BiOmega™ Jr: What You Need to Know
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to any effective nutritional program, especially in children. USANA® BiOmega Jr.TM is a fish oil supplement that delivers a healthy amount of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), along with vitamin D, in a delectable flavored gel packet format.
– EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are required for optimal health, especially in growing and developing children.*
– Because our bodies are inefficient in making EPA and DHA it is recommended to get these omega-3 fatty acids through the diet or nutritional supplementation.
– Dietary sources of EPA and DHA include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, and anchovies. However, most individuals only obtain 30-100 mg of EPA/DHA daily falling far below the recommended amounts of between 250 mg to 2 grams of EPA/DHA per day.
-Adequate intakes of omega-3 fatty acids including EPA and DHA have been found to support healthy joints, brain development, cell membrane integrity, skin and eye health, cardiovascular function, child development, and a healthy immune system.*
– USANA’s BiOmega Jr. TM comes in a convenient gel packet, it can be easily used by children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, BiOmega Jr. can be used by individuals who might not otherwise consider supplementing with omega-3s, or have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules.
The Science of BiOmega Jr.
Nutrition is a key component in getting a child off to a smart start. These include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy and essential fats.
Fats are an essential part of our diet. However, we should limit unhealthy fat intake and encourage consumption of healthy fats. Saturated fats found in meat, milk, and cheese help to promote the formation of artery-clogging fatty deposits. The trans-fatty acids (found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) are even more harmful to our health. Monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils do not promote arterial fat deposits and polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as the omega-3 fatty acids, are the most beneficial to overall health. Unfortunately, recent reports suggest that children aren’t getting enough omega-3s out of their diet for adequate nutrition, causing public health concerns.
A growing body of research shows the importance of omega-3 fatty acids for our health, even at the earliest stages of life. Because we know how important these vital nutrients are, pregnant women and new mothers often supplement their diets, and most infant formula is now fortified with omega-3s to help support a baby’s growing brain and body. But when a child transitions to eating solid foods, the amount of omega-3s in his or her diet may drop dramatically and stay low throughout childhood, especially if the child is a finicky eater. In fact, nearly 80 percent of children in North America are estimated to be deficient in omega-3s. In order to support a child’s healthy growth and development, it may be necessary to add a quality omega-3 supplement.*
Omega-3 fatty acids assist with maintaining the fluidity and permeability of cell membranes, and healthy brain cell membranes contain over 10 times more concentrated omega-3s than the rest of the body. Our bodies require omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, to support proper brain development and structure. In fact, over half of our brain is fat although the body normally has a 10:1 ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA is the most concentrated polyunsaturated fat in our brain. Therefore, it is thought that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids support very important structural and functional roles in the brain, including the maintenance of cell membrane fluidity and the transmission of neural chemical signals. DHA is also thought to support electric signaling in the brain, underscoring its role in supporting learning ability, memory, concentration, and behavior, and mood. And some studies have suggested that intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats can help contribute to improved brain function in healthy people, which in turn may improve performance on tests for verbal learning ability and listening comprehension.*
Omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, are precursors for eicosanoids, which are mediators of many biochemical processes and influence interactions between cells. Thus, they are necessary for the normal function and production of healthy cells throughout the body, making them vital for ongoing healthy growth and development.*
Developing a healthy body early in life can have long-term, positive effects. Some research suggests that early nutrition can induce lifelong effects on metabolism, growth, neurodevelopment, and cardiovascular health. Several clinical studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for supporting the heart and vascular system throughout our lives*.
Numerous clinical studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids support healthy eye development. High concentrations of DHA are found in the photoreceptors of the retina where it plays a role in fluidity of retinal membranes and visual function.*
Regardless of age, everyone needs omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. More so for the developing mind and for learning, omega-3 is crucial for kids.*
So what can be done about the problem of kids, adolescents, and adults not eating enough fatty fish? Are there any alternatives? Along with a healthy diet, a high-quality supplement is a great place to start.
USANA’s BiOmega Jr. TM delivers a beneficial amount of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, along with vitamin D, in a delectable flavored gel packet format. One gel packet provides 350 mg of EPA and 230 mg of DHA omega-3 fatty acids.
The USANA Difference
BiOmega is a whole-body oil (not a liver oil) made from anchovies and sardines – small fish with short lifespans, which are naturally much lower in contaminants than larger fish species such as salmon and tuna. In fact, the raw material (pre-refining) oils used in BiOmega are already lower in PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) than established guidelines for finished products. It is then purified using repeated high vacuum molecular distillation, and the finished product is tested again for heavy metals and other contaminants.
