When we buy direct from manufacturers, we bypass the retail store and go through their distributors and or practitioners thereby providing us with quality products at much better prices. We also then have the benefit of the practitioners advice which is often given free of charge. But, there should be no reason for practitioners to ever have to apologize for making a modest profit when offering quality products, as they either work for us or they don’t. Working with practitioners has an advantage over stores because they offer personal service and follow up when you purchase from them. Never begrudge your practitioner that little profit even if you can buy it somewhere cheaper as that free consultation could be worth as much as their hourly fee is. Try to get that kind of service at a retail store.
I also like to work with practitioners and companies that offer at least a 90 day unconditional money back guarantee, so therefore whether my clients buy from me in person or on line from one of my websites or affiliate links, they can truly test how well something is working for them and get an optimal loading dose with the security of that money back guarantee. Try to get a 90 day money back guarantee from a store. Another plus is many companies offer auto ship options, where you save money each month. This way, when you are on a long term supplemental regime you get fresh product delivered right to your door each month.
In my practice, the most important product that I recommend, which is great for our general health needs daily, is a natural Omega-3 anti-inflammatory, antioxidant product. This just happens to also be especially important for gallbladder disease which it has its roots in inflammation and improper nutritional choices, just like most chronic diseases have. I’ve done a great deal of research on Omega-3 essential fatty acids and have experimented with many sources over the years. I would be remiss to just recommend going to a store and buying any over the counter, fish or flax oil for your Omega-3 needs. Because I see how vastly these products differ. I am aligned with both Dr. Oz and Dr. Mercola, who have clearly stated the importance of daily supplementation with Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
However, I don’t recommend the use of fish or krill oil, especially when they are privately labeled for these doctors own websites. I personally don’t care for privately labeled products as I prefer to be able to follow the chain of all the ingredients, from harvest, to encapsulation. I like to know what I can about the entire manufacturing process, rather than trust someone to stick their label on something they get for a great price. I also like to be able to get the practitioner or a decision maker on the phone at the actual source and talk to them about their products ingredients. This is not possible with privately labeled supplements.
Instead, I recommend a unique source of Omega-3 which I use in my practice that you probably have not even heard of. I have found it to be the superior choice for natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. This particular product I refer to is an organic, cold extracted (no heat is used in the extraction process) marine lipid that comes from green lipped mussels. Green lipped mussels or GLM are a particular kind of shellfish (a.k.a. green shelled mussel) which come exclusively from New Zealand. GLM are bi-valve mollusks that contain a unique array of 18 Omega-3 essential fatty acids plus the two you find in fish oil, EPA and DHA, which were the first to be discovered and have also had the most studies done on them. 255 different conditions have been studied on the benefits of Omega-3 in either the treatment of or prevention of a given inflammatory condition.
The marine lipid extracted from GLM would not be appropriate for vegans, (however I have many vegan clients who give it to their dogs and cats daily). I find that it is acceptable to many vegetarians as it is as low on the food chain as we can get as it has no fins, feet or eyes. Furthermore the particular brand I use and recommend has had the protein molecules removed from the GLM to prevent seafood or shellfish allergies or aversions. This product is called Moxxor and one of the many reasons I am so impressed with it is the fact that it is 100 percent sustainable. The green lipped mussels are raised in their wild natural environment in the New Zealand Marlborough Sounds region. There, they are seeded onto long ropes which are suspended from buoys, where they eat their natural diet of phytoplankton that flows in from the south pole. The water is tested every 24 hours for purity and each batch is assayed for purity. The GLM are harvested at 18 months of age and chilled immediately for freshness. Moxxor is not available in stores because it doesn’t have the big mark up necessary for retail sales that I mentioned above. Since I cannot in all good consciousness use or recommend krill, calamari, salmon, cod liver, or any fish oil, since they do not come from sustainable sources and I personally feel that our oceans are being ravaged by greed.
For example even though krill represent a huge bio mass and there are certainly a lot of krill in the sea, it is where they fish for them that bothers me and this then pollutes the most sensitive marine areas on the planet. Wherever whales can be found there you will find krill and it is of the utmost important to keep their habitat safe from the ravages of krill fishing. This is why thus far in my research I have chosen to recommend Moxxor besides the fact that it is the most effective product I know of in its category.
Furthermore, I have found fish oil supplements to be, for the most part, rancid when we buy them since they have been either estherified or molecularly distilled, which means treated with high heat, alcohol, solvents, deodorizers, and other chemicals which are used. They often contain supplemental vitamin D since so much of what they had in the first place has been destroyed in the heating process. This high heat process is done to rid the fish oils of their heavy metal load and other toxins.