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“This is a good move for Raisio. They are the correct parent of this niche brand.”

Raisio brings cholesterol-lowering Benecol home for €90m

“J&J should have sold it 10 years ago,” is one analyst’s appraisal of Finnish agro-food giant Raisio’s buy-back of the licensing rights to its cholesterol lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand today, referring to US market difficulties for the European sector leader.

Green tea may lower blood pressure - but only for non-smokers

Green tea, but not black tea, may lower blood pressure, but this effect is cancelled out by smoking, according to a five-year study in China.

Brain health drinks gaining global traction: Canadean

Drinks boating polyphenols and other ingredients that boost brain health are winning over more adult consumers, according to market analyst, Canadean.

Flavonoids may be ‘important to promoting broad health and wellbeing in aging’: Harvard study

Higher intakes of flavonoid compounds in the diet during middle age may boost healthy aging in women, according to data from 1,517 women from the Nurses’ Health Study.

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Resveratrol’s inflammatory potential boosts bone health in obese men: Study

Resveratrol boosts bone health by stimulating mineralisation and bone formation, a study among 74 middle-aged, obese men has found.

Pterostilbene intake may cut body fat and reduce obesity: Animal data

Intake of the phenolic compound pterostilbene could help to battle obesity by slashing body fat, according to new research in rats.

Theo Innovations debuts flavanol-rich cocoa extract

Seattle-based Theo Chocolate has launched the first functional ingredient from its subsidiary Theo Innovations.  Called Violetamine, the product is an extract of cocoa high in polyphenols and theobromine.

Bran more effective than whole grain in alleviating obesity symptoms: Study

Supplementation with finger millet bran may help alleviate symptoms of obesity like oxidative stress, inflammation and gut microbial imbalances, according to mice research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

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Naturex’s Pacran gets Canadian approval for urinary tract health claims

Health Canada has awarded a Natural Product Number for Naturex’s Pacran, the natural solution for urinary comfort, has been awarded a Natural Product Number from Health Canada.

Pilot study supports apple peel powder’s joint health benefits

Daily supplements of a dried apple peel powder may improve joint function and reduce pain in healthy older people with a reduced range of motion in their joints, says a new study.

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Pine bark extract may support venous health post-pregnancy

Daily supplements of Pycnogenol, an extract from French maritime pine bark, may improve blood flow and reduce swelling, pain and the number of faulty veins post-pregnancy, says a new study from Italy.

Montmorency tart cherry shows gout potential: Study

Evidence that Montmorency tart cherry could be useful in managing gouty arthritis and other inflammatory conditions is mounting, as a new study shows that tart cherry concentrate lowers uric acid and C-reactive protein – a marker for inflammation.

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Kemin launches polyphenol-rich spearmint extract for cognitive health

Kemin is launching a proprietary phenolic complex sourced from patent-pending, non-GMO lines of its own purpose-grown spearmint for use in dietary supplements.

Antioxidant supplement launch helps Progressive Laboratories revamp professional product line

In the latest move to revamp its line of supplements for healthcare professionals, Progressive Laboratories Inc. has introduced an antioxidant product based on branded ingredients from Kyowa Hakko USA and French company Seppic.

NutraIngredients-USA’s Digestive Health Forum: 'Women aged 55-64 are the sweet spot for the market'

Younger women and men are the new targets for digestive health product manufacturers, with women aged 55-64 already dominating the market, according to experts at the NutraIngredients-USA Digestive Health Forum.

Quote/unquote: Gut health, sports nutrition, and curcumin - The best of Bénéfiq 2014

We headed to Quebec City this week to attend the 2nd instalment of Bénéfiq, an international rendezvous on health ingredients, and we’ve plucked a few pearls of wisdom from the podium for your reading pleasure…

Polyphenol blend shows metabolic and ‘quality of life’ improvements

Daily supplementation with a blend of polyphenol-rich extracts from grapefruit, grape, green tea, guarana and black carrot may boost metabolic functions, says a new study using Fytexia’s Fiit-ns branded ingredient.

Gene activators: Veggie micronutrients join the fight against diabetes and heart disease

Supplements containing the phytochemicals sulforaphane and quercetin are being trialled for their potential to decrease the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, on the back of new in vitro research at the University of Warwick.

NutraIngredients-USA Digestive Health Forum: One week to go!

Leading minds from the world of digestive health will join NutraIngredients-USA’s Stephen Daniells for an hour-long discussion of the sector, from science and claim substantiation, to market sizing and key consumer demographics.

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