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When I was a young girl I suffered quite badly from eczema, and at the time my doctor prescribed me high dose evening primrose oil capsules to take, on the basis that they might improve the elasticity of my skin and also help to balance my hormones in the long run, as eczema flare ups can be triggered by hormone changes.
After several years of taking them these capsules were removed from prescriptions as no evidence had been found to link them to improved skin for eczema sufferers. However, research has recently found that certain oils are essential for brain health in older people and brain growth in young children, and for supple joints later in life, and due to the average western diet many of us aren't getting enough of the oils and omegas we need. While eating fish twice a week might be better than nothing for your health, in fact fish does not contain a good balance of the three omega essential fatty acids, which are 3, 6, and 9, and which all serve slightly different functions and must be taken together in a specific ratio in order to work properly.
Other research has found that people who suffer from atopic eczema are usually also deficient in certain oils, which suggests that taking omegas would in theory help someone with naturally dry skin. So, years after giving up on the evening primrose capsules, I decided to try out an omega blend instead, because it could be the evening primrose alone was not provided my body with the balance it needed. The Vertese brand was my first choice as their capsules are gelatine free and the 3-6-9 blend is available in each capsule in exactly the ratio that has been found to help with brain health and even joint health to an extent.
All the ingredients in these Vertese capsules are from natural plant sources. The main oil in them is
flaxseed oil, which has been found to benefit growing baby's brains in exactly the same way as fish oils, but for some reason this has not had much press coverage even though flax is the safer option to taking high dose fish oils. The other benefit of taking these capsules is that high doses of fish oil have been found to contain high levels of toxic chemicals such as mercury, and as of yet capsules are not routinely tested for such nasties before going for sale on the market, so you must be aware of this if you are taking them. The problem is that large fish are used to make the fish oils and the large fish feast on small fish who all contain small amounts of things like mercury, which then become concentrated in the larger fish. Aside from that there is also the havoc the recent mass demand for fish oils is causing to the health of our seas and also to small fishing populations all over the world who need their industry to survive.
The other oils that make up the Vertese 3-6-9 blend are sunflower seed Oil, pumpkinseed Oil, wheatgerm oil, evening primrose oil, rosemary oil, and rice brand oil.
Vertese Omega capsules are very easy to take due to their small size. They have no aroma that I can detect and they are tidy little oval, deep yellow shapes that are easy to swallow. You can take one or two a day depending on your needs - I usually take one a day but when I forget to take one I make up for it by taking two another day. I was able to continue taking them when I had awful pregnancy sickness, which is just as well as growing babies need these oils to develop properly too, and that helped to keep my mind at ease when I wasn't able to eat well or much.
My little girl also takes these every day, but I don't give her the capsule to swallow as it could be a choking hazard for a two year old. Instead I pierce the capsule and squeeze the oil onto a teaspoon, and she happily takes it that way, although a few times when she has said no to it I have simply mixed it in her with her yoghurt or even juice. Due to not having a strong smell or taste this has not bothered her at all.
As with all oil supplements, it takes a while to notice the effects of these capsules, which is also why it is so hard for scientists to prove or disprove that they have an effect on dry skin. Personally I feel they make a huge difference to me, as my skin has improved over the years, but of course I can't provide proof for this. On the other hand, I am getting older and I have a small child and another on the way, and my skin - though still dry - is much better than it used to be, and I have never had any joint problems.
The Vertese Omega capsules are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and none of the ingredients have ever been tested on animals. They also contain no artificial colourings or flavourings or additives.
I usually buy these capsules for £6.49 for a box of 60 from my local Holland and Barrett store, but they also sell a box of 30 capsules for around £3.50. As a pregnant woman and a mother of a toddler I do not think that these cost much for the benefits they give - roughly £7 every two months to help prevent joint problems, ensure brain health for my growing baby, and for my little girl is cheap, in my opinion.
5 stars from a long term user!
Having recently gone for a cholestoral test in Sainsbury's, my good cholestoral was found to be low. As a vegetarian I find it hard to get sources of good cholestoral and so sought out these vitamin tablets. I have used omega 3 from vegetarian sources before but never a vitamin tablet that has 3 6 and 9.
I have found that taking this tablets has improved my skin, however, I cannot say it is completely down to these tablets, though from my point of view, there seems to be a correlation.
One of the best aspects of these tablets is the packaging. In my past experience with vegetarian omega 3, the shell weakens and sometimes pops in the box, covering all the tablets in a smelly sticky glue. These pills are individually packed in a blister pack much like ibuprofen or anything else of that type. This means they are not exposed to the air until you pop the blister giving it no time for the gelatine free capsule to weaken and burst.
The only drawback is the price of about 7 or 8 pounds per box. I tend to stock up when they are on the 3 for 2 offer at boots (which they often are) and I only take one a day so I find they last a reasonable amount of time. They are also available in larger packs online but I've never seen them in stores, so this option may work out a bit cheaper per tablet.
Overall, there are few alternative options for veggie and vegan omega 3 but this seems to be doing a good job.
My research for a high quality, vegan friendly Omega 3 6 9 supplement came to a satisfactory end when I discovered Vertese. Having an adequate intake of omega's is important and I wanted to ensure that I was getting enough. And! as if finding this great product wasn't enough, when I went into Boots to purchase some they were on offer 3 for 2 and this offer is pretty much long term in Boots so when I need to stock up that is where I head for, especially as it builds the advantage points up too! Yeah.
This is a company that is committed to producing a range of high quality products that are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. This is great for persons such as myself who want to have an intake of omega 3 because the usual form of capsule on offer is fish derived oil that is often encased in a gelatin capsule. Vertase products are made from the best ingredients and help in promoting health and well being, this also is what appeals to me as I want the best supplement quality in order to gain maximum benefits and in due course hopefully this will improve my state of health and general wellness.
