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  • 10 Omega-3 Related Things I'm Grateful for This Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Growing up as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Thanksgiving was the most low-key, low-stress celebration of the holiday season for my family.

    Years later, I still consider it such. Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving remains less commercial than the rest of the holidays. You get to spend time with family and friends without thinking about finding the right gifts and the right decorations. Or, maybe my love affair with Thanksgiving stems from the unmissable focus on attitude.

    Thanksgiving gives you a swift kick in the pants when it comes to re-examining your focus. As a regular worry wart, I find that the act of being grateful puts my worries in perspective. If I’m focusing on being thankful, it leaves less space in my head to meditate on the coulda-wouda-shouda aspects of life. And that makes me happier and more relaxed.

    Sitting back and reflecting on the past 12 months, I realize it’s been quite a year for our growing company and Omega3 Innovations family. You are all a part of that! As such, I wanted to share with you some of things I am especially appreciative of this Thursday (yes, you’re on the list).

    1. Your stories. When Bo and I talk after work, it is always a thrill for us to recount the emails and phone calls we received from customers, reporting the difference they have been experiencing taking Omega Cure or eating Omega Cookies. We’ve heard some of the most heartwarming stories this year. One customers told us that he finally qualified for life insurance after years of being denied for having too high lipid levels. A coupled shared that their 8-year-old daughter started performing better in school after eating the Omega Cookies. A grandmother told me she can grip her toothbrush again after struggling with arthritis pain. A fellow CEO said he dropped 25 pounds just adding Omega3 Innovations products to his diet. These stories inspire us to keep going and creating. Thank you for sharing them with us!
    2. New and old employees, for their consistent, quality-minded and excellent customers service. This year, we’ve welcomed four new employees to our Omega3 Innovations team. Together with the old employees who have stuck with us through thick and thin over the past years, they are a powerhouse. We’re proud and grateful to have what we feel to be our strongest team yet working together towards a common goal.
    3. Wonderful local customers who joined us at the Omega Cure Extra Strength launch party and video shoot. We appreciated their support and enthusiasm by coming to our our events.
      Group of Omega3 Innovations customers who participated in the Omega Cure Extra Strength film shoot. Some of the wonderful Omega3 Innovations customers who participated in the Omega Cure Extra Strength film shoot.
    4. Our Omega Cookie patent. In June, we finally secured our patent for the Omega Cookie and the process that allows us to create all our oat fish products, including the Omega Heaven and Omega Passion chocolates. It took five years of research, development, waiting, and praying for that patent to come in the mail. But the wait was well worth it. The patent officially stamps our product line as unique worldwide.
    5. Good health. As physicians, Bo and I don’t take our health for granted. We’re glad for our continued good health, the health of our employees, and the fact that we’re able to continue making a positive difference for the health of our customers.
    6. All of you who advocate for our company by sharing your Omega Cure bottles and success stories with friends, family, and online. As a small business, we can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate this word-of-mouth support.
    7. Friends who voted for us to win the Mission Main Street Grant, putting us in the running to win a $250,000 grant as a small business. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for more positive news!
    8. The bakery staff. Our bakery team has been working hard to create and market several limited edition flavors this year, including one cherry-chocolate Omega Heaven cookie and three limited edition Omega Cookies. That’s quite a lot of products to churn out in 12 months! Of course, we’re also thankful for all the people who ate them.
      The Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Omega Cookie The Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Omega Cookie
    9. Freshness becoming a recognized issue. After years of talking about oxidization levels, we’re finally seeing freshness become a buzzword within the omega-3 community. At least one new study has documented the effects of fresh oil compared to rancid oil, and more papers are now covering the topic worldwide. We’re grateful that more people are becoming aware of the importance of fresh fish oil and its health benefits.
    10. Opportunities to come. We’re excited about the opportunities ahead this coming year. Among them, we’re looking forward to giving back to the community by working together with the YMCA to give Omega Cookies to disadvantaged children. We’re also excited about the new user-friendly website our developers are building. The new website should mean a much better experience for all our customers.

    Between the turkey and the pumpkin pie, I hope you will also have a moment to feel grateful this week. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Omega Cure or Omega Cure Extra Strength: Which Product Is Right for Me?

