Fish-free Omega-3 Ingredients Market Value to Reach ~ US$ 1.3 Bn in 2029

Posted by Amy on July 16th, 2019

The latest market forecast report published by Transparency Market Research on the fish-free omega-3 ingredients market includes the global industry analysis and opportunity assessment for the period of 2019-2029. Revenue generated from the global fish-free omega-3 ingredients market has been estimated to be valued at ~ US$ 590 Mn in 2019, which is projected to increase at a CAGR of ~ 9%, to reach a value of ~ US$ 1.3 Bn by 2029.

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Vegans & Vegetarians Demand Fish-free Omega-3 Ingredients and Supplements

All three types of omega-3 are important, but evidence shows that, DHA and EPA have unique benefits, especially for boosting brain health, reducing inflammation, and improving retinal health. For vegans (vegetarians who eat food derived only from plant sources) and vegetarians, it is difficult to get adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet, as the two essential omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), are mostly derived from fish and animal sources. Omega-3 ingredients derived from plant sources only contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which is a precursor form that gets converted to DHA & EPA inside the body. 

Since there are not many sufficient vegan food sources of EPA and DHA, those who follow a vegan diet often have lower levels of these fatty acids in their blood. Therefore, keeping vegan and vegetarian diets in mind, manufactures are developing products from algal oil or plant-based products such as chia seeds, flaxseed oil, canola oil, hemp seeds, walnuts, and others, which are growing as fish-free omega-3 ingredients.

Growing Need for an Alternative to Fish-derived Omega-3 Ingredients

Many fish-derived oil supplements in the market are rancid, i.e. oxidized. Rancid oils/fats can damage cells and contribute to atherosclerosis. Free radicals from rancid oils are known to damage DNA cells. Free radicals are produced by toxins as well as by normal bodily processes, and can cause damage to the arteries and also act as carcinogens.

Fat-soluble pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls may biomagnify in marine food chains and end up in concentrated amounts in fishy oil supplements. This accumulation is causing contamination and fastening the process of oxidation of supplement oils/ fats.

Demand for Algae-based Omega-3 Supplements Expected to Grow Rapidly

Fish are the major source of omega-3 for the production of various supplements. Fish obtain omega-3 by consuming algae. Therefore, the usage of algae as a new alternative source to fish is anticipated to grow rapidly in the fish-free omega-3 ingredients market.

Supplements developed from algal oil have the same omega-3 benefits and nutritional content as fish-derived oils. Algal oil is free from contaminants such as heavy metals, bio-accumulated toxins, and pollutants. Vegan diets lack EPA and DHA, which can consumed through supplement products manufactured from algal oil.

Omega-3 - Preferred Ingredient in Convenience and Processed Foods

Increasing health awareness and growing preference for processed food/diets with low fat, sugar, and salt content among consumers are factors expected to prompt the manufacturers of food & beverages to review current marketing practices and adopt new techniques to increase their revenue shares in the fish-free omega-3 ingredients market.

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