Currently, the source of omega-3 is fish oil. However, the fishes are not the primary producers of omega-3. The fish extracts the fatty acids from the microalgae found in their natural environment. Our product is high - value marine microalgae containing omega - 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). Microalgae can be used to produce the long chain fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexanoic (DHA) that are not present in higher plants. EPA and DHA together with other fatty acids constitute a group called omega-3.
Marketing of the omega 3 oil extracted from microalgae is expected to be highly profitable due to its relatively low production costs. Although microalgae cultivation is a complicated procedure, Seambiotic's know-how gives the Company a significant competitive advantage in the short/medium term.
The EPA & DHA extracted directly from microalgae has several benefits:
- Vegetarian resources
- The product is "pure" - NO heavy metals and PCB's
- Does not have the "off" flavor of fish oil
- Has no cholesterol content
- Can be used directly as feed for agriculture, which will then introduce omega-3 fatty
acids to eggs, milk and other
- It can be used directly as feed for aquaculture
Scientists believe polyunsaturated fats (EPA & DHA) are important in preventing a number of diseases, including heart diseases, inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder, and certain types of cancer. The medical use of omega-3 fatty acid is increasing. The American Heart Association strongly encourages increased consumption of fish oil, singles out EPA and DHA from fish as the best for heart health and sets out recommended daily intake of 2-3 grams of EPA/DHA for lowering plasma levels of triglycerides.
Child Benefits of Omega-3
EPA and DHA are important building blocks for healthy and normal growth and development. In early infant nutrition a major emphasis is on the addition of DHA, which is a structural component of the brain; however, human breast milk contains both DHA and EPA in a 5:1 ratio. This demonstrates the importance of the balance of DHA and EPA in the diet. Studies suggest that after age five EPA plays a more active role in learning and development. In additional, in numerous studies conducted by researchers in the United Kingdom, Unites States and Norway over the past fifteen years, many found that there was a subtle but consistent link between eating fish during pregnancy (or Omega-3 intake) and children's subsequent test scores, even after adjusting for factors such as the age and education of the mother, whether she breastfed, and the quality of the home environment (i.e. in poverty, divorce etc). The largest effect was seen in a test of the children's understanding of words at the age of 15 months. Children whose mothers ate fish at least once a week scored 7 percent higher than those whose mothers never ate fish.