Volume 15, Number 4, Juillet-Août 2008
|Page(s)||247 - 251|
|Published online||15 July 2008|
DHAid™ – The vegetarian source
Lonza Ltd, Muenchensteinerstr. 38, 4002
2 Lonza France Sarl, 55 rue Aristide Briand, 92309 Levallois-Perret Cedex, France
In humans, DHA occurs naturally as a cell membrane fatty acid in the brain, retina, testes and sperm, and has been reported to be essential in the development of these organs and cells. There it is crucial for the functioning of embedded proteins, i.e. rhodopsin for vision and postsynaptic receptors for neurotransmission. In phospholipids in general, DHA contributes to membrane properties such as fluidity, flexibility and permeability. A deficiency in DHA can lead to memory loss, learning disabilities and impaired visual acuity. Limited storage of DHA in adipose tissue suggests that a continuous supply is needed. These facts clearly demonstrate the physiological importance of DHA for humans and have resulted, for example, in the recommendation of increasing dietary intake of DHA during pregnancy and lactation. Also in the maintenance of cardiovascular health, DHA plays an important role. DHAid™ is a pure vegetarian source of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is produced from microalgae in a controlled process in fermentation vessels by the Swiss life-science company Lonza. Due to its renewable sources, DHAid™ is environmentally friendly. DHAid™ is allergen free and is free of potential contaminants that are discussed for seafood.
Key words: docosahexaenoic acid / DHA / microalgal oil / omega-3 / polyunsaturated fatty acids
© John Libbey Eurotext 2008
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