Coconut Yoghurt

August 16 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Healthy eating, Healthy gluten free recipes, Healthy recipes for candida sufferers

I still remember the day when an Australian Sales Rep for Coyo Coconut yoghurt introduced us to their Coconut yoghurt.  I had never tried Coconut yoghurt before, but it was some of the yummiest, creamiest deliciousness I have tried!  Then he shocked us with the price – $9.95 for 350 grams.

My colleague Kerry said “I’m sure I can make that!”  And she did!  She bought in some of her delicious home made Coconut yoghurt for us to try, with a berry coulis.  It was as good (if not better) than the one we had tried AND Super easy to make.

Here are the Step by Step instructions of my latest attempt.  I am thoroughly impressed with the outcome and doubt I will be buying Coconut yoghurt in the future, especially now that I can make it overnight in my yoghurt maker.

How to make Coconut Yoghurt

Step 1. Add Kara Coconut Cream & Probiotic into container

Step 1. Add Kara Coconut Cream & Probiotic into yoghurt container.

Step 1: Kerry determined that the Kara Coconut Cream is the best one to use and I thoroughly agree with her.  In this recipe, I use the 1 litre UHT container of Kara Coconut Cream.

I have a Kambrook Electric yoghurt maker that I picked up from my local Op Shop, but an Easiyo maker  (or any of the hot water yoghurt makers) works too (you may need to keep it in a warm place in colder weather)

I added the entire container of Kara Coconut Cream to the yoghurt container.



Step 2: Add the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus probiotics into the coconut cream

Step 2: Add the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus probiotic capsules into the coconut cream

Step 2:  Then I added the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus Probiotic capsules into the Coconut Cream and gave it a really good stir.

I added the contents of 1 capsule when I had added just half of the coconut cream and then the 2nd one at the end.  I dont know if it makes any difference but this is what I did.  I stirred it really well to make sure the probiotic bacteria was evenly distributed throughout the Coconut Cream.



Step 3: Put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker

Step 3: Put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker

Step 3:  Next I put the lid on my yoghurt container and put it in the yoghurt maker.  If you have an Easiyo Hot Water Yoghurt maker, you push the plastic insert spacer down inside the Yogurt Maker as far as it can go. (Check the correct side is facing up). Then pour boiling water into the Yogurt Maker to the top of the plastic insert spacer and put your jar into the Yogurt Maker so that it sits on top of the plastic insert. The boiling water will rise part-way up the sides of the jar.  Then you cover it and leave it for 8 to 10 hours.


My yoghurt maker is electric, so you do not need to use boiling water.  You just switch the machine on, put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker and put the lid on.

Step 4: Leave over night

Step 4: Leave over night.


Step 4:  I usually put my yoghurt maker on in the late afternoon and leave it until the next morning.  By the time I look at it in the morning, it has this amount of condensation that has accumulated in the lid.   Because my machine is electric, I worried that my yoghurt had got too hot and that it would be wrecked and would have spoiled.  But it hadnt.  It was AMAZING!!!



Step 5:  The finished product!   I was SOOOOO impressed with the outcome.  I really did not think it would be that easy.  I thought my Coconut yoghurt would be runny, not set and maybe, off from getting too warm and nothing like the type I have purchased in the past.

I was very wrong though!.  Just look at how amazing it looks! AND, the taste is absolutely creamy and delicious!!!

Look at that consistency!

Look at that consistency!

Look at this perfect spoonfull!

Look at this perfect spoonfull!









So why not give it a go!  All you need is the Kara Coconut Cream and the probiotic capsule.  I used 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus capsules for 1 litre of Coconut Cream, so I am sure that if you are only using 500ml, you will only need 1 capsule.  Here is a link to the Inner Health Plus Capsules

If you make some, have a brag, like I have and post photos of your Coconut yoghurt for us all to see.  Did you make a coulis to go on it?

