Is Nordic Naturals Fish Oil
the best Omega 3 Choice?

Was Nordic Naturals Fish Oil really the answers to my fish issues? nordic naturals fish oil, Photo courtesy In my budget conscious family, did the brand of fish oil really matter? I kept hearing that brand name as I tried to find a substitute for eating fish. I heard it from parents, nutritionists, and even from some nice lady at the grocery store. How do I explain to my husband that I was being stalked by a bottle of Nordic Naturals Omega-3 fish oil?

This all started because I worried about the mercury level in fish. I think fish is a great healthy diet choice for the whole family, but I am concerned about feeding mercury and pollutants to my family. To find the healthiest fish, I bring my easily readable wallet card from the Natural Resources Defense Council when I go to the market. This wallet card helps me choose the lowest mercury fish that are also environmentally friendly.

With the high cost of certain varieties of low mercury fish, I needed a way to provide my family the benefits of eating fish, without having to actually eat the fish.

Sounds like the type of logic employed by my five year old.

In searching for an alternative way to incorporate healthy fish into my family’s diet, one of my girlfriends recommended fish oil supplements. Omega-3 fish oil is the beneficial oil your body gets when you eat fish.

Omega-3 fish oil has recently been the subject of numerous medical studies, and I feel it has many potential advantages, including keeping your heart healthy. Specifically, Omega 3 fish oil can:

• reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases
• lower the levels of bad ldl cholesterol
• lower blood pressure slightly
• play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development

What is the Right Dosage of Omega-3?
Is It Safe?

Omega 3 fish oil is safe to take daily. Very High doses of fish oil can have harmful effects such as an increased risk of bleeding due to increased clotting time of the blood.

In taking a more moderate approach, I am comfortable that I will benefit from a modest consumption of fish oil two to three times a week.

If you want to take it daily, the proper dosage for normal, healthy people would be 300 to 500 mg of EPA and DHA. That is the amount usually found in one dosage of a good quality fish oil supplement.

I started with the liquid orange flavor of Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil and put a teaspoon into my family’s orange juice two times a week. It provided the alpha omega 3 that my family needed when we don’t eat fish.

I chose the Nordic Naturals fish oil brand because I believe it is the best choice available. I learned that fish oil quality standards do not exist in the United States.

Nordic Naturals fish oil adheres to and exceeds the stringent Norwegian Medicinal Standard (NMS) and the European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS) for all products. These standards guarantee quality products by setting maximum allowances on peroxides, heavy metals, dioxins, furans, and PCBs.

Basically I want to be sure I’m keeping mercury out of my family’s healthy diet as much as possible. I’d rather have my kids discover heavy metal in their music, not in their dinner.

We drank the liquid Nordic Naturals fish oil with straws because the fish oil floated on the top of the juice. My kids called it “sparkle juice”. I personally thought it looked like an oil slick, but we slurped it up because we could not taste the oil in the orange juice.

One day I was feeling creative and decided to put fish oil into my pancakes along with my wheat germ and flax. Not one of my better ideas. My family wasn’t very excited about eating fish cakes that had the unpleasant aroma of four day old fish.

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula Lemon 60Sg

Since then I graduated to Nordic Naturals fish oil capsules that can be chewed or swallowed whole. I now take them with water. I find this to be a quick, easy, and painless way to get my fish oil.

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula Lemon 60Sg

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula Lemon 120Sg

Nordic Naturals makes gummies or small chewable capsules for the kids. My kids take the Children’s DHA capsules.

Nordic Naturals Nordic Omega-3 Gummies 60Tabs Nordic Naturals Nordic Omega-3 Gummies 60Tabs

Nordic Naturals Children's DHA Strawberry Flavor 250mg Chew 360Sg

Nordic Naturals Children's DHA Ultimate Omega Strawberry 90Sg

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What are Omega 6 and Omega 9 and do I need them too?

I prefer to take just Nordic Naturals fish oil Omega 3, instead of a 3-6-9 combination. There is some debate that we have too much Omega 6 in our current diet, and shouldn’t take any extra in a supplement. Omega 6 is found in meat, grains and vegetable oils such as safflower, corn, and sunflower. Instead of focusing on Omega 6, I try to increase my Omega 3 intake in my supplement, and buy the Omega 3 only supplements.

Unlike Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, Omega 9 is not classified as an essential fatty acid (EFA). Omega 9 can be created by the human body from unsaturated fat, and is therefore not essential in the diet. Excellent sources of Omega 9 are found in olive oil, avocados, and peanuts.

Omega 9 is mainly used by the body when there are insufficient amounts of omega 3, omega 6 or both. When the body doesn't have enough omega 3 or omega 6, it tries to compensate by producing omega 9 fatty acids to take their place.

So what does this quick bio-chemistry lesson mean to you as you are standing in front of the wall of supplements at the store?

Just as with Omega 6, discussion centers on the need to supplement your body with Omega 9.

Since olive oil and nuts are part of our regular diet, I purchase just the Nordic Naturals Omega 3 fish oil.

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