Ice cream fortified with chia seed oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acids, is healthier without compromising on taste, according to a study in Pakistan.

The term ‘omega-3’ usually first brings fish oils to mind, but there are also plant-based sources such as linseed or chia seed. These offer a more sustainable source while providing comparable health benefits. By Lindsay Brown, professor (biomedical sciences), university of Southern Queensland

The high-concentrate (90 percent) omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid can be incorporated into dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages.

Available in the form of an easy-to-swallow capsule or a liquid ‘shot’, the ingredient overcomes previous challenges for consumers to achieve the recommended daily intake of omega-3; one would have needed to consume multiple capsules or a hard-to-swallow ‘horse pill’.

Originating from a sustainable source of wild-caught sardine, the ingredient also fulfils current consumer demands for natural and sustainably sourced products.

Good nutrition has a significant contribution in giving more life to years, particularly in managing decline and minimising loss of function. How can nutrition help to maintain brain, eye and joint health as we get older? By Dr Kai Lin Ek and Marianne Heer, scientific marketing managers, BASF Nutrition & Health

The NZ$10 million (US$7 million) refinery located in Nelson has the capacity to refine up to 5,000 tonnes of Omega-3 fish oil, and the potential to generate up to NZ$50 million (US$35.4 million) in sales annually.

A DSM study shows that similar levels of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) reach the blood, regardless of whether the omega-3 supplement consumed is a fish or krill oil product.

The study found that high blood levels of the long chain omega-3 DHA are associated with better sleep.

Ageing causes dramatic increase in body fat and decrease in muscle mass. Research has shown that vitamin D and omega 3 from fatty fish can help increase muscle strength and functional abilities. By Stuart Gray, University of Aberdeen

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