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‘Game changer’: ChromaDex inks deal with Suntava to produce concentrated anthocyanin ingredient

Irvine, CA-based ChromaDex has signed a worldwide license and supply agreement for Suntava Purple Corn to produce a highly concentrated anthocyanin ingredient at a price point that should appeal to mass markets, the companies have announced.

Study adds proanthocyanidins, vitamin E to Lycoberry's already verified high levels of lycopene

A new study looking at the autumn olive berry (AOB) - branded by a promoter as Lycoberry - has confirmed the rich assortment of proanthocyanidins and alpha- and gamma- tocopherols in the fruit to go with the previously discovered high levels of lycopene. The study boosts the berry’s attractiveness as a supplement and food ingredient.

Vitamin E is vital to building muscles and repairing cells, say researchers

While body builders have long said that vitamin E helps build strong muscles, the mechanism by which it may bring such benefits has been unknown – until now.

Extending GMPs to ingredient suppliers would fix gap in original rule, stakeholders say

A recently filed citizen's petition asking FDA to extend GMP requirements to ingredient manufacturers met with a cautious but generally positive reception among industry stakeholders. Having ingredient suppliers stand outside this aspect of the law was never a very satisfactory solution, they say.

Gaia launches flavor-masked turmeric supplements that can be added to both savory and sweet foods

Turmeric is a spice used in food, and its active constiuents, curcuminoids, are featured in supplements.  A new product launch from Gaia Herbs seeks to straddle that divide, with powdered turmeric supplements standardized for curcumin content that can be added to foods and beverages.

Special Edition: Supply in the time of Schneiderman

The supply end of the dietary supplement sector has come under extraordinary pressures of late. While the NYAG affair has called the integrity of the supply chain into question, demand continues to increase for certain ingredients such as Ayurvedic herbs and carotenoids such as astaxanthin and lutein. In a wrap up of recent reporting, NutraIngredients-USA takes a look at what companies are doing to meet demand and to ensure the integrity of their supply chains and how they are communicating that message.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Frutarom backs Peruvian berry in beverages

Inca berry, cape gooseberry, golden berry. It has many monikers but one primary Andean source in Peru and Swiss supplier Frutarom was promoting it at Vitafoods Europe last week.

Grape-wine extract combination shows BP management potential: Unilever study

A combination of extracts from grape juice and wine may help reduce blood pressure in people with untreated, mildly hypertensive people, says a new study from Unilever.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Indena refines Boswellia bioavailability; shifts compound focus

Italian botanicals giant Indena has debuted a version of the Indian Ayurvedic herbal extract Boswellia serrata it says offers boosted bioavailability via a lecithin delivery system.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Consensus: For quality manufacturers, NYAG is little more than irritating blip

As the dust settles in the NYAG affair, the new contours of the industry start to become apparent through the thinning murk. And the message from industry seems to be that those are mole hills, not mountains.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Omniactive passes 10,000 farmer threshold for lutein supply program

Omniactive Health Technologies has passed a milestone with the enrollment of more than 10,000 farmers in its lutein supply program, the company said Wednesday at the Vitafoods Europe trade show in Geneva, Switzerland.

Algatech to launch soluble astaxanthin powder using Virun's technology at Vitafoods

The competition in the astaxanthin space to extend this the ingredient to new dosage forms and product matrices continues to heat up with the announcement of an encapsulated offering from Algatech featuring Virun’s delivery technology.  The ingredient is set to debut at the upcoming Vitafoods Europe trade show next week in Geneva, Switz.

Dietary carotenoids linked to lower type 2 diabetes risks in healthy adults

High dietary intakes of alpha- and beta-carotene are associated with reduced type 2 diabetes risk in generally healthy adults, says data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Netherlands (EPIC-NL).

Cranberry juice may slash cardiometabolic risk factors: RCT study

Daily consumption of a low-calorie cranberry juice may improve certain risk factors of heart disease, including blood pressure and triglycerides, says a new study from the Agricultural Research Service at the USDA and Ocean Spray Cranberries.

Micronutrient-dense bar shows broad health improvements for overweight/obese adults: CHORI study

A micronutrient and fiber-dense supplement bar may improve metabolism in overweight/obese but otherwise healthy adults, says a new study from the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

KonaRed ends first year as public company with revenues, costs and losses all on rise

KonaRed, the Hawaii-based manufacturer of supplements and functional beverages, reported a 39% net sales rise for 2014.  Sales rose to $1.3 million.

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. 

Chinese suppliers angling to snare bigger share of natural astaxanthin market

Demand for astaxanthin continues to rise and new suppliers are stepping to the fore to meet that demand. Among the newer players in the market are BGG and InnoBio, both Chinese companies extracting astaxanthin from algae grown in closed systems.

Functional broccoli may lower cholesterol

A functional variety of broccoli with a high glucoraphanin content - the vegetable's 'healthy' compound - may reduce cholesterol by altering the body's fat-synthesising signal pathways.

Omega-3 supplementation could offer MCI benefits: Pilot study

Supplementation with a drink containing 2000 mg of omega-3 and mixed botanicals could have ‘significant’ immune and biochemical effects in people that have minor cognitive impairment (MCI), new research suggests.

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