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Meso-zeaxanthin safety & QC debated

Neither illegal, unnatural nor unsafe, says meso-zeaxanthin defender

Meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) proponent says a French government report on the fraudulent use of meso-zeaxanthin in eye health supplements casts unnecessary doubt on a safe and viable compound. 

BASF vitamin production returns to normal after fire

BASF’s vitamin A and E production is close to resuming normal service after a fire ripped through its German plant on March 12.

Natural astaxanthin group’s questioning of synthetic astaxanthin quality met with strong DSM defense

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has again questioned the quality and regulatory status of DSM’s synthetic astaxanthin ingredient, with new data reportedly showing ‘vastly inferior antioxidant potential’ compared with the natural, algae-derived form. In response, DSM has strongly defended its ingredient.

Green tea extracts plus exercise may boost fat metabolism: Mouse data

Combining exercise with extracts from green tea may slash body mass by almost 30% and abdominal fat by almost 40%, according to a study with mice fed a high-fat diet.

Israel firm ups astaxanthin concentration

Southern Isreal supplier, Algatechnologies, has launched a 20% astaxanthin oleoresin targeting food supplements, foods and beverages and cosmeceuticals.

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.

InsideTracker CEO: ‘The one-size-fits-all intervention approach to nutrition makes no sense - Personalization is the future’

It may have been said before, but the future of nutrition is through personalization, especially for athletic individuals who want to achieve the optimal and not just normal levels, says Rony Sellam, CEO of Segterra, the company behind InsideTracker.

Freeze-dried strawberries show heart health benefits: Human data

Daily consumption of a beverage containing freeze-dried strawberries may significantly lower total and LDL-cholesterol levels, says a new study.

Court dismisses Cyanotech's counterclaims in ongoing astaxanthin dispute with Valensa

On Wednesday a federal court in Florida dimissed two counterclaims on technical grounds made by Cyanotech Inc. in its ongoing astaxanthin patent infringement battle with Valensa Inc. Cyanotech has option to refile the claims after correcting certain legal deficiencies identified by the court.

GNC hops on personalization bandwagon with 'Accelerator' series

GNC Holdings is hopping on the personalizaiton bandwagon with a line of add-on sports nutrition prouducts call the “Accelerator Series.”  The products are intended to pair with exisitng sports nutrition products offered by the company to help customers personalize their supplementation.

Special edition: Innovations in Delivery Systems

NanoSphere Health CSO: ‘We’re revolutionizing the way of delivering nutrients’

Disruptive technologies to produce natural nano-sized nutraceuticals could ‘revolutionize’ how dietary supplements deliver their benefits, with smaller most definitely better for enhancing bioavailability and bio-efficacy, says the CSO of NanoSphere Health Sciences, LLC.  

Gut bacteria to battle vitamin A deficiency: Could probiotics be modified to produce beta-carotene?

Research backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation could offer a new solution to the problem of vitamin A deficiency by creating modified gut bacteria, researchers told NutraIngredients.

Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm delivery: Population data

A healthy diet packed with fruit, vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish could help to reduce the risk of pre-term babies, according to new research.

Lozenges show potential as novel resveratrol delivery system: Study

Delivering resveratrol via a lozenge that dissolves in the mouth may increase the absorption of the red wine compound more than other dosage forms for absorption in the gut, according to new data.

Polyphenolics' new blood glucose management ingredient aimed at fringe of sports nutrition sphere

Polyphenolics is breaking into the sports nutrition game with the launch of a new version of its line of grape seed extracts called MegaNatural GL.  The prouduct is said to moderate blood glucose spikes after meals.

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects and may even put consumers off, say researchers.

Strawberries show significant heart health benefits: Human data

Daily consumption of strawberries may improve blood lipid levels and platelet function in healthy subjects, says a new study from Italy that supports the heart health benefits of the fruit.

Sprouting garlic packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, say researchers

Old garlic bulbs that have grown ‘sprouts’ are often considered past their prime, however new research suggests these aging bulbs have higher levels of heart-healthy antioxidants than their fresh counterparts.

Daily multivitamin supplement may decrease cataract risk in men: RCT data

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk by around 9%, according to a new trial of nearly 15,000 men.

Chardonnay Grape Seed Flour shows anti-obesity benefits: Hamster data

Supplementing a high-fat ‘Western’ diet with Chardonnay grape seed flour may significantly reduce cholesterol levels, abdominal fat and weight gain, compared to a high-fat diet alone, says a new study from California.

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