Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend FAQs

Your questions about Udo's Oil® 3·6·9 Blend, essential fatty acids, and other fats and oils answered

THE PRODUCT BASICS:

What is Udo's Oil® 3·6·9 Blend?

Our multiple award-winning Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend is a mix of plant-based, unrefined, certified organic food oils. It provides people who care about health with a reliable, undamaged source of polyunsaturated omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids (or EFAs) and monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids, which are all excellent sources of energy, fat-soluble vitamins and other key nutrients, and are important components of all membranes of the trillions of cells in the body.

Why are carefully made EFAs important for health?

Some of the greatest health concerns facing the Western diet today are the prevalence of omega-3 deficiency (99% of the population), the overabundance of industrial, highly-refined vegetable oils (mostly omega-6) in our food supply, and the toxic damage from processing and food preparation to which both these sensitive polyunsaturated oils are commonly subjected.(1,3,4)

What makes Udo's Oil® 3·6·9 Blend so special?

Udo’s pioneering work in the field of ‘good fats’ started in the 1980s. To make this oil blend ‘with health in mind’, we designed special machinery that excludes light, oxygen, and heat, the three factors that turn healthy EFA-rich oils into unhealthy, toxic ones.(4,5,6) This is also why you will always find Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend in a brown glass bottle, in a protective box, in the cooler of the supplement or produce section of your local natural foods store or supermarket. Instead of packaging our fresh, carefully made oils in plastic — which comes with health concerns — we chose to package Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend in glass. And, because we understand the critical role a balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 plays in health, we blended Udo’s Oil with a ratio of 2:1.  No other company makes oils with the same level of care we do.

Who is Udo's Oil® 3·6·9 Blend specifically designed for?

EFAs are required for health and normal development at all stages of the human life cycle, which means this oil blend is made for everyone. EFAs support the natural functioning of cells, tissues, glands, and organs and, as a result, support healthy cardiovascular, brain and nerve function, and much more. It is also designed for anyone who:



  • is not getting enough undamaged EFAs — especially omega-3s — from whole foods;

  • consumes too many damaged omega-6s;

  • is vegan or leans toward a plant-based diet;

  • wants to get a wider, more complete range of unrefined fat/oil sources into their diet;

  • values environmentally-sustainable sources of unsaturated healthy fats/oils;

  • is concerned about the questions of efficacy, toxicity, and/or sustainability surrounding fish oil pill sources of omega-3s;

  • suffers from dry skin;

  • is experiencing omega-3 or omega-6 deficiency symptoms.*


In addition to addressing the above needs, the DHA version of Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend was also designed for anyone who would benefit from added DHA in their diet, including pregnant and breast-feeding women, aging adults, and people seeking additional cognitive function support and eye health support;


The High Lignan version of Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend was designed for anyone who is looking for more dietary sources of antioxidants, natural substances which may delay or prevent some of the potential damaging effects of oxidation on human cells.


The gel capsule form of the original oil blend was designed specifically for anyone who is traveling and/or on-the-go and requires a ‘maintenance’ supplement of omega fats that does not require refrigeration, or people who are particularly averse to taking oils (as an alternative to the liquid form). Keep in mind that you would have to take 14 capsules to get the equivalent of what one tablespoon of the liquid form would provide.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Not intended as medical advice.

What are the key ingredients in Udo's Oil® 3·6·9 Blend?

The key ingredients in this proprietary blend include organic flax, sesame, and sunflower seed oils, organic coconut and evening primrose oils, organic rice and oat germ oils, and mixed tocopherols (including vitamin E).


The DHA version includes plant-based preformed DHA omega-3s, derived from algae (where the fish get it from). The High Lignan version includes antioxidant-rich lignans.


The cloudy layer in the oil is common with unrefined oils, where natural and health-supporting molecules are preserved, rather than being filtered out. To make the most of their benefits, gently shake the bottle before each use.


We deliberately formulated Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend to be richer in omega-3s than omega-6s to address the widespread omega-3 deficiency in most people’s diets and to replace the damaged omega-6s that are overabundant in Western diets.(7)

How do I use Udo's Oil® 3·6·9 Blend for maximum benefit?

For best results: Take 1 tablespoon or more per day, mixed into foods or blended into smoothies, with intake spread out over the course of the day. For optimal benefits, take about 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of body weight per day. An adult weighing 150 pounds would take about 3 tablespoons per day, and a child weighing 25 pounds would take about ½ a tablespoon per day. This recommendation applies to all three of the Udo’s Oil 3·6·9 Blend formulas (the original, DHA, and High Lignan).


Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend should never be used for high-heat cooking such as frying, sauteéing, etc. Instead, use it for salad dressings, add it to smoothies, and mix it into other uncooked foods throughout the day, or mix it into cooked foods after they have been removed from heat sources, such as with soups, grains, pastas, steamed vegetables, etc. Visit our recipes page for our newest Udo’s Oil® recipe ideas.


For Udo’s Oil 3·6·9 Blend in capsule form, take 2 capsules three times a day with meals. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place.

