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‘Excipient foods' show promise in enhancing nutrient bioavailability

Improving the design of functional and finished products by better understanding the role of excipient foods could help increase the bioavailability of functional nutrients, according to new research.

Science and IP builds around health benefits of citrus limonin glucoside

A citrus extract called limonin glucoside may decrease select markers of inflammation by as much as 40%, according to results of a double-blind placebo-controlled study in overweight/obese people.

Blueberry powder shows big blood pressure benefits: Study

Daily consumption of blueberries may help slash blood pressure and improve the arterial health, researchers from Florida State University.

Researchers tout ‘fundamental’ new mechanism for resveratrol’s health benefits

Resveratrol, the powerful polyphenol found in red wine and certain fruits may work by activating an ‘evolutionarily ancient’ stress response in human cells, say researchers from The Scripps Research Institute.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

Outsourcing, bone & joint health, LATAM, functional foods: lessons from 2014's special editions part 2

From polyphenols and prebiotics to a focus on Latin America, healthy aging and functional foods, NutraIngredients-USA’s special editions have set traffic records because of their in-depth coverage and exclusive content.  Today we feature part two of our round-up of key lessons from the special editions.

Polyphenols, probiotics, delivery systems and sports nutrition: key lessons from 2014's special editions

From polyphenols and prebiotics to a focus on Latin America, healthy aging and functional foods, NutraIngredients-USA’s special editions have set traffic records because of their in-depth coverage and exclusive content.  Today we feature part one of our round-up of key lessons from the special editions.

Wild blueberries may counter obesity, inflammation and hypertension: Mice study

Wild blueberries may help alleviate low level inflammation and hypertension associated with the development of obesity, according to a study on mice.

Green tea, mitochondria, omega-3 & curcumin: The top 10 science of 2014

From breakthrough studies to controversial hypotheses, it has been a fascinating year for science for dietary supplements. In this special gallery we review the top science headlines from 2014.

PLMI 2014 Thought Leaders Consortium

Strategic product development for a personalized, practitioner-driven approach to cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive health

Developing innovative dietary supplement products for nutrition-trained or functional medicine practitioners who engage in a personalized approach to patient management presents interesting challenges and opportunities. How do you develop, manufacture (under strict GMP compliant conditions), and properly study dietary supplements aimed at a population of n=1? 

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Nutritional Armor: Dietary Supplements in the Military

A recent special issue to in the medical journal Military Medicine marks a shift in attitude and approach to dietary supplements by the U.S. military. 

Polyphenol-enriched protein powder shows immune benefits for athletes: Study

A soy protein powder enriched with blueberry and green tea polyphenols may reduce exercise-induced susceptibility to viral infection, says a new study from North Carolina.

Pine bark extract may reduce symptoms & severity of common cold

Daily consumption of supplements containing extracts from French maritime pine bark may shorten the duration of the common cold and reduces the severity of sore throat, congestion, headache, coughing and sneezing, says a new study from Italy.

Potato extract may reduce weight gain by over 60%: Mice study

Polyphenol-rich Irish potato extract may help reduce weight gain, according to research in mice.

Sabinsa and Fruit d'Or team up for synbiotic probiotic-cranberry ingredient

Sabinsa and Fruit d'Or Nutraceuticals are targeting gut and digestive health, and heart health with their patent-pending combination of LactoSpore (Bacillus coagulans (MTCC 5856)) with Cran Naturelle cranberry seed powder.

Resveratrol’s anti-inflammatory mechanism may explain ‘French paradox’

New research outlining the biological pathways that activate an anti-inflammatory effect could provide a mechanism for the suggested cardiac benefits of the resveratrol.

Ingredients supplier Maypro enters sales deal that includes Nebraska Cultures probiotics

Ingredient supplier Maypro has extended its branded ingredient offerings via a strategic sales partnership with Wilke Industries. It’s part of the company’s push to remain relevant in the rapidly evolving ingredient supplier landscape, said Maypro executive Dan Lifton.

Study finds widespread adulteration of grape seed extract

Grape seed extracts have been showing up in increasing numbers in the dietary supplements marketplace driven by their connection with blood pressure support and other health benefits. But are all of these extracts what they seem to be? A recent paper in the journal Food Chemistry raises serious doubts.

“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.

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