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Essential1: Heart Health

What is Essential1: Heart Health?

Essential1: Heart Health is an omega-3 dietary supplement. Clinical studies show that omega-3s reduce body fat and increase satiety (a sensation of fullness) during weight loss.

In addition, the American Heart Association recommends daily consumption of at least 1 gram (1,000 milligrams) of combined essential fatty acids EPA and DHA for those with high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. That's why Medifast recommends Essential1: Heart Health as part of your 5 & 1 Plan and Maintenance Plan. Just two daily gelcaps of Essential1: Heart Health give you 1,200 milligrams of these key nutrients. (These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

Who should not use Essential1: Heart Health?
If you have a fish allergy, or are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or planning any medical procedures, consult your physician before use. Discontinue use and consult your physician if any adverse reactions occur.
Can I take Essential1: Heart Health if I have a shellfish allergy?
Yes.
Does Essential1: Heart Health help combat hair loss?
It's not designed specifically for that, but healthier hair can be a benefit because it contains flaxseed oil. You should take Super Omegas-3 for your general wellness.
Does Essential1: Heart Health replace my Healthy Fat serving(s)?
No, you should take Essential1: Heart Health in addition to your Healthy Fat serving (s). Essential1: Heart Health does not contain enough fat to count as a fat serving.
Does it matter if I take it with a Medifast Meal or with my Lean & Green Meal?
No, you can take Essential1: Heart Health with any meal at any time of day.
Does Essential1: Heart Health have any side effects?
No.
What is the ratio of fish oil to flaxseed oil?
Essential1: Heart Health is composed mainly of fish oil - 1,200 milligrams - with a touch of organic flaxseed oil (50 milligrams).
Does Essential1: Heart Health help prevent gallstones?
No, there is not enough fat in a Essential1: Heart Health serving to prevent gallstones. The Healthy Fat serving(s) on the 5 & 1 Plan can help prevent gallstones.
Can I take Essential1: Heart Health in addition to my multivitamin?
Yes, we recommend this when you're in the weight maintenance phase. You do not need a multivitamin during the weight-loss phase unless instructed otherwise by your physician. Essential1: Heart Health can be taken during all phases of the Medifast Program - weight-loss, transition, or maintenance.
Essential1: Heart Health contains 67% of the daily value of vitamin E. Won't I overdose on vitamin E if I take this along with my Medifast Meals?
No, the range between RDA and upper tolerance limit is huge. Vitamin E is an antioxidant with a tolerable upper limit for adults of 1,000 milligrams. Medifast Meals contain an average of 60 IU (54.5 milligrams) of vitamin E, plus 10-20 IU (9.1-18.2 milligrams) of d-l-alpha tocopheral acetate, so even when you're taking your Medifast Meals and Essential1: Heart Health as directed, you're not getting near the upper limit.
Since the FDA doesn't regulate dietary supplements, how do I know that Essential1: Heart Health is safe?
Medifast's Essential1: Heart Health is third-party tested to guarantee both its purity and that the product really contains what the label states.
Does Essential1: Heart Health contain soy?
The vitamin E in the product is from a soybean oil base. Most people with soy allergies are allergic to soy protein, which should be removed from soybean oil. Although unlikely, cross-contamination is possible, so a severely allergic person should not use this product.
Is Essential1: Heart Health a vitamin pill?
No. It's a fatty acid dietary supplement in softgel capsule form, not a vitamin.
Does Essential1: Heart Health contain calories and carbohydrates?
Each serving of 2 softgels contains 25 calories, and 0 grams of carbohydrate.
Is Essential1: Heart Health kosher?

No. The softgel capsule is made from gelatin, which is not kosher.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Medifast makes no claim that these results are representative of all participants on the Medifast Program. Medifast recommends you consult with a physician before starting a weight-loss program. Individual results will vary. Medifast is the brand recommended by more than 20,000 doctors since 1980. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first two weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.

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