Lumega-Z Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Lumega-Z?
A. Lumega-Z is designated with FDA guidelines as a Medical Food. Lumega-Z includes all the AREDS 2 ingredients plus additional antioxidants and anti-inflammatories specifically to nourish and replenish macular pigment deficiency. In addition, Lumga-Z provides all three carotenoids found in the macula; lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin.
Q. Why do I need to take Lumega-Z?
A. A healthy macular pigment protects the central part of your retina, responsible for maintaining crisp, clear vision. Your doctor has recommended Lumega-Z because research shows that a depleted macular pigment is one of the modifiable risk factors associated with vision compromise.
Q. How can Medical Food nutrition help?
A. The typical diet does not include enough of the specific nutrients necessary to keep our eyes healthy as we age. Which means you cannot eat enough of the nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy macular pigment. A medical food must meet distinctive nutritional needs that cannot be met by normal diet alone.
Q. Why is Lumega-Z a liquid formulation?
A. Lumega-Z was created as a liquid formulation to provide maximum bioavailability and efficacy of absorption.
Q. How do I take Lumega-Z?
A. Shake well before using. Measure out a single dose 1.5 tbsp (0.75 FL. OZ.) of the concentrate, mix and stir well with 6 oz. OR MORE of your liquid of choice, smoothie, applesauce, or yogurt. If you are also taking our OmegaBoost, take 2 Omega DHA concentrate softgels daily (take with food or as directed by your healthcare professional).
Q. Are there any side effects when taking Lumega-Z?
A. No. Medical Foods are specifically designed as targeted nutrition. Your body will recognize it as food, which allows for unmatched efficiency of absorption.
Q. When will I see an effect?
A. It will take about 90-days for the carotenoids to become fully saturated on a cellular level. You may not notice improvement right away, but improvement will be measured over time by your doctor.
Q. Will I eventually be able to stop taking Lumega-Z?
A. It is long-term nutritional therapy recommended by your doctor as targeted nutrition vital for restoring the macular pigment layer, which is essential for healthy eyes and good vision. The goal for Lumega-Z, is to continue to support and restore the macular pigment.
Q. How should I store Lumega-Z?
A. Once opened, refrigeration is required, and contents should be consumed within 30 days. Until opened, Lumega-Z can be stored at room temperature.
Q. My husband and I are taking the same product, is the dosage amount of Lumega-Z the same for everyone?
A. Yes. There is no direct correlation between gender, body size, or weight regarding dosing and absorption efficacy.
Q. I travel quite a bit and do not take my Lumega-Z with me due to the refrigeration requirement. I am getting a backup of supply.
A. The goal for Lumega-Z, is to continuing taking it daily to ensure healthier macular pigment. We have a lot of patients who travel, some put the un-opened bottle/bottles in their check-in bags while some will put one bottle un-opened into their carry-on. Depending on the duration of their travel, they will open the bottle at their destination.
Q. I have an upset stomach after taking Lumega-Z. Is there a particular ingredient that might be the cause?
A. Because Lumega-Z is concentrated, it should be diluted well when taken. We recommend taking it with a meal if you have a sensitive stomach.
Q. I am currently taking a multivitamin/eye health supplement. Should I stop taking this when I start taking Lumega-Z?
A. In many cases, Lumega-Z can replace multivitamins you may be currently taking. Lumega-Z contains a full compliment of vitamins and antioxidants and total dosing is an important factor to consider. You should seek the advice of your Health Care Professional before stopping any medications or supplements you are currently taking.
Q. What should I do if I miss a dose?
A. You do not need to combine doses to catch up if you miss a dose. Take your regular dose as soon as you remember and continue with your normal dosing.
Q. I have bottles that have expired. What do I do with them?
A. If the bottle has not been opened, the date on the bottle may not affect the effectiveness of the product; however, we do recommend discarding any product that has past the expiration date.
Q. Why can’t I buy Lumega-Z over the counter?
A. Lumega-Z is a medical food. Per FDA guidelines, medical foods must be administered under the supervision of your healthcare provider and monitored over time. Your healthcare provider determines if the medical food is suitable for your condition.
Q. Is Lumega-Z safe for children?
A. Lumega-Z is not recommended for children.
Q. I noticed that the dosage for Niacin (B3) 20 mg in your product Lumega-Z is higher than the recommended daily amount. Why?
A. The amount of B-vitamins in Lumega-Z is based on research specifically for macular health. Niacin in our product formula was appropriate to support neurogenic control and ensure that the outer retina receives the blood supply it needs for stability of blood flow as required for choroidal circulation.
Q. Why have you included monk fruit as the sweetener in your Lumega-Z product?
A. We changed our product formula to include monk fruit because we truly wanted it to be an all-natural product that did not include any artificial sweeteners. We removed the sucralose and added the monk fruit, due to the many benefits it provides as a natural sweetener. Monk fruit contains no calories, no carbohydrates, no sugar, no harmful side effects, and does not cause an increase in blood glucose levels for people who are diabetics.
Q. Why do you use zinc amino acid chelate in your Lumega-Z product formula as opposed to zinc citrate or zinc acetate?
A. We use amino acid chelate to bond with the zinc ion because it creates a stable water-soluble product for our liquid formula that can be easily absorbed by the body. Zinc citrate is only slightly absorbable in water and zinc acetate, although absorbable, is often used in tablets and lozenges to reduce symptoms and speed up the rate of recovery regarding deficiency or illness.
Q. Are any of the ingredients in our Lumega-Z product derived from corn derivatives?
A. Yes, The bitter blocker used in Lumega-Z contains corn derivatives.
Q. How many carbs and sugars are in your Lumega-Z product formulation?
A. The vegetable glycerin and natural flavorings listed in Other Ingredients provide 5g of Carbohydrates. Sugars list at 0.04 mg per serving. Vitamin E has trace amounts of sugar and according to US Label Regulations it lists as 0g of sugar.
Q. Can I take Lumega-Z if I have a soy allergy/breast cancer survivor?
A. Yes, our Lumega-Z formulation contains soybean lecithin not soy. Soybean lecithin does not contain soybean proteins and therefore safe to take for people who are allergic to soy or have to avoid soy products.
Q. How does Lumega-Z compare to other “eye health” supplements?
A. Lumega-Z is a medical food that contains Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-zeaxanthin, as well as over 35 additional vitamins, antioxidants and micronutrients, in a unique liquid-based formulation, created specifically to restore the macular pigment and support ocular health. Adding the Omega Boost Omega 3s provides further value, and in many cases, you will not need to take any other supplements.
Q. Is Lumega-Z a product that is regulated by the FDA?
A. The medical food category is recognized by the FDA, and products in this category must meet specific criteria (See” Draft Guidance for Industry: Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Foods; Second Edition” at www.fda.gov for more information).
Q. Why is the Medical Food designation important?
A. Medical Foods have to be precisely formulated to treat or manage a specific disease or condition.
Q. Is Lumega-Z covered by health insurance?
A. Each insurance company has its own set of rules regarding medical foods. You may be required to provide a Medical Letter of Necessity signed by your doctor. As a Medical Food, Lumega-Z may be purchased using a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or filed as a tax-deductible medical expense, if insurance providers do not cover the cost.
Q. What is an FSA?
A. A Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a special account that you put money into that you can use to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care costs. You do not pay taxes on this money. This means that you will save an amount equal to the taxes you would have paid on the money that you set aside. Employers may make contributions to your FSA but are not required to. For details about your company’s FSA, including how to sign up, ask your employer.
Have more questions about Lumega-Z? Call us at (800)-873-5141.