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Omega-3 may reduce risk of irregular heart beat: Harvard study

Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common irregular heart beat (chronic arrhythmia) in adults, by about 30%, says a new study.

Company lauds potential of chia seeds in Europe following positive novel foods opinion

Chia has the potential to become the bestselling health food ingredient in Europe, according to the company looking to secure extended EU novel foods approval for the seed considered a...

Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging: Study

High intake of the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) could help protect the aging brain, according to research.

Omega-3 may reduce inflammatory marker to offer ‘multiple’ health benefits

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce a specific marker of inflammation and confer heart and anti-cancer benefits, according to two new studies in the American Journal of Clinical...

Icelandic omega-3 firm doubles capacity

Iceland-based omega-3 and fish oil specialist Lysi is doubling input and output capacity at its central production facility in the island’s capital, Reykjavik.

High dose omega-3 may benefit early communicative development

A fish oil supplement enriched with DHA may benefit early communicative development in infants, says the first randomized controlled trial testing high dose omega-3 on brain development in non-premature infants

Aker BioMarine posts 35% surge in sales of Superba krill oil in Q4, 2011

Aker BioMarine has posted a 35% surge in sales of Superba krill oil in the fourth quarter of 2011 – selling a record 70 metric tons compared with 52t in Q4, 2010.

Scientists claim high omega-3 retention rates in popular cheeses

US based researchers claim that it is possible to cater for the ‘phenomenal’ global interest in omega-3, after fortifying three popular cheese types with the fatty acids, achieving high retention...

Borregaard sells omega-3 business to fellow Norwegians

Norwegian biochemical company Borregaard has sold its Denomega omega-3 ingredient supply business as it restructures ahead of a potential sale or IPO (initial public offering).

Martek/DSM ‘fishless fish oil’ gains momentum as firms seek EPA and DHA … minus the fish

Martek’s new algal EPA/DHA blend - the ‘fishless fish oil’ - is gaining momentum in the market with recent launches including Schiff’s MegaRed Plant-Omega supplements and Darigold Omega-3 2% milk....

Nutrient blend may stop bone loss & reduce fracture risk: DSM study

A combination of the soy isoflavone genistein, omega-3s, and vitamins D3 and K1 may boost bone density and reduce the risk of fracture after falls for postmenopausal women, says a...

Omega-3s linked to slower eye sight loss in people with retinal disease: Study

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids in combination with vitamin A supplements may slow the decline in eye sight in people with retinitis pigmentosa, says a new study in...

Friend of the Sea pushing omega-3 sustainability

Friend of the Sea (FOS), the non-government organisation that certifies wild and farmed seafood, is backing the marine-sourced omega-3 supply with a commitment to publicise supplier efforts that meet its...

Maternal omega-3 reduces eczema risk in children: Study

Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy could cut the risk of babies developing eczema and egg allergies by over a third, say researchers

Health claims register enters European Parliament as veto calls rise

Paola Testori Coggi, the director general of the EC’s Health and Consumer Health Directorate (DG Sanco), yesterday presented a health claims register containing 222 approvals and about 2000 rejections to...

Ocean Nutrition Canada seeks algal omega-3 oil approval in EU

Ocean Nutrition Canada has applied to have an omega-3 algal oil approved under European Union novel foods regulations – stating it is ‘substantially equivalent’ to an existing approved oil manufactured...

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.

News in brief

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.