Hepaxa® is safe for NAFLD patients
Hepaxa® and Hepaxa®PD are based upon long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that have been safely tested and used in humans for decades. Hepaxa® has GRAS status (generally recognized as safe).
Read below for a summary of the safety features that pertain to Hepaxa® brand products.
Pollutants present problems for NAFLD patients
The specific formulation of Hepaxa®/ Hepaxa®PD has been uniquely filtered to remove far more oceanic pollutants than standard omega-3 products. This is because studies have found that certain pollutants common to fish-based products (i.e. PCB153) may actually worsen the NAFLD condition in patients with compromised liver function. While this may not be a big concern among the healthy population, it is one of the key reasons that BASF set out to make Hepaxa® with the specific needs of NAFLD patients in mind. In doing so, BASF developed new production techniques and was awarded two patents for innovative new filtering technology.
EPA/DHA ratio for NAFLD patients
Hepaxa® is a very highly concentrated mixture of EPA and DHA. Again, this is very intentional with regard to helping NAFLD patients with compromised liver function. Because of the high levels of EPA/DHA, it is important that NAFLD patients avoid taking additional amounts of EPA or DHA while taking Hepaxa®. This includes supplements such as omega-3 products and drugs that may feature EPA/DHA. Ask your physician to review the medications you are taking before starting Hepaxa®.
Take Hepaxa® with food
This step is less about patient safety and more about helping to optimize the efficacy of the active ingredients in Hepaxa®. It is ideal to take Hepaxa® capsules 15 to 20 minutes before a meal. This allows your digestive system to begin utilizing the active ingredients at the same time food is being digested.
Most adults will take four Hepaxa® capsules daily. These can be taken at one time or in divided doses throughout the day.
Most children (aged 10-18) will take one or two Hepaxa®PD capsules per day. This varies according to their size and weight and your pediatrician will advise you on your child’s specific dose.
With all patients, your dose may vary. Please consult your healthcare provider for specific instructions.