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Omega Caro-E & CANSA Seal of Recognition

Omega Caro-E & CANSA Seal of Recognition

Omega Caro-E

Omega Caro-E

October 2015: Due to the compulsory registration of health supplements as a class of complementary medicines the CANSA Seal of Recognition will no longer appear on Omega Caro-E.

This will be effective from the end of 2016. CANSA is permitted by the Minister of Health to endorse foodstuffs but not complementary medicine.

However, removing of the Seal does not mean that Omega Caro-E is not a product of choice anymore.

Nonetheless, CANSA has made the decision not to sell supplements anymore for this reason.

About Omega Caro-E

The Omega Caro-E supplement, developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), contains a unique combination of fish oil (free of heavy metals) and a palm oil concentrate containing 11 different carotenes and five different forms of Vitamin E.

Accredited literature indicates that marine derived fish oil, plant derived carotenes as well as Vitamin E may assist in reducing the risk for some chronic diseases like cancer.

Firstly, CANSA commissioned the analyses of 63 fish oil supplements in South Africa as well as Omega Caro-E.  The fatty acid composition, which included a total of 19 different fatty acids, was measured focusing on the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).  The levels of the indicators of oxidation (peroxides and conjugated dienes) were also measured as oxidation of fatty acids inhibits its effective functioning.  (Download Dr Albrecht’s presentation done at the launch of Omega Caro-E on 28 February 2013.)

Secondly, the percentage of claimed DHA and EPA fatty acids per product was also measured as well as the chemical structure of the DHA and EPA as triglycerides (in natural form) or ethyl esters (as processed molecules). All of the above data will be published on the CANSA website as of 28th February.

The combined DHA and EPA concentration in two capsules of Omega Caro-E is 500mg – the daily dose recommended by the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL). The amount of carotenes in two capsules is 6 mg per day which relates to the equivalent found in about five fruits and vegetables per day.

Extensive research shows that omega-3 fatty acids derived from cold water fatty fish and fish oil provides the human body with the long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may assist in reducing the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer. As the body cannot make its own, we have to depend on our diet to provide the omega-3 fatty acids essential for our well-being.

Vitamin E, the collective name for tocopherols and tocotrienols, is a fat soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties. Tocopherols, found in green leafy vegetables, protects cell membranes from oxidation while the recently discovered tocotrienols show definite anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities).  Recent research recommends that Vitamin E supplements should be taken as a ‘family’ of molecules – as found in food sources such as red palm oil and rice bran oil or in Omega Caro-E.  All four types of tocotrienols namely alpha, beta, gamma and delta are present in the Omega Caro-E capsules (a total of 16mg in two capsules) as well as alpha-tocopherol (4mg in two capsules).

Carotenes are plant-derived colour pigments that have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that diets rich in carotenes from mainly yellow fruit and vegetables may assist in reducing the risk for cancer and heart disease.

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Adds Professor Spinnler Benadé, Head: Functional Foods Research Unit at CPUT,

“The typical South African diet is poor in fatty fish, fruit and vegetables – which is where Omega Caro-E comes in. Influenced by 30 years of research experience with omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids, I realised the potential health advantages of combining these components into a single product.   With the dedicated support of my colleague Dr Maretha Opperman and team, as well as collaboration with the Palm Oil industry, this unique product became a reality with no comparable product available globally.”

Concludes CANSA’s Head of Research, “It’s a wonderful combination that has never been available before. This patented supplement opens up a whole new avenue of research.  We know of no other novel supplement containing such a density and diversity of natural molecules that may assist in reducing the risk for cancer.”

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Benefits Omega Caro-E

  • It’s a novel supplement that contains no artificial preservatives, flavourants or colourants.
  • Omega Caro-E is a unique patented invention. A blend of fish oil (free of heavy metals) palm oil derived carotene and vitamin E concentrate.
  • It contains international recommended amounts of nutrients in the daily dose of two capsules: Essential long chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA (500mg); a range of eleven different carotenes (6mg); a range of Vitamin E types – Tocopherols (4mg) and four types of Tocotrienols (16.2mg)
  • Contains DHA and EPA fatty acids as natural triglycerides and no synthetic ethyl esters.
  • It’s manufactured under meticulous quality control
  • The container is BPA-free
  • Numerous peer-evaluated studies link DHA, EPA, Carotenes and Tocotrienols with cancer risk reduction

Where to Purchase Omega Caro-E:

Queries CANSA:

Please direct any queries regarding the ingredients of Omega Caro – E to Dr Maretha Opperman, qualified dietician – email: oppermanM@cput.ac.za

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21 Comments

  • Cathrine says:

    I want to know if a person is diagnose with nasofarinks and using peg tube can use OmegaCaro-E

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Cathrine

      Please see answer from Maretha Opperman re you query:

      Yes, with the PEG tube only the mouth is bypassed. The capsule can be squeezed into the enteral feed. Make sure that the fish oil is properly mixed with the enteral feed. The patient may experience some fishy taste feed back as is the case with most users of pure fish oil.

      Kind regards

      Maretha Opperman (PhD, RD (SA))
      Researcher/Senior Lecturer
      Faculty of Applied Sciences
      Functional Foods Research Unit
      Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Marilette Dinkel says:

    From what age can Omega Caro-E be taken? Can my 6-year old take the capsules?

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Marilette

      Yes, your 6 yr old may take the capsule, on condition he or she does not have difficulty swallowing such a large capsule. If so, the capsule can be cut open and the contents mixed with food.

  • Corrie says:

    Hi Salome

    It is in connection with the OMEGA Caro-E, where can i found that, Please let me know

    Thanks
    Corrie

  • Ryan says:

    Although Golden Products was listed in the survey, there are no results published for this product in the study. Is it possible to make the results known as there is great interest in this product and its claims?

