What can I say? I started taking these (Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega) about a year ago and within a few months my skin had cleared dramatically. Before these I'd tried what seemed like every face wash offered in the drugstore. Neutrogena, Clearasil, Clean and Clear, etc., and I was still breaking out on my face and body as much as I had when I hit puberty. I still get an occasional pimple here and there, but nothing like I used to. My face is as close to flawless as it's ever been, and I hardly break out at all anymore on my shoulders, chest and back. I recommend these for ANYONE who has acne problems. As for people who have had less-than-stellar experiences with them, I think the quality of the pills really does matter, so I'd recommend buying them at a health food store rather than a drugstore. They're more expensive but I think the omega levels and the quality of the oil itself is better.
Because of my diminishing eyesight, I am using a 10+ magnifying make up mirror for about 2 years. For all purposes this is a very useful tool which I highly recommend. The downside is that every pore and wrinkle jumps at you when you look into this kind of mirror. Lately I noticed a slight deshydration of the skin on my cheeks and I am trying some of the most recommended products... without much success as my 10+ mirror tells me. Since 3 weeks I am taking Omega 3 Fish Oil pills , 2 times a day 1 pill (I keep them in the fridge and never take the pills after drinking warm coffee to avoid the after taste). So far my skin seems to have improved, but I will keep you posted after a few months.
I have been on Omega 3 supplements for several years, and have seen a HUGE difference, not in my cholesterol levels (which are still borderline-high) but in my triglyceride levels. They've gone from 300 something down to 180, which made both me and my doctor very happy.
As for the skin/hair benefits, I haven't been off Omega 3's since I was a lot younger, so I can't tell if that's been affected or not. I also have rheumatoid arthritis, and I HAVE noticed a bit of an anti-inflammatory effect from the Omega 3's in that I've been able to lower my dosage of arthritis meds.
I am probably going to add the red rice/yeast extract to try to bump my cholesterol levels down next.
Overall, I'd say it's probably effective for certain specific conditions, but it's for sure not a cure-all.
I have to agree with the last reviewer. I read all the glowing reviews and did the same. I've been taking Omega 3,6 & 9 for a long time and never got the results so many touted this provided. It didn't clear my skin, or improve my hair or help with wrinkles. Everything continued as it always has been despite me taking these religiously, so maybe it's the brand we're taking or perhaps as the last reviewer stated it has a placebo affect and we all see what we want to see. But, if it works for some and help clear you skin, improve your wrinkles etc... then maybe it's worth a try. I guess nothing works for everyone. I do not doubt that Omega 3's are good for your heart, so I still do take them, but I just don't take them to solve skin issues. Good luck!
UPDATE: I stopped taking these for many months, then decided to get a bottle of Nature Made Fish Oil pills. I've been taking 3 - 4 1200mg pills a day and the effect on my skin has been drastic. It's clearing and healing my skin, improving the tone and texture and my skin just generally looks much more hydrated and younger. Previouly I was taking some from Vitamin World that did nothing, so I don't recommend those. I also took Flax oil pills and they did nothing. Nature Made Fish Oil pills are the only one's that have produced this result for me, so I highly recommend that brand. I'm hooked. continued >>
Just had to add my 2 cents here, especially after reading such glowing reviews about this alleged "miracle" vitamin/pill/supplement. I have been taking Omega-3 daily for over a year now, mostly because a doctor told me it helps lower your cholesterol. Has it done that? I doubt it- but I honestly haven't had a blood test in a while, so I have no proof. (I will come back and update this review if it has indeed lowered my level.)
I am taking the Natrol brand, same as pictured on this site. There were times when I took 2-3 pills a day; though not lately. Women here have claimed that taking this supplement has eliminated their menstrual cramps, cleared-up their skin, reduced/eliminated wrinkles, and thickened their hair... just to name a few of Omega 3's many supposed miracles. I say, "HAH!" Either I got a sequence of bad bottles... or this has a placebo effect on a lot of gullible females... because I still have monthly cramps, my skin still breaks out, I see more and more wrinkles on my face every day, and my hair is just as fine- and graying- more rapidly than ever! Did I mention that I also still have ridges in my fingernails? How can this little, rubbery, pill be doing all these remarkable things for so many people... and nada for me? I have been taking these pills DAILY since January 2007... and I have no medical or "beauty" miracles to report. NONE. I keep taking them because I am hoping that this is helping my cholesterol levels, but besides that, nothing else has improved because of me taking these supplements. No miracle supplement for me to report... sorry!
