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Review supports safety of green tea extracts

A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.

Link between vitamin E & brain tumours found in metabolite study

A link between vitamin E levels in the blood and the increased risk of brain tumours has been established in a Scandinavian study. 

Horseradish’s anti-cancer potency recorded in first-time study

The horseradish vegetable contains compounds that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing compounds in the body, a study has shown.

Supreme Court affirms FTC's position that POM's claims were unsupported

The US Supreme Court has declined to take up the FTC vs POM case. The action in effect affirms FTC's prior determinations that POM misled consumers in the advertising of its pomegranate products.

CBD firm CV Sciences posts sales gain, still struggles with net losses

One of the first companies to jump into the current CBD game, CV Sciences, Inc., reported $11.5 million in sales for 2015 as it continues to struggle toward profitability.

Research partnership, distribution agreement to boost selenium uptake, supplier says

A  clinical trials partnership and a new agreement with AIDP will help boost the market for selenium, says Paul Willis, CEO of Cypress Systems Inc.

Low selenium levels increase prostate cancer risk: Study

Low selenium levels could lead to a higher risk of prostate cancer, a study has concluded.

Low vitamin D levels associated with higher cancer risk, study warns

Lower levels of vitamin D have been linked with a higher risk of cancer, researchers have found.

“One of nature’s greatest gifts to mankind”: Curcumin/turmeric’s staggering growth in supplements and beyond

After establishing itself as the number one herb, turmeric/curcumin is increasingly moving into functional beverages.

An herb to watch: Ashwagandha science growing consumer recognition and sales

Sales of Ashwagandha are booming as the pressures of modern life push consumers to seek out natural solutions to problems like stress, leading suppliers tell NutraIngredients-USA. But what’s next for this Ayurvedic herb? 

Special edition: Ayurveda

How reductionism vs whole spectrum plays out in the real world

Applying Ayurvedic principles can lead product formulators in different directions. Products from two brands—EuroPharma and Gaia Herbs—illustrate how these differences play out in the marketplace.

Star fruit juice consumption may improve quality of life of the elderly

Researchers found that 40 healthy elderly subjects who drank star fruit juice daily for four weeks showed lowered secretion of pathological cytokines and increased ability for 6-minute walks.

Special edition: Innovations in minerals

Selenium marketers should focus outside the US and on lower doses, says leading researcher

A large proportion of the US population is achieving adequate levels of selenium from their diets and marketers of selenium products should focus on populations in countries where levels of the micronutrient are low, says a leading researcher. 

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Beyond microbiota: Prebiotics need hard health endpoints

Hard health endpoints, not just changes to microbiota, are needed to secure EU prebiotic health claims and bring fibre intakes up to recommended levels, according to European researchers.

Does search for single component active constituents throw baby out with bath water?

Pharmaceutical-style reductionism has been the order of the day in the dietary supplement business. But strong synergistic countercurrents still exist, generated by product developers adhering to older traditions such as TCM and Ayurveda.

Special edition: Inflammation

Study designs looking at chronic inflammation are attractive for researchers, tricky for marketers

Designing a study on a product that can influence inflammation that can subsequently be used directly to support a marketing plan is a delicate operation. It can skirt dangerously close to a disease claim.

Glucoraphanin supplements match broccoli sprouts for sulforaphane bioavailability: Study

The bioavailability of sulforaphane from commercially available glucoraphanin supplements is equal to that observed from broccoli sprouts, says a new study from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine.

Supplement firm still in operation despite slew of disease claims, GMP violations

A warning letter issued last month to dietary supplement firm Sound Healing Arts illustrates what’s wrong with the current enforcement picture at FDA, says an industry observer.

Plandaí inks deal for distribution of Phyotofare extracts in India

Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc., a company that produces a line of extracts branded as Phytofare, has concluded a deal for the distribution of its ingredients in India.

Multivitamins, cognitive health, and DNA analysis: CRN's Day of Science 2015 as it happened

The Council for Responsible Nutrition's Day of Science took place on October 21 in Palm Springs, CA, with hot topics covering everything from learnings from PHS II, nutrition and cognitive decline, current developments in lab analysis (including DNA analysis), and herb-drug interactions...

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