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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.

Study shows 3-carotenoid formula boosts visual performance for non-impaired subjects

Researchers in Ireland have concluded via a long term trial that supplementation with three carotenoids—lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin—can improve the visual performance of subjects who had normal vision to start.

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British campaign takes astaxanthin to the people

Swedish-Japanese astaxanthin specialist AstaReal is working with its UK brand partners to push awareness of the carotenoid’s skin health benefits – even in the absence of approved health claims.

Easy-to-open: German firm seeks to open lid on senior supplement market

The German firm Sanner has developed senior-friendly supplement packaging, which it says will secure shopping loyalty from happy elderly customers.

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New GOED report summarizes global market for EPA and DHA finished products

The Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) noted that the finished products market size for 2015 was $31.4 billion.

298 studies reviewed

Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

SPECIAL EDITION: ANTIOXIDANTS, POLYPHENOLS & CAROTENOIDS

Why antioxidant claims have been killed off in the EU

European regulatory restraints have killed off antioxidant health claims as lawyers advise firms to play it safe despite leniency in some EU member states. We round up the legal status of the term, and the impact this has had on the market.

Sea buckthorn compounds show eye health support

Proanthocyanidins (PACs) from sea buckthorn seeds may protect retinas from harmful light effects, says a new study.

Researcher: 'Lutein could be more important than vitamin C.'

Lutein shows brain health promise beyond ‘Alzheimer’s of the eye’

Eye health nutrient lutein may be even more important for brain function, a congress has heard.

Antioxidant therapy: Could polyphenols reverse endothelial dysfunction in diabetics?

Polyphenols present a promising approach to restoring normal endothelial function in people with diabetes, according to a review calling for more research on this potential ‘antioxidant therapy’.

Second krill player moves in on EU high dose opportunity

Rimfrost AS is the latest krill player to capitalise on a recent EU approval of high doses of the omega-3 ingredient, a move it hopes will inject life into an otherwise ‘stagnant’ market.  

‘Fish oil is not an animal by-product’: Nordic firms challenge food-feed divide

Norwegian omega-3 firms are facing big challenges following a national alignment with EU requirements to separate food and feed fish oil production.

7000-strong DSM survey reveals top consumer health concerns

Weight is the top health concern for adults overall, while Russians have their eye on age-related loss of vision, a DSM survey of 7,000 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa has revealed.

Special edition: Omega-3s

Carrot vs. stick: What’s the key to securing a sustainable omega-3 supply?

With around 20-25% of global wild caught fish used for fish meal and fish oil production, environmental certification schemes like Friend of the Sea (FoS) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have been putting increasing pressure on the omega-3 sector to improve stock management. The incentive? Brand value and appealing eco-labels. Yet with the majority of omega-3 still non-certified, some have asked whether this soft incentivisation approach is enough to secure real market change.  

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