Frequently Asked Questions:
FAQs by Product:
Frequently Asked Questions & Information About Our Products
General FAQ Overview:
Select a link on the left for product-specific questions and answers or choose from the general FAQ's below:
What is so important about having a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6?
What is so important about having a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6?
Many of you have heard we need more omega-3 in our diets and that we get sufficient amounts of omega-6. What most people don't understand is the importance of the "balance" – Your body needs a 1:1 ratio in order to properly metabolize and use these essential fatty acids (EFAs).
Health publications and practitioners have traditionally recommended supplements and foods rich in omega-3 (such as fish and flax) to counter the overabundance of the omega-6. The goal is to achieve a better balance of the EFAs, however, if your body does not receive both simultaneously, they are not nearly as efficacious as if taken together.
Mother nature's intended balance (1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6) lies within the cranberry seed. Our cold processing maintains the original phytonutrient profile as much as possible. This yields higher utilization and uptake by your body (bioavailability) of these and the numerous other nutrients in our formulas.
Protein from a fruit? I have never heard of it!
That's why we're in business! Our processing also does what your body cannot: the human body is unable obtain and digest protein from eating whole fruits. The protein actually comes from the seeds. Even if you were able to locate and consume numerous seeds, your body cannot utilize the nutrients because of a protective hull that makes the seed pass through your body. Our processing takes care of all of that for you.
The protein in the Cranberry Protein Powder is complete protein (containing all essential amino acids), unlike protein isolates from whey or many other hot products on the market. Because of our cold pressing technology, we retain other key nutrients (omega-3 & 6 EFAs, oleic acid, phytosterols, vitamin E, etc.) which increases the bioavailability (absorption and utilization by the body) of all the nutrients.
Isn't it less expensive to eat whole foods instead of supplementation?
Not for the value your body is getting. If you compare the cost and time involved in traveling to the supermarket, purchasing food, and the preparation involved, the cost of the fruit essentials products are relatively inexpensive. As a standard practice, we urge everyone to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day. But, for those who don't, supplements can help you to bridge the gap between what you eat and what your body needs.
Are there any GMOs or pesticides in your products?
There are no pesticides or GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in any of the Fruit Essentials® products. Our stringent Quality Control procedures guarantee that our products are pesticide-free and contamination-free. Fruit Essentials, Inc. and each ingredient supplier routinely uses outside laboratories to conduct appropriate safety testing to confirm that our products are free from harmful items.
How do you handle food allergens?
Fruit Essentials, Inc. complies with all regulatory agencies in the labeling and handling of the common allergens and has an internal allergen policy.
In the development of our products, a great deal of attention was given to minimizing allergic potential. Each raw material is investigated thoroughly to ensure that no frequent food allergens are contained in the product.
However, it is possible that someone could be allergic to one or more of the extracts and concentrates that make up one of the Fruit Essentials products. Please note that it is virtually impossible for a company to develop a product that someone, somewhere isn't allergic to.
Always consult with your practitioner prior to changing your diet or using supplements, especially if you have food allergies.
Why do I need an antioxidant supplement?
If you do not consume the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, chances are you are not getting the recommended amount of antioxidants in your diet. Most people only consume 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Many of the top ten fruits and vegetables are over processed and/or over farmed, which limits the availability of nutrients your body can use and absorb.
Can I get enough antioxidants from my diet alone?
If you want the best antioxidant protection for your body, it would be extremely difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Fruit Essentials, Inc. stresses that it is vital that you consume a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables as they contain a wide variety of components. We also follow the studies and know that much of the fruits and vegetables that we do eat lack nutrients they have had in prior generations.
Eating a well-balanced diet should be sufficient, but for those who don't, supplements with highly bioavailable antioxidants can help you to bridge the gap between what you eat and what your body needs.
Are your products organic?
No - Quite simply, there are not enough organic cranberry seeds to make the quantity of products we need. There are very few organic cranberry growers in the US and Canada, and we have not yet had an organic certified grower or processor meet our manufacturer's stringent quality control standards.
Because of the acidic growing conditions of the cranberry, the seed develops an extremely thick, protective hull. Pesticides have the most exposure on the outside of the fruit. By design, the pesticides become imbedded in the waxes and surface residues of the cranberry and do not penetrate the seed. This keeps the materials in the area where pests are feeding, thus inoculating them with the toxic materials.