How do I best store Udo's Oil® 3·6·9 Blend for maximum freshness?

All three of the Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend formulas (in liquid form) are perishable, just like other healthy but perishable fresh foods. Opened or unopened, always keep Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend refrigerated. Once opened, use the oil within 2 months. To extend shelf life, store Udo’s Oil® in the freezer for up to 2 years. You can also refreeze an opened bottle of oil to keep it fresher longer without damaging the oil or breaking the glass bottle (oil does not expand when frozen).


Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend capsules do not require refrigeration. Once opened, use the capsules within a year.



 

NUTRITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

What are essential fatty acids and what do they do?

EFAs are responsible for vital biological functions such as cell growth and division, cell-to-cell communication, gene expression, eicosanoid hormone production, and many more.(1,2) The body can make almost all the fatty acids it needs from other nutrients but lacks the enzymes required to synthesize either omega-3 or omega-6 essential fatty acids and therefore must obtain them directly from the diet, hence the name ‘essential’.(3) Anytime you hear that a nutrient — in this case fatty acids — is ‘essential’, this is what it means.

What is DHA?

Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, and retina. It is one of the two fatty acids that are essential for health (omega-6 is the other) and therefore must be acquired through the diet or supplements. The safest and most sustainable source of DHA is algae (where the fish get it from), which is why we choose to use that specific plant-based source of DHA for our Udo’s Oil DHA 3·6·9 Blend. We believe it is, all-around, the most health-supporting form of DHA.

What are lignans?

Lignans are a group of chemical compounds that form the building blocks of plant cell walls. Some examples of lignans are pinoresinol, podophyllotoxin, and steganacin. They are commonly found in plant-based foods such as flaxseeds, sesame and pumpkin seeds, and rye. In addition to being antioxidant-rich, lignans contain powerful agents that have been found to be anticancer, heart health-supporting, and they contain phytoestrogens that help regulate the body’s estrogen production, among some of their potential health benefits.*



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Not intended as medical advice.


 

SAFETY AND DIETARY RESTRICTIONS:

Is Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend certified organic?

Yes, all three of the Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blends (the original, DHA, and High Lignan) are third-party certified organic.

Is Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend plant-based (vegan-friendly)?

Yes! All three Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blends (the original, DHA, and High Lignan) satisfy the specific needs and concerns of dietary vegans and strict vegetarians and other concerns of health conscious consumers. Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend is:



  • 100% plant-based (fish-free and dairy-free)

  • Pressed from certified organic seeds and other organic oil sources

  • Unrefined

  • Gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher

  • Considered a ‘raw’ food (not cooked at any point during processing)

  • Bottled in dark brown glass and paper box (health- and environmentally-friendly)

  • Derived from sustainable sources


I have a sensitivity to gluten. Can I take Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend?

Yes! All three Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blends (the original, DHA, and High Lignan) meet the established US guidelines for a gluten-free product. Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend is also:



  • 100% Plant-based (fish-free and dairy-free)

  • Pressed from certified organic seeds and other organic oil sources

  • Unrefined

  • Non-GMO, kosher

  • Considered a ‘raw’ food (not cooked at any point during processing)

  • Bottled in dark brown glass and paper box (health- and environmentally-friendly)

  • Derived from sustainable sources


Is Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend non-GMO?

Yes! All three Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blends (the original, DHA, and High Lignan) meet the established US guidelines for a non-GMO product. Udo’s Oil® 3·6·9 Blend is also:



  • 100% Plant-based (fish-free and dairy-free)

  • Pressed from certified organic seeds and other organic oil sources

  • Unrefined

  • Gluten-free, kosher

  • Considered a ‘raw’ food (not cooked at any point during processing)

  • Bottled in dark brown glass and paper box (health- and environmentally-friendly)

  • Derived from sustainable sources


Can I give my dog or cat Udo's Oil?

Many people who use Udo’s Oil for themselves, also add Udo’s Oil to their pet’s food. The most common reports we’ve received from pet owners doing this is better skin, hair, and nails; increased energy; and improved joint health.


REFERENCES



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  2. Kaur N, Chugh V, Gupta AK. Essential fatty acids as functional components of foods- a review. J Food Sci Technol. 2014 Oct; 51(10): 2289-303. doi: 10.1007/s13197-012-0677-0. Epub 2012 Mar 21.

  3. Simopoulos AP, Bourne PG, Faergeman O. Bellagio report on healthy agriculture, healthy nutrition, healthy people. Nutrients. 2013 Feb 5; 5(2): 411-23.

  4. Frankel, EN. Lipid Oxidation, Second Edition. The Oily Press, Bridgwater, UK, 2005.

  5. Choe E, Min DB. Mechanisms and Factors for Edible Oil Oxidation. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. 2006; Vol 5: 169-186.

  6. Arab-Tehrany E, Jacquot M, Gaiani C, Desobry S, Linder M. Beneficial effects and oxidative stability of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Trends in Food Science and Technology. 2012; 25, 24–33.

  7. Lunn J and Theobald H. The health effects of dietary unsaturated fatty acids. Nutrition Bulletin. 2006; 31: 178-224.


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