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Whether fish-derived or vegetarian, omega-3 has become a household term. Supplement sales continue to grow, and more and more foods are being fortified with the healthy fatty acids. But getting omega-3 foods into the mainstream remains a challenge.

Aker BioMarine joins GOED

One of the world’s two leading krill oil suppliers, Aker BioMarine, has joined the leading marine-sourced omega-3 trade group, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED).

Omega-3 industry reacts to EFSA opinions

The quality of research backing omega-3s such as DHA and EPA has had vindicated with the fatty acids receiving more positive health claim opinions than any other nutrient in Europe’s...

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Martek discusses algal omega-3 opportunities

Martek Bioscience has said it is expanding its omega-3 range by commercializing two new products – a new emulsion version of its vegetarian life’s DHA and a DHA/EPA blend from...

Fish oil forms: Triglycerides better for omega-3 index increase

Fish oil omega-3s in the triglyceride form are better for boosting the omega-3 index than the ethyl ester form, says a new study from Germany, a result which echoes recent...

Jury still out on omega-3 for post-natal depression

Reducing the risk of depression during pregnancy and after birth with supplements of omega-3 fatty acids is not backed up by the science-to-date, says a new meta-analysis and systematic review.

Omega-3: ALA intakes enough for EPA/DPA levels for non-fish eaters?

The conversion of the plant-based omega-3 ALA to the long-chain EPA and DHA may be increased in vegans and vegetarians who do not eat fish, suggest results from the European...

Canola rapeseed oil may reduce heart disease risk: Study

High blood levels of a compound called fibrinogen may be due to a lack of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid in the diet, and rapeseed oil fat replacement may rectify the problem,...

Norwegian omega-3 expansion promises new opportunities

Norwegian omega-3 supplier GC Rieber Oils is ready to open facilities that boost its production capacity and quality as it eyes the pharma and medical industries.

DHA omega-3 ‘not useful’ for Alzheimer’s patients

Daily supplements of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were ‘not useful’ in reducing cognitive decline associated with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, says a new study.

IFFO extends standards to value-added fish oil suppliers

The IFFO has announced a pilot Chain of Custody scheme as an extension to the year-old Responsible Supply standards, and Croda looks set to be the first concentrated fish oil...

Fish oil group emphasises sustainability in China meeting

The International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) has emphasised the need for fish stock sustainability along with the buoyant market created by omega-3 demand, at its annual meeting in...

Omega-3 may reduce gum disease: Study

Omega-3 fatty acid intake is inversely associated with periodontitis in the US population, according to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Omega-3 baby brain food ads pulled in UK

Magazine adverts for follow-on formula containing prebiotics and omega-3s have been rapped in the UK for making brain health claims unauthorised by the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation...

French omega-3 firm buys Canadian researcher

French-based Polaris has purchased Canadian start-up Ocean Nutrasciences, for an undisclosed sum.

Krill oil characterization may aid product development: Aker

A detailed description of the fatty acid profile of krill oil has revealed a high content of phospholipid omega-3 fatty acid, and may aid future product development.

Innéov failed but Unilever hopes for skin health claim win

Unilever has submitted a health claim dossier to the European Food Safety Authority for a skin health food supplement composed of a similar formulation to the market leading Innéov product...

Omega-3 may improve cardio measures in overweight teens: Study

Daily supplements of the omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may improve blood pressure levels in slightly overweight teenage boys.

Omega-3 bioavailability: Scientists lift the lid on which forms work best

Omega-3 fatty acids in the re-esterified triglyceride form may be the most bioavailable, according to a new study by omega-3 pioneer Jorn Dyerberg.

Krill oil may reduce arthritis symptoms: Mouse study

Daily supplements of krill oil may reduce the symptoms of arthritis, with the benefits linked to the omega-3 and antioxidant content of the ingredient, suggests a new study.

Omega-3 from GM yeast “comparable to GRAS fish oil”: DuPont study

The safety of an EPA-rich oil from genetically modified yeast is “comparable to that of GRAS fish oil”, says a new study from DuPont.

Herbs, omega-3s can save millions in healthcare: Report

An Australian study has found herbal preparations and omega-3s are effective treatments against an array of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and depression and could save the country more than...

Snack Size Science: Ahoy to omega-3 from soy

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we cast our net for the newest science on sourcing fish oil from plants.

New Aker JV to acquire EPAX in €70 million deal

In a reverse of what we see in nature - krill gobbling up fish - Trygg Pharma has entered into an agreement to purchase Epax Holding AS from Austevoll Seafood.

SDA soybean oil effective for omega-3 blood level boost

Daily consumption of a soybean oil rich in stearidonic acid (SDA) increased levels of omega-3 in blood cells after 12 weeks, says a new study from Monsanto and Solae.

Unilever: Omega-3 margarine study will not affect usage advice

Omega-3 spread maker Unilever says a 40 month study that found omega-3 spreads don’t protect elderly heart attack sufferers from further cardiac events, requires further analysis and won’t affect approved...