Human Nutrition

Dry n-3® omega-3 powders

Our microencapsulated Omega-3 powders provides excellent shelf life and handling characteristics

BASF is a leading supplier of microencapsulated polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) powders for infant and maternal nutrition, food fortification, and dietary supplements. Dry n-3® powders offer a long shelf life with no need for refrigeration, in combination with superior sensory properties. We provide health ingredients that contribute to a long, healthy and active life. With more than 150 years of experience, we are one of the key industry partners for solutions in the dietary supplements and functional food market.

Source of omega-3 fatty acids

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are long-chain poly-unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids abundant in seafood and other marine products such as oils from fish, krill and algae. Humans can only synthesize these fatty acids at a slow rate. Omega-3 EPA and DHA are prepared from marine oils, whereas DHA-rich products can be obtained from marine or from algal origin. Arachidonic acid (ARA) is an important omega-6 fatty acid in early life nutrition.

Benefits of BASF omega-3 powders

  • We provide safe solutions for nutrition products. 
  • We have the expertise necessary to consistently provide our customers with a reliable, high-quality, sustainable product.
  • We provide products with outstanding shelf life and stability during handling, processing, transport and storage.

What makes BASF’s products unique?

BASF is a global market leader in omega-3 solutions. Our premium product offerings are based on more than 150 years of industry experience in marine ingredients and in oleochemistry. With decades of experience in the microencapsulation of PUFA oils, BASF has the necessary tools to provide consumers stable and effective omega-3 as well as omega-6 products that accommodate the needs of customers. Our encapsulation technology protects the highly sensitive fatty acids from oxidation. In addition, it also provides ideal handling characteristics for the food industry as well as for the consumer.

Safe use - Dry n-3® powders are thoroughly monitored, beginning with raw materials and suppliers, through processing to finished goods. Production is carried out under stringent manufacturing standards. Our production site in Denmark operates under GMP and FSSC 22000. Certified laboratories carefully control the quality of these ingredients based on European food and/or infant food requirements.

Outstanding stability made possible by our specific microencapsulation technology to protect the sensitive PUFA oil from oxidation. There is no significant degradation of omega-3 fatty acids during the shelf life of the product, and this form of protection allows for safe powder blending and/or processing. Compared to conventional spray dried powders, these microcapsules do not break as easily during transport, handling and storage.

Guaranteed freshness – Our stability tests of Dry n-3® powders prove there is minimal loss of essential omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, and no significant increase in oxidation during the entire shelf life period. Low oxidation results in our products’ excellent in-application sensory profile.

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