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Science boss: Omega-3s could get boost by aping pharma doses

By RJ Whitehead

It was has a huge challenge for Nils Hoem, Aker Biomarine’s chief scientists, to understand the specifics of nutraceuticals when he first arrived at the Norwegian krill oil manufacturer in 2008 after a career in pharmaceuticals.

The efficacy of herbal extracts on the structural stabilisation of fish oil encapsulation had not previously been evaluated. ©iStock

Sage extract could offer encapsulation benefits for omega-3: Study

By Gary Scattergood

Encapsulating omega-3 supplements with sage polyphenols and gum arabic could be a more healthy and economically viable option than techniques currently used, while also opening up the possibility of boosting protein intake, research from India suggests.

China dominates the global production of seaweed. ©iStock

Soaring seaweed demand raises environmental concerns for Asia

By Gary Scattergood

Asia’s booming seaweed industry – buoyed by demand for nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and antimicrobial products – needs to avoid the ecological and societal pitfalls experienced in agriculture and fish farming, according to a UN university institute.

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