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

Topical Creams For Inflamed Skin

August 4 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural skin care

So what are these creams for inflamed skin?

We stock a wide variety of creams, gels, ointments and oils for helping with inflamed skin.  This post is to highlight these, to make choosing the right one easier for you.

We are the hugest fans of the Emu Spirit 100% Pure Emu Oil and have seen first hand, the powerful anti inflammatory effects of this moisturising oil and especially for inflammatory skin problems.

A lady came into our retail shop Ideal Health with terribly burnt/inflamed cheeks.  She told us she had had a reaction to a moisturiser she had purchased from a MLM company and she was desperate to calm down the burning and redness she was experiencing on her cheeks.  I had a sample of the Emu Spirit 100% Emu oil in the shop, so got her to apply it there and then.

We watched the lady over the next 5 to 10 minutes as she waited for some relief.  What I can tell you is that in front of our eyes,  we watched the redness reduce dramatically and the heat disappear.  Within 10 minutes there was at least an 80% improvement in this inflammation.

Emu Spirit tell us their 100% Emu Oil is the most penetrative natural anti inflammatory oil known to man. It can be used both internally and externally and has been documented to be used for the following purposes:

  • Treat pain and inflammation
  • A liniment and treatment for Arthritis
  • Relieve symptoms of Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis or other skin ailments
  • Reduce itch, Moisturise skin, Skin protectant, Anti-bacterial
  • Wound healing, Reduces scarring, Stimulates epidermal repair
  • Promotes faster healing of burns with less pain and scarring
  • Soothes swollen wounds after surgery or for lacerations

Also helps with dry eyes, dry hair, excessive thirst or sweating, muscle aches and pains, rheumatism, nappy rash, bruises, PMS, breast pain, irritability/mood swings, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Diabetes and auto immune diseases such as arthritis, crohns disease, colitis, lupus & CFS.

Emu oil is one of the best things I have found to apply to a new tattoo, to help with the healing, for moisturising and for its topical anti-inflammatory effect.

Emu Spirit Emu Oil

                   Emu Spirit Emu Oil

There is nothing like the MEBO range of topical ointments

MEBO are specialists in the science of burns, wounds and ulcers. Their global reputation for scientific innovation began with Moist Exposed Burn Ointment (MEBO), now marketed in Australasia as MEBO Burn repair.

How do MEBO formulations work?

MEBO’s unique formulations stimulate stem cell regeneration.

These ointments promote the natural regeneration of stem cells, that are located at the bottom of the hair follicle. These cells are capable of producing not only the hair shaft,  nerve cells and sebaceous glands but also the daughter cells that create the dermis and epidermis.

Stem cells can repair injured and defective skin by restructuring and regenerating new skin according to the original skin’s physiological structure. This speeds healing as well as minimising scarring.

By stimulating these cells to regenerate quickly, the ointments are shown to support the growth of skin tissue.   Research, including results from clinical trials, have shown that the healing process is significantly faster using MEBO ointments.

There are 5 products in the MEBO range – Burn Repair, Wound Repair, Skin Restore, Acne Clear and Anti Itch

Burn Repair is especially formulated to promote the natural healing of all burns, including scalds, sunburn and nappy rash. MEBO Burn Repair works by helping to cool and soothe the affected area, encouraging stem cell regeneration to assist in the growth of new skin, helping to minimise scarring, moisturising and protecting the area.

Wound Repair is especially formulated to help with all skin wounds including ulcers (bedsores, diabetic, chronic), cracked nipples, shingles, chilblains, impetigo (school sores), haemorrhoids, cracked/chafed/grazed skin, and donor-site repair.

Skin Restore helps fade scars and blemishes and return elasticity to damaged skin, assisting in the natural repair and regeneration of new skin.  It protects and nourishes newly healed skin, as well as assisting in the cleansing and protection of new skin.   It provides a healthy environment for the natural recovery of scarred or blemished skin.  It assists in reducing skin cracking.

