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Solgar Omega Advanced Blend 2:1:1 is a great way to get all the essential fatty acids (EFAs) you need, without worrying about possible toxins in oily fish.
Your developing baby needs omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs, particularly one called DHA, for her developing brain and retinas. It’s hard for pregnant women to get enough DHA through diet alone, particularly if you don’t consume much oily fish, as most plant-sources of EFAs aren’t easily converted to DHA in the body. Solgar’s Omega Oil, however, contains 100mg DHA per teaspoon. It’s sourced from algae and shown to be as effective in the body as fish-based DHA. Other active ingredients include organic flaxseed, blackcurrant seed, organic sunflower seed and organic olive oils. It’s suitable for all ages so also useful during breastfeeding or to give to children.
What we love
The idea of drinking an oil sounds disgusting but this honestly does taste absolutely fine. In fact it pretty much tastes of nothing. But while you can just sip it off the teaspoon, it’s even less noticeable if you stir it into a smoothie, juice, yogurt or use it with salad dressing. I throw a banana, some berries, oats and milk into the blender every morning to make a breakfast smoothie and add two teaspoonfuls of this – I’m expecting twins, so one for each of them! It doesn’t affect the taste or look of it in the slightest, whereas fish-oil capsules always seem to repeat on me – yuk.
It’s great if you’re vegetarian, vegan, can’t stand even a hint of fishy aftertaste, don’t like swallowing capsules, or don’t like or don’t want to eat too much oily fish during pregnancy.
What to watch out for
You have to keep Solgar Omega Advanced Blend 2:1:1 in the fridge as soon as it’s open, so admittedly it’s not quite as convenient or portable as a capsule. And the quality doesn’t come cheap at nearly £30 – although 300ml does provide two months’ supply, at one teaspoon a day.
Who is Solgar Omega Advanced Blend 2:1:1 best for?
Mums-to-be after an alternative to fish and fish oil capsules.
Solgar Omega Advanced Blend 2:1:1 is a versatile, non-fishy way to get good-quality EFAs, though it is pricey. It’s great for vegetarians or those of us who aren’t keen on fish. However, it needs to be kept in the fridge, so isn’t as travel-friendly as capsules.