Udo's FAQs

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

How much Udo’s Oil should I take?

We recommend one dessertspoon for every 25kg of body weight per day to get optimum benefit. It’s best to start with one spoon and build up to your optimum amount. A small number of people can feel a little nausea as the body adjusts, so if this happens, reduce the amount you take and build up gradually.  Most people need a little more in winter than summer.

 

Can the oil be added to hot foods? 

The oil can be added to most foods at serving temperature.

 

Can I cook with the oil?

Avoid cooking or frying as this damages the delicate structure of the oils and greatly reduces their nutritional benefits.

 

How long can Udo's Oil be left out of the fridge?

Our instruction is to make sure it is stored in the fridge. Stability tests have shown that there is no change/loss in stability for 3 days out of fridge. To get the longest life for the oil, this needs to be in the fridge. 

 

What is the shelf life of Udo's Oil?

Unopened - 12 months if refrigerated, up to 2 years if frozen and 8 weeks once opened.

 

Can I take Udo's Oil while Pregnant and Breastfeeding?

Yes.

How much Udo’s Oil should a woman take while nursing?

The recommendation for pregnant women and new mothers is 1 tablespoon per 25kg of weight. While pregnant, as your weight increases with the growth of the baby, your need for essential fats will increase. 

  

Is Udo's Oil suitable for children and babies?

Yes, Udo’s Oil can be given to babies over six months old, preferably mixed in food , starting with a teaspoonful, and increase with age as follows:

1-3 years - 2 tsp

3-10 years - 1 Tbsp

10 yrs and up - the full 2 Tbsp

 

How do I know I’m getting the right amount?

Your body is intelligent. It knows its own hierarchy when it comes to your health and prioritises your most vital organs. Heart and Brain are high on the list and will be first to take what they need from your oil. After your vital organs and glands are satisfied then come your joints and all soft tissue. Next, your skin, the outermost organ. When you feel your skin becoming smooth and velvety soft, then you can be sure the rest of the vital cells everywhere in your body are getting the optimum amount of Udo’s Oil. You’ll feel the difference.

 

Is Udo’s Oil considered a raw food?

Yes it is. Minimal heat is involved in its pressing, no enzymes are destroyed and it is not pasteurised at all.

 

Does Udo's Oil lower Cholesterol? How long will it take?

Omegas alone can help lower cholesterol, but only slightly. It’s phytosterols that block absorption and re-absorption of cholesterol from the gut, lowering levels by up to 25%. Unlike most other supplementary oils, Udo’s Oil contains a rich 65mg per tablespoon, an ample amount to help balance your cholesterol levels. The length of time it takes to notice results depends on your starting level but is usually 3-4 months. 

 

It’s high in fat, will it make me fat? Is it ok for my heart?

The oil blend has a reputation for reducing weight, particularly if related to fluid retention. EFA’s slow down digestion (a good thing) so we absorb more from the foods we eat. Udo recommends the oil is best taken with green foods as we will absorb more nutrients. If, however, the oil is taken together with carbohydrates, starches and sugars, we will absorb more and may increase weight rather than reduce weight. The golden rule is – take with green foods to reduce weight, or take with carbohydrates and starch to help gain weight. The fats in Udo’s Choice are the good fats which increase bad fat burn-off, which is good for both, heart and waistline.

  

Omega 3 - Fish versus Plant source; which is better?

The Omega-3 EFA in the Udo’s oil is transformed by the body into the EPA and DHA as it needs it. Omega-3 in seeds is more stable, less processed and the body has better metabolic control over the transformation process. These EFA’s are readily available in fish oil. Fish oils are faster acting. The other concern with many fish oils on the market is that they may go rancid very fast. As well fish oils may contain high levels of mercury and other toxic metals.

 

How is Omega-3 used by the body? What about conversion of omega 3 to EPA and DHA?

