Omega-3 fatty acids, which are very sensitive to oxidation, can be greatly affected by storage conditions. At this point, the product form emerges. The study investigated the fatty acid composition, oxidative stability and sensory properties of different Omega-3 products with different packaging types, the most preferred syrup, capsule and chewable tablet.
Specimens were kept during the study as recommended for storage under realistic conditions at room temperature and in the dark. To mimic consumer use, 5 ml syrup samples and one capsule and chewable tablet per day were used regularly.
Fish oil has a unique EPA and News Agency content, but these omega-3 fatty acids are the most susceptible to oxidation. Once opened, bottles of fish oil supplements undergo a process called “oxidation” that begins when it comes into contact with oxygen in the air, leading to spoilage problems. At the end of this process, taste and odor deterioration occurs in fish oil. At the end of the study, which lasted about 50 days, omega-3 fatty acids in syrup form were determined to be the most susceptible form to oxidation.
At the scientific meeting on children’s health where the study was discussed, the experts made evaluations of the research presented orally.
Among these experts were Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatric Infection, Lecturer Prof. Dr. Ateş Kara said, “While you’re doing something good with nutritional supplements, it shouldn’t destroy it at the same time.” Prof. Dr. Ate Kara said:
“We must not forget that our immune system – against both infectious agents and some chronic diseases – has some needs in order for our immune system to provide the response we want. At this point, it is very important that our immunity is ready for the continuation of health, both in childhood and later in life. We can meet this preparation with our daily healthy, balanced diet.”
Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Children’s Health and Diseases, Lecturer Prof. Dr. Ayper Somer: “Food supplements, when consumed it is important in which environment it is stored or how much it comes into contact with the air. Because they are exposed to changes in taste and smell with the effect of these factors. After that, children may not want to consume these supplements,” he said. At this point, he emphasized that we also need nutritional supplements because of the changes in our diet due to the change in living conditions in recent years.
“The basis of medical education is based on the principle of “primum non nocere / do no harm first”, especially as doctors who deal with children’s health, we should pay more attention. Dr. Cihan Avaroğlu stated that regardless of the drug or dietary supplement, the closed packaging of a product alone is not enough to have the correct certification, saying: “It is important that the criteria specified in the production controls are also maintained until the end user is ready. the product.”
Prof. Dr. Ates Kara, Prof. Dr. Ayper Somer and Exp. Dr. Cihan Avaroğlu emphasized that dietary supplements are used to fix things and said, “The products we use should not destroy or cause harm while doing some good. Therefore, when choosing such products, let’s look at the labels, pay special attention to their content, quantity and storage conditions. Therefore, the most rational way is to produce supplements that the child will like to taste and consume easily.
While different amounts of daily fish oil consumption are recommended according to age groups, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends 250-500mg/day EPA and News Agency consumption for adults.