Nordic Naturals: Perfecting the Art of Fish Oil Manufacturing

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       Joar Opheim – Founder of Nordic Naturals

Nordic Naturals has been revolutionizing omegas since 1995, pioneering a new definition of fish oil as it relates to purity, freshness, taste, and dosage. Based in California, the company also offers complementary foundational nutrients essential to health.

Nordic Naturals was born in Arctic Norway, where founder, Joar Opheim, grew up and where fish oil is a part of everyday life.

“Growing up, I never knew anyone who didn’t take fish oil to stay healthy,” Joar recalls. “Our fish oil was always really pure and fresh, with high omega-3 levels.”

When he came to the United States to complete his MBA in the 1980s and could not find quality fish oil, he decided to do something about it.

Joar founded Nordic Naturals in 1995. His vision was to manage every step of the manufacturing process in order to guarantee both high-quality fish oil and environmental stewardship.

Nordic Naturals’ award-winning omega oils are manufactured at its state-of-the-art facility in Arctic Norway that was recognized by the Norwegian government with a $1 million grant for its extensive use of green technology.

“In order to continue to bring our vision to fruition, Nordic Naturals will remain family-owned,” Joar states. “The past 20-plus years have required deeply committed work from my family, our dedicated employees, and me. And there is still more to do.”

Nordic Naturals works passionately to see generations of healthier, happier people around the world. Their products are distributed to over 35 countries and includes more than 200 items in a variety of flavors and formulations for adults, kids, athletes, and pets.

Further information is available at nordicnaturals.com.

Moisturize your Skin from the Inside Out

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC

News Flash! The most magnificent moisturizer in the world cannot combat dry skin on its own. The perfect regimen to conquering that dry skin that Old Man winter has given you involves both outer and inner treatments.

You probably already know that a high-quality moisturizer free of chemicals is a great step in hydrating your skin. Natur-Tyme has dozens of options. Also, be sure to use a humidifier in the winter months; your home’s dry heat does an ugly number on your skin!

Also keep in mind that your skin is an outer reflection of your insides. A diet that is mostly plant-based and filled to the brim with veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats will certainly be an ally to your skin. In addition to a healthy diet, two great steps to smoother skin are to keep hydrated and consider a fish oil supplement.

Drink Water, Water, and more Water!

Every organ in your body is comprised of cells and cells need water to function properly. Your skin is an organ and its cells depend on water to maintain moisture, radiance, and a youthful glow.

Omega-3s and your Skin

It is very hard to obtain ample omega-3 from your diet. Fish oil is the best source of Omega-3 fats. These healthy essential fatty acids help to normalize your skin and prevent dehydration of your skin cells. They also help calm irritated skin courtesy of their anti-inflammatory properties. To help alleviate dry skin, look for a fish oil supplement that has at least 500 mg of omega-3s. In the drier, winter months, you may need to double that dose.

For the month of January, we have a cross-departmental promotion going on. Buy one of 11 MyChelle moisturizers and receive a free New Chapter Wholemega (fish oil), while supplies last.

Follow these steps and you’ll have the silky skin you long for in no time!

 

Buy One Bottle of Nordic Naturals, Help Two Heroes

Q4 2015-ProdBottles-w_PawsLogoNordic Naturals is kicking off “Buy One Bottle, Help Two Heroes”—a fall initiative to benefit Paws and Stripes, a nonprofit organization that pairs combat-wounded military veterans with shelter dogs, which the veterans train at Paws and Stripes. By integrating service dog training and education with mental health support, Paws and Stripes helps our nation’s heroes live the full and rich lives they deserve.

From October 1 through December 31, purchase any of the following Nordic Naturals products (most available at great prices at Natur-Tyme) and you will support a $30,000 donation to Paws and Stripes, plus a year’s supply of omega-3s for the veterans and service dogs in their program.

Qualifying Nordic Naturals products include all bottle sizes of:

  • Ultimate Omega®
  • Omega-3
  • Complete Omega™
  • EPA
  • EPA Xtra™
  • DHA
  • DHA Xtra™
  • Vitamin C Gummies
  • Vitamin D3 Gummies
  • Omega-3 Pet™
  • Pet Cod Liver Oil

As of 2014, Paws and Stripes had rescued over 70 shelter dogs and provided therapeutic assistance to 97 veterans and their families. In a survey given to Paws and Stripes graduates asking about the impact of their service dogs on their daily lives, these results were reported:

  • 71% experience better quality sleep
  • 87% spend more time with family and friends
  • 85% feel more comfortable visiting public places and attending social events

Lindsey Stanek, CEO and Co-founder of Paws and Stripes, said, “Paws and Stripes is thrilled to work with Nordic Naturals on this campaign! We love being involved with companies like Nordic Naturals who share our goals of helping both people and animals. Working together gives us the opportunity to help even more dogs and veterans.”

