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Omega-3 Oils: Important nutrients for good health

Omega-3 fatty acids including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are nutrients which are important for good health. According to scientific research, EPA and DHA support health maintenance throughout life, e.g. as building blocks in cell membranes and as precursors of eicosanoids. Natural dietary sources are fatty marine fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines. These fish do not produce EPA and DHA themselves but receive them from marine microalgae.

Humans depend on dietary supplies of EPA and DHA since they produce these fatty acids only in small amounts from the precursor alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. Consumption of pre-formed EPA and DHA from foods and supplements is an effective way of providing these fatty acids to the human body.

BASF offers deodorized omega-3 fish oils suitable for functional nutrition and dietary supplements such as spoonable oils, syrups and chewables.

Sources: NIH Fact Sheets for Health Professionals and Consumers, Omega-3 Fatty Acids (February 2024); IOM Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2005.

What makes BASF’s deodorized omega-3 fish oils an excellent choice for your products and applications?

  • World-class production

    • BASF is a global leader and pioneer in omega-3 solutions
    • Produced in Illertissen, Germany
    • Rigorous production standards ensure high product purity with minimum oxidation levels
  • High quality standards

    • More than 150 years of experience in the human nutrition industry, marine ingredients and oleo-chemistry
    • Products are checked against the Global omega-3 EPA and DHA (GOED) monograph requirements, and independent, accredited laboratories monitor compliance with these criteria
    • Processed in compliance with the strict requirements of European food hygiene contaminant regulations


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