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BASF VP on high concentrate omega-3s: ‘We’re very happy to be in the growing part of the market’

Much has been said about potential declines in the omega-3 sector, but one area that is growing is concentrates, and BASF is ‘very happy to be in the growing part of the market’, says Samy Jandali.

CRN joins with IADSA to broaden reach of supplement safety info

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has teamed with an international dietary supplement trade group to disseminate science-based information about the safety of supplements in an effort to help inform discussions about the harmonization of regulations in various parts of the world.

Swisse Wellness withdraws from US to focus on global brand building, but vows, ‘we’ll be back bigger and better!’

Swisse Wellness’ global growth is continuing with new office set to open in Europe and Asia soon, but global expansion will require a re-allocation of US resources and a withdrawal from the US market, albeit for a couple of years.

EFSA panel endorses draft dietary refs for folate, niacin and selenium

EFSA has approved Dietary Reference Values (DRV) for folate, niacin and selenium, which set population reference intakes, adequate intakes or average requirements for the European population.

Supplier says vitamin K2 is helping to turn the corner on calcium

Calcium is yet another nutrient that has taken a recent hit in the press and the marketplace with associations of high calcium intake with increased heart disease risk. But a manufacturer of vitamin K2 believes that education on the beneficial interaction its ingredient with the mineral is turning that picture around, and has two major nationwide product launches to prove it.

Genetic study suggests ‘causal link’ between vitamin D status and blood pressure

New genetic research provides ‘compelling evidence’ that low levels of vitamin D have a causal role in the development of high blood pressure, say researchers.

Dispatches from IFT 2014

DSM: Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification

Proposals to shift focus to vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium on the US FDA’s Nutrition Facts Panel make sense, but could remove incentives to fortify with other essential micronutrients, warns DSM.

Calcium and vitamin D may improve metabolic profile of women with 'pregnancy diabetes'

Supplementation of vitamin D and calcium may reduce fasting plasma glucose and insulin, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce low-density lipoprotein 'bad' cholesterol while boosting 'good' cholesterol for women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), according to Iranian researchers.

Meta-analysis: Vitamin C supplements may boost endothelial function

Oral doses of vitamin C greater than 500 milligrams per day may boost the health of the endothelium - the thin layer of cells lining the blood vessels – and boost overall heart health for people who need it the most, according to a meta-analysis of 44 clinical trials.

“We want to understand the molecular relationships between nutrients and their effects on healthy individuals and patients at different stages of their lives.”

Bespoken for: Nestlé eyes ‘I-tamins’

Swiss-based Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) is teaming with a US analytics specialist to develop personalised vitamin solutions via ultra-sensitive lab techniques.

Regulations overhaul proceeding rapidly in Japan, ASEAN

Efforts to reform the way dietary supplements are regulated in Japan and the ASEAN are proceeding with startling speed, attendees of an event in Salt Lake City were told yesterday.

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. 

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.

Herbal industry increasingly backed by data, Rainbow Light's new science director says

The transformation of Rainbow Light mirrors that of the herbal industry as a whole, the company's new director of integrative science says.  Christopher Hobbs, a fairly newly-minted PhD, has worked with the firm as a formulator from the beginning as the company increasingly put its products on a solid science footing.

DSM flexing its acquisition muscles at IFT

DSM will highlight all the recent additions to its royal crest at IFT. The multinational food, beverage and supplement ingredient supplier will in particular be featuring its life’s DHA ingredient at the Institute of Food Technologists show in New Orleans next week, making a case for the ingredient at every stage of a consumer’s life.

Underlying forces will continue to drive functional food growth, analyst says

The hot market for functional foods shows no signs of cooling off, according to longtime industry consultant Jeff Hilton.  In his view a number of factors will combine to drive continued growth.

PLT to debut whole food vitamin D mushroom powder at IFT

PLT Health Solutions will debut a new vegetarian source of vitamin D with a whole food mushroom powder at the Institute of Food Technologists trade show later in June in New Orleans.  The new ingredient brings together several developing skeins in the market, said Barbara Davis, PLT’s director of medical & scientific affairs.

Foods and supplements aimed at autism must walk fine regulatory line, attorney says

Parents of autistic children can have a certain desperation to find ways to help their kids overcome the isolating deficits of the condition. Recent research has focused on potential nutritional and digestive anomalies exhibited by these children, and supplement and food companies have stepped up the the plate with products that claim to help address these issues.

Canadians set for run at calcium constipation market

A health science company is positioning for launch into the calcium bone health market after coming out top in a clinical trial that put it head-to-head with Pfizer’s Caltrate brand. Reduction of constipation side-effects were the main benefits.

Nutrition researchers shoot holes in assertion that multivitamins are unnecessary

A response published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine by four well-known nutrition researchers takes strident issue with an editorial published in the same journal that multivitamins are not useful.  The authors of the first paper “ignored decades of nutrition research and diet monitoring of the U.S. population to reach this misleading conclusion,” the researchers wrote.

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