October 4, 2021


Anpario launches Optomega Algae



A new, vegetarian, omega-3 fatty acid supplement, has been launched by Anpario plc.


Optomega Algae, which sits within Anpario's Optomega product range, is a dry, free-flowing powder composed of algae oil, formulated on a unique carrier system and packaged in foil-lined bags for optimum shelf-life and product freshness.


"A specific species of microalgae, Schizochytrium spp, is used to produce Optomega Algae. Through fermentation processes, the microalgae provide a rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)", said David Wilde, global innovation manager at Anpario. "Our range provides a choice of essential omega-3 fatty acid supplements all from sustainable sources, and the new Optomega Algae means we now include a vegetarian option."


The microalgae are grown using food and feed stock from renewable sugarcane production. The sugar feeds the algae, providing energy for growth and proliferation in the fermentation tanks, while the waste cane stocks are used as a renewable energy source to power both the sugar mill and algae production facility. Production is highly sustainable, with the land creating both the fuel and feed stock needed to grow the microalgae.


Optomega Algae has been developed for use in all species, targeted at breeding animals and producers supplying enriched meat, milk and eggs that contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.


DHA is a recognised, digestible energy source helping to support the energy balance and thus optimise lactation performance, growth rates and productivity. Higher levels of these essential fatty acids can also help to maintain skin and coat condition, as well as feather quality.


"The role of omega-3 fatty acids has been well researched over the past 20 years and increased levels in human diets has been associated with multiple benefits in supporting human health," Wilde explained.


Increased DHA has been shown to have a role in preventing and managing heart disease and maintaining blood pressure. It is also essential for eye health and vision and contributes to the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.


"Our new product offers a consistent, high level of DHA, with over 35% of total fatty acids coming from this biologically important omega-3," said Wilde. "DHA is well documented to support fertility in all classes of livestock and can also assist in elevating omega-3 levels in meat, milk and eggs."


- Scaramanga Communications