My Omega XL Review (2023) – Is It Really A Scam?

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It's time for my Omega XL review – which is a pretty unusual joint supplement:

  • based on a different formula (than most competitors)
  • contains an original mix
  • claims to have a stronger effect

Obviously – it all comes with a price.

And at almost $50/bottle, Omega XL is far from affordable.

Plus – it has way more complaints than I had ever expected.

So is this supplement a scam? I carefully analyzed each of its aspects below.

Note: This review is based on my opinion + research on Omega XL.

Review Summary

Full Name: Omega XL by Great HealthWorks

Product Type: Joint Supplement

Best Actual Price: Around $75/60 capsules bottle (standard price).

You can usually find it for around $50, though (due to discounts).

Cheapest Place To Buy: Probably Amazon.

Designed For: Joint pain caused by inflammation.

For this reason – it's more suitable for joint conditions caused by swelling:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • other forms of auto-immune arthritis

It doesn't seem effective for anything involving cartilage damage (like osteoarthritis).

My Rating: 6 out of 10

Recommended?: Certainly not.

It's definitely not a scam – but it's not a good choice either:

  • very expensive for its actual value
  • unclear instructions
  • you probably need 6 pills per day (for best results)
  • lots of negative reviews and complaints

Instead of paying a huge price on this product, I recommend an alternative that costs (at least) $30 less.


What I Liked About It

  • Main ingredients has several studies behind
  • Pills are small and easy to swallow
  • Many authentic reviews available 
  • Easy to find in several retailers
  • Very few complaints about side effects


What I Didn't Like About It

  • No dosages for most ingredients (only for the mix)
  • Needs around 6 pills per day for best effect
  • In this case, one bottle lasts as little as 10 days
  • Many negative reviews on Amazon
  • Lots of users claim it doesn't relieve pain at all
  • Extremely expensive for its value (and quantity)



Omega XL In A Nutshell

Great HealthWorks' product claims to be better than regular fish oil supplements.

But if you ask me – that's not really the case.

Despite having its own good side (especially clinical evidence) – it has enough issues:

  1. Lots of unsatisfied customers.
  2. Extremely hard to afford in the long run.
  3. High number of pills per day.

Even so –  though I don't consider Omega XL a scam.

But obviously, I don't consider it a wise choice either.

So when it comes to joint pain relievers, it's surely not among my recommended products.



#1 – What It Is & Claims

Before analyzing this supplement, I would like to give you some general info about it.

Who is the company behind, how does it work, what it promises, etc.

1. Claims

There's one thing that caught my eye about Omega XL initially.

It claims to be better than most fish oil supplements on the market.

According to its promises:

  • contains 22x more Omega 3 acids
  • made from 30 different fatty acids
  • smaller pills that are much easier to swallow
  • 30+ years of research behind

Now – I'm not saying these claims are fake.

But I personally cannot consider Omega XL better than most fish oil supplements.

That's because of its high number of negative reviews and very few details on the actual ingredients.

To me, these things tell a lot about the product itself.

2. Company Behind

Omega XL's producer is called Great HealthWorks.

I personally have never heard about this brand before.

But apparently – it produces several health supplements (around 10-15):

  • vitamin mixes 
  • probiotics

From what I noticed, Omega XL seems to be their best-rated product.

Now, at first sight – I would say this company is legit and honest.

They give out several contact details and their website looks professional overall.

So it's a brand I would trust (in terms of payment/shipping).



#2 – Formula (7 out of 10)

Despite claiming to be an excellent product, Omega XL doesn't seem amazing to me.

At least when it comes to its ingredients:

  1. Based on only one mix of substances.
  2. No info about the exact fatty acids it contains.
  3. No dosage for each ingredient (only for the overall mix).

It's true that its main ingredient has some studies behind.

So in terms of composition – it's surely not a scam.

But it has enough flaws besides this advantage.

So in terms of relieving joint pain – I wouldn't expect a lot from this formula.

Now – let's take a closer look at its ingredient.

1. Green Lipped Mussel Oil Extract (PCSO-524®)

Basically – this is the only ingredient from Omega XL.

In reality, it's a mix consisting of several compounds.

