Evonik’s high-load omega-3 powder platform AvailOm® is now available in India. Evonik has received clearance from the Indian food safety authority FSSAI to import and distribute AvailOm® in India. Earlier this year, Evonik obtained registration of AvailOm® in Brazil, accelerating the global roll-out of its omega-3 solution.
“We are excited to enter the Asian market with India as the first country in the region to accept our AvailOm® omega-3 solution for distribution,” said Gilles Razzauti, director of Advanced Food Ingredients at Evonik’s Health Care business.
India is one of the countries with the lowest omega-3 index globally. The Indian population has an average of 4 percent EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids in the cell membranes of red blood cells. An ideal omega-3 level, however, is 8 percent or more.
“We’re determined to offer Indian consumers an ideal opportunity to increase omega-3 levels in a convenient way. We look forward to working with Indian manufacturers to bring highly bioavailable nutraceuticals to market,” Razzauti continues.
AvailOm® has a bioavailability more than five times higher than traditional omega-3 fish oil soft-gel capsules. The powders are directly compressible into tablets and allow nutraceutical companies a wide range of opportunities to develop differentiated combination products with other active ingredients such as botanicals, vitamins, proteins and minerals for enhanced performance and synergistic benefits.
Evonik’s Health Care business is renowned for providing system solutions to customers in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. A global leader in advanced drug delivery, Evonik Health Care operates a large formulation laboratory and technical service centre in Mumbai, India. In addition to the AvailOm® omega-3 solution, the company can provide formulation know-how and technical support to regional customers.
Omega-3 is a critical ingredient in formulations for dietary supplements tailored to healthy agers, pregnant women, and other consumer groups. AvailOm® is produced using Evonik’s proprietary process that combines free fatty acids with the essential amino acid L-lysine. The complex formed is easy to process into a wide range of final formulations with no fishy aftertaste.
All AvailOm® grades are produced from certified sustainable sources to protect marine ecosystems.
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