COLUMBIA, Md. and LYNDEN, Wash., Nov 13, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- DHA omega-3 innovator Martek Biosciences and natural health product manufacturer Flora, Inc. announced today that Martek's flagship product, life'sDHA(TM), is featured in Udo's Choice(R) DHA Oil Blend, a flaxseed oil blend that is the latest addition to Flora's Udo's Choice brand, a successful line of vegetarian, organic and sustainable health oils. The Udo's Choice(R) DHA Oil Blend packaging will display the life'sDHA(TM) logo.
Udo's Choice(R) DHA Oil Blend is an unrefined vegetarian source of all the omega-3 essential fatty acids: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), ALA (alphalinolenic acid) and now DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a major structural fat in the brain and eyes and a key component of the heart.
"Martek is pleased to be partnering with Flora and Udo's Choice to offer consumers an omega-3 oil that is truly unique because it is vegetarian, is free of ocean-borne contaminants and has great sensory characteristics," said Steve Dubin, CEO of Martek Biosciences Corporation. "DHA is important for health throughout the lifecycle and Udo's Choice(R) DHA Oil Blend with life'sDHA(TM) is an easy-to-use product that everyone, from infants to adults, can use."
DHA omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eyes and supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in the diet. Several recent scientific reviews have noted the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye function, and there are large studies currently underway to investigate its role in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders. Yet despite its importance, Americans have among the lowest dietary intakes of DHA omega-3 in the world.
Martek's life'sDHA(TM) is unique in the market because it is derived from a sustainable and vegetarian source. Made from microalgae under tightly controlled manufacturing conditions, life'sDHA(TM) is free of oceanic contaminants that may be present in certain fish or fish oils. Microalgae are the only vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, the key omega-3 for brain and eye development and function.
"For a long time, we had no way to include a vegetarian, unrefined DHA in our Udo's Choice oil products," said Udo Erasmus, Ph.D., Udo's Choice namesake and author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill. "Adding life'sDHA(TM) to Udo's Choice Oil Blend offers consumers all three essential fatty acids in one unrefined vegetarian formulation that is certified organic, vegetarian, and produced under Good Manufacturing Practices. This oil retains all the benefits of Udo's Choice 3-6-9 Oil Blend but adds the benefits of vegetarian DHA with no methyl mercury, PCBs or dioxin, no high-temperature processing, no fishy taste or smell."
Udo's Choice products are produced and distributed by Flora, Inc. in conjunction with nutrition expert and author Udo Erasmus, Ph.D. For more than a decade, Udo's Choice has offered premium quality health supplements, including omega-rich oil blends, age- and condition-specific probiotics and enzymes, and more. Udo's oil products are made with omega-rich vegetarian oils, certified organic, packaged in environmentally friendly glass bottles, enclosed in boxes to block light, and cold-shipped to preserve freshness. The company manufactures all products according to strict Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines to ensure quality and purity. Please visit http://www.florahealth.com or call (800) 446-2110 for more information.
Martek Biosciences Corporation (MATK) is a leader in the innovation and development of DHA omega-3 products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. The Company produces life'sDHA(TM), a sustainable vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements, and ARA (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences, visit http://www.martek.com/.
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements concerning, among other things, expectations regarding Flora's Udo's Choice(R) DHA Oil Blend product launch. These statements are based upon numerous assumptions which Martek cannot control and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. These statements should be understood in light of the risk factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10- K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.