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Europe needs 'proper' cannabidiol regulations for foods and supplements, says association

The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) says there is an “urgent need for proper legislation” in a position paper asking for Europe to recognise cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp as safe ingredients in...

NutraIngredients Awards: Readers' category open ... YOU decide who wins!

Have your say and vote to decide who will win Readers’ Ingredient of the Year and Readers’ Food Supplement of the Year at this year’s NutraIngredients Awards.

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

Alzheimer's linked to fat metabolism malfunction, research notes

The metabolism of omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids in the brain may be linked with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Probiotics/prebiotics: Large-scale trials needed to asses Crohn’s disease potential

Large trials are desperately needed to understand if supplements and dietary interventions can play a positive role in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, according to academics in Japan.

‘No valid conclusions’: Omega-3 trade body fires back over prenatal DHA supplementation findings

A randomised trial follow-up found little benefit of prenatal DHA supplementation on the IQ of children at age seven, academics in Australia have reported.

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Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge...

38 finalists will battle it out in 13 categories

Finalists announced: Find out who made the NutraIngredients Awards 2017 shortlist

NutraIngredients is pleased to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 edition of the NutraIngredients Awards, ... with the winners announced at our exclusive awards evening in Geneva on 10th May. Will...

Scoop of the day! Ice cream fortified with chia seed oil found to be a ‘superb’ source of omega-3

This could be as close to guilt-free that ice cream is ever going to get: Researchers have revealed that fortification with chia seed oil ramps up omega-3 levels while maintaining...

'Caviar oil' omega-3 supplement set for UK debut with Holland & Barrett

An omega-3 supplement made from herring caviar oil will hit the shelves of Holland & Barrett in the UK and Ireland after success in Asia and UAE.

Low omega-3 intakes a ‘concern’ for pregnant women: US data

Pregnant women in the US should be encouraged to consume more omega-3s, with a new analysis showing that intakes of EPA and DHA are falling short of recommendations. 

Omega-3's could defend against air pollution damage: Mice study

Supplementing the diet with omega-3 fatty acids could restrict the tissue and organ damage caused by air pollution, says research.

Omega-3 firm SeaDragon warns of $4.5m annual loss after fish oil supply struggles

Fish oil supplier SeaDragon has revealed it expects to report an annual loss of up to NZ$4.5m, due to a longer than expected transition time from its legacy Omega-2 business...

Kiwi supplement and health food firms targets for Chinese takeovers as dairy deals come under increased scrutiny

New Zealand supplement and health food manufacturers are likely targets for merger and acquisition activity over the next year, with private equity firms, notably from China, increasingly looking to splash...

Omega-3 could decrease mortality rate in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Women with a high omega-3 status are up to 20% less likely to die from any cause, compared to those with low levels of DHA and EPA, finds a new study.

Omega-3 rich diet may block absorption of saturated fatty acids: Mouse study

A diet rich in omega-3 can significantly modify the distribution and bioavailability of fatty acids, and may block the absorption of saturated fatty acids (SFA) in the gastrointestinal tract, a...

EPA-dominant omega-3 and other nutraceuticals can boost effectiveness of anti-depressants

Nutraceuticals have the ability to boost the effectiveness of traditional anti-depressive medications, according a new review.

Omega-3 and chemotherapy: Supplementation reduces stomatitis and diarrhoea in cancer patients

Omega-3 supplementation helped lessen chemotherapy-induced mucosal toxicities such as stomatitis and diarrhoea, and provided liver protection for oesophageal cancer patients, revealed a Japanese study.

Medical Nutrition: RCT finds little benefit from fish oil for fistula failure

Fish oil supplementation may have no benefit in preventing the failure of fistulas in dialysis patients, with a failure rate similar to placebo, a new RCT suggests.

DSM sees profits soar as innovation drives success

One of the world’s biggest makers of nutritional ingredients, Royal DSM, saw pre-tax profits increase by 17% last year, with a strong performance from its nutrition division.

New Australian university centre eyes Asia opportunities for omega-3 and probiotics products

The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia is opening a $1m new Food Science Innovation Precinct to drive new products and research in probiotics, omega-3, functional foods and dairy.

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Aker BioMarine invest €112.6 million in new krill vessel

Norwegian krill player Aker BioMarine has commissioned a new environmentally-friendly krill fishing vessel, at a cost of around €112.6 million (NOK 1 billion).

Fish oil asthma benefits may be blocked by medication

Omega-3 fatty acids could reduce the production of antibodies that cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms. But the possible benefits are reduced by asthma medication, say researchers.

Med diet approach could help children with ADHD: Study

Sticking to foods that typically make up the Mediterranean diet may prove to be an effective approach in managing ADHD, a Spanish team has deduced.