Review : Nordic Naturals Supplements

Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets: One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in some vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed (canola), and flaxseed, and in walnuts. ALA is also found in some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. The other type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found in fatty fish. The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. We do not know whether vegetable or fish omega-3 fatty acids are equally beneficial, although both seem to be beneficial. Unfortunately, most Americans do not get enough of either type. For good health, you should aim to get at least one rich source of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet every day. This could be through a serving of fatty fish (such as salmon), a tablespoon of canola or soybean oil in salad dressing or in cooking, or a handful of walnuts or ground flaxseed mixed into your morning oatmeal.

Here’s 61 health benefits of using Omega-3 in your life:

There is strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect in bipolar disorder. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is associated with reduced mania and depression in juvenile bipolar disorder. Clinical studies have reported that oral fish oil supplementation has beneficial effects in rheumatoid arthritis and among some asthmatics. Fish oil improves tubular dysfunction, lipid profiles and oxidative stress in patients with IgA nephropathy. Dietary supplementation with flaxseed oil lowers blood pressure in dyslipidaemic patients. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the cardiovascular risk profile of subjects with metabolic syndrome, including markers of inflammation and auto-immunity. Omega-3 in modest doses reduces cardiac deaths, and in high doses reduces nonfatal cardiovascular events. Dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids reduces the incidence of sudden cardiac death in patients with myocardial infarction. Omega-3 fatty acid reduce the total mortality and sudden death in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Raising blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid levels may be 8 times effective than distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and 2 times more effective than implanting implanting cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in preventing sudden death. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces total mortality and sudden death in patients who have already had a heart attack. Consuming small quantities of fish is associated with a reduction in coronary heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation results in a substantial reduction in coronary calcium scores and slowed plaque growth. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation has a therapeutic effect in children with ADHD. A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as magnesium and zinc consumption provide a beneficial effect on attentional, behavioural, and emotional problems of children and adolescents. Fish oil supplementation has a significant therapeutic effect on children with autism. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to be an effective treatment for children with autism. The consumption of omega-3 fatty acid supplements decreases homocysteine levels in diabetic patients. Omega-3 fatty acids improve macro- and microvascular function in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In patients with stable coronary artery disease, an independent and inverse association exists between n-3 fatty acid levels and inflammatory biomarkers. Omega-3 fatty acids improve endothelial function in peripheral arterial disease. Fish oil has a beneficial effect on blood viscosity in peripheral vascular disease. Fish oil supplementation improves walking distance in peripheral arterial disease. The omega-3 fatty acid docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) reduces the risk of peripheral arterial diseaseassociated with smoking. An 8-month treatment with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) has a positive effects, such as decreasing inflammation, in patients with cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a protective effect against mucus over-production caused by pulmonary bacterial colonization in cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces inflammatory biomarkers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and interleukin-8 concentrations in cystic fibrosis patients. DHA increases resistance to Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. EPA supplementation has therapeutic value in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients. EPA and DHA have therapeutic value in the treatment of systemic lupus erythmeatosus. Omega-3 fish oil reduces the severity of symptoms in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and total mortalityin diabetic women. Higher plasma concentrations of EPA and DPA are associated with a lower risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction among women. Omega-3 fatty acid consumption is inversely associated with incidence of hypertension. Fish oil, but not flaxseed oil, decreases inflammation and prevents pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction. The consumption of fish reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in elderly individuals. A moderate intake of EPA and DHA may postpone cognitive decline in elderly men. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a therapeutic effect on postpartum depression. Omega-3 fatty acids may have therapeutic value in the treatment of dry eye syndrome. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation exhibits therapeutic value in the treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology. Fish consumption reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in men. Omega-3 Fatty acids supplementation prevents and reverses insulin resistance. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the formation of urinary calcium oxalate stone formation. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for children with bronchial asthma. Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation may contribute to the prevention of early preterm birth in both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. Fish consumption is associated with a 63% reduction in prostate cancer-specific mortality. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the severity of autoimmune disorders. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may have a therapeutic role in attenuating pulmonary hypertension. Omega-3 fatty acids resulted in an improvement in weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis. Primary open-angle glaucoma patients have reduced blood levels of DHA and EPA. Omega-3 fatty acids alleviate insulin resistance and fatty liver in obese mice. Intake of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids from fish may be associated with a reduced prevalence of allergic rhinitis. Cod liver oil (omega-3 Fatty Acids) reduces the need for NSAIDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3 Fatty Acids has significant therapeutic benefits and drug sparing activity in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Diets containing EPA and DHA have an inhibitory effect on breast cancer growth and metastasis. Dietary Omega-3 fatty acids may protect smokers against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Omega-3 fatty acids were shown to be more effective than placebo for depression in both adults and children in small controlled studies and in an open study of bipolar depression. The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating major depressive disorder. A diet low in trans-unsaturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of pneumonia.

