Benefits from the Ocean Blue
Marine-derived products are in high demand, and experts predict continued growth in the months and years ahead. The fish oil market in the U.S. grew 35-50% between 2005 and 2006 alone. Research indicates that by 2011, the U.S. market for foods fortified with Omega-3 fatty acids will exceed $7 billion (Nutraceuticals World Magazine). The scientific community continues to perform more and more research to support the health claims of Marine Nutraceuticals.
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids (FAs) from Fish
The long-chain Omega-3 FAs from fish, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are the two most important long-chain FAs, valued for their contribution to vitality and health. EPA and DHA have been shown to support proper cognitive and mental development in infants. The FDA has issued a qualified health claim for products containing EPA and DHA: "May help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease." WILD Flavors, Inc. has the technology to help mask the aroma and taste associated with Omega-3.
Fucoxanthin is a marine carotenoid responsible for the brown color in certain seaweeds, such as wakame and hijiki. Japanese researchers have found that it helps maintain a healthy weight by controlling overall body fat. Fucoxanthin may also promote the formation of DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish.
Fucoidan is a sulfonated polysaccharide found in brown seaweed. It is shown to have many benefits, such as helping to maintain immune and gastrointestinal health, neutralizing free radicals, and providing nutritional support throughout life.
Chlorella is a green algae that contains Vitamin C and carotenoids, which are antioxidants. It helps support a healthy immune system, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and it also aids in maintenance of healthy weight.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that can contribute a blue hue to a finished product. Spirulina contains a wide variety of nutrients such as B vitamins, minerals, proteins, linolenic acid, and antioxidants such as beta carotene and Vitamin E. It helps in maintaining a healthy immune system and proper cholesterol levels.