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Better together? Co-encapsulation study shows potential for stable omega-3 and probiotic mix

New research describing the stable co-encapsulation of omega-3 rich oil with probiotic bacteria could be a boon for manufacturers looking to incorporate the functional ingredients in to foods and supplements,...

Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

EFSA lifts year-long block on Buglossoides oil novel food approval

Buglossoides oil is a safe novel food ingredient, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in an opinion that should put member state concerns on safety and strength of evidence...

New flavours for omega-3 aimed at children and pregnant women

Croda has added two new flavours to its omega-3 syrup range that are easier to swallow than capsules for pregnant women and children.

Algae newcomer says it is using low-risk, proven fermentation approach to bring EPA-only oil to market

The increased concern about the sustainability of omega-3s supply has given a powerful push to the development of alternative sources, now giving rise to yet another algae supplier. This one...

Giant confronting omega-3, vitamin E challenges

DSM nutrition profits dip 7% in 2014

Pricing and sector market challenges, currency fluctuations and some stiff economic headwinds have contributed to 2014 full-year EBITDA profits sliding 7% for the world’s biggest nutrient player, DSM.

ASA says no to claims on glucosamine, omega-3 and joint health

Healthy Marketing, trading as Woods Health, must remove its advert using unapproved general health claims around glucosamine, omega-3 and joint health, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled. ...

French omega-3 player wins sustainability certification

French supplier Olvea has had its Friend of the Sea (FOS) sustainable fish oil sourcing certification renewed after passing fresh inspections from the fisheries and ingredients-funded body.

High omega-3 linseed flour enables bakery health claims, says developer

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has developed a linseed-based flour omega-3 levels that enables blood cholesterol health claims to be made on the end product.

News in brief

Biosearch Life registers patent for cholesterol-regulating probiotics

Spanish firm Biosearch Life targets ‘unexplored’ applications with its patent application for probiotic strains it says could help control hypercholesterolemia.

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How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers

It is well established that the brain has metabolic requirements that must be satisfied by what we eat or in the case of infants, “what their mother eats”. In particular,...

GRAS status opens up market for Ahiflower, a plant-based omega 3-6-9 oil with high SDA levels

A new competitor has arrived on the plant-based omega-3s scene with the announcement of FDA no-objection GRAS status for Ahiflower oil, an ingredient from Technology Crops International.  The oil offers...

Guest article

GOED: Planting positive messages in consumers' minds only way to quell overheated media climate that fosters sensational headlines

Inflammation defines the era we live in today. I do not mean inflammation as it relates to health, instead I am referring to the inflammation of information and how consumers...

Nordic diet may reduce inflammation, say researchers

A Nordic diet may help reduce the expression of inflammation-associated genes in abdominal fat tissue independent of body weight changes, according to research.

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Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it....

Freshness, gentle processing compensate for different EPA, DHA levels, salmon oil supplier asserts

While the omega-3s market has been moving toward ever higher concentrations of EPA and DHA, there is still room for fresh, minimally processed oils with lower EPA and DHA concentrations,...

Comment

Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Trust me, I'm a doctor: European omega-3 consumption depends on physician backing, GOED

Lack of a recommendation from a doctor, taste and price are all top deterrences for European consumers reluctant to take omega-3 – but sustainability is not a key concern, according...

Benexia chia oil wins EU novel foods approval

The European Commission has approved Benexia chia oil as a novel food for use in food supplements and in place of other plant fats and oils in foods and drink...

News in brief

BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

BASF has sold its Norwegian, “natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customised bottled fish oil” plant to Pennsylvania firm Marine Ingredients for an undisclosed sum as the German ingredients and chemicals giant...

Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

Fish oil group warns of lower omega-3 levels in salmon

Omega-3 levels in farmed salmon - one of the major contributors of dietary fatty acids – are dropping due to changes in fish feed, a global industry group has warned.

Nutrition sector challenges hurt DSM Q3 results; profits down 7%

Q3 net profits dropped about 20% at DSM with the Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant citing vitamin E market issues and, “challenges in some human nutrition end-markets” as key contributing factors.

Nutrition sector challenges hurt DSM Q3 results; profits down 7%

Q3 net profits dropped about 20% at DSM with the Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant citing vitamin E market issues and, “challenges in some human nutrition end-markets” as key contributing factors.

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.