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Vitamin D deficiency could double dementia risk, says six-year study

Vitamin D deficiency in older people may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the largest study of its kind.

Europe's largest thin film manufacturer looks to make splash in US market

BioFilm Ltd., a Scottish manufacturer of thin dissolving films, is expanding its offerings into the US, believing that it has the production and formulation capability to transform what has been a fairly quiescent market, the company’s North American marketing partner says.

Vitamin D supplementation should start at birth, says new study

Breastfed newborns should start receiving vitamin D supplements at the time of birth in order to help raise blood levels of the sunshine vitamin, says a new study.

Integrated strategy helps Vitamin Shoppe power through soft patch

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. posted increased sales in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, in line with analysts’ expectations.  The company fell slightly short of earnings expectations as the company dealt with softness that has affected the supplement market in general.

China's proposed food safety overhaul lacks clarity and detail, NPA says

China’s proposed changes in its food safety regulations, which also govern dietary supplements, are long on aspiration and short on specifics. That’s the opinion expressed by the Natural Products Association in comments the organization submitted to Chinese authorities recently.

DSM and Merck form high-end folate alliance

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) is not abandoning its folic acid (vitamin B9) offering but has added a high-end, folate form aimed at global supplement and food makers in a deal with Merck in Switzerland.

‘Not enough people are talking about nutrition and brain function’, says DSM's VP of Science, Communication & Advocacy

Vitamins and the omega-3 DHA are a ‘viable alternative approach to delaying brain aging’, says a new review of the scientific literature, but are people talking about nutrition and brain function?

MusclePharm signs NFL phenom Johnny Manziel to endorsement contract

In a sector heavily driven by marketing and celebrity athlete tie-ins, MusclePharm has once again scored big by signing an endorsement deal with Johnny Manziel, the rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

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?

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