COLUMBIA, Md., July 10, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Martek Biosciences (MATK) announced today that life'sDHA(TM), its patented, vegetarian form of DHA, a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid essential for brain, eye and heart health, is now available in four new products from Spectrum Organics:
-- Spectrum Prenatal DHA for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers provides 200 mg of life'sDHA without the risk of ocean contaminants.
-- Spectrum Toddler DHA with 125 mg of life'sDHA provides a safe, contaminant-free alternative for toddlers to get the important health benefits of DHA.
-- Spectrum Chewable Children's DHA with 125 mg of life'sDHA for brain and vision development.
-- Spectrum Vegetarian DHA with 120 mg of life'sDHA for brain, eye and heart health
Spectrum supplements are available in natural food stores nationwide, including Whole Foods stores, the leading retailer in the natural channel. Spectrum is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hain Celestial Group, a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company.
"As consumers become more aware of the benefits of DHA for pregnant women and children, they are demanding convenient, safe alternatives," said Angela Tsetsis, Vice President of Commercial for Martek. "Spectrum Organics now offers a full range of DHA products for expectant mothers, children and adults that feature Martek's life'sDHA, a trusted, vegetarian way to enrich the diet with this important nutrient."
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eyes and supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in the diet. Scientific reviews highlight the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye development and function, and clinical studies are underway to evaluate the role of DHA in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders.
Studies have shown that increased availability of DHA omega-3 during pregnancy and lactation nourishes the neurological, visual and nervous system development of babies and may play a role in long-term infant health and maternal well-being. Expert bodies have recommended that pregnant and nursing women consume at least 200 mg of DHA per day. Yet research shows that pregnant and nursing women consume, on average, only 52 mg of DHA per day. Additionally, expert bodies such as the FDA have advised pregnant and nursing women to limit their consumption of certain types of fish, the primary dietary source of DHA, due to the potentially high levels of contaminants such as mercury found in certain fish.
DHA is especially important for healthy growth and development during the early stages of life when the brain, eyes and nervous system are growing and developing at a rate unlike any other time in the human lifecycle. Studies have shown that babies who receive DHA supplementation exhibit a range of advantages over those who did not receive DHA supplementation, including cognitive and visual benefits.
Fish are often thought to be the only source of DHA omega-3. However, life'sDHA offers a trusted, vegetarian form of DHA that contains no oceanic pollutants and toxins. Fish are a good source of DHA because of the DHA-rich microalgae in their food chain; life'sDHA is derived from microalgae and produced in an FDA-inspected facility, from start to finish, using a sustainable source that does not deplete ocean resources. life'sDHA is found in numerous foods, beverages and supplements for people of all ages. It is also the only source of DHA used in U.S. infant formula and is available in more than 95 percent of the formulas on the U.S. market.
Founded in 1986, Spectrum Organic Products, LLC. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of organic and natural oils and condiments in North America. The company sells more than 175 products under the Spectrum brand, as well as industrial sizes of oils and condiments through its Spectrum Ingredients(R) division. Spectrum Organics is part of The Hain Celestial Group family, a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in almost all natural food categories with a wide range of well-known brands. For more information on Spectrum products, visit www.spectrumorganics.com or www.hain-celestial.com.
Martek Biosciences Corporation (MATK) is a leader in the innovation and development of DHA omega-3 products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. The company produces life'sDHA, a sustainable and vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements, and life'sARA(TM) (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences, visit http://www.martek.com/. For a complete list of life'sDHA products, visit http://www.lifesdha.com/.
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon numerous assumptions which Martek cannot control and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. These statements should be understood in light of the risk factors set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007 and other filed reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.