Nordic Naturals is a company based out of Watsonville, California, that specializes in manufacturing and distributing different varieties of fish-oil containing products. Founder Joar Opheim, a native of Norway, found that supplements rich in Omega-3 and quality fish oil were lacking in the United States. Working with a team, Opheim was able to develop "several patented fish oil technologies", including superior forms of taste, absorption, and delivery. Nordic Naturals cares about providing the highest-quality fish oil in its supplements to help defeat the global Omega-3 deficiency; their products are distributed worldwide. They have a transparent business model which encourages environmental consciousness and education. Nordic Naturals is proud to offer effective formulas which are regularly featured in worldwide trials and research.
Nordic Naturals is one of the only companies that meets the highest purity standards for their Omega-3-containing products. They go beyond what is required of them in the United States, to adhere to the European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega–3 (GOED). These regulations ensure that Nordic Naturals has no detectable heavy metals, dioxins, or PCBs in their products (every batch is tested). The consumer can rest easy knowing that Nordic Naturals really is the ultimate in quality when it comes to choosing a fish oil supplement.
The fish oil supplements sold by Nordic Naturals are free of harmful chemicals and are produced without excessive heat, with a multistep processing plan. They use only sustainably-sourced, wild-caught fish for their products, including Arctic Cod, Pacific Sardines, and Peruvian Anchovies. They believe in following regulated fishing procedures and in protecting marine life habitats.
What else makes Nordic Naturals' products so great?
Quite a few things! Their freshness levels also follow international standards, which means that you are receiving the most effective and pure product. Their fish oil has a peroxide value that is below the limit set by the EPS -- the lower the peroxide value, the greater the freshness. Nordic Naturals' products do not have harmful free radicals; they contain Vitamin E and rosemary, which enhance the freshness and test of their supplements. Many companies market their fish oil in the ethyl ester molecular form, but Nordic Naturals produces theirs in the true triglyceride form, which is absorbed up to 70% greater. The oxygen-free processing that Nordic Naturals uses to create their supplements makes them lack that fishy after-taste that many brands of fish oil supplements have. There is no smell or fishy taste -- instead, Nordic Naturals puts fruit oil extracts into their soft-gel capsules and liquid, giving them a light taste. The awards that Nordic Naturals have received are many..some of them include: 2014 Superior Taste Award, 2014 VITY Award, 2014 Clean Choice Award, 2014 Delicious Living Supplement Award, 2013 Essentials Award, 2012 Foodie Award, etc.
What can Omega-3 in fish oil do for you?
Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential to many different aspects of our health. As you probably know, Omega-3 is indicated in cardiovascular health, in terms of promoting a healthy heart rhythm, and supporting healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Omega-3s are also great for improving vision, promoting back and joint health, and promoting a healthy pregnancy. Omega-3s can improve the state of your hair, skin, and nails, and can help improve the functioning of your digestive system. Healthy brain function and immune responses are also indicated by Omega-3.
I received a bottle of Nordic Naturals' Ultimate Omega for the purpose of conducting this review. I was excited, because I have heard many great things about this company. I used to get disgusted by the thought of taking a fish oil supplement, but I know how absolutely beneficial it can be to your health in many ways, so I decided to get over it, and apply to try this product. I know that I must be deficient in Omega-3 and Omega-6, because my diet is not rich in foods that contain these fatty acids. The only seafood product that I will eat is tuna fish, and that's only if it has enough mayo so that I can't distinguish a fishy taste. I clearly needed this supplement!
Nordic Naturals' Ultimate Omega comes in three sizes: a 60-count, 120-count, and 180-count bottle. It is suggested that you take two soft gels daily, with food, as directed by your healthcare professional. You can take two soft gels twice daily if you need even more support. This is Nordic Naturals most popular product, as it offers double-strength EPA and DHA (two forms of Omega-3) in fewer soft-gels. This concentrated formula can help "support healthy glucose levels, healthy lipid levels in professional athletes, bronchial health, and the body's ability to respond to stress in a healthy way". Each serving of Ultimate Omega (2 soft gels) contains: 18 calories, 2 g of fat, and 1280 mg of Omega-3. It contains the following ingredients:
Purified deep sea fish oil (from anchovies and sardines), soft gel capsule (gelatin, water, glycerin, natural lemon flavor), natural lemon flavor, d-alpha tocopherol, rosemary extract (a natural preservative)
You can purchase Ultimate Omega here, for just $27.95/60-count bottle, $49.95/120-count bottle, and $69.95/180-count bottle. Nordic Naturals offers discounts when you buy in bulk (10% off three bottles, 15% off six), and they also have a club that you can join, where you receive quarterly shipments and free shipping. Shipping is also free when you have an order that is $25 or greater.
As I mentioned above, I am NOT a seafood eater, and anything remotely fishy really turns my stomach, whether it is the smell or the taste. I was very wary about trying Ultimate Omega, but I knew that I was very deficient in Omega-3, and it could really help my overall health. I don't have any specific medical conditions, but I know how important preventative health measures can be. I was really excited to find how superior Nordic Naturals' supplements are, in terms of quality and purity. It is important to me to see these figures and data, because it makes me more comfortable to ingest something that is safe. I was drawn to the fact that Nordic Naturals has a powerful formula of Omega-3s compared to other brands, and that they claim their products do not have a fishy taste. After opening bottles from other brands, just the smell was enough to turn me off. This was not the case with Ultimate Omega. I actually thought the fruity, lemon-type scent was pretty good. (Apparently my dog thought so too, because she knocked the bottle down, tore the top off, and ate three soft-gel capsules) Although I have problems swallowing pills, these seemed to glide down fairly smoothly. I got the hint of a lemon taste, but definitely nothing fishy as an aftertaste. This alone is enough to make we want to purchase this supplement in the future. If it did have a fishy taste or smell, I wouldn't be able to take it -- now I will be able to enjoy the huge amount of benefits that Omega-3s have. I love that this supplement includes a "double whammy" of Omega3's. I now take this twice a day (when I remember) with food. I am hoping it will help with my overall stress levels, and that it will promote healthy exercising and heart health for me. I have to add that Nordic Naturals gave me a huge, fun package full of samples of their other products, which were also pretty great! I really appreciated being able to test their other supplements. I can tell you that you won't be disappointed, and as a future medical provider, this is definitely a supplement I would feel safe recommending to patients!
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