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PART 2. Udo's Choice™ Oil Blend

Why is Udo's Choice Oil Blend so effective for health?

The effectiveness of the blend rests both on its ingredients and on the methods of production, packaging, storage, and use.

The blend is very rich in the more therapeutic omega-3s (omega 3 fatty acids). It contains the best oils (flax, sunflower, sesame) from organic sources. It is rich in "minor ingredients" with major health benefits. It contains 65mg/tablespoon of phytosterols, which block absorption and re-absorption of cholesterol from our gut, and both normalizes and stabilizes immune function. It contains lecithin. It contains medium chain triglycerides, and also rice and oat germ oils. It contains the anti-oxidants vitamin E, tocotrienols, and rosemary oils. Additionally, the ingredients are blended together in just the right amounts for best health.

The oils in the blend are unrefined. The blend is pressed at low temperature under exclusion of light and oxygen, packaged in brown glass, then put in a box to eliminate light leakage. It is refrigerated during storage and all but short-term (2 week maximum) shipping. Additionally, the oil is never used for frying.

Thus, made right and used right, the blend provides the health-enhancing omega-3s, omega-6s, and "minor ingredients" in the best possible way for the body's needs.



What is the maximum advisable dose of your oil blend?

I've seen as much as 10 tablespoons per day used in cases of cancer, AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, and weight reduction. I once ingested 15 tablespoons in one day, and on another occasion, I had 17 tablespoons of the oil blend mixed in fruit juice for breakfast. I had no problem digesting it but I also wasn't hungry for the rest of the day.

Autumn Leaf photo by Udo

In the beginning, you may want to start with smaller amounts and gradually increase to optimum levels which is approximately 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of body weight; especially if you have a history of being on a low fat or a no fat diet, or if your liver is weak.

Should your liver be unable to handle the amount you are taking at any one time, you will feel heavy or become nauseous. If you took even more oil at this point, you would vomit. Why? The liver has to process the oils and fats you eat. If you exceed its processing capacity by taking more oil at any one time than it can handle, it will protect itself from overworking by making you hurl.

If you do become nauseous, you must begin with smaller amounts. How small? If you can't take three tablespoons, take one. If one is too much, use one teaspoon. If that's too much, take a few drops. If that's too much, take a lick. And if that's too much, take a whiff. But don't quit. Your body requires essential fatty acids in order to function and for you to live. Someone once asked me: Can I just think about it? And I said yes, because if you think about it, you will eventually end up taking a whiff.

So start small, and eventually increase the amount you take. Sometimes liver function is poor because of essential fat deficiency. Then you must give this organ time to recover. Build up liver capacity again by starting with small amounts of the precious essential fatty acids. Be gentle with yourself. Do what you can.



How much of your oil blend should we give to children?

Administer the oil in proportion to weight. If you weigh 100 pounds and use 2 tablespoons each day to get soft, velvety skin, a 10 pound child should take about 1/10th as much as you. However, because children are more metabolically active than grown-ups, they may need a little more oil than is proportional to their weight.

An approximation of the amount may also be calculated by giving one teaspoon (5 ml) of the oil per each 7 kg (15 lb.) of body weight. A child of 7 kg would take one teaspoon per day, whereas a man of 70 kg would use 10 teaspoons (50ml) per day.



What does your oil blend taste like?

Udo's Choice tastes better than medicine, much better than cod liver oil, but never quite as good as ice cream.

Most people like the taste of the oil blend. I sometimes drink it out of the bottle. I can identify the favors of flax, sunflower, sesame, and coconut. Different people report different tastes from the same batch of oil. Let your tongue instruct you.



How should the oil blend be used?

Mix the blend in foods. Oils are compatible with all food groups. They go with vegetable dishes such as greens, salads, steamed vegetables, and soups; with starches such as grains, cereals, pasta, oatmeal, potatoes, and yams; with proteins such as meat, eggs, dairy, and fish; and finally, with fruit. You can layer oil on fruit juice (oil shooters), mixed in applesauce or over fruit pieces. Some people take the blend by the spoonful, but most don't like the taste of oils by themselves to take it that way.

The blend can be used on cold, warm, and hot foods; but the blend (and all essential fat-rich oils in general) should never be fried. Frying destroys oils and makes them toxic, and then they, in turn, destroy health.

You can use Udo's Choice oil blend in salad dressings; mix it with yogurt; blend it into shakes; use it in fresh or bottled vegetable juices; in soups; pour it over steamed vegetables; mix it into hot cereals; put it on corn flakes; mix it with the yolk of soft-boiled eggs; mix it into mashed potatoes. The blend brings out the taste of bananas and fruit juices - it makes them taste almost psychedelic! Use equal parts Udo's Choice Oil and extra virgin olive oil for Mediterranean dishes; it improves the nutritional profile of the oil and lightens the dish, while retaining the Mediterranean flavor. Use equal parts Udo's Choice Oil and butter for spreads. Dip bread in the blend, like people in Italy do. There are an infinite number of ways to use the blend.

There are two good reasons for using the blend with foods. First, oils enhance food flavors. Second, they improve the body's ability to absorb health-benefiting oil-soluble phyto-nutrients, especially abundant in vegetables, which are poorly absorbed without oils.



Why is there no EPA and DHA in your oil blend?

The oil blend builds the foundation for essential fat nutrition. essential fatty acids are major nutrients and we need quite a lot of them. They serve functions in our membranes and our cells in addition to their roles as EPA, DHA and other derivatives, and prostaglandins.

If given enough of the starting material (omega-6 LA and omega-3 LNA), the body can usually convert essential fatty acids into the derivatives and prostaglandins, but cannot convert prostaglandins and derivatives back into essential fatty acids again. Therefore, the essential fat-rich oils are an important function in this regard.

I recommend that one first lays down a proper foundation. Then, if there remains specific problems (such as premenstrual syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis) that are not addressed by an optimum intake of essential fat-rich, properly balanced, organically grown, freshly made, properly packaged, and properly used oils, add EPA and DHA to this foundation.

I prefer toro (belly) sushi from albacore (white) tuna as my source of EPA and DHA. Salmon, mackerel, sardines, and rainbow trout are other good sources. You may find further benefits from eating such fish. Most people will not need them, but they may help a small percentage of the population.

I prefer eating fish to swallowing fish oil capsules because of the processing damage that occurs in fish oils. Fish oils are very difficult to work with. The "fishy" flavor of encapsulated oils or cod liver oil is actually rancidity. Fresh fish does not have this taste or smell. I also have concerns about fish liver oils. They are most likely to contain (and concentrate) highly toxic industrial chemicals such as PCBs.

Are other GLA, EPA, and DHA-containing oils compatible with your blend?

All oils are compatible with one another.

The information provided is meant for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.
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