Alright, guys, it is time to talk about something near and dear to my heart today: OMEGA 3’s! 91% of Americans are reportedly deficient in these, and I’m confident that when I first found out about them my family was included in that statistic. You see, for quite some time my health goals were based solely around eating healthy (which is important!), but I missed out on another side of the coin that is extremely valuable to wellness and thriving: proper supplementation.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you will probably remember the article I posted on Why Everyone in Your Family Should be Taking Fish Oil. In case it isn’t fresh in your mind though, let me summarize a few points:
- Most (as in 91%!) of Americans are deficient in Omega 3’s. (This includes all ages and members of the family).
- Omega 3 deficiency is the 8th leading cause of preventable death in the US!
- The essential fatty acids in Omega 3’s (DHA + EPA) are required for optimum health.
- Our body can’t produce these on its own.
And maybe you are thinking, “But I eat foods that are high in omegas.” Though some people do try to intake essential fatty acids through diet alone, the truth is that many foods said to be high in omegas tend to oversupply Omega 6, not 3. In fact, Americans eat 14-25 times more Omega 6’s than 3’s! No wonder healthy eating still falls short some times!
Since the essential fatty acids we need cannot be produced by the body or solely through diet, they must be obtained through diet and supplementation. And today (Mother’s Day), I’m teaming up with my favorite fish oil company, Nordic Naturals, to give you 8 bomb tools to help tackle these issues. (Cause let’s face it moms, often we are the ones to make the health decisions for our family, so today is the perfect time to celebrate and equip us for the job!)
I go into detail in this post about why I love Nordic Naturals and the value and quality of their products so much, but today the point I want to emphasize is their Taste Pure Love core values.
Taste Pure Love
Nordic Naturals is driven by a mission to eliminate the global omega-3 deficiency and to help people of every age live a better life. As the # 1 fish oil company in the US, they invoke a set of very high standards when producing their products.
One of these standards is TASTE, because in order for a fish oil to taste good it has to be outrageously fresh. If it doesn’t taste good, you won’t take it.
Ensuring their products are PURE is the next important standard as they believe a fish oil supplement should be obsessively tested for high quality and they don’t just say it, they prove it.
And finally LOVE, when Nordic Naturals manufactures their fish oil products they will not stop until it is passionately perfected, because nothing less will do. Their love for what they do and the people they do it for drives them to do it right at any cost. They do what they do for health, for the health of your children and your children’s children.
8 Amazing Tools to Prevent Omega 3 Deficiency
Why do I love this combination of tools? Well, because there is something here for all members of the family: babies, children, adults, and even pets!
Nordic Naturals sent me the following items for sampling and reviewing, and are also giving away a set of everything you see listed to one of our readers!
BONUS: Use coupon code Family16 on the Nordic Naturals site for discounted prices through June 30, 2016!
OK guys, I’m a fan of this product. Why? Because it is an Omega “multi,” meaning that it gives a combo of Omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s and in the right proportions to be effective and promote optimum health. Serving size is 2 capsules, and they are easy to swallow with no fishy after taste.
These are ultra concentrated, giving 2000 mg of Omega 3 DHA & EPA per serving. That’s alot! They look the same as the ones above, and are just as easy to swallow and don’t taste fishy.
These are made exclusively with Gold Standard Artic Cod Liver Oil and supply Omega 3 DHA, which supports brain and eye function. My girls love taking these and feel very grown up doing so since the look similar to the adult capsules. This mini version, however, can be chewed or swallowed.
These tasty little gems include 1.5 billion live cultures and prebiotic fiber, which boost digestive health and immune function. My kids LOVE the flavor of these (eh hem, so do I), and I feel great serving them since they have no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives!
These watermelon-flavored gummies taste great, and just one supplies 100% of the recommended vitamin D3 that my girls need! I love that these, also, are made without “artificials,” as we call them!
6. Baby’s DHA
These liquid DHA drops for baby are fantastic! They are suitable for babes up to 35 lbs (which still includes both of my toddlers) and come with handy weight/doseage instructions. They taste good and can be taken on their own or mixed in with other liquids, making them super easy to give!
7. Omega-3 Pet
At this point in our life we don’t have pets, so I wasn’t able to sample these directly. A friend of mine used them for her cats though, and said they took them willingly on top of food. These drops are formulated using wild caught sardines and anchovies & supply awesome levels of Omega 3 DHA & EPA.
8. The book The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr. Ozner,
I love looking through new cook books, and this one was no exception! Dr. Ozner discusses the main components (and research behind) the Mediterranean Diet, and gives 500+ recipes to go with. Though our family doesn’t follow this diet persay, much of it seems to go hand-in-hand with Weston A Price philosophies, which we do follow. I found so many new recipes based on real-food, nutrient-dense options that I’m excited to incorporate, though I may vary some of the preparation methods. I have certainly learned much from this book! Tip: want to know more about the WAPF foods we eat? Get a free printable poster from our resource library!
Ready to Enter?
Enter the giveaway below for a chance to receive all 8 of these amazing tools from Nordic Naturals!!
Nordic Naturals – Taste Pure Love
Terms: Participants must be 18+ years of age and reside in the US. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm (PST) on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Winner will be selected/contacted by My Darla Clementine. Winnings will be supplied/shipped by Nordic Naturals.