Monday, 5 May 2014

Bare Biology Omega 3 oil review



    Supplements are one of those topics that tend to divide people firmly into two camps, those that like them and those that don't. I personally fall in to the first category and have written a few times on this blog about the supplements that I take to enhance my well being. I am also pretty realistic about them, they are not a cure all and do not replace the need for a good diet but I think if you choose your supplements carefully they can definitely help you to target specific concerns. For me my main concerns are around my skin, I have the beginnings of Rosacea and I suffer from psoriasis on my scalp and occasionally elbows and knees, all of my issues tend to be inflammatory in nature and so I have been making real effort of late to follow an anti-inflammatory diet with Omega 3 being known for anti-inflammatory effect.

    Supplementing with  Omega's is not something that is new to me and I have been doing it for a while the main difference here is the type, up until very recently I had been using a Vegetarian Omega blend and I whilst I had been getting good results I wasn't thrilled with the taste or the amount I had to take and I had been looking for an oil that was purely Omega 3 and from fish oil. I connected with Melanie Lawson founder of Bare Biology Omega 3* and she kindly offered to send me a bottle of her Clinical strength Omega 3 supplement which is quite honestly the most concentrated fish oil I have managed to find on sale in the UK and I have been looking for a while. 

    The fish oil is sourced from Norway, just one spoonful is equivalent of the same amount of DHA and EPA that you would get from 10 capsules from other brands. EPA and DHA are both sources of long chain fatty acids, they are the ones commonly found in high quality fish oil, there are vegetarian sources of Omega 3 but these tend to be short chain fatty acids and you have to take a lot more of these to get the same health benefits  This is perhaps the key to how good this supplement is because you are only getting the best quality and therefore only need a teaspoon a day for an adult (although you can take more to increase the results), when I was taking the Vegetarian oils I was having to take a couple of tablespoons to get the same benefits.

    The other clear benefit to this oil is the taste, it is very fresh and easy to digest, it has some added lemon oil and although you can tell it is fish oil, it is by far the nicest tasting product of it's kind I have ever used. Bare Biology only use really fresh high quality fish oil sources all from responsible and sustainable sources. If you are concerned about mercury contamination of fish then there is no need to be with Bare Biology as they are stringently checked and approved by IFOS which is the International Fish oil agency. If you want details about the fish oil there is lot's of great advice and information on the bare biology website.

    So on to my results, I have been using the oil for just over two months now and I noticed a dramatic improvement in my Psoriasis, in fact I can't remember the last time I was miserable about my scalp which previously was something that made me miserable on a daily basis. I also noticed a smoothing of the skin on my upper arms and the unsightly bumps you get there, those have all but disappeared just in time for summer. The other unexpected effect has been what I can only describe as a boost to my mood, it's given me an extra spring in my step which was certainly not there before as a well as boost in confidence as my skin has improved. My skin is perhaps the best it has been in a long time with regards to breakouts and hydration, and I definitely think this oil plays a part. It is important to consult your doctor before deciding to take any supplements and considering carefully what is right for you, but if you have similar skin issues to mine I highly recommend Bare Biology and will be replacing this bottle shortly. 

    Bare Biology costs £47.50 for a 150 ml bottle yes this is definitely not an inexpensive product but one which I think justifies the price with the high quality, for me personally when I think about the amount of money I spend on beauty products especially special shampoos and oils to help my scalp then it puts the cost of this in to perspective. How long a bottle with last you will depend on how much you take daily, I managed to get mine to last a full two months, admittedly I did miss the odd day here and there but you get my drift, I think this is a very good investment in your health and treating your skin from within, I loved it and it is worth mentioning it is suitable for children too in a much smaller dose of course, so I share this with my son. 

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Ana x

*Sample generously provided, the information provided is based on my experience, if you have any health concerns please see a qualified medical professional. 
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  1. Great post Ana xx I love Bare Biology too and although on first looking people may swallow hard at the cost, the product is of an exceptional quality and you definitely get what you pay for. We have come to rely on cheaper synthetic substitutes which has perhaps made us think that we should get a lot for not very much money. With supplements this is not the case. As you know I am all for food-state vitamins and minerals, and pure supplements that the body can actually utilise properly. In the end most people are probably putting money down the drain using cheaper alternative. That's my 2 pence worth anyway :) I'm definately a fan xx

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    1. I totally agree with you Charlie, when I lived in Spain I had an amazing diet including lot's of fresh fish but it is hard to find the variety and freshness in the Midlands in the UK, so this is something which I very much appreciate! My results have definitely convinced me it is worth repurchasing :) Xx

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  2. That's brilliant that you've got results with this! Definitely going to check it out :)

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. I am really happy with the results I got, let me know what you think if you decide to try it :) Xx

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  3. I am a supporter of supplements, I am doing a blog about it soon :0) Glad you found something that worked for you!

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    1. I will look forward to reading your thoughts on supplements I think it is about finding what works for you :) Xx

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  4. Wow, great post Ana and great results! I mainly stick to multivitamins but definitely need to explore specific supplements I think. From your post, it will be worth my while!

    Gedlab.com – A blog for the modern man

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    1. I am always wary of just jumping on the supplement bandwagon but Omega 3 is one that a lot of experts agree is beneficial for us, where I am you can't get a lot of fresh oily fish unfortunately. The results have been wonderful so I do recommend trying :) Xx

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  5. It's great that this works. I've been having scalp problems lately too so this sounds like it would be great for me!

    Can there be a third camp of 'People that love supplements but are bad at taking them?' because that's me! I can't remember to take pills daily for the life of me!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Ha ha! I hear you Corinne, if I am not fussed on the taste or smell I always put off taking supplements which is why I like this oil, it is a lot less painful to take than other supplements! I bought a pill box with the days of the week on and that helps me remember :) Xx

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  6. I like supplements and take ones targeted at the skin, including Omega 3. When I forget to take them for a long period of time I really do notice a difference! Great review xx

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    1. It does make a real difference glad you have found that too :) Xx

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  7. Never tried supplements targeted for skin condition. :D The Omega 3 sounds beneficial! Before I go vegan later, I'll try fish oil capsules sometimes. The last time I took one was back then when I was a teenager. :))

    I give you an award, Ana. If you have some spare time, you can do the task. :)
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    1. Thank you for the award! Yes this one isn't suitable for vegans but there are oils that are, I just found I had to take a lot of them! :) Xx

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  8. Great post and that's so amazing the results you had - definitely puts into perspective how what you put into your body can affect your health/skin etc in both good & bad ways and sounds like it is worth the price for you :)

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    1. I think there is a definite limit to what you can achieve with topical products and investing a little more in nourishing the skin from the inside is worth it! :) Xx

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  9. I suffer from inflammatory conditions too and take Neal’s Yard Beauty Oil. Helps with psoriasis on my scalp x

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    1. I haven't seen the NYR oil, I will take a look at that too, I like the potency of this one :) Xx

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