Anti Itch is especially formulated to soothe the skin, reduce the urge to scratch, as well as provide moisture and nourishment to the skin, for skin comfort. MEBO Anti Itch also helps the natural repair of cracked, chafed or dry scaly skin and helps minimise scarring.  Can be used on all areas of the body and is ideal for irritated skin; to help relieve itching from insect bites, chicken pox, eczema & dermatitis, providing moisture and nutrition.  Repairs and protects nerve endings in the skin. Promotes epithelial repair through stem cell regeneration.  Safe with pregnancy and with young children.

Acne Clear helps clear pimples from skin.  It supports the skins immune response to bacteria and cleanses irritated & infected skin. It nourishes & protects the skin, providing rapid healing to acne.  This intensive formula is effective for daily skincare, leaving skin moist, clean and smooth. Please note this product does not prevent pimples, but speeds up the healing process once you have a pimple. For pimples, acne, and rosacea – providing moisture, nutrition, and skin cleansing; accelerating new skin growth and reducing scarring


           MEBO range of topical ointments

skin peace

Harker Herbals Skin Peace Lotion

Harker Herbals Skin Peace Lotion

Harker Herbals (Previously called Malcolm Harker) have a wide range of skin products, but one of our favourites is the Skin Peace Lotion (previously called Skin Soothe).  Skin Peace is a soothing lotion for minor skin itches and irritations.  We know many people with eczema who have found this to be very soothing when applied.  It is a non greasy, plant based formula which leaves skin feeling cool and moisturised.  It helps relieve itching and can provide relief from the rash of hives, eczema, psoriasis and after shaving.   It contains essential oils of cajeput, camphor, cedarwood, clove bud, jojoba and peppermint – to name a few.   Because of this essential oil combination, the lotion feels warm when you first apply it and then it becomes very soothing and cooling – kind of like a liniment balm action.

ApisDerma Topical Skin Cream

ApisDerma Non-Steroid Paraben Free Hypo-Allergenic Skin Cream

ApisDerma Non-Steroid Paraben Free Hypo-Allergenic Skin Cream

We have stocked ApisDerma for many years now.  We have many customers that absolutely love this

product and they continue to purchase this from us year after year.

ApisDerma tell us ” This is a Non-Steroid, Paraben free, Hypo-Allergenic Skin cream. This natural alternative skincare is known for its ability to support the natural healing process for topical skin problems.  While rapidly soothing and moisturising skin, helping to reduce scale, ApisDerma Topical Skin Cream also keeps skin smooth and resilient whilst providing natural protection and a healthy environment that promotes natural recovery”.

The ApisDerma range of products contains active organic Apis Mellifera Extract A and Apis Mellifera Extract B.  Extracted from the hive of the honey-bee, these unique matters are used by the bees for their natural antiseptic properties.

Chickweed Ointment

Dr Christopher's Itch Ointment

 Dr Christopher’s Itch Ointment

Dr Christopher products are very well know world wide, as he was considered a leader with his knowledge of herbal medicine and his herbal combinations are considered second to none.

A tincture of Chickweed is known to help with inflamed skin and to help sooth the irritated area, especially when applied topically in a cream.  Dr Christopher tells us his ointment is  “Excellent for eczema and/or other skin infections, sores, burning, itchy skin or genitals, swollen testes, acne, hives, also for ulceration of mouth and throat. This is a wonderful healing ointment.

So what else would you recommend for Inflamed Skin?

The other vital recommendations are:

Take a probiotic.  There is one probiotic strain – Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (also known as LGG) – that is well recognised for its beneficial effects in eczema. This particular strain of bacteria is one of the most extensively studied probiotic organisms and has a documented safety record.

