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Opti 3 New 2019 Clear No Shadow
Katie D My daughter and I take a vegan supplement which has 100% vit d in. Will we be taking too much vit d if we take this as well or do you have a dha supplement without vit d?
Vegetology Hi, the combined level of Vitamin D3 from taking both Opti3 and VegVit is 400iu. While that is twice the European Nutrition Reference Value (NRV) for Vitamin D (which is 200iu), many countries actually recommend 400iu and indeed many health professionals recommend much higher doses. The recognised upper safe limit for Vitamin D is 4000iu, so ten times the amount you will be taking.
Meaghan E Cholecalciferol is derived from lanolin in lambs wool, this is not vegan yet you label yourself as such?
Vegetology Cholecalciferol is extracted from a lichen. The lichen is harvested from designated growing sites in regions of Asia and North America. All our supplements are certified Vegan.
Liseth S What is the name of the microalgae which is used to make Opti3?
Vegetology We use a Schizochytrium species of microalgae for Opti3
mark w 1. I cant take iodine. Therefore how can i be guaranteed that that the algae doesn't contain iodine 2. As a small amount of Carrageenan (which is of seaweed origin) is used to form our vegetal capsule, therefore can you guarantee me that the seaweed doesn't contain iodine. 3. is it a liquid inside the capsule. Can I open capsule and just have liquid and NOT THE CAPSULE
Vegetology Here are answers to your questions: 1. Opti3 uses microalgae rather than macroalgae (seaweed). The latter is more prone to Iodine content. Our microalgae are grown at a special Pharma-quality facility, meaning we have complete control over purity. There is no Iodine present. 2. The Carrageenan uses to form the capsule is indeed of seaweed (kelp) origin, but it is literally Carrageenan isolated from the seaweed, rather than a seaweed extract that contains other compounds. 3. You can open the capsule and take the oil directly, but you can also purchase our Opti3 liquid (available from April 2020).
Natalie K Please could you tell me in which country this product is made. Thank you.
Vegetology We produce Opti3 here in the United Kingdom
Andrea S In what country is Opti3 produced?
Vegetology We produce Opti3 here in the United Kingdom
Shelana M Hi so I take these usually but I’m not pregnant and worrying of exceeding my vitamin d intake as my pregnancy vitamins have 400uh and I was wondering if taking these at the same time would be too much or do you do the same ones without any vit d thanks Shelana.
Vegetology Your combined Vitamin D3 level from taking your pregnancy vitamins and Opti3 will be 600iu. While that is higher than the European Nutrition Reference Value (NRV) for Vitamin D (200iu), many countries recommend 400iu and indeed many health professionals recommend much higher doses. The recognised upper safe limit for Vitamin D is 4000iu, so significantly higher than the amount you will be taking. It is always worth getting advice from your Doctor, as they can take your full medical history into account, but our general advice is that anything from 200-1000iu per day is a very good maintenance intake of Vitamin D3. It's so important during pregnancy, your 600iu level is very good.
Sandra E Which species of microalgae do you use to produce the omega-3?
Vegetology We use a Schizochytrium species of microalga for Opti3.
Anna L Has your supplement been tested for levels of iodine and vitamin A? Also is the omega 3 in triglyceride form? Can you pierce the capsule and take it mixed in food?
Vegetology Yes, we test for purity and Opti3 doesn't contain iodine or Vitamin A. The Omega-3 is indeed in the TG form. You can pierce Opti3 capsules and mix it with food, or alternative from April 2020 you can purchase Opti3 as a liquid.
Fahimeh N Hi!!! contains opti 3 soy products. Is Vitamin E The Additive Is From Soy? how stable is the opti 3 oil ?? Thank you
Vegetology Opti3 doesn't contain Soy products. The Vitamin E is from sunflower oil. We did use Vitamin E from Soy many years ago, but replaced it once we validated the effectiveness of the sunflower oil option. Opti3 is very stable - we've demonstrated 2 years shelf life even when stored at pretty high temperatures (so emulating being lucky enough to live in a hot and sunny location, unlike here in UK!).
