Spectrum Essentials - Omega-3 with Vitamin D Fish Gummies for Kids Fruity Flavors - 60 Gummies
Spectrum Essentials Omega-3 with Vitamin D Fish Gummies for Kids Fruity Flavors is easy to give to your kids a dose of Omega-3 EPA & DHA and Vitamin D with Spectrum Essentials' yummy orange, lemon and strawberry flavored fish gummies. Spectrum Essentials Omega-3 with Vitamin D Fish Gummies for Kids Fruity Flavors EPA & DHA supports the brain, eyes and nervous system. Spectrum Essentials Omega-3 with Vitamin D Fish Gummies for Kids Fruity Flavors Vitamin D helps support bone health. Studies have shown many children may be getting low dietary levels of Vitamin D. One serving of Spectrum Essentials Omega-3 with Vitamin D Fish Gummies for Kids Fruity Flavors provides 56mg of Omega-3 EPA & DHA and 400 IU of Vitamin D. P.S.
P.S. Grown-ups can eat Spectrum Essentials Omega-3 with Vitamin D Fish Gummies for Kids Fruity Flavors too!
Spectrum Essentials Omega-3 with Vitamin D Fish Gummies for Kids Fruity Flavors FAQ's
Are your Fish Oil softgels "pharmaceutical grade"?
No ‘Pharmaceutical Grade' monograph exists in the United States for fish oil supplements.
As proven throughout their history, Spectrum is a company dedicated to truth in labeling—and for being their customers' advocate for honest claims. They believe it is imperative that their customers are properly informed in their purchasing decisions.
Lately there has been a disturbing amount of companies claiming to sell ‘pharmaceutical grade' fish oil supplements. In the spirit of protecting people's right to know the truth about what they're buying, they want their customers to understand just how misleading and detrimental these false ‘pharmaceutical grade' claims really are to the credibility of the industry.
At the crux of the issue is the fact that there simply is no agreed-upon set of standards (in technical terms, a monograph) for fish oil supplements to date. These official monographs are set by the US Pharmacopoeia Convention (USPC) to provide standards for the active ingredients in drugs, biologics, dietary supplements, and devices, defining their 'strength, quality, and purity' for human use. Simply put, nothing can truthfully be deemed ‘pharmaceutical grade' until it has been officially defined by an approved USPC monograph.
Over the past several years, Spectrum has been working with other reputable companies through the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) in the development of a Voluntary Monograph on Long Chain Omega-3 EPA and DHA. This monograph specifically focuses on EPA and DHA and uses the European Pharmacopoeia assay methods to quantify these two fatty acids. It sets forth a consistent standard for measuring various quality indicators including oxidation, purity, stability and the amount of long chain Omega-3 EPA and DHA in products, as well as setting limits on environmental contaminants. Compliance with the monograph is completely voluntary.
They have worked long and hard at creating these standards to present to the USPC in hopes that an official monograph will be adopted to protect consumers' health. In the meantime, there is no official approved USPC monograph for fish oils.
Spectrum's Fish Oil Softgels are produced in compliance with the CRN Voluntary Monograph on Long Chain Omega-3 EPA and DHA.
Can I use EFA oils during pregnancy?
The Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids found in flax oil and fish oil are very important during pregnancy. They do not recommend using these oils during the last trimester, however, as EFAs tend to thin the blood, and some women could be at risk from too much blood thinning which could lead to premature delivery or excessive hemorrhaging during delivery. Please consult with your health care practitioner whenever embarking upon a new health care regime or when significantly altering or supplementing your diet, especially when pregnant.
Does flax oil help constipation?
While most people add flax oil to their diet for the Omega-3 benefit, improved regularity is another benefit associated with flax oil. Be sure to also add fiber, such as Spectrum Essential Flaxseed, to your diet as well.
They also have a product specifically designed to help with constipation. Spectrum Daily Essential Flax Fiber contains flax particulate along with healing herbs such as slippery elm, licorice root and marshmallow root. Just mix 1 tablespoon with water every day for improved regularity.
Does molecular distillation harm the oil?
No. Because the process occurs in a light-free vacuum, the oil is not exposed to any light or oxygen and the health benefits (such as omega-3 levels) remain intact. However, some of the naturally occurring vitamins are removed during the process. For example, cod liver oil is naturally high in Vitamins A and D, but during molecular distillation the amounts of these vitamins are reduced.
Is Spectrum Fish Oil molecularly distilled? What about your Cod Liver Oil?
Spectrum Cod Liver Oil as well as the fish oil in Spectrum Fish Oil with Vitamin D are molecularly distilled. The fish oil in their other Spectrum Fish Oil softgel products is currently not molecularly distilled. All Spectrum products are tested by a third party laboratory for toxins (PCBs, dioxin-like PCBs, dioxins, furans, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury) for purity and for freshness. Their fish oils meet GOED Omega-3 (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 - formerly Council for Responsible Nutrition) standards. Further, their fish oil and cod liver oil meet California Proposition 65, European Union and Norwegian Food Safety Authority limits for toxins.
