Fatty acids are classified in three different groups: Saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could be separated in Omega-6 fatty acids and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids can be synthesized by the human body. In contrast Omega-3 fatty acids can nearly not be synthesized in the human body and must come from the diet trough foods and supplements. In the western diet people have normally a very low intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Sources for omega-3 fatty acids are plant oils and marine oils. Soybean, rapeseed and walnut oil have a high content of α-linolenic acid (ALA). The fatty acid ALA is an essential nutrient and humans are not able to synthetize it. ALA can be transformed to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). But the conversion is very low, therefore the fatty acids EPA and DHA can be reconsidered as essential. The only sources for EPA and DHA are marine oils.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important structural components of the phospholipid cell membranes of the tissues. The composition of the phospholipids influences the characteristics of the cell membrane as fluidity and permeability to other molecules.
DHA is one of the major PUFA in the brain, nervous tissue and retina. It seems that DHA is essential for the visual process in the retina and for proper brain functioning.
EPA is a precursor for eicosanoids. These are substances which play an important role in processes like the blood pressure, renal function, blood coagulation, inflammatory and immunological reactions. Eicosanoids derived out of EPA have anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic, vasodilatory and triglyceride lowering properties. Due to these effects a high consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids is related to a lower risk for a cardiovascular diseases. For Omega-3, there is a lot of excellent scientific evidence available, which proves the effect of Omega-3 for many health concerns along all life stages.
The risk of developing n-3 fatty acid deficiency is higher in babies and children than in adults. Visible signs of deficiency have only been observed in seriously ill patients on a special fat-free diet for several months. The patients were seen to develop extensive inflammation of the skin, ulcers, reduced visual acuity, disturbed superficial and depth sensibility, muscular weakness, and trembling. The main risk groups for essential fatty acid deficiency are premature babies and babies who are not breast-fed.
Properties of Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids
- available in various grades as oils and microencapsulated powders
- superior shelf life
- excellent handling characteristics
- no offensive off-odors or off-tastes during preparation
- different EPA, DHA concentrations and also high-concentrated oils available
- NEW! vegan/vegetarian alternative sourced from algae available
- complies with highest quality standards and regulatory requirements
Applications of Omega-3 fatty acids
The Omega-3 Powders are produced with the unique encapsulation technology of BASF. These products are suitable for the fortification of basic food products, especially dairy based powder products. Omega-3 powders are particularly suitable for the fortification of baby food and maternal nutrition products.
The matrix is composed of sucrose, caseinate and corn starch. Due to the microencapsulated form, the products have an excellent stability; no refrigerated storage is needed and good organoleptic properties can be noticed. The dry powder leads to an easy homogenization with other powders; source of omega-2 fatty acids in BASF powder are marine oils.
BTC also offers you a vegetarian Omega-3 powder.
Further products for food fortification
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- Vegan omega-3-source from microalgae as an alternative to fish oil
- Vitamin A (Retinol) > for food fortification
- Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) > for food fortification
- Vitamin E (Tocopherol) > for food fortification
- Vitamin K1 (Phylloquinone) > for food fortification
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) > for food fortification
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) > for food fortification
- Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) > for food fortification
- Vitamin B5 (Calcium D-Pantothenate) > for food fortification
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) > for food fortification
- Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) > for food fortification
- Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) > for food fortification
- Antioxidants / Natural mixed tocopherols > for food and dietary supplements
- Apocarotenal > for food fortification
- Beta-Carotene > for food fortification
- Mixed carotenoids from algae source > for food fortification
- Lutein > for food fortification
- Lycopene > for food fortification
- Plant sterols > for food fortification
BTC Europe is BASF's European sales organization for small and medium sized customers. Our product range covers selected speciality chemicals and performance polymers to a variety of industries as well as raw materials and additives for the pharma, food, animal nutrition and personal care industry.
Our solutions for the human nutrition industry cover health ingredients like vitamins, plant sterols, carotenoids, Omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, besides others. As food additives we offer antioxidants, emulsifiers, whipping emulsifiers, baking enzymes, functional fat powders, and lipids.