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Vascepa’s label expansion could boost supplement realm

By Hank Schultz

An expert panel has recommended an expanded treatment envelope for the EPA drug Vascepa. An expert says the move won’t affect the supplement market directly but does add to recent official recognition of the health benefits of omega-3s.

Does omega-3s' bioavailability really matter?

Does omega-3s' bioavailability really matter?

By Hank Schultz

Bioavailability advances in the omega-3 sphere are prone to “over interpretation,” said an expert in lipids chemistry. What really matters is if these chemical changes to base ingredients actually boost the ultimate uptake of EPA and DHA.

The efficacy of herbal extracts on the structural stabilisation of fish oil encapsulation had not previously been evaluated. ©iStock

Sage extract could offer encapsulation benefits for omega-3: Study

By Gary Scattergood

Encapsulating omega-3 supplements with sage polyphenols and gum arabic could be a more healthy and economically viable option than techniques currently used, while also opening up the possibility of boosting protein intake, research from India suggests.

Researchers claim the global supply of EPA and DHA could be upped by 25% or even doubled through by-product use. ©iStock/PhotoShoppin

Better by-product use could increase EPA-DHA supply by 25%

Mapping the future supply of fish oil

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Researchers from the University of Stirling have used FAO data to map the future use of fishery by-products in the production of marine ingredients like omega-3. They found an overall increasing trend in the amount of fishmeal and fish oil being obtained...

Fish oil demand fpr direct human consumption was 92.7 kilo tons in 2014, says market research firm Grand View Research. © / stocksnapper

Europe fish oil market worth €630m in 2014

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European fish oil market accounted for $0.69bn (€0.63bn) of the global $2.25bn (€2.04bn) market in 2014, according to a market report from Grand View Research.

NMR test method could revolutionize verification of omega-3 oils


NMR test method could revolutionize verification of omega-3 oils

By Hank Schultz

Transparency in the supply chain rests on reliable tests to verify the provenance of ingredients, but proving beyond doubt where an oil came from has been a problem in the omega-3s space. A new test method being brought to market by the company OmegaVeritas...

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An Update on the Quality of Australian and New Zealand Products

Omega-3 fish oil products and responding to a flawed research study

By Terri Albert, Kevin Krail, Lalen Dogan, Peter D Nichols and Andrew Sinclair

How does the industry respond when a scientific study comes out that is critical of quality and label claim for an omega-3 fish oil supplement, and, in the opinion of many experts, the research is flawed?

Researchers say low doses of fish oil resulted in a seizure frequency 33.6% lower than the placebo control.

Omega-3 may reduce epilepsy seizures

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Low doses of omega-3 rich fish oil may reduce epilepsy seizure frequency by around a third, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

Supplement industry represents a,

A North Atlantic first: Pharma Marine wins MSC omega-3 source backing

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Supplements firm Pharma Marine has won Marine Steward Council (MSC) Chain of Custody standard for its by-product ingredient line CodMarine, but it’s critical other supplement players follow suit in addressing their sizable marine footprint, says the certification...

Omega-3 sustainability drive steps up a gear

Omega-3 sustainability drive steps up a gear

By Lynda Searby

Functional food and supplement producer Bio-Life SPRL claims to have become the first company in Belgium and France to offer fish oil derived omega-3 supplements with sustainability certification, as the drive to have origins audited by Friend of the...

Could fish oil supply dip provide added opportunity for krill?

Could fish oil supply dip provide added opportunity for krill?

By Hank Schultz

Uneven supply in the fish oil market has had an effect on store shelves, according to Royal DSM, one of the world’s biggest suppliers.  Could that create a bigger opening for alternative sources such as krill?  It’s too early to say for sure, but krill...


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