less appealing than a high-strength cod liver oil supplement.
The effectiveness of this product, while outstripped by market competitors, is not zero. It is likely to provide some benefits when compared to placebo and may well add to the diet if these fats are lacking, especially as Omega-3 fats cannot be produced in the body.
However, the overall theme of the product is a poorly-balanced soft gel with a great deal of marketing-driven filler product and very little Omega-3. When we look at the effects of these ingredients, they are also likely to be less comprehensively effective than the foods from which they were extracted. A single piece of salmon is likely to contain around 1.6g of top-quality, long-chain Omega-3 fats without any processing. This immediately makes it a superior choice to Omegashred and provides essential nutrients in a wholefood context without the useless MCT/CLA.
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We’re unimpressed. This supplement is not only underwhelming for the choice of ingredients, but the dosage prescribed is also likely to be incredibly low. The proprietary blend makes a paltry attempt to hide the fact that this product is mostly not Omega-3 fats and the filler (making up the majority of the product) is actually even less impressive!
We’re not going to claim that this product is totally ineffective – it must definitely have some effects as the fats included are relatively healthy in themselves – but they are easily-attainable from wholefoods. Many of the market alternatives to this product are vastly superior, such as a simple cod liver oil tablets, which provides amazing fats and micronutrients at once.
We’d recommend avoiding Omegashred unless you’re looking for a faddish, overpriced ($40 for 120 soft gels) and underwhelming supplement. We’re pretty sure this isn’t a “legal limit” as it’s a very under-dosed supplement!
You can read our complete guide to bodybuilding supplements for a deeper understanding of the different type of ergogenic substances and what they do. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/111/2/157.short
Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives. You can contact her via the "About Us" page.
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