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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.

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.

China

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at...

Wiley’s Finest is first adopter of new IFOS radiation test for fish oils

The International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) Program, a third party fish oil testing and certification program provided by Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc., is now testing fish oil samples for radiation, with...

French omega-3 player scores in Brazil

Ambitious French omega-3 supplier Polaris has won approval to market its branded omega-3s in South America’s biggest nutraceutical market, Brazil.

EPA, DHA for the masses? Cargill unveils cost-effective ‘drop-in’ solution for F&B omega-3 fortification

Cargill has unveiled IngreVita, a proprietary blend of high oleic canola oil, antioxidants and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from fish oil that it claims will take omega-3...

Dietary supplements and consumer trust: GOED outlines ways to deliver the ‘omega-3 product promise’

Consumer trust of dietary supplements could be as low as 10%, lower than both financial services (11%) and pharmaceutical (18%), according to data from the Global Organization for EPA and...

‘The best way we can earn consumer trust is to give consumers more information’: IFOS expands services, launches new website

Consumer demands for more information and greater transparency are being met by a growing number of certifications in the dietary supplement and natural products industry. One such standard - the...

New study ‘strengthens krill oil's position in the market’: Aker

Krill oil supplementation to a high-fat (Western) diet was effective in reducing plasma lipid levels, with the effects via a different mechanism to fish oil, says a new study with...

Omega-3s & heart health: Fish and supplements may slash venous thromboembolism risk, says new study

A combination of fish and fish oil supplements may reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism by almost 50%, according to a new study from Norway.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Omega-3’s newest big fish reveals sector ambitions

Mid-last year the chief of Norwegian omega-3 player EPAX told us, “We are the last of the big omega-3 independents.” Soon after US agri-food company FMC had snapped it up for...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Meso-zeaxanthin’s road to EU novel approval – blindsided by commercial interests?

The discourse around eye health carotenoid meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) has been marred by commercial interests, according to supplement firm OmniActive Health Technologies.

Vitamin Shoppe CEO: ‘Fish oil will turn around a little bit based upon some of the things that we’re seeing’

Downturns in the retail of fish oil and multivitamin supplements should turn around as we ‘cycle’ though the negative media, said Tony Truesdale, CEO of Vitamin Shoppe.

Krill oil (plus B vitamins, soy and rosemary) relieves PMS: Pilot study

Krill oil supplementation can relieve pre-menstrual stress disorder (PMS), according to a small pilot study.