By: Talking Nutrition Editors
Watch Dr. Peter Van Dael, SVP Nutrition Science and Advocacy at dsm-firmenich, talk about the benefits of the consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3s throughout life.
As Dr. Van Dael explains, omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) are among the most highly studied nutrients and have important roles in many processes in the human body throughout the lifecycle.
Beyond heart, brain and eye health, EPA and DHA address a myriad of trending concerns. In recent years, scientific literature describes a wide variety of other areas of health where clinically-supported benefits of omega-3s are emerging, including immunity, sleep, sports performance and mood.2,3,4,5,6,7 But, while these benefits are supported by a growing body of scientific evidence, they are not necessarily top-of-mind for existing omega-3 consumers or individuals seeking solutions to support holistic health and wellness.
In addition to the examples discussed by Dr. Van Dael, it is now known that EPA and DHA omega-3s and their metabolites have an important role in resolving inflammation, which supports normal immune function. EPA and DHA molecules present at the site of inflammation are enzymatically converted to pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) known as resolvins, protectins, and maresins. These molecules, along with others, function together to coordinate the resolution of inflammation and to support healing.2
Furthermore, omega-3s, particularly DHA, may help to make a good night’s rest a reality for all age groups, with regular fish consumption shown to improve length and quality of sleep.8,9,10 Interestingly, low tissue levels of DHA are associated with lower levels of the hormone melatonin, which helps individuals fall asleep.11 DHA is also well-known to have a positive long-term effect on neurocognitive development.12 Both EPA and DHA omega-3s have more recently shown positive effects on the reduction of symptoms associated with mood disorders. Indeed, increasing evidence suggests that lower levels of omega-3 in the plasma may be linked to poorer mental health, including conditions related to mood.3,6
In the interview, Dr. Van Dael explains why current dietary habits mean that less than 20% of the world’s population1 achieve the minimum intake of EPA and DHA set by most expert bodies at 250-500 mg per day.13
A regular, healthy intake of omega-3s can be readily achieved by supplementation with micro-algal oils. For the increasing number of people making more sustainable choices and adopting plant-based lifestyles, micro-algal oil is an attractive alternative to omega-3s derived from fish oil. Micro-algal oil production is fully sustainable and environmentally friendly, enabling dietary supplement manufacturers to create solutions that appeal to a new generation of omega-3 consumers and align with preferences for products that support both their health and the health of the planet.
dsm-firmenich not only produces its omega-3 products to the highest quality requirements, but also offers expert services, including scientific and regulatory support, to its customers.
Understanding the needs, challenges and trends that can inspire the creation of innovative and appealing solutions is essential for today’s dietary supplement manufacturers. As an end-to-end partner, dsm-firmenich brings consumer insights, scientific expertise and market-ready solutions and takes a consumer-centric approach, contributing insights and innovation into every stage of the product development lifecycle.
dsm-firmenich’s broad range of high-quality EPA and DHA omega-3 products includes its enhanced life’s™OMEGA portfolio – the only plant-based, sustainably-produced omega-3 fatty acid that combines EPA and DHA in a single, quality source. Made from fermented non-GMO micro-algae, life’s™OMEGA is around 85% more potent than omega-3 derived from fish oils.
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22 July 2021
4 min read