As someone very interested in vitamins, supplements and all things health-related, when Seven Seas asked me to take part in their latest blogger experiment, I was absolutely on board.
A brand focused on the importance of family health for over 80 years, Seven Seas are looking to emphasise omega-3’s significance in our lives. Comprising a naturally sourced and rich supply of omega-3 and vitamin D, their Cod Liver Oil provides liquid delivery of these key nutrients. Available in both a liquid and liquid capsule, the supplements assist with normal bone support and encourage healthy heart and brain function to boot.
Another reason Seven Seas appeals to me is their #TRUEAGE movement, an initiative celebrating the age you feel inside. Which right now, after some mama sleepless nights is about 100- but I’ll not mention that…
To be totally honest, I thought I was on it in terms of maintaining a decent level of omega-3 with oily fish, yet the first stage of this challenge has already opened my eyes.
Just to fill you in on the deets, Seven Seas are working alongside Stirling University to test omega-3 levels. As the first part of our challenge, bloggers were asked to complete a simple finger prick test and provide uni labs with a bit of our blood. This sample was then used to analyse the percentage of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DPA) in the body’s blood cells. A test formulated by Bill Lands, it can be implemented to calculate a person’s health levels too.
Basically, in a nutshell, the higher your omega-3 index is the more there will be found in your body and this in turn contributes to normal heart, vision, bone and brain function. After posting off my sample, I then began taking two Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil Maximum Strength Capsules a day. The idea is we can compare my omega-3 function now with its capacity after three months of these Seven Seas supplements. How fascinating is that?
So, my initial results have been analysed, by Professor Philip Calder. Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton, Professor Calder specialises in research surrounding omega-3 fatty acids. As he explains, “the red blood cell membrane contains over 25 different fatty acids all present in different amounts. When Helen’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.”
My sample indicated that at the time of testing I have an omega-3 index of 5.4. According to Professor Calder, this is above the threshold for concern of 4; however, it sits quite far below the threshold for greatest benefit of 8.
Professor Calder continues: “there is room for improvement and most likely Helen is not eating enough EPA and DHA. Helen 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 Helen’s omega-3 index if she adopts either of these strategies to increase her EPA and DHA intake.”
I was very surprised by these results as I do include both salmon and mackerel in my diet, perhaps showing the importance of supplement help. I’m really intrigued to see how things may have changed in three months, and can’t wait to report back. I will also bring you information from Seven Seas Consultant Dietician Helen Bond and Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson, finding out their thoughts too.
Watch this supplement space!
Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil Maximum Strength Capsules (RRP £7.99) are available nationwide, and can be found at Boots within their 3 for 2 offer section.
Disclaimer: this sponsored post was created in collaboration with Seven Seas. All thoughts, as always, are entirely my own.