The Ultimate Fountain of Youth Tonic: Cod Liver Oil:
Cod Liver Oil is the original, gold-standard in Omega-3 supplementation. Even
ask your mother or grandmother! Many of my patients remember lining up for a spoon of this stuff everyday in school!
Believe me - our children would be much happy, healthier, smarter, and better behaved if this were still the case!
Omega-3 is the “Fountain of Youth” vitamin. It is the beautiful
skin, hair and nails vitamin, and that is only the beginning! (My daughter even read it in Teen Vogue so it must
be true!) Omega 3 fatty acids have proven helpful support for a wide variety of illnesses to include: Cardiovascular Disease,
High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney disorders, Depression,
Alzheimer’s Disease, Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Obesity and Insulin Resistance (Diabetes). Ideally,
we should be getting these essential fats through our diets, but in America, our consumption of Omega-3 (Poly-unsaturated
fats) has decreased, while our consumption of saturated fats and vegetable oils has increased. Omega-3
fats are anti-inflammatory, while the other fats actually promote inflammation, pain and disease. The best
way to add Omega-3’s to the diet is through fish oil supplementation. I always tell my patients, "If you are going
to take only one supplement - this is the one to take!" If you take your Omega-3s in the Cod Liver Oil form, you
also get the added benefit of vitamin A and vitamin D! These are especially good for the skin and the
immune system! I give a tablespoon to my kids every morning. It is a great way to jump start the brain
cells - Studies show that Omega-3s improve mood, behavior and academics!
This is a very mild, lemon-flavored, concentrated fish oil. Ounce per ounce, you get a higher dose of Omega-3s in
this fish oil than the cod liver oil, but it doesn't contain the other nutrients naturally found in cod liver oil, like vitamin
A. A mere teaspoon of this oil gives you 1,725 mg of total Omega-3s. That's a great amount! It would take
3-6 of the average fish oil pills to give you the same amount. I recommend that my patients try the liquid first, and
if they can't handle it or aren't good about remembering to take it, move to "plan B" - the pill form of Omega-3.
Nordic Naturals is one of the purest brands of fish oil. It is a widely recommended by health care professionals. This
is a great supplement for the whole family.
This lemon-flavored Nordic Naturals Omega-3 fish oil gel-capsule is the "best of the best" as far as fish oil
pills go. No aftertaste and no stomach repeat like many other products give. Plus the brand is well known and
as one of the purest in the industry. I tell my patients, of all supplements you take, you need to be the most careful
with the fish oil. Make sure you get a good-quality, professional brand. One that has been ultra-purified and third
party inspected. If we ate the amount of fish we need to get the proper amount of Omega-3 fats, we would have to worry about
the toxins in the fish. Well when supplementing, you are taking in a highly concentrated form of fish. Plus, the oil, or fat, is
where the toxins are actually stored in the fish, so it definitely needs to be cleansed before you consume it. The better
brands spend the money to molecularly distill the oil and have it 3rd party tested. You aren't going to get that at your local
discount store. You need to read the labels to find out how much Omega-3 is actually in a fish oil pill. Most 1,000mg
fish oil pills only contain about 300mg of Omega-3 oil. You need to add the amount of EPA, DHA and other Omega-3s to
get the total Omega-3 amount. This pill contains 640 mg in each pill, so it is one of the highest concentrations available
in a pill form, and it is well absorbed, so you should notice the benefits from it much quicker than with other brands. The
recommended dose is 2 a day... Although that does still falls short of the Omega-3s found in just one little tablespoon
of the liquid fish oil (1,725 mg). So if you can handle the liquid, you get more for your money, plus you'll get
results quicker, but if think you'll comply better to the pills, than you are better off with the pills. Consistency
is the important thing! Omega-3s are a crucial nutrient that is severly lacking from the average American
diet - we need to get a steady supply of Omega-3 to maximize the function of our bodies and minds. This is the number
one fish oil pill I recommend to my patients, age 12 and up.
Children's Chewable Omega-3s:
These great-tasting, tiny, strawberry gel caps are perfect for the littlest of kids. Especially if they are picker eaters!
Again, always try the liquid form first, because you much more Omega-3s in the liquid, but this is the next best thing.
These gel caps can be chewed or swallowed whole. They are about half the size of a pea - so they are pretty
impossible to choke on. Kids usually love them - in fact you'll have to keep them out of reach because they'll
think they're candy. I've have had kids call them "strawberry gum or gummies" because they are that good. And,
oh course they are naturally flavored. The Nordic Natural brand is very trusted, purified brand so you can feel confident
giving it to your child. These pills have a higher concentration of DHA which is the Omega 3 that is especially good
for the brain. Kids absolutely need Omega-3 fats in their diet to grow, think and behave their best!