Carrier system to make omega-3 less fishy

By Alex McNally

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Omega-3 market, Omega-3 fatty acid, Nutrition

A German company has developed a carrier system which is aimed at
improving the absorption of fat soluble nutrients as well as
providing a time release capacity.

Meduna said the carrier technology will also help stop fishy tastes when containing omega-3. The company's move is another reminder to the industry that more developments can still be made in the realm of omega-3, which in recent years has been a massive industry driver. Omega-3 from fish oil is a rich source of EPA and DHA for the 50-80 million European consumers who use omega-3s to maintain heart health, brain health and overall wellness. According to the latest Frost and Sullivan figures the European omega-3 market was worth around €160m (£108m) in 2004 - and is expected to grow at around 8 per cent a year until 2010. Meduna's Karl Heinz Voigt told that there were two components to the carrier, which has been patented in Germany, the EU and Canada. He said: "The special fatty acid mixture containing Alpha-Linolenic acid, cocosahexanoic acid and middle chain triglycerides have the function to improve the absorption of fat soluble vitamins." ​ The second component is a xylose hardened gelaten capsule, which Voigt said is "stomach resistant and we can regulate the release time." ​He added: "The patents are useful for nutrients, if you have compounds, which need no reaction in the stomach. The capsule can be used for Omgea-3 fatty acids because there is no belching and you have no bad taste of fish." ​The xylose hardened gelatine capsule can be used for all compounds which need a retarded release time, said Voigt. Food companies have been looking to add omega-3 benefits into their products. Already, Premier Foods has brought out a line of baked beans filling this category, and Dairy Crest is due to launch a second enhanced spread. Last week a production and research facility able to make super-pure fatty acid concentrates for the nutrition industry opened in Scotland with the potential to offer gold standard omega-3, with high purity extractions.

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