About Physio Omega by PhysioTru
Physio Omega by PhysioTru is a dietary supplement that promises to deliver a convenient blend of DPA, EPA, and DHA fatty acids, in just the right amounts, to help “nourish your cells” and boost your energy, protect your heart, and potentially even improve brain and eye health.
The website tells us that all of the oil contained in Physio Omega is sustainably sourced from wild-caught Menhaden, which they claim is the most abundant source of DPA. From there, the oil is molecularly distilled to the highest possible purity.
Compared to Krill oil and regular fish oil products, PhysioTru claims their omega supplement is up to 10X stronger and more effective, is subjected to a 300-point inspection to ensure it's fresh and toxin-free, and is ultra-refined to prevent rancid oil that can lead to fish burps.
To experience these differences and benefits, the manufacturer tells us you simply need to take two capsules of the supplement each morning with a meal.
Let’s get right to the main question at hand: Does Physio Omega by PhysioTru represent a valuable use of your money? In other words, can you expect it to deliver meaningful real-world benefits, based on the price you pay?
That’s exactly what we’ll explore in this article, starting with the details about DPA.
What’s the Down-Low About Physio Omega’s DPA & Other Ingredients?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats (required but can’t be made by the body them, so they’re obtained from food sources), since they play an important role in cell membranes and hormone production, handling inflammation, and even regulating genetic function:
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Because of these important roles, there exists a solid amount of clinical data, referenced on sites like PubMed and The Mayo Clinic, indicating that omega-3 supplementation may help reduce the risk of heart disease (including coronary heart disease), high blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Omega-3s are naturally plentiful in foods like oily fish (e.g. herring, salmon, sardine, Menhaden, and so forth), and even some types of seaweed and phytoplankton. WebMD reports that the World Health Organization recommends a daily EPA and DHA intake of 0.3-0.5 grams, along with a daily ALA intake of 0.8-1.1 grams.
However, there’s a fourth omega-3 fatty acid often absent from this class of dietary supplements called docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), which acts as an intermediary between EPA and DHA.
As a result, it’s often referred to as the “missing omega,” as mentioned on the Physio Omega website. But what benefits has it been clinically shown to provide and how much do you need?
In a nutshell, DPA research, while positive, seems to be in its relative infancy. We encountered reams of evidence during our research (including several studies listed on the Physio Omega website) regarding the other three omega3s, although it seems not enough is currently known about DPA for professionals to establish so much as a recommended daily allowance (RDA)—much less conclude what additional benefits it might provide.
Science aside, will you pay a lot for this supplement?
How Much Does Physio Omega Cost?
PhysioTru has priced one bottle (60 capsules) of Physio Omega at $60.30.
If you choose to enroll in the VIP Club, you’ll receive free shipping. This also means you’ll continue receiving a fresh bottle of Physio Omega every 30 days through their autoship program, until you call to cancel.
On the other hand, if you choose the Non-VIP option (one-time order), you’ll pay an additional $6.95 for S&H.
VIP or otherwise, PhysioTru provides a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H, on all Physio Omega purchases. However, per their site’s Terms, the following conditions apply:
Only two opened bottles from a multiple bottle order will be accepted for full refund within the 60-day allowance, the rest must be sealed and unopened. If the order is being returned within 30 days of the date of delivery, then only one opened bottle from the same multiple bottle order will be accepted for a full refund.* The cost of return shipping is the responsibility of the customer, and all items should be returned in their original product packaging.
Customer support can be reached via phone at (888) 332-9372 or via email at email@example.com.
A Quick Note About PhysioTru’s Arbitration
Per the supplement’s Terms, all Physio Omega purchases are immediately bound by an arbitration agreement. Without going into unnecessary detail, this basically stipulates that you’ll have to undergo third-party binding arbitration, instead of the court system, should you have a formal grievance.
Nonetheless, how does this price compare?
Physio Omega vs. Other Omega-3 Supplements
If you’re in the market for an omega-3 supplement, the good (and bad) news is that you have hundreds—perhaps thousands—of different options to choose from, both online and at local retailers.
In fact, the HighYa team has reviewed a number of popular omega-3 supplements over the years that make similar claims to Physio Omega. There are even DPA-specific omega-3 supplements competing in the very same space, so it’s certainly not the only game in town.
From a price perspective, you’ll find these supplements primarily priced between $20 and $40, although we encountered some as low as $7. Given all these different options, how can you choose the best option for your needs?
In How to Choose a Fish Oil Supplement, US News recommends first talking with your doctor or dietitian about the appropriate dosage based on your specific medical history, including any medications or other supplements you might be taking. These might include aspirin, vitamin E, clopidogrel, and warfarin.
Second, you’ll want to make sure you’re ingesting at least 400mg to 500mg per day of a combination of EPA and DHA (again, there’s no formal recommended dose for DPA). However, if you have coronary heart disease or narrowing of the arteries, you might need to take as much as 1,000mg, while those with high triglycerides might need as much as 2,000-4,000mg daily—again, only with your doctor’s supervision.
Finally, they recommend selecting a reputable product reviewed by testing companies like ConsumerLab and Labdoor. We’d also strongly recommend bookmarking consumer review websites like HighYa to find out what real-world customers are saying about their experiences.
Note: While the Physio Omega website warns about the potential danger of harmful chemicals, PCBs, mercury, other pollutants in farm-raised fish, the US News article indicates “multiple studies that have analyzed a variety of fish oil products have shown levels to be safe by and large, and possibly even below those one would encounter through eating actual fish.”
Speaking of companies, let’s discuss who’s behind Physio Omega.
What Do We Know About Dr. Sam Walters & PhysioTru?
According to his bio on the Physio Omega website, Dr. Sam Walters has more than four decades of experience in medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Bio Nutrition, along with a Master of Science in Biology and a Naturopathic Medical Degree (although he doesn’t report holding a formal medical degree or board certification).
Throughout his career, including the services provided at his Wellspring Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Sam (as his patients call him) claims to have treated over 70,000 patients using “the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, traditional medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation.”
While we didn’t uncover any formal relationship between Dr. Sam and Tampa, FL-based PhysioTru, the company also appears to manufacture other supplements like Physio Neuro Total Brain Support, Physio Flora “Smart Biotics” Formula, Physio Flex Achy Joint Relief, Physio Cleanse Detox, and Physio Vision Eye Nourishment.
At the time of our research, PhysioTru wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau. We also didn’t encounter any customer feedback for their other supplement formulations.
What’s the Bottom Line About Physio Omega by PhysioTru?
Considering the sheer amount of competition this supplement faces, in addition to the fact that it’s priced meaningfully higher than most, these two facts alone might make us (as consumers ourselves) pause and explore all our omega-3 supplement options before committing to an order of Physio Omega.
Furthermore, in our experience, many other manufacturers promise to use Menhaden fish oil in their omega-3 supplements—and like PhysioTru, most of these also claim to use some kind of special process to ensure purity, remove toxins, and minimize fish burps. As a result, neither of these claims seems to be especially unique.
Finally, the company (who has no corporate site and isn’t listed with the BBB) doesn’t provide any references or citations to back up the claim that Physio Omega is up to 10X stronger. In fact, we’re not even told how much of each fatty acid or any other ingredients it contains.
While PhysioTru seems to stand behind Physio Omega with a 60-day refund policy, we might recommend holding off on your order at least until we’ve had time to hear back from the company about the formulation. We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we receive a response.