The more I learn about multivitamins and other nutrient-packed daily pills, the more skeptical I become of them.
Based on my conversations with nutritionists, I’ve learned that there’s nothing better than real foods when it comes to getting the stuff that your body needs. I’ve loved brands like Gem, which make real food multivitamins, but wondered what else might be out there to explore.
So when I first heard Cymbiotika, I was incredibly curious. Their dietary supplements are based on “bioavailable absorption technology,” also using real ingredients to bring their customers the best, often in the form of oils added to drinking water. They asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a bottle of one of their products, and I jumped at the chance to see what they were all about.
Cymbiotika is a new kind of wellness brand, making their products with high-quality, plant-based ingredients that are readily absorbed by the body. Each of their supplements is designed to help with specific nutrient deficiencies. Their products including powerful vitamin C-boosters, sleep tonics and so much more, but I was sent their “The Omega” boasting all kinds of unique health benefits tied to the inclusion of omega-3s.
While fish and other seafoods are one of the most popular sources of omega-3s (think the fish oil pills your older relatives might take for heart health), The Omega is completely plant-based, getting its nutrients primarily from different forms of algae. Thanks to that, it also contains to heavy metals, unlike fish-based products.
I could be here all day discussing all of the health claims that Cymbiotika ties to this product, but among them are protection from UV damage to skin, brain health support, improvement of mental focus, hormone balancing and healthy aging. That’s on top of the things omega-3s are best known for, including lowering blooth pressure and decreasing the risk for heart disease.
It does all of this while being free of chemicals, animal products, GMOs, soy, gluten, corn, nuts, yeast, sugars and preservatives. On top of its nutrient-dense plant ingredients, it also includes organic coconut oil, monk fruit and lemon oil, which provide additional health benefits as well as great taste.
It comes in a UV-protected 2 oz. bottle, containing about 30 servings, and can be purchased in a recurring subscription for $63 a month, or through a one-time purchase for $72.
I was incredibly curious going into my first experience with The Omega. Knowing the formula was packed with omega-3s, I was worried it would taste fishy or like the ocean, simply because the ingredients were derived from seaweed. I started by removing the protective cap from the bottle and squirting the recommended eight pumps into a glass of water, resulting in the vibrant orange oil to float on the top of my water. Even after stirring vigorously with a spoon, I found that I had a hard time getting the oil droplets to disperse, so after a moment, I decided it was time to take the plunge.
I took my first sip, and found myself pleasantly surprised. Rather than tasting salty or fish-like, it just made my water taste like I’d squeezed some lemon juice into it. It also lacked any oily texture, to my delight. In fact, it made my water easier to drink than plain water right out of the dispenser, and I drank it down happily.
Over time, I experimented more with it I found that the stuff never upset my stomach, even if it was the first thing I had in the morning before eating anything. I enjoyed pouring it into water in addition to Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier mix to give that electrolyte drink a more tart taste. I got even better results when I decided to pump The Omega straight into a bottle of water and shake it well to distribute the stuff (though you’ll want to clean the bottle thoroughly after doing this because it leaves plenty of residue). The brand also recommends mixing it into dressing, smoothies or yogurt, but I haven’t quite gone that far with it.
Of course, The Omega is about more than simple taste. While it’s tough to say whether the mixture is giving me better mental clarity, or improving my heart health, I have to say I’ve felt pretty physically healthy since I’ve started drinking it. I also have a history of heart disease in my family, so it’s never too early to start taking preventative measures—especially when they’re as refreshing as this.
I’m not going to skirt around the fact that Cymbiotika’s products don’t come cheap. They’re definitely high-end, using new technologies and unique ingredients you can’t find anywhere else, which is why they charge a premium. That means they won’t be fore everyone, but if you have the money and the curiosity, I think they’re worth trying.
I personally wouldn’t pay $72 for a month’s worth of tasty lemon flavoring for my water, but I do care enough about my future health to make that kind of investment. At the same time, I’m not sure how long I’ve have to take it to see results measurable in a lab in regards to my heart health, or even if that would happen. It’s definitely a brand I’ll be keeping my eye on, and if they ever have a product that helps a deficiency I do have, I can see myself giving it a try.
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