It can be difficult to find a fish oil product that provides 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in a single serving (usually two softgels). Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega provides 1100 mg of EPA & DHA in two softgels (each softgel containing 1000 mg of fish oil). Most standard fish oil products provide only 600 mg of EPA & DHA per 2000 mg of oil. Which means that one would have to consume approximately 4 g (4000 mg) of fat to receive a dose of EPA & DHA comparable to what Nordic Naturals’ product offers with just 2g (2000 mg) of fat. With all that said, some might still be wondering why they should pay the premium price for Ultimate Omega. Because, the truth is, there are other fish oil products out there that can provide at least 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in just two softgels, but at a much lower price. The difference lies in one more place: most fish oil products are in an ethyl ester form, while Ultimate Omega is in a triglycerides form. There have been some debate among experts between which is the superior form. Many proponents of ethyl ester forms felt that the triglycerides form was all hype. However, in 2010, scientific findings have shown that the triglycerides form actually absorbs anywhere from 50-70% better than the ethyl ester form.

Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets: One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in some vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed (canola), and flaxseed, and in walnuts. ALA is also found in some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. The other type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found in fatty fish. The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. We do not know whether vegetable or fish omega-3 fatty acids are equally beneficial, although both seem to be beneficial. Unfortunately, most Americans do not get enough of either type. For good health, you should aim to get at least one rich source of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet every day. This could be through a serving of fatty fish (such as salmon), a tablespoon of canola or soybean oil in salad dressing or in cooking, or a handful of walnuts or ground flaxseed mixed into your morning oatmeal.

Here’s 61 health benefits of using Omega-3 in your life:

There is strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect in bipolar disorder. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is associated with reduced mania and depression in juvenile bipolar disorder. Clinical studies have reported that oral fish oil supplementation has beneficial effects in rheumatoid arthritis and among some asthmatics. Fish oil improves tubular dysfunction, lipid profiles and oxidative stress in patients with IgA nephropathy. Dietary supplementation with flaxseed oil lowers blood pressure in dyslipidaemic patients. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the cardiovascular risk profile of subjects with metabolic syndrome, including markers of inflammation and auto-immunity. Omega-3 in modest doses reduces cardiac deaths, and in high doses reduces nonfatal cardiovascular events. Dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids reduces the incidence of sudden cardiac death in patients with myocardial infarction. Omega-3 fatty acid reduce the total mortality and sudden death in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Raising blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid levels may be 8 times effective than distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and 2 times more effective than implanting implanting cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in preventing sudden death. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces total mortality and sudden death in patients who have already had a heart attack. Consuming small quantities of fish is associated with a reduction in coronary heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation results in a substantial reduction in coronary calcium scores and slowed plaque growth. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation has a therapeutic effect in children with ADHD. A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as magnesium and zinc consumption provide a beneficial effect on attentional, behavioural, and emotional problems of children and adolescents. Fish oil supplementation has a significant therapeutic effect on children with autism. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to be an effective treatment for children with autism. The consumption of omega-3 fatty acid supplements decreases homocysteine levels in diabetic patients. Omega-3 fatty acids improve macro- and microvascular function in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In patients with stable coronary artery disease, an independent and inverse association exists between n-3 fatty acid levels and inflammatory biomarkers. Omega-3 fatty acids improve endothelial function in peripheral arterial disease. Fish oil has a beneficial effect on blood viscosity in peripheral vascular disease. Fish oil supplementation improves walking distance in peripheral arterial disease. The omega-3 fatty acid docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) reduces the risk of peripheral arterial diseaseassociated with smoking. An 8-month treatment with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) has a positive effects, such as decreasing inflammation, in patients with cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a protective effect against mucus over-production caused by pulmonary bacterial colonization in cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces inflammatory biomarkers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and interleukin-8 concentrations in cystic fibrosis patients. DHA increases resistance to Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. EPA supplementation has therapeutic value in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients. EPA and DHA have therapeutic value in the treatment of systemic lupus erythmeatosus. Omega-3 fish oil reduces the severity of symptoms in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and total mortalityin diabetic women. Higher plasma concentrations of EPA and DPA are associated with a lower risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction among women. Omega-3 fatty acid consumption is inversely associated with incidence of hypertension. Fish oil, but not flaxseed oil, decreases inflammation and prevents pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction. The consumption of fish reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in elderly individuals. A moderate intake of EPA and DHA may postpone cognitive decline in elderly men. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a therapeutic effect on postpartum depression. Omega-3 fatty acids may have therapeutic value in the treatment of dry eye syndrome. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation exhibits therapeutic value in the treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology. Fish consumption reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in men. Omega-3 Fatty acids supplementation prevents and reverses insulin resistance. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the formation of urinary calcium oxalate stone formation. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for children with bronchial asthma. Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation may contribute to the prevention of early preterm birth in both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. Fish consumption is associated with a 63% reduction in prostate cancer-specific mortality. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the severity of autoimmune disorders. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may have a therapeutic role in attenuating pulmonary hypertension. Omega-3 fatty acids resulted in an improvement in weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis. Primary open-angle glaucoma patients have reduced blood levels of DHA and EPA. Omega-3 fatty acids alleviate insulin resistance and fatty liver in obese mice. Intake of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids from fish may be associated with a reduced prevalence of allergic rhinitis. Cod liver oil (omega-3 Fatty Acids) reduces the need for NSAIDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3 Fatty Acids has significant therapeutic benefits and drug sparing activity in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Diets containing EPA and DHA have an inhibitory effect on breast cancer growth and metastasis. Dietary Omega-3 fatty acids may protect smokers against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Omega-3 fatty acids were shown to be more effective than placebo for depression in both adults and children in small controlled studies and in an open study of bipolar depression. The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating major depressive disorder. A diet low in trans-unsaturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of pneumonia.

