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Wild blueberries may counter obesity, inflammation and hypertension: Mice study

Wild blueberries may help alleviate low level inflammation and hypertension associated with the development of obesity, according to a study on mice.

Green tea, mitochondria, omega-3 & curcumin: The top 10 science of 2014

From breakthrough studies to controversial hypotheses, it has been a fascinating year for science for dietary supplements. In this special gallery we review the top science headlines from 2014.

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Nutritional Armor: Dietary Supplements in the Military

A recent special issue to in the medical journal Military Medicine marks a shift in attitude and approach to dietary supplements by the U.S. military. 

Vitamin K2, collagen-calcium combo closing awareness, evidence gaps in bone health

While the combination of calcium and vitamin D is the best known duo in bone health, other ingredients that stories to tell are closing the gap both in terms of clinical evidence and public acceptance, suppliers say.

Combating osteoporosis with calcium, vitamin D could save as much as $12 billion by 2020, CRN says

Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D for postmenopausal women could save the US health care system as much as $12 billion by 2020, according to an economic impact report commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. The intervention costs as little as 16 cents a day, CRN said.

Neptune launches NKO Focus backed by clinical data

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has launched a blend of krill and lutein for brain and vision health, with clinical data  showing the absorption of lutein being improved by as much as eight times.

Micronutrient insufficiencies: ‘The DGAC is turning a blind eye to this problem because they are preaching an ideal’

The majority of Americans are not meeting the requirements for a number of essential nutrients, but the focus of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on a healthy diet is causing a significant problem, says Dr Balz Frei from the Linus Pauling Institute.

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NattoPharma gets Canadian Patent for vitamin K2 and omega-3s

Vitamin K2 supplier NattoPharma ASA has been granted a new Canadian patent covering pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products combining vitamin K2 with omega-3s for a range of health benefits.

Annatto Tocotrienols are more potent vitamin E antioxidant for fish oil, says study

Vitamin E tocotrienols from annatto may be better antioxidants than tocopherol-tocotrienol mixtures or alpha-tocopherol alone, suggests a recent study testing infant formula containing omega-3 fatty acids.

Did the Institute of Medicine miscalculate the RDA for vitamin D?

The RDA for vitamin D is based on a miscalculation and should actually be higher than the tolerable upper level for the nutrient, say academics.

Vitamin B supplementation could prevent noise-induced hearing loss: Mouse data

Supplementation with vitamin B3 could help to protect against noise-induced hearing loss by increasing the activity of a protein that has been linked to hearing loss, say researchers.

EFSA backs vitamin D for reduced risk of falling in elderly

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive opinion on vitamin D based on its ability to lower the risk of falling associated with muscle weakness and postural instability.

Nutraceutical International reports soft sales growth for 2014

Nutraceutical International Corporation, a Park City, UT-based dietary supplement manufacturer, reported yearly sales results that reflected the ongoing softness in the sector. The company reported sales growth in its fourth quarter and its fiscal year that came in at 2.1% and 2.9%, respectively.

Vitamin D supplements should be taken with a meal to boost absorption: Study

Vitamin D supplements should be recommended to be taken with a meal containing fat to optimize the absorption of the nutrient, says a new study from Tufts University and supported by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

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NAD recommends company remove "survival pill" claims for product marketed to Mormons

The National Advertising Division has recommended that LifeCaps Nutraceuticals of Salt Lake City, UT, discontinue claims it was making on its LifeCaps brand of dietary supplement that claimed the product is a “survival pill.”

Special edition: functional foods

Pill fatigue is driving innovation in space between functional foods and supplements, experts say

Is pill fatigue just a marketing ploy? No, say many experts in the field.  It’s a real phenomenon and it’s driving both dosage form innovation and the movement of bioactives into functional foods.

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article.

Vitamin E tocotrienols show bone health benefits: Rat data

Vitamin E tocotrienols from annatto may improve bone shape in males, according to a study using testosterone-deficient male rats.

Walgreens' personalization strategy puts people before data

Personalization is the new ideal of dietary supplement marketing. While many experts base this idea on the potential of genomic information, Walgreens has gone the other direction and is basing the idea on actual people.

"When we put all this data together, there isn't a country that doesn't experience significant malnutrition"

Malnutrition costs 11% of world's GDP: Global Nutrition Report

Malnutrition is costing the global economy $3.5 trillion (€2.8trn) a year in both the developing and developed worlds, the biggest ever global survey of nutrition has concluded.

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