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FutureCeuticals demonstrates method for measuring antioxidant activity directly in blood

Ingredient supplier FutureCeuticals has announced results of a clinical study that quantifies the direct effect of its Spectra product on free radicals in human blood.

HiActives powdered broccoli sprouts maintain nutritional potency: Futureceuticals

Futureceuticals says its HiActives broccoli sprout powder fills the void for a highly functional functional food and supplement ingredient, as the firm’s proprietary sprouting process and gentle-drying method creates a whole sprout powder (not an extract) that is “standardized to a higher level”.

Nutraceutical International bounces back from poor Q2 to notch 9.5% net sales increase

Nutraceutical International Corporation returned to its record of strong financial performance fueled by acquisitions with the release of its third quarter 2014 results.  The company notched a 9.5% year-over-year net sales increase.  This comes after the second quarter in which the company reported a year-over-year decrease in the same measure.

DSM reads 'fini' in green tea and leaves it to Japanese

Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has called ‘time’ on Teavigo, a decade after launching the proprietary, weight management-focused green tea extract.

Resveratrol supplements may improve memory performance in older adults: Study

Daily supplements containing resveratrol may boost memory performance in association with improved glucose metabolism in older adults, says a new study from Germany.

Belgian firm eyes EU bone health claim after study published

Belgian firm BioActor is one step closer to being able to lodge an application for its olive polyphenol product BonOlive, after a human intervention study confirmed its ability to protect post-menopausal women against osteoporosis.

Special edition: Cognitive health

Gallery: The top ingredients for cognitive health

Memory, attention and focus, development, mood; there are numerous ways that a nutrient or ingredient can affect cognitive health. But which have the most science, how do they work, and how are they performing in the market. Check out our gallery of the top ingredients for cognitive health. 

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Hosoda Nutritional and B&D Nutritional Ingredients bring Melinjo Dimer Resveratrol to the US

B&D Nutritional Ingredients has been named the exclusive marketer and seller of Hosada Nutritional’s Melinjo Dimer Resveratrol for the US market.

Tart cherry concentrate may combat post-exercise oxidative and inflammatory responses

Daily consumption of a Montmorency tart cherry concentrate may reduce increases in markers of inflammation and oxidative stress after exercise, says a new study with trained cyclists.

Blueberry powder shows immune and cardiovascular benefits: Human data

Supplements containing blueberry powder may boost the levels of the immune system’s natural killer cells and lowers blood pressure in sedentary men and women, says a new study.

FDA exemption speeds release of Plandai’s catechin supplement

Plandai Biotechnology Inc. will not be required to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for New Dietary Ingredient status in order to market and sell its Phytofare Catechin Complex as a dietary supplement, enabling the firm to start marketing the supplement in the imminent third quarter.

What are the key bone and joint health ingredients?

According the Euromonitor – in 2012 there were over 577 million people aged over 65 globally, a figure only set to rise according to government agencies. This has prompted focus to fall on the need for new dietary strategies to cope with this ageing demographic, and to close the gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy.Bone and joint health is a key area in this plight, and this gallery seeks to lay out the key ingredients supplement players driving this lucrative segment forward. 

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.

Dispactches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

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.

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