It can be difficult to find a fish oil product that provides 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in a single serving (usually two softgels). Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega provides 1100 mg of EPA & DHA in two softgels (each softgel containing 1000 mg of fish oil). Most standard fish oil products provide only 600 mg of EPA & DHA per 2000 mg of oil. Which means that one would have to consume approximately 4 g (4000 mg) of fat to receive a dose of EPA & DHA comparable to what Nordic Naturals’ product offers with just 2g (2000 mg) of fat. With all that said, some might still be wondering why they should pay the premium price for Ultimate Omega. Because, the truth is, there are other fish oil products out there that can provide at least 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in just two softgels, but at a much lower price. The difference lies in one more place: most fish oil products are in an ethyl ester form, while Ultimate Omega is in a triglycerides form. There have been some debate among experts between which is the superior form. Many proponents of ethyl ester forms felt that the triglycerides form was all hype. However, in 2010, scientific findings have shown that the triglycerides form actually absorbs anywhere from 50-70% better than the ethyl ester form.

Ultimate Omega can be taken with FULL confidence that it is the purest fish oil on the market, far exceeding the standards of the I.F.O.S. It provides a convenient way to receive effective dosages of EPA & DHA in a single serving. The omega 3 is provided in a form that has higher absorption than 99% of all other fish oil products. Nordic Naturals is one of the most trusted companies in the world for fish oil products, and Ultimate Omega is a good testament to why that is.

In the case of Nordic Naturals they pass all the tests in my book. They will tell you exactly where they source the fish for the product (off the coast of Peru). They will tell you which agency standards they attempt to meet or exceed (CRN, GOED, IFOS, WHO, Prop 65 and EP). They will also provide, on request, a certificate of analysis from a third party not only for a recent batch but they will also send it for the batch that they used to produce the bottle you have in your hand (if you send them the lot number). his is the kind of responsiveness you should expect from a company with nothing to hide. Be wary of companies that will only tell you about their certifications but will NOT send you the actual certificates of analysis. Nordic Naturals is a model for other supplement manufacturers to follow. The full path from raw material to finished product should be reasonably transparent to end-consumers.

Ultimate Omega can be taken with FULL confidence that it is the purest fish oil on the market, far exceeding the standards of the I.F.O.S. It provides a convenient way to receive effective dosages of EPA & DHA in a single serving. The omega 3 is provided in a form that has higher absorption than 99% of all other fish oil products. Nordic Naturals is one of the most trusted companies in the world for fish oil products, and Ultimate Omega is a good testament to why that is.

. They will tell you exactly where they source the fish for the product (off the coast of Peru). They will tell you which agency standards they attempt to meet or exceed (CRN, GOED, IFOS, WHO, Prop 65 and EP). They will also provide, on request, a certificate of analysis from a third party not only for a recent batch but they will also send it for the batch that they used to produce the bottle you have in your hand (if you send them the lot number). his is the kind of responsiveness you should expect from a company with nothing to hide. Be wary of companies that will only tell you about their certifications but will NOT send you the actual certificates of analysis. Nordic Naturals is a model for other supplement manufacturers to follow. The full path from raw material to finished product should be reasonably transparent to end-consumers. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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