    Omega Cure Extra Strength Single VialWe know you’re getting excited for the launch of our single-serving Omega Cure Extra Strength vials. For the first time, we will be able to offer travel-friendly, ultra-fresh Omega Cure in a standardized dose presentation. This means, you won’t have to stop taking “WD-40 for your aching joints” when you leave for a business trip or go on vacation.

    While Omega Cure Extra Strength offers a great solution for travelers, it’s also a smart choice for every day. So which one should you take as your staple omega-3 supplement?

    The Advantages of Omega Cure Extra Strength

    In most ways, Omega Cure and Omega Cure Extra Strength are quite similar. Both provide the same exceptionally fresh, full-spectrum cod liver oil, delivered from Norway to your doorway.

    However, the vial packaging gives Omega Cure Extra Strength a few key advantages for our customers.

    • Simplified Dosing: The benefits associated with taking any kind of omega-3 supplement are dose dependent. Whether you are taking 2 or 3 teaspoons of Omega Cure every day can make a crucial difference in terms of seeing health benefits. If we had a penny every time a customer said he didn’t see much of a difference taking 2 teaspoons of Omega Cure and then started experiencing life-changing results with 3 teaspoons, we’d be a Fortune 500 company in no time! Because each vial is pre-measured with 3000 mg of EPA/DHA, Omega Cure Extra Strength ensures you get the exact dose you need to fight chronic inflammation. Even better, you don’t have to measure. All you have to do is take one vial every day.
    • Improved Consistency: One of the biggest reasons people don’t experience benefits from taking Omega Cure is lack of consistency. You can’t bring your bottle on a two-day business trip or when you have a long night at the office. But you can easily slip a vial or two into your travel bag or purse to make sure you get your daily dose.
    • Yes, It’s Travel Friendly: Omega Cure Extra Strength makes a great travel companion. Because each vial contains less liquid than a miniature shampoo bottle, you can pack the vials in TSA-approved ziploc bags and take them through airport security. In addition, because each individual dose is especially sealed to protect the oil, the vials have a 10-day shelf life at room temperature. That’s great news when you don’t have access to a fridge or freezer.

    How does Omega Cure compare to Omega Cure Extra Strength: Comparison Chart

    Reasons to Choose Omega Cure

    Although we advocate that most individuals with chronic inflammation choose Omega Cure Extra Strength, there are several good reasons to choose the regular Omega Cure. For instance, if several people in your household are sharing the product and are taking different doses (children especially), then go for the bottle. The bottle allows you to tailor the dose to your specific needs, whereas the vial does not.

    In addition, we recommend that people with flavoring sensitivities continue using unflavored Omega Cure. Neither Omega Cure nor Omega Cure Extra Strength contain much flavoring. There’s just a hint of orange in the regular Omega Cure bottle, and Omega Cure Extra Strength features just a touch of peppermint. But with the unflavored Omega Cure bottle, there’s no flavoring whatsoever, making it an especially good fit for people who need to be cautious.

    Get Some Personalized Advice

    If you’d like more advice about which product to take, give us a call at 866.414.0188. We look forward to talking with you!

  • Why Are We Launching Omega Cure Vials?

    Omega3 Innovations co-founders, Dr. Bo Martinsen and Dr. Anne-Marie Chalmers, holding Omega Cure vials.

    Many of you are eagerly anticipating the launch of our newest product - the Omega Cure vials. Containing 3000 mg of EPA/DHA, these single-serving vials are going to make it easier for many people to get an effective dose of omega-3. As an added benefit, they are travel friendly!

    Where are we with our vials now? Well, close to launch date! Our packaging is finalized, we’ve taken product photos, and the vials themselves are about to arrive at our Venice facility for more testing.

    As we’re getting ready, we wanted to take the time to explain three reasons why these vials - which we are calling Omega Cure Extra Strength - will make the omega-3 experience even more enjoyable for many fish oil users.

    Omega Cure Extra Strength Box of Vials1. We want to make it easier for our customers to experience the benefits of taking Omega Cure. Those benefits depend on getting an adequate dose of non-oxidized oil every day. Some customers have trouble measuring the amount of Omega Cure they need, particularly if they are using spoons. We all know that spoons come in different sizes and that sometimes, you don’t fill up the spoons all the way because you fear spilling. By providing a single-serving dose of Omega Cure in each vial, we can assure you are getting enough Omega Cure - and you won’t risk spilling oil down your front.