Half of the Omega-3 intake gets burned for energy. 10-20% per day is converted into EPA/DHA, but this conversion depends, in part, on the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6. The conversion is slowed down by excess Omega-6 intake, so they need to be properly proportioned and balanced. The conversion may be hindered by a lack of nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and copper, B3, B6, Vitamin C and E.

Women convert Omega-3 to DHA/EPA better than men (36% vs. 16%) Conversion of Omega-3 to DHA also depends on how much DHA is already present in the body. 95-99% of the population does not get enough Omega-3, and what is not present cannot be converted. Saturated and trans-fatty acids can also hinder conversion.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 from organic seed oils are very easily used by the body. Taking all these variables into account makes it difficult to generalize but at minimum people are able to convert ALA to DHA at a rate of 2-5% and 5-10% for EPA. This means that one tbsp of Udo’s Oil, which has 6500mg of Omega-3, will give between 130 and 325mg DHA and 325-650mg of EPA.

 

GLA:

What is GLA?

Gamma Linolenic Acid – part of the breakdown of linoleic acid, or Omega-6.

 

In terms of the GLA content, is it possible to get too much GLA?

Almost impossible. There is only a minute amount of GLA in the blend, and since the body makes GLA from omega 6, you really cannot get too much from the oil. The omega 3 in the blend keeps everything in balance.

 

Udo's Choice Digestive Enzymes

Can the use of supplemental digestive enzymes cause the body to stop producing its own enzymes?

No.


Can one take enzymes during pregnancy? 

Yes.


Are Udo’s Digestive Enzymes vegan?

No, the enzymes are not vegan because they contain lactase and, in order to product lactase the aspergillus needs to be fed lactose. The vegan types won’t accept a product as vegan if any animal products are used in any part of the production, even though no trace of lactose is in the finished product.
What is the source of the maltodextrin in the blend? The maltodextrin in the enzymes comes from Non-GMO corn.

 

Udo's Choice Beyond Greens

Who is Beyond Greens suitable for?
People deficient in iodine, zinc, B12, vitamin K and iron

Suitable for breastfeeding & pregnant women

Suitable for athletes 

Not recommended to children under the age of 12 years – because of the high fibre content.


Is the product gluten free, organic and soy free?

Yes.
 

Udo's Choice Microbiotics

Who can take Microbiotics? 

With Udo’s Choice age specific microbiotic blends they are suitable for all the family. Also suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women and vegetarians.

Choose the right product below for your needs: 

Super 5 Lozenges, 1 Billion good bacteria, 5+ Years

Infant’s Blend Powder, 2 Billion good bacteria, 0-5 Years

Children’s Blend Capsules, 4 Billion good bacteria, 5-15 Years

Adult’s Blend Capsules, 12 Billion good bacteria, 16-65 Years

Advanced Adults Blend Capsules, 24 Billion good bacteria, 65+ Years

Super 8 Capsules, 42 Billion good bacteria, 5+ Years

Super 8 Gold Caspules, 102 Billion good bacteria, 18+ Years

 

When is the best time to take microbiotics?

Take just after food or with a full stomach.


Are they suitable to take during pregnancy & whilst Breastfeeding?

Yes.


How long can microbiotics survive out of the fridge?

Up to 4 weeks.


Why are the microbiotics plant based but not vegan?

The bacteria is cultivated using lactose as part of the process therefore they contain lactose & are not vegan.


Why do I feel more bloated after starting microbiotics?

That gas, bloating and stomach cramping you may be experiencing (some even report “flu like” symptoms) is a scientific phenomenon: The Herxheimer Reaction or, sometimes known as it, “herx” or “herxing.” When your body is experiencing high doses of good bacteria they’re paving the way for a healthy atmosphere for further good bacteria colonization. The bad bacteria (the ones that are giving you systemic inflammation, poor digestion and flared up skin) can’t live in this environment so they all die off. This mass die off of bad bacteria causes a high release of toxins. Before those toxins can be detoxed from the body, gas and inflammation levels rise.