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Lýsi, the Icelandic key to health and happiness, finally available in the US

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  • Fish oils Various fish oils have formed a key part of Icelandic diets for centuries. Photo/Icelandic

Icelanders like to claim that one of the reasons for their health and happiness is the regular consumption of a diet rich in fish and fish products, especially fish liver oil. Lýsi, as fish liver oil is called in Icelandic, is especially rich in Omega-3 fatty acid which have been connected to a wide range of health benefits, including lowering levels of seasonal affective disorder.

A traditional component of Icelandic diets
Fish oil is consumed as a food supplement. Traditionally Icelanders have taken one spoonful of fish oil with their breakfast. In the post-war years many schools began the school day by feeding pupils fish oil.

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Icelandic Seafood, which markets Icelandic seafood in the US plans to introduce Icelandic Lýsi to the US market later this year. The product, which will be manufactured by the company Margildi, will be sold under the trademark Icelandic in the US. 

Fish oil is consumed as a food supplement 
Margildi is an Icelandic company that specializes in refining fish oils from North-Atlantic pelagic species like capelin, herring and mackerel. A new and unique quick winterization process enables the company to refine purer fish oils with high stearin content. This was not possible nor feasible with conventional winterization techniques.

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The beneficial health effects of fish oils are well established. They are almost exclusively attributed to the omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the human body and must be obtained through the diet. Fish and fish oils are the most abundant source of the omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to have a positive effect on the development of the brain and nerve cells, reduce mental strain and depression and seasonal affective disorders. They can also reduce joint pain and have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.

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