Equazen developed mumomega ™ to deliver the exact structural fatty acids required at a crucial time of life: before, during and after pregnancy. We all have a requirement for long-chain fatty acids, but a lot of research is showing that the particular fatty acids DHA and AA are needed as building blocks for the cells that make up the eye and brain during pregnancy. So it is vital that pregnant women have an adequate input from their diet.
As the best dietary source of these fatty acids is oily fish, issues of safety, cost and convenience make mumomega ™ a wise choice to ensure a proper intake. The omega 3 and omega 6 oils we use in this formulation are of exceptional purity, so you can take the supplement in the knowledge that you are only putting goodness into your system.
Mumomega™ for mother and baby
Expecting mothers need to be fastidious about their fatty acid input, not only for babies, but for themselves. Mother nature gives the baby priority, and it effectively treats mother's brain as a food source, stripping away structural fatty acids, which are then carried across the placenta to help grow the baby's brain. This entirely natural process can result in the maternal brain shrinking by up to 3% during pregnancy. Clearly, it is prudent at this important time to ensure a proper fatty acid intake, which is where a particularly pure formulation as mumomega ™ may be considered.
The mumomega ™ formulation is based on extensive research into the role of fatty acids in neurodevelopment. About 20% of the dry weight of the brain is made up of long chain fatty acids, the majority being omega-3 DHA, and to a lesser degree omega-6 AA. These nutrients can only be supplied from the diet. It is particularly important that these long chain fatty acids are in constant supply during the third trimester of pregnancy, and the first two years of a child's life: the times when brain growth is most rapid.
One must ensure mother takes enough AA and DHA during pregnancy, and after, when the child is hopefully being breastfed. The mumomega ™ formulation essentially delivers what are the beneficial elements of human milk.
One of particular interests is the fact that organisations such as the Department of Health and the British Nutrition Foundation recommend we all eat more fish – at least two portions a week, of which one should be oily fish like salmon or mackerel. The main reason for this is because in addition to being an excellent low-fat protein source, oily fish is also rich in long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. In particular, the structural fatty acids play a vital role in the ‘nutritional preparation’ for pregnancy, since a diet that includes these can have positive outcomes for the developing baby and the expectant or breastfeeding mother. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) also recommends that we should all eat at least two portions of fish a week. They also say: ‘Girls and women who might have a baby one day, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, should eat no more than two portions of oily fish a week. Other women, men and boys, can eat up to four portions of oily fish.’
How we formulated mumomega ™
Our challenge in making mumomega ™ was to create a supplement that delivered the optimum formulation of fatty acids for pregnant and lactating mothers, and youngsters. The criteria was to deliver the key omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are required to create the structure of the eye and brain during early life. The fatty acids we needed to include, listed in order of importance for the formulation, are:
DHA, or Docosahexaenoic Acid. This is an omega-3 fatty acid that is an element in the structure of cell membranes of the eye and brain. In fact, about 10% of the dry weight of the brain is made up of DHA, which as a dietary source, typically comes from oily fish.
AA, or Arachidonic Acid. This is an omega-6 fatty acid that can play both structural and functional roles in the brain. It is a crucial part of cell membranes and is believed to play a role in the laying down of memory. In the diet, AA is usually derived from meat and dairy products.
EPA, or Eicosapentaenoic Acid. Another omega-3 fatty acid, but unlike structural DHA, 'functional' EPA has various anti-inflammatory actions, and in many trials, has been shown to have positive influences on mood. EPA is derived from oily fish.
GLA, or Gamma Linolenic Acid. This omega-6 fatty acid is known to also have anti-inflammatory actions, and to play a role in regulating hormonal balance.
DPA, or Docosapentaenoic Acid. This is a link omega-3 fatty acid, which sits on the metabolic pathway between EPA and DHA.
