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Chinese vitamin C firms overturn $148m US antitrust ruling

Two Chinese companies have successfully overturned a $148m vitamin C price fixing verdict in the US.

Could a shot of orange juice boost brain power for men?

Scientists from PepsiCo and the University of Reading (UK) report that a single glass of flavonoid-rich orange juice may boost cognitive function, compared to placebo.

SupplySide West 2016: The top picks from the education sessions

With the world’s largest natural products supply show less than two weeks away, NutraIngredients-USA trawls through the education program and gives you our top picks for Las Vegas.

Study supports vitamin K2 (but not K1) for heart health

Increased intakes of long-chain menaquinones (vitamin K2) may reduce the risk of mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD), according to data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-NL) cohort.

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NDIs: When to file, what FDA wants to see, and how companies can protect themselves

Over the last few years, the FDA has zeroed in on the dietary supplement industry.  It has taken numerous actions against dietary supplements where it believes the ingredients pose health risks to the public.  This scrutiny continues with the release of an August 11, 2016 revised draft guidance designed to improve the new dietary drug ingredient (NDI) premarket notification process, “Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues.” These notifications are supposed to assist FDA in identifying safety concerns in these products before they are sold to consumers.  In addition to giving direction on whether and when to submit premarket safety notifications for new dietary ingredients, or for dietary supplements that contain an NDI, the draft provides specifics on what the agency expects to see in the premarket notification to better address consumer health.

Choline and betaine may counter insulin resistance: Study

Increased intakes of choline and betaine may improve insulin resistance in the general population, says a new study.

Companies beta-testing CRN’s dietary supplement product registry

Nine companies are beta-testing the CRN’s product registry – the Supplement Online Wellness Library (Supplement OWL) – which is being developed and administered by UL.

Vitamin B clinical trials first to use neuroimaging technology

Supplementation with B vitamins significantly improves general mental health, reduces subjective stress and increases vigour and overall mood in mentally demanding situations, according to research from Melbourne’s Swinburne University.

First hard evidence vitamin D reduces asthma attacks: Cochrane review

Taking vitamin D supplements alongside standard asthma medication reduces severe asthma attacks, a Cochrane review of nine studies has concluded.

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Lohmann brings distribution back in house

German ferric ingredients and specialty chemicals supplier Dr Paul Lohmann GmbH KG has announced a new supply arrangement for North America that brings brand representation back in house.

Folic acid fortification linked to lower heart defect rates

Food fortified with folic acid has been found to decrease the number of babies born with heart abnormalities, according to research.

CRN talks about the “over fed and under nourished” problem in the US

There are increasing cases of malnutrition and nutrition deficiencies in a developed country like the US, recent studies report. We chat with an expert to get his analysis.

Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society

It is “difficult or impossible” for vegans to get enough of nutrients like vitamin B12, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) has said in a position paper now cited by the government.

UNPA on the NDI draft guidance: ‘The economic cost to industry could be billions of dollars’

In addition to the areas that require clarification, the dietary supplement industry should look carefully and cautiously at the revised draft guidance for new dietary ingredient notifications, specifically at the economic impact of the FDA's new and expanded definition of new dietary ingredients (NDIs), says Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

Vitamin D pills improve insulin measures in healthy adults: RCT

Supplements of vitamin D may improve fasting glucose levels and insulin resistance in healthy Japanese adults, says a new study.

Self-affirmed GRAS omitted from new NDI draft guidance

The devil is in the detail, and one detail easily missed in the new draft guidance for new dietary ingredient notifications is that self-affirmed GRAS is no longer mentioned as an ‘alternative’ to an NDI notification.

Distinguished calcium, vitamin D researcher Dr Robert Heaney passes

Robert Heaney, MD, a world-renowned researcher in the field of bone biology and vitamin D, has passed away at the age of 88 after a struggle with brain cancer.

Shark Tank winner Loliware & DSM cooperate to make edible vitamin cups

A new product prototype, called Lolivita, debuted at the IFT show in Chicago last month. Behind its conception, co-founder Chelsea Briganti imagined what it would be like “if your actual container had a functional benefit,” she told NutraIngredients-USA.

Vitamin E tocotrienols show endurance benefits: Rat study

Supplements of vitamin E tocotrienols may prolong running times in obese rats to the same extent as whey protein alone, says a new study.

Study shows ChromaDex's Niagen can repair NAD+ synthesis in aging model

A new study conducted on nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3, suggests the ingredient can help forestall some aspects of muscle weakness brought on by aging.

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