Sonia C It is known that that the Omega 3 oil can get spoiled. Do you test your product for oxidation products? You said that the product is good fo 2 years does it mean no or little oxidation products after 2 years?
Vegetology We do indeed test for oxidation products. We have rigorously tested Opti3 capsules and the 2 year shelf life is because we have demonstrated compliance over that period for Peroxide value and Totox (even in high temperature conditions).
patricia g Hello. How is your Vitamin D made/obtained. You say it is plant sourced. which plant? Thank you
Vegetology Our Vitamin D3 comes from a special, organic plant source called a Lichen. Lichens are small unique plant species consisting of a symbiotic association of a fungus with an algae. This gives them unique attributes such as surviving in extreme climates and having the ability to grow and accumulate meaningful levels of useful nutrients, including Vitamin D3!
Christopher S Is this algae oil in a triglyceride form and are they tested by a third party for environmental toxins including heavy metals?
Vegetology It is in Triglyceride form. The key aspect is that we grow our Microalgae in controlled conditions at a Pharmaceutical-quality specialist facility. Unlike sea water where contamination and heavy metal issues arise, we are able to control absolutely everything and therefore guarantee the complete purity of our product.
Ferg D Does the ascorbyl palmitate in this come from palm oil?
Vegetology We do not use Palm Oil in any of our products.
Elías D Does Opti3 contain palm oil or any ingredient derived from palm oil?
Vegetology Opti3 or any of the supplements do not contain Palm Oil.
Maria Carmen S Does Ascorbyl Palmitate comes from palm oil?
Vegetology There is no Palm Oil in any of the supplements.
Max B If only it wasn't in a plastic bottle :/
Vegetology Our bottle is 100% recyclable and biodegradable, made using a carbon neutral sugar cane eco-plastic. You can find full details here:
Jeffrey B Is there any benefit in doubling up on opti3 Omega 3? So instead of taking 2,take 4.
Vegetology There isn't a set recommended dose of Omega-3 EPA & DHA, so the general advice is the more the better to be honest. The only reason fish and fish oils have had restrictions on consumption levels is down to toxins and contaminants, but we don't have that problem! 2 capsules of Opti3 per day is a really good dose of EPA & DHA, so while doubling up to 4 will no doubt be beneficial, it can get a bit expensive!
Tom D Are all batches of Opti3 individually third-party tested for EPA and DHA dosing accuracy and what tolerances do you accept when deciding whether to ship a batch?
Vegetology Yes they are. We set the minimum of 300mg EPA and 500mg DHA per daily dose, and that is the absolute bare minimum we will accept. In reality, in the past 3 years we have consistency been above 320mg EPA and 525mg DHA.
VIRGINIA M Is it compatible with breastfeeding?
Vegetology Absolutely! And also during Breast Feeding. There are many benefits of taking Opti3 during this time.
Karin I Is there any corn in Opti3?
Vegetology The modified starch in Opti3 capsule shell comes from corn.
Melanie S I am concerned about microcystins/cyanoginosins - is there a guarantee that this is no risk in your product? If so, why is that guaranteed, because tests of some other alga products showed some high dosages of microcystins?
Vegetology The microalgae used for Opti3 are grown in special vessels at a Pharmaceutical-quality facility rather than taken from the ocean. That means we have complete control of purity and can guarantee such toxins are not present.
David L Why does Opti3 contain sunflower oil?
Vegetology We use sunflower oil as the natural source of our Vitamin E in our Opti3 product. We add small amounts of the sunflower oil simply to standardize the omega 3 levels in the capsules. The amount is very low, typically 50mg per capsule so the total amount of omega 6 is small in comparison to the omega 3 levels and omega 6 consumed in the typical diet.
Jazmin F I’m unsure of the amount to give my children (2 yrs and 4 yrs). I have been bursting 2 capsules each per week. Is this enough?
