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Horphag builds science before launching French oak wood extract to select clients

Horphag, the company behind the Pycnogenol brand of French Maritime Pine bark extracts, has launched a new ingredient, this time based on French oak wood that it is branding Robuvit.

Drinking wine could help you burn fat, say US researchers

Drinking wine could help people burn fat better, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 

Naturex cranberry launch hones in on biological activity: ‘Proving a product has PACs does not guarantee efficacy’

Naturex’s launch of a new cranberry extract sees the company moving beyond proanthocyanidins (PACs) as a marker of efficacy towards anti-adhesion activity (AAA), something it sees as a more relevant biological marker of benefits to urinary tract health.

Fruit d'Or launches oral health cranberry powder to take ingredient 'beyond UTIs'

Fruit d’Or, a Quebec-based cranberry processor, has announced the commercial launch of Oral Cran, a specially formulated and packaged whole cranberry powder aimed at the oral health market.

Grape seed flour’s metabolic benefits linked to gut changes: Study

Supplements containing Chardonnay grape seed flour may beneficially alter the gut microbiota and their metabolic processes, says a new study with hamsters.

FTC vs POM: Federal appeals court upholds FTC findings, but 2 RCTs are ‘too onerous’

A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia has upheld an earlier court ruling in favor of the FTC versus POM Wonderful and claims it made in its advertising. On the flip side, the court also stated that requiring two valid clinical trials to be able to make claims was too strict.

Researchers find key mechanism in green tea anti-cancer properties

Green tea and apple compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may trigger a process which sees oral cancer cells killed while healthy cells are left untouched, according to US researchers.

Unilever builds science to support microvascular benefits of theaflavins

Capsules containing catechins from tea may ‘moderately’ boost microvascular function in healthy adults, says a new study from Unilever that supports the circulatory benefits of black tea.

Green tea extract may boost ‘metabolic efficiency’ and help endurance training: Human data

Supplements of green tea extract may enhance performance in active men by improving metabolic efficiency and economy, says a new study.

Special edition: Blood Sugar Management

Pre-diabetes: Public health time bomb … and industry opportunity

By 2035 it is estimated that 8% of the global population will be classed as ‘pre-diabetic' – putting them at significantly higher risk of developing full type 2 diabetes. Such starling statistics are ticking bomb for healthcare costs, but could also be a huge opportunity for the industry to help in prevention.

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The key ingredients for blood sugar management

With diabetes rates rising, many healthy people are starting to consider the effects of blood glucose levels and keeping them in the healthy range. In this gallery we look at the key ingredients in this growing sector. 

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Evidence continues to bolster polyphenols' blood sugar management story despite murky mode of action

Although the mechanism of action is somewhat unclear, polyphenols have a solid and growing body of research backing their effect on the regulation of blood sugar levels, experts say.

Pine bark extract shows memory, focus and decision making benefits

Daily supplements of extracts from French maritime pine bark may boost a range of cognitive measures and mood in healthy professionals, says a new pilot study from Italy.

Red wine grape powder harvests full range of polyphenols for blood pressure benefits, manufacturer says

BioHarvest, an Israeli company harvesting dietary supplement ingredients from plants grown via a unique hydroponic method, has launched a “biofood” ingredient called VINIA Red Grape Powder, said to offer the benefits of drinking red wine without the sugar, calories or alcohol.

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FDA rule offers only narrow field for blood sugar management claims, experts say

As obesity rates worldwide continue to rise and the related scourge of diabetes increases in lockstep, companies marketing ingredients in the United States intended to help consumers who find themselves sliding somewhere along this curve toward a full blown metabolic condition must be very careful in how they enthusiastically they push the benefits of their products, experts say. 

Body Glove Surge beats 5 Hour Energy for cycling power output and response times: Study

An ‘all-natural’ caffeine supplement improved cycling power output and auditory response times more than a supplement containing a combination of caffeine, taurine, and niacin, according to a small study with 13 participants.

Wine industry by-products create stable delivery system for resveratrol

Combining oil and extracts from grape seeds, two by-products from the wine industry, can form stable nanoemulsions for delivering resveratrol, and protect the ingredient for use in functional food applications.

‘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.

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