Cranberries have one of the most tenacious of pests: insects that like low acid environments. The thick skins and heavy waxes on the fruit's surface tend to retain the pesticides, which is why cranberries have the notoriety of retaining pesticides. The natural products industry monitors the pesticide use along with the USDA and sets guidelines for type, amount and other applications. The ingredients we use in our products adhere to these standards.
The oil from the seeds has been pesticide tested on numerous occasions with absolutely no residual pesticides detected. We attribute that to the fact that the seed is protected by the fruit's surface and the oil is protected by the hull of the seed.
Since cranberry seeds show little / no effects when chemicals or pesticides are used on the plant, the term organic (in this case) is arguably irrelevant. In accordance with industry standards, our ingredients are tested by a third-party laboratory for pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, yeast and mold to ensure safety.
How many seeds does it take to make one of the Fruit Essentials® products?
To better understand the relative concentrations, we've scaled the constituents into everyday objects:
If a cranberry were the size of a beach ball, a seed would be the size of a golf ball, and a drop of the seed oil would be the size of a marble. It takes many marbles to fill a 4 oz. bottle, which would be about the size of a refrigerator. A full refrigerator would equal a gymnasium full of beach balls.... that's a lot of cranberries!
How will your products interact with the drugs I am taking?
Drug interaction is a very fragile item for many people. Unfortunately, we are not qualified to give medical advice and therefore cannot make any direct recommendations.
Nutritionally rich oils can sometimes affect a drug’s bioavailability. You should always seek qualified guidance before you start any diet, medication or dietary supplement.
Although many of our products are all natural (and eating them is much like eating foods with rich amounts of certain nutrients), we always recommend you consult with your healthcare professional with a question such as this.
How do Fruit Essentials® products affect cholesterol?
While we don’t have products designed and marketed for cholesterol reduction, many of the nutrients within have been shown to positively affect cholesterol.
We would like to mention a few nutrients that have a lot of scientific backing for helping to lower cholesterol. Phytosterols are commonly found in plants and have been shown to block the receptor sites that also receive cholesterol. In addition, omega-3 essential fatty acids are making more and more headlines with similar and numerous other healthy attributes.
Two products that we currently have with the aforementioned nutrients include Cranberry Seed Oil Softgels and the Prot-EFA Nutritional System. While results are likely to vary per individual, we constantly receive positive testimonials in regard to cholesterol reduction with these products.
How do your products affect inflammation?
While we don’t have products designed and marketed for lowering inflammation, many of the nutrients within have been shown to help with inflammatory conditions. As you probably know, inflammation is linked to many of the “conditions of civilization,” those most feared in our society today.
There are a few nutrients that have an abundance of scientific backing for helping lower inflammation, most notably, omega-3 essential fatty acids. Two products that we currently have containing significant sources of omega-3 include Cranberry Seed Oil Softgels and the Prot-EFA Oil Formula.
While results are likely to vary per individual, we constantly receive positive testimonials in regard to inflammation reduction with these products. If you review our testimonials page, you'll see people address their success with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, etc.
How are people losing weight on the Fruit Essentials® products?
Your body is naturally efficient and by empowering your organs to function properly with the right nutrients generally increases lean body mass. With the high amounts of complex carbohydrates, sugars, “bad” fats and more in our diets, our bodies often experience many highs and lows in our metabolic process.
Having a well-balanced diet that includes a wide variety of essential nutrients has been shown in many studies to contribute to metabolic stability. Because the Fruit Essentials® products deliver many “essential” nutrients (those your body cannot produce and you must get from your diet) you may be better arming your body to trim some excess weight.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are making more and more headlines with similar and numerous other healthy attributes. Having the right fats in your diet makes the bad fats have far less impact. In addition, there are many schools of thought backing the ability to lose weight by ridding of waste easier with natural nutrients such as dietary fiber.
Keep in mind that when looking at these as ingredients, bioavailibility (how much your body is able to actually use) should be of high importance. Two products that we currently have with the aforementioned nutrients include Cranberry Seed Oil Softgels, and the Prot-EFA Nutritional System. While results are likely to vary per individual, we continually receive positive testimonials in regard to appetite suppression and losing weight with these products.
Do you have a question that isn't addressed on this page? Please feel free to contact us.