**THIS GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*
One of the things in life I know a lot of people despise doing – I know I do, and I know my kids will agree – is admitting your Mother was right about something.
My Mummy will be happy to read… and I say this to you Mum with *please forgive me for doubting you* eyes…
“Mum you were right“
Mum’s been taking Fish Oil for the past few years and has told me more than once – read: a gazillion times – that I should try them out. They’re good for arthritic and muscular pain, good for your blood, good for your brain, and good for keeping your sanity.
If you’ve read SMOM for long enough, you’d know my health isn’t the best. I suffer from an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which leaves me in a lot of pain some days. I’m anaemic – my body has insisted on rejecting any iron I’ve tried to feed it since I was around eleven years old. My brain, well I forget everything… ask my kids. And my sanity some would say it’s questionable – I have six kids, I’m lucky to have any!
So when I received an email from Nordic Naturals a few months ago asking if I’d like to review some of their products I couldn’t say no.
Mum would have killed me for starters… And I thought it was about time I got over a fear which has stopped me trying them out before now… Fish flavoured burps.
Yes people, fish burps have had me scared shitless of taking fish oil. You can blame everyone I know that takes them for freaking me out with their “oh my goshness this tastes disgusting” look on their faces when they’ve taken theirs.
So needless to say it took a couple of days after my parcel arrived to build the courage to try the Ultimate Omega fish oil gels. The morning I took my first dose* I looked like a little kid standing in the kitchen who had to eat a whole plate of veggies and was trying to put it off!
I threw them gel caps down my throat to get it over and done with quick, and was pretty darn happy when I realised I didn’t get a fish taste, SCORE!
Even better about half an hour later when I realised when I burped there was no fish taste – DOUBLE SCORE!
There was only a really mellow taste of lemon. So I was freaking out about nothing! Thankyou not so good friends of mine for making me scared of taking these things for so long!
But the big test and the main reason I said yes to reviewing and wanting to try Nordic Naturals Omega-3 fish oil was my pain.
Omega-3s for the Back and Joints
Back and joint pain often originates in different causes, but typically has one underlying factor—inflammation. Normally a protective mechanism, inflammation can produce many negative health effects when it becomes a long-term or chronic condition—including chronic pain and the breakdown of cartilage and tissue. A large body of scientific evidence indicates that fish oil supports healthy inflammatory levels and the internal repair systems that operate in response to inflammation. Studies show that EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil, support the maintenance of healthy inflammatory levels that help alleviate back and joint pain.
The research-backed benefits of fish oil include:
• Promotes back and joint health
• Supports healthy inflammatory levels
• Promotes joint mobility and flexibility
• Supports internal repair systems that operate in response to inflammation
• Is natural and safe for long-term use
I was stoked to be able to report back to Nordic Naturals after a month of taking their Ultimate Omega that I’d only had two flares in that time – when I started taking the Ultimate Omega I’d been having chronic pain every day for the previous four or so months, to the point of not being able to walk a couple of times due to my feet hurting.
I’ve been taking them now for two months and the difference they have made is awesome. I’ve had a few bad flares of pain in that time, but I know it’s because I pushed my body to the limits running around for end of year school activities and Christmas.
But the freaky part – step away from the review males of the species, I doubt you want to know this – my last period took me by surprise! Yeahuh!! The leg pain I inherited from my Mother, and my daughter has inherited from me in the lead up to cranky week didn’t arrive. I discovered – after the fact – that Omega-3 fish oils are good if you suffer from period pain. TRIPLE SCORE!
I also received Children’s DHA for the kids to try out. With “Great Strawberry Taste” printed on the side of the bottle I thought I was in. Two of the kids wear glasses, and we have a history of dyslexia in our family, so I was hopeful the kids just might like them… I got my answer pretty quick. A big fat “Nup”. Only the smallest OgreBoy thought they tasted fabulous, he was happy enough to pig out if I was going to let him – don’t panic he’s only had half the recommended dosage** per day. I swear the only supplement my other kids will ever like is Vitamin C! My older kids however, did give the Ultimate Omega a big thumb’s up taste wise. So that’s half a score!
The Organic Nordic Naturals lip balm… Oh my goshness, that shizz is good! The oldest OgreGirl, The Sixth, and myself have been trialling this because well, us girls need lip balm in our bags, it’s an essential! And we’ve all agreed that we love it. The smallest OgreGirl suffers from eczema and is unable to use a lot of shampoo’s, conditioner’s and skin products due to irritation. Lip balm has been something we’ve struggled with finding for her to be able to use, and with the dry weather it’s been hellish with her dry lips. I took the plunge and convinced her to try the lip balm – thankyou to the person who invented chocolate I owe you one – and we had success! She can use it. No stingy lips, no scraping at her face to get it off – after the face painting saga of 2010, I hadn’t dared put anything near her!
* Ultimate Omega recommended daily dose is 2 soft gels per day with food.
** Children’s DHA recommended daily dose is 4 soft gels per day with food.
So beautiful people – With two months under my belt of trialling these products and being pretty darn happy with them – to the point that I was only given a months worth of product to trial and I have since bought more, I’m going to give one of YOU a chance to score yourself a Nordic Naturals Busy Mums and Healthy Kids Pack.
The pack includes:
Nordic Naturals Arctic-D Cod Liver Oil – 237ml – lemon flavoured
- Made from 100% wild Arctic Cod, Nordic Naturals Gold Standard Arctic-D Cod Liver Oil provides the essential benefits of omega-3 fats as well as natural vitamin D3 to help support the body’s immune function and natural anti-inflammatory response.
Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA – 90 chewable soft gels – strawberry flavoured
- Made from Arctic cod liver oil, Children’s DHA supports the proper development of the brain, eyes and nervous and immune systems for children over the age of 3.
Small Nordic Naturals canvas bag
Nordic Naturals organic lip balm
Nordic Naturals pen
- Pack Valued at $66.70 -
All you have to do is tell me in the comments -
What is your best healthy tip,
or worst/most embarrassing getting healthy experience.
The fine print – please read it!
- Giveaway open to Australian residents only – sorry rest of the world.
- Giveaway is open from Tuesday 15 January 2013, and closes 11.59pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013.
- Please use a current email address with your entry.
- Making me laugh is a good thing.
- Nordic Naturals Busy Mums and Healthy Kids Pack will be sent to the winner directly from the company.
- By entering you agree to me forwarding your delivery details for delivery of your prize.
- Winner will be announce Friday 25th January 2013 via email and Facebook. Please respond within 48hrs or a new winner will be chosen.
- Only one entry per person.
- You don’t have to like SMOM on Facebook to enter. But just in case you want to I’ve linked so you can
**As with any vitamin or mineral supplements, please seek the advice of your doctor before taking them. Especially if pregnant or breastfeeding.**
Hooking up with the great road trekking Jess @ Essentially Jess for iBOT.
Happy Tuesday beautiful people!! Have a fabulous day!! x
*This in not a paid sponsored post. I received the products pictured at the beginning of this post to trial and review for the company. All giveaways on Saturday Morning Ogre Mum are of products I have trialled myself, or are from companies I have used and liked their products*
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