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The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!


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Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil 2150mg (EPA 1300mg – DHA 850mg DHA)

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Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil 2150mg – 125ml (£19.99)

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that our bodies need for good healthy skin, heart, eyes, joints and studies have shown an increase in DHA can also influence brain function and concentration levels. All fish oils are NOT created equal.  Try not to be influenced by offers such as ‘buy one get one half price’ on our high streets.  If you are looking to supplement your diet, then you MUST equip yourself with at least a little knowledge of the subject and of course, ALWAYS read the ingredients label so you know exactly what you’re buying and consuming.

If you want to increase your intake of Omega-3, by far the best way to achieve that, is to eat more 100% natural, freshly caught, unprocessed fish.  But, if like me, you’re not a lover of sea food, this can be tricky.  So, it’s good to know that we can also obtain Omega-3 from other sources, including nuts and seeds.

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Up until now, when it comes to Omega-3 fish oil supplements, there has only been ONE product that I have tried, tested, researched and recommend as being Del Brown Approved!  That is the MorEPA 1100mg platinum capsule.  That review and recommendation still stands.  However, I’d now like to bring you an alternative to capsules, with my review of this, Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil liquid, 2150mg.

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When looking at the label on fish oils, you should focus your attention on the EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and the DHA (Docosahxanoic Acid).  The mg is milligram.  The higher the EPA and DHA, the more benefit.  You should also note what ‘other’ ingredients have been unneccisarily added to help pad out the product.

One teaspoon full of this liquid (5ml) will provide you with 1300mg of EPA and 850mg of DHA, hence the 2150mg total. That is higher quantities than the MorEPA Platinum capsules.  This 125ml bottle provides 25, 1 x teaspoon servings (5mg), so 25 days worth.  There are just THREE ingredients in this product.  They are concentrated wild Alaskan Pollock (fish) oil, natural source Lemon flavour and certified non-GM (genetically modified) natural source vitamin E.  The product does NOT contain any sugar, gluten, starch, yeast, wheat, dairy, artificial flavours, artificial colours, nuts, shellfish, soy or corn.

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On the subject of the actual fish oil itself, the manufacture state: Alaska Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) is a short-lived species of wild, coldwater fish. Pollock is a member of the cod family Gadidae. Our Alaska Pollock oil is sourced entirely from the Eastern Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska populations solely found within U.S. waters. Alaska Pollock is considered to be the most well-managed, large-scale fishery in the world.

So how to take it.  As with all supplements, they perform best when taken regularly, preferably around the same time every day and always with food.  Your body is at that point breaking down and consuming food, so this is the optimum window to take your supplement.  I decided breakfast was the best time for me to take this.  So, kept in the fridge for freshness (once opened), sat next to the milk, every day for 25 days, I took one teaspoon of this liquid, half way through eating my breakfast.  The liquid is of course an oil, but I can honestly say does not even hint at having a fishy aroma or taste.  The dominant fragrance and taste is lemon juice.  Even an hour after taking it, there was no after taste, aroma or hint that I had consumed a fish oil.

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I had previously ignored liquid fish oils, favouring capsules, convinced they would smell of fish and taste disgusting.  But this product is very different and quite unique.

As for the health benefits and effects of taking it, everyone is different.  Needless to say, if you’re in any doubt, consult your doctor before taking any supplements.  But if you’re in the market for a fish oil, I’d highly recommend this one.

Ingredients: Concentrated Wild Alaska Pollock (Fish) Oil Triglycerides, Natural Lemon Flavor, certified non-GMO Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E)

http://wileysfinest.co.uk/index.php/peak-omega-3-liquid-fish-oil-2150mg-epa-dha-per-serving-25-servings.html

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Viridian High Five Multivitamin and Mineral Formula Capsules

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Viridian – High Five Multivitamin & Mineral Formula – 30 Capsules (£8.26)

If you take supplements such as multi-vitamins, then as with everything on this blog, KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS!  Lots of multi-vitamins out there are made using cheap, harmless, fillers.  Ingredients that are added to bulk out the tablet and not benefit you what so ever.

The percentage of the key ingredient may also be so small, that you’re required to take one tablet four times per day (who has time for that?).  The jury is still out as to the real benefits of taking supplements, but if you do take them, read the label and make sure you’re consuming the best possible ingredients.

