Product Review: Barlean’s Fresh Catch Signature Fish Oil Product Name: Barlean’s Fresh Catch Signature Fish Oil Product Type: Natural Health Food Ingredients: Salmon Meal, Wheat Germ Meal, Sunflower Seed Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate (source of Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate (source of calcium), Salt, Potassium Chloride (natural source of chlorine), Sodium Selenite (natural source of selenium) Flavorings: Citric Acid Preservatives: None Color: Orange Size: 1.5 fl oz Weight per Fluid Ounce: 0.10 Quantity Per Package: 25 Price Per Packet (1 Package): $0.99
Description from Barlean’s Website
Barlean’s® Fresh Catch™ Signature Fish Oil is a high quality formulation containing Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for good health and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases.
The product contains no artificial colors or flavors. It is made with only natural ingredients and does not contain any preservatives. It comes in a convenient one ounce size, making it easy to take along when fishing.
Fish oil supplements are available at most grocery stores and health food stores. They come in many different forms including capsules, tablets, liquid drops and gels. Many of these products are more suitable for adults and do not have the pleasant taste and texture of Barlean’s Fresh Catch™.
Barleans Fresh Catch™ is easy to chew for children and palatable for adults. It does not contain any artificial colors or flavors and is available in a pleasant tasting orange flavor.
Barleans Fresh Catch™ is the only product of its kind that has received the prestigious P.A.T.R.I.O.T Award for superior quality and outstanding taste from the Institute of Nutraceutical Sciences.
The Product comes with…
– The award from the Institute of Nutraceutical Sciences
– A refreshing taste
– A convenient size for your pocket or bag
– 25 srengths: From 1000mg to 4200mg (1.2 teaspoons to 4.2 teaspoons)
– No Fishy Aftertaste
Side Effects: None!
No Artificial Colors or Flavors!
Sweetened Naturally with Xylitol!
Essential for Good Health!
Barlean’s is dedicated to providing only the highest quality, most beneficial, naturally sourced products. Our promise is to you, our customer, that we will continue to work to improve your health and well-being with the finest products nature has to offer.
Even the bottle is impressive.
You’d think by now you’d be immune to colorful labeling on supplement bottles. After all, you’ve been around the block a time or two when it comes to this stuff. You’ve seen the ridiculous claims (Rapid Tone Shark Tank pills!), the flashy packaging (QuickTrim), and the oversized bold text (ULTRA MAXX).
Most of these supplements even follow a familiar formula:
Step 1: Create an attention grabbing advertisement.
Step 2: Create a product that contains a bunch of useless ingredients.
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit!
Despite being jaded by years of this nonsense, you’re still surprised when you see the Barlean’s Fresh Catch fish oil bottle. You’ve heard some things about their company over the years, all of them positive. But seeing one of their products in person is different than just hearing about it online or in passing. This was a company that was not only dedicated to producing high quality supplements, but also made products that were genuinely good for you.
Even the bottle is impressively plain, with a basic label displaying just a picture of fish on front. No big words, no flashy claim. Just a picture of fish. It’s refreshing, in every sense of the word.
That’s why you buy it.
You take it home and immediately take your daily dose. As the product promised, it has a pleasant taste, nothing like the nasty, chalky pills you’ve had to choke down in the past. In fact, it’s so good you find yourself looking for more excuses to take it! Shortly after starting to take the fish oil pills, you start feeling a sense of mental clarity.
Small things start to come easier to you;you begin to lock onto patterns and mathematical equations that have long eluded you. At work, you find yourself gravitating towards the tasks you enjoy, and quickly become the go-to guy when a problem arises.
Things are really starting to look up for you!
However, not everything is perfect in your life. Your roommate is always complaining about something. One day it’s that his shoes were left in the wrong place, and another day it’s how the food you cook has too much salt. Whatever it is, he’s always complaining.
You find yourself wanting to just give him the middle finger and walk away, but you know that won’t end well. You’ve even tried to talk to him in a calm manner about it, but all that does is cause him to bring up misunderstandings that happened two months prior.
You don’t know what to do!
Ah heck, you think. I’m going to live my life and not let the little things bother me. I’m happy, and that’s what’s important…right?
There’s always going to be someone who wants to bring you down. You can either let it affect you, or you can continue doing what makes you happy.
What’s it going to be?
Years pass, and you find that your life has become more routine than you would like. You live alone now, having long since ended your ill-advised living situation with your roommate. It just led to too many arguments in the long run. You don’t even think about that guy anymore; you guess he just became another footnote in your past.
As for work, you’ve managed to move up in the company. You’re making enough money that you should be comfortable, if not a little bit wealthy by most people’s standards. You don’t do a whole lot with your money though; you’ve got basic needs and a few wants, so you just save whatever is left over.
As for your love life, well that’s basically non-existent. You go out on the occasional blind date set up by your family, but that’s about it. You don’t particularly mind though; it’s never been a huge priority to you. If it happens, then great, but you’re not going to lose sleep over it.
You like to think that you’ve come a long way since high school; most of your past issues seem so petty now. Yes, there’s times where you still get annoyed or angry about things, but nothing like how you used to be back then. You think back to your time in high school and wonder about a lot of the things that were important to you…
She went on to become some sort of doctor. You think she married some guy and is living somewhere in Canada now. You hope she’s doing okay, but you doubt you’ll ever find out.