What are the benefits of taking flax oil?
Flax oil is the best source of vegetarian omega-3 in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA has been shown to promote heart health, reduces inflammatory conditions and is great for hair, skin and nails.
What is DHA?
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an important omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body. High concentrations are found in the brain, the retina of the eye and the nervous system. DHA accumulation in the brain begins before birth and continues at a high rate through infancy. As children grow, DHA continues to be extremely important as the brain, nervous system and retina continue to develop
What is hydrogenation? What are trans-fats or trans-fatty acids?
Trans-fatty acids are formed by converting (through hydrogenation) liquid vegetable oils into shortening or margarine which are solid or semi-solid at room temperature.
The hydrogenation process employs 1) high heat, 2) a metal catalyst such as nickel, zinc, copper, or other reactive metal, and 3) hydrogen gas. The metals are used to react with the hydrogen gas, which is bubbled up through the mixture. The metals catalyze the hydrogen and carbon atoms and convert the fatty acids by flipping one of the attached hydrogen molecules and rotating it half the diameter of the carbon chain. This effectively creates a new molecular shape resulting in a stiffer or more rigid material, hence the change from a liquid to a semi solid or solid substance. This new shape stiffens with the hydrogenation process making the oil behave more like a saturated fat (such as coconut fat which is 92% saturated and solid at room temperature). Trans-fats are the result of this reaction.
Partial hydrogenation, or "brush hydrogenation," is a minimal conversion step which only offers a small degree of reaction by hydrogenation. Brush hydrogenation increases stability for volatile fatty acids like Omega-3 (Alpha-Linolenic) and Omega-6 (Linoleic) polyunsaturated oils. Most commercial salad dressing oils, such as soybean oil, have been brush hydrogenated. Hydrogenation raises the melting point of the fat and retards rancidity.
Recent studies have found that health problems can ensue when consuming large amounts of trans fats from hydrogenated products. The FDA has determined that the safe level of trans fats in the diet is ZERO and has mandated that all food products be labeled with trans fat content by 2006. Spectrum products do not contain trans fats.
You can also learn about Hydrogenation and Trans-Fatty Acids in their Process section.
What species of mackerel are in your Fish Oil?
Their mackerel comes principally from Pacific Mackerel, which is a non-threatened species. However, due to variations in feeding patterns and the natural omega-3 content found in the mackerel, they may sometimes get their mackerel from the oceans around Africa. Their mackerel never comes from the Atlantic species, which is known to be predatory.
Which should I supplement my diet with Fish oil or Flax oil?
The choice is usually a matter of preference. Both ultimately supply your body with Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which have been shown to have a number of important effects within the body.
The differences between fish oil and flax oil are as follows. Fish oil contains EPA and DHA. Their Norwegian Fish Oil capsules contain 360 mg of EPA and 240 mg of SHA per 2 capsule serving. Flax Oil contains Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid, which the body converts to EPA and DHA. Their Spectrum Essentials Organic Flax Oil contains 8 grams of omega-3 essential fatty acid per 1 Tablespoon serving.
Because the fish oil has preformed DHA and EPA, it is good for immediate brain and nerve support. If you feel you are very EFA depleted with brittle nails, brittle hair, failing eyesight, nervousness, etc, you may opt to take fish oil until you notice an improvement then convert to flax.
Please remember that these statements are in no way definitive and you should always consult with your healthcare practitioner before embarking on a new healthcare regime.
Both oils contain Essential Fatty Acids and have been shown to contribute positively to health. Some people opt to take both oils, reducing the amounts of both so that they complement each other.
Will EFA oils cause me to gain weight?
Flax oil and fish oil should not cause you to put on weight. Remember, it is not "fat" that makes us fat, but too many calories and not enough exercise. Long chain fats like EFA-rich flax do not have short chain fats that turn into adipose tissue. When these long chain oils are consumed, they do not get converted by the liver into cholesterol or adipose fat. Instead, 70% of their mass (made up of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids) bypass the liver and get absorbed into the lymphatic pathways to become cell membrane tissue over time.
This means that these oils are not adipose fat builders. In fact they will soften the adipose fats and allow them to be converted through ketonic (stored fat & protein breakdown) activity back into glucose when you burn calories (by exercising, for instance). EFA oils are a healthy addition to a well balanced diet.
What benefits are provided by Organic Essential Flaxseed?
Flaxseed is a rich source of plant lignans—in fact, it provides a concentration of lignans more than 100 times greater than any other source. Organic Essential Flaxseed is also a good source of fiber and is a significant source of omega-3 essential fatty acid. Each serving also contains three grams of protein.
What's the difference between the omega-3s found in flax versus fish?
