Over the years, I’ve heard a great deal about Omegas, EPA, DHA, and the importance of essential fatty acids. Our bodies naturally produces them due to a unique process however, they are especially important for babies and young children as their brains and bodies are developing quickly and they need those essential fatty acids for optimal brain growth. The fetus and young babies usually get them from their mothers womb and breastmilk, but as we age, we tend to produce less of these essential fatty acids (mostly due to saturated fats in unhealthy foods) which results in certain health problems. In order to regain and maintain healthy amounts of essential fatty acids in our bodies, we need to eat more food that naturally produces more of them. Fish, dark leafy vegetables, and certain nuts and seeds like flax and walnuts have high concentrations of EPA and DHA and are easier for our bodies to accept and convert them into useful fats. But people in this day and age do not consume enough cold water fish, dark leafy vegetables and healthy seeds and nuts in order to gain the necessary health benefits of EPA and DHA. Therefore, many of us have learned the importance of supplements.
Because cold water fish contains the highest amounts of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), it’s pretty difficult for vegetarians and vegans to get enough of those essential fatty acids. As a vegetarian, I’ve come to enjoy flax seeds as part of my regular diet in order to add more Omega-3 fatty acids. But not everyone enjoys the taste and texture of flax seeds and for those non-vegetarians, sometimes supplements come to play. However, it is important to choose the right kind of Omega-3 supplement as not all brands are created equal. When I was shopping around for EPA and DHA supplements to try, I came across a brand called Minami, which is a division of Garden of Life. Minami makes Omega-3 supplements for vegetarians and non-vegetarians and their products contain the purest and highest quality of ingredients available.
Minami Nutrition, a company founded under the philosophy that providing the best and most pure form of Omega-3 supplements, produces Omega-3 supplements that goes through strict extraction, purification, and certification. Their fish oil supplements are derived from small deep-sea fishes off the coast of Antarctica which are not affected by extinction. And after these small deep-sea fish are caught, Minami uses a precise distillation process called “Supercritical CO2” which uses 400% less heat to process the oils leading to a more purer and less contaminated form of fish oil. Because high heat can destroy the vital nutrients of the fish and algae, most fish oils on the market do not contain a high amount of Omega-3 in their products. With Minami, their supplements contain between 75% to 95% of fish oils as compared to other conventional Omega-3 supplements. And because of their philosophy of using fish and algae from clean and pristine waters, their supplements have won many awards and accolades and received many certifications to ensure the purity and quality of their products. Moreso, because Minami produces only essential fatty oils supplements, they concentrate their efforts on producing the best possible supplements to the general public. Their products are clearly defined and formulated for general use as well as those looking for specific results.
Minami makes supplements for adults, children, pregnant women, women, and vegans/vegetarians. The supplements that they currently produce are: MorEPA Platinum with added Vitamin D, Cardio 3 which is their basic Omega-3 supplement, MorEPA Smart Fats for more concentrated EPA and DHA efforts, PLUSEPA 60 contains higher concentration, MOR O-3 in triglyceride form, Children’s EPA Chewy for children ages 5 and up, MorEPA Mini-Junior for children ages 5 and up, PLUSEPA 30 for children ages 5 and up, MorDHQ Mini I.Q. for babies and toddlers, MorDHA Prenatal for pre- and post natal, PlusKenkO that contains GLA, and Vegan DHA that is formulated using 100% vegan ingredients and contains Astaxanthine. So, looking at the list, they certainly have a product designed for everyone. And because they come in either chewable or gel forms, they are also fairly easy to take.
Minami Nutrition/Garden of Life had sent me MorEPA to try and review. I had given it to my husband to try since I’m a vegetarian and he’s been taking it every day. I think with all supplements, it depends on the individual and of course individual results will vary but a basic supplement that includes DHA and EPA should be highly looked into. If you’re interested in more information about the benefits of Omega supplements, you can visit Minami’s website: http://www.minami-nutrition.us/website/index.php.
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