    2. For our current customer base, the most exciting opportunity with the vials is that they are travel friendly. With each vial holding 15 ml of oil, you can easily fit a many-day supply into a one quart zip-lock bag, thereby meeting all TSA liquids requirements. By using the vials, you can pack your Omega Cure in your carry-on bag, keeping your joints and brain lubricated while on vacation and business trips.

    3. Looking forward, the vials present an opportunity to conduct high quality clinical trials with precise, non-variable doses of Omega Cure. As a company, this allows us to objectively show the benefits of taking fresh, full-spectrum Omega Cure as opposed to other omega-3 products, including the so-called pharmaceutical grade fish oils. Within the world of medical nutrition, the vials could be a game changer in demonstrating the superiority of non-oxidized, full-spectrum omega-3.

    As for the ‘Extra Strength’ bit of the name, we have a few words. ‘Extra Strength’ refers to the fact that these vials provide the dose needed to fight inflammation (three teaspoons of Omega Cure). While we currently recommend that many of our customers measure out three teaspoons of Omega Cure, you’ll note that the regular serving size on the Omega Cure bottle is two teaspoons - which is the dose needed for maintaining general health. By using the name ‘Extra Strength,’ we mean that the vials will provide the extra dose needed for individuals with chronic pain or inflammation conditions. The full-sized Omega Cure bottles, on the other hand, are well suited for individuals who are taking the product as part of a preventive medicine regimen, children, or households where people have different dose needs.

    We utilize the same pristine, full-spectrum oil in all of our products. But for people wanting to take the guesswork out of the omega-3 dosing equation, our new vials will provide an answer.

    We’ll have more updates coming soon! In the meantime, leave us a comment or call us at 866.414.0188 with questions.

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  • Do Cholesterol-Lowering Medications (Statins) Increase the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

    Physician pointing out cholesterol in bloodstream Last week, Bo handed me a new study on an issue close to my heart - breast cancer and its relationship to omega-3 and statin use. This study, he said, was a must-read. And indeed, the article was so interesting that Bo and I had all the women in the office reading it by the end of the day.

    The study, conducted by a French team in Grenoble, raised several interesting questions about statin use. For one, it reexamined the little-discussed issue of whether taking statins might be linked with an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Several biological reasons might explain this phenomenon. First of all, statins decrease the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, which is problematic since investigators believe an increased ratio has a protective breast cancer benefit. In addition, the authors list several other possibly cancer-promoting side effects of statin use, including the drug's ability to decrease anti-tumor defenses and contribute to mitochondrial dysfunction.

    Even more interesting, the authors discussed how pharmaceutical companies handled the problematic knowledge that statins could possibly increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. After a 1996 double-blind trial revealed that the statin group experienced a 10 fold increase in breast cancer compared to the placebo group, statin investigators started excluding high-risk women from follow-up research. In other cases, investigators would terminate the studies before a breast cancer risk could be detected or would simply fail to report breast cancer data.

    Most individuals can lower cholesterol levels and reduce their risk of breast cancer by improving diet and lifestyle - and there are no side effects to going this natural route.

    I am not trying to suggest that statins cause breast cancer. There’s not enough information to jump to that kind of conclusion, and medicine is never black and white. There are times when using a statin can be life saving tool!

    Gluten-free Omega Cookies Eating a well balanced diet that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 is the most effective way to prevent health issues, like heart disease and breast cancer.

    But as the authors suggest and as I always emphasized in my medical practice, we have to look at improving diet first and foremost - before we rush to write out a prescription. This statin discussion serves as an important reminder. Most individuals can lower cholesterol levels and reduce their risk of breast cancer by improving diet and lifestyle - and there are no side effects to going this natural route.

    Of course, people say that making significant lifestyle changes is harder than taking a pill every day. I agree. I would like to meditate every morning. But many days, the stress gets the better of me, even though I know meditating would make me feel better.

    If we really want to improve our overall health, however, we have to start trying. And as physicians, Bo and I have at least tried to make it easier for people to eat nutritious meals and amp up their omega-3 levels. As we say here at Omega3 Innovations, you can improve your diet by eating a cookie. Or having a chocolate truffle (or four). Or by adding three teaspoons of Omega Cure to your yoghurt in the morning. These are just some of the steps you can take to improve your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, which should in turn reduce your risk of both heart disease and breast cancer. To see other ways to lower LDL levels, read this Mayo Clinic article on the Top 5 Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Cholesterol.

