I was so inspired by all your comments on yesterday’s post that I took an unplanned rest day today! My legs are crazy sore and my belly is crazy full of Indian food, so instead of my planned run, I just walked the pup. Thanks for inspiring me blends!
I don’t know if I have ever talked about specific supplements on my blog. But I recently found one that deserves some lauding: Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils by ReNew Life. It’s a well-accepted fact that fish oil is good for folks to take, so I don’t feel out of line (given my lack of formal nutritional training) saying how much I recommend this product. Now, of course, check with your doc before starting anything new, but if you are already a fish oil taker, then you should definitely check out this brand. The company itself is pretty cool – the woman who founded it, Brenda Watson, promotes that overall health is tied very closely to a healthy digestive system. And y’all know how loudly I’ll say AMEN to the beauty of a healthy gut. Brenda herself overcame health issues through natural products. And sadly, lots of food and health bloggers seem to have health issues so I know we can relate.
ReNew Life has stringent quality standards for purity and potency of their products, and also have a mission to help improve others’ lives through education about gut health. The founder even has a PBS series about the road to health through a healthy gut. I think it’s a pretty interested assertion that overall health starts in the gut and I love that this company is sharing the message through various outlets to reach all types of people. I also like that you can search on the website by health concern and they recommend products, making it easy for the average non-health-blogger Joe to address specific issues.
Annnnyway, the reason I’m writing about this is that I’m pretty religious about taking fish oil and recently tried the ReNew Life brand. When I starting working at my current company three years ago, I had a required health screening and found out I had really high cholesterol. The nurse suggested that I take fish oil. Within 6 months of starting fish oil supplements, my bad cholesterol dropped significantly.
I decreased my meat and processed foods consumption, continued the fish oil and increased the intensity of my cardio workouts, and my bad cholesterol dropped even more over the next 6 months. But then, the next 6 months after that I kind of forgot about fish oil after I ran out…and wouldn’t you know it, my cholesterol went back up. So, I’m back on it, and at my last appointment, my numbers were going back down. For me, I know taking fish oil really helps my cholesterol.
The unpleasant fact about fish oil…you get a bit of an after-taste…the dreaded fish-oil burb. Not cool. But I’d experienced it with every brand and had just accepted it as a fact of fishin’ it. So when I saw that Renew Life claimed to have a “burp-free” fish oil, I was all over it and requested that product when they offered me a free product from their site.
I’ve been taking the ReNew Life brand of fish oil for a few months now and can happily report that fishy burps are non-existent. Hallelujah. And, even better, I only have to take one pill of this brand vs. the 2-3 pills I was taking of the other brands to get the same mg. The pills are pretty big, but they are easy to swallow with the coating. You can find the brand at CVS, Walgreens and Whole Foods or you can buy it online. After my good experience with this one product, I’d definitely look to this brand for other supplements.
I know this is a long post about a black pill…but when I like something, I gotta tell you. And I really like this brand.
What’s your must-take supplement? Why?
If you’re vegan, do you take special supplements to ensure you get all your nutrients or just rely on eating a variety of whole foods?
P.S. Right before I published this, I just stumbled a blog that founder of ReNew Life writes. She covers really interesting topics about gut health. Check it out.