Vegetology Opti3 is great for babies and children. We recommend 1 capsule per day up until the age of 2, then 2 capsules. Pierce the capsule and squeeze the contents onto your babies tongue and when it is having food, you can squeeze it onto that.
Tiff M What is the shelf life of a bottle? Is there an expiry date on the bottle? Thanks!
Vegetology All our supplements come with a really good shelf like. The current stock as of Aug 19 has an expiry date of 05/2021.
Sarah B Hi I'm vegan and need something for joints, menopause, have fibroids and a poor diet. What combination can I take?? Thank you for any help given, I'm a little lost :)
Vegetology A good all-round Vegan daily regime is a combination of Opti3 and VegVit. We have a lot of customers reporting rapid and lasting positive results from this combination. We must always add a note to consult your Doctor before taking any supplements as they can advise based on your specific medical history and any medication.
Emily B Why do you use carageenan??
Vegetology Carrageenan has been inaccurately associated with 'Poligeenan' (a degraded derivative of Carrageenan used in animal products). We have reviewed the vast regulatory safety data on Carrageenan and we are satisfied with its suitability. We only use a small amount of Carrageenan in Opti3 to help form the capsule itself. We wouldn't use any components unless we are completely satisfied with their safety profile.
Julia R Can I take your Vitamin D3 (1000iu tablets) plus the Opti 3 daily? Would it be too much vitamin D? If so, do you recommend taking them alternate days, or maybe just taking 1 pill of the Opti 3 per day? Thank you.
Vegetology We recommend the following acceptable combinations: One of the multivitamin formulas (so one of VegVit, Joint-Vie, Active Energy Complex or PregnaVie). Don’t double up on any of these. · Opti3 · B12 · One of Vitashine The reason not to take more than one of the multivitamin formulas is to avoid getting too much of certain nutrients due to doubling up. Each multivitamin formula can be used with Opti3, Vitashine (any) and B12 or any combination of these.
Laure B Does a child still need to take an extra supplement vitamin D or is this dosage a daily intake?
Vegetology A daily dose of Opti3 provides 5mcg (200iu). That is the recommended daily amount in Europe, however in some regions such as USA the recommended daily intake is higher (USA for example is 10mcg (400iu) depending on age). Our view is the level of D3 within Opti3 provides a good maintenance level, however if your child has been shown to be deficient, we recommend supplementing with a higher dose of D3 for a few weeks before continuing just with the D3 that comes from Opti3.
Vegetology C Where does the cholesterol come from in Opti3?
Vegetology The cholesterol content is found naturally within the Algal Omega-3 oil. A lot of plant / vegetal oils contain small quantities of cholesterol and other sterols as part of their naturally-occurring lipid profile.
Vegetology C I have concerns about Carrageenan
Vegetology Carrageenan has been inaccurately associated with 'Poligeenan' (a degraded derivative of Carrageenan used in animal products). We have reviewed the vast regulatory safety data on Carrageenan and we are satisfied with its suitability. We only use a small amount of Carrageenan in Opti3 to help form the capsule itself. We wouldn't use any components unless we are completely satisfied with their safety profile.
Vegetology C Do you test Opti3 Omega-3 EPA & DHA for beta-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA)?
Vegetology We have tested for BMAA and other similar toxins as part of the safety data generation, however this is not a risk compound for Opti3 (as Opti3 oil is grown/produced at a Pharma facility rather than taken from the sea), so we don't test each batch. Our process allows 100% control on purity.
Vegetology C Would I get too much Vitamin D3 if I take Opti3 and VegVit together?
Vegetology A combination of Opti3 and VegVit is a really good supplement regime. While both contain D3, the collective level is very low (400iu) and actually many people are advised to take a higher dose. From a safety perspective it is well below any concern level, which would be upwards of 10,000iu per dose.
Vegetology C How should Opti3 be stored?
Vegetology Storing in the fridge is ok, but you're right they do become more brittle which means if rattled a lot afterwards, they may burst. Storing anything in the fridge extends their freshness, so does no harm. The main issue is storing in the fridge and then travelling somewhere with them rattling around in a bag: they may burst.