Getting back to the mix itself:

  • an oil extracted from Perna Canaliculus (New Zealand)
  • designed to decrease inflammation
  • has some clinical evidence behind [1]

But as I said, this mix is actually made of several ingredients:

  1. Omega Fatty Acids – very effective against inflammation. [2]
  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – low anti-inflammatory proprieties. [3]
  3. d-alpha Tocopherol – it's actually Vitamin E and it has anti-oxidant proprieties. [4]

To be honest – these 3 substances don't look amazing.

In fact – it's the Omega Fatty Acids that do most of the job (the other 2 ingredients are listed as non-medicinal).

However – this supplement doesn't give out 2 things:

  • the names of the exact fatty acids it contains
  • the exact dosages for each

It only mentions the dosage for the whole mix (300 mg).

But there's no info about the quantity of fatty acids it actually contains (which is something essential).

That's a big question sign, at least for me.


Omega XL's formula isn't terrible, but it's not excellent either.

At least that's how I see it:

  • little info about ingredients inside the mix
  • dosages are only mentioned for the main ingredient
  • except for fatty acids, the other compounds don't have strong effects against inflammation

Now – this supplement's main ingredient does have some studies behind.

So in terms of formula, Omega XL is far from a scam.

But if you ask me – it's clearly not worth the money.

You can get a similar (or even better) effect with cheaper products.



#3 – How To Use It (6 out of 10)

Coming up – I will analyze Omega XL's pills and schedule.

1. The Pills

According to its promises, this supplement has an advantage here.

It claims to have smaller (yet more powerful) pills than regular fish oil supplements:

  • designed as softgels (not pills)
  • easier to swallow due to their smaller dimensions
  • liquid consistency
  • no fishy taste afterwards

Now – I do agree Omega XL's pills are smaller than in most supplements.

But as I said, I doubt they're a lot more effective.

And even though they look great in terms of dimensions – they have a major problem when it comes to schedule.

2. The Schedule

Honestly, this is one of the biggest drawbacks of this product.

Let me explain:

  1. According to the label, serving size is 2 pills.
  2. This means you should take 2 pills per day normally.
  3. However, it's the same label that recommends a different approach.
  4. It advises users to take 1-2 capsules 1-3 times per day (with meals).

Basically – the minimal dosage is 2 pills per day.

However, if you want best results – you should normally take the highest recommended dose.

This means you should take around 2 pills 3 times a day – which means 6 pills a day.

That's what I understand from the label.

You can also take 2-4 pills a day, but the results won't be the best.

That's my conclusion after reading the directions.

And honestly – 6 pills per day is way too uncomfortable, let's face it.


Omega XL does have lower pills – which is a big advantage.

However, for best results – you should take around 6 pills per day.

So even though they're quite small, 6 is still a very big number.

That's a reason why I'm not a fan of this supplement.



#4 – Results (5 out of 10)

In order to see how Omega XL works – I tried to analyze other people's opinions.

I mostly checked out its Amazon reviews (which are known to be real).

In this way, you can see an unbiased perspective.

Note: I only considered authentic reviews, not fake/promotional ones.

1. Positive Opinions

First of all – Omega XL has an average of 3.8 stars out of 5 (from 960 reviews).

That's a pretty good number overall.

However – most of its positive reviews are either very short or they have no words.

Out of the few detailed positive reviews, here's what most users say:

  1. Some claim it helped their arthritis.
  2. Others say they felt slightly better (but not as they expected).
  3. A few mention it helped with stiffness.

But as I said – there aren't many satisfied users.

And out of the existent ones, most didn't give too many details.

On the other hand – there are way more detailed complaints.

2. Negative Reviews

On Amazon first 2 pages, 90% of the reviews for Omega XL are negative.

Most people rated this product as low as 1 star – which means they're extremely unsatisfied.

So here's what most users complain about:

  1. Absolutely no change or effect.
  2. Extremely expensive for the dosages (and quantity).
  3. You need to take way too many pills per day.
  4. No clear recommendation about the best dosage (between 2-6 pills per day).
  5. Bad smell and taste.

Now – some users claim they have used the supplement for more than 6 months.

So their complaints are clearly legit, not exaggerated.

Considering it has more negative reviews than most fish oil supplements – I would think twice before buying it.


