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Dry n-3® omega-3 powders

Our microencapsulated Omega-3 Powders with Superior Shelf Life and Excellent Handling Characteristics

BASF is a leading supplier of microencapsulated polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) powders for infant and maternal nutrition, food fortification, and dietary supplements. Dry n-3® powders offer an ultra-long shelf life with no need for refrigeration, in combination with superior sensory properties.

BASF is a global market leader in PUFA solutions. Our premium product range is based on more than 150 years of experience in the human nutrition industry, extensive expertise and R&D capabilities. Our sustainable sourcing ensures consistent, reliable supply that accommodates modern, global demands.

Source of omega-3 and omega-6 PUFA oils

The omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (EPA and DHA) have been a part of cells and organisms for millions of years. EPA and DHA are long-chain poly-unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids abundant in seafood and other marine products such as oils from fish, krill and algae. Humans can only synthesize the fatty acids at a slow rate. DHA for use in our Dry n-3 microencapsulated powders are sourced from marine as well as from algal origin. Arachidonic acid (ARA) is an important omega-6 fatty acid in Early Life Nutrition. This PUFA oil is obtained from fermentation.

Benefits of BASF omega-3 powders

  • We provide unique solutions for safe and healthy nutrition products with superior shelf life.
  • We support our customers and partners with technical application services and development as well as tailor-made trainings in our globally linked Labs around the world.
  • We are the only supplier in the market with products, industry experience and consumer solutions in the dietary supplement and pharma market.
  • We provide products with outstanding shelf life, superior stability during handling, processing, transport and storage.

What makes BASF’s products unique?

With decades of experience in the microencapsulation of PUFA oils, BASF has the necessary tools to provide consumers stable and effective omega-3 as well as omega-6 products that accommodate the special needs of early life stages. Our encapsulation technology protects the highly sensitive fatty acids from oxidation. In addition, it also provides ideal handling characteristics for the food industry as well as for the consumer.

Outstanding stability - BASF utilizes a specific microencapsulation technology to protect the sensitive PUFA oil from oxidation that can limit the health benefits of the product. Dry n-3® powders can be stored in their original packaging for up to 3 years at ambient temperatures (max. 25°C) without need for refrigeration. There is no significant degradation of omega-3 fatty acids during this long period of time. Our products deliver their initial benefits over the entire shelf life. This form of protection also allows for safe powder blending and/or processing. Compared to conventional spray dried powders, these microcapsules do not break as easily during transport, handling and storage.

Guaranteed freshness - Stability tests of Dry n-3® powders prove there is only minute loss of essential omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, and no significant increase in oxidation. Consumers can experience guaranteed freshness for themselves: Mothers will notice that DHA infant formula containing Dry n-3 will not have offensive off-odors or off-tastes during preparation and/or cleaning of milk bottles. This attribute attests to the quality of our product, and consequently to the benefits our customers’ baby and follow-up formulas can offer.

Safe use - Dry n-3® powders are thoroughly monitored, beginning with raw materials and suppliers, through processing to finished goods. Production is carried out under stringent manufacturing standards. Our production site in Denmark operates under GMP and FSSC 22000. Certified laboratories carefully control the quality of these ingredients based on European food and/or infant food requirements.


Dry n-3® offers high DHA concentrations for both medical and infant nutrition. Our infant nutrition-focused product offers support for brain, memory and eye health and development. We offer Dry n-3® for both medical and exclusively infant nutrition. Our infant nutrition-focused products support brain, memory and eye health.

Dry n-3® 12 offers high EPA & DHA concentration concentrations to support both medical and infant nutrition. Such a sensitive application area demands safe and stable products in order to provide the full benefits of DHA to infants, toddlers and pregnant women. Our Dry n-3® 12 products provide joint and muscle support as well as cardiovascular support.

Health Benefits of PUFA (EPA and DHA; ARA)

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our health, since they play a major role in the development of cognitive functions and in health maintenance. Well-documented research confirms the benefits of EPA and DHA in heart, brain and cognitive health, and in pre-natal brain and eye development. Scientific evidence confirms benefits from omega-3 consumption across all life stages, for pregnant women, children, adults and the elderly.

DHA is essential for the healthy development of the brain and eyes, in infant and follow-on formula in particular.

ARA works hand in hand with DHA to support a healthy infant development. Both play an important role in the structure and function of cell membranes, specifically in brain, heart and vascular epithelium. They are important for normal immune functions.

Disclaimer: The data contained in this publication are based on our current knowledge and experience. In view of the many factors that may affect processing and application of our product, these data do not relieve processors from carrying out their own investigations and tests; neither do these data imply any guarantee of certain properties, nor the suitability of the product for a specific purpose. Any descriptions, drawings, photographs, data, proportions, weights, etc. given herein may change without prior information and do not constitute the agreed contractual quality of the product. It is the responsibility of the recipient of our products to ensure that any proprietary rights and existing laws and legislations are observed.

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