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Data shows 'cobiotic' modulates glucose response in diabetic and pre diabetic subjects

Microbiome Therapeutics, a startup based in Broomfield, CO, has developed a technology that it says can significantly shift the makeup of the gut microflora in prediabetic patients and those with type 2 diabetes.  Prelimary data shows the company’s flaghsip product called NM504 improved blood glucose response in those patients.

Multi-platform automated program aims to help pre-diabetics manage conditions

A company based in Berkeley, CA has launched a new interactive program for mobile devices to help prediabetic patients avoid trending over into full-blown diabetes.  The program, called Alive PD, is the first of its kind to focus on diabetes prevention, according to the developers.

Bioactives American brings first GRAS-affirmed salacia oblonga extract to market

Bioactives American Corporation has brought to market what the company calls the first GRAS version of a salacia oblonga ingredient for blood sugar management.

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Literature supports fenugreek’s blood sugar management potential: Meta-analysis

Daily supplements of fenugreek may effectively help manage blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, according to a meta-analysis of 10 clinical trials.

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Polyphenol science needs to catch up to better inform regulators and consumers, say experts

A paradigm shift is needed in the study of polyphenols to better understand the bioavailability, bio-activity, and the role of the gut microbiota in polyphenol metabolism and health benefits, say experts from academia and industry.

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Nano emulsion system seeks to protect polyphenols from overly rapid alteration in liver

Bioavailability has always been the achilles heel of polyphenols.  Scientist felt they had a good handle on why these molecules exerted their health effects, but had a far less clear view of how to get them to the locations in the body where they could do the most good.  The answer for many years was a practice of putting in overages in formulations, an approach that was not very tidy, and potentially more expensive than it needed to be.

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Global tea polyphenols market set to hit $368 million by 2020

Tea polyphenols are poised to enjoy strong growth over the next decade, with a new market report calling for the global market in the ingredients to hit $368 million by 2020.  That makes sense to observers, who say the popularity of tea, green tea in particular, boosts awareness of the ingredients derived from the plant.

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The big challenges in polyphenols: Providing credible evidence and a quality supply chain

With surging interest in the potential health benefits of polyphenols around the globe, experts suggest that there are still some major sticking points in the polyphenol success story.

Increased intake of long-chain omega-3 may reduce diabetes risk: Study

High serum concentrations of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids could help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to a third, according to new population data.

Flavonoid-rich diet may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes: Study

High consumption of flavonoid-rich foods may be associated with a lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by improving blood sugar management, say researchers.

EU health claim for inulin has more immediate importance in the US: Beneo

Attaining a positive health claims opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may be of more importance immediately in the US than in the EU, says leading inulin supplier Beneo.

‘Opening doors’: Whole grape extracts support cardiovascular health and antioxidant activity

Daily intake of a whole grape extract may improve antioxidant levels, and improve cholesterol levels, says the first North American study to report such measures.

InterHealth acquired by private equity firm

Specialty ingredient supplier InterHealth Nutraceuticals has been acquired by private equity firm Kainos Capital, the company announced Tuesday.  Details of the deal were not disclosed.

Nestlé links with US human cell supplier to advance nutrition research

Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) has inked a deal with a Wisconsin-based biotech firm that will keep it in supply of human brain and liver cells for nutrition testing purposes with a focus on drinks, smoothies and other products targeting diabetes and obesity.

Most vitamin studies are flawed by poor methodology, say Linus Pauling researchers

Many large clinical trials of vitamin supplements, including those concluding vitamins are of no value or may even be harmful, have a flawed methodologies that means they are 'useless' in determining the real value of such micronutrients, according to a new analysis.

One vitamin to rule them all? Gollum’s D deficiency dilemma

It wasn’t just crafty hobbits that enabled the dark forces of Middle Earth to be defeated in science fantasy godfather JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings – they were also vitamin D deficient, scientists have discovered.

Review questions vitamin D for reducing chronic disease risk

Low vitamin D levels may be a consequence of ill health and not the cause of chronic disease, says a new review, but industry groups have responded that supplementation is vital for bone health and should not be dismissed.

'Artistic' approach needed for blood sugar management claims, distributor of starch-blocking ingredient says

Diabetes is an area of special concern for the Food and Drug Administration, so ET Horn thought carefully about how to craft the claims on its new blood sugar management ingredient.

New test aims to measure 'wellness' via metabolic state, developer says

Nutraceutical technology development firm Health Enhancement Products Inc. has a new urine test in field trials that will measure a participant’s ‘wellness’ level via biomarkers for oxidative stress, the company announced recently.

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