Fish Juice Supplements?

After all my crazy travel plans this summer, I decided to get out of the big city and spend the weekend at Momma B’s. Ol’ Bally the Dog loves my mom, and follows her around the house and her garden wherever she goes.

It’s quite cute to watch the two of them.

It was also a bit of a sad trip home, as it was the first time I’d been there since workers knocked down and buried my dad’s silo (if you don’t know, I grew up on a farm and my passed away 2 years ago, and my mom decided his rickety old barn and silo should get knocked down).

I’m going to post some pictures on my blog and Facebook page later this week…I have a few shots of the 80 foot silo tumbling down. More to come… ===>

And now there’s nothing left but a hill of dirt where his silo and barn once stood. Seems so strange. You’ll see when I add those photos on Friday.

But back to my mom…

…she’s made a huge improvement in her health and fitness in the last decade. She retired in 2004 and since then has become much more active, exercising almost every day.

She now has two rooms in the big old house where I group dedicated to her workout area, with a treadmill, yoga mat, stability ball, and dumbbells.

Yep, she’s 68 and using Turbulence Training. Pretty cool. So if she can do it, so can you!

And more importantly, she’s made some dramatic improvements to her diet. She eats even more fruits and vegetables now, snacks on raw nuts, and uses Prograde Protein in her smoothies.

Plus, she uses the ONE supplement that almost everyone should use.

Fish oil.

Why?

Because these contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

I just read a review study from the September 2010 issue of “The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry” where researchers from the University of California concluded that the omega-3 fatty acids help your heart because:

– They are anti-inflammatory (protecting your heart)
– They help you reduce triglycerides (a bad fat in your blood)
– They are anti-thrombotic (which means omega-3s fight blood clots)

These are just a few of the methods by which omega-3 fatty acids protect your heart.

And so on one hand, it was good to see that my mom had a bottle of fish oil in her fridge this weekend…

…But on the other hand, taking a spoonful of what I call “fish juice” is pretty gross. Especially if it dribbles down your chin. Double gross.

So that’s why I’ve gone back to Omega-3 capsules. And I’ve bought my mom some of the same brand I use too.

The capsules I use are from a company that I’ve partnered with called Prograde, and their omega-3 fatty acid brand is called “EFA Icon”. I get mine here and you can too:

=> The Best Source For Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Protect Your Heart

Have a great week (with some free stuff coming tomorrow),

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

  • Mr. H.

    Hi Craig: Have you read/heard about the CBC story that indicates that PCBs have been found in some brands of fish oil? I have included the link if not, and would be interested to hear/read your take on the issue.

    http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2010/03/02/consumer-fish-oil-pcb.html

    • I’ll get Jayson Hunter from Prograde to comment. Obviously you’ll want to avoid those companies and even be diligent about your regular fish intake.

  • We commented on this California Proposition 65 issue a few months back when it seemed to be in the public spotlight.

    http://cbathletic.getprograde.com/fish-oil-safety.html

    It seems that there is some conflicting information on this and what the proposition 65 really is..

    We do have C of A’s and things like that to ensure that the raw materials we do get are in compliance and not high in PCBs, etc. With krill oil, which we use it really isn’t that much of a concern because krill is pretty much first in the food chain and where they are located it is pretty hard for them to consume mercury and PCBs in these toxic amounts. Generally for example fish oil can be higher because they are extracting the oils from fish that have eaten other fish that have been contaminated and live in waters that have contaminants.

    Because of the location and that krill don’t eat other food sources that can contain these toxins it is very hard for them to test high for toxins.

    Jayson

  • I know fish and Fish oil is good for you (when sourced from quality sources) however I have developed an allergy to both. What can I do to obtain similar benefits?

    • You’ll need to talk to a nutritionist for exact details on other sources of healthy fats. I’m not comfortable giving advice about this over the internet, sorry.

  • Well, Craig, I gotta say you triggered my gag-reflex with the title of this post. Luckily, I decided to read it to get myself back to equilibrium. That said, I will swear by the benefits of fish oil on all things sacred. I’ve never been a big fan of fish, though I have started eating in once or twice a week, but with fish oil you get some great benefits without the fishy taste (usually). Well, I guess that’s an understatement.

    In addition to what you mentioned in your post, let me add that they are great for your mental health. Any time I read about something that has mental health benefits I am immediately intrigued because I freak out about getting old and losing my mental capacity.

    I’m still trying to figure out the krill vs. fish oil situation. I’ve read some conflicting studies on the matter. I know Jayson will tell me krill is far superior but I’m not sure yet.