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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.


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:


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