Omega 3,6,9 Softgel with Hechsher?
- Joe Berger Feb 1, 2010 09:02 PM
here's what I've learned so far;
you can get concentrated Omega vitamins benefits from;
1. fish oil - fish & gelatin need hechsher
2. perilla oil - gelatin need hechsher
3. chai seeds - can't found in pill form.
Has anyone found a pill/tablet/softgel form
that also featured any sort of hechsher?
even Freeda does not sell any Omega's.
BTW - I know in many case Rabbi's allow supplements even if
they are not kosher, but I'd like to at least try to find one if they exist.
Might be easier to just eat the foods that supply the Omegas, and dare I suggest, more efficacious. Then again, I'm in the middle of reading Pollan's "In Defense of Food."
Why, Joe? There is no benefit to omega 6. The only benefit seems to be in reducing the normal Omega 6: Omega 3 ration from 15 or 30:1 down to 2 or 3:1. Therefore, forget about any new omega 6 or other polyunsaturated fatty acids, and concentrate on reducing omega 6's and increasing omega 3's. Flax seed oil is high in omega 3s, as is flax seed flour. Forget about fish oil, because it's difficult to find any kosher certified ones, and concentrate on flax seeds and flax seed oil, which is pretty commonly kosher certified. Reduce saturated fats as well, which comes from fatty red meat, and omega 6s often come from vegetable oils, so cut out foods made with oil and oily vegies. Remember, the benefits only come from radically altering diet, because there is no significant benefit just by reducing that ratio by, say, half. Must do a lot better than that. That means a very concerted effort, not just taking some food supplements. I went through most of the literature out there in response to someone's claim that grass fed beef was significantly healthier due to increased CLA and Omega 3. Literature indicates benefit, but only with radical restructuring of total dietary fatty acids, and just the change from grain to grass fed would make insignificant differences, if at all.
i'm a proponent of whole foods over supplements whenever possible.
- drizzle flax oil on your salad or steamed vegetables, or add it to a smoothie.
- sprinkle chia seeds (or freshly ground flax) on everything from salad to yogurt to oatmeal.
just be sure to store these items in the refrigerator to prevent rancidity.
Contact The Natural Spot in Teaneck, NJ 201-862-1055. It's a health food store run by a frum couple, VERY knowledgeable .
My wife has packets of flax seed (like sugar packets) that she keeps in her purse and sprinkles on -- whatever. Barely discernible taste and most have certification.