Omega-3 Insights Magazine: Vegetarian Long-Chain Omega-3sOmega-3 Insights Magazine: Vegetarian Long-Chain Omega-3s
From dietary preference to concerns about marine sustainability, the interest in vegetarian sources of omega-3s has gradually increased among consumers, as well as industry. With barriers such as cost-effectiveness, scalability, nutrient content and inefficient conversion in the body, the pathway to viable alternatives has been challenging. However, significant research and technology are positioning the market on the cusp of advancement. Takeaways include: *Five genus of algae produce the majority of todays vegetarian long-chain omega-3s. *Researchers are exploring the potential of fungi and genetically modified oilseed crops. *Dietary SDA intake offers more efficient synthesis of EPA than other non-marine sources.
November 20, 2015
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Vegetarian Sources of EPA and DHA
by Adam Ismail
The market for vegetarian sources of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is still in its infancy, but research and development (R&D) with algae, fungi and genetically modified (GM) plant sources is advancing the quest for feasible alternatives.
Vegetarian Omegas: The Importance of SDA
by Greg Cumberford
Stearidonic acid (SDA), a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid with a range of health benefits, could be a game-changer in supplements and foods because it offers a clean label, vegan, traceable and highly scalable pathway to meeting omega-3 recommended daily intakes.
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