Omega-3 from algal fermentation
The challenge of how to farm in a sustainable way is a key consideration within the health ingredients industry with some companies beginning to explore less conventional methods and nutritional sources. As explored recently, algae is providing an unlikely solution. DSM’s Global Marketing Manager for Lipids, Joe Agnew makes the point that when looking at nutritional deficiency globally, current methods simply cannot provide the population with enough omega-3 to meet daily minimum requirements. So algae represents a very real solution in terms of a highly efficient and sustainable means of nutrient production.
With Life’s Omega 60, DSM are using a patented technique of algal fermentation to produce a new strain concentrated omega-3 that contains both EPA and DHA
Regardless of the source, omega-3 can still be a tricky ingredient to market given the wide range of health benefits that it offers from brain health to cardiovascular health and beyond. Agnew recommends that given omega-3 is essential, meaning that our bodies do not produce it and we can only get it through dietary sources, that the position should be one of overall health and wellness throughout the different stages of life.