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Operating in practitioner channel places extra premium on quality control, says Ortho Molecular exec

Doing business in the practitioner channel puts an extra burden on a supplement company, said Thomas Guilliams, PhD, of Ortho Molecular Products Inc. The reputations of the healthcare practitioners are at stake, as well as the health and safety of the end users, their patients.

FoodState hopes new, formalized transparency initiative can help burnish industry's image

FoodState, the maker of the MegaFood brand of whole-food vitamins, has long been an advocate of what CEO Robert Craven calls “Transparency with a capital T.”  The company has now boldfaced that “T” with a new plan to provide greater visibility into its manufacturing, quality control and decision making process.

'Limited evidence' for vitamin B12 & neurological function in elderly: Oxford University review

Proof of an association between B12 status and neurological function in older people is limited, a review of 12 studies has concluded.

‘Little evidence’ of vitamin D helping inflammatory biomarkers in elderly

Researchers have questioned the association between vitamin D and inflammatory biomarkers after a year-long trial revealed no impact on the levels of the immune system’s cytokine or adipokine.

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Fortified gel printed onto ready meals set for rapid global commercialization, says company

A new generation of restaurant quality ready meals targeting seniors is set for commercial launch this year, with a patented technology allowing fortified gels to be printed onto the food.

MegaFood supplements to carry Lundberg rice branding in supply deal

FoodState, the makers of the MegaFood line of dietary supplements, has entered into a new supply deal that will allow it to cobrand some of its supplements with the name of Lundberg Family Farms, the California rice grower. 

Science short

Green tea extracts fail to protect skin against UV

A combination of green tea extracts and vitamin C may not protect skin from sun burn, says a new double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial from England.

Vitamin C intake linked to lower risk of heart disease and early death

People with high levels of vitamin C from the intake of fruit and vegetables may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, suggest researchers.

'Vitamin E tocotrienols are potential candidates for maintenance of heart health,' says study

Supplements containing vitamin E tocotrienols from annatto may reduce inflammation and oxidative stress biomarkers associated with cardiovascular and aging disease, according to results of a clinical trial.

News in brief

ZMC forms new US subsidiary

Chinese ingredient supplier ZMC has forms a new US subsidiary known as Viatal Corp. The company says the purpose is twofold, to provide ZMC with a direct conduit to the North American Nutritional and pharmaceutical markets that will add on to ZMC’s existing distribution network. The greater purpose for the new subsidiary, the company says, is to provide greater trust and transparency to ZMC’s customers.

Energy drink launches based on branded ingredient message

A new energy drink product has launched based on the science behind two branded ingredients, Cognizin citicoline from Kyowa Hakko, and PurEnergy, a caffeine/pterostilbine crystalline combination manufactured by ChromaDex.

‘An exciting finding’: Are the brain health benefits of B vitamins dependent on omega-3 levels?

B vitamins may protect against age-related brain wasting, but only in people with high omega-3 levels, says a new study from the University of Oxford that extends our understanding of how nutrients work together.

Supercharged liposomal delivery technology underpins absorption claims for company's liquid multivitamin

A refinement of liposomal delivery technology forms the basis of the message of Victory Nutrition, a network marketing company based on a liquid multivitamin/phyotonutrient complex branded as Prodovite.

Chia seeds fail to boost athletic performance but athletes ‘should still include them in their diet’

Runners adding chia seeds to their diet in the belief that it will boost athletic performance may be disappointed to hear that the ‘superfood’ may not enhance their performance, says a new study from the Appalachian State University.

Testing firm Labdoor uses transaction-based model to help consumers answer this question: What's best?

Labdoor founder Neil Thanedar said he wanted to institute a different dynamic in his product testing and evaluation service. He wanted the benefits to accrue primarily to consumers, and he wanted them to pay for it, too.

RCT data questions benefits of vitamin B12 supplements for older people

Vitamin B12 supplements offer ‘no benefit’ for nervous system and brain function in older people with moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, according to new RCT data.

IND guidance complicates research into immune health, forum participants told

Studying immune responses in the target population where an immune supporting supplement is meant to marketed is a key pillar in building a structure that will stand up to FDA and FTC regulatory scrutiny, attendees at the recent NutraIngredients-USA Trends in Immune Health Forum were told.

New liposome manufacturer says process is more 'natural,' needing no added heat, pressure or solvents

A new supplier of liposomal delivery systems has entered the market based on a ‘more natural’ approach the assembly of these structures, the founder said.

DGAC defends the scientific basis of its recommendation, fights back against limiting legislation

Members of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee uncharacteristically fight back against criticism of its recommendations and ask Congress to drop proposed legislation that would effectively block regulators from acting on many of the committee’s controversial suggestions. 

How effective is fortifying flour at reducing anaemia?

Fortifying flour with micronutrients is effective in decreasing national prevalence of anaemia, say researchers who looked at 32 different countries.

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