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Below are the answers to questions that were frequently asked in the past. If your questions are not answered here or in other sections of this web site, you can send a request to info@pharmetics.com and we will do our best to answer it.

Vitamin D, is it ok to take 1000 IU?
The Canadian Cancer Society suggests taking 1000 IU of Vitamin D/day during the fall and winter months for all adults living in Canada. Some current evidence suggests this amount will help reduce the risk of cancer. The cancers most linked to low levels of the vitamin D were colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that taking Vitamin D supplements and calcium substantially reduces all-cancer risk in post menopausal women. Health Canada would like to remind Canadians that they should not exceed the Tolerable Upper Intake Level set for adults at 2000 IU/day from all sources of Vitamin D, including foods rich in Vitamin D and supplements, however, more studies are needed to clearly define the amount of Vitamin D that will maximize health benefits.
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What is the difference between Vitamin D and Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D and Vitamin D3 are the same, although named differently. The “3” signifies the source of Vitamin D which is cholecalciferol; this is the scientific name for Vitamin D.
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How many calories are there in an Omega 3·6·9 softgel?
This product contains a blend of fish and plant oils; there are 10.8 calories per softgel.
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The Omega 3·6·9 softgel is not as shiny as it was before, why?
The Omega 3·6·9 softgel is now enteric coated which makes the softgel a bit firmer and opaque. The non-medicinal ingredients are not exactly the same as the non-enteric coated which results in a different appearance.
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What is enteric coated?
The term “enteric” means of or relating to the small intestine. A capsule or tablet that is enteric coated permits the transit of the product through the stomach to the small intestine before the supplement is released. For the Omega 3·6·9 softgel, this coating prevents the product from being digested in the stomach, which may otherwise cause a fishy reflux.
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The source of the fish in your product; is it wild or farmed?
Our supplements which contain fish mostly consist of wild fish.
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Is it safe to take many natural products with medications?
The best person to answer this question would be your doctor or pharmacist as some supplements or natural products can enhance or decrease the effect of medication.
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What is the purpose of evening primrose oil (EPO)?
EPO contains a high proportion of cis-linoleic and cis-gamma linolenic acids. These essential fatty acids are precursors of some series of the prostaglandin which may be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, menopause as well as arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It may also help with skin problems such as eczema.
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Do your products contain lactose or gluten?
Many of our products do not contain these allergens, but we always recommend reading the product label if you are sensitive to these allergens.
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In the non-medicinal ingredients, what is the source of gelatin?
Gelatin is derived from beef and pork sources.
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Do your products contain aspartame?
We have a few products which contain aspartame, such as the Chewable Vitamin C and Chewable Multivitamin products. We are gradually changing our non-medicinal ingredients to include another type of alternative sweetener which is more acceptable.
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