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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.

Omega-3 rich diet linked to more developed brain networks: Monkey data

Monkeys that consume a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids have more developed neural networks than those who do not, according to new research.

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DSM applies for DHA omega-3 brain health claim

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has applied for an article 14 claim linking omega-3 and brain function under the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

EFSA publishes report that finds few benefits for infant formulas and other milks

Infant formulas fortified with nutrients like prebiotics and probiotics and omega-3s do not provide, “a clear benefit as compared to control formula”, says a report published this week by the European Food Safety...

IFOS opens certification door to omega-3 suppliers

Croda has become the first omega-3 supplier to win a QC certification from the voluntary International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) which has previously focused on branded products.

Plant-sourced omega-3 science builds but don’t fry fish oil supply, says IFFO

An international marine ingredients group says overfishing is a concern, but one that is being managed, and fish will remain a sustainable and reliable omega-3 source in the long term...

GM omega-3? UK could see GM 'fish oil' trial this year

Rothamsted Research has submitted an application to the UK government requesting permission to carry out a field trial for genetically modified plants that are rich in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Euromonitor reads 2014 in 5 mega-trends

Backed by a raft of new claims, natural energy and tiredness reduction is the mega-trend of mega-trends for 2014, according to Euromonitor International.

Omega-3 may help preserve brain volume in old age: Study

People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA may also have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain...

DSM profits rise in 2013 despite sluggish nutrition performance

Multiple issues in the omega-3 sector, a ‘saturated’ US food supplements market, a widespread consumer move to private label plus a strengthening euro have all impacted Dutch-Swiss ingredient giant DSM’s...

China’s krill market opening up to newcomers

Canadian biotechnology company Neptune has followed its krill supply rivals Aker Biomarine in receiving New Food Raw Material certification in China, which allows the companies to sell their krill oil...

'Tightening' health claim rules slowing omega 3 dairy launches: Innova

The proportion of dairy product launches featuring omega 3 health claims has fallen in recent years as a result of “tightening" health claims legislation, Innova Market Insights has claimed....

Aker given green light for krill supply in high-potential China market

Aker BioMarine, one of the world’s biggest of krill-derived omega-3 phospholipid products, has achieved New Food Raw Material status for Superba krill in China meaning it can now enter the...

2013: Big-hitting Nutra news review

New laws, NGO questions, booming sectors, booed players – there was plenty for the European and international healthy foods and supplements sectors to get on with in 2013. We take a...

BCAAs, Vitamin Angels, and adulteration of botanicals: Key lessons from NutraIngredients-USA’s special editions – Part 2

From brain health to muscle building, and from malnutrition to botanicals, our special editions have set record traffic levels for their in-depth articles and exclusive content. Here, we have the...

Astaxanthin’s boom, magnesium’s explosion, and omega-3 sustainability: Key lessons from NutraIngredients-USA’s special editions – Part 1

From omega-3s to malnutrition, and from minerals to botanicals, our special editions have set record traffic levels for their in-depth articles and exclusive content. Here, we have the first part...

2014 outlook for omega-3s: More positive science backing but also continued fallout from prostate cancer study

The coming year will see renewed challenges for the omega-3s sector, an industry leader said.  Among the challenges will be new attacks from the medical community as well as a...

Is krill more effective than fish oil for raising the omega-3 index?

Supplements containing krill oil may be more effective at raising levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that accumulate in the red blood cells – the omega-3 index...

IFFO welcomes UK retailer support for responsible fish oil sourcing

UK retailers like Morrisons’, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are backing an international ‘responsible’ fish oil certification earned by 100 processing factories in 9 countries and representing 40% of global fish oil...

Echium omega-3 oil replacer wins UK novel food nod

UK authorities have backed a seed-based omega-3 and omega-6 oil source marketed as an alternative to echium oil after reviewing an EU novel foods application.

Low fat, high fish oil diet may benefit men with prostate cancer: Study

A low-fat diet in combination with supplementation with omega-3 rich fish oil may be associated with lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances and reduced cell progression scores in men with prostate...

Increased omega-3 levels may boost behavior, attention, and literacy in ADHD children: Study

Increasing the levels of DHA and EPA omega-3s in red blood cells by dietary supplementation may improve attention, literacy, and behavior in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says...

DSM profits rise 27% but nutrition space ‘sluggish’ as omega-3 bites

DSM has delivered a Q3 increase in EBITDA earnings of 27% across all its divisions despite “headwinds” like the ongoing economic flatline in Europe and elsewhere, challenging currency movements and rising ingredient...

Omega-3 may have benefits for dry AMD: Pilot Study

Supplementation with EPA-rich omega-3 fatty acids could help battle inflammation in the macula and therefore improve the vision in patients with dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), according to the findings...

EFSA flushes toddler milk claims

Fortified milks aimed at 1-3 year olds are no better nutritionally than regular foods, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded in a long-awaited opinion.

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