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Xtend-life's Omega 3 QH Ultra

My Summary

Xtend-life make one of the purest fish oils you can find. This version also contains the active form of co-enzyme Q10 (ubiquinol), along with astaxanthin and lycopene which are powerful antioxidants. This was the supplement which got me converted onto xtend-life's supplements and is the fish oil I currently take.

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Why I use it

I use this particular fish oil for numerous reasons. In part this is to do with the quality and purity of the product, and in part to do with the choice of ingredients and the additional benefits they bring. And I've found it works out to be better value to get these ingredients in one product that to try and get them separately.

A key concern with any fish oil you take should be both the purity and the levels of DHA it provides. Sadly, because of polluted waters many fish contain toxins. These get stored in the fats of the fish and it's not a good idea for these to end up in your supplements.

Xtend-life use sustainably sourced fish. One of these is the hoki fish which live in the Southern Ocean off New Zealand. Thanks to ocean currents this remains one of the cleanest waters on earth. They combine this with concentrated tuna oil processed for purity. And xtend-life don't process the oils with hexane (a harmful chemical) like many other oils are processed. Xtend-life's fish oil ends up being far cleaner than the industry standards for fish oil purity. I feel this is important.

DHA is the most valuable component of fish oil. DHA stands for Docosahexaenoic Acid and is a type of omega 3 oil which you can't find in plants. This oil contains high levels of DHA along with the benefits of the full spectrum hoki oil which comes in the form of natural triglycerides. The tuna oil is in the form of concentrated esters. It's interesting to compare the labels of fish oils for DHA (and EPA) content.

Here are the other ingredients:

  • Ubiquinol. This is the active form of Co-enzyme Q10. Most Q10 supplements use ubiquinone, which is the non-active form. Ubiquinol is a more potent antioxidant as it has more electrons to give to free radicals. Co-enzyme Q10 is not only an antioxidant but is also involved in metabolism. CoQ10 levels decrease with age which make supplementation potentially more important. There is some mixed evidence that CoQ10 can help with aerobic exercise performance.
  • Astaxanthin. This is a powerful antioxidant. It is a type of carotenoid known as a xanthophyll. Unlike some other carotenoids and carotenes we don't convert astaxantin into vitamin A in the body. It is helpful for vision, managing healthy inflammation and supporting recovery from exercise.
  • Lycopene. Lycopene is especially beneficial in protecting cell membranes from the effects of free radicals. Lycopene deficiency is related to a number of health problems and pathologies.

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