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Ashwagandha interest spilling into mainstream market

The so-called flagship herb of Ayurveda, ashwagandha is gaining traction in the mainstream US market as consumers embrace its wide-ranging body of health benefits on the heels of strong clinical support and a few celebrity health practitioner endorsements.

Largest ever human clinical study using tocotrienols for neuroprotection

Vitamin E tocotrienols show brain health benefits

Daily supplements of a natural full spectrum palm mixed tocotrienol complex may protect against the progression of white matter lesions in human brains, says a new study from Malaysia and the UK.

Researchers find pomegranate juice exacerbates Parkinson's in rat model

A study using POM Wonderful’s pomegranate juice has found it exacerbated neurodegeneration in a rat/rotenone model of Parkinson’s disease.  The finding ran counter to the researchers’ expectations.

Responsible supply: IFFO changes fish oil and fishmeal sourcing rules

Non-members of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO) are able to apply for ‘responsible supply’ (RS) certification, after the body altered its criteria recently.

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.

Boomer retirees present continued huge opportunity, report says

Baby Boomers, who have driven the growth of the natural products and dietary supplements space in recent decades aren’t done yet. A recent report from the Natural Marketing Institute says the impending retirement of millions of boomers will present a huge, but nuanced, opportunity.

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.  

Chromadex CEO: ‘We think Niagen has a much bigger market, like omega-3’

The potential of nicotinamide riboside, the next generation vitamin B3, goes beyond dietary supplements, into functional food and beverages, medical foods, infant nutrition and more, says the CEO of Chromadex.

Diabetes epidemic, settlement of patent suit means bright future for chromium, Nutrition 21 says

The market for chromium is growing, driven by the ongoing tide of obesity and diabetes, said Bill Levi of Nutrition 21, which supplies Chromax, a patented form of chromium picolinate.

Extract of succulent has dual action in moderating anxiety, study shows

A study published released recently on Zembrin, a branded extract of Sceletium tortousom, shows the product’s effects within the amygdala, the portion of the brain stem where the body’s “threat circuitry” lies.

Frutarom jumps into the omega-3 sea

The health division of Swiss ingredients player Frutarom has launched omega-3s for the first time with the company noting their potential in heart, brain and eye health along with inflammation and general well-being.

Vegans respond ‘robustly’ to algal-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplement

The omega-3 index of vegans is low, but no lower than the levels measured in omnivores, says a new study, which also supports the efficacy of an algal-derived omega-3 supplement to boost EPA and DHA levels.

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.

News in brief

Kratom distributor recalls all products in wake of FDA import alert

SNI National has voluntarily recalled all of its products that contain kratom, an ingredient whose legality has been questioned by the Food and Drug Administration.

Diet high in animal protein may help prevent functional decline

A diet high in animal protein could help elderly people to function better physically, psychologically and socially, say researchers.

Omega-3 supplements may boost neuropsychological measures for kids who need most support

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve attention, processing speed, executive function and hand-to-eye coordination in malnourished children, scientists report.

Vitamin D may have direct effect on brain development, social behaviour and autism

Vitamin D could have a 'critical influence' levels of serotonin in the brain and may directly effect social behaviours associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to new research.

Polysaccharide supplement may boost memory, suggests study

Mannatech, a network marketing company based in Coppell, TX, has announced the results of clinical trial showing memory support benefits for its polysaccharide dietary supplment formulation called Ambrotose. The trial showed improved performance on standard mental tests in the face of mental fatigue, the company said.

Lonza and DSM settle omega-3 patent dispute

Ingredients giants DSM and Lonza have settled a patent dispute over production of algal-sourced omega-3 oils (DHA) that lasted for almost ten years.

Euromonitor: Strong momentum to propel global omega-3 sales

The omega-3 market continues to grow and appears to have unstoppable momentum worldwide, according to expert Diana Cowland, who keeps tabs on the sector for Euromonitor International.

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