However, if my next blood test shows improvement in my cholesterol levels... I will faithfully come back and edit this review. But I wouldn't highly recommend these as any kind of cure-all for what ails the average woman... 'cuz it obviously just isn't so.
well i cant make a hundred percent claim for beauty benefits yet (my hair is a bit on the oily side and a couple of zits i dont usually get have popped up, but nothing dramatic, I think my body is just adjusting still), but anyone saying its a placebo effect for period cramps is wrong. I didn't even KNOW that was one of the possible side effects until I noticed for the first time in 10 years I had no cramps, and trust me they're usually doozies. So i thought weird, maybe I should google if there's a link...and turns out there might be! So im telling you there is, I havent changed anything else exercise or diet wise at all!! If thats not it, this is the world's weirdest coincidence. Will update if my hair and skin calms down a bit although I am using a new shampoo that might be wats doing it anyway. In the meantime my liver and stomach will be happy for every less ibuprofen I pop every month!
I take Costco Brand 1000 mg. Fish Oil capsules... 3000mgs daily... with my largest meal of the day (usually dinner). By taking with food, this alleviates the 'fish bleches.. I have been doing this and recommending this to family and friends for years! Fish oil is an anti-inflamatory for the body.... it helps with arthritis pain, acne, migraines, and overall well being. If you want to feel great.. and look luminous... this is the way to go. I am almost 44 and have NO wrinkles or dull skin.......But what's better is I have little to no peri-menopausal symptoms ...My long-standing PMS is basically non-existent with the exception of a salt craving the day before and ... a little cramping. My lab reports are all spot on and I really do attribute it to fish oil. A diet rich in fruits, veggies and lean protein and little to no junk food helps too. My incredibly wise mother always told me to nourish my body with the good stuff and plently of sleep & H2O;;;;; this is the secret to true beauty.
Omega fatty acids can help treat all types of systemic imflammation and if the research pans out, they will have a significant impact on human health.
However, it is really important to point out that this is an oil that can be derived from any part of the fish - distilled improperly you can have a number of hormones and other fish byproduct in the supplement. (I have a friend who is a biochemist who did an analysis of some of these pills, and found fish hormones, sterols and other nasty bits in the pill!) It is also a possibility that these oils go rancid if improperly handled - light, sun, heat. Plant derived oils (like borage and pumpkin) can be dangerous for pregnant women to take...
Just make sure to find a really good supplement - do your research! I would also suggest not asking your (American) physician to recommend a brand - they often don't approve of such "natural" remedies and they also don't have the understanding of biochemistry to point you in a safe direction.
I would take them, but I haven't found a reputable enough brand for less that $200 USD a month - I just increased my natural intake by eating fish and nuts. I swear by omega fatty acid, but not in pill form.
So many benefits to using this product. I have been taking 2000mg a day of Omega 3 for 7 months now. I have found it's made my nails stronger, reduced dryness, and my hair strands are thicker and it grows faster (it's taking a little longer to dry my hair). My skin is very oily and acne prone & my acne breakouts have reduced and my skin looks a bit more glowy.
I have found it's great for moodiness as well and works well for depression. If you have high cholesterol, it works to reduce your LDL cholesterol levels. I have heard of people who have used this as managed to lose a little weight (I don't think it's done anything for me in this area but your results may vary)
Bottom line is that it's great for your well being and body overall. I buy the large bottles from Wal-mart & they work just as well as the name brands. You really have nothing to lose when trying this.
I am going to try adding Evening Primrose Oil to my vitamin regimen as well (this contains Omega 6) and see if I get addtional benefit...............stay tuned! continued >>
Best. Dang. Beauty. Product.
So freaking what if it's a supplement!!! Ever since I've seen this in Productville with such great reviews I've bought it. And guess what has happened to me? Better skin, better nails, better hair. It works!