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Whether fish-derived or vegetarian, omega-3 has become a household term. Supplement sales continue to grow, and more and more foods are being fortified with the healthy fatty acids. But getting omega-3 foods into the mainstream remains a challenge.

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

New class of ‘good’ fat could aid diabetes prevention

The ‘surprising’ discovery of a previously unidentified class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control could offer a route to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,...

Insights from SupplySide West

‘We think the campaign will definitely have an effect’: GOED on ‘positive messaging’ to change omega-3 conversation

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s’ campaign to promote positive messages about omega-3s has finally launched, but more funds needs to be raised to allow a national roll-out,...

With a strong El Nino decimating stocks, Peru shuts down omega-3 anchovy fishery

Authorities have closed the upcoming three-month anchovy fishing season in Peru because insufficient numbers of fish were found in a recent acoustic survey. Fishing quotas have been sharply reduced during...

Special Edition: LATAM

Mexico and Brazil: A tale of two very different supplement markets

They have dietary supplement markets of approximately equal value and growth, but with vastly different population sizes, market dynamics, and regulatory environments. As part of our special on LATAM, we...

Fish oil supplements show endothelial health benefits

Supplements of fish oil may beneficially modify markers of endothelial health, says a new study from scientists from the University of Reading, UK.

Omega-3 may reduce epilepsy seizures

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.

Omega-3s and vitamin D first focus for Global Nutrition & Health Alliance

The just-formed Global Nutrition & Health Alliance (GNHA) is tackling intake levels for vitamin D and omega-3 as the group formed by medical and health experts kicks into life.

Rimfrost going under the krill fishery sustainability knife (again)

Norway’s Olympic Seafood-owned krill phospholipid and omega-3 supplier Rimfrost is under assessment from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - a €300,000 process it expects to complete by the “middle of next...

'Intriguing': Fish oil supplements linked to improved exercise economy

Daily supplements of an EPA-rich fish oil may boost exercise economy, a predictor of endurance exercise performance, says a new study from Japan.

Omega-3 reduces anti-social behaviour in kids: Long term study

High-dose omega-3 supplementation can reduce anti-social behaviour in children - and alter parent attitudes - a 2-year study has found.

‘Fish and algal oil are practical sources of DHA, but it’s premature to say if one is better’: GOED VP on new study

Supplements containing omega-3-rich algal oil were more effective at boosting DHA levels in omnivores than fish oil supplements, says a new open-label randomized pilot study with 31 healthy adults.

Krill sustainability backed in 18 month review

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has backed the sustainability of Norwegian firm Aker Biomarine’s Antarctic krill fishing activities, with improved scores.

New Omega-3 product sourced from Alaskan Pollock stresses freshness, sustainability, traceability

A new omega-3 product sourced from Alaskan Pollock has hit the market. Offered by Seattle-based American Marine Ingredients, the new ingredient is in the form of a finished product branded...

Eating fish weekly may prevent brain ageing regardless of omega-3 content: Study

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week may prevent age-related grey matter loss, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to an American study.

Study: omega-3 uptake higher in women; we must account for gender in research, GOED VP says

A study aiming to determine the effect of taking multivitamin and fish oil supplements together on the uptake of omega-3s into the blood cells found that gender contributes to uptake...

Functional food giving supplements a run for their money: Packaged Facts

After taking a hit due to recent negative press and a consumer shift toward more use of functional food and beverages, the US nutritional supplements market will see growth return...

Guest article

Red Queen Rules: Understanding nutra space acquisition and evolution

By analysing the long-lasting commitments and acquisition activity of major companies Dr Matthew Jones at CPL Business Consultants uses the Red Queen theory to develop an understanding of their corporate...

Science short

Soy boosts cardio health in pre-menopausal monkeys: Study

Soy consumption can boost heart health a study with cynomolgus monkeys has found, but intake must begin at an early age.

Eating more fish linked to lower cognitive decline in the over 65s

Consuming more fish could significantly reduce the annual rate of cognitive decline in older adults, says a new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

DSM Q2 nutrition profits slip 11% as key markets struggle

Sales slipped 6% and net profits 11% in Q2 for DSM’s human and animal nutrition arm as adverse currency movements, a slow US vitamins and omega-3 food supplements market and...

Nutrition Facts overhaul is a missed opportunity for long chain omega-3s EPA and DHA, says GOED

The FDA’s overhaul of the Nutrition Facts panel misses a public health opportunity by prohibiting firms from evening highlighting long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA on the panel...

Irish firm moves on omega-3, omega-6 encapsulation

Irish encapsulation specialist AnaBio has lodged a patent for encapsulation of long-chain fatty acids for use in infant formula and elsewhere.

Mouse data: Omega-3s reduce osteoarthritis severity

Mice fed omega-3s had healthier joints than those fed diets high in saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids, Duke University researchers say.

Study explores how doses recommended on labels may (or may not) affect heart health

‘Not all omega-3 supplements are created equal, at least in terms of CVD risk reduction’, says new study

The manufacturers' recommended doses of omega-3 fatty acids from different sources may have different efficacies when it comes to heart health benefits, says a new study.

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