got fat?

by Janetha on May 14, 2011

in fun facts,product review

i talk about the various vitamins and supplements i take on a fairly regular basis. one supplement i take is an omega 3 pill.

omega 3s are essential fatty acids that our body does not produce by itself.  it is important to get your essential fatty acids in for various reasons including (but not limited to):

  • reducing the risk of heart disease
  • improving skin ailments
  • boost the immune system
  • control inflammation of the joints, the bloodstream and tissues

as you may know, i usually take a fish oil supplement that comes in pill form.  i take this in order to get my daily dose of essential fatty acids that my body does not produce on its own.

the downside to fish oils pills? fish burps.



another downside to the fish oil pills is that they are not exactly the most sustainable option.

i was recently contacted by jessica, a rep for ascenta products.  ascenta, maker of high quality omega 3 supplements, offers more sustainable options from diversified resources.

a bit about ascenta..

Ascenta provides unique transparency and superior quality.  Each lot of product is third-party tested for quality, purity and label claims and the test results are posted online with their Pure Check program, something that no other omega-3 supplement manufacturer offers.

i received two types of omega 3 supplements from ascenta.

first, the NutraSea DHA.


NutraSea DHA, which was just launched, comes from the most eco-friendly and sustainable marine source: wild squid, which is caught for calamari.  Much of the squid is not used for this, and has been regarded as waste, but actually contains 35% more omega-3 than wild salmon and 100% more than krill.  Unlike most fish species, Pacific Squid has dramatically increased in numbers over the last 30 years, and is naturally resistant to overfishing due to an early reproductive age and a very short lifespan.  NutraSea DHA is an ideal choice for pregnant and lactating mothers as well as seniors and individuals with cardiovascular and eye conditions.


the other supplement i received went straight to marshall. here’s a story.  a few weeks back, marshall asked me to find him an omega 3 supplement that was vegetarian and not from fish, squid or another type of non-vegetarian resource.  he is not vegetarian, but he prefers to use supplements that are vegetarian.

not even a week later, jessica contacted me and asked if i would like to try the ascenta products.. including this vegetarian omega 3!

NutraVege vegetarian omega 3.


· NutraVege utilizes plant sources to further diversify.   Echium and algal oil  – used as sources for EPA and DHA, respectively – fill a void in the market of vegetarian omega 3 supplements, as echium, a common plant found in many parts of the world, contains the omega-3 SDA (stearidonic acid), which readily and efficiently converts to EPA in our bodies.  Studies have demonstrated that SDA from echium coverts to EPA at a rate of approximately 20 percent, compared with just 3.28 percent for flax.


good stuff.

the thought of taking a liquid supplement kinf of worried me.. you know, taste-wise.  turns out, this supplement has a pleasant citrus flavor! it’s great to add to protein shakes or fruity juices.. or you can just take it straight up.

the folks at ascenta would like to give one of you guys a bottle of NutraSea liquid omega3! yippee!

to enter:

  • leave a comment telling me your favorite way to get your healthy fats in.
  • second entry: follow ascenta of facebook, write on their wall telling them meals & moves sent you and leave a comment below telling me you did.

that’s that. good luck! i will announce the winner on tuesday.

xo. janetha g.

*as per FTC requirements, i received this product for free and was not compensated for my opinions. ascenta health is supplying the giveaway item and i am not affiliated with their company. the end.

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Gina May 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I like salmon

lauren May 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I’d love to try this! I usually try to get a supplement in, or eat plenty of almonds!

Hayley May 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

i love salmon and other fish, avocado, coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts

cleaneatingchelsey May 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I love omega-3 supplements! They really help with running long distances!

My favorite way to get fat is… you guessed it. Peanut butter! Straight off the spoon.

Sarah May 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I take the cheap-o target brand of omega 3 supplements, try to add flax seeds to my meals and I normally eat my body weight in avacados :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm

healthy fat? does butter in brownies or blondies count?

kidding…I do eat a fair amt of avocados and seeds and nuts.

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm

FB’ed and wall wrote

Bria May 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Love to get my omegas via salmon topped with an avocado and sunflower seed “salsa.” Yum!

tra May 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

i eat a buttload of nuts and now avocado. :D

Mallory May 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

i also take supplements (complete with fish burps. ew.) and love me some avocado :)

Rosalie May 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Facebook Like &Message: mission accomplished c:

Rosalie May 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I love to get my fats in with almond-hazelnut butter, nuts, flax&chia seeds, and by drizzling my meals with finishing or flavoured oils (the perfect use for the oil that certain foods come packed in).

Katie May 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Salmon and avocado…yum!! Have never tried supplements for this but have been very curious about them.

Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

What a fantastic giveaway! I love eating fat by adding a scoop of smooth peanut butter to my oatmeal or french toast in the morning.

