A pill a day keeps the doctor away

Omega-3 is an important fatty acid with immense health benefits for the body and brain. It is found in abundance in fish oil and many pharmaceutical companies extract the oil to develop it into a pill for daily dosage.While the health benefits of Omega-3 cannot be disputed, many — especially vegetarians in India — have reservations having it due to the source of the oil.Bioscientist Minto Gupta was well aware of this, having worked in the pharmaceutical sector for decades. He decided to develop a solution sourced from plants instead of fish, and his specialisation in the nutraceutical segment only helped him further in his endeavour.“It took me 10 years of research to come out with an Omega-3 product that was extracted purely from plants,” said Mr. Gupta, chairman and managing director, Deccan Healthcare.“It is found in high concentration in apricot, walnut, almonds and flax seeds. We launched the product in 2006 and in two years, it became quite popular,” he added.Incidentally, this was the first product launch for Deccan Health Care, a Hyderabad-based entity that got listed on the SME platform of the BSE in December and since then, has grown into a company with a market capitalisation in excess of Rs. 200 crore.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-business/a-pill-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away/article26046028.ece

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