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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.

Frutarom jumps into the omega-3 sea

The health division of Swiss ingredients player Frutarom has launched omega-3s for the first time with the company noting their potential in heart, brain and eye health along with inflammation...

Further evidence questions fat intake guidelines and heart disease links

A review of more than 72 clinical studies has raised further questions over current guidelines relating to fat intake - which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage...

Purified fish oil may help babies with unregulated insulin secretion disorder

Newborn babies who suffer from a rare and potentially lethal disease that causes their bodies to make too much insulin may benefit from supplementation with purified fish oil, according to...

Omega-3 sustainability drive steps up a gear

Functional food and supplement producer Bio-Life SPRL claims to have become the first company in Belgium and France to offer fish oil derived omega-3 supplements with sustainability certification, as the...

Did the AREDS2 study set the cut-off for benefits too high?

AREDS2 data finds omega-3s ineffective for heart health, but subgroup analysis suggests big benefits for healthy individuals

Daily dietary supplements of omega-3s do not affect cardiovascular disease risk in elderly patients with the eye disease age-related macular degeneration, says a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm delivery: Population data

A healthy diet packed with fruit, vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish could help to reduce the risk of pre-term babies, according to new research.

‘Significant clinical impact’: Meta-analysis finds omega-3s equal lifestyle changes for blood pressure benefits

Consuming omega-3 supplements or omega-3-rich food may be as effective as reducing sodium or alcohol, or increasing exercise for reducing blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis of 70 randomized controlled...

Look to GM plants and algae to meet omega-3 demand, researchers urge

Increasing demand for long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA means industry must consider land-based sources including microalgae and genetically modified plants, say researchers.

High consumption of omega-3 fish oils may reduce artery calcification

An intake of omega-3 fatty acids comparable to those of people living in Japan may be linked to protection against artery calcification and heart disease, according to new research.

Increased wholegrain and fish intake could boost good cholesterol levels

A high intake of whole grain, bilberries and fatty fish can help to raise levels of ‘good’ HDL-cholesterol particles, according to new RCT data.

News in brief

Demand for certification helps IFFO to continued growth

Increased interested from developing markets in Asia, coupled with need for third party certification to demonstrate responsible sourcing has led to a fourth successive year of growth for marine ingredients...

Is the omega-3 sector in decline?

Growth in fish oil sales have been described by the CEO of Vitamin Shoppe as ‘softening’, while data from GOED indicates that 12 million users have left the category in...

Lonza and DSM settle omega-3 patent dispute

Ingredients giants DSM and Lonza have settled a patent dispute over production of algal-sourced omega-3 oils (DHA) that lasted for almost ten years.

Caviar emptor: Herring omega-3 gains UK debut

Major natural foods retailer Whole Foods Market is launching a herring caviar-based, phospholipid-imbued omega-3 supplement at its UK stores from March 1.

Omega-3 backed for Alzheimer’s disease potential

Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids could help to prevent and even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by stimulating newly identified ‘resolution pathways’, according to research outlining an ‘entirely new’...

GOED on new cancer study: ‘Results do not support a change in omega-3 intake’

A new study that links omega-3 intakes and an increased risk of endometrial cancer changes nothing for current recommendations for omega-3s, says the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s...

Dr Alex Richardson Q&A: Nutritional Lipids for Mood and Behaviour

On the back of huge interest and too little time in her presentation and following Q&A session at yesterday's Nutritional Lipids and Oils online event, we put some more of...

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Omega-3 and metabolism: DHA may reduce risk of metabolic conditions, study suggests

Omega-3 fatty acids, especially in the form of DHA, may be of ‘significant value’ in reducing the risk of metabolic conditions including fatty liver disease, according to new research.

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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EU health claim submissions

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...

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