Please note that Natur-Tyme will be saluting Veterans on Wednesday November 11th by offering anyone with a military ID a free 10-minute char massage!

My Favorite Supplements for Stress Relief

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHCShannonHeadshot

Magnesium
This is my top-choice. Magnesium is a natural relaxant. It relaxes your muscles and your mind.  Because it is a sedative, I recommend taking before bed. It helps combat insomnia; it also helps with headaches. Take an Epsom salt bath; you will get the benefits of YOU time and the magnesium from the salts will not only relax your sore/tired muscles, but also, will seep into your skin and enter your bloodstream quickly. Recommended Dosage: 300-400 mg.

Omega-3 Fish Oil
Our brain is highly reliant on healthy fats to function optimally. Several studies point to fish oil for cognition and relief of depression and anxiety. Omega-3s have been shown to help produce dopamine and serotonin. I recommend Nordic Naturals, Wiley’s Finest, or the Minami brand. A good dosage is around 1,000 mg a day.

Holy Basil
Holy Basil (aka Tulsi) is something I take daily in the form of Organic India’s Tulsi tea…over 20 flavors to choose from! It is an adaptogenic herb that helps reduce cortisol and regulates blood-sugar. If you take it in supplement form, research confirms that 500 mg twice a day is extremely effective at reducing anxiety.

B-Complex
The B vitamins are essential when it comes to reducing stress. These vitamins regulate the nervous system. Because all the B vitamins are effective for boosting energy and reducing stress. I recommend taking it in complex form. Here is a summary of the major B vitamins:

B1 (Thamine):
          B1 can increase energy and improve fuzzy thinking (University of Wales Study)
          Recommended Dosage 50 mg + a day
          Note: Excess carbohydrates deplete B1 levels

B-5 (Pantothenic Acid):
          Mood-enhancing and calming effect by helping in the production of serotonin and reducing secretion of cortiso
          Helpful for fatigued adrenal glands
          Helpful for people with migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, or trying to curb drinking or smoking
          Helps to convert fat, protein, carbs into energy
          Recommended dosage: 50-250 mg once or twice daily

B-6:
          Reduces irritability, tension, and anxiety
          B6 works with folate, B12, and tryptophan to make serotonin
          Can reduce PMS symptoms
          Dosage: 50-120 mg, especially helpful when taken in B complex form 

Rhodiola
An adaptogenic herb, Rhodiola uniquely prompts a relaxing energetic state. It helps with many coinciding symptoms of depression, such as difficulty concentrating and mental fog. A good dosage to take is 100-400 mg a day.  Because of its energy-prompting properties, it’s best to take Rhodiola in the morning. 

GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid)
GABA is a neurotransmitter in our Central Nervous System. GABA is unique in that it functions in the adult human brain as the primary inhibitor and calmng agent for excitatory neurotransmitters which are firing too rapidly. Some things we do can produce GABA (such as yoga), but many find it to extremely beneficial to supplement GABA-producing lifestyle choices with GABA in supplement form. In fact, this is my top-choice for an “as needed” supplement for many situations: periods of having difficulty sleeping, periods of lacking the ability to concentrate, and also just before your menstrual cycle. It has been referred to as “nature’s valium” because of the calming effect it can exert. Many correlations have been established between low GABA levels and people who have trouble sleeping, those with depression, inability to focus or maintain attention, people with anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol addicts, and those suffering with panic attacks. Many research studies also demonstrate its ability to ease premenstrual moodiness and depression. Studies also show that it balances blood-sugar. Because of GABA’s beneficial calming ability, increasing GABA production results in an improvement in symptoms among those with deficiencies. I recommend taking it in sublingual form as it helps you to absorb it quickly. You can take this in varying dosages; I find that 250 mg in sublingual form works similarly to 750 mg in tablet form.

Ashwagandha
An adapotogen like Holy Basil and Rhodiola, Ashwaganda helps combat both physiological and psychological stress. An effective dosage is 300-600 mg a day. 

Ignatia
Ignatia is a homeopathic to take when struggling with grief. It is also helpful for nervousness and general moodiness. Dosage: three 30 c pellets every 6 hours. In times of extreme distress, three 200 c pellets every 8 hours. 

L-Theanine
Shown to increase levels of GABA and dopamine in the brain, L-Theanine is helpful for those struggling with anxiety. A safe dosage is 200-400 mg a day or you can start by drinking decaffeinated green tea to see if that helps.

