Thursday, December 18, 2008



Words, Judith Ecochard

Viviscal MAX and Hemp Oil’s Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids

We are like a deer in headlights when it comes to the gazillions of over-the-counter products that claim to improve and restore our hair and skin.

And call it ‘hope in a jar’ now available---but it seems like every week there is a new cream, lotion, serum, or mask (skin/hair) that’s costs plenty---hitting the market.

It got us thinking…what we ingest has got to be as important, if not more critical to a quest for eternal youth than anything we can slap on our locks and visage.

Viviscal MAX is a natural nutritional supplement that got a major buzz when the flaxen hair beauty, actress Gywneth Paltrow ‘fessed up to the wonders of taking these tablets. Allure and Vogue magazines have had clips on the supplement too.

Made with an exclusive AminoMar C Marine Complex that provides the essential proteins needed to decrease hair loss and encourage and strengthen existing hair growth…Viviscal Max is aimed at thinning hair.

We have been faithfully taking two regular strength tabs (Viviscal Max comes in extra strength too)---for a month now.

And yes, as skeptical as we usually are, we noticed a difference in how fast our hair seems to have grown these past four weeks.

RETAIL: Online at many, many sites including Amazon.

The benefits of ingesting Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids have been widely reported and documented…(we got 318,000 results on Google when we searched “Omega Three Benefits alone).

Many legit medical reports deem Omega-3 and Omega-6 vital (and FYI it’s not manufactured by the body---it has to be ‘eaten”) ---because it helps reduce inflammation and helps prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Plus, these essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to play a crucial role in brain functions. So that’s the cure for senior moments?

That’s terrific news…but we are ADDITIONALLY jazzed that at least one type of Omega-3- alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)---has been cited as really REALLY beneficial for healthy skin too.

It reminds us of our journey to Alaska…where we curiously noticed how the hard core smokiin’ and drinkin’ salmon fishermen seem to have the nicest skin…courtesy of their catch, we presumed.

And wild salmon is loaded with Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

For the mercury phobic…and for those of us sick of unfulfilled promises of facial products---hemp oil and crunchy hemp seeds are a natural nutraceutical way to get the Omega-3s and 6s we need…and is better than flaxseed too.

And no---you cannot get a buzz from the stuff.

We feel one brand- Manitoba Harvest™ Hemp & Food Oils, offers the freshest and finest, (pesticide free or organic!!!) quality hemp food products available in the USA (where growing hemp is a no-no).

It’s nice to know Manitoba Harvest pays its farmers fairly and that the seeds contain no funky Genetically Engineered Modified Organisms. Founders Mike Fata, Alex Chwaiewsky and Martin Moravcik care enough.

For us, we nibble (3 tbsps) on the crunchy shelled hemp seeds- that are akin to sesame seeds-and can be sprinkled on vegetables, salads etc.

Hemp Seed Butter, Seed Oil and Milk (can use instead of the dairy stuff in coffee) are all packed with the good stuff too.

And that’s a good thing.