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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.

DHA beats EPA for stroke-induced brain damage: Mice study

Omega-3s can reduce brain damage that occurs as a result of a stroke, a Columbia University study has found.

Which supplements should women take during pregnancy?

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is seeking insights into general public opinion on supplementation in pregnancy.

Better by-product use could increase EPA-DHA supply by 25%

Mapping the future supply of fish oil

Researchers from the University of Stirling have used FAO data to map the future use of fishery by-products in the production of marine ingredients like omega-3. They found an overall increasing...

Breast milk may be lacking for pre-term infants: Study

A human breast milk study opens the door for customised nutrition for premature babies, as researchers find pre-term milk contains different micronutrients for the first few weeks after birth only. ...

Why is food supplement use declining?

Food supplement use appears to be waning, says a study speculating that unmet expectations could be the main reason for users giving up on the pills. 

Med diet appeals to hearts and minds as review outlines brain benefits

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet on the heart have been well documented but research has now established a strong link to boosts in attention, memory, and even language ability.

Anti-inflammatory diets lower risk of depression in women by 26%: 12-year study

An anti-inflammatory diet may lower risk of depression, a 12-year study in 6,438 middle-aged Australian women has suggested.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects fish oil memory claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has thrown out a health claim for a ‘DHA-enriched fish oil’ and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Swapping lard for fish oil benefits brain as well as body

In a study that compares the effect different fats have on the brain, unsaturated types such as fish oil were found have beneficial effects on brain inflammation and function.

Neonatal nutrition gap could explain weighty issue of disease inheritance

The nutritional quality of a mother’s diet during pregnancy has a huge say in determining offspring attributes, such as weight and even susceptibility to chronic conditions, a UK study has...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

Dow a step closer to commercializing canola oil with meaningful levels of DHA omega-3

Dow AgroSciences is a step closer to commercializing oil from canola plants bred to produce meaningful amounts of the coveted long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA (3.7%) and EPA (0.7%), which...

AFC Ajax look to fine-tune personalised nutrition as club prepare for new season

Fine-tuning professional athletes using genetic testing and microbiome analysis may well be the next step in personalised sports nutrition, according to a nutrition expert.

Pregnancy multivitamins: A waste of expectant mothers’ money?

So-called multivitamin and mineral pregnancy supplements are “an unnecessary expense” for most expectant mothers, according to a review of current UK guidance for pregnancy supplementation. Yet industry has called the statements dangerously...

Fish oil intake in pregnancy doesn't reduce childhood obesity risk

Omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy offers no protection for the offspring against obesity during the child’s first year of life, a study has hypothesised. 

Government trawlers help Chinese firms to enter omega-3 krill market

As global krill oil major Aker Biomarine awaits regulatory approval for its new Superba 2 product line in China, increased consumer demand for omega-3s is bringing increasingly more local suppliers...

Marine & plant-based omega-3s may lower risk of heart attack deaths

Eating both seafood and plant-based omega-3s could mean a lower risk of dying from heart attack, a meta-analysis has found. Previously, evidence surrounding plant-based omega-3 benefits for the heart has been...

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New GOED report summarizes global market for EPA and DHA finished products

The Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) noted that the finished products market size for 2015 was $31.4 billion.

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Walnut properties cracked as nut linked to healthy ageing

The nutritional properties of walnuts are again under the spotlight as a review points to the nut’s omega-3 content as a factor in reducing the risk of developing physical impairments...

Industry reaction: What #Brexit means for UK & EU nutrition sectors

For the first time the European Union has lost a member after the British people yesterday voted to leave the bloc which began life as the European Economic Community in 1951.

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Omega-3 may reduce heart patients’ hospital stay, study finds

Cardiac surgery patients given omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) beforehand found their hospital stay reduced by up to 2.4 days, an analysis has suggested. 

298 studies reviewed

Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

Dementia fear is creating an industry of products we don’t need: Which? report

Supplement and app companies are preying on the public’s fears about dementia and making claims they cannot back up, according to a scathing report from UK consumer watchdog Which?.

Why Holland & Barrett has seen 27.5% online sales growth in a year

Online sales for Holland & Barrett grew by 27.5% last year, which the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) says is thanks to its omni-channel strategy during exponential global expansion.

Second krill player moves in on EU high dose opportunity

Rimfrost AS is the latest krill player to capitalise on a recent EU approval of high doses of the omega-3 ingredient, a move it hopes will inject life into an otherwise...

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