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Nutrients 2014, 6(9), 3727-3733; doi:10.3390/nu6093727

Recent Advances in Omega-3: Health Benefits, Sources, Products and Bioavailability

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Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization, Food and Nutrition Flagship, Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, GPO Box 1538, Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia
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Centre of Excellence Science Seafood and Health, Curtin University, 7 Parker Place, Technology Park, WA 6102, Australia
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The Omega-3 Centre, 32A Owen Street, North Bondi, NSW 2026. Australia
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Deakin University, School of Medicine, Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3217, Australia
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The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, P.O. Box 5114, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Received: 8 April 2014 / Revised: 8 September 2014 / Accepted: 9 September 2014 / Published: 16 September 2014
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The joint symposium of The Omega-3 Centre and the Australasian Section American Oil Chemists Society; Recent Advances in Omega-3: Health Benefits, Sources, Products and Bioavailability, was held November 7, 2013 in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Over 115 attendees received new information on a range of health benefits, aquaculture as a sustainable source of supply, and current and potential new and novel sources of these essential omega-3 long-chain (LC, ≥C20) polyunsaturated fatty acid nutrients (also termed LC omega-3). The theme of “Food versus Fuel” was an inspired way to present a vast array of emerging and ground breaking Omega-3 research that has application across many disciplines. Eleven papers submitted following from the Omega-3 Symposium are published in this Special Issue volume, with topics covered including: an update on the use of the Omega-3 Index (O3I), the effects of dosage and concurrent intake of vitamins/minerals on omega-3 incorporation into red blood cells, the possible use of the O3I as a measure of risk for adiposity, the need for and progress with new land plant sources of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6ω3), the current status of farmed Australian and New Zealand fish, and also supplements, in terms of their LC omega-3 and persistent organic pollutants (POP) content, progress with cheap carbon sources in the culture of DHA-producing single cell organisms, a detailed examination of the lipids of the New Zealand Greenshell mussel, and a pilot investigation of the purification of New Zealand hoki liver oil by short path distillation. The selection of papers in this Special Issue collectively highlights a range of forward looking and also new and including positive scientific outcomes occurring in the omega-3 field. View Full-Text
Keywords: lipids; human health; aquaculture; long-chain omega-3; EPA; DHA lipids; human health; aquaculture; long-chain omega-3; EPA; DHA
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Nichols, P.D.; McManus, A.; Krail, K.; Sinclair, A.J.; Miller, M. Recent Advances in Omega-3: Health Benefits, Sources, Products and Bioavailability. Nutrients 2014, 6, 3727-3733.

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