    As we read more research studies, we continue to see that the natural way - the full-spectrum way, the fresh way - is the best method of improving our health and creating lasting, positive change. As long as we have that option, let’s take it first.

    1. Lorgeril, Michel de. "Do Statins Increase and Mediterranean Diet Decrease the Risk of Breast Cancer?" BMC Medicine 12 (2014). BMC Medicine. BioMed Central Ltd, 5 June 2014.

    2. Zheng JS, Hu XJ, Zhao YM, Yang J, Li D. "Intake of Fish and Marine N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Risk of Breast Cancer: Meta-Analysis of Data from 21 Independent Prospective Cohort Studies." BMJ (2013). BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 27 June 2013

  • Should You Stop Taking Fish Oil Supplements Before Having a Medical Procedure?

    Last week a customer called and asked, “I am having a colonoscopy on May 20th, and I was told that I needed to get off all blood thinning medication, aspirin and fish oil. What's the deal?”

    These admonishments have been standard protocol before any medical procedure for many years. After all, omega-3 fish and cod liver oils have a blood thinning effect - one of the properties that make the oils useful in stroke and blood clot prevention. When consumed at higher doses, omega-3 may cause a person to bleed and bruise more easily. However, just like the longtime airline industry rule about turning off all electronic equipment during flight, some researchers and physicians are now questioning whether the precaution is valid.

    Bill Harris, one of the leading authorities in omega-3 research, doesn’t think so.

    In 2007 he reviewed 19 clinical studies involving 4387 surgical patients who were taking fish oil supplements in doses ranging from 1.6g EPA/DHA per day (equivalent to one and a half teaspoons of Omega Cure) to 21g EPA/DHA per day. In 16 out of 19 studies, the patients were also taking aspirin. And in three of the studies, patients were taking heparin, another common blood thinning drug. The review concluded that the risk of bleeding was virtually nonexistent. Another review from 2008 reached the same conclusion. This review stated that no published studies have reported clinically significant bleeding episodes among patients treated with antiplatelet drugs and fish oil (at a dose of 3g to 7g per day).

    Fish oil capsules Taking 1 or 2 capsules of fish oil provides about as much omega-3 as eating a few bites of a salmon filet - hardly enough to achieve any clinical benefits.

    It is also worth noting that most people have an inflated impression of how much oil is in fish oil capsules. For example, taking one or two capsules of fish oil provides about as much omega-3 as eating a few bites of salmon for dinner - hardly enough to make a difference at all. Considering the small amounts of fish oil capsules consumed by the general population, most people have a long ways to go before needing to curtail their supplement use. Sadly, when a patient does bruise more easily when using a blood thinner in combination with fish oil supplements, many physicians eliminate the use of fish oil instead of reducing the amount of blood thinning medication.

    When fish oil supplements are used as clinically indicated, the potential benefits of omega-3 outweigh possible bleeding risks for the vast majority of people. For example, I’d rather get a light bruise from bumping into my desk than feel arthritic pain in my left knee on a daily basis. But here, everyone is different and should discuss their specific needs with their physician. Those taking Warfarin should be monitored and would need their medication dosage adjusted if there’s a significant change in bleeding tendencies.  Additionally, people with bleeding disorders or those who are going in for neurosurgery need special supervision.

    Depending on whether you are removing a small mole or undergoing open heart surgery,  you and your physician should decide whether or not  it is necessary for you  to stop using fish oil supplements. As soon as your doctor gives the go ahead, continue taking three teaspoons of a fresh, full-spectrum fish oil every day. Getting back to a solid dose should help ease post-procedure aches and pains and speed your body on the road to recovery.

    1. Harris, William S. "Expert Opinion: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Bleeding—Cause for Concern?" Report of the National Lipid Association’s Safety Task Force: The Nonstatins. 99.6A (2007): 44C-6C. March 19, 2007.

  • Vote for Your Favorite Omega Cookie Flavor

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    We want to make our products as stimulating for your taste buds as they are for your health. For the past year, we've been busy developing new limited edition versions of our products. You've probably tried a number of them already. For instance, in time for Valentine's Day, we launched a chocolate cherry version of our gluten-free Omega Heaven® cookie. During the holiday season, we released the Peppermint Omega Passion® chocolate truffle - which got to be so popular, it's now a part of our regular product line.

