Having been a vegetarian for many years I’ve learned about certain foods that can help enhance my health as well as maintain it. It’s especially important for vegetarians and vegans to eat a well-balanced diet of food rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. But sometimes we don’t get the necessary nutrients by plant food alone. Same goes for young children – children are a bit pickier when it comes to eating so they don’t always get the proper nutrients to grow up healthy and strong. So what can we do? Sometimes we can turn to supplements that help fulfill the necessary gaps in our food intake. But not just any ordinary supplement will do. No, it has to be something pure, without any artificial ingredients, and preferably with organic ingredients. And that is the case with Barlean’s – a company dedicated to using the highest quality of natural and organic ingredients in their supplements.
You may have heard of Barlean’s (http://www.barleans.com/). After all, over 20 years of experience in the flax oil business has garnered the Barlean’s company great success and recognition. Even back when flax wasn’t as popular as it is today, the Barlean’s family knew of its importance in maintaining good health and well-being. As a family-owned and operated business, Barlean’s creates high-quality supplements made with only the finest of natural and organic ingredients. Their firm believe that the world needs to be healthier has helped maintain Barlean’s exceptional business practices – and their number one priority: to produce first rate nutritional supplements to the public. At Barlean’s, they believe that supplements such as flax oil and seeds need to be as fresh as possible to ensure a purer quality, thus their products are produced in smaller batches and are sent to the stores immediately. You can find Barlean’s nutritional supplements at most natural grocery stores but in smaller quantity so that their products aren’t sitting on shelves and losing potent qualities.
When we were first introduced to Barlean’s, I was impressed by their ingredients. Barlean’s uses organic, non-GMO ingredients in all of their products and their content ratio of vitamins and minerals can benefit almost any one of any age and gender. And because of using only certified organic ingredients, you can be assured that the ingredients used in their products do not contain any toxic pesticides, herbicides, or germicides. That’s a great assurance for me especially when I give my son Barlean’s Omega Swirl. I want my son to have pure Omega supplements and not just something that’s been filtered and heavily processed. And with Barlean’s Omega Swirls, they don’t need to add any sugar to “trick” kids into enjoying Omega supplements. Kids don’t get enough essential fatty acids on a daily basis as do most adults, so flax oil is the next best thing. Since my son isn’t a vegetarian, he does enjoy his fish, but I always hinder a bit on the mercury content found in most fish. So for me, I think flax are great alternatives to fish omegas and are great for vegetarians and vegans as well. We all know the importance of Omega fatty acids and yet most of us do not get enough of them on a regular basis. Omega fatty acids are part of the essential fatty acids (EFA) that helps with cell reproduction, maintain healthy heart muscle, nerve transmission, muscle health, immune responses, skin, hair, and nail health, and many other benefits (http://www.omegascience.org/product_ingredients/fatty_acids.aspx). Not all of us eat a balanced diet rich in Omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s, and vegetarians and children especially don’t get enough of them for important health maintenance.
Barlean’s has a complete line of nutritional supplements designed for every day use and for any one of any age. Their current lineup of products include traditional flax seed oil and capsules, Flax Oil Blends that includes Omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s, Greens which is a complete superfood supplement that contains many necessary vitamins and minerals, Forti-Flax which contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals, traditional Fish Oils for those who prefer their Omegas from the source of fish, Omega Swirl which is a delightful blend of fruits that tastes extraordinarily like smoothies, Omega Kids that are formulated especially for children as young as 2-years old, Specialty Oils such as Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Borage Oil, Organic Chia Seeds which are great for vegans and vegetarians, Olive Leaf, and Brevail which is a supplement that helps support breast and hormone health. So with so many choices to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find something that you and your family can use.
With so many companies nowadays producing nutritional supplements, it’s really hard to determine which are better for you. It’s important to do your own research and to try it out when possible. You can taste high-quality supplements and you can probably feel it too after using them for awhile. With Barlean’s products, they are certified organic and non-GMO, have a rating of 5 stars in the potency and purity in regards to their fish oils, and are Kosher certified on most of their products. But tasting is believing and you’ll have to try Barlean’s for yourself to understand the difference between low-quality and high-quality nutritional supplements.
Barlean’s had wanted me to experience their exceptional nutritional supplements so they had sent me their Forti-Flax and Omega Swirl in Strawberry/Banana. I shared my Forti-Flax with my mom and my son is enjoying his Omega Swirl in Strawberry/Banana. The Forti-Flax tastes amazing and has a slight nutty texture and flavor. It’s easy to blend the ground flax supplement into beverages, soups, stir-frys, or even taken as is. I usually add it in my soymilk to give it an extra boost of nutritional power. Forti-Flax is made with organic, cold-pressed flax oil and has a fine ground and smooth texture. My son enjoys his Omega Swirl in Strawberry/Banana straight from a spoon. You can definitely taste the yummy strawberry and banana flavor and the flax seeds has a slightly nutty texture and taste so it’s really unique and delicious. The Omega Swirls Flax Oil Supplements are made with organic, cold-pressed flax oil and has a smooth, slightly thick texture that resembles smoothies. And since it’s slightly sweetened with Xylitol it has a natural sugar ingredient that’s also beneficial. The wonderful folks at Barlean’s would also like to give 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger the opportunity to win 1 Forti-Flax and 1 Omega Swirl in Strawberry/Banana to try. Since both products are made with organic flax oil, they are great for vegetarians and vegans too. So how do you win this fabulous prize? Read below to find out!
Here’s how to enter in the Barlean’s Forti-Flax and Omega Swirl Flax Oil giveaway:
(Please note, the rules have changed slightly. Please read carefully before entering)
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#4 entry – Visit: http://www.barleans.com/ and tell me which product you would love to try.
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You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.
Contest Start Date: August 11, 2012
Contest End Date: August 28, 2012. CONTEST CLOSED – WINNER WILL BE SELECTED.
Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s name on my blog.
GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!
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*If you’re unsure about supplements, please be sure to consult your health practitioner before using.