Q) What are phospholipids?
A) Phospholipids are a class of lipids that are a major component of all cell membranes as they can form lipid bilayers. Due to their unique structure, phospholipids are hydrophilic, making them natural emulsifiers and facilitating easy mixing with water, gastric juices etc. Most phospholipids contain a diglyceride, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule such as choline.
Q) What are Marine Omega-3 phospholipids?
A) Marine Omega-3 phospholipids are phospholipids found in marine organisms, enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids. Technically, glycero-, di-acylated phospholipids contain: a phosphorous group linked to a base (choline, serine, inositol, ethanolamine); and two fatty acids esterified to the glycerol backbone. The primary long chain Omega-3 fatty acids in Romega® are DHA and EPA.
Q) What are the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids?
A) Omega-3 fatty acids are recognized as important to heart health and are even available as a therapeutic drug in several markets, including the US (Lovaza) and EU (Omacor). Other conditions improved with Omega-3 fatty acids are diabetes, cognition, and inflammatory conditions. The amount of scientific evidence supporting use of Omega-3 for various conditions and for optimizing health is growing in both volume and recognition. Many of us do not consume enough Omega-3 fatty acids according to international recommendations.
Q) What are the benefits of Phospholipids?
A) The base component of the phospholipid (for example, choline or serine) may have health benefits independent or synergistic to the Omega-3 fatty acid components. Choline is important for healthy liver and brain function. Choline acts as a precursor to the powerful brain neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which supports memory and information processing. Phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids seem to have select advantages in how they are absorbed and utilized by the human body. Phospholipids have the advantages of being soluble in aqueous vehicles, are more oxidative stable, and potentially more bioavailable than triglycerides.
Q) What are sources of Marine Omega-3 phospholipids?
A) Major sources of Marine Omega-3 phospholipids are: roe (fish eggs) from herring and krill oil. AN has chosen to develop Romega® from herring roe because herring is a certified and sustainable fishery and the roe are already available from existing fishery operations in Norway. Thus, more fish do not need to be caught to obtain the roe for our operations. Premium food grade roe extracts have been developed from selected fishery operations locally in Norway.
Q) What are triglycerides (TG)?
A) A triglyceride (TG, triacylglycerol, TAG, or triacylglyceride) is an ester derived from glycerol and three fatty acids. Triglycerides are the main form of fat in the body. Fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids predominately as TG.
Q) What are the advantages of Romega® oils?
A) Advantages of Romega® oils over traditional fish oil are: DHA:EPA ratio ~ 3:1, a source of choline, emulsifying properties, more bioavailable, more potent (smaller daily serving size // capsule), increased oxidative resistance, less fishy burps, and more efficacious for some conditions and diseases. The more protected and stable Romega® oils can be readily mixed into aqueous foods – making it the excellent choice for health food and skin products. Additional advantages of Romega® oils include a potential to be labelled Kosher and Halal, manufactured from a sustainable, MSC certified and environmentally friendly raw material source, Norwegian Spring Spawning Herring.
Q) What makes Romega® oils unique?
A) • The nutrient density – having the highest amount of phospholipid-bounded DHA on the market.
• Based on extracts from the beginning of life (roe), combining sustainably sourced fish oil and phospholipids, Romega® is extraordinary and new, effective and potent. An excellent dietary supplement alternative for a balanced nutrition.
• Romega® is the caviar of fish oils.
Q) Are there disadvantages with use of Romega® oils compared to ordinary fish oils?
A) Due to supply and processing issues, Romega® can be more expensive than traditional fish oils and are available in lesser supply.
Q) Does the quality of Romega® vary during seasons?
A) No, herring caviar has the same nutrition profile throughout the season.
Q) Are there safety or regulatory concerns regarding Romega® oils?
A) Romega® oils do not have any safety or regulatory concerns, and are considered to be an exclusive form of fish oil. The safety of fish oils has been established over many years.
Q) Are there health conditions expected to be better managed with Romega® and other high DHA marine Omega-3 phospholipid oils than with common fish oils?
A) Skin conditions are expected to experience more positive effects from Romega® supplementation than if supplemented with traditional fish oils due to enhanced bio-efficacy. Due to better bioavailability and better oxidative stability, Romega® and other high DHA marine Omega-3 phospholipid oils have also been shown to have better effects on obesity, fatty liver, diabetes; and improving exercise endurance under hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions based on preliminary studies.
Q) I understand Krill oil is also a form of Marine Omega-3 phospholipids, is that correct?
A) Yes, but Krill oils has a different fatty acid profile (lower in phospholipid-bounded DHA).