This company has a belief that our bodies need to work in harmony with our varied lifestyles and choices. This makes sense and at times in today's busy social climate it is difficult to achieve so any extra help is appreciated by me.
Vertase offer products as a 'natural' choice that offer benefits to the circulatory system, joint health and brain function. Now this is exactly what I want, in particular the brain function bit. I very much treasure my cognition and want to maintain and improve if possible the levels that I currently have. Of course joint and circulatory maintenance and improvement are high on my list of priorities too, so this is sounding good to me.
With the exclusion of Cardiovite, which is not suitable for vegans, all of the products that Vertase offer are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and no gelatin is used. So by now you will probably have gathered that this is one of my reasons for trialling this particular product as I am a vegan. So this ticks that box completely - thank you Vertase!
Vertase say that they want to help you to take care you your body, take care of you. Well that is a good way to begin a relationship with a new company and a new product, it is nice to know that part of the company philosophy is to place the customers welfare as a matter of importance. I like that, it is the kind of company that I am drawn to purchasing from.
With the help of customers the packaging design for Omega Oils 3 6 9 has been revamped. The company took on board the wishes of customers and made labelling as honest and clear as they possibly could. Hopefully this will help each individual select the supplement that is right for them. I think this is very important, especially in the supplement ranges, to make labelling crystal clear in order that customers can make informed choices without confusion and administer supplements correctly and safely.
~~OMEGA OILS 3 6 9~~
Derived from natural plants sources
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
Can help to keep your heart and circulatory system healthy
Can improve flexibility and help to keep your joints supple
Can support healthy brain and eye function
Omega 3 6 9 are known as the essential fatty acids, it is important to include these in your diet as the body cannot produce its own
Not tested on animals and endorsed by the Vegetarian Society
NO artificial preservatives, colours or flavours
NO milk products
CONTAINS soya and wheat
Vitamin E 10mg
Omega 3 500mg
Alpha linolenic Acid 200mg
Oleic Acid 200mg
Palmitic Acid 100mg
Stearic Acid 15mg
Now in an orange and blue box which is good quality and easy to open and close by top flap. The design is attractive with good use of clear font. Labelling is clear and concise. Instructions are easy to follow. Inside there are the supplements that are packaged in bubble packs, this ensures fresh quality product. Easy to use and dispense the capsule. The capsule is an oval shape and I find it easy to swallow.
~~SO HOW MUCH~~
60 Vertese Omega 3 6 9 Capsules approximately £6.49 (look out for 3 for 2 at Boots stores or online and get advantage points too)
Very happy with this purchase, I have been using them for long enough now to give a verdict. The price is a bit on the expensive side but shop at Boots and get the 3 for 2 and that makes it much more affordable, however I would still buy these at full cost as they are top quality and I feel that I can trust this brand. Everything about the package tells me that this product and company are high quality and that puts me at ease. The box makes storage easy and the bubble packed capsules are fresh for every day, no sticking together in a tub for me. I take a capsule in the morning with water, no problem with swallowing, no sticking in the throat, straight down. I have not had any repeating or belching caused by taking this product. I do feel like I benefit from joint health as I am noticeably more flexible since commencing taking 3 6 9, I do feel that they are benefiting my cognitive function and mood as well. So on the whole I would say that I am very happy with this product and would not have any problems in recommending them to others who are interested.
~~A FINAL WORD~~
Great product, a tad expensive but you are getting high quality stuff and get what you pay for. Buy from Boots on 3 for 2 if possible and bring the cost right down, don't forget the advantage points too. If you are vegetarian or vegan this is a great product and no gelatin is used.
Thank you for reading
These Omega Oil capsules can help to keep your heart and joints healthy, and can also help you to maintain healthy looking skin.
They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans as they contain no animal ingredients (no gelatine) and were not tested on animals. They're even approved by The Vegetarian Society.
Each capsule contains 500mg of the Omega Oil blend and they come in boxes of 30 or 60. The box is recyclable cardboard and the capsules are kept fresh inside blister packs of 10.
The recommended dosage is 1-2 capsules a day for adults and children over 6 years old, preferably with a meal.
I find that they're really easy to pop out of the blister pack. They feel quite firm so I'm not worried about them bursting as I do so.
I'm not a fan of swallowing any tablets or capsules so I was glad that these seem to go down really easily and don't leave any taste in my mouth. They also don't 'repeat' on me as some supplements can (ever burped after taking something foul tasting like garlic pills? Then you'll know what I mean!)
You can buy these in some health food shops but I prefer to buy mine online from the Hillside Animal Sanctuary gift shop as this means a donation is made to them. They cost £3.25 for 30 or £5.50 for 60 and this includes the postage. You can pay by credit/debit card or with PayPal.
In terms of their health benefits, I've been taking them every other day for about two months and I've not noticed any hugely significant differences to my joints but they've definitely been aching less, whether this is actually due to the supplements I don't know.
Alpha-Linotenic Acid - 200mg
Linoleic Acid - 100mg
Oleic Acid - 100mg
Palmitic Acid - 15mg
Stearic Acid - 15mg
Vitamin E - 10mg (100% Recommended Daily Allowance)
The box says:
"Help your body help itself.
Your body needs essential Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids to working at its best, but it can't make them on its own. Adding a food supplement to your diet is one of the simplest ways to top up on those essential fats.
Vertese Omega Oils 369 capsules contain a selectively balanced blend of fatty acids from plant sources. Fatty acids may help maintain a healthy heart and supple joints. They are also important for healthy brain and eye function."
The box also warns that if you're pregnant, planning to become pregnant or have epilepsy then you should consult your doctor before taking these.
Helps to maintain a healthy heart and joints.