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Take the Wins Where We Can

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By Gretchen Vannice, MS, RDN
Director of Nutrition Education and Research, AlaskOmega®


It’s 2020, let’s take the wins where we can

A report from the best dataset on health and nutrition in the USA (NHANES*) just published on intake of EPA and DHA omega-3 from diet and supplements over the past 10 years.

The dataset was analyzed according to age and gender, then by education, income, and ethnicity. It’s no surprise that people with more education (greater than high school) and higher income ate more fish and consumed more supplements and had an overall higher intake of EPA and DHA omega-3. A new finding was that omega-3 intake did not vary much by ethnicity. Asians consumed the most fish; Caucasians consumed the most supplements.

The loud and clear findings

Among young and old, among African Americans, Asians, Caucasians, and Hispanics, regardless of educational and income level, the consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 is appallingly low in the United States.

A state of deficiency

In the USA, the average intake of EPA and DHA omega-3 combined is 100 mg/day. According to the World Health Organization, 200-250 mg EPA and DHA per day is Adequate, which translated means, sufficient to prevent deficiency. Per the US National Institute of Health, 160 mg/day for men/110 mg/day for women of combined EPA and DHA is sufficient to prevent deficiency. With an average intake of 100 mg per day, we are at deficiency levels. Deficiency is a long way from healthy.
While minimum intake of EPA and DHA prevents deficiency, consuming more improves health and longevity. Let’s pause and remember that EPA and DHA are essential fatty acids. Essential isn’t optional, so underconsumption leads to deficiency. We are what we eat. We need omega-3s.

Here are just 3 reasons to listen to these findings

Benefits for mental health, including depression and anxiety

  • Research shows that people who experience depression and anxiety tend to have lower levels of omega-3 in their bodies, compared to those who don’t.
  • The American Psychiatric Association recommends that everyone consume EPA and DHA omega-3 daily, and those with mood, impulse-control, or psychotic disorders consume 1,000 mg EPA and DHA per day. More, up to 9 grams per day, is indicated for more serious conditions; work with your healthcare professional.
  • Supplements that contain both EPA and DHA, but relatively more EPA are shown to be most effective for mental health.

Benefits for our heart, including healthy blood pressure

  • EPA and DHA omega-3 documents have many documented heart health benefits. From significantly reducing risk of fatal heart attack to improving blood flow and heart rate, consuming at least 500 mg EPA and DHA per day is globally recommended while 2,000 mg EPA and DHA (or more) per day is best.

Benefits for pregnant women and children

  • DHA omega-3 is an essential nutrient in pregnancy. This is because infants require DHA for normal development of their brain, eyes, and nervous system and mom is the only source. The infant will deplete mom if her intake is low. A minimum intake of 200-300 mg DHA per day is recommended, with 900 mg DHA per day considered sufficient to meet the needs of both mother and child.

An opportunity for sufficiency

As a nation, we severely under consume EPA and DHA omega-3. What’s the solution? Eating fish and taking fish oil supplements. Following the recommendation to consume two or more servings of fish and seafood a week is a good step. So is taking fish oil supplements. Consuming fresh, sustainably-sourced fish oil in capsules or liquid is a simple, affordable, and reliable way to ensure all of us get the EPA and DHA omega-3 we need. Let’s overcome deficiency starting today!
Everyone will benefit from this win. Let’s take the wins where we can.

*What is NHANES? NHANES stands for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It’s a national program that began in the 1960s to assess health and nutrition status of adults and children in the US. It uses both individual interviews and physical assessments. NHANES data are used to determine risk for disease across the US, to develop disease prevention programs, to set public policy, to direct and fund nutrition research, and more.

Disclaimer: This information is offered for educational purposes only. It is the opinion and scientific interpretation of the author. It is not intended as medical advice of any kind. The educational information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, or cure any disease nor has this been reviewed or approved by the FDA.

Scientific References are available upon request.

Wiley Companies Earns Coveted ISO 9001:2015 Certification

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COSHOCTON, Ohio – May 7th, 2020 – Wiley Companies, producer of AlaskOmega® Omega-3 and Omega-7 concentrates and a global leader in specialty chemical manufacturing, food and dietary supplement ingredients and consumer packaged goods today announced the company has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification for its Quality Management System.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems. Organizations use the ISO 9001 standard to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet and exceed customer and regulatory requirements with a continuous improvement approach. ISO 9001:2015 is the current version of the ISO 9001 standard, which outlines the requirements an organization must maintain in their quality system for certification.