Research shows that Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) can help to alleviate the symptoms of eczema such as itching. It may also reduce the incidence of children developing eczema and other atopic conditions including allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and food allergies. When given to pregnant and breastfeeding women, studies have found Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) helps to protect their children from developing these conditions. This probiotic strain is available in both the Ethical Nutrients Eczema Shield powder and this product Ethical Nutrients Eczema Relief VegeCaps.

Take concentrated Omega-3.  Essential fatty acids like omega-3 from fish oil, is a vital addition to any regime for inflamed skin. When enough DHA, a component of Omega-3, is taken, this offers a natural anti inflammatory effect and is a precursor to docosanoid, natural anti-inflammatory substances which inhibit the inflammatory enzymes COX-2 and NFkB.  We like the Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength Fish Oil liquid, where 1 teaspoon provides nearly 1000mg of DHA.

We love the Sabun soap, a traditional Syrian soap, used specifically for inflammatory skin problems.  This 100% natural handmade soap is made from a closely guarded recipe that has been handed down for generations. The soap has been in the Middle east for centuries. Each bar takes almost 1 year to make, as the soap is left to dry for 9 months producing a naturally moisturising bar. The mositurising and antioxidant properties of olive oil and antibacterial benefits of bay laurel make it ideal for even the most sensitive skin. In the middle east, it is recommended for dry skin, eczema and other skin conditions. Sabun can be used on the face, for shaving and is completely safe for babies skin. It contains no palm oil, animal ingredients, perfumes, preservatives or artificial ingredients

Any Dietary Recommendations for Inflamed Skin?

With regard to the diet, we would always recommend a completely 100% Sugar free diet.  Gluten and corn are also very highly inflammatory, so we would suggest total avoidance of this too.  The best way to do this is to:

Check the ingredient section of every packaged food you purchase and have, before eating, to ensure it does not contain ANY FORM of sugar.  These can be written as sugar, glucose, sucrose, honey, fructose, maltose, corn syrup, maple sugar, maple syrup, invert sugar, molasses, malt dextrose, corn syrup, sorbitol, aspartame, saccharin. It does not matter if it is a healthy sugar, such as honey, or an artificial sugar such as NutraSweet.  These sugars ferment in the gut & must be eliminated 100%. The sugar substitute Stevia can be used freely.

Keep a food and symptom diary, recording everything that you eat or drink.  Also record what your skin is like.  This way you will be able to see if there are any patterns with regard to What you ate and the symptoms you are experiencing.  Some people may get an immediate “reaction” such as itchiness, sneezing, a foggy head or an urgency to go to the toilet.  But food reactions can take a day or two to develop, hence the importance of the food and symptom diary.

Drink adequate water, to keep your eliminative organs flushed, so your body does not need to use your skin as an eliminative organ.  Most people need a minimum of 2 litres of water a day, sipped on consistently throughout the day, rather than all at once.  Those who exercise need an extra 750ml of water per 1 hour of exercise.

There are heaps of other things that can help with inflamed skin, and these are just my basic recommendations.  If you would like to discuss your skin condition with a Naturopath, you would be welcome to phone us and speak to one of the ladies in our naturopathic team or email

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

How To Maintain Your Diet Whilst On Vacation

August 1 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: uncategorised

If you’re on a diet, there’s nothing more taunting than the tantalising smells and sight of an all-inclusive buffet, or local cuisine when you’re on vacation. Whether you’re traveling to Europe, where you must have an EHIC Card, or to another part of the world, there are so many different dishes that you may want to try. However, there are ways to maintain your diet whilst on vacation, but still indulge in the fantastic cuisines around the world.

Diet Tips while on Vacation

Choose Foods Rich In Protein

No matter where you’re traveling in the world, more often than not you will find a delicious, freshly caught fish dish in any restaurant, or hotel. Fish is not only delicious to eat, it is also rich in excellent fats, such as Omega 3, and protein. Omega 3 is important for both your body and brain, and fish also tends to be a very low calorie brain food – depending on what you have with it. Not only is it delicious, you’ll also be able to maintain your diet with most fish dishes.

