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Warning letters to CBD companies hinge on disease claims, sidestep issue of ingredient's legality

Four companies marketing dietary supplement products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-narcotic fraction of Cannabis sativa, received warning letters recently from the Food and Drug Administration.  But the letters said nothing about the status of CBD itself; rather, they concentrated on disease claims made on the products.

Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

BlueOcean targets tablet form of omega-3 delivery via latest joint venture

BlueOcean NutraSciences has signed a joint venture agreement with a Canadian technology firm to bring a slow release tablet form of omega-3s to market using its algal and shrimp oils, the company announced last week. The technology could also be used with fish oil, said Dil Vashi, manager of corporate development for BlueOcean.

Proven ingredients, omega-3s for cross sell key to success in cognitive health space, marketing experts say

Marketers of cognitive support products experience some common pitfalls, according to experts at NutraScience Labs, the newly constituted marketing arm of Twinlab. Failure to rely on proven ingredients and lack of an omega-3 in the product lineup to provide a cross-selling opportunity are chief among these, they say.

Neptune’s new CEO: ‘Science will drive the next wave of change in the omega-3 market’

Jim Hamilton is expecting an ‘incredibly intriguing future’ for omega-3 and krill, with Neptune Technologies & Bioressources’ new CEO looking to the science to drive future development in the sector.

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry to blame and could social media be a data-sharing saviour?

New flavours for omega-3 aimed at children and pregnant women

Croda has added two new flavours to its omega-3 syrup range that are easier to swallow than capsules for pregnant women and children.

Giant confronting omega-3, vitamin E challenges

DSM nutrition profits dip 7% in 2014

Pricing and sector market challenges, currency fluctuations and some stiff economic headwinds have contributed to 2014 full-year EBITDA profits sliding 7% for the world’s biggest nutrient player, DSM.

Supplement manufacturer slapped with permanent injunction after series of warning letters

An Oregon-based marketer of dietary supplements has been slapped with a permanent injuction for distributing prodcts that the Food and Drug Administration alleged were adulterated and were unapproved new drugs.

Energy drinks increase hyperactivity in children: Study

Children who drink sweetened energy drinks are 66% more likely to be at risk from hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. 

Measuring the immeasurable? The challenges of researching mood and nutrition

Mood is often assessed in nutrition research but it is ‘hard to define’ and ‘inherently subjective’, according to the researchers behind a review of mood-measuring methodology.

Sleep: Consumers are looking for natural alternatives, but what's holding the category back?

The overall sleep aid category is growing at an eye-watering 27% and is expected to hit $732 million in 2018, but natural products and dietary supplements only occupy a small portion of the market. NutraIngredients-USA explores the challenges and opportunities for the sector.

CRN encourages prenatal supplement makers to add iodine for healthy brain development

Supplement makers have one year to ensure their multivitamins/minerals for pregnant and lactating women in the U.S. contain at least 150 mcg of iodine per daily serving to comply with new guidelines the Council for Responsible Nutrition issued Jan. 27.

Pine bark extract shows memory, focus and decision making benefits

Daily supplements of extracts from French maritime pine bark may boost a range of cognitive measures and mood in healthy professionals, says a new pilot study from Italy.

Supplement shows promising results in cognition, mood in large scale study

A recent large scale study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease confirms earlier results for a nutraceutical formulation branded as Perceptiv in showing improved performance on standardized tests and improved mood for subjects diagnosed with the malady.

Kyowa Hakko’s Sustamine may boost reaction time post-exercise: Study

Taking L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine after endurance exercise may increase an athletes’ reaction times and cognitive function when compared to no hydration, says a new study using Kyowa Hakko’s Sustamine ingredient.

Science and IP builds around health benefits of citrus limonin glucoside

A citrus extract called limonin glucoside may decrease select markers of inflammation by as much as 40%, according to results of a double-blind placebo-controlled study in overweight/obese people.

Company agrees to FTC demand to stop making claims on supplements aimed at kids with speech disorders

A company that markets supplements aimed at children with speech disorders associated with autism has agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission deemed were deceptive claims on its products and to pay a substantial fine in a settlement, the agency announced on Friday.  The company also agreed in the future to disclose material connections with the endorsers of its products.

GRAS status opens up market for Ahiflower, a plant-based omega 3-6-9 oil with high SDA levels

A new competitor has arrived on the plant-based omega-3s scene with the announcement of FDA no-objection GRAS status for Ahiflower oil, an ingredient from Technology Crops International.  The oil offers a balance of omega-3, -6 and -9, according to the company.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

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