Omega XL has a very high rate of negative reviews:

  • most people complain it doesn't work
  • others criticize its high price
  • its directions aren't very clear either

Besides, its positive reviews are very rare and brief.

On the other hand – the complaints are very detailed and numerous.

That's why I couldn't possibly recommend Omega XL.

There are far more cheaper supplements with much better results behind.




#5 – Side Effects (8 out of 10)

From this point of view, Omega XL seems quite a safe product:

  1. Very few complaints about side effects.
  2. A few users mentioned stomach cramps and indigestion.
  3. Others claimed the pills were easy on the stomach.

Now – fish oil supplements are usually well-tolerated.

Compared to turmeric products, they cause way less side effects.

But even so, Omega XL deserves its praises at this chapter.

It causes stomach cramps very rarely – and they're very easy to prevent as well.

Just make sure to take the pills with or after the meal and you should be fine.



#6 – Price (4 out of 10)

This is definitely the worst part about this supplement.

Considering its actual quality and value – I consider it way too expensive.

1. The Exact Price

Omega XL's lowest price is probably on Amazon:

  1. Standard price is around $75 (for a 60 capsules bottle). 
  2. However, you can usually find discounts on Amazon.
  3. Most of the times, Omega XL costs around $50.
  4. Shipping is also free in the US.

Now – paying $50 for a 60 capsules bottle seems way too much for me.

The formula does contain a trademark ingredient (which is usually pricier).

But even so – this doesn't explain the absolutely huge price, if you ask me.

In my opinion, Omega XL should cost around $30 per bottle for a fair price.

Anyway – that's not all:

  • the label recommends taking between 2-6 pills per day
  • one bottle is meant to last for 30 days
  • but this only happens if you take 2 pills a day
  • if you take more, one bottle is going to last a lot less

Basically – in the worst case, one bottle can run out in 10 days.

If you want the best effect, it's recommend to take 6 pills a day.

Well, in that case – one bottle is going to last only 10 days. Keep this in mind before buying this supplement.

2. Competitors' Price

I only want to compare Omega XL with my #1 recommended fish oil supplement.

I'm talking about a product called Optima Omega-3:

  1. Omega XL costs around $75/bottle (standard price).
  2. Optima Omega-3's regular price is $30/bottle.
  3. Still, you can get it for $10 less using a coupon code.
  4. Both have the same number of pills inside.
  5. However, Optima Omega-3 works best when taking 2 pills per day.
  6. This means a bottle will last for 30 days.
  7. On the other hand, Omega XL can last even 10 days.
  8. That's because you need about 6 pills for the best effect.
  9. Besides, Omega XL doesn't offer any discount for larger quantities.
  10. Optima Omega-3 costs even $15/bottle (when buying larger quantities).

Basically – the difference between these 2 products is huge.

I won't mention anything about their effect – that's another story (though Optima Omega-3 has far better dosages).

But in terms of price, Optima Omega-3 is a much better option.

So if you want to spend your money wisely, I recommend this alternative.


Considering its formula and quantity, Omega XL seems really overpriced to me:

  • costs around $75/bottle normally
  • one bottle can finish in up to 10 days
  • very expensive for its real value

For this reason, I couldn't possibly recommend this supplement.

If you really want a quality product for a much better price – I recommend something else instead.




#7 – Availability (9 out of 10)

Good news about Omega XL at this chapter.

Just like the other products from Great HealthWorks – it's quite easy to find:

  • available on Amazon
  • also sold on its official website
  • can also be found in 3rd party retailers

Out of these sellers – I strongly recommend going for Amazon.

It has by far the best price (even better than on its official website) and there are discounts quite often.

So you end up paying less on Amazon than on its official website.

You can also find Omega XL on Ebay – but I don't usually recommend buying anything from there:

  • products are usually opened (but not used)
  • shipping is quite expensive and difficult
  • a bit dangerous

So Amazon remains my top recommendation for this supplement (though I don't recommend the supplement itself).



#8 – FAQs

Let me list down for you the most common inquiries about Omega XL.

Note: I might repeat something I already mentioned, but it's easier to spot here.

1. Where will I use this product?

Omega XL is a type of supplement for the joint.

So basically, it should help with several joint problems and improve joint health.

