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EU nanotechnology group: Nano can beat microemulsion bioavailability “threefold”

A position paper published this month by the EU-funded European Nanotechnology Gateway backs the role of nanotechnology to improve nutrient bioavailability for a range of lipiphilic nutrients like omega-3s and...

Chia seeds may offer omega-3 heart and liver benefits: Study

Consumption of chia seeds as a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) may bring about redistribution associated with heart and liver protection, according to new research in rats.

Omega-3s may reduce diabetes risk: 3 studies compare plant & marine sources

Increased blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids from plant or marine sources are associated with reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, according to three new studies in the American Journal of...

Krill oil again shows obesity benefits: Mouse study

Supplementing a high fat diet with krill oil may activate receptors that affect appetite and energy balance, suggest new findings from a mouse study with potential implications for obesity.

Omega-3 industry ‘baffled’ by EC call to review European safety levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will conduct a formal scientific review of omega-3 levels in the European Union following concerns raised by German authorities, something the omega-3 sector says...

Omega-3 ‘scientifically supported’ to reduce blood vessel stiffness

A review of the scientific literature reveals that omega-3 fatty acids offer a ‘scientifically supported means of reducing arterial stiffness’, says a new review from Australia.

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Schiff Nutrition gets exclusive sales rights for Aker krill oil

Krill supplier Aker BioMarine has undertaken to deliver up to 300 metric tons of krill oil per year to Schiff Nutrition, as the companies expand their supply agreement through 2016.

Earlier the better for omega-3 benefits for brains & hearts?

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids for brain and heart health may need to be provided early in life to produce any benefits, suggests a new study with rats.

Norway: No high-dose omega-3 adverse effects

Norwegian authorities have conducted a safety review of omega-3 forms EPA and DHA and found no adverse effects up to levels as high as 6.9g per day for certain conditions...

Lipid Nutrition fire sale does not include infant formula offering

Dutch fats and oils specialist IOI-Loders Croklaan will integrate breast milk alternative Betapol into its product range to complete the break-up of its subsidiary Lipid Nutrition announced yesterday.

ANH slams NHS supplements report

The Alliance for Natural Health Europe (ANH-EU) has slammed a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report which questioned the effectiveness of most food supplements as the statement of an...

Provexis targets sports nutrition with £8m acquisition

UK life science business Provexis has signed a conditional agreement to acquire sports nutrition company Science in Sports (SiS) for £8m.

Industry response - NHS report on food supplements

Supplements – Who needs them? Er, around 85% of working adults, say stats

The UK and European food supplements industry has hit back at a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report that largely cast supplements as being ineffective, and recommended ‘a balanced...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

WWF on krill: "World’s largest under-exploited fishery"

Krill provides only a small link in the omega-3 supply chain, but the sustainability of the Antarctic fishery is regularly brought under the spotlight, often unfairly says the WWF.

Omega-3 plus probiotics may boost health profile of breast milk

Supplementing breast feeding mothers with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and select probiotics may enhance the fat content of the milk, and boost the immune benefits of the breast milk, suggests a...

BASF ups ante in race to develop plant-sourced EPA/DHA

BASF is confident it can bring a canola oil to market with sufficient levels of the coveted long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA to make heart health claims by...

Study identifies dose threshold for omega-3’s heart benefits

Daily doses of omega-3s of at least 250 milligrams are required to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death and other heart conditions, says a new review and meta-analysis.

Australia and India commit millions to nutra-pharma-agra research

The Australian and Indian governments have committed AUS$10m (€7.48m) to a range of research projects in nutrition/pharma and agriculture including one to develop omega-3 production methods.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

DHA omega-3 may offer sports protection

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is the critical omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and research backs its ability to boost brain function. But can it slow the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

‘We have to look to different sources’ says GOED chief as omega-3 sectors unite

The plant (ALA) and marine (DHA and EPA) sectors have not always agreed about omega-3 bioavailability and sustainability, but they recently came together against the negative health effects of omega-6...

Omega-3 may reduce depression symptoms in the elderly: Study

Daily omega-3 supplements may reduce the occurrence of the symptoms of depression in elderly women, says a new study from Italy that adds to the ongoing debate over omega-3 and...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

BASF-Cognis acquisition delivering customer benefits

Integration is fully underway after the merger last year between the two German ingredient giants, Cognis and BASF, with projects developing under the newly formed Human Nutrition unit in the...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Vitafoods 2011 roundup: Industry finds new strength post-recession and EFSA

Vitafoods Europe 2011 revealed upbeat ingredients, supplements and functional food players forging ahead after the recent recession years and rapidly adapting to life under strict European Union health claim regulations.

Study highlights potential for omega-3 enrichment of surimi

Addition of omega-3- rich oils, such as flaxseed, algae, menhaden, and krill, may have potential in developing nutritionally enhanced surimi-based products, according to new research.

Omega-3 status in pregnancy linked to childhood obesity: Study

Adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may lower the risk of childhood obesity by 32 per cent, according to new research from Harvard Medical School.