Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd., launches a high-concentrate—90 percent—omega-3 PUFA ingredient produces with latest technology for dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages at SupplySide West, Las Vegas, booth #MM179.
Innova Market Insights reports an increase in the use of omega-3 in brain health supplements in the U.S. market. In 2015, 18 percent of brain health supplement launches tracked with omega-3 as an ingredient, while in 2011 only 6.9 percent of brain health supplement contained this ingredient. The company identified the Top 5 claims for omega-3 supplement launches tracked in Europe and the US and found Heart Health leads with 60 percent, and brain-mood health follows with 43 percent.
The main challenge in providing the daily intake of omega-3 is ensuring the consumer gets high enough content of the nutraceutical. The old solution was to take multiple capsules or a hard-to-swallow “horse pill." But consumers demand convenience and, of course, smaller, easy-to-swallow soft capsules.
“A larger quantity of softgels or capsules can lead to over consumption and overdoses of unnecessary additives just to achieve your daily-recommended dose of omega-3 PUFAs," said Benny Antony, Ph.D., joint managing director for Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. “We developed a high-concentrate omega-3 PUFA that enables daily intake in just one capsule or one liquid ‘shot’ per day."
Addressing growing consumer and processor concerns about supplement purity, Antony added, “More than ever, product makers are seeking a clean, clear omega-3 that leaves them free from anxieties about contamination."
Fish oil is among the most concentrated sources of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.Omega-3s have been found to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels, plus ameliorate or help prevent dozens of health concerns.
The majority of applications of omega-3 are in products targeting cardiovascular health. In fact, omega-3s are so beneficial in reducing triglyceride levels, they are approved by FDA as a drug for the treatment of high triglyceride levels.
While omega-3 fatty acids can be derived from various types of fish and other sources, sardines are particularly high in EPA and DHA, plus other nutrients found to support cardiovascular and other health issues.
“We examined a range of fish rich in omega-3 and selected a specific sardine type for our ingredient," explained Antony. “With growing concern over the health of the seas, people are turning to sardines since they are at the bottom of the aquatic food chain, feeding solely on plankton. They have a shorter lifecycle than other fish, and accumulate fewer toxins during their lifecycle. Moreover, sardines live on the upper layer of the ocean, which is comparatively less polluted than the deeper waters. These characteristics reduce the chances of product contamination with ocean pollutants."
“Consumers, especially millennials, want to know where their omega-3 come from—they are justifiably concerned about traceability and supply chain control," Antony added. “Arjuna ensures food safety and a pure, sustainable product via wild-caught sardines from the west coast of India, top safety procedures, plus a solar-powered system that provides 100 percent of the energy required to produce omega-3."
Arjuna’s production processes and products meet market-specific regulations worldwide. A GMP-certified, SAP-driven company, Arjuna has achieved international certifications including ISO22000, Kosher and Halal. Arjuna continues to engage in research and development, with continuing scientific validation of its novel product line through advanced clinical studies.
For more information, visit arjunanatural.com.
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