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‘The ratio of vitamin E to PUFA is critical & requires deeper examination’: DSM

Vitamin E requirement should be increased as intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) increase, say scientists from DSM and the University of Southampton in a new paper.

Trade organization forms to foster non-GMO certification for supplements

A new trade organization - the Coalition for Supplement Sustainability (CSS) - has formed primarily out of a need to identify a way for supplement manufacturers to deal with non-GMO certification.

6 days to go! NIU’s Cognitive Health Online Summit to lifestages, market dynamics and key ingredients

How does Abbott Nutrition design cognitive health products for key lifestages? Where are the knowledge gaps for omega-3s and brain health? How much science is there behind the main ingredients? And how is the market performing? 

Multi-component formula shows potential eye health benefits for diabetics: RCT

Six months of supplementation with xanthophyll pigments, antioxidants and selected botanical extracts may improve visual function in diabetes, says a new study.

Over 90% of Twentysomethings have suboptimal vitamin E status. What does that mean for health?

Huge proportions of the US population are consuming sub-optimal levels of vitamin E, according to a new study from DSM Nutritional Products and Cornell University which raises questions about potential detrimental health effects.

Vitamin D has no real benefit for obese teens’ heart health or diabetes risk, pilot study suggests

Supplementing obese teens with high doses of vitamin D may not have benefits on endothelial functions related to the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, say researchers.

Performance nutrition boosts Glanbia plc’s financials

Glanbia’s Global Performance Nutrition (GPN) unit was the star performer as the nutritional ingredients and dairy firm reported increased H1 profits.

Brain boosting bioactives, Part 1: From omega-3 to vitamin E

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?

Cognitive Health Quiz: Do you know your DHA from your PhosphatidylSerine?

Do you know which ingredient has a FDA qualified health claim for reducing the risk of cognitive dysfunction and dementia in the elderly? What percentage of the total carotenoids in the pediatric brain tissue is lutein? Or which CPG company has led research into L-theanine?

Remember to back up memory claims with precise substantiation, expert says

Losing one’s memory continues to be one of consumers’ number one health concerns. While that represents a healthy market opportunity, companies seeking to address that concern with a dietary supplement need to be very careful about what they say about their products to avoid stepping over FTC boundaries or inflaming the ire of legislators, a claims expert asserts.

Supplements on wheels: Vitamin D trial shows promise for reducing falls in homebound elderly

Delivering vitamin D supplements to homebound elderly people through a ‘meals-on-wheels’ program could help improve vitamin D levels and reduce falls, say researchers.

ChromaDex revenue hits record as ingredient sales bring company close to profitability

Branded dietary ingredient supplier ChromaDex reported record revenue in its second quarter 2015 earnings statement. It was the fifth consecutive quarter in which the company reached a new earnings plateau.

High doses of vitamin D fail to boost calcium absorption, bone mineral density, study finds

High doses of vitamin D are no more effective than a placebo at improving muscle function and preventing falls and fractures in older adults who are deficient, according to recently published research that will weigh heavily in the ongoing debate about how much vitamin D is enough. 

Cost-benefit analysis supports CRN’s call to add iodine to prenatal supplements

New research revealing the extent and cost of iodine deficiency among pregnant women underscores the importance of dietary manufacturers including at least 150 mcg of iodine in daily prenatal multivitamins as recommended by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 

In the year 2020: Global nutraceuticals market to be worth €35bn; 7% annual growth forecast

Botanicals are the fastest growing nutraceutical ingredient class in a category being driven by ageing populations around the world, a report has found.

Herbalife seems to be emerging from shadow of investigation

Network marketing giant Herbalife reported better-than-expected profitability on its second quarter 2015 earnings despite currency fluctuations that depressed overall net sales.  The company also said that the negative publicity surrounding a reported Federal Trade Commission investigation seems to be dissipating.

Vitamin Shoppe pivots toward functional foods, personal care amid soft supplement sales

In a climate of soft dietary supplement sales Vitamin Shoppe endured what CEO Colin Watts called a “difficult quarter.” The company is embarking on a new course that will see it pivot more toward functional foods and personal care, he said.

$1 billion annual sales mark in view as Usana rides Q2 sales boom in China

Shares of Usana Health Sciences rose as much as 21% after the company announced strong second quarter earnings that were highlighted by a boom in China, where sales rose 84%. The company posted earnings per share that were 17% higher than analysts had expected.

Vitamin E tocotrienol-tocopherol complex shows endothelial benefits: Rat data

A combination of tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol may help support endothelial function, but the effects were not observed when the tocotrienols were used alone, says a new study.

Q2: Sales up, profits down at DSM Nutritional Products

The food and nutrition ingredients division of Dutch giant DSM has seen sales rise 16% to €1.247bn (US$1.37bn) in Q2 but profits slipped 6% amid ongoing pricing challenges on some vitamins.

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