Quite often, I ask someone to confirm what supplement items they are taking so I can assess something or answer a query, and I find they have swapped one recommended to one they found on sale somewhere. I don’t blame them at all, let’s face it, we all want to save money where we can, but I just wanted to point out that not all supplements are the same by a long chalk (think calcium carbonate – which actually IS chalk! – see what I did there? :))
Anyway, here’s a case in point for you. Let’s take the Omegas recommended in your Barrier Plan. Most people would take a fish oil supplement. So why have I recommended a mixed fatty acid – this one contains Omegas 3 (the fish), 6, 7 and 9? Quite simply because all types of fatty acid have different benefits.
Here’s a quote I read today which illustrates why I chose to advise a product that includes omegas 7 and 9 from sea buckthorn oil:
Omega 7 preferentially supports mucous membrane regeneration and moisture and is thus especially beneficial for any clinical conditions affecting the mucosal linings. Mucous membranes cover the linings of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinogenital tracts and inner linings of the eyes. These membranes play an important barrier function against environmental pathogens, toxins and allergens.
Source: Babi Chana, Sea Buckthorn Oil. ND newsletter Oct 12
So, it is important to ensure these special fatty acids and not simply go for the – albeit brilliantly anti-inflammatory – fish oils all the time.
The vast majority of people actually can’t break down and utilise the fatty acids either because they lack enough lipase enzyme to do so. I would dearly love to be able to find a TGF safe enzyme product for you that gives direct lipase, but have drawn a blank so far there. Remember our problems with enzymes here?! However, that is why I recommend you test your stomach acid and take the DiPan 9 if you suspect a lack of absorption too. Doing both will ensure you take the right ones and absorb them.
You do also need to take enough. When I looked at the research of how to get the various benefits from the essential fatty acids we need for barrier healing, it took me ages to work out how much was required to actually do that. This is why I have given you a recommended dosage that changes depending on your weight.
So, promise, I am not just choosing products willy-nilly; a lot of thought, skill, expertise and research does go into it, even if I do make it all seem so simple!