What are the Benefits of Udo’s Oil

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Udo’s oil is a nutritionist-designed blended oil that offers a wide range of health benefits. It is named after a scientist who invented it, named Dr. Udo Erasmus. Let us take a look at its amazing health benefits and nutrition below.

What is Udo’s Oil?

After earning his Ph.D. in nutrition, Dr. Erasmus created an oil that had twice as many omega-3 fatty acids as omega-6 fatty acids, as well as a mix of saturated and unsaturated fats. It is primarily taken as a health supplement and can be eaten with food. [1]

Nutritional Value of Udo’s Oil

There are approximately 120 calories in one tablespoon of Udo’s Oil. Of the 14 grams of fat, 1.5 grams are saturated fat and 12.5 grams unsaturated fat.


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Udo’s Oil is a supplement that provides fatty acids, including omega-3, -6 and -9s. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Potential Health Benefits of Udo’s Oil

Udo’s oil has quite a few health benefits. Let us take a look at them.

  • Repair cell membranes: Fatty acids help the body repair cell membranes, which ensures that they are able to remove toxins from the body and communicate effectively with each other. They’re not naturally occurring in the body, so it’s important to ensure that you get an adequate intake through your diet. According to a study conducted by Dr. A.P. Simopolous in the journal Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, having a proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids will help prevent the degradation of cell membranes and associated chronic diseases. [2]
  • Support mental health: Omega-3s have been shown to aid people with anxiety issues. There is also evidence to suggest that omega-rich oils can help treat ADHD. A study by PY Lin published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology showed that there was a positive correlation between the consumption of omega-3s and the efficacy of certain antidepressant medications.  [3]
  • Support skeletal health: Studies have shown that omega-3s can aid the health of bones and joints by increasing calcium levels. This helps defend against osteoporosis and arthritis. In a study by Dr. MC Kruger, it was found that prolonged supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids was safe for elderly patients, who are at greatest risk for these types of musculoskeletal issues.  [4]

How to Add Udo’s Oil Into Your Diet?

You can supplement your diet with Udo’s Oil by the spoonful, just as you might do with cod liver oil. However, you can also easily add it to dressings, soups, health drinks, and mashed potatoes!

For maximum nutrition, try not to heat up the oil in hot dishes, but rather add it at the end, or else you may compromise or neutralize some of the beneficial effects!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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