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Science of Omega-3: Balancing the Scales (Summary)

  • October 9, 2016

The joint Science of Omega-3 symposium was held at Doltone House, Sydney on September 14, 2016.  The symposium brought together national and international experts with the overall aim being to update around 100 attendees on a suite of new developments in the Omega-3 field.  A brief summary of the day’s presentations follows.  In addition to […]

Prime Minister opens state of the art fish oil processing plant in Nelson

  • October 3, 2016

A refinery that can transform a by-product of the fishing industry into high quality fish oil has opened in Nelson. Prime Minister John Key, who was dressed in a salmon-coloured shirt for the occasion, opened SeaDragon’s new fish oil refinery plant during a visit to Nelson on Thursday. SeaDragon chairman Colin Groves said the state of the art refinery, which had […]

Omega-3 could help prevent environmentally induced lupus

  • October 2, 2016

In the journal PLOS One, researchers report how docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) stopped crystalline silica – a toxic mineral associated with the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – from causing lung lesions in mice genetically predisposed to lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease estimated to affect around 1.5 million people in the United States. In […]

The Omega-3 Index Project

  • September 18, 2016

The Omega-3 Index Project™ was formed to bring more awareness to omega-3 insufficiency, which is a global health concern. According to a survey released today, coinciding with the Science of Omega-3: Balancing the Scales conference in Sydney (14 September 2016), three-quarters of Australians are not aware of what omega-3s arei. Low levels of omega-3s can be a […]

Omega-3, omega-6 supplement improves reading for children

  • September 15, 2016

Supplement of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may improve reading skills of mainstream schoolchildren, according to a new study from Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Children with attention problems, in particular, may be helped in their reading with the addition of these fatty acids. The study included 154 schoolchildren from western Sweden […]

Fish and olive oil better at treating heart disease than statins: study

  • September 9, 2016

Eating plenty of vegetables, nuts and olive oil is more effective than drugs such as statins in treating heart disease, an “extraordinary” study suggests. Patients who stuck to a Mediterranean diet were a third less likely to die early than those who preferred red meat and butter, Italian researchers found. As the findings were reported, […]

China facing epidemic of heart disease, stroke

  • September 1, 2016

A 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) in China appears to have been spurred largely by increases in high blood pressure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Increasing body mass index (BMI), decreasing physical activity, a high prevalence of smoking, and unhealthy diet have also contributed to the growing burden of CVD—now the leading […]

Wollongong researchers trialling fishy solution to inmate aggression

  • September 1, 2016

Part of the solution to helping reduce violence in our prison systems could be swimming in the ocean, with a landmark study planned to test omega-3 supplements on inmates. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to improve cardiovascular health, brain function and to relieve symptoms of arthritis, but what can they do for reducing our […]

Could fish oil reverse negative effects of a fatty diet?

  • September 1, 2016

A recent study, published in The Journal of Physiology, shows that fish oil supplementation might have the power to prevent the detrimental metabolic effects of a high-fat diet, such as type 2 diabetes. A high-fat diet comes with a broad selection of negative health consequences. These problems include weight gain, increased cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance. From there, it […]

State goes Deep Green with algae-based biotech funding

  • August 31, 2016

In summary: A $1m NSW Government grant will support an innovative bio-manufacturing facility at UTS. Based on algae and known as the Deep Green Biotech Hub, it will connect industry, entrepreneurs and students to boost the state’s bio-economy Algae is a sustainable resource with the potential to become a cost-effective ingredient in cosmetics, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals […]