What’s Inside Vegan Omega-3 Power? Learn From Our Formulators About Pure Algae Omega-3s!
CAS BioSciences – our partner in developing Vegan Omega-3 Power – is the gold-standard manufacturer globally for first-in-class and best-in-class botanically derived and omega-3 lipid-derived ingredients. Their research and product development teams are responsible for the development of close to 1,000 naturally-derived ingredients, as well as countless successful finished product formulations that are utilized by major brands spanning the globe.
Today, we’re sitting down with prolific Omega‐3 Fatty Acids and chair of CAS BioSciences’ Omega‐3 Fatty Acids Science Initiatives Committee Feng Zhao, PhD, for a masterclass on EPA, DHA, and the importance of omega-3s, and getting an inside look at the revolutionary technology used to make Vegan Omega-3 Power.
An Interview With The Formulators Of The World’s Purest Vegan Omega-3 Supplement
BrainMD: How long did it take to develop Vegan Omega-3 Power?
Dr. Zhao: The PureAlgaeOmega3™ Oil used in this BrainMD®’s Vegan Omega-3 Power is made using a proprietary, solvent-free, low-temperature, singular closed-loop system, that took multiple years to develop and get to commercial scale. The particular grade of PureAlgaeOmega3™ Oil that is used in BrainMD’®s Vegan Omega-3 Power took ~18 months to develop. The actual vegan (non-animal) PlantGel™ softgel shell also took over ~12 months to develop. The final product under BrainMD® Vegan Omega-3 Power was about ~6-7 months from inception to completion.
BrainMD: What makes Vegan Omega-3 Power different from other vegan omega supplements?
Dr. Zhao: Almost all vegan Omega supplements are either lower potency DHA only – or a ‘precursor’ to DHA/EPA – ALA only – or some combination thereof, made using a very antiquated process route called “molecular distillation”. Very few products contain vegan EPA and DHA, respectively, as their sole basis for the content of Omega-3s. Additionally, BrainMD® Vegan Omega-3 Power gets all of its Omega-3 content from the preferred Triglyceride (TG) form EPA and Triglyceride (TG) form DHA, respectively. The 1,100mg of vegan Omega-3s, per serving, from Triglyceride form EPA/DHA exclusively, makes BrainMD® Vegan Omega-3 Power the highest commercially available product, on a per serving basis, that we are aware of.
BrainMD: Why is a high concentration of EPA important? What does EPA do? What does DHA do?
Dr. Zhao: The provided primer from US FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplements gives a good basic overview, and there’s also a wealth of information on Omega-3 Supplements here.
BrainMD: Vegan Omega-3 Power utilizes advanced MSET™-Lipid™ technology and low-temperature processing to prevent decomposition and oxidation. Can you tell us a little more about this revolutionary technology and how it works?
Dr. Zhao: As noted above, the process is a proprietary, solvent-free, low-temperature, singular closed-loop system, that is predicated on the principals of speed and pressure, among other factors, to separate the complex composition matrix that is present in deep sea-derived marine lipids and allow for concentration of individual Omega-3 Fatty Acids, such as EPA and DHA, respectively, on a weight-to-weight basis and relationship to one another.
BrainMD: From a sustainability standpoint, how is Vegan Omega-3 Power setting and exceeding global quality standards?
Dr. Zhao: It has virtually zero carbon impact/footprint. The starting algae strain is cultivated on land, in pharma-grade vessels, from cell stock, and doesn’t deplete related resources. Couple this with the no solvent, earth-friendly manufacturing process route, and it’s easy to see why the same is Aquaculture Stewardship Council CoC Certified for sustainability and environmental factors.
BrainMD: Why is Vegan Omega-3 Power a better choice than flax oil, chia seed, hemp, and other plant sources of omega-3s?
Dr. Zhao: I’d refer back to previous questions/answers, as well as the US FDA link. Additionally, the noted terrestrial plant sources all contain forms of “Omega-3s” that do NOT include EPA and DHA, respectively. It’s globally recognized that EPA and DHA are the primary and most important Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
BrainMD: Is vegan omega-3 better than fish oil?
Dr. Zhao: It’s not ‘better’ or ‘worse’ from a technical perspective; what it is is a way for those that don’t want animal/fish product as part of their diet to experience the benefits of EPA and DHA, respectively, which is highly important for overall health and wellness, as demonstrated over many decades of important research work product. Additionally, PureAlgaeOmega3™ provides a source of EPA and DHA that is free of the environmental toxins and pollutants often associated with fish-derived Omega-3s.
BrainMD: Why is it smart to take a high-quality omega-3 supplement daily?
Dr. Zhao: Again, I’d refer back to previous questions/answers, as well as the provided US FDA link, as to why EPA and DHA, respectively, can be highly contributory to overall health and wellness.
Thank you, Dr. Zhao! Is there a question we haven’t answered? Please share it in the comments.
About Feng Zhao, PhD:
Dr. Zhao is an Associate Professor, Institute of Nutrition and Health, Qingdao University, and prolific Omega‐3 Fatty Acids researcher, globally. In addition, Dr. Zhao is Director of International Society of Omega‐3 Research (ISOR), organizing committee member of International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), Director of the Nutrition and Food Branch of the Chinese Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Dr. Zhao received his PhD in Bioinformatics at University of Chicago, and received his Postdoctoral in Lipid Research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zhao is a protégé of Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., Founder and President of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, and former Chair of the Nutrition Coordination Committee at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among other posts. Dr. Zhao chairs CAS BioSciences’ Omega‐3 Fatty Acids Science Initiatives Committee, and serves as a special advisor directly to the Executive Chairman of CAS BioSciences, among other interests.
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