When I was asked if I would like to try a product from Nutrition Centre, Viridian Clear Skin Omega Oil*, I couldn’t say no. This oil sounded great for my breakout prone skin and I was really interested to know whether it would help my skin look better.
If you haven’t heard of Viridian Nutrition before, they are the leading brand of ethical vitamins and now offer over 180+ award-winning products which include vitamins, minerals, herbs, nutritional oils, speciality supplements, tinctures and balms, all formulated to be as pure and simple as possible, avoiding all the nasties. Their products contain organic ingredients with no nasty additives and what’s more, they use minimum packaging all made from recycled or recyclable materials.
Viridian Clear Skin Omega Oil ingredients
Each 5ml teaspoon of omega oil typically provides:
- Organic Golden Flaxseed Oil 79%
- Organic Perilla Seed Oil 7%
- Organic Avocado Oil 4%
- Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil 3%
- Organic Rosehip Seed Oil 2%
- Organic Argan Oil 2%
- Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil 1%
- Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil 1%
- Organic Blackcurrant Seed Oil 0.5%
- Organic Elderberry Seed Oil 0.5%
This provides you with:
- Omega 3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid) 50%
- Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid) 18%
- Omega 9 (Oleic Acid) 18%
- Omega 7 (Palmitoleic Acid) 0.65%
Benefits of Omega 3, 6 and 9
Omega oils or essential fatty acids (polyunsaturated fats) are essential to your body and your body cannot make them so you need to get them from food. Sources of essential fatty acids include oils such as flax, pumpkin, sunflower; nuts, meat, fish and dairy. EFAs are converted to prostaglandins series one and three (substances acting like hormones), which can lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, improve the function of your nervous and immune systems, help insulin work, support your vision, coordination, support your skin cell membranes and nourish your brain (1).
EFAs are vital for healthy skin (and hair) and if you don’t consume enough of these essential nutrients your skin will suffer, resulting in a dry, flaky and dull skin. There are also other signs of essential fatty acid deficiency such as dandruff, dull nails and stiff or painful joints.
Most of the people get enough of omega 6 fats from their diet, but when it comes to omega 3 fatty acids many people don’t get enough. Western diets tend to be deficient in omega 3 fatty acids and have excessive amounts of omega 6 fatty acids which promote a development of disease (2). A lower ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids is better for your health as it is associated with decreased risk of certain diseases.
Vegetarians who don’t eat fish or seafood are at risk of essential fatty acid deficiencies and they need to get their healthy fats from vegetarian sources which may prove difficult for some.
Viridian Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil review
Viridian Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil is a blend of organic oils containing 100% active ingredients, suitable for vegetarians. It’s recommended to take two to three teaspoons of a blend a day, preferably with food. One bottle (200ml) will provide you with around 40 teaspoons – I’ve been taking 2-3 teaspoons of oil a day, as recommended, sometimes only one and this lasted me around a month.
I’ve been adding omega oil to my porridge, salads and smoothies. It does have quite a strong flavour so if you add it to your porridge, for example, add only one teaspoon otherwise the flavour will be overpowering. I think one of the best ways to consume it is by adding it to salads. Never heat it up or put it in a hot soup as you will destroy all the benefit of it.
Within a few days after I started taking it I saw an improvement in my skin. My skin felt softer and looked healthier which I was really happy about. During the whole month that I was taking it, I was definitely getting fewer breakouts (essential fatty acids act anti-inflammatory). However, I still got some hormonal breakouts which I am not sure whether you can really prevent? I always get them at that time of the month, no matter what supplements I take!
I do believe that Viridian Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil helped my skin look healthier but you have to understand that there are also other factors which affect your skin’s health. If you really want to have an amazing skin, you should also avoid sugar, drink lots of water and possibly take probiotics (healthy gut is important for skin health too). You should also be aware that dairy could be the cause of your skin breakouts, so try to eliminate it and see whether it makes any difference.
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*PR sample, kindly provided by Nutrition Centre, my honest opinions always provided