    Lately, however, we've been concentrating on developing new flavors of our delicious Omega Cookies. And this time, we want you to help us decide which  cookie to make available as our newest limited edition item.

    We have two different Omega Cookies flavors in the running – the Piña Colada or the Berry Blast. The Piña Colada is inspired by our sunny, tropical location. This cookie is loaded with chunks of pineapple and unsweetened, toasted coconut for a bright start to the day. Berry Blast features some of  summertime’s best flavors with blueberries, cherries and cranberries.

    Of course, both Omega Cookie flavors contain the same nutritional value: 2000 mg of EPA/DHA from full-spectrum cod liver oil, five grams of oat soluble fiber, 800 IUs vitamin D, and calcium. In addition, the sugar content is the same - roughly ten grams of natural sugar from fruit, orange juice, and banana puree only. All of our baked products are gluten-free.

    Cast your ballot now through May 12th by voting on this blog, at the farmers market or when you come through our front door. Order your boxes of the winning cookie on May 19, 2014.

    What gluten-free Omega Cookie contains

  • What You Should Know About Gluten-Free Cookies and Other Foods

    Gluten is a hot topic. After years of being pooh-poohed as a passing fad, the gluten-free diet is going strong and gaining acceptance amongst the medical community as a diet plan that can benefit more people than those who have celiac disease.

    Having been producing gluten-free, omega-3-rich cookies and chocolates for years, I am happy that gluten-free foods are getting their day in the sun. But as a physician, let me say this: going gluten-free by itself does not ensure a healthy diet.

    Why? Here’s what you should know about gluten-free cookies and other foods.

    Why People Assume Gluten-Free Is Synonymous for ‘Healthy’

    When Bo and I started developing our Omega Cookies and our line of baked goods, we quickly decided to make Omega3 Innovations a gluten-free company. For one, many of our customers have food allergies and are sensitive to gluten. In order to make our products as accessible as possible, we thought it best to choose gluten-free ingredients.

    In addition, we also decided to make our products gluten-free as part of our focus on nutrition. Gluten itself does not add any nutritional value. Yet, food manufacturers typically use it in everything from bread to salad dressings because it adds a shot of flavor and cheaply boosts the volume of the product. In many ways, it functions similarly to other food additives, like high fructose corn syrup or processed fibers that provide flavor, bind water, and increase the weight of the product - but also diminish the nutritional value of the food. At the end of the day, adding gluten to foods to make them puffier and prettier is indicative of an industry that focuses on the bottom line, rather than wellbeing of consumers.

    This is one reason why gluten-free diets have gained a reputation for being healthy. Many gluten-free foods are not just devoid of gluten, but also many other unfortunate ingredients found in processed foods. For instance, as part our mission, we wanted every ingredient in our cookies and chocolates to be doing our customers good. Therefore, we nixed the preservatives and added sugars and went the extra mile of choosing gluten-free oats as another means of improving the overall nutritional value of our omega-3-rich cookies.

    Junky Ingredients in Gluten-Free Foods

    Various grains close up Read the ingredients list to determine the nutritional value of the flours used in gluten-free baked goods.

    As the gluten-free diet has become more popular, many food manufacturers have hopped on the gluten-free bandwagon. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily concerned about the quality of ingredients they are using. Many gluten-free products are low in vitamins, minerals, or the right kinds of fibers and omega-3s. Often, the manufacturer will use highly refined flours and starches in place of certain whole grains that contain gluten. Even more egregious, some manufacturers add more sugar or fat to the product to replace the taste and fluff the gluten provided.

    A gluten-free diet with large amounts of pro-inflammatory vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners or loads of preservatives will not serve gluten sensitive consumers well. And for those without gluten sensitivities, poor quality gluten-free foods will simply exacerbate the health problems they were trying to solve in the first place.

    Measuring the Nutritional Value of Gluten-Free Foods

    At the end of the day - whether you are looking at gluten-free foods or otherwise - the take home message is the same. To know whether a product is good for you, you have to read the ingredients list. Minimally processed, nutrient-dense, wholesome foods are the answer to improving our diet - and they always will be.

