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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.

Neonatal nutrition gap could explain weighty issue of disease inheritance

The nutritional quality of a mother’s diet during pregnancy has a huge say in determining offspring attributes, such as weight and even susceptibility to chronic conditions, a UK study has...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

Dow a step closer to commercializing canola oil with meaningful levels of DHA omega-3

Dow AgroSciences is a step closer to commercializing oil from canola plants bred to produce meaningful amounts of the coveted long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA (3.7%) and EPA (0.7%), which...

AFC Ajax look to fine-tune personalised nutrition as club prepare for new season

Fine-tuning professional athletes using genetic testing and microbiome analysis may well be the next step in personalised sports nutrition, according to a nutrition expert.

Pregnancy multivitamins: A waste of expectant mothers’ money?

So-called multivitamin and mineral pregnancy supplements are “an unnecessary expense” for most expectant mothers, according to a review of current UK guidance for pregnancy supplementation. Yet industry has called the statements dangerously...

Fish oil intake in pregnancy doesn't reduce childhood obesity risk

Omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy offers no protection for the offspring against obesity during the child’s first year of life, a study has hypothesised. 

Government trawlers help Chinese firms to enter omega-3 krill market

As global krill oil major Aker Biomarine awaits regulatory approval for its new Superba 2 product line in China, increased consumer demand for omega-3s is bringing increasingly more local suppliers...

Marine & plant-based omega-3s may lower risk of heart attack deaths

Eating both seafood and plant-based omega-3s could mean a lower risk of dying from heart attack, a meta-analysis has found. Previously, evidence surrounding plant-based omega-3 benefits for the heart has been...

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New GOED report summarizes global market for EPA and DHA finished products

The Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) noted that the finished products market size for 2015 was $31.4 billion.

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Walnut properties cracked as nut linked to healthy ageing

The nutritional properties of walnuts are again under the spotlight as a review points to the nut’s omega-3 content as a factor in reducing the risk of developing physical impairments...

Industry reaction: What #Brexit means for UK & EU nutrition sectors

For the first time the European Union has lost a member after the British people yesterday voted to leave the bloc which began life as the European Economic Community in 1951.

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Omega-3 may reduce heart patients’ hospital stay, study finds

Cardiac surgery patients given omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) beforehand found their hospital stay reduced by up to 2.4 days, an analysis has suggested. 

298 studies reviewed

Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

Dementia fear is creating an industry of products we don’t need: Which? report

Supplement and app companies are preying on the public’s fears about dementia and making claims they cannot back up, according to a scathing report from UK consumer watchdog Which?.

Why Holland & Barrett has seen 27.5% online sales growth in a year

Online sales for Holland & Barrett grew by 27.5% last year, which the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) says is thanks to its omni-channel strategy during exponential global expansion.

Second krill player moves in on EU high dose opportunity

Rimfrost AS is the latest krill player to capitalise on a recent EU approval of high doses of the omega-3 ingredient, a move it hopes will inject life into an otherwise...

‘Fish oil is not an animal by-product’: Nordic firms challenge food-feed divide

Norwegian omega-3 firms are facing big challenges following a national alignment with EU requirements to separate food and feed fish oil production.

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How to make supplement packaging sexier

Supplement players need to make their packaging sexier if they are to bat off competition from encroaching healthy food and drink products, says marketing expert.

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GOED on doubling EFSA’s omega-3 recommendation

In April this year the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) published its first recommendation for EPA and DHA, as an attempt to wade in and bring unity...

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Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

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Omega-3: Latest research developments

Omega-3s have long been touted as beneficial for a range of areas such as brain, heart and eye health and dry eyes. What's new for these friendly fats? 

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French omega-3 firm gets Friend of the Sea seal of approval

Marseille-based firm Seafoodexport has received Friend of the Sea (FoS) certification for its omega-3, fish oil and fish meal from European anchovy and sardine.

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Carrot vs. stick: What’s the key to securing a sustainable omega-3 supply?

With around 20-25% of global wild caught fish used for fish meal and fish oil production, environmental certification schemes like Friend of the Sea (FoS) and the Marine Stewardship Council...

Krill players battle counterfeit material

New kid on the krill block OmegaVeritas has launched a verification method after tests showed mislabelled material on-market.

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Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source

The pursuit of alternative omega-3 fatty acid sources that are closer biologically to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oils remains a key industry challenge.

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