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Frequently Asked Questions

nuIQue Vegan & Vegetarian Society Certified Algae Oil Omega 3

Recent customer questions:

Q. What are the Natural Tocopherols in your product made from? 

A. High Oleic Sunflower Oil

Q. I would like to buy your Omega 3. Are they tested against the contaminant beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine

A. Yes tests are carried out. nuIQue products are free from this contaminant

Q. What is Omega 3 EPA & DHA?

A. Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid sourced from fish oil, which is rich in EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

EPA DHA are long chain, essential fatty acids. EPA stands for eicosapentaenoic acid & DHA for docosahexaenoic acid. This essential fatty acid is an Omega 3 fat, which is found in algae and cold-water fish. EPA DHA are highly unsaturated fats because they contain 6 and 5 double bonds on their long structural chain.

Omega 3 is also referred to as an Essential Long Chain Fatty Acid. Essential because Omega 3 cannot be manufactured by the body, only be obtained through the diet.  

nuIQue Vegan Omega 3 contains high concentrate EPA & DHA from the purest source derived from algae. As opposed to extracting the Omega 3 oil from the fish that contain Omega 3 because they eat algae, and that absorb pollutants from then sea!

nuIQue Vegan Omega 3 oil is unadulterated, clean, green and provides a minimum of 187mg EPA and 375mg DHA per 2 capsule daily dose / 60 capsules per bottle - one month’s supply.

There are many other Omega 3 supplements out there, yet many are bulked with other Omega PUFA's (polyunsaturated fatty acids) such as Omega 6. Too much Omega 6 can be a health risk factor. It's worth noting that Omega 6 is abundant in many diets across the world and can be detrimental to your health as it counteracts the absorption of the Omega 3.

Q. Where do healthy Omega 3 Long Chain Fatty Acids come from

A. Long chain omega-3 fatty acids are the stuff that brains, and the retina of the eye are made of. About a third of the substance of brain contains omega 3s such as DHA and EPA. Retina contains even more. Each day we lose some because, as well as keeping our heads together, Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) can be burned as fuel like other fats.

Q. What’s the difference between Saturated, Unsaturated, and Hydrogenated Fats?

A. Lipids (fats) which provide us with a concentrated form of energy are made up of fatty acids. The molecules they are made from, have chains of carbon atoms of varying lengths. They can be metabolised (burnt) in the body to provide heat and energy, and eventually leave our bodies as carbon dioxide. All lipids, whether they are saturated (hard fats) or unsaturated, like food oils can provide energy, but some, the unsaturated fats have other functions as well. That is why unsaturates are called essential fatty acids. Just like vitamins they are essential for health.

Q. What are the benefits of nuIQue Omega 3 with EPA & DHA?

A. nuIQue Vegan Omega 3 contains high levels of EPA & DHA, a minimum 606mg and the active ingredients only found in oily fish and algae.

EPA and DHA rich source of Omega 3, nuIQue Vegan Omega 3 is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, derived from Algae. Grown in a controlled environment in pure, filtered water.

Q. Why should I just take pure Omega 3 EPA & DHA and not Omega 3,6 & 9?

A. It's very simple and straightforward yet can be the source of confusion to many people.

Many people think if they are taking Omega 3,6,9 that they are taking a more 'complete' Omega.

Omega 9, the human body can make itself, so you don’t need any extra.

100 years ago, people died from omega 6 deficiency, that's no longer the case today. Omega 6 although essential for survival is abundant within a variety of foods we eat.

Here are just a few foods with high amounts of Omega 6 fats:

French fries, Sunflower oil, Corn oils, all oils, nuts, seeds, cakes crisps/ chips, fried chicken, fried foods, red meat, snack bars, milk /eggs, cakes. Even olive oil contains 12% OM6!

Q. What is important to remember is the balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6.

A. Too much Omega 6 is detrimental to the absorption of Omega 3 and has a negative effect on your health.

The ratio should be around 1:1 to 4:1 (Omega 6 to Omega 3) but in typical Western diets it can be anything from around a staggering 50:1 in favour of the Omega 6, which would account for the rise in obesity and heart disease amongst many other conditions. The Western diets contain far too much omega 6, so you really don't need to take any more in supplement form.

