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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.

Scandinavians target elderly with 1000mg+ omega-3 drink

Norwegian omega-3 specialist Smartfish is set to launch an omega-3 drink with more than 1000mg of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), as the company adds a medical wing...

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Health claims legal challenge remains a possibility

In the fourth excerpt from a NutraIngredients health claims roundtable, our experts discuss the possibility that the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation may end up being challenged in an...

EFSA dismisses omega-3 cognitive claim appeal

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says there are no grounds for amending the omega-3 cognitive function health claim rejection it issued to UK omega-3 supplements brand, Equazen Eye Q,...

Omega-3s could improve metabolic syndrome outcomes

Omega-3-rich supplements may improve blood lipid levels of people with metabolic syndrome, reducing the risks of developing serious health problems, says a new study.

New study suggests gender-specific omega-3 roles

The omenga-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA may have gender-specific effects on blood platelet aggregation, researchers in Australia have found.

New omega-3 encapsulation could enhance stability for soft gels

Researchers have developed a new way to stabilise omega-3 nutraceuticals, using elecrosprayed zein encapsulation.

Study identifies possible omega-3 stabilizers in yogurt

A new study has identified and sequenced antioxidant proteins in yogurt that could be used as stabilizers in functional foods, following on from previous research on their potential.

Insufficient ALA could be linked to obesity trend

A new study suggests that a deficiency in alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) coupled with a chronic excess of linoleic acid (omega-6) could lead to ‘inherited obesity’.

TNO to explore meat alternatives and oils from algae

TNO has teamed up with industrial algae producer Ingrepro Renewables for a two year research project investigating the extraction of proteins, healthy oils, and possible carbohydrates from algae.

Yogurt proteins could stabilize omega-3 enrichment

New research suggests that naturally occurring antioxidant peptides could be used to prevent oxidation of omega-3 in functional foods.

Frost predicts buoyant global omega-3 growth

A “flood of scientific evidence” for omega-3 forms DHA and EPA, positive press, elevated consumer awareness and proactive industry representation will drive 60%+ omega-3 growth in coming years, according to...

UK watchdog rules omega-3 supplements adverts medicinal

A national press campaign for omega-3 food supplements that claimed they could, “cure reflux, severe eczema and arthritis” has been challenged by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

New technology delivers omega-3 chews for private label

UK-based Oxford Nutrascience has teamed up with Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC) to develop omega-3 chews, which it plans to supply to dietary supplement firms around Europe for their own-label lines.

New global omega-3 research centre to boost innovation

A new global Omega-3 Innovation Centre to boost innovation by co-ordinating research into incorporating the fatty acids into human and fish diets is due to open near Oslo, Norway next...

Sea buckthorn oil may ease dry eye symptoms

An oil rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from sea buckthorn may reduce symptoms of dry eye syndrome, says a new study from the University of Turku.

Omega-3 shows benefits against ‘oxidative stress’: Study

The heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA may be related to their ability to reduce oxidative stress, suggests new research.

EC considers extending ALA claim to DHA

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-backed claims linking omega-3 form ALA and cognitive and eye function may be extended to DHA, a recent, specially convened European Commission-hosted meeting has suggested.

Omega-3 may protect against hearing loss: Study

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids, and the fish that provide them, may reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss, says a new study from the University of Sydney.

Beef: a more palatable source of omega-3s than fish?

Scientists exploring how to improve the fatty acid profile of beef by manipulating the diets of cattle are confident they can deliver meat containing enough healthy fat to make ‘source...

Mental health epidemic is "great threat to humanity": Expert

A change in the nutritional paradigm away from calories towards healthy brain growth is needed if society is to avoid an impending mental health epidemic, leading omega-3 researchers have said.

Aker to gain krill harvest certification

Norwegian krill supplier Aker Biomarine has been confirmed to receive a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification that backs the environmental sustainability of its krill harvesting methods.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects Innéov skin health claim

French nutricosmetics specialist Laboratoires Innéov has had a submission linking its proprietary blend with improved skin health turned down by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel.

Dispatches from Vitafoods

Lycored enters omega-3 market

Lycored has taken its first step outside the carotenoid sector with a vegetarian omega-3 launch that is the fruition of several years’ research, it was announced at the Vitafoods trade...

Enzymotec krill gets Novel Food status

Krill oil as a food ingredient has received another boost in Europe, with Israeli firm Enzymotec announcing its krill product line has obtained Novel Food status.

Pharma techniques deliver high-dose omega-3 form

Scottish omega-3 supplier, Equateq, says drug manufacturing separation methods are permitting it to deliver omega-3 EPA and DHA at 90 per cent combinations.

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