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CRN, NPA submit comments on FDA's proposed changes to food, supplement labels

Both the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association have submitted a comments on FDA’s proposed revisions for food and dietary supplement labels. 

DSM Q2 nutrition profits slip 11% as key markets struggle

Sales slipped 6% and net profits 11% in Q2 for DSM’s human and animal nutrition arm as adverse currency movements, a slow US vitamins and omega-3 food supplements market and the Asian botulism infant formula scare affected earnings.

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Australian institute to study ChromaDex's Niagen ingredient in mitochondrial respiratory conditions

ChromaDex Corp. announced an agreement to supply its Niagen nicotinamide riboside ingredient to the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia to enable researchers there to study the ingredient’s effects in cellular and animal models of mitochondrial respiratory diseases.

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Folic acid supplements fail to boost mood in young people

Dietary supplements containing folic acid did not improve influence the incidence of mood disorder in young people with an increased familial risk of the condition, says a new study.

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.

‘A measureable benefit’: Vitamin C supplements may boost activity levels & reduce colds in young men

Daily supplements of vitamin C may offer ‘modest benefits’ for boosting the weekly activity levels, and reduce the incidence of the common cold for young men, says a new study.

Review: Multivitamin and mineral supplements have possible modest benefits and ‘minimal, if any, risk’

With many Americans failing to meet recommended intakes of select nutrients, multivitamin and mineral supplements could be part of the solution, and the potential benefits outweigh any risk, says a new review.

Energy shot maker bases product on timed-release caffeine technology

LXR Biotech has launched a timed-release energy shot using a recently-developed beadlet technology in a bid to capture more of the energy shot market. 

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Herbalife misses profit estimates, share price plunges

Herbalife's share price dropped sharply yesterday as the company reported second quarter earnings that missed analysts’ estimates.  Shares dropped 11% almost immediately on the news and declined further in early trading today, with a share price at the time of publication of $56.10, down from a high of $69.10 on Monday.

Supplement market headwinds beset GNC as earnings decline in Q2

The past year has been a tough one for the sales of dietary supplements, and retailing giant GNC is not immune to those trends.  In the company’s second quarter 2014 earnings GNC reported declines in both overall revenue and net income year-over-year.

Vitamin D supplements may ‘protect against cardiac failure in older people’, says study

Daily supplements of the sunshine vitamin may reduce the risk of heart failure in older individuals by 20%-25%, says a new study.

Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

 Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core foods businesses or just shifting infant-medical gears?

Folates not folic acid for flour fortification, urge researchers

New findings that the body is less efficient at metabolising folic acid than natural folates could inform policy-making decisions as the UK government considers mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

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. 

Age-related macular degeneration may start as early as 35: Cohort study

An early form of the eye condition age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can occur in people as young as 35, according to German researchers.

Supplement line launches based on phospholipid nano sphere delivery system

NanoSphere Health Sciences has formally launched its line of liquid dietary supplements called Evolve Nutrients that employs its lipid-based delivery technology promising more rapid absorption and better bioavailability.

‘Reassuring’: Harvard’s large-scale randomized trial in men supports safety of vitamin C and E supplements

Long-term use of vitamin C and E supplements do not increase the risk of cancer, while vitamin C may offer some colorectal benefits, according to a new analysis from Harvard researchers.

Avocado assists vitamin A absorption: Study

Lipid-rich fresh avocado and beta-carotene rich foods improve bioavailability of the carotenoids from these foods and convert them into an active form of vitamin A, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Special edition: Cognitive health

Cognitive health claims range from sublime to ridiculous, experts say

When it comes to what’s an allowable claim in the realm of cognitive health, ignorance and confusion abound, experts say.

Neptune's losses steepen as company nears end of recovery phase

Neptune Technologies and Bioressources absorbed a steep loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year as the company nears the end of its recovery from an explosion and fire that destroyed its lone production plant. Net loss for the quarter was $5.3 million, compared to a net loss of $3.2 million a year previously.

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