    In going gluten-free, we haven’t compromised our products with added sugars or preservatives, nor have we skimped on taste. Our chocolate-covered Omega Heaven cookies were awarded the SupplySide Editors Choice Award for their delicious flavor, as well as their good omega-3 content. And our Omega Cookies - which contain 350 mg of calcium, 800 IUs of vitamin D and 2000 mg of omega-3 cod liver oil - are recommended by many health care professionals for their exceptional ingredients.

    We are proud that our products are not only gluten-free, but also help promote the long-term health and wellbeing of everyone.

    What gluten-free Omega Cookie contains

  • The Future of Omega Cure: Solving Omega-3 Challenges with a Glass Vial

    When Anne-Marie and I founded Omega3 Innovations, we knew that there were three crucial elements for experiencing maximal health benefits from omega-3.

    1. You need ultra-fresh fish oil that’s free of toxic rancidity by-products.
    2. You need a natural, un-modified fatty acid blend.
    3. You need an effective dose equivalent to eating a 5 oz. fillet of salmon or seven to 12 capsules of fish oil (30 capsules of krill oil) on a daily basis.

    To address those three points, we abandoned the idea of putting our fish oil in capsules. We knew most consumers would never want to swallow the handful of capsules needed to achieve results. Furthermore, the process of encapsulating fish oil oxidizes or destroys the fatty acids that provide the health benefits sought by consumers. Yet another reason to give up fish oil capsules!

    Omega Cure fresh liquid fish oilInstead, we focused on developing fresh Omega Cure® liquid fish oil, a product that has remained our most popular item to date. Over the years and through education, our customers have learned that fresh fish oil has no fishy taste and that taking a liquid supplement is not only economically attractive, but a pleasant experience.

    However, we encountered some new challenges with our Omega Cure glass bottle presentation.

    First and foremost, many people did not know how to accurately measure the daily dose necessary for reducing chronic inflammation (three teaspoons). Our solution was to supply customers with shot glasses and measuring cups. Unfortunately, in many cases, people misunderstood the instructions or forgot to take their daily dose.

    Another challenge with the glass bottle came from frequent travelers. Customers cited the difficulty they encountered when bringing Omega Cure aboard a plane in their carry-on bag or when they took a long driving trip and needed to keep their Omega Cure cold.

    Not wanting to deprive our frequent travelers of their Omega Cure benefits, we put our heads together in search of a new solution.

    This spring, we will introduce the solution: Omega Cure Extra Strength™ in a single serve pharmaceutical glass vial. Each vial will contain 3000 mg of EPA/DHA - a high enough dose to impact pain and chronic inflammation.

    Our new glass vials remove the guesswork and measuring from the omega-3 experience. In addition, the vials allow us to use our patent-pending blend with green tea to further reduce the risk of oxidation. Finally, the glass vials will be easy to pack for traveling.

    Although the dose is slightly lower than the 4000 mg EPA/DHA recommended for prescription omega-3 products such as Lovaza® or Amarin, each of our vials contain 12 times more omega-3 than a single fish oil capsule. We believe that the freshness and synergy with green tea will make Omega Cure Extra Strength the new superfood champion and an uncontested omega-3 leader.

    Stay tuned for more information about Omega Cure Extra Strength. If you have questions in the meantime, we're happy to answer them here.

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  • Rev Up Your New Year’s Resolutions with Fresh Fish Oil

    Every New Year, we make plans to get our health back on track, be it by losing weight, sleeping more, giving up fries, or starting yoga. But making permanent change isn’t easy. After a few weeks of sticking to the straight and narrow, it’s hard to resist falling back into comfortable old habits.

    Knowing resolutions are easier made than kept, some tricks can assist us in reaching our goals. You could try writing out your resolutions or breaking your goal into manageable chunks. But I am talking about a slightly unconventional resolution aid – namely, fresh omega-3 fish oil.

    So how can fresh fish oil help you with your New Year’s resolutions? Let’s look at how omega-3 makes a difference for three of the most commonly made promises: exercise more, lose weight and reduce stress.

    Improving Exercise Outcomes with Fish Oil

    Woman running Studies indicate that taking fish oil in conjunction with exercise seems to strengthen the muscles more than exercise alone.

    Most of us need to exercise more and we know it. We spend too much time in front of the computer or television at home, and too much time sitting at the office. Come the New Year and a new gym membership, we want to make sure we stick with our new routine. And that’s exactly where fish oil helps.