“We are honored to earn ISO 9001:2015 certification, and feel it provides additional assurance to our customers that we are committed to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction,” said Daniel Wiley. He added, “Every company that has gone through the certification process understands that achieving ISO 9001 is very demanding, but also demonstrates an organization’s desire to perform at the highest levels of quality and efficiency. By auditing our processes at every level, we assure our customers are receiving the highest quality products and the highest level of service.”About Wiley Companies:
Wiley Companies is a global custom chemicals and food ingredients manufacturer based in Coshocton, Ohio. Closely held and operated since its founding in 1981, the company has a skilled staff of more than 200 employees, and a wide variety of products and services in the fine chemical, ingredient, pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement markets. With a portfolio of globally recognized brands including AlaskOmega®, the company is known for innovative solutions backed by generations of experts.

Media Contact:
Greg Lindsey
Wiley Companies
740-622-0755
greglindsey@wileyco.com

AlaskOmega® Launches Omega-3 Concentrate Powder

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AlaskOmega® Launches Omega-3 Concentrate Powder
MSC-certified powder delivers over 200mg EPA+DHA without fishy taste or smell

COSHOCTON, OH – February 27, 2020 – Wiley Companies (formerly Organic Technologies), producer of AlaskOmega® omega-3 fish oil concentrates and natural fish oils, announced today that it has launched an MSC-certified omega-3 concentrate powder for use in food, beverage and dietary supplement formulations. The first powder launched by the company, AlaskOmega® Omega-3 Powder 3221, offers a minimum 200 mg/g EPA + DHA content without a fishy taste or smell, based on the superior freshness and purity of AlaskOmega® omega-3 concentrates. The company expects to add to their omega-3 powder offering with a high DHA version later in the year.

AlaskOmega® Omega-3 Powder allows formulators to incorporate high levels of omega-3 into a variety of applications and formulations such as meal replacement and sports drink powders, energy bars, baked goods, vitamin blends and dairy products, to name a few. The new powder is Halal certified and also certified sustainable and traceable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The company will be showcasing the new powder at the upcoming Expo West show in Anaheim, CA (Booth #4678).

About AlaskOmega®
Wiley Companies (formerly Organic Technologies) is the producer of MSC-certified AlaskOmega® fish oil products, including omega-3 and omega-7 concentrates, natural fish oils, and recently launched omega-3 powder. We start with wild-caught Alaska pollock oil from the cold, pure waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea, which is further refined and concentrated in our family owned and operated NSF-certified GMP facility in Coshocton, Ohio. The Alaska pollock fishery is the largest fishery in the world for human consumption. It is responsibly managed with less than 1% bycatch and certified sustainable and traceable by the Marine Stewardship Council, considered the gold standard for sustainability by the industry.

Media Contact: Greg Lindsey +1 (740) 622-0755; greglindsey@organictech.com

AlaskOmega Omega-7 Achieves “No Questions” Designation

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AlaskOmega Participates in a Landmark Publication on Omega-7

Coshocton, OH – October 8, 2019. Organic Technologies, producer of AlaskOmega® omega-3 and omega-7 concentrates, announced today that the company has received a “no questions” letter from the FDA supporting the self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status of AlaskOmega® 50% and 70% omega-7 concentrates. The letter indicates that the FDA has successfully completed its own independent evaluation of AlaskOmega® omega-7 concentrates and has no questions regarding Organic Technologies’ conclusion that these ingredients are GRAS under their intended conditions of use.

AlaskOmega® 50% and 70% omega-7 concentrates achieved self-affirmed GRAS status through an independent scientific panel of experts that evaluated AlaskOmega® omega-7 concentrates in accordance with stringent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety criteria. Following a comprehensive review of the safety, toxicology and proposed usage, the independent panel of experts reached a unanimous decision that AlaskOmega® omega-7 concentrates are safe for use in foods and beverages.

Omega-7, or palmitoleic acid (C16:n1), is a monosaturated fat that has been studied for its potential benefits across a wide range of health applications, including heart health, anti-inflammation, insulin sensitivity, satiety, and anti-aging benefits for skin, hair and nails. With the self-affirmed GRAS status, AlaskOmega® 50% and 70% omega-7 concentrates can be safely used in food and beverage products without regulatory barriers, expanding application options beyond dietary supplements.

Organic Technologies is currently conducting a clinical trial using AlaskOmega® 50% omega-7 concentrate to assess the ingredient’s health benefit towards inflammation, glucose management, satiety, and cholesterol markers. The company will be promoting its entire line of AlaskOmega® ingredients at SupplySide West in Las Vegas in October.

About AlaskOmega®
Organic Technologies is the producer of MSC-certified AlaskOmega® fish oil products, including omega-3 concentrates, natural fish oils, and omega-7 concentrates sourced from wild-caught Alaska Pollock from Alaska’s Bering Sea. AlaskOmega® omega-3 concentrates are available up to 85% total Omega-3 content in EE/TG form, and omega-7 available in 50% and 70% concentrations. Please visit http://www.alaskomega.com for more information.

AlaskOmega Media Contact: Steve Dillingham / steve@alaskomega.com