Acid could be cure-all

Townsville Bulletin - - Your Health -

AN acid ex­tracted from al­gae is be­ing hailed by a New Zealand com­pany for its ben­e­fi­cial ef­fect on any­thing from heart dis­ease to dyslexia and de­pres­sion.

Eicos­apen­taenoic acid (EPA) is one of two omega-3 un­sat­u­rated fatty acids nor­mally found in fish and is also linked to lightening symp­toms of de­pres­sion.

New Zealand com­pany Pho­tonz says it is lead­ing the charge in pro­duc­ing the acid, by us­ing new tech­nol­ogy to ex­tract it.

It has al­ready filed three patents on its method of ex­trac­tion and says it plans to ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neer EPA in Aus­tralia, Europe and Amer­ica.

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