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Scandinavian €800,000 krill phospholipid oxidation project: “We have found some new compounds”

The problem of oxidation of phospholipids in krill being investigated by an €800,000 tri-party Norway government-backed project that seeks to reveal ways around a problem that affects taste, smell and...

Omega-3s again linked to lower heart failure risk

Consuming fish at least once a month, and increased blood levels of  ALA and DPA, may reduce the risk of heart failure, says a new study that adds to the...

‘Flawed’ omega-3 meta-analysis harms public health: GOED

A new meta-analysis that questioned the heart health benefits of omega-3s is ‘flawed’ and could deter consumers from taking fatty acid supplements and could be harmful to public health, says...

Algal DHA omega-3 boosts reading capability in underperforming children: Study

Daily supplementation of algal DHA omega-3 may boost a child’s reading ability and improve behaviour, research finds.

Fish oil may protect against muscle deterioration in the elderly: Pilot study

Consumption of fish oil could help boost muscle strength in elderly people by around 20%, according to pilot data which will form the basis of a new study analysing the...

New Norwegian firm derives omega-3s from herring roe

A fresh face in the omega-3s category, Arctic Nutrition, is making a splash with a new ingredient taken from one of the world’s oldest fisheries, deriving its DHA-rich phospholipid oil...

GOED chairman: Serious omega-3 supply issues lie ahead as demand rockets

The chair of the international marine-sourced omega-3 trade group has warned the omega-3 sector faces an impending supply crisis as global demand booms for food, pharma and supplement products.

Norwegians hit new heights with 2000mg omega-3 drink

Norwegian omega-3 specialist Smartfish has added a third component to its Smartfish Medical range – this time upping the ante from 1100mg to 2000mg of EPA and DHA omega-3s.

Omega-3s possess antioxidant potential, says gene expression study

Omega-3 fatty acids may offer antioxidant potential by modifying gene expression linked to antioxidant enzymes, says a new study from Germany.

Krill revenues up 23% at Aker Biomarine; Norwegians looking to expand

Krill specialist Aker BioMarine is looking at expanding production after its Q2 results showed operating revenue growth of 23% from NOK87m (€11.91m) in Q2 2011, to NOK107m (€14.65m) in Q2 2012.

IOM, FDA 'intrigued' by potential economic impact of increasing omega-3 intakes: GOED

Representatives from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) are said to have been "intrigued" by the potential economic impact of increasing intakes of omega-3 EPA and DHA, following a meeting between...

UK watchdog ‘O-Kays’ Unilever healthy oil campaign

The voluntary UK watchdog has backed a TV campaign for Unilever Flora Cuisine that was challenged over claims the omega-3 imbued cooking oil contained, “45% less saturated fat than olive...

Nutrition shines as profits and sales slide at recession-hit DSM

Royal DSM paid tribute to its nutrition division which held steady as its sales and profits dipped for the second quarter and first half of the financial year, as recessed...

EU science agency backs omega-3s up to 5g a day

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says there are no safety concerns in consuming various omega-3 forms at up to 5g per day – much higher than typical recommended upper...

Special edition: The infinite potential of algae

Welcome to the jungle: New entrants square up for battle in the algal ingredients market

There is room for multiple players in the burgeoning algal-ingredients market, but having a cost-efficient and sustainable production process will be mission critical to long-term survival, say bosses at new...

Special edition: The infinite potential of algae

Biofuels aid – not raid – algae’s nutritional payload

Algae is well on its way to being a fully blown nutritional powerhouse, but the algae’s elemental abundance means it is also in demand from other sectors like animal feed...

Special edition: The infinite potential of algae

Algae Biosciences: What will differentiate us in algal omegas market is purity

Near perfect growing conditions for algae combined with an ultra-efficient production process will give AlgaeBio a competitive edge in the algal ingredients market, its boss has claimed.

DSM promises “business continuity” as it completes €436m omega-3 buy

Royal DSM has emphasised “business continuity” and “smooth integration” following the completion of its $CAD540m (€436m) buy-out of the world’s largest omega-3 fish oil supplier, Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC), today....

EFSA favours essential nutrients in cognitive health claim guidance

Fresh guidance for cognitive health claims in the European Union has spelled out the preference the bloc’s chief science agency has for health benefits of essential nutrients like vitamins and...

Omega-3s & omega-6s show promise against ADHD: Cochrane review

A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new review from the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.

News in brief

Neptune posts 43% rise in nutraceutical sales in Q1 as krill oil demand grows

Canadian krill oil firm Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has posted a 43% surge in sales in its nutraceutical business in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Algal omega-3s gain momentum as BioProcess Algae strikes deal with KD-Pharma to supply EPA-rich omega-3 oils

US microalgal oils firm BioProcess Algae has struck a deal with KD-Pharma - the German fats and oils division of Swiss firm Bioseutica - to supply it with ultra-concentrated EPA-rich...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Scientific validation in nutraceuticals is invaluable, says Aroma NZ

Investing in clinical trials for our green lipped mussel extract was the best move we’ve ever made, managing director of Aroma NZ said.

Australian research says no conclusive evidence krill harvesting harms predators

Research out of Australia has found “insufficient” evidence that krill harvesting is damaging Antarctic, land-based predator populations like seals and penguins.

On the road in China

Giant Shanghai ingredients show expresses Asia's healthy evolution

For someone more acquainted with ingredients expos in Europe and the US, walking around the vast halls of Food Ingredients Asia-China (FIC) in Shanghai today made me realise what a...

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