Learn about Ground-Breaking Brain Health Research from Dr. Michael Lewis at Natur-Tyme’s 15th Annual Health Fair

Dr. Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM
Sunday, April 19th, 2015   | 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
NYS Fairgrounds, Art & Home Center

Omega-3s: Building Blocks of the Brain 

Omega-3 fatty acids are important nutrients throughout life, from the time a mother is pregnant with her child, through the full scope of adulthood. Adequate omega-3 intake can have a significant impact on mental well-being in children, adolescents, athletes, and the elderly.* While omega-3s are best known for their cardiovascular benefits, research is now exploring the benefits of omega-3s for brain health. Understood as building blocks of the brain, omega-3s consumed in sufficient amounts can have profound health effects, including benefits for brain development, cognition, resilience, and overall health.*

Dr. Michael Lewis, founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute (BHERI), is a pioneer in the field of essential fatty acids and brain health, and will be a keynote speaker at Natur-Tyme’s 15th Annual Health Fair. Dr. Lewis’s work has been featured on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD Show, and is frequently heard on radio. He will share real-life experiences of how omega-3s can help support the structure and function of the brain, including the amazing story of Bobby Ghassemi, who was left comatose after a 2010 car crash, and whose family worked diligently with Dr. Lewis to support his recovery.*

About Dr. Michael Lewis & BHERI

BHERI was founded by Dr. Michael Lewis in 2011 to pursue educational and research endeavors to further our knowledge of natural and nutritional ways to improve brain health. With Dr. Lewis’s 30-plus years of military experience, a special emphasis is working towards improving the care and outcomes of our military personnel and veterans who have experienced psychological or physical trauma to the brain. BHERI is a not-for-profit organization in Potomac, Maryland.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This is Your Brain on Fish

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Hundreds of studies have found that Omega-3 fish oil is excellent for brain health. A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that regular fish consumption actually creates more voluminous brains (more gray matter), protecting individuals from Alzheimer’s disease. The subjects who consumed fish just once a week had hippocampuses that were 14% larger than those who did not consume fish once a week. If you dislike fish, consider an Omega-3 fish oil supplement, to help prevent cognitive decline.

Raji et al., Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jul 29 published online.

Tackling Inflammation with Supplements

By Jennifer Morganti, ND178574086

You can’t feel it and you can’t see it, but inflammation has an insidious and damaging effect that can cause some serious health issues. Inflammation is at the root cause of joint pain and arthritis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, autoimmune diseases, intestinal conditions, and a long list of other problems. The typical American diet, lacking omega-3 fatty acids and chockfull of sugar and bad fats, fans the fire for inflammation, along with food allergies and toxic burdens. Addressing these concerns by eliminating junk foods, identifying food allergies, and detoxing are all important steps to start dampening inflammation. There are also some key supplements you can incorporate to see a big boost in your health.

Curcumin, derived from the Indian spice turmeric, is one of the top-selling anti-inflammatory supplements, and with good reason. A variety of research has shown that it reduces key inflammatory substances, such as COX-2 and certain cytokines that cause pain, in a method similar to anti-inflammatory medications without the side effects. It crosses the blood-brain-barrier and has been shown in animal studies to aid in digestion of amyloid plaques, the offender implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). As possible proof, in India, where curry consumption is significant, there are much lower rates of AD than in the U.S.

Magnesium is another key nutrient for lowering chronic inflammation, supported by the fact that it lowers C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is a marker for systemic inflammation, and is an important predictor for cardiovascular disease such as atherosclerosis. In a large study, people who had low magnesium intake (from food and supplements) were found to be 40% more likely to have elevated CRP levels. It is not clear how magnesium minimizes inflammation; however, scientists do know that magnesium is a co-factor critical to many biochemical pathways, so it may be that optimal functioning of metabolic pathways keeps inflammation in check.

One last, but possibly most important recommendation is omega-3 oil. The American diet is typically severely deficient in this type of fat, and overloaded with omega 6, 9, and bad fats such as saturated and trans fats. This resulting imbalance has an exponentially-damaging effect by constantly pushing a pro-inflammatory system. The only way to rebalance the system is reduce the dominant fats, and increase omega-3 intake. Fish oil is the most common source of omega-3, but there are other sources such as flax seed oil and krill. People with omega-3 deficiencies commonly experience dry skin, dry scalp, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, or heart disease.

By addressing inflammation through diet, lifestyle, and supplementation, you could potentially be aiding in the prevention of dozens of health ailments.

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