Omega-3 fatty acids are a key family of polyunsaturated fats that are important for normal cell function and protective against inflammation-related health conditions. In particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long chain omega-3 that is an integral component of cell membranes and is required for normal cell functionality.
DHA plays a critical role in all stages of life. From the last trimester of pregnancy to early childhood, it is essential in brain development. For adults, it helps improve cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of other metabolic diseases. In seniors, studies have shown that having a higher DHA status or DHA supplementation may prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of progression to dementia.
Benefits of DHA
However, for a long time, marine or fish sources were considered the only source of DHA and thus unsuitable for vegetarians. The solution can be found in algal DHA. Derived from algae instead of fish, algal DHA is well perceived to be a pure, premium source of DHA that can effectively ensure vegetarians get the vast health benefits with a higher DHA status.
BASF introduces new algae-based Dry n-3® DHA 11A powder for use in infant nutrition and food for all age groups. The micro-encapsulation technology used in this beadlet powder ensures extended shelf life and better freshness. Algal DHA is sustainable, pure, safe and the way forward in omega-3 supplementation.