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For AHPA, 2014's song remains the same: GMPs, GMOs and inaccurate mainstream news reports

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is planning for 2014 with the assumption that the hot button issues for the New Year are likely to include three of the same subjects that demanded our attention in 2013: cGMP compliance, GMO labeling, and an aggressive media that misinforms consumers about supplements.

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.

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CRN on silencing the critics with a dose of research

These are confusing times to be a dietary supplement consumer – one day, a particular nutrient is touted as a magic bullet, and the next it’s a waste of money. In this constant news cycle we live in, consumers are left even more puzzled about what’s really good for them. As the year comes to a close, it’s worth examining three of the major dietary supplement health stories in the press that targeted some of the industry’s most popular products and led to consumer whiplash.

2014 outlook for omega-3s: More positive science backing but also continued fallout from prostate cancer study

The coming year will see renewed challenges for the omega-3s sector, an industry leader said.  Among the challenges will be new attacks from the medical community as well as a continuing depression of the US market as a consequence of the publication of a negative study connected to prostate cancer risk.

Diet rich in tomatoes - but not soy - may lower breast cancer risk, study suggests

A tomato-rich diet could help to protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer, according to new research suggesting the fruit can affect the level of hormones that play a role in metabolism and cancer risk.

Guest article

In life and diets: nothing is perfect

If only I lived in a perfect world, like, say, Dr. Edgar Miller, one of the five doctors who have determined from on high via their editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that no one needs to take a multivitamin.

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.

Stop wasting money on supplements, say physicians. Stop trying to position supplements as cures for disease, say industry groups

An editorial panel of medical doctors (MDs) says the case is now closed for multivitamins: they don’t help well-nourished adults. But leading trade associations have defended the safety and efficacy of the products, calling the editorial, ‘close-minded, one-sided’ and ‘overblown’.

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.

Poster deadline extended by one week to December 13

Probiota 2014: Poster proposal deadline extended

Probiota 2014 – the leading conference bridging the interface of academia and industry for cutting edge science about the prebiotics, probiotics and the microbiome – has extended the call for proposals for its poster sessions by one week to Friday 13th December 2013.

Magnesium may help people with heart problems to live longer

Increased intakes of magnesium may help people with a high cardiovascular risk to live longer, according to a new study from Spain.

FAO backs dairy to raise nutrition among poorest people

Dairy products have an important role to play in improving nutritional levels among the world’s poorest people, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says in a new book.

Low fat, high fish oil diet may benefit men with prostate cancer: Study

A low-fat diet in combination with supplementation with omega-3 rich fish oil may be associated with lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances and reduced cell progression scores in men with prostate cancer, research has suggested.

United States Preventive Services Task Force review

Evidence insufficient for multivitamins to reduce risk of heart disease and cancer: Systematic review

The current evidence is ‘insufficient’ for vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer in healthy people without nutritional deficiencies, says a new review from the researchers for the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Special Edition: Botanicals

Any moment now… Is curcumin momentum building towards a tipping point?

It has been described as ‘one of the biggest-growing products in the botanical market right now’ and ‘the next omega-3’, so is the momentum building towards a tipping point for curcumin?  

Probiota 2014, February 4-5, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Probiota 2014 calls for cutting edge science for inaugural Poster Sessions

Probiota 2014 – the leading conference bridging the interface of academia and industry for cutting edge science about the prebiotics, probiotics and the microbiome – is calling for proposals for its poster sessions to showcase the latest research and product innovations.

Lycopene-rich berry goes where tomato can't: Smoothies, sweet food applications

Despite a growing pile of research linking lycopene to benefits ranging from heart, cardiovascular, prostate and bone health to prevention of certain cancers, the market share for this carotenoid remains relatively small. 

Rise of personalized genetic databases provides trove of info to drive research, product development

The advent of simplified genetic tests marks the dawn of an age in which the idea of personalized nutrition will be driven by hard data as opposed to answers on survey queries as was the case in the past.  And it means that that amassed data can be mined with statistical techniques—the so called Big Data scenario — to yield information that can drive product formulation and brand development strategies.

Detecting deficiencies: New strategy could speed up mass testing of vitamin and mineral levels

Analysing levels of proteins in blood could be used to estimate levels of essential vitamins and minerals without directly testing for each nutritional factor, according to new research that suggests the use of mass spectrometry to rapidly detect nutritional deficiencies.

Multivitamin and mineral supplement may offer invasive breast cancer hope: Study

Taking a supplement containing multivitamins and minerals could increase the chances of long term survival in people with invasive breast cancer, according to new research.

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