COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Martek Biosciences announced today that life'sDHA(TM), its patented, vegetarian form of DHA omega-3 fatty acid, essential for brain, eye and heart health, is now available in three new products from Dalco Foods' Wellness Line. The products include hamburgers, schnitzel, and cordon bleu, and will all contain 40 mg or more per serving of Martek's life'sDHA. Based in The Netherlands, Dalco Foods provides food products for retailers, wholesalers and restaurant chains throughout Europe.
According to the European Union Lipgene Project, current European intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are low and meeting dietary needs for omega-3s is "not compatible with ensuring sustainability of fish supplies(1)." In addition, Lipgene states that oily fish, the main dietary source of omega-3s, accumulate many contaminants in the marine environment. In a recent study of dietary patterns from Lipgene, average intakes of omega-3 fatty acids in the UK were found to be around 244mg per day, far below the UK recommended 450mg per day.
"As a sustainable, contaminant-free and non-fish source of omega-3 fatty acids, life'sDHA is a great fit for Dalco's new line of health conscious Wellness foods, and for consumers who want to increase their omega-3 consumption," says Joe Buron, vice president of marketing and sales, Martek. "We're pleased to be working with Dalco Foods to make the health benefits of DHA omega-3 available in convenient products for consumers worldwide."
A critical 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 their diets. Scientific reviews have noted the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye function, and there are studies currently underway to investigate its role in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders.
Free of oceanic pollutants
Fish are often thought to be the only source of DHA omega-3. However, life'sDHA offers a safe, vegetarian form of DHA that contains no oceanic pollutants and toxins. Fish are good sources 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, beverage 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 90 percent of the formulas on the market.
Martek Biosciences Corporation
Martek Biosciences Corporation (Nasdaq: MATK - News) 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(TM), a sustainable and vegetarian source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements. The company also produces life'sARA(TM) (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, from a sustainable, vegetarian source, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences Corporation, visit www.martek.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, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.
1. British Nutrition Foundation and the Lipgene Consortium. Lipgenenews, Summer 2007.