Higher blood levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in young children are associated with a reduction in the risk of allergies and asthma as teenagers, reports a new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
The omega-3 fatty acid DHA and its metabolites, known as docosanoids, could help to pre-condition vision cells to survive when injured, suggest researchers who liken the effect to a form of vaccine or immunity.
There is insufficient evidence that the cognitive benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are directly linked to its separate ability to help lower blood pressure, according to a review from the University of Newcastle in Australia.
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been found to have a higher deficiency of essential fatty acids despite consuming similar amounts of omega-3 as those without the condition, research from Taiwan suggests.
Supplementation with DHA omega-3 in lactating women increases breast milk levels of the essential fatty acid, and could help infants achieve a better omega 3:6 ratio, finds new research from Abbot Nutrition.
By Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Elixinol and Hemp Foods Australia
While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it. Indeed, over 60% of the dry weight of the brain is made up of fats.
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 forms EPA and DHA to market by 2020.
Martek “clearly exceeded expectations” in the third quarter for new owner DSM within a nutrition division that continued to deliver “robust” results despite the negative impact of currency translation.
Omega-3 fatty acids may aid the development of the infant gut and improve how gut immune cells respond to bacteria and foreign substances, making the baby less likely to suffer from allergies in the long term, according to new research in pigs.