Its major claim is that it's better than most fish oil supplements on the market.

2. When and how should I take it?

Based on Omega XL's bottle label, its usage directions are quite tricky.

It recommends that you take 1-2 capsules 1-3 times per day (with meals).

So the maximum number of capsules per day is 6 pills.

You can opt for taking only 2-4 pills a day, but the results won't be optimum.

3. Is one bottle good for one month?

Now – one bottle of Omega XL has 60 soft gel capsules.

So if you follow the 6 pills per day, one bottle for it is only good for 10 days.

It can last you for 1 month if you only take 2 pills/day.

But don't expect that you'll see the maximum results you desire.

4. Does it cause alarming side effects?

The very common complaints about Omega XL are digestive problems.

I'm talking about stomach cramps and indigestion.

But it's pretty common and it can easily be avoided.

I would advise that you take it with a meal to avoid the said side effect.

5. How much is the product?

Omega XL's original price is $75 (for a 60 capsules bottle). 

But on Amazon, it can be discounted for around $50.

Other than that, there are no bundles of it being offered.



#9 – Omega XL In 3 Conclusions

Up next – I will try to sum up my opinion on Omega XL in 3 ideas.

1. Claims To Be Better

According to its description – this supplements states that it's better than any fish oil supplement:

  • stronger ingredients
  • more powerful effect
  • smaller pills

It does have some studies behind, that's true.

But I personally don't consider it better than most fish oil products.

The high amount of negative reviews it has stand as a proof.

2. Unclear Directions

This is a serious issue about this supplement:

  • serving size is 2 pills a day
  • label recommends taking 1-2 pills 1-3 times a day

This means you should take between 2 and 6 pills a day.

Obviously – for best results, you should take the highest number recommended.

At 6 pills per day, one bottle would run out in 10 days.

That's what you should have in mind before following the directions.

3. Super Expensive

Honestly – Omega XL is way too pricey for its real value:

  • standard price is around $75/bottle (60 capsules)
  • you can often find it for about $50

Considering its formula, this is way too much.

It does contain a trademark ingredient – but that's not enough.

There are lots of cheaper supplements with more satisfied users.

So Omega XL is definitely not a wise buy from this point of view.



#10 – My Video Review



My Verdict – Worth Or Not?

Short answer: Obviously not.

It's not a bad supplement overall – but it's far from a good choice.

And it's clearly not better than most fish oil supplements (as it claims):

  1. Little info about the dosages and exact ingredients used.
  2. Directions aren't very clear.
  3. For best results, you need up to 6 pills per day.
  4. In this case, a 60 capsules bottle would only last for 10 days.
  5. Lots of negative reviews and complaints.
  6. Not effective for many people.
  7. Extremely expensive on the long term (around $50 for the lowest quantity).

Now – I'm not saying Omega XL is a scam. 

Since it does work for some people, it's clearly a legit product.

It also has a trustworthy behind (in my opinion), so I couldn't call it a scam.

However – I can't call it a good product either.

Considering the high number of flaws it has, I would surely not recommend it.

So what would I prefer instead? A classic fish oil supplement called Optima Omega-3:

  • best price among all fish oil products (up to $15/bottle)
  • quality ingredients in high dosages
  • strong effect

If you want a cheaper alternative that works the same as Omega XL (or even better), that's my top pick.

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Written by 

Oltea Roman is a registered pharmacist with a long experience in the health field. She graduated from University of Medicine and Pharmacy and has studies in Cosmetology, Dermatology, Toxicology and several others. She has a 2 years experience as a retail pharmacist. You can connect with her via Linkedin or email.

Last updated: January 6, 2023

25 thoughts on “My Omega XL Review (2023) – Is It Really A Scam?

  1. Hi Olly. You said you were curious to hear other experience with this product. I am a previous customer of Omega XL and I would like to share mine. I agree with your review in certain parts and disagree with others. 

    Good things: 1) Relieved my hip pain after less than 2 months. 2) I had no trouble swallowing the pills. 3) You can start taking 3-4 instead of 6 once you start getting an effect. 4) Staff is very nice and polite (I bought it from the official website selling the supplement).

