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Omega-3 fatty acids are a class of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (or PUFA). Other important PUFA classes are omega-6 and omega-9. The main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). 

 

The term "omega-3" refers to the location of the first double carbon bond in the fatty acid chain. The letter omega is the last letter in the greek alphabet and designates "last" or "the end." In omega-3s the first double bond between carbon atoms is located 3 carbon atoms away from the tail (=omega) end of the chain. In omega-6s this double bond is located 6 carbon atoms removed from the tail end of the the fatty acid chain. 

 

 

Dietary supplements – Whole algae powder, WPRO30-plus

Dietary supplements are products intended to supplement one’s diet by providing one or more ingredients which might otherwise be lacking or limited in the foods we consume. A typical and widespread example is the enrichment of cow’s milk with vitamin D.

Dietary Supplements - EPA

Dietary supplements are products intended to supplement one’s diet by providing one or more ingredients which might otherwise be lacking or limited in the foods we consume. A typical and widespread example is the enrichment of cow’s milk with vitamin D.

Green Algae Noodles

Japanese-style Udon Noodles made with WPRO30+ Algae Protein & Omega 3 Powder

Algae Bread

Bread with DEPRO50+

Algae Crackers

Crackers and flatbreads with DEPRO50+

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The two major classes of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Like all fatty acids, PUFAs consist of long chains of carbon atoms with a carboxyl group at one end of the chain and a methyl group at the other. PUFAs are distinguished from saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids by the presence of two or more double bonds between carbons within the fatty acid chain.

New health claims, new science, and steady sales: Why 2019 was a ‘solid’ year for omega-3s

By Ellen Schutt, Executive Director, GOED

The year 2019 was a solid one for the omega-3 business, with sales remaining steady. In the US, the market was mostly flat, but strong regional growth in the Asia-Pacific region and other emerging markets led to category growth overall.

Read the full article at Nutraingredients.com.

GOED: Omega-3s market grew 2.3% in 2018

The global omega-3s market grew 2.3% in 2018 from the previous year on a tonnage basis, according to a report released by GOED.

Read the full article at Nutraingredients.com.

Omega-3s, neural networks and mental health

Research indicates that EPA and DHA omega-3s may affect the brain’s corticolimbic circuit maturation.

Robert K. McNamara

Mood disorders, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric disorders and are a major cause of disability globally. [...]

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