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Martek, Manufacturer of Vegan DHA, To Produce Vegan Chondroitin

Posted on April 20, 2010 by The VRG Blog Editor

by Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

Maryland-based Martek Biosciences Corporation, which created a microalgae-derived form of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid important for brain, eye, and heart health and often derived from fish oil, is formulating a fermentation process using bacteria to create a non-animal derived chondroitin. Chondroitin, believed to be important in joint health, is used by many with osteoarthritis or similar conditions. Currently, chondroitin is derived from the cartilage of sharks and sometimes pigs and cows. For its non-animal chondroitin, Martek is working in conjunction with the Japanese company, Seikagaku.

Martek expects its microbially-derived chondroitin to be on the market in two years. For more information, visit their website at

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