“With AvailOm, EPA and DHA are absorbed as free fatty acids; there is no need for enzymatic conversion. The bioavailability of our product is therefore three to five times higher than with traditional fish oil capsules containing liquid omega-3 ethyl esters,” said Dr. Ludger Eilers, responsible for Advanced Food Ingredients within Evonik’s Health Care Business Line.
AvailOm powder can be efficiently pressed into compact tablets that are small and easy to swallow. When combined with one of Evonik’s EUDRAGUARD polymer coatings, it will also prevent fishy reflux, the company said.
The fish oil raw material used to create the high-quality omega-3 lysine complex is sourced from carefully selected suppliers. AvailOm is manufactured in Europe to high quality standards. The powder has proved to be extremely stable and easy to process in all tests, the company said.
In addition to being cleared for sale in the U.S. (both NDI and GRAS), Evonik is pursuing registration in Europe and other markets. It is suitable as a stand-alone omega-3 tablet or capsule, or in combination with other ingredients, such as vitamins.