Steve Dillingham: Organic Technologies is the producer of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified AlaskOmega fish oil products, including omega-3 concentrates, natural fish oils, and newly launched 50 and 70% omega-7 concentrates. Organic Technologies is privately held and family operated since its founding in 1981.
AlaskOmega oils originate from wild-caught Alaska Pollock harvested from the cold, pure waters of the Bering Sea, which is further refined and concentrated in our family-owned and operated NSF-certified GMP facility in Ohio.
C16:1 palmitoleic acid (omega-7) is a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) that has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines.
It has been studied for its potential towards many important health applications including heart health, anti-inflammation, insulin sensitivity, antimicrobial effects, moisture replenishment of mucosal membranes, and anti-ageing benefits for skin, hair and nails.
Much of the work to date has been conducted in animals, but more human studies with promising results are being published. Organic Technologies is actively researching the health benefits of omega-7 in animal models and human trials.
AlaskOmega Omega-7 500 and Omega-7 700 concentrates are currently being sold as an ethyl ester omega-7 liquid concentrate, which is virtually tasteless and odourless. Organic Technologies will be introducing a triglyceride form concentrate in early 2018.
Consumption of palmitoleic acid in the human diet is quite low. It is estimated that healthy adults ingest 1-2g in a typical day, compared with an average of 23-29g of oleic acid, which is found in poultry and olive oil. Foods containing the most omega-7 include macadamia nuts, fish and sea buckthorn oil.
Using a higher purity concentrate enables supplement formulators to reduce the capsule size of their product or to make combination products without having to resort to larger capsules. It's a practical, cost-efficient way to formulate potent omega-7 supplements with maximum flexibility.
Proper care and handling during encapsulation translates into better product stability, longer shelf life, and optimal sensory characteristics for finished goods. Organic Technologies maintains exacting freshness standards through its careful process and unique supply chain. Raw oil is extracted from the trimmings of wild Alaska pollock sourced from the Bering Sea immediately after catch, so the raw material is of the highest quality. The oil then goes through a careful purification and concentration process under inert gas.
Organic Technologies has set the total oxidation (TOTOX) limit for all its AlaskOmega Concentrate products, including Omega-7, to a maximum of five - more than a fivefold reduction from the limit of 26 set by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) monograph, the current standard for the omega-3 industry. Typical AlaskOmega TOTOX values actually range between zero and three.
Sustainability is an important part of our commitment to good environmental stewardship. The Alaska pollock fishery has been responsibly managed by the US Government for well over 30 years, and continuously certified by MSC since April 2005, considered by many to be the gold standard for sustainability.
In late 2016, Organic Technologies presented an investigative review of Omega-7 at the 12th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) held in South Africa. More recently, Organic Technologies co-authored a paper entitled 'Is Palmitoleic Acid a Plausible Non- Pharmacological Strategy to Prevent or Control Chronic Metabolic and Inflammatory Disorders?', which has just been published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
Human clinical studies to document the health effects of AlaskOmega Omega-7 500 and 700 Concentrates are under way, and Organic Technologies continues to support researchers conducting promising human and animal studies into its many potential health applications.