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Amazon for ingredients: New e-commerce platform rolls out with transparency and factory-direct pricing

Ingredientsonline.com is promising to change the industry by allowing manufacturers in the US to purchase raw materials directly from overseas factories, providing considerable cost and time savings.

Special edition: Ayurveda

Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

Ayurvedic principles and ingredients are increasingly accepted in North America among product formulators. But a tension exists: Are these best used in concentrated forms and in isolation or in their traditional matrices?

Nanoparticles may boost stability, bioavailability of resveratrol

Simple and economically affordable nano-carrier systems may protect resveratrol from photodegradation and aid absorption across the intestinal barrier, says a new study from Portugal.

Mazza exec says water extraction technology positions company to compete on clean label playing field

Mazza Innovation Ltd has formally opened its commercial-scale processing facility featuring its proprietary water extraction technology branded as PhytoClean.

Fortified olive oil may protect against DNA damage: Study

Virgin olive oil enriched with polyphenols compounds from thyme may protect our DNA from oxidative damage, says a new study from Spain.

Sports nutrition position paper backs off on big protein doses, boosts use of some supplement ingredients

A new position paper on sports nutrition takes no sides in the debate about which carbs are best but does take a step toward more focused recommendations for protein amounts and timed delivery. The paper also highlights five supplement ingredient categories as being worthy of attention.

Regular chocolate intake linked to enhanced cognition in cohort study

Habitual chocolate consumption has correlation with better cognitive functioning, according to analyses of 968 people living in New York

For Frutarom, small is beautiful when looking at acquisition targets

In US basketball lingo they call it playing small ball. Frutarom, which supplies flavors, fragrances and dietary supplement ingredients, has grown to one of the world’s largest companies in the category by acquiring many of the smallest firms.

Cacao extract may protect skin from wrinkles: Study

A daily supplement with an extract from cacao may reduce UV-induced skin aging and protect against wrinkles, suggests a new study with lab mice and human skin cells.

Concord grape juice may boost memory and performance, says Welch study

Daily consumption of Concord grape juice for three months may boost spatial memory and driving performance in working moms, says a new study funded by Welch Foods.

Flavonoid metabolites but not flavonoids themselves linked to heart health benefits

The potential heart health benefits of flavonoids are linked to their metabolites and not the unmetabolized precursors, say a new study from the UK.

New raspberry insights show bioavailability crucial for health benefits

Red raspberries are rich in polyphenols but its health benefits can only be fully understood by studying how the body metabolises these micronutrients and the mode of action of the bioactive compounds that trigger these potential protective effects, a study has shown.

Study: Dried plums consumption benefits bone health

Calcium and vitamin D are often credited as the nutrients to go to for bone strength, but according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it takes far more than just that.

Science builds for acai’s brain health benefits

The potential cognitive health benefits of açai (Euterpe spp.) may be linked to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, according to recent studies from scientists at Tufts University AIBMR Life Sciences.

Study: Antioxidant supplements (still) not an athlete’s best training partner

Back in 2009, a group of researchers in Germany and the US published a hotly debated study that said antioxidants may blunt the benefits of exercise. One of the researchers recently released a topical review of the subject, and he still stands by the results.

News in brief

Trade association opposes U.S. Customs proposal to reclassify certain bilberry and blueberry extracts

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted a comment to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), expressing their opposition to proposals that would “change the tariff classification of certain bilberry and blueberry extract powders,” the association said in a press release.

Cocoa flavanols may use gut microbiota pathway to ease metabolic syndrome: Review

Consuming cocoa flavanols may interact with the gut microbiota as a way of preventing metabolic syndrome or easing the condition’s symptoms, a review has concluded.

Weight Management 2020

Apples, pears & berries rich in flavonoids could help weight management, study finds

If predictions are true that the future of weight management is less about what to cut out and more about eating healthy foods, then manufacturers and consumers should consider adding more apples, pears and berries to meals, which new research suggest can slow weight gain. 

Special Edition: Transparency in Dietary Supplements

Customers demanding transparency from supplement brands, retailers say

The notion that food consumers are more committed to transparency than are supplement users is not borne out at the retail level, experts from two natural channel retailers say.

Mangosteen rind ups 'cheap chocolate' polyphenols by 50%: Research

Adding a mangosteen fruit by-product to cheaper low cocoa chocolates could improve their nutritional content without compromising flavour, researchers have discovered. 

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