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There’s something fishy about this….I don’t taste fish

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. fish_oil-1The 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. fish_oil-2You 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.

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Clare @ Fitting It All In
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    I take fish oil every day – I’ll have to try that brand. I had no idea how it could affect my cholesterol! And I also just take a women’s 1 a day

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    Maria
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    I took a health screening at work and had high cholesterol too so I also started omega 3 supplements and saw great results as well! I use Trader Joes brand, only need to take 1 and no burps either. I also take a prenatal vegan multivitamin with probiotics in it, made by Rainbow Light, the iron in it doesn’t make me queasy like Women’s One A Day and Centrum do.

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      Teri
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      I need to take iron! Thanks for the brand recommendation!

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    ellen
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    i also take fish oil… for those awesome omegas they’ve got. i feel the benefits are pretty far-reaching. i too get the dreaded fish burp… i’ve heard that keeping the container of fish oil in the freezer helps (for others, but not for me).

    as for other supplements, i take acidophilus — like you said, health begins in the gut. and the acidophilus is a great probiotic to promote a healthy gut.

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    Bee Goes Bananas
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    I really need to start taking something like fish oil. Do you take any other supplements? I just take gummie multivitamins and an iron supplement now and again.

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      Teri
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      I also take B12, a multivitamin, Balance of Nature phytoblends (fruit & veggie ones) and calcium. 🙂

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    Alysha @ She's on the Run
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    I’ve been contemplating fish oil for “borderline-high” cholesterol. Did you notice any side effects?

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Nope just the fishiness! But that’s solved now too!

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    MelissaNibbles
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    I don’t take fish oil, but I should. I take a multi-vitamin and a niacin supplement.

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    Lauren
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    I only take Prenatal and Dietary Enzymes. I’ve heard that Fish Oil is one of the best but I think I get enough from the prenatal…I hope so at least.

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    Anna
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    I don`t use any supplements, but I know quite a few people who take Omega 3 supplements.

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    Beth
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    Fish Oil is great but you can get the same nutrients and more in foods like chia seeds or flaxseeds without spending the costly amount on supplements.

    As a Registered Dietitian, I always promote food first, so my first choice would be ground flax seed for a source of omega-3’s and fiber. Plus they have lots of other minerals and nutrients like magnesium, copper, manganese, folate, phosphorus and B6 (pyridoxine, which makes serotonin) that supplements just don’t have. In a 2 Tablespoon serving, there is 2400 mg of Omega 3, which is more than the supplement. I just sprinkle 2 tablespoons on my cereal each day and that’s it!

    Either way, it’s great you are getting your omega-3’s, they are so important! 🙂

    http://www.bobsredmill.com/flaxseed-meal.html

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      Teri
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      oh my gosh, thank you sooo much for this! I’ve been meaning to research what foods I could take in their whole form instead of a supplement. I eat flax on a fairly regular basis and knew it had some omega-3s but didn’t know it could fully replace fish oil. I’ll definitely need to increase my uptake but I’d much prefer to get it from flax! Thanks Beth!!

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    tamara
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    I used lemon flavored cod liver oil….it tastes like lemon and no fishy burps! And you only need 1 tsp/day. My hubby said it cured his chronic dry eye, so now I recommend it to all my patient’s(I’m an eye doc)

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      Teri
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      oooh, i love lemon! thanks for the info!

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    Nicole
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    I got the burps with my vegetarian flax supplement for the first few days, but then I seemed to adjust and don’t anymore 🙂

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    Liz @ IHeartVegetables
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    I take omega-3 gummies (I used to take the pills but they’re always HUGE and I must have a little throat or something, hahaha) because I have high cholesterol. But mine is genetic, so the fish oil hasn’t really been helping. I do think it makes my hair shinier though!

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    Pure2raw twins
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    I am so bad with supplements, I do good for awhile taking them regularly then someone I forget about them. Thanks for the reminder, tomorrow I will get back on track. I try to take a probiotic and digestive enzymes. And just recently started taking a fish oil, so again thanks for the reminder I need to take it 😉 I hope to notice improvements in my health from taking it. I have heard great things about it.

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      Teri
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      I really want to know more about digestive enzymes. Do you guys have a post on it? Or maybe we just need to discuss in person? 🙂

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    BroccoliHut
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    I don’t take any supplements regularly, but I occasionally take a calcium pill. Bone health is SO important for young women!

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      Teri
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      gah! I need to stock up on calcium! I rarely take my pills but i’ll take the chocolate chews. 🙂

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