Without question, one of the most important dietary supplement categories in North America today is fish oils. As a result, it is a very competitive situation as all of the manufacturers claim their product is the best in order to carve out a share of the marketplace. Often, the retailer is left in the middle, wondering how to effectively evaluate the myriad of fish oil products and their claims. To help with this evaluation, here are some answers to common questions I am frequently asked about fish oil quality.
The Historical Herb
As legend has it, 1,400 years ago, during the Sui Dynasty, the ominous wailing of a man could be heard in the dead of night. When local peasants investigated the source of the wailing, they found a strange plant growing high in the mountains—a plant with glowing flowers and a root that resembled a human being.
I’m always asked by parents, “What supplements can I give my kids?” They know their kids are existing on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza and French fries in spite of their best efforts. And they know that nutrients are missing. I’ve had parents buy supplements they have to crush and hide in applesauce, liquid fish oils that their children gagged on, and capsules that had to be opened up and disguised for consumption.
Everyone is looking for the secret to successful and lasting weight loss. The unique combination of PGX® and high quality whey protein found in PGX Satisfast™, from Natural Factors®, makes it a very effective weight-loss tool. Both of these ingredients have tremendous support in medical literature for helping promote feelings of satiety and reducing an excessive appetite. Alone each is effective but combined they are even more powerful.
The light on the sunshine vitamin—vitamin D—is shining bright lately and not just in areas of bone health, such as osteopenia, osteoporosis, osteomalacia and hip fractures. In fact, it is also said that vitamin D deficiency may precipitate or exacerbate autoimmune and cardiovascular conditions. But before going into the structure/function applications of vitamin D, it is first important to understand the history and background of this important nutrient.
ResistAid™ is a proprietary natural immune support ingredient manufactured by the Swiss life-science company Lonza. It is produced via a patented water-based extraction process (US 5756098, EP 866808 and other patents) from larch trees that grow in abundance in the United States. ResistAid™ consists of the soluble fiber arabinogalactan and bioactive polyphenolic flavonoids, and thus has antioxidant capacity.
DHAid™ is a concentrated and purely vegetarian source of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential long-chain fatty acid. It is produced from a strain of microalgae through a patented fermentation process. DHAid™ is an environmentally friendly source of DHA as it is manufactured using renewable resources. DHAid™ is non-allergenic, free of potential contaminants often associated with seafood, and uses no chemical solvents for production.
Theracurmin is a special advanced form of curcumin—the yellow pigment found in turmeric (Curcuma longa)—the chief ingredient in curry. Curcumin has demonstrated significant activity in many experimental and clinical studies, but its effects have been limited until now because of poor absorption. Studies indicate Theracurmin is by far the most bioavailable form of curcumin and represents a major breakthrough in the use of curcumin to promote health. Many of curcumin’s beneficial effects are attributed to its ability to act as an antioxidant and help to restore balance in certain cellular functions.