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Eye health supplements may contain undeclared meso-zeaxanthin, say researchers. Nothing to see here, says supplier

Commercial lutein and zeaxanthin supplements for eye health may contain undeclared meso-zeaxathin, say researchers from Ireland, which may challenge a long-held hypothesis in the eye health sector.

Two decades of data and 100,000 participants support role of lutein-zeaxanthin in lowering AMD risk

Increased levels of lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with a whopping 40% reduced risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to researchers from Harvard and Brown.

DSM eyes brands, private label; will cut 100 nutrition jobs

DSM will cut 100 nutrition jobs as part of efficiency plans on top of the 900-1100 job losses elsewhere already announced as it set out goals that include greater interest in brands and private label.

EU project seeks algae omega-3s

Extracting omega-3 from novel algae sources is the mission of a European Union-funded project with multiple partners including the famed nutrition research arm at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.


What can you do in the face of a ‘flawed’ omega-3 research study?

How does the industry respond when a scientific study comes out that is critical of quality and label claim for an omega-3 fish oil supplement—and in the opinion of many experts, the research is seriously flawed?

Giant European congress closes with fortification call to defeat nutrient deficiencies

Food fortification, supplementation and better nutrition policy making and implementation are keys to addressing ongoing global micronutrient deficiencies in ‘the big 3’ – iron, iodine and vitamin A, Europe’s biggest nutrition congress was told today in Berlin.


Food industry needs to help people age healthily

There are more people in the world aged over 60 than ever before. Michelle Perrett discovers what the industry needs to do to help them age healthily.

Certain carotenoids may hold protective role against breast cancer: Research

Specific carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, research in China has suggested. 

ASA ruling

UK shuts bilberry eye health claims

Swedish supplements player New Nordic has had eye health claims slapped down in the UK, even though its ‘Blue Berry Eyebright plus’ product included vision-approved vitamin A.

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‘Starving Africa’ cliché used to push GM: Harvard Professor

An over-simplistic image of impoverished, malnutritioned Africa is being used to push the case for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a senior Harvard professor has warned.

Damning fish oil sustainability report lacks ‘nuance’, says GOED

Comparing the sustainability of fisheries is important but this can miss subtle differences in stock health, Adam Ismail, the executive director of the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) has said.

News in brief

Korean player Daesang moves on EU omega-3 market

Korean food giant Daeseng wants to enter the EU omega-3 market and has applied for novel foods approval for an algae-derived DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Over 1/3 of fish oil fisheries poorly managed: Report

Over one third or 3.5 million tonnes of fish stocks destined for fish oil supplements are ‘poorly managed’, a sustainability report of 24 fisheries has found. 

New lutein and zeaxanthin forms launched

Ingredient giants DSM and Kemin have debuted forms of lutein and zeaxanthin for use in tablets and soft gels via their partnership on the eye health carotenoids.

AstaReal announces plan to further expand US astaxanthin facility as finished product brand hits market

Astaxanthin manufacturer AstaReal has announced plans to further expand its production facility in Washington State and has followed other producers of the carotenoid into the direct-to-consumer finished products market.

Vitamin D and eye health: Study links sunshine vitamin to AMD risk

Low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, says a new study.

Lutein/zeaxanthin and cognitive health: New study supports macular pigment as potential biomarker of brain health

Measuring macular pigment offers potential as a biomarker of cognitive health, and Alzheimer’s patients are more likely to be seriously deficient in carotenoids, say data from two new studies.

Early lutein doesn’t impact kids’ diabetes, heart disease, stroke risk: 2000-strong 5-year study

Taking lutein at 13 months of age does not benefit the child’s cardiometabolic health at six, say researchers.

261% in 124g: New sweet potatoes new answer to ‘rampant’ vitamin A deficiency

South African researchers have created new beta carotene- rich sweet potatoes that could offer a solution to rampant vitamin A deficiency.

ABC lab document to help industry stem tide of bilberry adulteration

The American Botanical Council has taken another major step in its Botanical Adulterants Program with the release of a Laboratory Guidance Document on bilberry.

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