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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.

Short-term fish oil consumption helps prevents type 2 diabetes in people with existing metabolic disorders: Meta-analysis

Fish oil supplementation can increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes among metabolic disorder sufferers, according to a new meta-analysis by Chongqing Medical University.

Aker buys bulk krill oil business from Neptune

The krill oil market has been transformed with the announcement today that Aker BioMarine has bought the bulk oil supply end of Neptune Technologies & Bioressources for $34 million USD.

Scientists use innovative delivery systems to tailor omega-3 digestion speed

A possible method of controlling the digestion rate of omega-3 supplements and release of free fatty acids (FFAs) in the gut has been identified in a recent study published in Food...

Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

EU project aims to improve extraction and cultivation of microalgae

A new €5m European project aims to make it cheaper and easier to enrich food, nutraceuticals and cosmetics with microalgae.

GM plant-derived omega-3 successfully cultivated on commercial scale

Commercial production of omega-3 supplements sourced from genetically modified plants is the subject of research that could ease the pressure on traditional marine-derived supplies of fish oils.

Molecular mechanisms: Could omega-3 metabolite offer hope in battle against age-related diseases?

A signalling molecule produced by the the omega-3 fatty acid DHA could be used to target age-related conditions and diseases including stroke and Alzheimer’s, new research suggests.

Fish oil and nutraceuticals off the menu in NHS cost-cutting exercise

Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and antioxidant supplements along with homeopathy and herbal treatments will be scrapped under NHS England plans to abandon 'ineffective' and 'low value' treatments.

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Cannabinoids may be responsible for omega-3 anti-inflammatory effect: Study

The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids may be due to the action of endocannabinoids derived from them, suggests a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

More fruit and fish and less soda: A recipe for better colorectal health?

Load up on fish and fruit, and cut back on soft drinks for better colorectal health, finds ‘Med diet’ study.

Prevention not a cure? Omega-3 in heart disease

Study reaffirms benefits of long-chain omega-3 for reducing cardiovascular risk factors, but not in its management.

Asia's 'huge potential' could create an extra $20bn of omega-3 sales

Asia will fuel the growth of the omega-3 sector in the coming years, with the executive director of trade organisation GOED predicting the region could contribute an additional $20bn in...

Eating more polyunsaturated fats linked to less inflammation in patients with existing heart disease

Cardiovascular patients with low polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake suffer from higher inflammation levels, according to a recent study in Nutrition.

Fatty acid enzyme ratio may help determine bowel cancer survival

A higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 enzymes is linked to better survival rate in bowel cancer according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer. ...

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FMC to sell omega-3 business to Pelagia

The Epax omega-3 business is being sold by FMC Corporation to Pelagia AS. 

French study links 'Med diet' pattern to lower risk of frailty

Consumption of a Mediterranean style diet is rising in Europe and the US because they 'easy to follow', says author of paper linking Med diet with reduced frailty.

New oil combining algal DHA and organic selenium introduced by Metabolium

Metabolium set sights on human and animal nutrition market with novel DHA-selenium oil from algal source.

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Omega-3 deficient teenagers may become anxious adults

Low omega-3 in adolescent mice leads to behavioural problems in adulthood, finds new study in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Aker BioMarine named as Norway’s ‘most innovative business’

Krill player Aker BioMarine has been named as Norway’s most innovative company by leading magazine Innovasjonsmagasinet, the company said.

Industry innovation can help target products to the elderly

The industry can do more to target fashionable high protein foods and drinks to the over 65s market, while rest of Europe should follow Norway with nutrition-filled NPD for the...

Omega-3 supplement restrictions in Indonesia reversed after pressure from trade associations

Badan Pom (BPOM), The National Agency of Drug and Food Control of Indonesia, has revoked tough restrictions issued at the end of last year for omega-3 supplements.

Omega-3 may shorten hospital stay in heart surgery patients

Supplementing open-heart surgery patients with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could reduce time spent in hospital and lower risk of complications.

Could chia oil help make margarine healthier?

Fortifying margarine with chia oil dramatically improves omega-3 content and boosts antioxidant properties, without harming flavour or texture.

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AAK targets seniors with push into special nutrition

Swedish ingredients supplier AAK has confirmed first delivery of its senior nutrition product Akovita as the firm continues a push into special nutrition.

Omega-3 could aid Alzheimer's prevention: Study

People with high omega-3 intakes have an increased blood flow in the brain, according to research suggesting a link between omega-3 and Alzheimer’s disease.