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Researchers analyze efficacy of chewable plant stanol ester supplements

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol was reduced by 7.6% among study participants who were supplemented with 2 g per day of a chewable plant sterol ester, according to researchers at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital.

Blue California stakes claim to market for natural ferulic acid

Increasing demand for natural sources of ferulic acid has led Blue California to boost its production capacity of the antioxidant ingredient.

Protein-antioxidant combo proves effective in post-exercise recovery

A combination of protein and antioxidant supplementation could be more effective in reducing muscle soreness post exercise compared to those taking these supplements separately.

Data show botanicals are best selling category of supplements

The botanicals sector is thriving, in part because it is hooking onto broader trends in the culture. That’s the message that audience members received during a webinar yesterday.

The top ingredients for cognition, focus & mood

Memory, attention and focus, development, mood; there are numerous ways that a nutrient or bioactive ingredient can affect cognitive health. But which have the most science, how do they work?

Coffee could ward off death and disease, researchers claim

Drinking three coffees a day is the optimal for lowering risk of all-cause death, says a study, which also found drinking higher levels increased risks for certain populations.

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Sabinsa names Shaheen Majeed as company’s worldwide president

Sabinsa has promoted its marketing director, Shaheen Majeed, to worldwide president of the company, with responsibility for manufacturing, marketing, strategies and other operational matters.

Microbial fermentation could offer cost effective production method for anthocyanins, say researchers

Microbes can convert sugar into the red anthocyanin pigments found in fruits via a fermentation process that – when perfected – could prove to be much more efficient than extracting commercial quantities of these pigments from plants, claim researchers. 

Study finds macular carotenoids beneficial in ameliorating effects of blue light exposure

A recent study using OmniActive’s Lutemax 2020 ingredient showed marked beneficial effects in helping to ameliorate the effects of long term blue light exposure.

Bilberry extract may bring tears to your eyes

Mirtoselect, a natural standardised form of bilberry extract, improves tear flow in people with dry eyes, according to an Indena study.

Spearmint extract may enhance reaction time, focus and agility: Human data

Daily supplements of Kemin’s Neumentix spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) extract may support cognition and enhance physical performance in young, healthy individuals, says a new study.

Soccer star makes case for supplements on Capitol Hill

The recent briefing for members of the Dietary Supplement Caucus featured an appearance by a world-class athlete speaking in favor of supplementation.

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Cardax's synthetic astaxanthin in line for anti-aging trial

Cardax, a Hawaii-based developer of synthetic astaxanthin, announced that the company’s proprietary carotenoid compound has been chosen for a National Institute on Aging test program.

Prinova expands global manufacturing with acquisition of Lycored's premix business

Food ingredients giant Prinova is accelerating its global expansion strategy with the acquition of Lycored's premix business. Lycored, in turn, will expedite its move toward concentration in its carotenoid and encapsulation businesses.

Fruit d' Or gets Health Canada approval for cranberry powder during period of regulatory uncertainty

Fruit d’ Or has obtained a Health Canada designation for its cranberry juice powder which comes with it the ability to make health claims on urinary tract infections. The approval comes at a time when the whole approval process in the country has been thrown into doubt.

Algatech Opens US Subsidiary, names Seguine as new US Head

Israeli microalgae experts Algatech has opened Algatech Inc., a New York City-based subsidiary, and appointed industry veteran Ken Seguine to lead the new operation.

A 10% fruit and vegetable subsidy can save lives, new study finds

Fruit and vegetable subsidies can literally save lives, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool, who analysed how different food policy models may reduce deaths caused by cardiovascular disease in the US.

Astaxanthin supplements may improve heart rates during exercise

Daily supplements containing astaxanthin may lower the heart rate of recreational athletes during exercise, says a new study.

Supplements' 'smart role' underlined as report reveals sorry state of Australia's preventive health spending

Trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has backed a new report into preventive health, which details how the country is lagging behind fellow OECD nations Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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Valensa joins Algae Biomass Organization, eyes next gen microalgae nutraceuticals

Florida-based Valensa International has joined the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), as the company recognizes algae as a source of sustainable and innovative nutraceuticals.

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