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Europe: Company releases oil with DHA, selenium content

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Metabolium has developed Olïse, an oil with a high docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and organic selenium content.

DHA is an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that is vital for brain development and function as well as for eyesight, while selenium is essential for normal endocrine and immune system function.

The product is obtained using a patented process that enriches protists with selenium.

Protists are the micro-algae at the start of the food chain.

The technology developed by Metabolium produces food ingredients with a high DHA and organic selenium content by allowing protist fermentation to take place in the presence of appropriate forms of selenium.

The process increases the yield of total fats, PUFAs and DHA, while organic selenium protects the product from oxidation.

Olïse is intended for human nutrition markets, primarily food supplements, and for animal nutrition, particularly aquaculture.

Just like selenium, omega-3 fats are vital for vertebrates; they are usually found in fish, fish oil and plants.