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Ryan

      I apologise that it has taken so long to respond to you – please find a response from Dr Maretha Opperman below:

      Golden Products were only analysed in the 2009 study but individual results of the supplements were not published. In the 2012 study (individual results published by CANSA) we could not analyse any Golden Products, because it was not available anymore – I have phoned DisChem to check on availability and still nothing available.

  • Lodika says:

    Stuur asb. vir my n lys van die goedgekeurde omega 3 olies

    Dankie

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Lodika

      The comparative study (http://www.cansa.org.za/files/2013/02/Fish-oil-Analyses-26-2-2013.pdf) was done in the context of promoting the Omega Caro-E food supplement as a smart choice: http://www.cansa.org.za/first-of-its-kind-to-receive-cansa-new-seal-supplement/

      The intent was not for CANSA to “rank” Omega oil supplements or recommend specific supplements, but to introduce Omega Caro-E as smart choice – the comparative table provided background information re supplements available in SA.

      Omega Caro-E is one of the 7 elite products complying with all four of the criteria set by CANSA:

      Cost R3 or less for 500mg DHA and EPA
      Conjugated diene concentrations of 20 or less ug/mol
      80% or more of the claimed amount of DHA and EPA per capsule
      Omega fatty acids as triglycerides and not as ethyl-esters of fatty acids

      There is no similar product to Omega Caro-E on the market that contains plant derived carotenoids, tocopherols and tocotrienols in combination with pure fish oil. The dosage of the components (fish oil, carotenes, tocopherol and tocotrienols) in the capsules are in amounts recommended according to current internationally accepted recommendations. The formula of Omega Caro-E was developed and patented by researchers with years of experience in the fields of vitamin E, carotenes and fish oil.

  • Marié Theron says:

    Could you kindly list the 7 Omega brands that met the CANSA standards? I am using Biogen and it seems that I get toxic contents?

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Marié

      I have referred your query to Head Office and they will be in touch with you via email shortly. Please let me know if they do not respond so that I can follow up.

      • Dalene says:

        Hi there, I would also like to have the list of products recommended by CANSA. Thank you very much!

        • Debbie @CANSA says:

          Dear Dalene

          The comparative study (http://www.cansa.org.za/files/2013/02/Fish-oil-Analyses-26-2-2013.pdf) was done in the context of promoting the Omega Caro-E food supplement as a smart choice: http://www.cansa.org.za/first-of-its-kind-to-receive-cansa-new-seal-supplement/

          The intent was not for CANSA to “rank” Omega oil supplements or recommend specific supplements, but to introduce Omega Caro-E as smart choice – the comparative table provided background information re supplements available in SA.

          Omega Caro-E is one of the 7 elite products complying with all four of the criteria set by CANSA:

          Cost R3 or less for 500mg DHA and EPA
          Conjugated diene concentrations of 20 or less ug/mol
          80% or more of the claimed amount of DHA and EPA per capsule
          Omega fatty acids as triglycerides and not as ethyl-esters of fatty acids

          There is no similar product to Omega Caro-E on the market that contains plant derived carotenoids, tocopherols and tocotrienols in combination with pure fish oil. The dosage of the components (fish oil, carotenes, tocopherol and tocotrienols) in the capsules are in amounts recommended according to current internationally accepted recommendations. The formula of Omega Caro-E was developed and patented by researchers with years of experience in the fields of vitamin E, carotenes and fish oil.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Marie

      The comparative study (http://www.cansa.org.za/files/2013/02/Fish-oil-Analyses-26-2-2013.pdf) was done in the context of promoting the Omega Caro-E food supplement as a smart choice: http://www.cansa.org.za/first-of-its-kind-to-receive-cansa-new-seal-supplement/

      The intent was not for CANSA to “rank” Omega oil supplements or recommend specific supplements, but to introduce Omega Caro-E as smart choice – the comparative table provided background information re supplements available in SA.

      Omega Caro-E is one of the 7 elite products complying with all four of the criteria set by CANSA:

      Cost R3 or less for 500mg DHA and EPA
      Conjugated diene concentrations of 20 or less ug/mol
      80% or more of the claimed amount of DHA and EPA per capsule
      Omega fatty acids as triglycerides and not as ethyl-esters of fatty acids

      There is no similar product to Omega Caro-E on the market that contains plant derived carotenoids, tocopherols and tocotrienols in combination with pure fish oil. The dosage of the components (fish oil, carotenes, tocopherol and tocotrienols) in the capsules are in amounts recommended according to current internationally accepted recommendations. The formula of Omega Caro-E was developed and patented by researchers with years of experience in the fields of vitamin E, carotenes and fish oil.

  • laurette v zijl says:

    various sources, eg Prof Albrecht’s research presentation as well as article in Rooi Rose of July 2013 states that the results of the analyses of 63 fish oil supplements in South Africa as well as Omega Caro-E can be found on the Cansa web site. I cannot find it. Please help!!!

    Many thanks

  • Adeliah Jacobs says:

    For my fellow Cape Tonians – please note that I will happily assist any one in the Western Cape with orders. I am based at the CANSA office in Mowbray 021 689 5347 or email ajacobs@cansa.org.za or 081 480 7047

  • anel says:

    When will the Omega Caro-E be available in shops?

    • CANSA Content Manager says:

      Dear Anel

      It is not yet available in shops, but can be purchased from CANSA’s Head Office for now – please liaise with Salome Smith – email: ssmith@cansa.org.za – she will help make a plan to get it to you.

      • Hassen Mohamed says:

        Is there a limit on the number of bottles that can be purchased per order?


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