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Dutch supplier unveils egg protein with pre-diabetic positioning

Dutch company Newtricious is bringing a new egg protein hydrosolate ingredient market with data backing its cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits.

‘Palatinose is an innovative solution meant to provide new concepts,’ says Beneo

Beneo’s isomaltulose ingredient is winning over endurance athletes with its steady carbohydrate energy supply, but what next for the ingredient, and what about reports of GI discomfort?

AlaskOmega jumps into omega-7 arena with new fish oil ingredient

The omega oils story continues to ramify as companies compete to launch products outside the core omega-3s space. The latest entrant is AlaskOmega, which has launched an omega-7 fish oil concentrate.

Ingredion petitions FDA for diabetes risk reduction health claim

Ingredion has submitted a health claim petition to the FDA for its Hi-Maize high-amylose corn resistant starch and reduction of risk for type 2 diabetes.

Study confirms blood sugar management potential of chromium picolinate

Supplements of chromium picolinate may help to control blood sugar levels in people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, says a new study from Brazil.

Coffee polyphenol may help manage blood sugar in healthy people: Study

Polyphenols from coffee may improve blood sugar levels and boost endothelial function in healthy men, says a new study from Japan.

Vitamin D has no real benefit for obese teens’ heart health or diabetes risk, pilot study suggests

Supplementing obese teens with high doses of vitamin D may not have benefits on endothelial functions related to the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, say researchers.

L. reuteri supplements may modulate gut insulin metabolism: RCT

Consumption of Lactobacillus reuteri probiotics may boost insulin release in healthy people, says a new study.

Early lutein doesn’t impact kids’ diabetes, heart disease, stroke risk: 2000-strong 5-year study

Taking lutein at 13 months of age does not benefit the child’s cardiometabolic health at six, say researchers.

Calcium & magnesium reduce risk of metabolic syndrome: 9000-strong study

Calcium and magnesium may reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome – but men need above and beyond recommended levels for this effect, say researchers.

Magnesium supplements may help blood sugar management for pre-diabetics: RCT

Magnesium chloride supplements may lower blood sugar levels and counter insulin resistance, says a new study from Mexico.

Ethnic South American fruit may offer polyphenol-packed flour for functional foods

Flour made from chañar fruit (Geoffroea decorticans) may be used as a functional food ingredient to help reduce the risk of conditions associated with oxidative stress and inflammation, researchers report.

Fatty liver disease is a major untapped opportunity for nutraceuticals; platform established

Research, focus and regulatory cunning will be needed if the nutraceutical industry is to tap into the relatively unexplored area of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), says the consultancy firm behind a new dedicated clinical trial platform.

Flaxseed beats probiotics for improved insulin sensitivity & altered microbiota

A study comparing fibrous flaxseed with probiotics has questioned the latter’s ability to alter gut microbiota and improve obesity-related metabolic diseases. 

Protein and veg before carbs helps keep blood sugar in check, say researchers

The order in which we eat food could play a vital role in how our bodies manage post-meal blood sugar and insulin levels, a small study has reported.

Ecological characteristics of human gut still only dimly understood, researcher says

Ecological models of the human microbiome, underpinned by statistical techniques, have made significant strides over the past 15 years. But much remains to be discovered, including how to make a more or less symptom-free intestinal tract work better, an expert in the field said.

Cargill on Trehalose: The biggest challenge is limited awareness but every new product is helping

One year on from the ‘Taco Bell affair’ and Cargill is continuing to see growth in demand for its Trehalose additive, but the biggest challenge continues to be limited awareness of ingredient’s numerous functional properties.

Probiota Americas

Can gut microbes affect eating behavior? It's an intriguing field of research, expert says

Evidence continues to mount that the gut microbiome affects gut health in a number of ways, one of which appears to be by inducing the nervous system to send signals to the brain via the vagus nerve and other pathways. Can the makeup of this microbial community also affect our behavior?  It’s an intriguing possibility, says Joe Alcock. MD.

Patent watch

Abbott Labs files patent for ‘better tasting’ nutritional powders

Abbott Laboratories has filed an international patent for a process it says allows it to produce better-tasting powders with improved nutrient content.

Supplement launches that aims to help people prone to Type 2 diabetes make healthy lifestyle switch

Type 2 diabetes continues to stalk the US population. It’s a public health crisis that has created market opportunities, and one of the companies rushing to fill that breach is Glucose Health, Inc. which has launched a supplement of the same name.

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