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UK supplements market to drop 1.9% in 2011-2012 as recession bites

The UK market for vitamins, minerals and other food supplements like fish oils will shrink 1.9% in 2011-2012, a decline industry says is actually a decent performance given severe economic conditions.

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Low dose omega-3 supplements show (minor) benefits in overweight people

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids increased levels of a hormone linked to diabetes, but had no effect on inflammation in overweight people, says a new study from Denmark.

Oily fish during pregnancy shows immune boosting potential for infants

Consuming a couple of servings of salmon per week during the third trimester of pregnancy may influence immune system health in the infants, says a new study.

EFSA should review ’growing up’ milks before regulations change, says EU infant foods group

The European Union should put the brakes on any mooted changes to rules governing milks targeting 1-3 year olds until a scientific review can be conducted, according to the EU...

Omega-3 linked to better memory in former depressives: Study

Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in membranes of red blood cells (erythrocytes) is associated with better mental function in older people recovering from depression, suggests new research.

Omega-3 supplements may only support short term weight loss: Study

Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may lead to reductions of body fat for obese people, but is only effective over short time frames, according to new research.

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.

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