Our health shouldn't cost us the earth

Commonly found in oily fish, the omega-3 fatty acids are the most researched micronutrients in the world. EPA and DHA, functionally the most important omega-3s, play an important role in supporting overall health, as well as non-communicable disease management and prevention. Many consumers regularly take omega-3 capsules derived from fish such as tuna, mackerel and salmon to support a healthy diet, but 92% of individuals worldwide still fail to achieve the recommended daily intake of DHA and EPA.

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Nevertheless, producing more omega-3 fatty acids should not add further pressure on the biodiversity of wild fish stocks, which historically have been the sole source of this vital nutrient. To address this challenge, we developed life’s™OMEGA, a vegetarian alternative to fish oil, that keeps consumers healthy  (SDG 3) while also helping to safeguard fragile marine ecosystems (SDG 14). Sourced from algae, this innovative product is the first of its kind to offer both EPA and DHA in a vegetarian capsule. The use of algae, the primary source of food for animals at the bottom of the marine food chain, offers a sustainable, renewable solution to omega-3 delivery.

With less than 1% of the current global supply currently derived from non-fish sources, the fish-free omega-3 market segment is in its infancy. Through our various partnerships around the world, DSM is taking a lead role in advancing this exciting growth opportunity. In fact, life’s™OMEGA is now widely available to consumers online as well as in supermarkets and pharmacies worldwide. In this way, we are taking a lead role in driving sustainable, animal-friendly nutritional solutions, proving that the battle for human health does not have to cost the earth.

Published 10 Jun 2019

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