    There are several reasons omega-3 fish oil makes exercising easier. Taking fresh, full-spectrum omega-3 fish oil every day can provide pain relief equivalent to the effect achieved with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Naproxen or Ibuprofen. As Australian rheumatologists discussed in their article, “Fish oil: What Prescribers Need to Know,” most physicians and patients are unaware that taking one or two capsules of omega-3 fish oil does not provide enough EPA/DHA to make a difference. Readers should note that the body needs 2700 mg of EPA/DHA every day to achieve pain relief. On the plus side, fish oil does not produce any of the serious side effects seen with the long term use of NSAIDs (1). You can enjoy reduced muscle aches and improved recovery time after exercise, without worrying about the rest of your health being compromised.

    Besides delivering a natural pain relieving effect, omega-3 fish oil also impacts how muscle cells function. When researchers put omega-3 to the test in a training context, they find taking fish oil in conjunction with exercise seems to strengthen the muscles more than exercise alone (2).

    There are several studies exploring this phenomenon. To mention just one, a 2012 study from Brazil looked at how postmenopausal women responded to omega-3 in conjunction with their exercise regimen. Researchers found that the women who took omega-3 and exercised experienced increased muscle strength compared to women who exercised without added fish oil supplementation (3).

    This news should hopefully make all of us stay wedded to our exercise plans. What better way to feel motivated than to see the results of one’s hard work?

    Rethinking Weight Loss with Fish Oil and Fiber

    One of the most common and challenging New Year’s resolutions is the desire to lose weight. Amongst the plethora of diets, most people are unaware that adding two essential ingredients to meals - namely fish oil and steel cut oats – significantly improves weight management.

    At first, it might seem strange that fish oil, a pure fat, can function as part of an effective weight loss plan. But taking an adequate dose of fresh omega-3 fish oil makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight. The omega-3s in the fish oil act on the hunger hormones, helping signal the brain that the stomach is full. Furthermore, because fish oil also influences the stress hormones, it decreases the natural stress that comes with reducing daily calorie consumption (4).

    Men standing on scale Because fish oil influences the stress hormones, it can help decrease the natural stress that comes with reducing daily calorie consumption.

    Oat fiber also makes an enormous difference when it comes to weight loss. The longer food stays in the stomach before passing to the intestines, the less hungry we feel. Fortunately, soluble oat fiber has staying power. It binds with the liquids in the stomach to create a thick gel that slows stomach muscle contractions - therefore making it an ideal weight management tool (5).

    In addition, oat fiber also plays a probiotic role in the large intestine. The gut flora, which seem to influence a person’s appetite and metabolism, changes depending on the food we consume. Diets high in processed carbohydrates and sugar promote unhealthy gut flora, while the good gut flora flourishes on oat fiber (6). Healthy gut flora in turn helps promote healthy weight control.

    Improving Overall Mood with Fresh Fish Oil

    For the New Year, many of us wish we could feel less stressed on a day to day basis - maybe have time to stop and smell the roses and feel grateful for the little things. Fish oil doesn’t make day-to-day problems go away. However, many studies indicate that full-spectrum omega-3 helps reduce stress and provides therapeutic benefits for people suffering from mood disorders.

    One theory behind the positive power of omega-3 fish oil is that it influences neurotransmitters, like serotonin, or the “happiness hormone” (7). In addition, people with depressive and anxiety disorders commonly have low levels of omega-3 in their blood (8). That deficiency might explain why people with depression experience mood-lifting benefits when they restore the proper balance of fatty acids in their body.

    All of these benefits, of course, come with one caveat: To be effective, omega-3 fish oil needs to be fresh (non-rancid), consumed daily and taken in an adequate dose. That means one or two capsules here or there won’t cut it. You would need to consume nine or more regular fish oil capsules to match the same dose used in the studies showing that omega-3 has a pain relieving effect.

    Omega Cure fresh liquid fish oilStill, taking fish oil daily does not need to be painful. You can enjoy an effective dosage of omega-3 as a breakfast cookie or as taste-free oil added to juices, smoothies and yogurts. So say cheers to a fresh New Year and best of luck with your resolutions!


