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Lift of German kava ban, detailed in ABC article, expected to boost botanical in US market

An article published this week by the American Botanical Council lays out the story underlying a German court’s recent decision to lift a ban on kava, including the ways in which the legal goalposts moved around during the process.  Kava’s reinstatement, though it pertains only to the German market, is viewed a big development by an influential American observer.

Melon extract eases stress: Study

A new 12-week clinical study has strengthened evidence that melon-derived superoxide dismutase (Sod) supplements can help reduce stress and fatigue and improve cognitive performance.

Ashwagandha root and leaf extract shows cognitive benefits for people with bipolar disorder

Daily consumption of a standardized Ashwagandha root and leaf extract may improve several areas of cognitive effect in subjects with bipolar disorder, says a new study.

French omega-3 player scores in Brazil

Ambitious French omega-3 supplier Polaris has won approval to market its branded omega-3s in South America’s biggest nutraceutical market, Brazil.

EPA, DHA for the masses? Cargill unveils cost-effective ‘drop-in’ solution for F&B omega-3 fortification

Cargill has unveiled IngreVita, a proprietary blend of high oleic canola oil, antioxidants and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from fish oil that it claims will take omega-3 food and beverage fortification from the niche to the mainstream.

Energy supplement hangs hat on dopamine-boosting properties

A new energy supplement is betting on the benefits of Ayurvedic herb Mucuna pruriens, which provides a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine, to stand out in a crowed category.

FTC settlement with DSM division sets precedent for future memory claims

DSM’s consumer products division i-Health has settled a claim with the Federal Trade Commission on the company’s use of an adult memory-enhancement claim for its algal DHA product. 

New plant, new products, and changes at the top: Neptune bullish over brighter future after challenging times

With a newly constructed plant in Sherbrooke, Québec, now open, three new products launching, and the IP wars behind it, krill oil pioneer Neptune Technologies & Bioressources is in a ‘strong position’ moving forward, the company’s senior vice president of global sales tells NutraIngredients-USA.

Abbott Nutrition study: Maternal lutein supplementation passes to child

Supplementing lactating women with lutein is an effective way of raising the lutein status of the breast-feeding infant, says a new study from Abbott Nutrition with potential implications for eye and cognitive health of children.

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this week in Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

DRIs for bioactives? Start with lutein, set the template, and work out the kinks, says academic

Efforts to establish a framework for dietary reference intakes for bioactives should start with lutein, says a leading researcher, with ‘different kinds of data saying the same thing’.

DSM flexing its acquisition muscles at IFT

DSM will highlight all the recent additions to its royal crest at IFT. The multinational food, beverage and supplement ingredient supplier will in particular be featuring its life’s DHA ingredient at the Institute of Food Technologists show in New Orleans next week, making a case for the ingredient at every stage of a consumer’s life.

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Evidence is building that links the gut microbiome and brain function and ‘psychobiotics’ are at the heart of that, says a leading Irish researcher working in the field for more than five years.

Foods and supplements aimed at autism must walk fine regulatory line, attorney says

Parents of autistic children can have a certain desperation to find ways to help their kids overcome the isolating deficits of the condition. Recent research has focused on potential nutritional and digestive anomalies exhibited by these children, and supplement and food companies have stepped up the the plate with products that claim to help address these issues.

‘One of the most exciting ingredients we’ve seen in the omega-3 category’: Xsto welcomes Qualitas’ algae-derived ingredient to its portfolio

Finished products containing Qualitas Health’s Almega PL omega-3 ingredient will hit the shelves this summer, with a new partnership with Xsto Solutions designed to increase sales reach within the US.

News in brief

CRN urges manufacturers to revisit formulas in wake of call for more iodine for pregnant women

The recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizing the vital role of iodine in the development of infants’ nervous systems is encouraging news, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition.  

NIU's Cognitive Health Forum: 'The key is to not have ingredients that stimulate other areas of the body that are not needed for performance'

Cognitive health formulations must be driven by mechanisms of action, and with cognition being a lifelong issue with many aspects to consider the possibilities are impressive and continually developing, according to experts at the NutraIngredients-USA Cognitive Health Forum.

Meso-zeaxanthin is pharma and needs holistic research beyond eye health, says expert

The meso-zeaxanthin cartenoid is a synthetic, quasi pharmaceutical that needs holistic research on whole body affects, says an eye health researcher.

Low glycaemic carbohydrate enhances mood and memory in older adults: Study

Lower glycaemic load (GL) meals have been shown to benefit cognition and mood in young people, and now a new study has found that Beneo’s low glycaemic carbohydrate Palatinose (isomaltulose) can improve mood and memory in over-45s with good glucose tolerance.

NutraIngredients-USA Cognitive Health Forum: Today!

Experts from Abbott Nutrition, Standard Process, Nawgan, and Euromonitor will join NutraIngredients-USA for a discussion of the cognitive health sector, from science and claim substantiation, to market sizing and key consumer demographics.

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