Avoid Fatty Desserts – Stick To Fruit

At an all-inclusive holiday, there’s a strong likelihood that you will be tempted by the many, great looking desserts that are featured at the buffet restaurants. Although these might look good, more often than not they don’t always taste too great and have been sitting on the side for too long. If you want a dessert, have a look at the fruit section. Whether you’re in Europe, the Caribbean or Asia, there are plenty of different native fruits so you will be spoilt for choice. On top of this, the fruit selection usually tastes a whole lot better than any pre-made buffet dessert, and you won’t be cheating on your diet. Fruit such as apples are full of fibre, and blueberries are classed as a superfood, so for a delicious dessert, stick to fruit.

Drink Water

Although this might seem obvious, when it comes to all-inclusive resorts in particular, it can be all too easy to move towards sugary soft drinks and alcohol. Although it’s okay for you to enjoy yourself (you are on vacation after all), make sure that you still continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only will this help you rehydrate, and is vital for your body, particularly when you’re in a hot country, you’ll also feel a lot better. Your skin will look and feel healthier, and you also won’t be compromising on your diet if you stick to water, or at the very least counteract every sugary drink you have with water.

Vacation Diet Tips

Be Careful Of Sauces

When you’re on holiday, particularly in countries such as Italy or Peru, a lot of the food that you will end up being presented with have the option of sauce. Although these sauces are delicious, they can be packed full of calories, so if you can, try and steer clear of having a dish covered in a rich, heavy, sauce. This will help you to maintain your diet, and it will also help you to feel less heavy and tired after a big meal.




July 28 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Mineral supplements


Xcel Health Superior Magnesium Capsules

I take a lot of supplements every day.  Its hard not to, when you are constantly reviewing products and their ingredients and the literature about these and how they work in the body.  But one of the main supplements I cant do without, is my magnesium supplement, Superior Magnesium.

If you are not familiar with this product, its a reverse ratio magnesium supplement in a capsule, that contains co factors to help you to absorb this mineral more efficiently.

It particularly contains the mineral co factors needed for magnesium absorption; that are missing in our soil here in New Zealand.  These include zinc and boron, as well as the co factors Vitamin D, calcium and the Active form of Vitamin B6, P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-phosphate).

In fact, Superior Magnesium provides 1000IU (25mcg) of Vitamin D3 in each capsule.  We have all heard about how vital this vitamin is for our immune system, for skin problems and more recently we have heard about the importance of Vitamin D for respiratory health.  As well as this, it is an important nutrient to help with the absorption of magnesium, which is why I added it to this formula.  It is predicted that a very large percentage of people have a Vitamin D deficiency, so really, it was important this vitamin was included in the formulation.

Superior Magnesium is a Reverse Ratio Magnesium supplement

Usually, when you look at a mineral formula highlighting calcium and magnesium, you will find the ratio of calcium to magnesium is 2 to 1.  So 2 parts calcium and 1 part magnesium.  This ratio, with its co factors, helps to top up calcium levels, to help with our nerves and nerve transmission, bone health, maintenance of electrolyte balance,  hormone production and a whole host of other vital processes in our body.

Our reverse ratio magnesium supplement is for helping top up deficient magnesium levels in the body and to help relieve magnesium deficiency symptoms such as muscle cramp, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, irregular heart beat & muscular pain, as well as help in conditions such as hypertension, bone spurs, insulin resistance, insomnia and panic attacks (to name a few).

What happens with a Magnesium deficiency?


A deficiency of magnesium causes muscle cramp

Henry Osiecki tells us “When a magnesium deficiency exists, excessive amounts of calcium can build up in soft tissues, tendons and ligaments; resulting in stiffness, arthritic and joint pain, vascular spasm or calcium deposits in vascular walls, kidney and gall stones”.

He goes on to say ” Magnesium deficiency alters the vascular mechanical properties in the young and may be a mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension, atherosclerosis, ventricular arrhythmia and other cardiovascular diseases”.

