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Omega-3 may enhance benefits of strength training for the elderly

Supplementing a strength training regime with omega-3-rich fish oil may enhance the benefits of the regime, says a new study with 45 elderly women.

Global nutraceutical ingredient market worth €18.5bn in 2015

Demand for nutraceutical ingredients like botanicals, vitamins, minerals and omega-3s will grow 7.2% annually until at least 2015 to be worth €18.5 billion with newer markets like Mexico and South...

Cargill wins EU novel foods approval for omega-6 form ARA

Cargill is celebrating the European Union approval of a Mortierella alpine, algae fermented arachidonic acid (ARA)-rich oil, to be used in infant formula and formula for older children.

Harvard meta-analysis supports benefits of algal DHA omega-3

Algae-derived docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation may boost levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and cut levels of triglycerides, says the first systematic review and meta-analysis of on lipid levels.

Krill oil shows colitis potential: Rat study

A diet supplemented with krill oil helps to improve the markers of colitis and IBD in a rat model of the disease, say researchers.

Men may benefit from omega-3 EPA more than women: Study

Daily supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA may benefit men more than women in terms of their stroke or heart attack risk linked to blood clots, suggests new data...

Norwegian omega-3 rancidity safety concerns based on “troubling” lack of science, says GOED

The omega-3 industry has defended its products against suggestions raised in a recent Norwegian scientific agency report that omega-3 oxidation (rancidity) could have negative consequences for human health.

Krill player welcomes Antarctic conservation plans

The Southern Ocean will gain more Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the leading marine life conservation organisation for the Antarctic has said – a move welcomed by Norwegian krill supplier, Aker Biomarine.

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Neptune and Aker engage in public war-of-words over krill patent

Suggestions by Aker Biomarine that Neptune Technologies and Bioressources misrepresented the novelty of the inventions claimed in its newly-granted krill oil patent are “baseless”, Neptune bosses have insisted.

Neptune secures US patent for krill cardio health benefits

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has bolstered its intellectual property portfolio further after securing a new US patent (No. 8,057,825) awarding it the exclusive use of krill extracts in the US...

Pronova has blockbuster hopes for high-dose omega-3 supplements

Pronova BioPharma, the high-dose omega-3 supplier of pharma blockbuster drug Omacor/Lovaza, is moving into the food supplements space with patent expiration looming.

Squid gains traction in omega-3 market

The Norwegian entrepreneurs behind Pharma Marine - a new business set up to commercialize long chain omega-3s from the trimmings of food-grade calamari - have struck deals with a clutch...

BASF and Cargill partner on ambitious €150m GM plant omega-3 project

Multinational ingredient giants BASF and Cargill have teamed on a project that will see them spend €100m on an ambitious project to bring genetically modified canola oil rich in omega-3...

Omega-3 may benefit depression symptoms, but only for depressive people

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve symptoms of depression, but only in people taking antidepressant medications, according to a new study.

Croda gains gold IFFO ‘responsible production’ standard

Ingredients supplier Croda has gained a ‘gold standard’ for responsible production methods from the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation – and says a full ‘responsible sourcing’ standard is in...

Fish oil supplementation may slow prostate cancer growth

A low-fat diet supplemented with fish oil pills may slow the growth of prostate cancer cells human prostate cancer tissue compared to a traditional high-fat Western diet, according to new...

Scandinavian omega-3 supplier green-renovates manufacturing methods

Norwegian omega-3 supplier GC Rieber has introduced methods it says will lead to the replacement of 100% of fossil fuels with ‘waste fatty acids’ produced in the omega-3 refining process.

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

Stepan ends years of North American isolationism with strategic European nutrition shift

In 2010, Stepan Company, the New Jersey-based firm that had for decades supplied flavours and emulsifiers, decided to move into nutrition - a decision that led it to buying Dutch...

Omega-3 may prevent or slow osteoarthritis: Animal study

An omega-3 rich diet from fish or flax oil could "substantially and significantly" reduce the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, according to new research.

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

Scalable new sources of omega-3 key to success for algae oils

The omega-3 market needs the new entrants from algae, but the new sources need to be manageable and scalable to ensure success, says the VP of business development for Aurora...

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

GOED explains its “big plans” for omega-3 health claims in 2012

With the volume of omega-3 science tripling in 10 years, the world’s leading omega-3 trade group is working with international regulators to have that research reflected in authorised claims –...

Krill wars round two: Neptune patent is ‘invalid’ and ‘unenforceable’, says Enzymotec

Israeli nutritional lipids giant Enzymotec has weighed into the patent infringement row engulfing the krill oil industry with a statement from its boss declaring rival Neptune’s new US patent for...

Supplements for lung injury patients may do more harm than good, suggests study

Supplementation with dietary omea-3 and antioxidants does not improve the primary outcomes of patients with acute lung injury, and may in fact be harmful for such patients, says new research

Krill oil dispute turns ugly as new patent prompts wave of litigation

The biggest players in krill oil are at war again - this time over a US patent awarded to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which its arch rival argues should never...

GC Rieber Oils establishes direct platform to North American market

Norwegian supplier GC Rieber Oils AS has established a US office, giving it a direct platform to promote its VivoMega brand of fish oils and high omega-3 concentrates.