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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.

GOED EXCHANGE 2016

'Noisy,' 'anxious' language dilutes message of omega-3s, analysts say

Omega-3s messages are “noisy” and “anxious” according to consumer insights shared during the GOED Exchange meeting taking place this week in Tenerife, Spain.

Higher omega-3 content in fresh cow's milk reduces asthma risk, study finds

Fresh, unprocessed cow’s milk has a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids than pasteurised, homogenised or low-fat milk, say German researchers. 

How do different dietary fatty acids influence body fat?

The way in which the body 'distributes' fat may be different depending on the dietary fatty acids consumed as well as genetic factors, Canadian researchers have found. 

Health claim watch

French firm files claim for omega-3 & age-related cognitive decline

French pharmaceutical firm Pierre Fabre Medicament has filed a health claim for a omega-3 product and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Omega-3 not omega-6 linked with lower depressive symptoms: 2000-strong Japanese study

Even in countries with higher fish intakes, omega-3 may lower depressive symptoms, according to Japanese research in over 2000 people.

South Asia radius

Lipid-based prenatal supplement found to boost infant birth outcomes

Women given a lipid-based supplement during pregnancy have been shown to be 25% more likely to give birth to infants with healthy birth measurements in a country where one in...

Frutarom invests €2.25m in algae start-up

Swiss-Israeli flavours and ingredients house Frutarom Industries has invested 10 million Israeli Shekel (€2.25m) for a 50% stake in the biotech start-up Algalo.

Step away from the buffet: The recipe to eating a healthy festive dinner

It’s no secret that people eat more than usual during the festive season, but the buffet holds nutritional promise too. We visited a few...

Study: High dose omega-3 protein juice shows muscle wasting benefits

An omega-3, protein and vitamin juice formulated by Norwegian biotech firm Smartfish has become the first nutrition product to demonstrate a positive effect on the disease related wasting syndrome cachexia.

GOED updates monograph to keep up with rapidly changing omega-3 industry

In an effort to keep up with a changing industry, GOED has published an updated version of the GOED Voluntary Monograph, which sets specifications for omega-3 oils.

Platform launched to push digestive health beyond probiotics

DSM is ramping up its focus on digestive health with the launch of a new ‘platform’ to help manufacturers develop products that target specific gastro-intestinal health concerns.

NutraIngredients’ agenda for 2016

Microbiome metrics, the genderfication of health and active nutrition. NutraIngredients’ 2016 agenda is looking pretty fit to us.

Shell do well!: Kiwi mussel extract company hopes for boom in Asia

A Kiwi mussel extract company is planning further expansion into Asia in an industry that contributes NZ$400m (US$268m) to New Zealand’s economy. 

dispatches from fie 2015

Will 'Peru-perfood' sacha inchi be the next quinoa?

High in protein and omega-3, Peruvian sacha inchi has ‘superfood’ potential, according to a supplier of its oil and protein powder.

Add seaweed to food to improve heart health, Danish researchers urge industry

Food manufacturers should add seaweed to help combat cardiovascular disease and related conditions, according to researchers.

Special edition: Inflammation

Is ‘Syndrome X’ treatable with food?

Inflammation is an immune system response to counter injured or stressed body parts and zones – a good and necessary thing – but contemporary diets and lifestyles have overheated the...

Supplements may improve teenage behaviour in school: Oxford researchers

Giving nutrition supplements to teenagers may improve behaviour in schools, research from the University of Oxford has suggested.

Special edition: Inflammation

High potency omega-3s & curcuminoids: NBTY’s top scientists on what’s next in inflammation

New product delivery formats, a long list of ingredients, and scientific consensus are driving developments in supplements positioned for inflammation, NBTY’s top scientists tell NutraIngredients-USA.

Despite El Niño threat, Peru says new stock estimate allows for second anchovy fishing season

In a welcome bit of news for the omega-3s industry, the Peruvian government has opened a second fishing season for anchovies. The season had been under threat of closure because...

Fish oils show no benefit for diabetes - but may help elderly

Fish oils do not affect glucose metabolism but do impact protein metabolism, something researchers say could hold potential for age-related frailty.

Evidence of omega-3s as depression treatment flawed, says review

There is insufficient evidence to support the use of omega-3 supplements as a treatment for depression, a new Cochrane review has said.

News in brief

KD Pharma omega-3 wins sustainability backing

German omega-3 player KD Pharma has received sustainable fishery certification from industry watchdog Friend of the Sea (FOS).

EU project seeks algae omega-3s

Extracting omega-3 from novel algae sources is the mission of a European Union-funded project with multiple partners including the famed nutrition research arm at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Soapbox

What can you do in the face of a ‘flawed’ omega-3 research study?

How does the industry respond when a scientific study comes out that is critical of quality and label claim for an omega-3 fish oil supplement—and in the opinion of many...

Fat intake may play role in autoimmune flare-ups

The type of dietary fat we consumer could impact the severity and duration of autoimmune flare-ups, according to new research performed in mice.