Henry believes that approximately 49% of the population is at risk of being magnesium deficient.

So why is this?

Most of the magnesium contained in food is lost when it is refined.  In fact, Henry tells us that 90% of the magnesium in wheat is lost with milling.

As well as this, these factors increase the demand for needing to add magnesium to your supplement regime:

If you are an alcoholic, an athlete, have arthritis, have had a bowel resection, in chronic fatigue, coffee excess, have diabetes, experience regular emotional stress, in epileptics, those with cardiovascular problems, a high cereal intake or excessive phytate intake, a high fat and sugar intake, in hyperparathyroidism, in those with kidney stones, in lactation, if you have liver cirrhosis, muscular dysfunction, don’t like noisy environments, in pregnancy, eclampsia and pregnancy induced hypertension and in prolonged diarrhoea.   This isn’t the full list, but gives you some of the main incidences.

So how much magnesium do we need each day?

Henry Osiecki tells us that the recommended daily amount (RDA) of magnesium is 400mg a day for men and 350mg a day for women and that a therapeutic dosage is between 300-800mg a day.

Remember that a RDA relates to the amount you need to maintain an adequate existing level in your body.  This means that if you are a man, once your magnesium levels are adequate,  you need to take 400mg of magnesium a day to maintain this level in your body.

Your needs for magnesium can alter each day.  The greater your output in a day, the more magnesium you will use, so the more you need on that day.  It is an alkalising mineral, so the higher an acid condition you have in your body, the more you use and need.

So if you experience regular stress, you exercise, your diet did not contain adequate whole, unrefined foods and you had an extra coffee for the day, you will need a lot more magnesium on this day, than on a day when you sit around and watch DVD’s or read and have little exertion.

I personally take a minimum of 2 capsules of the Superior magnesium a day, providing me with 400mg.  I take these after dinner, as the formula contains zinc and zinc on an empty stomach can be nauseating.

If I am feeling under pressure, if my blood pressure is higher than usual or if I get muscle cramp, I bump this up to 2 capsules after breakfast and 2 capsules after dinner.  My colleagues tell me that those who have hypertension like myself, would benefit from taking 1000mg of magnesium (in combination with its important co factors) a day.  I keep this in mind and alter my dosage, depending on how I am feeling and dependent on any magnesium deficiency symptoms I may have.

Why do you have Superior Magnesium Capsules AND Superior Magnesium Tablets?  Are they different?

When I first had this product made, I had them made at a manufacturing company here in NZ who have a tableting machine.   I went to get another batch made, but they did not have one of the ingredients in the formula.  Because of this, and because I didn’t want to run out of these, I gave my formula to another manufacturing company who have an encapsulating machine.  There were able to organise a batch quick smart, so now we had Superior Magnesium tablets and capsule.

As tablets contain tableting aids (like magnesium stearate) I decided to swap the product to a capsule form only, where I was able to add rice flour as the “filler” and nothing else but the nutrients in the formula, in a vegetable capsule.

However I have a number of customers who really prefer the tablets, so because of this, we have kept both the Superior Magnesium capsules and Superior Magnesium tablets.   Both products contain the identical combination of nutrients in them, in exactly the same form and the same milligram amount.

So Why do these people prefer the Superior Magnesium tablets?

They prefer these tablets because when they take the tablets, they notice that not only do they get the muscle relaxing and other effects from the product, but they also notice their bowel motions are softer and easier to pass.  This does not seem to happen with the capsules at all, pointing to the tableting aids, like the magnesium stearate, as the contributor to this looseness.

You can read more about the importance of adequate magnesium your diet here.

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

Fish Oil Toxic To Pregnant Women?

