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Macular carotenoid supplements may improve recovery from ‘disability glare’: Study

Supplements of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers may improve recovery from photostress and disability glare, says a new study using OmniActive’s Lutemax 2020 product.

New supplier set to make waves on the bio-marine scene

Start-up Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) hopes to become a major new supplier of lipids, protein and calcium powders following an initial €15m investment in its plant.

Could effectiveness of AREDS formula differ by genotype?

The potential benefits of the AREDS formulation of antioxidants and zinc may be linked to your genotype, says a new study from Tufts and Harvard.

Chinese astaxanthin wins EU novel foods approval

Competition is hotting up in the astaxanthin space, as Novel Food authorisation for BGG’s AstaZine line of natural astaxanthin ingredients marks the entry of a new player into the European carotenoid market.

The photo-fermented combination: Allmicroalgae scales-up microalgae production

Portuguese supplier Allmicroalgae has taken calls to scale up production of microalgae to heart, with a project to combine big-volume fermentation with high-value photosynthesis methods now in swing.

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Plant compounds found to boost neural efficiency in elderly: Study

Compounds responsible for the colour of plants and vegetables have shown brain enhancing properties in a study that tests the carotenoids on older adults.

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World Diabetes Day: 1000 actions to help 400+m people

Nearly 1000 actions – from screenings to policy statements to conferences and diet and lifestyle change promotion – are underway in 130+ countries as part of World Diabetes Day.

Is new DHA oil the ultimate in omega-3 stability?

French marine lipid specialist Polaris claims its new generation algal source DHA oil takes fish-free omega-3 “to a new level” by offering “unmatched” stability.

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Indian carotenoid player enters Europe

Bangalore-based lutein and carotenoid specialist Katra Phyto has enlisted UK-based ingredient player and distributor Gee Lawson as its European partner.

Better omega-3s test will help improve public health outcomes, developer says

A streamlined test for omega-3 levels in the blood will help consumers better understand this crucial risk factor, the test’s developer says.

'An unexplored niche': Edible petals as a promising nutrient source

Edible petals offer a promising source of bioactive nutrients, Portuguese researchers have said.

'We've made big pills a thing of the past.'

Big investment, small pills: DSM invests €27m in omega-3 technology

DSM has invested over €27 million in its ‘3C technology’ which concentrates DHA and EPA up to 85% and helps reduce capsule size by up to three times.

BASF picks Germany to boost global vitamin A capacity

Vitamin giant BASF is expanding its vitamin A production capacity by 1,500 metric tons to meet growing global demand for the micronutrient.

Pakistan: UK-funded fortification programme targets women & children

A £48m (€55m) five-year, large-scale fortification programme is being rolled out this month in Pakistan in a bid to combat malnutrition in women and children.

New carotenoid source? Purslane plant gets nitrogen nutrition boost

Researchers have found a way to boost the nutritional properties of leafy green purslane, increasing carotenoid and chlorophyll concentrations in the plant by providing additional nitrogen.

Which supplements should women take during pregnancy?

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is seeking insights into general public opinion on supplementation in pregnancy.

South Africa sets nutrition goals for 2025

Multiple stakeholders are gathering to tackle hidden hunger and malnutrition in South Africa.

Landmark law: Mozambique brings in mandatory food fortification

Mozambique is gearing up for the introduction of mandatory fortification of flour, corn meal, cooking oil, sugar and salt, following milestone legislation designed to combat malnutrition.

Meta-analysis concludes meso-zeaxanthin improves performance of eye health formulations

A new meta-analysis strongly supports the use of meso-zeaxanthin along with lutein and zeaxanthin for use in eye health formulations.

Studies look to enhance broccoli’s ability to ward off disease

Research that enhances compounds contained in broccoli may lead to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to two studies that reinforce the vegetable’s reputation as a superfood.

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