Vegetology C What dose of Opti3 should I give my child?
Vegetology Opti3 as a formula is suitable from newborn onwards. You will need to burst the capsule and then the oil can either taken directly from a spoon or stirred into food. You should use 2 capsules from 2 years upwards.
Vegetology C Does Opti3 contain Iodine?
Vegetology No, Opti3 doesn't contain any iodine.
Vegetology C Opti3 contains Rosemary. Is the level safe during pregnancy? 
Vegetology Opti3 contains Rosemary. Is the level safe during pregnancy? We are occasionally contacted by customers asking about the presence of Rosemary in Opti3, as some reports on the internet discuss Rosemary as being a herb to avoid during pregnancy. A very small amount of Rosemary extract is added to our oil as an antioxidant (as the oil can go off). The maximum amount of Rosemary per daily dose of 2 Opti3 capsules is 11.44mg. If you do have any concerns, please discuss them with your Doctor. You can also read the EFSA review and US FDA approval details.
Vegetology C Please explain the importance of EPA & DHA?
Vegetology Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Alpha-Linoleic Acid (ALA) are three types of fatty acids collectively referred to as Omega-3s, due to their chemical structure. EPA and DHA are long-chain Omega-3s, whereas ALA is a short chain omega-3. The long-chain Omega-3s are more efficient and act faster in the body. EPA and DHA offer numerous health benefits. When we talk about the importance of Omega-3 to our health, it is specifically EPA and DHA that offer the benefits. ALA needs to be converted into EPA by the body to be effective, but this conversion rate is very low so products like Flaxseed may claim to be Omega-3, but are not very effective.
Vegetology C How do I take Opti3?
Vegetology Opti3 is supplied as convenient soft capsules. Simply take 1-2 Opti3 capsules each day with food (taking with food helps absorption by the body). 2 capsules provides 300mg EPA and 500mg DHA. If you prefer, you can pierce the capsules and take the Opti3 oil itself, either directly in the mouth or by adding it to foods. This method is often preferred by the elderly who may have trouble swallowing capsules, or to help children to take it.
Vegetology C What are the benefits of Omega-3?
Vegetology There are many reported benefits of taking Omega-3 supplements. This includes hearth health, increased alertness and attentiveness, lowering of cholesterol, eye health and benefits to various diseases and ailments.
Vegetology C How does Opti3 compare to Flaxseed Oil?
Vegetology There really is no comparison. Flaxseed Oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids in the far less effective form of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). ALA is not equivalent to EPA and DHA in its biological effects, and needs to be converted in order to be effective. Unfortunately this conversion is very low. Flaxseed oil does not provide the body with sufficient levels of Omega-3.
Vegetology C Why does Opti3 contain Carrageenan?
Vegetology We use a small amount of Carrageenan (which is of seaweed origin) to form our vegetal capsule. It is a brilliant alternative to animal-derived gelatine. The level we use is incredibly low, and its safety has been extensively proven. We are aware of concerns that surfaced a few years ago, specifically with degraded Carrageenan (which is actually known as poligeenan and not permitted in food anyway) in animals. We use pharmaceutical-quality, refined material. Its safety has been continuously ratified by all authorities including US FDA and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Vegetology C Can I take Opti3 when I’m pregnant?
Vegetology Absolutely! And also during Breast Feeding. There are many benefits of taking Opti3 during this time.
Vegetology C Is Opti3 good for my kids to take?
Vegetology Opti3 is great for kids! We are always being contacted by happy parents telling us how much improvement in concentration and attentiveness they see in their children when taking Opti3. There is a great deal of evidence linking Omega-3 with brain function and development. We strongly recommend giving Opti3 to your kids.
Vegetology C I’m a vegan, can I take Opti3?
Vegetology Yes. Opti3 is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. We have registered Opti3 with the Vegan and Vegetarian Societies. We are proud to display both society logos on our product bottle and website.
Vegetology C Is Opti3 an alternative to fish oil for Omega-3?
