All posts by Laurence Eyres


Oils and Fats News Special June 2022

Avocado Oil Short Course, August 4 – 9th, 2022 (Virtual & live-Zoom Q&A) Avocado oil producers want to make sure their products are of excellent quality to deliver the best taste and health benefits to the consumers. Professional buyers, importers and distributors want to ensure the products they choose are not only of excellent quality, but made of pure avocado oil. In this online course, researchers and experts from University of California, Davis and New Zealand will help the participants gain understanding of factors that…

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Professor Frank Gunstone

Oils and Fats Update June 2022

Oils and Fats Update Laurence Eyres FNZIFST June 2022 Lipids Guru Frank Gunstone passes (1923-2021) Professor Frank Gunstone made an enormous contribution to the science of fats and oils, at a time when this was not a fashionable subject. He was a pioneer in the chromatographic analysis of lipids, in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and in the chemistry of fatty acids and their synthesis. I believe he authored or co-authored 400 publications. When I joined the industry 50 years ago, I received a copy of…

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals: Supplements for Macular Degeneration

Lipids and Nutraceuticals: Supplements for Macular Degeneration May 2022 Mike Eyres and Laurence Eyres FNZIFST Introduction In the last several years there has been an increase in the market for supplements for eye health. This is driven by an ageing global population with increasing prevalence of age-related eye disorders. Although surgery is an effective option in many cases of eye disease, there is currently no drug target for prevention of macular degeneration, one of the most common causes of vision impairment worldwide. This has led…

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Oils and Fats Update January 2022

  Oils and Fats Update January 2022 Laurence Eyres and Mike Eyres Lipid’s role in the immune system. With Omicron blitzing the global health system its worthwhile to look at what could be done to bolster our own defence systems using predominantly diet. Nutrients of potential help are Vitamin D, selenium, zinc, and omega 3. We should be able to get selenium from consuming one Brazil nut per day, zinc from mushrooms, Vitamin D from the sun or a supplement if in Winter and omega-3…

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals: December 2021

{{unknown}}Lipids and Nutraceuticals: Follow up on last month issue. December 2021 Mike Eyres and Laurence Eyres FNZIFST Bioactive Lipids and Brain Health With increased interest in plant-based diets, debate and investigations continue into the bioavailability and conversion rates of 18 carbon omega 3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA . The need for a sustainable plant-based source of DHA and EPA is becoming apparent as a result of continued unsustainable pressure on global fisheries and climate change. It has been suggested that global production…

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Oils and Fats Update November 2021

Oils and Fats Update Laurence Eyres FNZIFST November 2021 Obituary and tribute to Professor Frank Gunstone We are so sorry to announce the passing of Frank D. Gunstone at 97years old. He was a prominent AOCS member, author, scientist and mentor to many students and co-workers.  When this author entered the oils and fats Industry in 1974, Frank was already a legend. We had him as a plenary speaker at our international conferences where he was hailed as a powerful and leading figure in the…

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals: A Focus on Mental Health and Cognition October 2021 Mike Eyres and Laurence Eyres FNZIFST

Lipids and Nutraceuticals: A Focus on Mental Health and Cognition October 2021 Mike Eyres and Laurence Eyres FNZIFST   Introduction Modern life is becoming increasingly stressful particularly in these times of COVID. This is resulting in an increase in mental health problems globally. There has been a huge surge in prescriptions for drugs for mental health including antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sleep aids. Whilst these prescriptions appear to be a necessary evil there are obvious dangers with these prescriptions and the resulting dependency that can occur…

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Oils and Fats Update Laurence Eyres FNZIFST September2021

Oils and Fats Update Laurence Eyres FNZIFST Sepetember2021 Margarines and Spreads Just to recap, Margarine was invented in France by Hippolyte Mèges-Mouries in response to Napoleon III’s call for a cheap alternative to butter for French workers and for his armies in the Franco-Prussian war. The first margarine, consisting of beef tallow churned with milk, was patented in 1869. Since then, there has been a lot of change globally with the ongoing battle with butter and innovation techniques covering fat content, ingredients, flavour and nutritional claims. In…

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Lipids and Nutraceutical News July 19th, 2021

Lipids and Nutraceutical News July 19th, 2021 Laurence Eyres and Michael Eyres   Natural Bioactives and Antibiotic Resistance One of us had a recent bad experience with an infection that turned to sepsis and whilst the heavy use of antibiotics was life- saving, the resulting adverse reaction led to hepatitis and liver damage. Because the antibiotic therapy went on for several months, antibiotic resistance was begging to occur, and a superinfection was narrowly avoided. This event spurred us to look at what is happening in…

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals June 2021

  NEW RESEARCH AVENUES FOR PALMITOYLETHANOLAMIDE (PEA) Palmitoylethanolamide  (PEA)  is  a  modern  lipid  nutraceutical.  We  have  reported  previously  on this  naturally  occurring  lipid  that  has  been  found  to  have  anti-inflammatory  properties  and analgesic.  We  have  personal  experience  of  the  efficacy  of  this  compound  in  alleviating  the pain from aching knees and joints. It  has  also  been  used  in  the  past  for  immunity.  The  story  of  PEA  as  a  nutraceutical  to  prevent and  treat  infectious  diseases  dates  to  the  1970s  where  the  molecule  was  branded  under  the…

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