July 26 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: In the News, Pregnancy, Vitamin supplements

It really upsets us when we are subjected to scaremongering by the media, as we were on Friday the 22nd July, after a report aired, which was titled “Pregnant Women told Don’t take fish oil, after dramatic findings”.fish oil

They were talking about 2 separate studies done at the University of Auckland Liggins Institute, that suggested that most fish oil supplements contained oils that had significant levels of oxidation and that over 50% of these fish oils exceeded industry guidelines for maximum levels of oxidation.

Professor Wayne Cutfield from the Liggins Institute made a statement saying “So our recommendation, at this time, until there is more information, is not to take fish oil during pregnancy.

A study done by the Liggins Institute last year found most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand had gone off, so scientists did some testing of fish oil on pregnant rats.

Professor Cutfield said ” By the 2nd day of life, almost a third of the baby rats had died.  In addition, we found that the mothers, after they had stopped taking the fish oil, 3 weeks after delivery, they were more insulin resistant, meaning they were more prone to developing diabetes”.

But the rats were given oils that were highly rancid and also double the recommended dose.

Jenny Reid, for the Ministry for Primary Industries and Health said that study doesn’t prove a risk for humans.  She said ” Its really important that anybody, but particularly pregnant women know that there is NOT a food safety issue, shown in this study, in terms of the consumption of fish oil supplements.

The Ministry for Primary Industries commissioned two Dunedin-based toxicologists to produce a scientific report covering:

  • A review of the literature for more recent safety data on fish oils and oxidised fish oils
  • A risk assessment based on available data; and
  • An evaluation of whether robust safety standards for oxidation of fish oils can now be derived.

So what did the report from the Ministry for Primary Industries find with regard to fish oil?

The report found there is NO evidence of any food safety concerns for consumers of fish oils or fish oils supplements, if consumers follow manufacturers recommended dose instructions found on product labels.

It also found that fish oil contains fatty acids with double bonds and will oxidise naturally over time.  The chemical products of this oxidation process are only toxic if dietary intakes are sufficiently high.  The risk of oxidation products in the fish oils on the New Zealand market is not high enough to pose a risk to consumers.  Read more about this here.

Industry spokesperson and executive director of Natural Products NZ, Alison Quesnel, agrees it’s safe.

She says “There’s many studies showing the advantages of fish oil.  There is rigorous testing within their manufacturing and so do the processors of the actual fish oil, so we’re confident that our product meets quality expectations.”

But she adds any pregnant mother with concerns should always consult their doctor.

You can view the full article on NewsHub here

 Footnote from Leanne James

Oh Dear!

One of the main things I want to say about this is that You get what you pay for when it comes to supplements.  I know they made a comment about this, stating the price didn’t reflect whether the oil was rancid or not, however I find this hard to believe.  We recommend specialised Pre natal oil supplements for pregnant and breast feeding women, such as the Nordic Naturals Pre Natal DHA and Efamol Mother & Baby.  These are high quality supplements, from high quality manufacturers, that use the latest technology, such as Nitrogen flushing and Nitrogen manufacturing environment, preventing rancidity.

Nordic naturals specifically make this statement with regard to the quality of their products and how they prevent rancidity of their oil supplement.

As the evidence behind fish oil continues to grow and drive awareness of the crucial importance of omega-3s to good health, it’s more important than ever to understand how purity, freshness, and structure determine the overall quality of fish oil. Nordic Naturals was founded with the fundamental goal of improving fish oil quality and today Nordic Naturals’ commitment to innovation remain absolute. 

Every batch of fish oils surpasses all national and international pharmaceutical standards for freshness and purity. Nordic Naturals uses a nitrogen manufacturing environment where there is no opportunity for oxidation to occur, thus preventing rancidity (free radicals).

They also incorporate a synergistic blend of powerful antioxidants, made specifically as a natural product to stabilize fats and reduce the effects of oxidation meaning there is no fishy aftertaste.  Nordic Naturals offers a comprehensive range of fish oils which are targeted to specific functional needs and are available in wide range of tasty flavours.