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NPA says grass roots campaign helped head off Blumenthal amendment

The Natural Products Association credits a grass roots campaign it organized for helping to defeat an amendment that would have restricted soldiers’ access to dietary supplements.

FDA takes company to task over medical food for macular degeneration

A warning letter from FDA emphasizes again that medical foods must meet very specific requirements in order to qualify for that status.

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Vitamin Angels in top 6% of charities rated by Charity Navigator

Vitamin Angels has received another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator putting in above 94% of 8,000 charities reviewed by Charity Navigator in terms of financial health, accountability and transparency.

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Nattopharma gets US patent on arterial benefits of MenaQ7

Norwegian vitamin K2 supplier Nattopharma has been awarded a US patent for its ingredient’s benefits in age-related hardening of the arteries.

Phosphatidic acid may boost lean body mass for strength-trained men: Study

Adding supplements of phosphatidic acid (PA), a lipid messenger, to a resistance training program may boost lean body mass more than exercise alone, says a new study from researchers at California State University and Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.

Thorne signs deal to supply supplements to sports federations

Practitioner channel specialist Thorne Research has signed deals that will provide guaranteed safe supplements and nutritional information to athletes governed by seven amateur sports federations.

CRN: Dietary supplements industry contributes $122 billion, 750K jobs to US economy

The US dietary supplements industry’s contributes over $120 billion to the US economy, or 0.68% of GDP, says a new report.

Cellular data: Study suggests role for vitamin K2 in regulating inflammation

Vitamin K2 could block the production of pro-inflammatory molecules by human white blood cells, according to a new in vitro study.

Niagen shown to be effective against diabetes complications in mice

A new study done on mice suggests that nicotinamide riboside can help restrict the development of insulin resistance and diabetic neuropathy.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

Review: B vitamins, the brain (& deficiencies)

B vitamins play a significant role in cognitive performance and neurological functioning but deficiencies are common in too many populations, a Vitafoods Europe congress has been told.

High-dose vitamin D may boost diversity of the gut microbiome: Study

Vitamin D3 may increase bacterial richness in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reduce opportunistic pathogens, says a new study from Austria.

Link between vitamin E & brain tumours found in metabolite study

A link between vitamin E levels in the blood and the increased risk of brain tumours has been established in a Scandinavian study. 

TABS Analytics Vitamins & Minerals Study: Are heavy users in decline?

Heavy buyers of vitamin and mineral supplement products are in decline, according to new research from the TABS Analytics.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2016

The heart health market: All in the same vein?

Those that visited this year’s Vitafoods conference in Geneva would not have failed to notice the growing range of products claiming to support cardiovascular health, in one shape or another.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2016

Geneva convention: Vitamin K2 leaders meet to discuss quality & collaboration

Vitamin K2 leaders like NattoPharma and Kappa Bioscience met with others in the sector from India and east Asia in Geneva last week with the aim of developing a common quality standard.

Prenatal vitamins may reduce risk of pregnancy loss by 55%

Taking a prenatal multivitamin every single day during pregnancy may reduce the risk of losing the baby by 55%, compared to not taking a multivitamin, says a new study.

Work on soil improvement leads to mineral ingredient for supplements

Work in organic agriculture led Mineral Biosciences to the development of a “fossil mineral” with a claim to blood sugar management properties.

Zinc + multivitamins may boost height gain in children: Study

Supplementing school children with zinc plus a multivitamin may lead to significantly greater height gain, compared to placebo, says a new study from Thailand.

FDA’s new dietary supplement office should focus on tainted products, GMPs & NDIs, industry leaders say

With the recent elevation of dietary supplement oversight from a division to its own office at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the agency should renew its focus on reducing tainted supplements, improving compliance with good manufacturing practices and publishing revised new dietary ingredient guidance, industry leaders argue. 

The retail buyer’s guide to new products at the Healthy & Natural Show: Supplements

Walking the floor at the Healthy & Natural Show and looking for the new and innovative? We round-up the new products in the supplement aisles.

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