    1. Cleland et al. “Fish Oil: What the Prescriber Needs to Know.” Arthritis Research & Therapy, 8 (2006) : 202.

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  • Three Healthy Gift Solutions for the Holidays

    I have to confess, the thought of Christmas has at times made me feel exhausted and stressed. Especially when I had school-aged children, it seemed that everywhere I turned, I would find a teacher, a coach, colleagues, newspaper boys, and babysitters who needed a gift. Then, I had to think about the holiday cards that never got in the mail before the middle of January. And of course, extra music rehearsals, concerts, and dinner parties all added to the stress.

    With age and hopefully more wisdom, I’ve tried to focus on giving less stuff and enjoying the holiday season as a time for friends and family. But when I do give gifts to my loved ones, I try to simplify by getting them something easily consumable and good for them.

    Wholesome, easy to use, and beneficial - those values influence the creation of every Omega3 Innovations product, making them excellent gifts for loved ones. For those of you who enjoy the products yourself but haven’t given them as gifts before, consider putting some of these treats on your shopping list.

    A Healthy Treat for the Diabetic Grandmother or Grandfather

    An Omega Heaven chocolate-covered omega-3 cookieThe Struggle: When the holiday season rolls around, grandparents have to be some of the trickiest people for whom to find gifts. Grandparents have been collecting things for a lifetime, and most are more keen on giving away their possessions than accumulating new goods. If the grandparent struggles with diabetes, regular holiday sweets are off limits. And regular health issues - coupled with accompanying weight fluctuations - makes buying clothes a struggle.

    Gift Suggestion: A bag of Omega Heaven chocolate-covered cookies, containing gluten-free steel cut oats, non-alkalized dark chocolate and fresh, full-spectrum omega-3 fish oil.

    Why It Works: In contrast to regular holiday sweets, the Omega Heaven satisfies the sweet-tooth and provides a safe treat for those with diabetes. Made with gluten-free steel cut oats, the Omega Heaven provides four grams of soluble oat fiber that helps prevent blood sugar levels from spiking. In addition, the dark chocolate coating helps stimulates blood flow in the brain. And since each Omega Heaven contains 1000 mg of EPA/DHA from fish oil, the chocolate-covered cookie can replace a few of your grandparents’ capsules/pills. All in all, the Omega Heaven is a great hit with the older generation.

    Breakfast-on-the-Go for the Man in Your Life

    Close up of gluten-free Omega Cookies, cranberryThe Struggle: You love him and no one knows him better than you. Even so, finding a good gift can be tough. Maybe it sounds cliche, but at least in my experience, men never think they need or want anything. Or, if they do come clean with a wishlist, the electronic toys, cars, and boats are a pricey investment.

    Gift Suggestion: One box of Omega Cookies. Each Omega Cookie contains 2000 mg of EPA/DHA, vitamin D3, calcium, and five grams of gluten-free oat soluble fiber.

    Why It Works: Individually wrapped for grab-and-go convenience, the Omega Cookie provides an easy breakfast meal for the man on the run. Better yet, since each cookie provides as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, it will keep him more satiated than donuts or cereal. In addition, the full dose of omega-3 fish oil found in each Omega Cookie helps improve recovery time and relieves joint pains for the workout-minded man. Clocking in at just under $2.00 per cookie, the Omega Cookie is an affordable daily luxury - and you can feel at peace knowing this is one that will do him good.

    A New Spin on Chocolate for the Host and Hostess

    Omega Passion chocolate trufflesThe Struggle: Bottles of wine, bouquets of flowers, and boxes of chocolates are lovely, timeless presents for the hosts and hostesses of your holiday parties. But once in a while, it feels good to break the mold and get creative with your party present.

    Gift Suggestion: A tin of Omega Passion chocolates. Each frozen chocolate truffle contains 300 mg of EPA/DHA, gluten-free oat fiber, and non-alkalized dark chocolate.

    Why It Works: At first glance, the Omega Passion chocolate truffle appears to be a traditional gift. But when your host or hostess look closer at the ingredients list, they’ll appreciate your good taste. Made with a rich, 60-percent Italian dark chocolate, the non-alkalized coating and ganache has been gently processed so that they provide a higher dose of antioxidants than regular dark chocolate. Plus, the oat fiber found in each 49-calorie truffle provides a satisfying treat that will stop the cravings. Finally, since each truffle provides as much omega-3 as one regular fish oil capsule, they make fun, delicious alternative to get enough omega-3.

    Best of wishes for a very happy and relaxing holidays!

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