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Viridian is one brand I’ve researched, tried and tested.  Available on-line from lots of outlets, including Whole Foods and Neals Yard.  They guarantee non-GM, non-irradiated and 100% active ingredients with no nasty additives whatsoever. No added sugars, no colourings or artificial flavourings.  Viridian are also against the use of animal testing and do not test any of products or ingredients on animals.

Here’s the full break down of ingredients in each capsule:

Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5 as d-Ca pantothenate) 150mg
Magnesium ascorbate providing: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 100mg/Magnesium 7mg 107mg
Natural Beta Carotene/Carotenoid Mix D.Salina (Equiv to Vitamin A 833ug) providing: Beta Carotene 5mg/Cryptoxanthin 39ug/Zeaxanthin 32ug/Lutein 25ug 5mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3 as niacinamide) 50mg
Kelp (providing Iodine) 25ug
Calcium (citrate) 10mg
Magnesium (citrate) 5mg
Vitamin B6(pyridoxine HCI) 25mg
Thiamin (vitamin B1 as thiamine mononitrate) 25mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 25mg
Grape seed extract 95% proanthocyanidin 20mg
Zinc (citrate) 5mg
Selenium (L-selenomethionine) 50ug
Potassium (citrate) 2mg
Choline (bitartrate) 5mg
Inositol 5mg
Iron (bisclycinate) 1mg
Boron (sodium borate) 0.5mg
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol – vegan) 10ug
Folic acid 400ug
Chromium (picolinate) 50ug
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 50ug
Biotin 50ug
in a base of alfalfa, spirulina and bilberry

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Remember to take any supplement regularly, in order to maximise the beneficial effect.

http://www.viridian-nutrition.com/Shop/High-Five-Multivitamin-and-Mineral-Formula-P557.aspx

Minami Nutrition MorEPA Platinum 1100mg (EPA 764mg – DHA 236mg)

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Miami Nutrition MorEPA Platinum 1100mg – 60 Capsules (£34.95)

Do you take Cod Liver Oil capsules?  If yes, then where do you buy then from?  Supermarket?  Holland and Barrett?  Your local Health Food Store?  What decisions do you make when buying your supplements?  Are you drawn to a familiar brand such as ‘seven seas’?  Maybe you go for what  is on offer – buy one get one free?  If this is you.. then I’ve got my work cut out here!  Purely on the topic of Cod Liver Oil capsules, you need to start checking out the ingredients and in particular, check out the EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DPA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), both levels are important and note how many capsules you have to take in order to achieve the recommended EPA and DPA the bottle state.

Some cod liver oil bottles boast a high EPA, but in the small print, you have to take three or four capsules per day in order to achieve that.  Ok, by taking more than one table you are achieving ‘slow release’ throughout the day.  But realistically, who has got time to remember to take them periodically.  Or will you just remember to take one at breakfast time, in which case, you’re consuming such a small amount of fish oil, there is little, if any, benefit.

So let’s break down the ingredients  You should consume one capsule per day.  That provides you with 764mg of EPA and 236mg of DHA.  They have also added 7.5mg of vitamin D3, which is 150% of your recommended daily intake and added antioxidant in the form of vitamin E, orange oil and vitamin D3.

Supplement Facts (Nutritional Value per Softgel) MorEPA Platinum
Total weight 1718 mg
Weight content 1218 mg
Energy 13 kcal – 53 kJ
Lipids 1,2 g
– Saturated fat 0 g
– Monounsaturated fat max. 24 mg
– Polyunsaturated fat min 1116 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids 1100 mg

Other Omega-3 100 mg
Antioxidant MIRADOXAN, a balanced mix of rosemary and tocopherol extracts, maintains the freshness of each Minami supplement
Vitamin D3 7,5 mcg (300 IU, 150% RDA)

gluten-free / lactose-free

If this topic has interests you, I could waffle on for hours and have only scratched the surface here, I encourage you to do your own research.  Read the studies and research that has been done on fish oils and in particular the effects of EPA and DHA in the body.  But needless to say, ‘MorEPA Platinum’ is a product which I have personally researched, tried and tested and more importantly, was impressed.

Ingredients: Anchovy and Mackerel fish oil, soft gel (bovine halal gelatin, purified water, glycerol, orange oil), natural orange flavor, antioxidant: tocopherol-rich extract, cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)