BiOmega is purified using repeated high vacuum molecular distillation. This distillation process removes undesirable impurities leaving only the key beneficial components of the fish oil. Because of this molecular distillation process, BiOmega is purified to be virtually free of contaminants and free of trans-fatty acids.
A quality supplement like USANA’s BiOmega Jr. can make it fun and easy for kids to get the DHA and EPA they need for healthy minds and bodies without taking a supplement full of added sugar.* Additionally, BiOmega Jr. can be used by children, adolescents, and adults or individuals who otherwise might not consider supplementing with omega-3s, or have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules. Unlike many popular brands that supply only small amounts of omega-3s, BiOmega Jr. supplies a valuable amount of highly absorbable DHA and EPA in a delectable flavored gel with no fishy taste.*
With added vitamin D, BiOmega Jr. also supports developing bones and overall good health.* Packaged in single-serve packets, kids will love having BiOmega Jr. as a treat every other day, and parents will love how convenient it is to give their kids a healthy supplement, either straight from the packet, mixed into yogurt or other creamy foods, or for an extra special treat, serve cold right out of the refrigerator.*
Ages 4–12 years—take one (2.5 g) packet every other day with or without food. Serve Chilled for an even better taste.
What is the difference between BiOmega and BiOmega Jr.?
USANA’s BiOmega Jr. is a fish oil supplement that delivers healthy amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and vitamin D, in a delectable, sugar free, flavored gel format that is friendly for kids or adults who have a hard time swallowing capsules.
USANA’s BiOmega supplement is a fish oil supplement that contains a balanced, concentrated source of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in a convenient capsule form.
How much EPA and DHA are in BiOmega Jr?
Each serving (1 packet) of BiOmega Jr. has 650 mg total of omega-3 fatty acids. Of which 350 mg are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 230 mg are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Can adults take BiOmega Jr?
Yes, the BiOmega Jr. can be used by adults who prefer it, or who cannot swallow capsules. The dosage of omega-3 fatty acids in a packet of BiOmega Jr. is similar to one BiOmega capsule.
What is BiOmega Jr?
BiOmega Jr. is a fish oil supplement that supplies the important omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in a creamy flavored gel.
Omega-3 fatty acids support cardiovascular health, proper brain and neural development, and maintenance of good joint health.*
How is BiOmega Jr. TM purified?
BiOmega Jr. TM is a whole-body oil (not a liver oil) made from anchovies and sardines – small fish with short life spans which are naturally much lower in contaminants than larger fish (such as salmon, tuna, etc.). In fact, the raw material (pre-refining) oils used in BiOmega Jr. are already lower in PCBs than established guidelines for finished products. It is then purified using a process called high vacuum molecular distillation (twice) and the finished product is tested for heavy metals and other contaminants.
Molecular distillation removes impurities (heavy metals, dioxides, etc.), saturated fats, and other undesirable organic compounds. Molecular distillation is gentle with exceptionally low heat residence time and is performed in a vacuum to further reduce heat requirement. Any potential impurities and saturated fats are distilled out of the oil, leaving only the key beneficial components of the fish oil.
What fish species are used to make BiOmega Jr?
BiOmega Jr. is sourced from deep-sea cold water fish species (anchovies and sardines).
Can I add BiOmega Jr. to food?
Yes, BiOmega Jr. is packaged in convenient one-dose pouches that don’t require refrigeration, which makes it convenient to take at home or on-the-go. Simply tear off the top and squeeze BiOmega Jr. directly into your mouth, into yogurt, directly on to fruit, or in a smoothie. There are many possibilities.
Is it OK to store BiOmega Jr. in the refrigerator?
While refrigeration is not necessary, it is fine to store BiOmega Jr. in the refrigerator. However, freezing and heating should be avoided, as it may cause the formula to separate.
Is BiOmega Jr. made with the triglyceride form of fish oil?
Yes, BiOmega Jr. is made with the triglyceride form of fish oil.
Does BiOmega Jr. contain vitamin A?
No, BiOmega TM does not contain vitamin A.
Unless added by the manufacturer, only fish oil supplements specifically made from fish liver (such as cod liver oil) will contain vitamin A.
Does BiOmega Jr. contain gluten?
Most USANA products do not contain wheat, oats, rye, barley, or gluten.
What is the caloric content BiOmega Jr.?
Twenty calories per daily dose.
What ages are recommend to take BiOmega Jr.?
Ages 4 to 12 to take one packet every-other-day. Ages 12 and older take one packet daily.
Can BiOmega Jr. be used during pregnancy and lactation
Research has clearly shown that essential fatty acids are important for developing babies, and many women don’t get enough from diet alone. During pregnancy, omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, support brain, eye, and nerve development, especially during the last trimester.*
- *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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