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Black tea shows cholesterol-busting potential: Meta-analysis

Regular consumption of black tea may reduce LDL cholesterol levels, but has no effect on HDL cholesterol, according to a new meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Better together: Polyphenol may have greater bioavailability in combo with others

The amount of polyphenols absorbed and used by the body may be greater when taken with other polyphenols, according to a research review of the antioxidants.

Masquelier’s OPC supplements may boost vascular health via gene expression changes: Study

Daily supplements of oligomeric procyanidins from grape seeds may change gene expression associated with cardiovascular disease pathways, according to a new study by an international group of genomics scientists.

Could coffee protect DNA from damage?

Regular consumption of coffee may reduce DNA damage and reduce energy intake and body fat, according to two new studies from Europe.

“It is very old. It survived 2-3 mass extinctions on Earth.”

Portuguese player enters chlorella space

The increasingly busy nutra-algae space has a new player in Portuguese firm Allma which has already bagged ice cream and food concept contracts but is targeting all foods, supplements, cosmetics and feed with a premium version of chlorella.

Maqui berry extract shows blood sugar management potential by novel mechanism: Study

Supplements containing extracts from maqui berries may help manage blood sugar levels and lower insulin responses, according to data from humans and lab rats.

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Diet and cancer: Polyphenol trial data suggests significant clinical benefit for prostate cancer

A polyphenol-rich supplement containing broccoli, green tea, tumeric, and pomegranete - a combination known  as pomi-t - could have significant clinical benefits for men with prostate cancer, according to new data.

Stressed? Try some dark chocolate, say Swiss scientists

Fifty grams of dark chocolate a couple of hours before a stressful event may blunt the rise in stress hormones, says a new study from Switzerland.

NIU's Cognitive Health Forum: 'The key is to not have ingredients that stimulate other areas of the body that are not needed for performance'

Cognitive health formulations must be driven by mechanisms of action, and with cognition being a lifelong issue with many aspects to consider the possibilities are impressive and continually developing, according to experts at the NutraIngredients-USA Cognitive Health Forum.

NutraIngredients-USA Cognitive Health Forum: Today!

Experts from Abbott Nutrition, Standard Process, Nawgan, and Euromonitor will join NutraIngredients-USA for a discussion of the cognitive health sector, from science and claim substantiation, to market sizing and key consumer demographics.

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Naturex doubles US food & beverage operations with Vegetable Juices Inc acquisition

Naturex has announced the acquisition of Chicago-based Vegetable Juices Inc., a move which sees the French botanical giant double the size of its US food and beverage operations.

Extracts from pumpkin seed and soy germ show bladder support potential

A combination of extracts from pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo L.) and soy germ may reduce the sense of urgency in women with overactive bladders, and boost their quality of life, says a new study from Korea.

‘Appalled to see this study receive any attention at all’: Biotivia MD hits back at new Chianti resveratrol study

A new study that concludes that high intakes of resveratrol may not reduce a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer has ‘very little to offer in the way of new or compelling information’, says the managing director of Biotivia.

AHPA expresses concerns over new NTP draft report on rodent studies and green tea extract

The American Herbal Products Association has submitted comments and expressed concerns over a new draft technical report on studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on a specific green tea extract.

ENI CEO: ‘Most prominent companies are starting to work on incorporating non-GMO materials’

The majority of the leading US supplement companies are working on using non-GMO ingredients in their formulations, said Cal Bewicke, CEO of Ethical Naturals Inc (ENI), as the company launches non-GMO vitamin C.

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Chromadex reports 97% increase in ingredient sales

The success and demand for Chromadex’s Niagen-branded nicotinamide riboside ingredient are driving ingredient sales for the Californian company, with more research to be published expected to further boost the ingredient.

Spearmint extract shows potential cognitive health and performance benefits

A new patent-pending polyphenol-rich extract from spearmint may boost memory, reasoning, attention, and planning in older adults, according to results of a pilot study.

Standard Process supplements show ‘modest’ benefits for cognitive functioning in healthy older adults

Supplements of a Ginkgo biloba plus choline-based formula may produce modest improvements in executive functioning, according to a new study from Standard Process using its Ginkgo Synergy plus Choline products.

Tart cherry juice may help insomniacs sleep: research

Could two glasses of tart cherry juice a day keep the sleepless nights away? 

Punching holes in pop-science theory: Whole grains may cut inflammatory biomarkers in obese kids

Consuming whole-grain-rich foods for six weeks may slash levels of inflammatory biomarkers in overweight children, according to findings published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research .

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