Q. Long chain Omega 3 or Flax Seed oil?

A. Not all omega 3 oils are equal, in fact, there are many differences between Flax Seed oil, Evening Primrose and Chia oils (all short chain ALA) and long chain omega-3 oil (EPA and DHA). Many manufacturers in recent years have added short chain (ALA) to their products yet like to make all the claims that only purport to being long chain Omega-3 (EPA, DHA).

Short chain ALA is a bad converter to long chain omega-3 (EPA, DHA). In fact, there’s practically no conversion of ALA to DHA and very little ALA to EPA. Factors that also effect conversion are smoking, drinking, fitness and how much omega 6 is within your body.

Did you realise that Omega 3 from plant sources such as Flax Seed, are not easily metabolised into EPA and DHA by the digestive system?

To thoroughly support good health a daily intake of DHA and EPA from the right source is essential.

nuIQue Vegan Omega 3 Algae Oil contains high levels of absorbable DHA and EPA, supporting the whole body and the whole family!

Q. Why algae oil supplements and not fish oil supplements?

A. In recent years our seas and fish have become polluted. Many people have been told by their doctors to stop eating fish as it plays havoc with their health. It’s particularly problematic for women wishing to get pregnant due to heavy metal contamination; many fish are polluted by PCB’s, heavy metals and toxins, the larger the fish, the bigger the problem. To be completely sure when taking an omega-3 supplement, opt for our NuIQue algae supplements. Our supplement is grown in controlled conditions away from the sea, so it doesn’t impact on fish stocks or the food they eat. There are no heavy metals or contaminants within our algal oil, making it the purest and most natural form of EPA

Q. Where does Omega 3 store?

A. In the brain, eyes and heart.

Humans cannot manufacture long chain Omega 3 EPA & DHA, they must get it from their diet by consuming either oily fish or an algae oil supplement.

Algae are the source of long chain essential fatty acids (PUFA's) and fish obtain Omega 3 from their diet of algae. When we created NuIQue Vegan omega 3, we went straight to the source and bypassed the fish.

The future without question, should be algae derived Omega 3, why?

It's pure, unadulterated and 100% natural, nuIQue Omega 3 is guaranteed to be free of toxins, heavy metals and PCB's because it's grown in a controlled pharmaceutical grade facility, away from the sea. Our customers can be sure of the highest quality and purity of our algae oil without having to take a fish oil.

nuIQue EPA & DHA Vegan, Vegetarian Omega 3, is naturally low in Omega 6 delivering a high concentrate of Omega 3 DHA EPA per 2 capsules, in an easy to swallow, daily dose.

nuIQue is the first choice when choosing a non-fish Omega 3 direct from the source - Algae. The best choice in sustainability and grown in a controlled unpolluted environment.

Our high dose DHA makes nuIQue the number one choice for pregnant or breast-feeding mums. Best for baby too as you can pierce the capsule and squeeze the algae oil directly into their milk once moved onto the bottle. The difference is the concentration levels, of EPA & DHA per 2 capsule dose.

nuIQue Vegan Omega 3 is Clean, Green & Good for You!

Dosage

Babies up to 15 years old 1 x Capsule per day

15 years to Adults up to 2 - 6 capsules per day

CAUTIONS:

Before taking any supplement, we always recommend consulting with your doctor.

Store in a cool place or in a refrigerator and out of the reach of toddlers and children.

Do not take Omega 3 if you are taking any 'blood thinning medication'. Always consult with your GP / Health Consultant first.

Food Sensitivity – Free from wheat, dairy, sugar, all animal products by-products and derivatives. Contains Vitamin E.

nuIQue Vegan Omega 3 is:

High strength EPA & DHA non-fish marine oil from algae

Vegan and Vegetarian Society Approved

Fully sustainable

Free from, heavy metals, PCB's

Also Free from:

Wheat, dairy, sugar, gluten, GMO's and all animal products and by-products

Sources (external)

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_oil

http://www.omega-9oils.com/omega369.htm

http://www.mcvitamins.com/essential%20fatty%20acids.htm

http://www.superfoodsrx.com/nutrition/nutritional-research/why-mayonnaise-is-not-a-good-source-of-omega-3.html

http://mediterraneanheart.wordpress.com/2009/04/11/sunflower-or-olive-oil/

http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/beginner_fats.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_6557536_sunflower-seeds-omega_3.html

http://mens-total-fitness.com/omega-6.html http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/omega_3.html http://www.unconventionalhealth.com/A-Bad-Rap-for-Omega-6.html

