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Algae special edition

Curious about algal production? Here’s a glimpse of the technology

We talk with president and CEO of microalgae ingredient company Cyanotech, Gerald R. Cysewski, to get the basics of algae production.

Special edition: The infinite potential of algae

Spirulina’s bright future rests on protein, health, and quality: Experts

As Americans move towards meat alternatives, demand for protein-rich Spirulina will increase, but quality standards need to weed out the not-so-clean sources, say leading producers.

News in brief

Lycored promotes 'beauty from within' product with #rethinkbeautiful campaign

The campaign raises awareness of the ingredient by connecting "beauty-from-within" with an emotion through video and social media.

CRN talks about the “over fed and under nourished” problem in the US

There are increasing cases of malnutrition and nutrition deficiencies in a developed country like the US, recent studies report. We chat with an expert to get his analysis.

Robuvit supplementation may improve triathlete performance

Supplementation of Robuvit for two weeks cut amateur triathletes' total event times by 11%, researchers in Italy suggested.

Diabetes game changer? Researchers to look at green tea catechins & insulin

Botanical supplier Plandaí Biotechnology has signed a research agreement with North West University in South Africa to investigate green tea catechins and type 2 diabetes. 

Can shrimp byproducts be a source of shelf-stable astaxanthin?

Carotenoid and astaxanthin production has been championed as a solution to make use of the crustacean industry’s waste. Researchers looked at the derived product’s storage stability—they found “negligible lipid oxidation” and some gradual degradation of astaxanthin and α-tocopherol, but overall “potential interesting applications as a food ingredient.”

Cacao extract may improve atopic dermatitis-like symptoms, rodent study

Researchers in South Korea studied how the polyphenols in Theobroma cacao extract may reduce atopic dermatitis-like symptoms.

Special edition: Algae

Expert says algae's promise still huge despite disappointments in ingredient development

Algae companies have a habit of over promising and under delivering. According to one longtime expert in the field, that’s almost by default, resulting from the organisms’ almost unlimited potential and the limited ability of current technology to realize that promise.

Guarana antioxidant capability trumps that of green tea, study finds

Seeds of the native Brazilian shrub guarana have been found to contain antioxidant levels more than ten times that of green tea.

Systematic review looks at relationship of dietary patterns, food groups and longevity

Researchers in Iran systematically reviewed 17 human studies that looked at how a person’s diet may affect telomere length, which is recognized as a biomarker of aging. They reported “results were inconsistent” for food other than fruits and vegetables.

Berry eaters may be at lower risk of diabetes: Meta-analysis

Data from almost 400,000 people suggests that consuming berries and the anthocyanins they contain may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 15-18%.

UNPA on the NDI draft guidance: ‘The economic cost to industry could be billions of dollars’

In addition to the areas that require clarification, the dietary supplement industry should look carefully and cautiously at the revised draft guidance for new dietary ingredient notifications, specifically at the economic impact of the FDA's new and expanded definition of new dietary ingredients (NDIs), says Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

Excessive antioxidant use may interfere with cell stress response, study finds

Antioxidants’ effects may not be altogether beneficial as a study shows the reactive oxygen species (ROS) molecule that antioxidants are so efficient at eliminating may aid in maintaining health. 

OmniActive builds science for Lutemax 2020 for eye health

OmniActive Health Technologies is investing heavily to deepen and broaden the scientific substantiation for its eye health ingredients, with new studies supporting the bioavailability, visual function, and benefits against the detrimental effects of digital screens.

Self-affirmed GRAS omitted from new NDI draft guidance

The devil is in the detail, and one detail easily missed in the new draft guidance for new dietary ingredient notifications is that self-affirmed GRAS is no longer mentioned as an ‘alternative’ to an NDI notification.

Brazilian researchers develop nitrate- and antioxidant-rich beetroot-based nutritional gel

Beetroot juice has been gaining some attention as a functional ingredient this past year. Researchers in Brazil argue that, in gel form, a higher concentration of beetroot’s benefits can be consumed.

New standard cranberry research material expected to boost reproducibility of studies

The Cranberry Institute has issued a new specification on cranberry powder to be used in research studies in an effort to better coordinate clinical trial results on this increasingly popular botanical.

Are Spirulina’s benefits blunted by obesity?

Spirulina supplements may improve cholesterol levels and markers of immune health in normal weight but not obese people, says a new study from Korea.

Increased polyphenol intakes linked to better heart health: Harvard study

Higher dietary intakes of polyphenols like flavanones and anthocyanins are associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart attack for men, according to a new study.

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