Vegetology Opti3 provides the body with EPA and DHA, the main Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish oils. Fish actually obtain their omega-3 through a diet of algae. We've simply cut the fish out of the loop and gone straight to the algae! In fact Opti3 is higher strength than most fish Omega-3s!
Vegetology C What is algae?
Vegetology We obtain our Omega-3 fatty acids from algae and other natural ingredients. Algae are all around us, from seaweed we see washed up on beaches, to the green and red coloured substances we see in our ponds and birdbaths. Algae form the staple diet for fish, which is where oily fish obtain their Omega-3 fatty acids. We use special algae grown in a fully-controlled pharmaceutical facility to obtain our Omega-3. Unlike algae found in the sea, we can guarantee the presence of absolutely zero contaminants or toxins.
Vegetology C Is the Vitamin D3 in Opti3 Vegan suitable?
Vegetology Yes! Our exclusive Vitamin D3 technology is 100% plant source and registered with the Vegan Society and Vegetarian Society. The level included in Opti3 (200iu per daily dose) is suitable for people of all ages, including babies and children.
Vegetology C Can I give Opti3 to my pets? 
Vegetology It is very common for Opti3 to be given to cats and dogs. Some of our customers pierce the capsules and add the oil to pet food, but we're told some pets are quite happy munching the capsules themselves! There are reports of specific benefits to animals including joint care and general health. There is no problem in giving Opti3 to your pets.
Vegetology C How does the Opti3 dose compare to fish oil? 
Vegetology Opti3 is actually higher strength than most fish oil supplements in terms of EPA & DHA levels, offering the high dose of minimum 250mg EPA and 500mg DHA per 2 capsules.
Vegetology C Is hexane extraction used? 
Vegetology No. We are delighted to confirm our extraction process does not use hexane or other harmful solvents.
Vegetology C When shouldn’t I take Opti3? 
Vegetology Opti3 is designed to be suitable for everyone, but if you are taking blood thinning drugs (e.g. Warfarin), please speak to your Doctor before taking Opti3 or indeed any nutritional supplements.
Vegetology C Is Opti3 obtained from the ocean?
Vegetology Opti3 is from algae, but grown and produced in a Pharmaceutical facility rather than taken from the sea. This ensures optimum purity, guarantees the product is free from contaminants and of course leaves our oceans alone!
Vegetology C Food allergies and Opti3
Vegetology Opti3 is free from gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar-based ingredients. Allergies to fish oil are usually associated with proteins in fish, so such individuals should be fine to take Opti3 (although we recommend consulting your Doctor first). Opti3 comes from Sunflower Oil. Each Opti3 capsule contains >0.1% Vitamin E, so a maximum of 0.8mg. It is added as an antioxidant to protect the Omega-3 oil.
Vegetology C How does Opti3 compare to other Vegetarian Omega-3 supplements? 
Vegetology Unless other natural Omega-3 supplements talk about EPA & DHA, they cannot be compared to Opti3. Most plant-based Omega-3 supplements including Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Chia Oil provide Omega-3 in the inferior form of ALA. Please read the previous FAQ page about the importance of EPA & DHA for full details. Every ingredient in Opti3 is guaranteed to be 100% Vegetarian and Vegan suitable.
Vegetology C I’m not a vegetarian or vegan so shall I just take fish oil?
Vegetology There are well reported downsides to fish oil. Fish may contain harmful levels of contaminants and toxins including heavy metals, PCBs and dioxins. In addition to the safety issues, there are growing concerns about diminishing fish stocks in our seas, largely due to unsustainable fishing practices. We recommend you take advice from the Food and Drug Administration about the latest safety guidelines associated with consuming fish. Opti3 offers an alternative that is 100% free from contaminants and toxins.
Vegetology C What is Opti3?
Vegetology Opti3 is a 100% natural, high strength EPA & DHA supplement with an added dose of our plant Vitamin D3. Opti3 is designed to offer the benefits of Omega-3, without the need for Fish or any animal ingredients. It is sold in monthly packs of 60 capsules (2 per day).