Fisheries and Aquaculture
May 4, 2010
Research Project to Focus on Blending Omega-3 Oils with Green Tea
The Provincial Government will invest up to $10,000 in research at
Memorial University on the use of seal and fish oil derivatives in green
tea formulations. The main purpose of the project is to promote further
usage and commercial application of seal and fish oil. The project will
use green tea derivatives blended with marine-based omega-3 oils to
evaluate commercial use of the products as functional food ingredients.
As well, the work will promote the province's research capability in the
field of nutrition and health aspects of marine oil and lipids. It will
also provide an important opportunity to bring this body of research to
a pre-commercialization stage.
"This work will promote further usage and commercial application of
omega-3 derivatives prepared in blended food products," said the
Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. "Our
government has always supported full utilization of the seal resource.
This is an important opportunity to provide for new and potentially
high-value uses for seal oil products."
Green tea extracts contain chemicals that have a variety of positive
physiological effects. While green tea components have been widely
studied, this research will investigate the use of green tea blended
with marine-based fatty acids, providing an effective means of expanding
applications into more diverse projects, having improved health
The research will examine subsequent applications of these blends in
other health foods, cosmetics and natural health products. It will
include evaluation of the economics of the process and how green tea
Omega-3 products may have positive impacts on certain cancers, viruses
and other inflammatory diseases.
Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi of Memorial University is the project leader. He
and the other project team members have a long history in the field of
research on marine oil and seal products. They are considered
pre-eminent leaders in this area.
"Continued development of the products and services offered by our
province's sealing industry is a priority of the Williams Government,"
said Minister Jackman. "My department looks forward to working with Dr.
Shahidi and his team at the university."
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Lori Lee Oates
Director of Communications
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
2010 05 04 9:30 a.m.