- What are Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids?
- Can’t we get enough Omega-3 from the foods we eat?
- What can you tell me about the purity and safety of Coromega? I’ve heard that fish oil can contain mercury and other toxins.
- Why don’t I need to supplement my diet with Omega-6 and Omega-9?
- Is it true Omega-3 can support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system?
- Is there any truth to the statement that fish is “brain food”?
- I’m pregnant. I heard that Omega-3 is good for my baby. Is this true?
- I have always associated fat with cholesterol. Does this product have a lot of cholesterol in it?
- What about flaxseed oil? Isn’t it a good source of Omega-3?
- If I mix my daily dose packet of Coromega with yogurt or juice, will it alter its nutritional value?
- I like my daily dose of Coromega to be cold. Is it a problem if I want to keep my packets in the refrigerator?
- Do you have any books you might suggest about the benefits of adding Omega-3 to my diet or my children’s diet?
- Are Coromega fish oil products made with the triglyceride form of fish oil?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are important components of cellular and membrane lipids (the chief structural constituents of living cells) that are essential for life and health. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are two groups of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that cannot be synthesized by the human body and therefore must be ingested in the foods we eat or by supplementing our diets.*
Can’t we get enough Omega-3 from the foods we eat?
Generally, no. Many researchers believe that the majority of Omega-3 food sources have disappeared from the modern diet. The foods that are now considered “mainstream” are often deficient in Omega-3. Even if your diet includes several meals of fish per week, you may not be ingesting sufficient amounts of Omega-3. This is because much of the fish we consume is now farm raised or does not contain significant amounts of Omega-3. Ideally, your diet should supply at least 650 mg of long chain Omega-3 (DHA + EPA) per day, either from food sources or dietary supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in deep, cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. One packet of Coromega provides 650 mg of Omega-3, the amount recommended by the NIH (National Institutes of Health).
What can you tell me about the purity and safety of Coromega? I’ve heard that fish oil can contain mercury and other toxins.
Coromega is committed to providing safe and pure products for you and your family. The oil used in Coromega comes from small, deep, cold-water fish that are less likely to be contaminated. The oil then undergoes molecular distillation, which removes toxins, heavy metals and PCBs. Coromega is manufactured in our state-of-the-art GMP compliant facility. Sophisticated testing methods assure that the purified fish oil used in the manufacture of Coromega is of the correct composition of fatty acids. Coromega is tested by third party laboratories and certified by NSF and consumerlab.com.
Why don’t I need to supplement my diet with Omega-6 and Omega-9?
Our diets are already rich in Omega-6 from foods that contain corn, safflower, sunflower or soybean oils. The problem is actually the ratio between Omega-6 and Omega-3. Optimum health is often attained when these two essential fatty acids are found in the appropriate ratio. Most experts recommend a ratio of 4 to 1. However, the intake of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in modern society tends to be disproportionately high (a ratio found to be as high as 30 to 1). Scientists are now encouraging a decrease in the intake of Omega-6 while stressing an increase in the intake of Omega-3. Omega-9 is a monounsaturated fat found in animal fats and vegetable oils, most notably olive oil. Omega-9 is not considered an essential fatty acid because it can be produced by the body provided Omega-3 and Omega-6 are present, so supplementation is not required.
Is it true Omega-3 can support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system?
Yes, it can through a variety of ways. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce cardiovascular events, help to maintain arteries elasticity and support healthy triglyceride levels. Omega-3 allows for better circulation of blood by making the red blood cells more elastic and flow more fluidly; thus, helping to maintain overall cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of fatty fish per week for healthy individuals to prevent heart disease and up to 2 to 4 grams of EPA and DHA for patients who wish to lower triglycerides.(http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4632)
Is there any truth to the statement that fish is “brain food”?
Yes. In fact, the most polyunsaturated of the Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) makes up a large portion of the gray matter of the brain and neurons, as well as the retina of the eye. Research in the last few years has revealed that diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids may help promote a healthy emotional balance and positive mood.*
I’m pregnant. I heard that Omega-3 is good for my baby. Is this true?
It is true. Omega-3, especially DHA, is important in the development and function of the brain and the eyes—especially during the last trimester (last three months) of pregnancy, and the first six months of life. During this period of rapidly growing brain development the unborn baby’s Omega-3 needs must be met by its mother. While the mother is breast-feeding, Omega-3 fatty acids are passed to the baby through her milk. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) recommends that during pregnancy and lactation, women must ensure a DHA intake of 300 mg per day. As with any dietary supplement, consult your physician before taking. *
I have always associated fat with cholesterol. Does this product have a lot of cholesterol in it?
No, it does not. Coromega has a negligible amount of cholesterol (10 mg per packet, which is equivalent to 3% of the Daily Value) from fish oil and egg yolk, which is added as an emulsifier. In other words, each packet contains the equivalent of 1/75th of an egg yolk. It is important to differentiate between “good” fat and “bad” fat. Fish oil, which contains long chain Omega-3 fatty acid, is considered a beneficial “good” fat.
What about flaxseed oil? Isn’t it a good source of Omega-3?
Unlike fish oil, flaxseed oil does not contain EPA and DHA, two Omega-3s that play a crucial role in health and wellbeing. Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which must be converted to EPA and DHA for the body to absorb it. This conversion is quite inefficient, especially in children, seniors, diabetics and people with high blood pressure, therefore it may take up to 10 times as much flaxseed oil to produce an equivalent amount of EPA and DHA derived from fish oil.
If I mix my daily dose packet of Coromega with yogurt or juice, will it alter its nutritional value?
No. Coromega is tasty and convenient taken directly from the pouch, but it can also be introduced to your diet in many cool and creative ways and this will not alter the effectiveness. Mix with yogurt, blend in a smoothie, or squeeze on top of fruit or even ice cream. (Because Coromega is emulsified, it should not be heated or frozen because it will cause the emulsion to separate. Additionally, because Coromega is oil-based, it must be electronically blended into liquids – i.e. it won’t simply stir into juices. See our ‘Tasty Ideas’ page for a smoothie recipe!)
I like my daily dose of Coromega to be cold. Is it a problem if I want to keep my packets in the refrigerator?
Not at all. Of course refrigeration is not necessary to keep your Coromega fresh. However, freezing should be avoided, as it will cause the emulsion to separate.
How To Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It!: Giving Your Children the Gift of Health with Good Nutrition and Supplementation Now and Long Into the New Millennium; by Christine Wood, M.D.
The Omega Rx Zone, by Dr. Barry Sears
30 Minutes A Day To A Healthy Heart, by Frederic J. Vagnini, M.D. and Selene Yeager
Dr. Katz’s Guide to Prostate Health, by Aaron E. Katz, M.D.
More Smoothies For Life, by Daniella Chace
Are Coromega fish oil products made with the triglyceride form of fish oil?
Yes. Coromega’s fish oil supplements, with the exception of High DHA products (Child Brain and Body and Prenatal OmegaBaby) are made with the naturally occurring triglyceride form of fish oil.