Actually I’ll add PB to anything! :P

Yuki May 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

I love nut butters, salmon and sardines!!!

czechvegan May 15, 2011 at 12:10 am

My favourite way..hmm I love fats, so I enjoy them in avocados, nut butters, nuts in general and healthy oils.

Andrea P May 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

I take a fish oil pill daily! Would love to try those new products.

Laura Gaskin :) May 15, 2011 at 5:39 am

Hola! I eat a handful of raw nuts as either my morning snack or afternoon snack and also take a fish oil pill…. which yes, causes the fish burbs, yuck. It also leaves an occasional fishy taste in my mouth, even yuckier…. Although there are some fish oil pills that are “burp free,” since i am a newly wed on a tight budget, I tend to go for the ones on sale!!!

Tamara Christie May 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

I take a fish oil pill too, and also eat nuts most days. The products look fantastic!

Tamara Christie May 15, 2011 at 6:46 am

I liked and commented on FB, too. Thanks, Janetha. Happy Sunday!

zoe k. May 15, 2011 at 7:20 am

I’ve been taking Flax chews from GNC.
Love the sustainability aspect of the fish oil supplement.

Shannon May 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

nut butters :) fish, too, just not necessarily consistently! thanks for the heads up on this vegetarian source!

Ananda May 15, 2011 at 7:35 am

My favorite is avocado but I also take an Omega 3 supp every day. I agree with Marshall and would like to find a vegetarian option for that supplement….

Rachel May 15, 2011 at 7:43 am

Peanut Butter all the way… I have what people like to call an “addiction”.. I like to think of it as a dedication to getting healthy fats into my diet ;o)

Megan J May 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

I get my healthy fats from avocados and nuts! YUMMMM!!

Megan J May 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

Left a comment on ascenta’s facebook.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Julia May 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

Avocado and almonds! Oh and cashews. Also pesto. And Teddie’s Chunky PB with flaxseed. I love fats. Probably too much.
BUT I don’t get enough fishy oils, even though I love fish I rarely have it. Probably laziness is to blame.

Nicole B May 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

ohh and forgot to say yesterday that i added and commented on their wall :)

Michelle May 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I usually eat fish, avocado, or nuts to get my healthy fats but I’m certainly interested in these supplements!

Rachelle May 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I’m always scared about how to get omega 3s since I’m a vegetarian but I try to balance it out by eating plenty of chia seeds, flax seed, nuts, various spices, and other foods. I think this supplement would be very interesting to try out! Thanks for the review!

Holly May 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I don’t! I’ve been thinking about getting fish oil but I’m all worried it’s just a trend. Would love to try and see…

Pure2raw twins May 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm

oh gosh love my fats especially avocado.

I just recently saw this company at the local health food store, so glad to hear you liked it. just might have to try it

Anna May 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I have been meaning to start taking fish oil supplements for almost two months now. I love to get my healthy fats from avocados, almonds, cashews, pistachios and of course chia seeds!

Kristie May 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I’ve actually just started taking fish oil supplements on the daily the past little while…and just realized today that my stash is running low. I might just need to win this in order to keep up my healthy omega 3 habit. My health depends on your giveaway!

Other than my daily fish pill, nut butters are probably #1 for healthy fats, followed by a bit of flax and avocado. I’m pretty sure my healthy fats could use a bit of bumping up some days though!

Shari May 16, 2011 at 4:57 am

I usually get my omega 3’s in the form of supplement pills. But I also like to eat tuna (once per week) and eat nuts often. The thought of taking fish oil in a liquid form, ughh. But if it has a citrus taste that would be a whole lot better than fishy tasting.

Abby May 16, 2011 at 6:04 am

My dad and sister take omega 3 supplements. I would love to find a vegetarian way of getting these fats! This sounds perfect, hope I win!!!

LG May 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

I eat a lot of nuts and take an omega 3 pill, but these supplements look great!

Heather May 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

One thing I would be interested in learning more about is the correct Omega 3/6 ratio.

I don’t know that much about it but I have read a bit about omega 3/6 imbalances being harmful and that feedlot produced meats have a different ratio than traditionally raised livestock. Any thoughts?

janetha May 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

I don’t know a lot about the ratios, either! Would be interesting to learn about, for sure.

marissa May 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

i prefer to get as many vitamins fresh if I can, however the hubs and i do not eat enough fish. i try to take fish oil caps but i forget quite often.

Kate May 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Any kind of nut or nut butter! I’ve yet to meet a nut or nut butter I didn’t LOVE! The only problem is not eating several servings at once!

Patricia Braithwaite May 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I love avocados and eat them whenever I can, but I still regularly take an omega 3 supplement. Would love to try this one!

Dana Marie May 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I do also like avocados A LOT

Dana Marie May 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I really like UDO’s Oil. It’s a mix of Flax and other oils in the correct balance. I am interested to try this stuff though!

Mary May 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I try to get my healthy fats in from foods like avocado.

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