I believe eating a balanced diet and supplementing with the proper ratios of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids helps my family be healthier. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times per week. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Mediterranean diet has a healthy balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids because of its emphasis on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, garlic, and olive oil.
I got the opportunity to review The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Michael Ozner, MD, as well as try a variety of Nordic Naturals Omega supplements for my entire family (Thank you Nordic Naturals!)
My family is enjoying The Complete Mediterranean Diet cookbook. It has over 500 healthy recipes that are made from real whole foods. I love that the recipes do not call for prepackaged unhealthy boxed ingredients but instead are full of healthy foods that are actually good for our bodies. Here is the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid:
Why Choose Nordic Naturals?
When I first started taking DHA and omega-3s when I was pregnant with my first baby over four years ago, I researched, and researched, and researched some more, various manufacturers/brands and products. I came back to Nordic Naturals time and time again because of their reputation of purity, efficacy, and potency. I read many independent research reports from places such as Duke University, Harvard, and UCLA. Nordic Naturals adheres to and exceeds the European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS) for all of their oils. The EPS sets standards for maximum allowances on peroxides, heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs. Plus Nordic Naturals uses only wild-caught sustainably-sourced fish; their Arctic Cod is from the Norwegian sea and their Pacific Sardines and Peruvian Anchovies are sourced from the South Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Peru. All of their ingredients and products are also non-GMO verified. Their core values are TASTE PURE LOVE – they want their products to TASTE good by being fresh. They want their products to be PURE and they really LOVE what they do and the people they do it for.
Nordic Naturals sent everyone in my family an Omega product to test out. They sent me the Complete Omega Xtra, my husband - the Ultimate Omega 2X, my kids – Children’s DHA, Probiotic gummies Kids, Vitamin D3 Gummies Kids, and Baby DHA, and our dog Omega-3 pet.
I always knew that Omega-3s were important for children but I didn’t realize they were important for adults as well. My kids have been taking Nordic Natural baby DHA since they were small babies and when then when they get older I start giving them the Children’s DHA and I have been taking their prenatal DHA for the past four years when I got pregnant with my first baby and have continued to take it with two more pregnancies and while breastfeeding. It was fun to get to try some more Nordic Naturals products.
I love the Complete Omega Xtra. It provides a high potency, full spectrum essential fatty acids. It has a healthy balance of Omegas 3, 6, and 9, as well as GLA borage oil. And the best part, they are lemon flavored and it doesn’t leave a bad taste in my belly after I take it!
The Ultimate Omega 2X has the highest concentration triglyceride form omega oil so you get more omegas with fewer soft gels. Again the natural lemon flavor doesn’t leave a bad taste afterwards.
The Children’s DHA is a product that my kids have been taking for a while now. I usually switch them from the Baby’s DHA to the Children’s DHA when they are about a year old. They love the strawberry flavored liquid and never fight me to take it. It is made from 100% wild Arctic cod and provides Omega-3s as well as natural Vitamin A and D.
Nordic Naturals Probiotic Gummies for kids is a new product that my kids LOVE. They are a berry punch flavor that my kids think is better than candy. The gummies contain 1.5 billion live cultures designed to help rebalance intestinal flora and support digestive health. They contain no artificial colors, flavors, gluten, or dairy.
The Vitamin D3 Gummies for kids is another new product from Nordic Naturals that my kids love. They are watermelon flavored and each gummy provides 100% of the daily value of vitamin D3 for children ages 4 and older. My doctor told me that I could also give them to my two year old but to only give her one two to three times per week. I love that they contain no artificial colors or flavors, gluten, or dairy.
I start giving my babies Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA when they are about two months old (until then I just take mega doses of Omega-3s so they get it through my breastmilk. I start them out with a small amount to make sure their little tummies can handle it and they progress them up to the recommended dose. None of my kids have ever had any issues with the Baby’s DHA and I feel very comfortable giving them the Nordic Naturals brand even when they are small; it is third party tested for purity and freshness. I fully believe that it helps support healthy brain, eye, and nervous system development.
The last product that they sent us to try is their Omega -3 PET. I never knew that people gave their pets vitamins! I have noticed that our dog’s hair has been growing super fast and is very shiny since she started taking it.
Nordic Naturals is offering readers a 15% discount on all phone and web orders with free shipping on all orders over $25 with promo code FAMILY16 (valid 5/8/2016 to 06/30/2016).
Giveaway: Nordic Naturals is giving one winner a bottle of Complete Omega Xtra, a bottle of Ultimate Omega 2X, a bottle of Children’s DHA, a bottle of Probiotic Gummies KIDS, a bottle of Vitamin D3 Gummies KIDS, a bottle of Baby’s DHA, a 2 oz bottle of Omega-3 Pet, the book The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr. Michael Ozner, and a swag bag!
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Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned products for free to facilitate this review. This did not affect my opinions. All opinions are 100% my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
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