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Science pushing regulatory boundaries, consultant says

New ideas in science tend often to disrupt earlier modes of thinking. So it is with nutritional science, as researchers discover new modes of action and new delivery vehicles that increasingly push at the regulatory envelopes meant to define and confine them, said consultant Risa Schulman.

CRN objects to 2 clinical trials standard in comments on FTC consent decree

The Federal Trade Commission seems to be moving toward a blanket policy of required two randomized controlled trials  (RCTs) to support health claims on dietary supplement products.  It’s a trend that the Council for Responsible Nutrition opposes in its comments on a recent consent decree issued by FTC.

Special Edition: Polyphenols

Callebaut: More specific cocoa flavanol content claims will increase

Despite the growing body of research extolling the health benefits of flavanols found in cocoa, chocolate product manufacturers have yet to fully embrace front-of-pack claims calling out these compounds—with many still opting for more general “antioxidant” claims. But global cocoa giant Barry Callebaut expects the industry to transition to more specific claims as more gain approval.

Resveratrol researcher and player refute high-dose study findings

A study that found high doses of the polyphenol, resveratrol, could inhibit exercise benefits in older people, has been attacked in the same journal that published the original work back in June for methodology and statistical errors.

Probiota 2014, February 4-5, Amsterdam

Probiota 2014: The ultimate pre- and probiotic science-business blend

Probiota 2014 – relocated from Brussels to Amsterdam and organised by NutraIngredients – will bring together the finest scientific and commercial minds operating in the pre- and probiotic sector in a 2-day, 2-stream event.

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.

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Unistraw partners with Nippi Collagen for collagen drinking straws

Unistraw Holdings has announced a strategic partnership with Nippi Collagen to produce and distribute TruMarine Collagen drinking straws for bone and joint health, and skin health applications. 

New form of CoQ10 hits supplement market

A new form of CoQ10 has hit the market with the launch of an antioxidant supplement by New Zealand-based manufacturer MitoQ Ltd.  As is often the case with this particular ingredient, the company’s marketing message is based on claims of greater bioavailability.

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BioCell Technology gets sixth US patent for BioCell Collagen ingredient

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted US Patent 8,563,045  to BioCell Technology pertaining to the dietary ingredient BioCell Collagen.

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.

Dispatches from #FIE2013

Researchers back zinc citrate bioavailability

A just published study has found zinc citrate is equal to zinc gluconate and higher than zinc oxide in terms of bodily intake, research that could help battle regional deficiencies and conditions like diarrhea.

DSM elbows into astaxanthin market with synthetic ingredient

A major competitor has entered the astaxanthin ring with DSM’s launch of its new synthetic ingredient at the Supply Side West trade show in Las Vegas last week.

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Pomegranate extracts show joint and skin health potential

Punicalagins from pomegranate may offer benefits for joint and skin health by inhibiting the activity of enzymes that break collagen, according to data from cell and animal studies.

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.

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Sabinsa division wins innovation award

Sami Labs, an division of New Jersey-based Sabina Corp., has been honored by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry with a  “Product Innovator of the Year” award.

Personalized medicine will transform how consumers choose, UNPA event attendees told

Personalized medicine—nutrition and health products customized to a consumer’s particular genetic profile—is no longer a trend for the future.  According to the presenters at a recent conference, it’s happening now, and some giant companies have quietly stolen a march on the rest of the industry in figuring how to capitalize on the trend.

Dr Oz effect's dark side: Booming demand opens door for adulterated, synthetic astaxanthin

The Dr Oz Show has been a boon for the natural products and dietary supplements industries. It has brought awareness to many less well-known ingredients, boosting usage and sales and, if the efficacy of the ingredients matches the claims, presumably positively affecting public health, too.

Meta-analysis: Probiotic reduces infant skin disorders (but not asthma/wheezing)

The probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus decreases skin sensitivity in children that can reduce disorders like eczema, researchers have found after a scan of published studies – but other allergic ailments like asthma and wheezing were not affected.

More than a third of global population have low vitamin D, study finds

New data from a systematic review of almost 200 population-based studies shows that more than a third of populations worldwide may suffer from low levels of vitamin D.

L. rhamnosus probiotic shows long-lasting anti-eczema benefits for kids: RCT

Daily supplements containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 strain may reduce the incidence of eczema and skin sensitivity in children, according to data from a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial.

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