Udo Erasmus on 'Foundation' Oils and 'Supplement' Oils

Udo Erasmus on 'Foundation' Oils and 'Supplement' Oils

In the picture there is a bottle of Omega oil with an Omega oil capsule on the lid.  In this article, Udo talks about the differences between the two

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend: The World’s Healthiest Food Oil Foundation

I’m sitting at my table in front of my computer. Beside the computer is a dark glass bottle that contains an oil blend. The label says: Udo’s Oil ™ 3•6•9 Blend*. Many of you know it. It is the world’s most sensitive and best-balanced essential fatty acid-rich plant-based oil. It provides the essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in optimum quantities and the right ratio. It’s made with health rather than shelf life in mind. We press the oil from organically grown seeds meaning they are free of pesticides. Knowing that some oils heal and others kill, we deliberately designed the oil blend to contain all that is good for health from oils, and nothing that is bad.

  • It is 100% plant-based
  • We press, filter, and bottle it under exclusion of light, oxygen, and heat
  • We package the oil blend in glass to prevent plastic molecules from dissolving in the oil.
  • We place it in a box to cut out all light.
  • We store the oil cold in the factory, the retail store, and the home.
  • If it is longer than two weeks in transit to places outside of North America, we even ship the oil under refrigeration.
  • For a 2-year shelf life, you can keep the oil blend frozen in your freezer.

We made it to replace ‘cooking’ oils in food use as these are highly processed and damaged, but we want you to add this precious, sensitive, care-requiring oil blend to foods AFTER they are cooked in WATER.
This oil is NOT for frying - Fried oils fry health. Essentially, when we fry, we change foods into poisons.

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a healthy Food Oil Foundation -It is not an oil supplement.
Let me emphasize by saying it again - Udo’s Oil is NOT an oil supplement; it is a plant-based healthy food oil foundation.

Food oils are major nutrients. For optimum wellbeing, we need optimum quantities of healthy food oil as our foundation. Optimum intake for most people is between 28 and 56 grams per day, or about one 15-ml tablespoon per 25kg of body weight per day. Optimum intake is higher in winter than in summer and is higher in cold weather than in hot weather.

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a healthy natural alternative to the odourless, tasteless, industrial processing-damaged ‘cooking’ and ‘food’ oils that line store shelves.

Why is it important?

More health problems come from damaged food oil foundation than any other aspect of nutrition.

What can we do about that?

More benefits come from getting a healthy food oil foundation than from any other change we can make in nutrition. We fix problems with our food oil foundation when we switch to an undamaged plant-based food oil foundation. Literally, our body needs an oil change, just like our car. We drain/discard the damaged, dirty oils that wreck the engine and replace them with clean oil that makes the motor run well.

So what about oil supplements?

An oil supplement is meant to supplement our food oils.  We take an oil supplement in addition to our healthy food oil foundation, not instead of it.  Oil supplements can’t fix a damaged food oil foundation, nor can an oil supple¬ment replace that food oil foundation.   Food oil and oil supplement are completely different categories, each one needs to be looked at individually.

Udo’s Choice® O-KRILL 3™ - Pure Omega-3 krill oil: The World’s Healthiest Oil Supplement

On top of the lid of the food oil foundation bottle sits a small, beautiful, red capsule. This beautiful, red capsule is an oil supplement. A good oil supplement consists of 1-3 grams or less oil per day.

From the beginning of my work with oils, which goes back to 1986, there were always people who said that they did well with my food foundation oil, but that they did even better when they added an oil supplement to the foundation. About 5% of the people I talked to (and I talked to a lot of people) reported this effect.

The oil supplement (fish oil) industry suggested about 10 years ago that 30% of the population is unable to adequately convert food essential fatty acids into supplement essential fatty acid derivatives like EPA and DHA.

Between the 5% that I met and the 30% that they claimed, we might find the actual number of people who would noticeably benefit from taking an oil supple¬ment in addition to their healthy food oil foundation.

I never argue with results or with personal experience.  However, there was one problem that kept me from recommending an oil supplement - None of them were made with health in mind - none of them were free of industrial toxins. Given that the omega-3 derivatives that supplements contain, EPA and DHA, are 5 times more sensitive to damage than the already very sensitive plant-based food oil foundation omega-3, ALA, that I developed, the supplement omega-3s need even more care.  No one in the omega-3 oil supplement industry was taking that care. No oil supplement existed that was made with the same amount of care that I applied to healthy plant-based food oil foundation. As a result, they contained too many industrial toxins like PCBs and dioxins.

In addition, industry used harsh chemicals, destructive bleaching, and high frying temperature treatments to process these omega-3 derivative oils. Knowing this, and having committed to only recommending oils made with care and health in mind, I did not recommend these oil supplements. 

From the beginning, I told people that ‘if I ever find an oil supplement made with the care that I took a stand for, I will let you know, and I will recommend it.’ In the meantime, I focused on continually improving the food oil foundation made with health in mind. That was 25 years ago.

In the meantime, it has become clear that the entire fishing industry has become unsustainable. Over-fishing, combined with lack of sustainability regulations in oceans, bad fish stock management and replacement, and destructive manufacturing practices, have resulted in a fish oil industry without a future.  We have bigger, more efficient fishing vessels yet at the same time, we have fewer fish species available and the average size of fish caught is 1/3 of the size of the average fish caught 100 years ago. ‘We’re fishing babies now,’ someone pointed out. Which means I will never recommend fish oils.

Given the industrial toxins, processing damage and ecological depletion, I cannot in good conscience recommend them for health. However, I recently came across an undamaged, non-toxic, low on the food chain oil supplement that comes from a sustainable source - Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). It inspired me to take another look at the oil supplement topic.

Why krill and krill oil? My 10 good reasons could be summarized as follows:

  • It comes from low on the food chain
  • It is free of PCBs and dioxins
  • It grows in the cleanest ocean water around Antarctica
  • It is harvested in an eco-sustainable way
  • The harvesting limits were set before the harvesting was even started
  • This oil supplement is free of processing damage
  • It contains its own powerful antioxidant (fish oils have to add these)
  • It is in a form that is better absorbable than fish oils so less is needed for results
  • It does not lead to unpleasant burps the way fish oils do


This is an oil supplement that is made with the same kind of forethought that went into my creation of the food oil foundation blend. The producers even designed special harvesting methods that prevent by-catch from ending up in their nets and work closing with scientist and the WWF to monitor sustainability and further our understanding of this abundant species.  The method they developed is energy-efficient and is environment-friendly. I’m impressed.

This krill oil supplement is now available as Udo’s Choice® O-KRILL 3™.

With Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend as the healthy food oil foundation, and Udo’s Choice® O-KRILL 3™ as the healthy oil supplement, we can now offer them to¬gether as the world’s most formidable team of oils for optimum human health.

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