1. What is Omega Caro-E?

Omega Caro-E is a food supplement that contains fish oil in triglyceride form blended with 11 different plant-derived carotenes and five forms of vitamin E.

2. Why is this supplement considered necessary?

There are numerous clinical papers showing that the molecules such as omega-3 fatty acids, carotenes and tocotrienols display anti-oxidative properties and it’s further unlikely that the average South African diet supplies enough of these molecules.

 3. Which two oils are contained in Omega Caro-E and where do they come from?

The fish oil for Omega Caro-E is provided by an Icelandic fish oil producer and the elite red palm fruit oil concentrate is from a certified company in Malaysia.

4. Which nutrients does Omega Caro-E contain and how is it presented?

One capsule of Omega Caro-E contains 100mg red palm fruit oil concentrate and 900mg fish oil, and delivers approximately 150mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 100mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are both long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, especially oily fish. These capsules are packaged as 30 or 60 capsules per container, where adults should take two capsules daily.

 5. What was the rationale behind developing Omega Caro-E?

National surveys indicated that most South Africans have a high intake of omega-6 fatty acids from their general diet; however consumption of oily fish found in cold water containing high levels of omega-3 such as pilchards, sardines and salmon are quite inadequate.

Not many South Africans have proper access to fruit and vegetables. In fact, the average South African’s daily intake of fruit and vegetables is less than half of that which is recommended by the World Health Organisation.

6. What makes Omega Caro-E a supplement of choice?

Omega Caro-E is a supplement of choice because besides fish oil, it contains 11 different carotenes as well as the vitamin E forms tocopherol and four types of tocotrienol.

7. What are the benefits of the added novel active ingredients in Omega Caro-E?

All omega-3 complexes contain the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are essential nutrients for numerous normal body functions.

Omega Caro-E is novel in the fact that it is not just a fish oil but also contains a red palm fruit oil concentrate that provides 11 carotenes. Beta-carotene helps in the development and maintenance of night vision, skin, membranes and immune function. The concentrate is also rich in vitamin E, which on its own provides antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. Taking all of these facts into consideration, Omega Caro-E seems like a supplement of choice.

8. How does the safety profile of Omega Caro-E comply with set standards?

Efficacy testing has been done on fish oils to detect the uptake in blood, in various different studies.

The Omega Caro-E fish oil is tested for and is within the safety ranges of: dioxins and furans, dioxin-like PCBs, PCBs, benzopyrene, PAHs, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, anisidine, peroxides and conjugated dienes.

The red palm fruit oil concentrate is tested for heavy metals, arsenic, mercury and microbial contamination, which are all within the safety ranges. Batch analysis is done for every batch manufactured and is available on request.

Numerous intervention studies showed that red palm fruit oil or red palm fruit oil products/concentrates alleviate vitamin A deficiency in a variety of populations. If the carotenes from the red palm oil products/concentrates are not absorbed, no relief in vitamin A deficiency would have been experienced.

Omega Caro-E adheres to the strict international recommendations for heavy metals, pesticides, organic solvents, etc.

Omega Caro-E was also recently approved by Health Canada for export to Canada.

10. What is CANSA’s role in Omega Caro-E?

CANSA recently awarded a new Seal of Recognition, the CANSA Smart Choice Supplement logo to the Omega Caro-E supplement, developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Smart Choice refers to food, while the Smart Choice Supplement logo refers to food supplements.

The CANSA Seal of Recognition (CSCS) encourages South Africans to read product labels and to assist them in making informed choices. CANSA described the product as an excellent supplement that contains no artificial preservatives, flavourants or colourants.

11. What were the main reasons that CANSA awarded the “Seal of Recognition”?

This is a food supplement that consists of fish oil in the triglyceride form, as well as a red palm fruit oil concentrate. No changes in molecular structure have been noted and it is tested regularly to ensure the quality and safety of the product.