Benefits and case studies

Below is a page from the University of Maryland, you can find further information about the various ailments listed below from this EXTERNAL link

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

High cholesterol

High blood pressure

Heart disease

Diabetes

Rheumatoid arthritis

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Osteoporosis

Depression

Bipolar disorder

Schizophrenia

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Cognitive decline

Skin disorders

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Asthma

Macular Degeneration

Menstrual pain

Colon cancer

Breast cancer

Prostate cancer

Additional Studies and articles:

Infant allergies

Maternal Omega-3 intake may influence childhood allergy

Omega-3 fatty acids may aid the development of the infant gut and improve how gut immune cells respond to bacteria and foreign substances, making the baby less likely to suffer from allergies in the long term, according to new research in pigs.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Product-Categories/Nutritional-lipids-and-oils/Maternal-omega-3-intake-may-influence-childhood-allergy

45% of our brain is made up of DHA, one of the essential long chain Omega 3 fatty acids so its great news that you can now ensure every member of the family from a developing foetus right through to our elder family members gets as much of it as they require.

Even though we need these essential fatty acids for development, it’s surprising the human body cannot synthesise these - we must get it from other sources. Traditionally this has had to come from fish as it was only in recent years determined that fish don’t make their own DHA and EPA either. So where do fish get their Omega 3 from?

The truth is that fish get their Omega 3 from rich sources of algae. So, whilst fish has historically been a good source of Omega 3 one has to think about the quality, quantity and purity of the Omega 3 from fish oils. It’s a worrying fact that as well as fish stocks being depleted, that consuming fish more than perhaps twice weekly may do more harm than good.

We know for a fact that fish contain harmful levels of heavy metals such as mercury along with PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) or dioxin contaminants, of which these can be harmful to a developing foetus as well as for the expectant mum if consumed in high doses.

Bypassing the fish itself and going straight to the most natural source of EPA and DHA – Algae - ensures the purest form of Omega 3 is produced. Grown in organically controlled conditions you therefore know and have the reassurance that our product is100% safe.

Doses, Storage & Consumption

Doses:

Pregnant mums 450-500mg per day

Adults - 450 to 500mg per day

Babies – 125-150mg per day (pierce a capsule and add 1/2 of oil to food)

Children - 200mg per day

Warning: Avoid giving babies and small children capsules as they may find them difficult to swallow.

Storage:

Omega 3 can be affected by air, light, heat & humidity. Once encapsulated it is very stable at room temperature and can be stored in a cupboard. If you live in a hot climate such as the Middle East and plan to store the bottles for long periods you can always put the bottles in the fridge. Refrigeration won’t cause any harm to the oil whatsoever.

Q. How do you keep the oil from oxidising?

A. Every step of the manufacturing process is controlled from the initial production of algae to the storage and encapsulation of the oil, so you can be sure of the quality of the oil and its active ingredients. When stored and encapsulated the oil is flushed under a nitrogen blanket to prevent air from interfering with the oil. Vitamin E is also added as a natural preservative and anti-oxidant and the capsules are also air bubble free.

Consumption:

It’s best to take the capsules after a meal to help with the digestion of the oil. You can also pierce a capsule and take orally or add to foods such as yoghurt.

Warning:

Avoid giving babies and small children capsules as they may find them difficult to swallow.

Allergies and Food Intolerance

nuIQue Vegan EPA & DHA Omega 3 capsules are FREE from:

Lecithin, Gluten, Wheat

All animal products and by-products

Artificial preservative and colours GMO ingredients

Contains Vitamin E (added as a natural antioxidant and preservative)

Cloudiness – particles within the oil

There is no need to worry about any cloudiness within the capsules - it’s perfectly normal and caused by some of the naturally occurring oils solidifying at different temperatures. The quality, effectiveness and safety have not been compromised in any way.

nuIQue EPA & DHA Vegan Omega Capsules are:

- Made from a sustainable resource - algae

- 100% free of heavy metals and contaminates

- The purest and most natural form of long chain omega-3

- Vegan and vegetarian approved – no animal ingredients whatsoever

- Essential, Clean, Green and Good for you!

Pets and Omega 3

Algae oil is also suitable for pets, as they benefit from Omega 3 just as we do. Just pierce a capsule and add some oil to their food or just add the capsules if they can eat them whole.