Frequently Asked Questions about AIMegaWho should take AIMega™ organic seed oil blend?
Individuals who wish to increase their energy, maintain cellular function, improve cardiovascular and immune system health, and balance inflammatory processes in the body can take this balanced blend of good fats and essential fatty acids.
How is the omega-3 in flax oil different than fish oil?
ALA found in flax oil is the parent fatty acid in the omega-3 family. A portion of ALA may be converted to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are longer chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. On its own, ALA appears to have unique physiologic benefits apart from its conversion to EPA and DHA. ALA is especially useful to support heart health and the immune system. For vegetarians and individuals who prefer not to take fish oil, AIMega™ offers a healthy alternative.
How does ALA decrease risk of heart attack?
Consumption of ALA-rich oils has been found to:
- decrease the tendency of blood platelets to clot
- improve blood flow and circulation (compliance of blood vessels)
- lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
- reduce atherosclerosis
- decrease inflammation
Monounsaturated fats are the healthy fats found in oils such as olive oil. Along with polyunsaturated fats, they aid in maintaining a healthy heart and reducing the risk of high triglycerides, heart attack and stroke. It is important to have high amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in the diet to balance the high amounts of trans and saturated fats often consumed. Medium chain triglycerides or MCTs are easily digested and absorbed fatty acids that are used for energy and may promote fat-burning (thermogenesis).
MCTs have also been used in various digestive disorders and as a nutritional support in individuals suffering from chronic disease. MCTs may complement the beneficial effects of other fats such as ALA, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Why are rosemary extract and tocotrienols/tocopherols included in the capsules?
Rosemary extract and tocotrienols/tocopherols are potent antioxidants which help ensure the stability and quality of the oil within the capsules. They may also provide additional health benefits due to their strong protective and antioxidant activities.
Do vegetarians need more ALA?
Vegetarians’ diets tend to be low in ALA, and total requirements for omega-3 may be higher for vegetarians than non-vegetarians. The AI (adequate intake) for ALA, released by the National Academies in their Dietary Reference Intakes Report for Energy and Macronutrients, is 1.6 g for men and 1.1 g for women per day, aged 19 to > 70 years. Other recommendations include the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Working Group which recommends an AI of 1% of calories for ALA, and Health Canada, which recommends an intake of ALA of 0.5% of calories. Vegetarians may require an intake of ALA in the range of 1-2% of total calories.
Is there anyone who should not use AIMega™ oil blend capsules?
As with any natural health product, individuals taking oral medications or blood thinners, or who have blood clotting disorders or gallbladder disease, should consult their health care practitioner for specific supplement recommendations. Additionally, those who are pregnant or nursing are advised to consult a health care practitioner.
What other ingredients are in the AIMega™ oil blend product?
AIMega™ oil blend capsules contain only the active oil and antioxidant ingredients, along with ingredients that make up the capsule. The capsule contains gelatin, glycerin, purified water and carob, a natural coloring agent. The carob provides a darker shell to the capsule which protects the softgel capsules against damage from exposure to light.