Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Oceans may provide ‘new wave’ of natural ingredients

By Nathan Gray

- Last updated on GMT

The marine environment may be hiding a bounty of untapped natural ingredients that have potential for use in foods and supplements, says Dr Jon Williams of Aquapharm.

The oceans have always been known as an important source of ingredients such as omega-3s, but Dr Williams believes the oceans have much more to offer.

Williams said that as the area develops, we should begin to see “a new wave of marine ingredients” ​which could provide new functionalities including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients, as well as more traditional antioxidant sources.

According to Williams, marine sources of ingredients are still “an underexplored source”​, that offers huge potential in terms of producing naturally derived ingredients to meet consumer demands.

“In five to ten years time, I think we will really see a real growth of marine derived ingredients in the food environment,”​ he said.

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