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Monday, 04 July 2016

Researchers develop supplement for children

HEALTH: Pre-schoolers in previously disadvantage communities in South Africa will soon have access to Omega Caro E Kidz, a supplement available in emulsion form HEALTH: Pre-schoolers in previously disadvantage communities in South Africa will soon have access to Omega Caro E Kidz, a supplement available in emulsion form

Thanks to CPUT researchers, pre-schoolers in previously disadvantage communities in South Africa will soon have access to Omega Caro E Kidz, a supplement available in emulsion form.

Omega Caro E Kidz was developed by Prof Spinney Benade and Dr Maretha Opperman, researchers based at the Functional Foods Research Unit at the CPUT Bellville Campus.

The emulsion stems from the duo’s Omega Caro-E supplement, which is available in capsule form. Widely available in South Africa as well as in Canada, the Omega Caro-E supplement contains a range of carotenes, natural forms of vitamin E and vitamin D.

As part of the non-profit component, Benade and Opperman plan to distribute Omega Caro E Kidz to pre-schoolers in previously disadvantage communities in South Africa.

Benade says the vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids in the emulsion are crucial for the neurological and visual development of children.

For more information, visit the Functional Foods Unit webpage.

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Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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