    Bad things: 1) Serving size is indeed 6 pills at first, which is hard to take. 2) I developed a headache in the first days but it went away once my body got used to the supplement. 3) Price is surely high.

    Though this supplement helped me, I’m not sure I am going to continue using it. I have 2 bottles left at home and once they run out, I will probably switch to something more affordable.

    1. Hi Patrick, thanks a lot for sharing your experience with Omega XL, it’s definitely very helpful. No supplement will work the same for 2 different people, so it’s obvious that opinions are going to be divided on any product. That’s why I want to hear as many customer opinions as possible.

      Now – I don’t know if you plan to buy a certain supplement, but I could give you a few recommendations when it comes to Omega 3 fish oil products. My #1 suggestion is a product called Optima Omega-3 from Nuzena. Out of all supplements I looked into, this is by far the cheapest for the quality it has. So if you want a strong supplement for the lowest price you can get, I definitely recommend going for this one.

      Other than that, I don’t know what exact type of joint/pain arthritis you have. But this guide on treating it naturally might help.

      Thanks again for your feedback on Omega XL.

  2. I was going to buy this supplement but I checked it on Amazon and saw it only has one star reviews on the first page. Now that I read your complete analysis, I’m more convinced it’s not right. My wife and I wanted to buy some joint supplement for prevention. We do not have arthritis but a friend who is a doctor said we might want to start taking something just to prevent it (we’re in out late 50s’). 

    I did some research and read about glucosamine, but I feel like it works better for treating arthritis than preventing it. I also found fish oil and apparently it has many benefits, including a positive effect on the joints. Omega XL seemed right at first, but after looking at these reviews I’m sure it’s not what we both want. I checked your alternative, the supplement from Nuzena, do you think it would be right for prevention? And maybe you can help you with some other options, as I’m having a hard time finding some high-quality products.

    Thank you!

    1. Hey Romeo, thanks for your feedback and questions. I actually think that prevention is the best treatment so congratulations for trying to do something about your arthritis before it comes in. 

      Fish oil supplements are actually my top recommendation for this. You’re pretty much right about glucosamine – it’s the best compound against osteoarthritis, but it’s not very helpful for healthy people. Instead, fish oil are a much better choice (also because of their numerous benefits for general health). 

      Omega XL would probably help you, since your joints and probably quite healthy. But considering its price, it’s surely not worth it in your case. However, that’s the only downside. Pretty much any fish/krill oil supplement would be good enough for you (since you don’t have an actual arthritis).

      As for Nuzena’s fish oil supplement, it’s surely good enough for your condition. Since it’s the cheapest alternative I know for the quality, it’s surely my top recommendation for your case. But there are many other products that would work, so it’s a matter of choice.

      I’m really hoping that these suggestions help you decide and that you pick the best option for you. In case you ever have any questions, let me know anytime.

  3. does not work my mother ordered and decided to cancel so i called and was on hold for 3 hrs never answered and will not let u cancel so i sent an email and had to go to my moms bank because they kept charging her……

    1. Thank you for your feedback on Omega XL, Maria. I’m really sorry for the issues you’ve been going through with this company but I’m really glad to hear it all worked out in the end. I really hope your mom managed to get her money back!

  4. I called the number that was on the TV for Omega XL. I have stage 4 chronic kidney damage from analgesics which I took for many years b/c of osteoarthritis. I wanted to know if the Rep could tell me what analgesic, if any, is in
    Omega 3 XL. Unfortunately the Rep I spoke with was quite rude and hung up on me. Just thought you might want to correct this.


    1. Hey Tania, sorry to hear about their rude staff, that’s quite typical for questionable products (especially if you require some detailed info). Omega XL is based on fish oil, which has anti-inflammatory proprieties, so that’s how it relieves the pain. It doesn’t have any analgesic inside it, so the pain relieving effect won’t appear very fast (in the best case, in a few days).

      Hope this helps!

  5. DOES NOT WORK!!!! They had a million excuses why I couldn’t get the refund. Very disappointed. Save your money because there is no money back refund as promised.

  6. Good article but I wonder why ingredient list keeps on changing order ? as we all know they are listed based on amounts from greatest to smallest. Old bottles of omega XL list olive oil first vitimin e then lipid muscle? New bottles rearrange order of ingredients is this legal and legit? Has the formula changed?

