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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.

New laser technology from New Zealand finds omega-3 supplements meet PUFA labelling claims

New omega-3 laser testing technology in New Zealand has showed that 11 widely-available supplements were in line with their label claims, “which should give consumers reassurance regarding the quality of...

Fish oil molecule ups brain and eye cell survival odds from stroke

A molecule made from omega-3 fish oil could help damaged brain and retina cells survive in the event of a stroke or other neurodegenerative and eye-blinding disorders, a study has...

Aker ends ITC case against Olympic, but district court patent infringement suit to continue

Aker BioMarine has pulled the plug on its patent infringement suit that was being pursued before the International Trade Commission.  But the company is still suing a Norwegian competitor and...

DHA vs EPA: Which omega-3 is better for raising the Omega-3 Index?

High-doses of the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may boost the Omega-3 Index (O3I) more than EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), says a new study.

Special Edition: Omega-3s

Stronger Together: Can Omega-3 combination supplements attract new buyers?

While sales of omega-3 supplements have remained stagnant, brands and manufacturers are testing out the market with more omega-3 combination product launches.

Pregnancy and supplements: What every pharmacist and consumer needs to know – Blackmores Institute

Pharmacists in South East Asia need to play a pivotal role in guiding pregnant women to take the correct supplements and combat the widespread ‘misinformation’ that is available online.

EFSA must make claims process easier to promote innovation, warn experts

Health claim applications to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) are too lengthy and too expensive, experts from the EU-backed Rediclaim said during its recent online conference.

Probiotics and omega-3: Co-microencapsulation boosts bacteria survival and fatty acid retention

The co-microencapsulation of probiotic bacteria with omega-3 rich tuna oil improved its survival and intestinal adhering ability, and also helped to retain a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids in...

Omega-3 supplements may provide long-term diabetic benefits

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may benefit those with autoimmune conditions, as research describes the fish oil’s ability to reduce inflammation typical of type 1 diabetes.

Combined with omega-3 oil, microencapsulated probiotic has higher survival rate, says study

When a probiotic is co-encapsulated with omega-3-rich tuna oil, not only do the bacteria adhere better on the intestinal wall, but more chemically intact omega-3 fatty acids are released from...

‘Fragmented’ Europe needs nutrition research platform

EU project to create unified infrastructure for food and nutrition research

A pan-EU consortium is looking to build an online ‘nutrition hub’ that will unify the way research relating to food, nutrition and health is done across the continent.

Europe needs 'proper' cannabidiol regulations for foods and supplements, says association

The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) says there is an “urgent need for proper legislation” in a position paper asking for Europe to recognise cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp as safe ingredients in...

NutraIngredients Awards: Readers' category open ... YOU decide who wins!

Have your say and vote to decide who will win Readers’ Ingredient of the Year and Readers’ Food Supplement of the Year at this year’s NutraIngredients Awards.

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

Alzheimer's linked to fat metabolism malfunction, research notes

The metabolism of omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids in the brain may be linked with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Probiotics/prebiotics: Large-scale trials needed to asses Crohn’s disease potential

Large trials are desperately needed to understand if supplements and dietary interventions can play a positive role in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, according to academics in Japan.

‘No valid conclusions’: Omega-3 trade body fires back over prenatal DHA supplementation findings

A randomised trial follow-up found little benefit of prenatal DHA supplementation on the IQ of children at age seven, academics in Australia have reported.

Your Voice Matters

Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge...

38 finalists will battle it out in 13 categories

Finalists announced: Find out who made the NutraIngredients Awards 2017 shortlist

NutraIngredients is pleased to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 edition of the NutraIngredients Awards, ... with the winners announced at our exclusive awards evening in Geneva on 10th May. Will...

Scoop of the day! Ice cream fortified with chia seed oil found to be a ‘superb’ source of omega-3

This could be as close to guilt-free that ice cream is ever going to get: Researchers have revealed that fortification with chia seed oil ramps up omega-3 levels while maintaining...

'Caviar oil' omega-3 supplement set for UK debut with Holland & Barrett

An omega-3 supplement made from herring caviar oil will hit the shelves of Holland & Barrett in the UK and Ireland after success in Asia and UAE.

Low omega-3 intakes a ‘concern’ for pregnant women: US data

Pregnant women in the US should be encouraged to consume more omega-3s, with a new analysis showing that intakes of EPA and DHA are falling short of recommendations. 

Omega-3's could defend against air pollution damage: Mice study

Supplementing the diet with omega-3 fatty acids could restrict the tissue and organ damage caused by air pollution, says research.

Omega-3 firm SeaDragon warns of $4.5m annual loss after fish oil supply struggles

Fish oil supplier SeaDragon has revealed it expects to report an annual loss of up to NZ$4.5m, due to a longer than expected transition time from its legacy Omega-2 business...