Omega-3 consumption and depression: ‘Conclusive’ evidence to be presented at first NutraIngredients omega-3 summit

By Gary Scattergood

- Last updated on GMT

The event takes place in February
The event takes place in February

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The results of a ‘world first study’, showing how the consumption of fish and omega-3 helps alleviate depression will be revealed at the first NutraIngredients-Asia Omeag-3 Summit in Singapore in February.

The presentation will be delivered by Yutaka Matsuoka, Division Chief of Healthcare Research, Centre for Public Health Sciences, National Cancer Centre Japan.

He said: “It has long been thought that fish-sourced omega-3 can help not only to prevent depression, but also to alleviate its symptoms. This has now been confirmed by a major research project under taken in Japan.

“This is the first time a study has used standard psychiatrist-diagnosed major depressive disorder as its foundation and targeted a population that traditionally eats a high fish diet. As a result, its findings are both conclusive and of global significance.”

Professor Matsuoka, who undertook the research, will explains the study’s conclusions, their implications and recommended next steps, including:

  • The shape of the study – why Japan’s adult population is the ideal testing ground for the anti-depression benefits of omega-3
  • The size of the effect – consumption recommendations that can reduce the risk of depression by more than 50%
  • Next steps – a multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate the global effectiveness of EPA and DPA supplementation

Delegate registration is now open for the event, which takes place in February 2019 in Singapore.

The summit is backed by trade association Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED).

The event comes after William Reed, the publishers of NutraIngredients, and GOED announced a collaboration to expand the number of global touchpoints for the omega-3 community earlier this year​.

A number of leading business professionals and academics have already joined the speaker line-up.

They include:

Peter Barraket, MD of Designs for Health Australia

Ellen Schutt, Executive Director, GOED.

Dr Surinder Singh, Group Leader: Plant Oil Engineering, CSIRO Agriculture & Food.

Ron Park, Managing Director of Koure.

Dr Mary Chong Foong Fong, Principal Investigator at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) and A*STAR.

Gerard Bannenberg, Director of Compliance and Healthcare Outreach, GOED,

NutraIngredients-Asia Editor-in-Chief Gary Scattergood said: “We are very excited to announce that the first NutraIngredients Omega-3 Summit will take place in Singapore, the home of William Reed’s APAC HQ

“The first NutraIngredients Omega-3 Summit will bring the international omega-3 community to Asia-Pacific, and take the insights from the region to the world.

“The summit will tackle the biggest issues affecting the omega-3 industry globally, from the latest regulatory developments, product innovation, scientific research and consumer insights.

“We are looking forward to delivering a fantastic event alongside our friends at GOED and the calibre of speakers confirmed so far suggests this will be a must-attend event for anyone interested in the omega-3 sector.”

The event will take place at Singapore’s Hilton hotel, on Orchard Road. In addition to two days of lively debate, discussion and presentations, there will also be extensive networking opportunities and social events.

GOED Executive Director Ellen Schutt added: “GOED is excited to partner with NutraIngredients on the upcoming Omega-3 Summit. South East Asia is a growing market for omega-3s and we’re looking forward to being part of the first summit of its kind taking place in the region.”

For delegate registration details, click here.

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact gvz.rinaf@jeoz.pbz​and pnebyvar.lrr@jeoz.pbz

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