Since January I have not taken any vitamins or supplements.
I have tried to get all vitamins through my food, to test it, and see how my body would react and how my mood would be. I wanted my body to be natural and see how that would go.
And of course diet is everything; what I put in my mouth is the fuel of my body. My diet consists of a lot of protein (egg, fish, meat), which I love, and I feel full after a solid meal of proteins. And I add a lot of vegetables and a spicy sauce, to make the meal more interesting.
I also eat a lot of fruits and love to start the day with either a smoothie or fresh fruit cut in small pieces. Furthermore, I drink a lot of water, between 2-2,5 l. a day and I also drink 2 coffees a day.
Regarding sweets, I love chocolate, and I eat it almost every day. I like the dark kind of chocolate, and I cannot live without it.
So, after six months of not taking any supplements, I have felt fine, and not felt a tremendous change. However, I could feel a bit weird and uncomfortable in my stomach during and after long flights. I always think, that it is not â€œnormalâ€ for the body to be up in the sky in high altitude, but I cannot stop the fact that I am literally flying more than twice a week.
Well, now to the more interesting part. I have agreed to be a part of a more scientific collaboration with Seven Seas.
About Seven Seas:
Seven Seas has more than 80 years of knowledge in nutrition and health. The core aim of Seven Seas is to highlight the importance of having Omega-3 in the diet.
Seven Seas offers a variety of supplements which all contain a rich source of Omega-3 to support heart, brain and vision. Their products also contain Vitamin D which supports bones, and immune function.
I got sent a little needle to my home in London, where I should do a blood test myself. The needle was like a little plastic tube and looked more like a children’s toy than a needle, because you could not see the needle, as it was inside the tube. The blood test is simply a finger prick test, which is super handy and does not hurt.
Seven Seas sent me a video at home showing me how to do it, which I watched while doing the blood test. It was very easy and handy. Then I sent the blood test to Stirling University, so they could make an analysis of my blood sample.
The test is due to analyse the percentage of Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) in the body’s blood cells. And you can often determine a person’s health through the level of Omega-3.
After the test, I started taken Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil Maximum Strength capsules. I have two tablets a day and I will take them for 3 months.
After the 3 months, I will then do a blood test again, so Stirling University can analyse my blood, in order for us to see if there has been a change.
Today, I have finished my first month of Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil, so I have now two more months to go.
What I found very interesting was the analysis of my blood sample, given to me after my first blood test:
“We’ve really pleased to say Professor Philip Calder, who is a Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton – specialising in omega-3 fatty acids – has reviewed Julie’s results and provided the below comment:
Fatty acids have been measured in Julie’s red blood cells. The omega-3 fatty acid content of red blood cells – the fatty acids are in the membrane of the cells – is considered to be a good indicator of how much omega-3s are being eaten. The omega-3s of greatest interest are EPA and DHA. A higher intake of EPA and DHA, and so a greater content in red blood cells, is linked with better health, including heart health. This is because the amount of EPA and DHA in red blood cells mirrors the amount in tissues like the heart. Researchers have defined the omega-3 index as the combined amounts of EPA plus DHA in red blood cells and suggest that this index can be used as an indicator of heart health, just like blood cholesterol or blood pressure might be used. An omega-3 index of 4 or below would be a cause for concern, while an index of 8 or above would be a good sign.
Julie’s sample of 26/4/17 gives an omega-3 index of 5.9. Although this is above the threshold for concern of 4, it is still way below the threshold for greatest benefit of 8. Thus, there is room for improvement and most likely Julie is not eating enough EPA and DHA. Julie should consider including more fatty fish like salmon, sardines or mackerel in her diet. Alternatively, she could consider using an omega-3 supplement that provides EPA and DHA. It would be interesting to see what will happen with Julie’s omega-3 index if she adopts either of these strategies to increase her EPA and DHA intake.
The red blood cell membrane contains over 25 different fatty acids all present in different amounts. When Julie’s omega-3 index (i.e. EPA and DHA) was measured the lab also measured all of the other fatty acids, so there is a lot of information in the analysis.
This means, that even though I thought that I was eating a lot of fish, my body is not satisfied.
Therefore I am very excited to see the results after the three months of Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil.
— This post is made in collaboration with Seven Seas—