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Algae helps fill the Omega 3 supply gap in meat, milk and eggs

Published 24 January 2024 Back to News
New Omega 3 supplement suitable for use with all livestock, including laying hens, pigs and dairy cows

A sustainable and traceable source of essential long-chain fatty acids is helping fill the Omega 3 supply gap, while transferring benefits from livestock to the consumer, via milk, meat and eggs.

Most health organisations around the world recommend a minimum daily intake of 200mg of Omega 3 fatty acids in our diets for healthy adults, and with a growing global population of over seven billion people, demand is at an all-time high. A traditional source for Omega 3 fatty acids is fish oil, but with global annual production limited to 1mMT, a deficit exists, with a new source required to bridge this gap.

UK manufacturer of energy, protein and Omega 3 supplements, UFAC-UK has developed a sustainable, environmentally friendly, vegetable source of Omega 3 fatty acids, originating from native algae, rather than fish oils.

“The new algi40 Omega 3 supplement is a traceable, sustainable, high-quality alternative to fish-oil sourced Omega 3s,” explains UFAC-UK national sales manager, David Turnbull.

With high levels (40%) of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), in that order, algi40 Omega 3 is designed to enhance dietary intake of these essential fatty acids in livestock. This promotes animal well-being, while helping to promote growth, production, health and reproduction. Critically, these long-chain poly Omega 3 fatty acids also bring significant benefits to human health and well-being.

“EPA, DPA and DHA are essential fatty acids we must get from our diet as our body cannot make them on its own. These fatty acids bring many benefits, including reducing risk of heart disease and improving overall cardiovascular health.

“They also raise good cholesterol and improve cognitive health, and we are keen to develop ways of passing these benefits through the food chain to the consumer,” adds David.

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Long chain Omega 3s are types of fatty acids our bodies need in order to function, with many health benefits for the heart, brain and immune system.

Omega 3s in layer poultry diets not only bring significant health and reproductive advantages to the hens, but crucially, this translates directly from the hens to their eggs, bringing benefits to the consumer. algi40 is more than 50% efficient in transferring DHA and DPA from feed to eggs.

In dairy cow diets, the new supplement also increases uptake of the three health-promoting omega 3 fatty acids into milk, while reducing saturated fat. It also enhances the cow’s embryo and off-spring survival, and helps reduce calving intervals.

Improving fertility and enhancing the immune status of all livestock species, algi40 has also been shown to increase litter size and piglet vitality in pigs. It also enriches pork and meat with the omega 3 fatty acids.

David explains, “algi40 is a free-flowing meal containing algae oil from native Schizochytrium species. Processed on a carrier base of natural silica minerals and stablished with mixed natural tocopherols, it is a highly digestible oil with a consistent nutrient profile, and is easy to incorporate in feeds.

 “Working with progressive suppliers and innovative producers and farmers, we are able to transfer these nutritional benefits through to the end consumer,” he concludes.

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