Our challenge was to get all these fatty acids into one formulation. We opted for an oil specification that used a pharmaceutical-grade marine fish oil to deliver the key omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3 source has been tweaked at an FDA-approved facility to concentrate the DHA in particular to a very high level, while providing elevated amounts of AA and DPA. The omega-6 source is virgin organic evening primrose oil.
In terms of our dosage, we followed the suggested intake levels set out by the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, or ISSFAL. This is the most prestigious body involved in fatty acid research, and their advice is that pregnant and lactating women take at least 300 mg of DHA a day, and infants at least 100 mg of DHA a day. To ensure that mother and child can include this in their diets easily, we developed two variants of mumomega ™.
This formulation is unique to Equazen and we believe will deliver the optimum fatty acids for pregnancy and early childhood.
The oils in mumomega™
Equazen is a specialist supplier of highest quality omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and our philosophy is to only use the highest grade natural-form oils. mumomega ™ will give you long-chain fatty acids and natural antioxidants, but the formulation is otherwise free of any additives, flavourings or synthetic compounds. Crucially, we only use natural-form oils: synthetic concentrates are not employed, as these manipulated substances are in a form that is not the most suitable for the body to absorb. The omega-3 fish oil has been concentrated, but our unique process involves deconstructing the fatty acids, and then reassembling them back into natural form triglycerides.
Pregnancy and early childhood is a time when one must be particularly fastidious about all dietary inputs, and we have made sure that you can take our variants. Pharmaceutical-grade Omega-3 Fish Oil
• The source of our omega-3 fish oil is tuna from the unpolluted southern oceans, which provide a particularly high level of DHA
• The oil is concentrated using molecular distillation, leaving it in a free fatty acid form
• Any pollutants, impurities and volatiles are effectively eliminated during this process
• The oil is then chilled and filtered, allowing removal of any excess saturated fats, and resulting in a pure clear oil
• The free fatty acids are rebuilt into triglycerides, the most bio-available form, allowing maximum efficacy and absorption
• The oil is 70% omega-3 fatty acids, the majority being DHA, a key structural fatty acid that is part of the membranes of brain cells
• The oil has an elevated level of AA, a structural fatty acid that like DHA is a crucial building block for brain cells
• The oil has an elevated level of DPA, a 'link' fatty acid between EPA and DHA Virgin-pressed Omega-6 Evening Primrose Oil
• We source seed in full compliance with EU/WHO regulations with respect to chemicals, pesticides or any other harmful residues
• The sourced seed - already an oil of unrivalled purity - is then cleaned to ensure no foreign elements are present during extraction
• The seed is extracted using a special mechanical press that ensures the oil is protected from heat, light or oxygen. No solvents are used during extraction
• The resulting oil is then filtered once to take out seed debris, but is otherwise left in its purest natural form, ensuring that various positive elements such as anti-oxidants are retained
• The oil gives a particularly pure source of GLA, which is known to play a role in maintaining hormonal balance. It can also metabolise into structural AA The omega-3 and omega-6 oils are then encapsulated at a pharmaceutical-grade facility.
Analysis at an independent laboratory proves that each batch of mumomega ™, with regards to environmental toxins such as dioxins, PCBs and mercury, is in full compliance with stringent EU/WHO regulations. Our processing to eliminate any potential toxicity ensures we are delivering oils that present no risk to mother or baby.
Dual Delivery System
One Formulation: two delivery systems
The mumomega ™ formulation is based on a deep understanding of the research into how fatty acids can be of benefit before, during and after pregnancy. Given the plethora of research, we have opted to follow the suggested intake levels set out by the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL). This is the most prestigious body involved in fatty acid research, and their advisory body, after viewing all current materials, recommends that pregnant and lactating women should take at least 300 mg of DHA a day, and infants at least 100 mg of DHA a day.
One 750 mg capsule of mumomega ™ pregnancy a day ensures this level, providing more than 300 mg of DHA, as well as positive inputs of other beneficial fatty acids: GLA, AA, EPA and DPA. This intake level should be maintained during lactation, which will ensure that the fatty acids reach the baby through their mother's milk.