    1. Hi David, as far as I know, the formula hasn’t really changed. But yes, switching the ingredients throughout the list is completely legal and they can do anything they want with their products. I do agree that it’s a bit annoying and harder to compare it with the older formula, but there’s nothing we can do about it.

  7. Hey Olly, thank god I didnt click the checkout button just yet for this product. I can see that a lot suffered from the lack of response from the company and the ineffectiveness of the product. Honestly, I was almost sold. But now that I see your review, I think I’ll take a look at the product that you found works. As a person suffering from arthritis 10 years now, I think it’s only fair that I look for a product that works, of high quality, and at no risk. Price does not really affect me but at the same time it wouldn’t hurt to save some money if the product really works.

    1. Hi Catherine, this is Angelica. Sadly, there were really some complaints about this, both in the cancellation of order and ineffectiveness of the product. I can totally sympathize with you. Good product does not always translate to high price. With that regards, I really hope that ProJoint Plus, the top recommended product that we found effective against joint pain. It may just be what you are looking for based on your comment but I also advise you to checkout the review we have about it so that you can take a look if it really fits your wants and needs. Thank you so much!

  8. Hi Olly! I can totally attest to the ineffectiveness of this product. Like you have said, buying the bottle from amazon really help you save up. HOWEVER, I think not buying this product at all is WHAT WILL REALLY HELP YOU SAVE UP. This product is too expensive for its quality–no to mention the number of pills I’ve had to take EVERYDAY. Ugh. I do agree that it really runs out fast since you have to take numerous pills numerous times per day. This is especially troublesome for people like me that often forgets to take their medicine on schedule.

    1. Hey there Angelique, I’m Angelica. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I can really feel your disappointment on this product and I actually saw others comment about this too. The numbers of pills required to be taken, no matter the size can actually be hard so I can understand your unsatisfaction. As for difficulty in keeping up with your schedule for medicine intake, I highly suggest using alarms so that you can be notified and reminded. I do agree that this product is not really budget friendly so if you are interested, I suggest that you checkout the top joint supplement that we found. It is easy to swallow, convenient to take, affordable, and of course, effective. In addition to this, you can also try and follow these tips to help you manage the pain. It is up to you whether you might wanna do it but trying some wouldn’t hurt. I hope this helps and thank you!

  9. Hello Olly! thank you for your concise and easy to understand review. I am actually a user of this product and I do agree with your verdict. It is not a scam but at the same time, it isn’t the best out of all product. To be honest, I am at lost on how expensive products can get but at the same time, give you a subpar result. I really think that more users or those who want to try this product–or any product–should be aware of what they are trying to buy. As for me, I have been suffering from joint pain. The fact that this product has a omega in it enticed me. However, I was disappointed because its list of ingredients do not really provide enough details on the dosage. I would probably try again another product but never again on this one.

    1. Hello Greg, this is Angelica. Thank you for your kind words. I do agree with you on how customers should be aware of what they are buying to avoid more problems in the long run. Also, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience of this product. If I may suggest, you can look at the list of the top products that are effective against joint pain which includes the one of the best products, if not the best. I hope this helps you and we’re definitely looking forward to your feedback about it should you try it.

  10. I used 1 bottle on my second one this product doesn’t work I wasted so much of my money I thought it would help but it doesn’t this scam

    1. Hey David, thanks for your opinion, but I don’t really think we can know that. It might be true, I can’t deny it, but as long as we have no evidence, we can’t accuse them of that.

  11. used Omega XL for a month and a half all I got was pimples on my face. I got absolutely No relief from any joint pain what so ever. I would rate as a complete waste of time and money 🤑

    1. Hello Larry, thanks for your feedback on OmegaXL, I’m not a big fan of it at all but I certainly wouldn’t have guessed it could cause breakouts. It’s actually ironic, because Omega 3 supplements are usually prescribed for acne (not as an actual treatment, but to help with the inflammation caused by pimples). So this kind of supplements should never actually cause acne. Most don’t, so it’s probably something that has to do with Omega Xl’s specific ingredients. Maybe you’re allergic/sensitive to one of its additives, because acne can sometimes appear due to this kind of intolerance.

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