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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.

1800 firms operating in sector

8/10 Italians take supplements & eat functional foods despite regulatory threat

The Italian health food market is booming – 80% of Italians consume food supplements or functional foods – but regulation threatens a sector comprised of 1800 firms, a congress has been told.

Guest article

Euromonitor runs rule over recent nutraceutical award winners

Market analyst Euromonitor International dissects recent NutraIngredients Awards winners to provide category perspective from sustainable omega-3 to healthy ageing in this guest article.

Omega-3 consumption could enhance ‘cognitive flexibility’ in older adults

A higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could lead to better cognitive flexibility in adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's, say researchers.

DHA supplements may help restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle: Mechanism mooted

Supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA helps to restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle by blocking inflammation and the accumulation of other lipid intermediates, say researchers.

Novozymes promotes enzymes for ‘gentle’ omega-3 processing

Danish enzymes specialist Novozymes is seeing growth in its nascent omega-3 business that is utilising its core enzyme specialisation in a relatively new area.

Fishy goodness from beef? Chinese scientists breed omega-3 rich cattle

Chinese scientists have successfully reared beef cattle rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – which are traditionally associated with fish oils.

Gala Awards night at Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, Switzerland

NutraIngredients Awards shine spotlight on nutrition stars

200 people from the European and international food and nutrition sectors helped 20 finalists and seven winners celebrate at the inaugural NutraIngredients Awards last night at Vitafoods Europe.

Fish-liver oil when younger may reduce heart disease risk when older

Consuming fish-liver oil three times weekly in adolescence or midlife may reduce a woman’s chances of coronary heart disease later in life, say Icelandic researchers.

Special edition: 25 years of functional foods

Functional Foods 2.0: Beyond the nutritional shoehorn...

Products such as probiotic pizza, probiotic snack bars, high-fibre chicken or fish-oil fortified yoghurt may seem bizarre, says market expert Julian Mellentin in this guest article, but since 1990 thousands...

SPECIAL EDITION: 25 YEARS OF FUNCTIONAL FOODS

Novel marine ingredients: Functional is better where it is wetter

Marine resources provide a 'rich reservoir' of bioactives and nutraceuticals, say researchers looking into novel marine functional ingredients. 

Research points to stable encapsulation of fish oil with multiple vitamins and bioactives

An encapsulation complex made up of gelatin and sodium hexametaphosphate could enable stable microencapsulation of fish oil with multiple lipophilic bioactive compounds, say researchers.

Omega-3 supplementation could offer MCI benefits: Pilot study

Supplementation with a drink containing 2000 mg of omega-3 and mixed botanicals could have ‘significant’ immune and biochemical effects in people that have minor cognitive impairment (MCI), new research suggests.

Dietary curcumin may boost brain DHA: Study

Increased intake of curcumin could boost levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the brain by enhancing its conversion from other omega-3 precursors in the liver, say researchers.

April 8, 14:00 CET: Experts debate hot issues in NutraIngredients omega-3 forum

Omega-3 hits €25bn but can it keep growing?

Are omega-3 fisheries really under threat? How many functional foods have cracked omega-3 blockbuster status? How is the sector recovering from the ‘Brasky effect’? How are developing markets developing? How...

Olive oil polyphenol backed for selective anti-cancer potential

A phenolic compound known as oleocanthal can selectively kill cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells intact, say researchers, who suggest their novel findings may explain why olive oil is linked...

DHA supplements for lactating women may offer breast milk and baby benefits

Supplementation with DHA omega-3 in lactating women increases breast milk levels of the essential fatty acid, and could help infants achieve a better omega 3:6 ratio, finds new research from...

Do single-ingredient groups help convey industry's message, or contribute to the cacophony?

Single ingredient trade groups are becoming an increasingly common feature of the dietary supplement industry.  Whether they burnish the overall image of the sector or serve to further Balkanize the...

Omega-3 rich Inca Inchi oil wins Friend of the Earth backing

French supplier Polaris has received Friend of the Earth (FoE) certification for Peruvian Inca Inchi oil (Plukenetia volúbilis linneo) that is a source of omega-3 and omega-6 oils.

Nutritional supplement shown to be effective in reducing female hair loss

Hair loss is a distressing thing for anyone, and is particularly so for women, but scientists have found that taking a nutritional supplement can improve the overall scalp coverage and...

Omega-3 may help fight prostate cancer

Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the growth and spread of prostate cancer cells, say scientists – challenging a 2013 study which claimed omega-3s increase the risk of prostate cancer by 71%.

Nascent fund calls for research proposals pertaining to krill sustainability

A new nongovernmental organization devoted to research on the Antarctic ecosystem, source of the world’s krill oil omega-3 supplements, has called for its initial round of research proposals.

Avoiding the 'me too camp': Tech Crops makes omega-3 supplement plans after two-year novel food process

Technology Crops plans to launch an omega-3 buglossoides oil supplement by the end of the year as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) lifts a year-long block on its already-approved...

Vertical integration positions Marine Ingredients to reap benefits of omega-3s turnaround

Marine Ingredients is poised to reap the benefits of the expected rebound in the market for omega-3s with the opening of a new extraction facility in Alaska and the integration...

Mediterranean diet could cut heart disease risk by nearly half

People following a Mediterranean-style diet could slash their risk of heart disease by up to 47%, according to a new ten-year study.

Better together? Co-encapsulation study shows potential for stable omega-3 and probiotic mix

New research describing the stable co-encapsulation of omega-3 rich oil with probiotic bacteria could be a boon for manufacturers looking to incorporate the functional ingredients in to foods and supplements,...