Your former best friend?
He moved away shortly after you did, and you always felt bad that you didn’t at least help him move or say goodbye. You never could’ve imagined he’d die of a drug overdose like he did.
The high school bully?
His fate is perhaps the most tragic. He was killed in a drive-by shooting while he was walking home from school during his senior year.
You think about all these things and more as time passes, until it eventually fades away into the back of your mind where it’s forgotten.
Now you’re an adult, and you have to act like one…or at least try to.
Twenty years have passed, and things have gotten a bit stale. You’re sitting at your desk at work, looking through all the forms you need to fill out for the new hires. It’s always the same thing, and it’s one of the many things that has made you rethink your career choice.
Times have changed a lot since you started working here, and not necessarily for the better in your opinion. It almost feels like the fun has gone out of things.
When you first started working here, it was a lot different. Your boss was a lot more hands-on with everything, and there was a less severe crackdown on following the rules. Sure, there were times when things needed to be done correctly and all that, but back then if you saw something that needed doing, you did it, and the boss didn’t find out. He trusted you to do the right thing.
These days, if you so much stepped out of line, you’d get fired on the spot. It just isn’t fun working here anymore, and it makes you wonder why you even started in the first place. You always thought it was because you wanted to prove to yourself that you could make it on your own without your parents’ help, but maybe that was just an excuse.
You never really had a real reason; you just wanted to go to a new school and make new friends. It was an impulsive decision, and now you’re starting to regret it.
You’ve been thinking about changing careers for quite some time now, but what would you do?
You’ve got no real marketable skills except for maybe working with children, but having to deal with their parents most of the time tends to ruin that job.
You sigh, thinking that maybe you should just stick it out a little longer; it’s not like you have anything else lined up.
You glance at the clock and see that it’s almost 5 o’clock. Time sure does fly, and yet it’s dragging right now. You guess that’s what happens when you’re not enjoying your job anymore.
Right as you’ve given up on the day and officially resigned yourself to a miserable existence, your phone rings. You look at the caller ID, see that it’s your mom, and decide to let it go to voicemail. You’re in no mood to deal with her nagging right now.
But then you think, maybe she’s calling to apologize for her behavior the other day. You’re always hoping that one day she’ll get past her issues with you having a “dead-end job” and just be happy that you’re employed.
You debate whether to call her back or not when the phone rings again; this time it’s your sister. Again, you let it go to voicemail, and again, you wonder if she’s calling to apologize.
Maybe they both sensed that you were thinking about them, because after they fail to get a response, they both call again…and again…and again.
It’s like they’re trying to break a record or something. Eventually, their calls turn into voicemail hell, and you just shut your phone off altogether.
As you sit there and stew over your rotten day, the phone starts ringing again. At this point you don’t even bother looking at the caller ID; if it isn’t one family member, it’s another. You’re just going to have to change your number as soon as you get home, because this is just ridiculous.
Just as you’re reaching your boiling point, the bell above the door dings, and a customer walks in.
Are you open?”
a teenager with a skateboard asks.
You just sit there and stare blankly, waiting for him to leave.
“I’ll take that as a yes,” he says, walking towards the candy rack.
He starts looking over the options, and you’re in no mood to help him. You just want him to pick something so he’ll leave.
Once again, he catches on to your impatience, and decides to help himself. As he’s dropping candy into a small plastic bag, you notice that he dropped something else…an envelope.
Due to your bad day, you fail to pick it up, but the kid notices and grabs it for you.
“Oh, I almost forgot to give you this,” he says, holding it out.
You reluctantly take it from him and stare at it. There’s no return address, and it’s addressed to you by hand.
Curiosity gets the best of you, and you open it up and see that there is a USB drive inside. You have no idea what to make of this, but due to your past as an IT guy for your city, your natural curiosity gets the better of you once again, and you decide to see if you can find out more about this drive.
After getting a pin and plugging it into one of the laptop’s USB ports, its contents are downloaded onto the hard drive. You wait impatiently for it to finish, and when the notification finally comes up, you see that there’s only one file on the entire drive, and it’s an .MP4 video.
Should you really watch this?
You don’t even know where this thing came from, it could be dangerous.
But then again, it was dropped off at your place of business. That already makes you wonder if there are more out there, and if you don’t watch it, you’ll never know what could’ve been.
The world may never know…
Without another thought, your curiosity gets the better of you, and you pop the video into the computer’s DVD drive to see what’s on it…
The video is of reasonable quality, but just barely. It looks like it was filmed with a cell phone from pretty far away. This isn’t the clearest thing you’ve ever seen, but it doesn’t matter. What’s happening on screen is disturbing enough.
You see a girl restrained to a chair. She looks young, but it’s hard to tell due to the poor quality of the film.
Sources & references used in this article:
A Non-targeted Analysis of Organic Contaminants in Dietary Fish Oil Supplements in the US by EC Dominguez – 2018 – search.proquest.com
Flax or Flax with” High Lignan”? by MF Read – ironmagazineforums.com
Prevention is the Cure!: A Scientist’s Guide to Extending Your Life by F Sancilio – 2015 – books.google.com
Fatty acid desaturase 3 (FADS3) influence on long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis by J Zhang – 2016 – search.proquest.com