There are three primary omega-3's: ALA, EPA, and DHA. Flax contains ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), an omega-3 essential fatty acid that cannot be manufactured by the body. As a result, they must get it through their diet. Fish contains the pre-formed omega-3 long chain fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). However, because their bodies naturally convert ALA into EPA and DHA, these omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are not considered essential (although they are still very important). ALA conversion rates can vary from person to person, and more research is needed in this area. For that reason, health care practitioners recommend that pregnant and lactating women, as well as children, get most of their omega-3's from fish sources. ALA by itself has been shown to promote heart health, reduce inflammatory conditions, and is great for hair, skin and nails. EPA supports heart health, reduces inflammation and improves cellular integrity, while DHA supports memory and nervous system functioning.
Will eating flaxseed alone satisfy my body's need for omega-3 essential fatty acid?
Yes, but you will need to eat a lot of it! Each serving of Organic Essential Flaxseed contains 2.7 grams of omega-3 essential fatty acid. Spectrum recommends consumption of eight grams of omega-3 EFA per 100 lbs. of body weight per day. (One tablespoon of flax oil contains eight grams omega-3.) So a person weighing 150 lbs. would need to eat over four tablespoons of milled flaxseed to get the same EFA benefit as 11/2 tablespoons of flax oil. Flaxseed is a great way to supplement your flax oil intake, and provides many additional benefits including those noted above.
Are there any other benefits with eating flaxseed?
Flaxseed is naturally low in saturated fat. Its omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio is 3:1, considered optimal for people who want to correct an imbalance from long term consumption of a diet high in omega-6 EFA and/or highly processed fats. And let's not forget taste! Organic Essential Flaxseed lends great texture and nutty flavor to foods.
How does your Fish Oil and Cod Liver Oil differ?
Each type of fish oil contains different naturally occurring ratios of EPA and DHA. Their Cod Liver Oil has about 1 1/2 times the amount of DHA than EPA, while their Fish Oil has about 1 1/2 times the amount of EPA than DHA. Both EPA and DHA are important omega-3 essential fatty acids,however each component has unique benefits. DHA supports brain and nervous system functioning, while EPA supports heart health, reduces inflammation and improves cellular integrity*. Spectrum's Cod Liver Oil comes from the non-threatened species of Arctic Cod. Spectrum's Fish Oil comes from non-threatened species of anchovies, sardines and mackerel.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
About Spectrum Essentials
Spectrum Organic Products is the nation's top-selling brand of organic, expeller pressed culinary and nutritional oils. The company consists of two main divisions, Spectrum Naturals and Spectrum Essentials.
Spectrum Essentials is the company's line of nutritional oils including over 20 distinct products aimed at supporting good health by providing essential fatty acids like omega-3 and other vital nutrients. The Essentials line features a variety of flaxseed oils including a complete vegetarian omega-3 blend, Flax Oil with DHA. Spectrum Essentials offers flaxseed oil in both liquid and capsule forms as well as whole, ground and roasted varieties of flaxseed, a flax fiber powder supplement, fish oils and an exciting line of vegetarian DHA products for pregnant or nursing women and children. The DHA in these products is sourced from algae. Spectrum Essentials has recently added Organic Virgin Coconut oil to compliment the existing Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil for skin and hair. This 100% mechanically expeller pressed naturally unrefined virgin organic coconut oil comes from fresh coconut meat and contains 9g of medium chain triglycerides (MCT)s per serving.
Since its founding in 1986, Spectrum has been both a category leader and an industry innovator. In 2000, Spectrum was the first to introduce all-vegetable shortening containing no hydrogenated oils and zero trans-fats. In 2004, Spectrum relocated its flax processing facility to Cherokee, Iowa, establishing one of the largest plants of its kind in the U.S. This joint venture between Spectrum and an agricultural cooperative of family farmers of flaxseed ensures both a steady supply of high-quality product and supports sustainable agriculture and the family farm movement. Spectrum also contributes to the alternative bio-fuels industry by providing a bio-fuel research cooperative with the excess canola oil used to clean processing equipment. In 2007 the company was the first to offer a children's vegetarian DHA supplement made without fish oil.
Most significant is Spectrum's contribution to the market for products containing omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's), commonly known as "good fat" because they support the health of the veins, arteries and heart, as well as the hair, skin and nails. In addition to traditional fish sources of omega-3, Spectrum has led the industry with flaxseed products that offer a comparably effective vegetarian
alternative to fish oil. There are no trans fats in any Spectrum product and no hydrogenated fats are used.
As a science-based company, Spectrum sets the industry standard for accurate nutritional analysis and labeling of its products. The company's commitment to product integrity begins in the orchards and farms where it sources raw materials and extends to the processing facilities, where it avoids harsh, toxic or harmful chemicals. Spectrum demands the same rigor of its suppliers, and maintains strict quality control through its national distribution network, going so far as to randomly test products on retail shelves.