Last updated: November 23rd, 2019
It was 10:45 PM inside Whole Foods. The grocery store was just about to close. I was shopping the supplement aisle looking for my favorite magnesium citrate capsules. I couldn’t find my usual magnesium citrate. Then I stumbled across Udo’s Oil 369 Blend…
I immediately thought about how a friend had absolutely praised Udo’s Oil as basically a “godsend” (his words, not mine).
He told me Udo’s oil was great, and encouraged me to try a bottle for myself.
While I normally do my own online research before buying nutritional supplements, this time, I made a rare impulse buy.
Into the shopping cart Udo’s Oil went.
While Udo’s Oil 369 is definitely a high-quality blend of oils, I’m having a tough time finding anything praiseworthy about it.
This review article is a quick and dirty breakdown of why I think most health-conscious humans would probably be better off buying something with more noticeable health benefits than Udo’s Oil 369 Blend.
Udo’s Oil 369 Blend introduction
Udo’s Oil 369 Blend is a combination of plant-based omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids.
To put it simply, people generally supplement with Udo’s to get a daily dose of healthy fatty acids.
Udo’s has been a hot topic of conversation in the vegan community over the past few years, mainly because long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are a critical “missing link” in the vegan diet.
So the question is:
Does Udo’s Oil actually help to replenish the long-chain omega-3s that are an important missing factor in the typical vegan diet?
Well, the type of omega-3 found in Udo’s is mostly α-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is the short-chain variety of omega-3.
Udo’s Oil 369 Blend contains 5g of ALA omega-3s and just 103 mg of DHA & EPA omega-3s (not nearly enough of the “good” omega-3s)
Vegans already get more than enough ALA from the typical vegan diet.
“Vegetarian and especially vegan diets supply more linoleic acid (18:2n-6) than omnivore diets.”~ Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids (PLEFA)
What’s more concerning is that humans may have a limited ability to synthesize ALA into EPA and DHA, which are the far more important long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs in order to function properly.
“I agree that we need more research on the significance of those lower blood levels of DHA in vegans, and also on the effects and potential benefits of DHA/EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, another long-chain omega-3 fatty acid) supplements for vegans.”~ Ginny Messina, MPH, RD
To add to the confusion around Udo’s – omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids are already extremely common in the typical American diet, regardless of whether you’re a vegan, omnivore or carnivore.
“Most of us, however, get way too much omega-6s in the American diet—as much as 14 to 25 times more omega-6 than omega-3s—as they’re abundant in popular cooking oils (soybean, sunflower, peanut, corn and canola oils). In fact, it is estimated that Americans obtain almost 20 percent of their total calories from a single source… soybean oil!”~ University Health News
“Unlike the 3s and 6s, omega 9 fatty acids are not considered essential fatty acids because our bodies can make omega-9s in small amounts. Omega-9s are used by the body when the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are not readily present.”~ University Health News
After conducting my usual thorough (albeit late) online research, it’s clear I shouldn’t have spontaneously bought Udo’s Oil 369 Blend from Whole Foods on that late night shopping spree.
There’s simply no compelling reason to have this particular blend of oils in your diet.
With that said, I’ve still been supplementing with Udo’s for a few weeks now. One tablespoon per 50 lbs. of body weight. Which means at least three tablespoons of Udo’s per day in my case.
So I’ll continue to give my honest review on this product regardless.
I want to help you make the smartest buying decision possible here.
Mystic Future’s review of Udo’s Oil 369 Blend
I’ve been pretty good about consuming Udo’s regularly over the last few weeks.
I’ve been following the “Suggested Use” instructions printed clearly on the glass bottle’s label.
“Take 1 tbsp. or more a day with meals (up to 1 tbsp. per 50 lb. of body weight per day).”~ Udo’s Oil 369 Blend
I’ve been taking 3 tablespoons of Udo’s per day, as per Udo’s instructions.
I fast throughout the day, and mainly eat at night. So I’ve been gulping down a few tablespoons of Udo’s whenever I happen to be eating (usually in the evening time).
Udo’s tastes perfectly fine to me. It’s rich and nutty. I don’t mind it at all. I’m not a picky food reviewer.
I’ll eat almost anything as long as it’s healthy.
The problem is I can’t tell if Udo’s is actually healthy or not.
I know Udo’s is a high-quality blend of organic oils. I’m not doubting that.
I’m just a bit skeptical of the health benefits of the ALA variety of omega-3 fatty acids blended with the totally unnecessary omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids.
I’m also very sensitive to changes in my body, and I don’t feel any health benefits from taking Udo’s.
For example, when I was deficient in vitamin D this winter, and started supplementing with 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 every day, I felt an enormous difference in my well-being.
I’ve also felt an amazing difference after supplementing with zinc, magnesium citrate, fresh royal jelly, bee propolis and various other nutritional supplements.
With Udo’s Oil 369 Blend, the health benefits just aren’t there in my case.
Or if the health benefits are there, they’re too insignificant for me to notice.
To be fair, it’s not like I hold the universal opinion on Udo’s. Many people have reported feeling positive health benefits from taking Udo’s. So I’d like to make it clear that many people claim to experience positive health benefits after supplementing with Udo’s. I’m just not one of those people.
Udo’s Oil 369 Blend alternatives
As you can probably tell by now, I believe Udo’s Oil 369 Blend is a good product for what it is:
A high-quality blend of organic oils that most people probably don’t need to be supplementing with.
Udo’s simply isn’t a necessary nutritional supplement in the vast majority of cases.
If you’re vegan, and you’re searching for a clean plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, your best bet is to go with an omega-3 supplement containing a significant quantity of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Remember, DHA and EPA are the types of omega-3s that your body actually needs.
MaryRuth Organics Omega-3-6-7-9 is a great example of a vegan-friendly omega-3 gummy vitamin that contains EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. As an added bonus, this vitamin contains omega 6, 7 and 9 as well. So this particular gummy vitamin works out to be a perfect alternative to Udo’s Oil 369 Blend.
Here’s another great option if you’re OK with eating fish:
Nordic Naturals Omega 3 is commonly known as one of the highest-quality sources of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids available. Sourced directly from purified deep sea fish oil. It’s great stuff.
And lastly, I’ll leave you with one final option.
The reason I’m recommending Carlson Labs Omega-3 is because it’s so easy and delicious to drink fish oil when it comes in liquid lemon flavor. This option is by far the easiest and most reliable method for getting your EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. It’s clearly not vegan. But, drinking Carlson Labs is a surefire way to ensure you’re getting high-quality long-chain omega-3s that your body needs in order to function properly. I don’t know about you, but I definitely value my cognitive health, and need to be able to think clearly in order to work, live and play!
So please make sure you’re getting the right kind of omega-3s (EPA and DHA) – and invest in a quality source of fatty acids today!
While Udo’s is a good product for what it is (high-quality oils), most people simply don’t need to take this particular supplement for any reason.
I’m sure I’ll get some heat from the Udo’s team for writing this article.
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