Andy and I have been big supporters of omega-3 supplementation for over a decade. Not only does our entire family supplement with omega-3’s, but Andy routinely recommends omega-3 supplements to his patients.
Omega-3 supplements are the most validated supplement that exists; over 19,000 scientific studies have been done on omega-3’s. These “super fats” are vitally important for the health of your immune system, reproductive system, central nervous system and cardiovascular system. Omega-3’s improve energy, decrease inflammation (which is so important for people with conditons such as multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.), boost endurance, improve mood, support a healthy blood sugar response and more. They even help slow accelerated skin aging—by the way, if you missed our earlier article on how omega-3’s can help protect against sun induced skin aging and how omega-3’s are an important factor in nutritional approaches to preventing skin aging be sure to read the article HERE.
Unfortunately, research shows modern diets are more deficient in the highly anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats than they are in just about any other nutrient.
The 3 Omega-3’s
Omega-3 fats are not abundant in the typical foods people eat, which is part of the reason we are so deficient in them.
There are 3 different types of omega-3 fats including vegan ALA (from plant foods like flax, chia seeds and walnuts) and what we call the “sea omega-3’s” in the form of EPA and DHA, because these omega-3’s come primarily from fish and seafood.
ALA is considered the only “essential” omega-3 because your body can convert ALA into EPA and then convert EPA into DHA. But, the thing is, EPA and DHA (especially DHA) are really the most important omega-3’s because these are the ones your body directly uses. Many different factors can interfere with the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA (including autoimmune conditions, lifestyle factors, excess intake of omega-6 or saturated fats, etc.) The safest way to cover your omega-3 bases is to take a supplement containing both EPA and DHA, which brings us to fish oil….
The Problem with Fish Oil Omega-3 Supplements….
Companies are taking notice of omega-3 consumer awareness and manufacturing more omega-3 supplements than ever before. Go to any natural foods store or health foods store and you’ll see a mind-boggling array of omega-3 fish oil supplement choices toppling off the shelves.
The biggest problem with omega-3 fish oil supplmentation is that people complain about the unpleasant taste, difficulty with digestion, fish burps, and pill fatigue (too many capsules!) Andy hears these complaints over and over with his patients and he knows that if a product is too unpleasant to take the average person just isn’t going to stick with it…regardless of whether it is healthy or not! In addition to trying to coax Andy’s patients into taking their omega-3’s we’ve had complaints with our own son; Blake is more educated than most kids on the importance of omega-3’s but the bottom line is if it’s unpleasant to take he puts up a stink. After all, he is just 10 years old.
Barlean’s Omega Swirl: A New Paradigm in Delectable Omega-3 Nutrition
We have been fans of Barlean’s Organic Oils as a company for years now and we have recommended many of their products (flaxseeds, evening primrose oil, extra virgin coconut oil, flax oil, etc.) in our various books. Barlean’s is a family-owned company and we know the commitment they have to manufacturing superior quality products. We also knew that for over three years Barlean’s was working hard on developing an omega-3 emulsion supplement solution that had a pleasant taste, resisted oxidation, smelled good and was shelf-stable.
After a tremendous amount of work from the Barlean’s folks the end result, Barlean’s Omega Swirl, is what we consider the ultimate capsule-free omega-3 solution for the whole family…an omega-3 supplement that really is enjoyable to take, which means you (and the kids!) will actually take it. Not only do kids love it, so does everyone else! Barlean’s Omega Swirl was voted Best Product of the Year by Better Nutrition magazine and Vitamin Retailer magazine. It’s won countless awards and was even given a Gold Medal for superior taste by the American Masters of Taste.
Our Personal Favorite is Barlean’s Omega Swirl: Ultra High Potency
Barlean’s makes a number of different Omega Swirl variations, but our personal favorite is the Ultra High Potency (in key lim flavor) because it contains the most EPA and DHA per serving (1,500 mg total per serving—910 mg EPA and 590 mg DHA.)
Even If You Are Vegan You Can Still Get the Omega-3 Found In Fish Oil (DHA) From Barlean’s Omega Swirl—-Watch Video to Learn More!
On our family California road trip this past summer we stopped by Redondo Beach to catch up with Andreas Koch from Barlean’s and shot this quick video of Andreas explaining how Barlean’s has managed to create a vegan Omega Swirl supplement that contains the DHA that is normally only found in fish oil.
Barlean’s Omega Swirl is Clinically Proven 9 x’s More Absorbable than Standard Fish Oil Supplements
The fishy burps people complain about with standard fish oil happen because fish oil can be difficult to digest. This is especially true for many of Andy’s patients after they have had weight loss surgery. Standard fish oil is a very large molecule and cannot easily be absorbed into your digestive tract without your body doing a lot of work; your pancreas must secrete lipase and your gallbladder must produce bile in order for the large fish oil molecules to be absorbed. Barlean’s Omega Swirl is different. Barlean’s Omega Swirl has been emulsified (think of it as being “pre-digested”) and the molecules are very tiny and thus, considerably easier to absorb.
Barlean’s Omega Swirl is rapidly digested through your bloodstream. A clinical study conducted by The Centre for Nutritional Studies found Barlean’s Omega Swirl to by 90% more bio-available (absorbable) than standard fish oil. The total percentage of oil that reaches your bloodstream is 9-times greater than with the same does of fish oil. Because of superior bio-availability, Barlean’s Omega Swirl is guaranteed to be easy to digest. And no fishy burps! Plus, you don’t have to take any capsules.
All Barlean’s Omega Swirls are all-natural and contain no sugar. They are free of artificial colors and naturally sweetened with xylitol.
Barlean’s Omega Swirl Can Be Eaten Just Like Food
One of the things I love most about Omega Swirl is that it has the taste and texture of a smoothie. You can absolutely eat it right off the spoon (and my family does!) but it’s also absolutely delicious in a smoothie. One of my son’s favorite Omega Swirl Smoothies is this one below…
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Omega Swirl Smoothie
- ¼ cup raw slivered almonds
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen organic strawberries
- 2 or 3 organic pitted dates (optional, for added sweetness)
- 2 tablespoons Barlean’s Omega Swirl Lemon Zest (if you are vegan you can do Total Omega Swirl Blueberry/ Pomegrante flavor with DHA from aglal/ algae oil)
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Drink at once.
Barlean’s Omega Swirl Fish Oil is Made with Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil – Vegan Options Contain Algal (Algae) Oil as a Source of DHA & Flax Oil for LNA
There are three types of omega-3’s LNA, EPA and DHA. You really need all three for optimal health but typically EPA and DHA are only found in fish; LNA is found in vegan foods like flax, chia seeds and walnuts. However, Barlean’s Omega Swirl offers a VEGAN version containing DHA from algal (algae oil) and LNA-rich flax oil as well as standard fish oil versions made from pharmaceutical-grade fish oil containing both EPA and DHA.
Barlean’s Omega Swirl really is the ultimate omega-3 solution for everyone. Look for it online, at Whole Foods Market, The Vitamin Shoppe or online at Barleans.com.
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