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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.

Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers

When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of...

DSM files patent for ‘snail fever’ fighting omega-6

DSM has filed an international patent for a product it says could prevent or treat the parasitic condition schistosomiais.

Omega-3 could help support ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut

The omage-3 fatty acid EPA may help to support the growth and tolerance of probiotic bacterial strains in the human gut, according to new preliminary research.

Olympic Seafood awarded MSC eco-label for krill fishery

Norwegian krill oil and fish supplier Olympic Seafood, have been awarded the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fishing.

Cognitive Health Quiz: Do you know your DHA from your PhosphatidylSerine?

Do you know which ingredient has a FDA qualified health claim for reducing the risk of cognitive dysfunction and dementia in the elderly? What percentage of the total carotenoids in...

Healthy fats make leaner kids, says study

Children who report eating more polyunsaturated fatty acids are leaner and have lower body fat percentages than those who consume higher amounts of saturated fats, say researchers.

Kids with poor diets score poorly on cognitive tests: Finnish researchers

The worse the diet quality of children, the worse they score on cognitive tests - especially boys, research finds.

In the year 2020: Global nutraceuticals market to be worth €35bn; 7% annual growth forecast

Botanicals are the fastest growing nutraceutical ingredient class in a category being driven by ageing populations around the world, a report has found.

Fast food fever: Modern diets impact immune health of you and your kids

Modern ‘Western diets’ can lead to poor immune functioning and increased risk of inflammatory conditions, allergy, and auto-immunity, researchers warn.

Q2: Sales up, profits down at DSM Nutritional Products

The food and nutrition ingredients division of Dutch giant DSM has seen sales rise 16% to €1.247bn (US$1.37bn) in Q2 but profits slipped 6% amid ongoing pricing challenges on some vitamins....

School meals are a valuable tool against vitamin D deficiency: Danish researchers

Adding fish to school meals could boost children’s vitamin D levels in winter, research finds.

Dietary fatty acids backed for osteoarthritis protection: Mouse data

New research has suggested that activation of GPR40, a known receptor for dietary fatty acids, may protect from osteoarthritis.

Norway warns on polluted fish oil supplements

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has urged consumers to throw away three 'alternative' fish oil supplements after tests revealed they contained carcinogenic contaminants way over EU safe limits. 

Academics seek industry partners for electrospun nanofiber delivery

UK-based researchers are seeking industry collaboration and inspiration for work creating electrospun nanofibres that could provide improved products and ingredient delivery systems for foods.

Review highlights potential of nano-delivery systems for nutraceuticals in foods

While there are several challenges involved in the nano-delivery of vitamins and nutrients in functional foods, such systems have ‘considerable potential’ within the food industry, says an expert in oral...

Bench-pressing women can boost immunity with fish oil: Study

Fish oil coupled with strength training could help improve the immune system of elderly women, Brazilian researchers have found. 

News in brief

Enzymotec wins krill EU novel foods approval

Israeli supplier Enzymotec has secured European Union novel foods approval for its K-Real krill form in an expanded selection of food and drink categories.

News in brief

Norwegian krill player appoints new chief

Matts Johansen has been appointed CEO of krill major Aker BioMarine with a mandate to “to continue to develop one of Norway's most exciting biotechnology companies into a solid and predictable...

Which came first, the health or the supplement?

The healthier a person is the more likely they are to take food supplements – which could distort links between the products and health outcomes, say Danish researchers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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