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Study: Vitamin A form shows breast cancer prevention potential

A vitamin A form called retinoic acid that is commonly found in sweet potatoes and carrots, can help turn breast cells showing cancerous potential back to a healthy state, researchers have found.

Omega-3s science is rock solid, but you don't win every game, expert says

When scientists seek to counteract bad press for omega-3s it is a matter of taking two steps forward while taking one back, said Bruce Holub, professor emeritus at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Breast microbiome more complex than previously thought: Study

The unique microbial composition of female breast tissue has given scientists new insight into the interaction between different bacteria in the human body and the effects this has on health.

EuroPharma founder: Nobody has given curcumin the attention that we have

Booming consumer demand for curcumin is driving an innovative but highly competitive supplier landscape, but Terry Lemerond, founder & president of EuroPharma,Inc., says his company has never talked down the competition, preferring to talk up their own product’s extensive science portfolio.  

Guest article

Folic acid: The double-edge sword of the golden micronutrient

Folic acid is backed to deliver important health benefits in the scientific literature and by regulators – but is over-consumption a real problem? asks Robert Verkerk, PhD, the founder, executive and scientific director of the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-I) in this guest article.

Metabolites of EPA, DHA ripe area for innovation, expert says

Innovation in omega-3s has come in many forms.  New delivery modes, new raw material sources, and new chemical forms.  But through it all, the story has always been about  EPA and DHA as whole molecules. That might be about to change.

Future looks increasingly bright for herbal supplements, market researcher says

The economic downturn has had a depressing effect on new product launches in the herbal dietary supplement industry, said Steve French, managing director of the Natural Marketing Institute. But the good news is that opportunity abounds, in that herbal supplement users are far more fiercely devoted to their products of choice than is the average supplement taker and younger consumers are the most enthusiastic of all.

Time has come to consider DRIs for bioactives, CRN official says

Evidence for the nutrtional benefits of bioactives is steadily accumulating, and the time has come engage regulators in a process of determining dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for the best-researched substances, said Jim Griffiths, vice president of scientific and reglatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Vitamin D linked to better breast cancer patient survival

Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as those with lower levels, new research has suggested.

Microbiota makeup linked to intestinal cancer risk

The makeup of microbes living in our gut may be a risk factor for colorectal cancer and could drive the development of intestinal tumours, say researchers.

Concept of biomimicry could inform nutraceutical discovery, manufacture, expert says

Biomimicry, or the practice of taking cues from nature for design of products for human use, could transform the way dietary supplments manufacturers interact with their consumers, an expert says.

CRN: Report finding not enough evidence linking multivitamins to cancer prevention shouldn't obscure their benefits

The final report from a government task force finding no preventive effect of multivitamin usage in relation to cancer and cardiovascular disease has been modified in an appropriate way to reflect the tight focus of the review, said the Council for Responsible Nutrition.  How the report will be written about in the mainstream press remains to be seen.

Cancer researcher wins ABC's Farnsworth award

Influential figures in the herbal sphere aren’t always involved in what most would term “natural” products.  So it is with Gordon M Cragg, PhD, the latest recepient of a prominent award from the American Botanical Council.

Biothera adds to Wellmune knowledge base with method of action study

Biothera, a company long known for an extensive research program backing both its nutraceutical and pharmaceutical ingredients derived from bakers yeast, has completed a mode of action study on its Wellmune dietary supplement ingedient. 

Partnership on organic vitamin C part of its transparency mission, MegaFood says

MegaFood, a leading manufacurer of whole food supplements, has teamed up with an organic orange juice supplier for a ‘grove to tablet’ line of vitamin C supplements.

FTC files brief justifying restriction of POM's First Amendment rights

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a long awaited brief in POM Wonderful’s appeal of a false advertising case against the company.  As expected, FTC contends that POM’s ads were deceptive, and the company lacked sufficient clinical data to back up its far-reaching claims on its products and that First Amendment protections do not apply.

Study linking vitamin E with cancer 'irrelevant' for human supplementation, CRN says

Once again, negative results from a tightly focused study with a nutraceutical ingredient have been generalized in the mainstream media as a blanket condemnation.  In this case, it was the news that megadoses of vitamin E fed to cancer-prone mice caused their tumors to grow faster.  Despite the hubbub, it’s news that is, as far as human supplementation is concerned, “irrelevant,” said Duffy MacKay of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Special edition: Polyphenols

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.

Special edition: Polyphenols

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.

Special edition: Polyphenols

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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