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FitLife Brands takes hit on unit prices but boosts profits by switching to captive GNC distribution

Switching to a captive distribution mode within the GNC network has helped dietary supplements marketer FitLife Brands realize higher profits on flat revenue, the company announced recently.

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Mannatech announces award of 100th patent

Texas-based network marketing firm Mannatech announced recently that the company received its 100th patent, the latest in Korea on its PhytoMatrix all natural multivitamin and mineral dietary supplement formulation. 

We shouldn’t recommend vitamin D supplements for chronic diseases: Researchers

Vitamin D should not be recommended to prevent chronic disease because such benefits have not been confirmed and adverse effects of over-consumption can’t be ruled out, according to a review.

Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

Researchers delve into nutrition solutions for illness–prone athletes

There is a need for greater research into nutrition solutions for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) that are common in athletes, according to the researcher behind a study on the impact of omega-3, vitamin D and protein supplementation.

Excess vitamin A may prevent foetal formation of blood cells

Excessive retinoic acid – a molecule derived from vitamin A  – can prevent the healthy development of blood in embryos, a team of Swedish researchers have found. 

‘Exciting findings’: Vitamin K2 supplements improve arterial function in healthy women

Long-term supplementation with NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 may inhibit age-related stiffening of the artery walls, says study with healthy postmenopausal women.

High vitamin C intake may help elderly maintain immune cells

Long-term high-dose vitamin C supplementation could help maintain immune functions in ageing, according to research in mice. 

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Tocotrienol player Carotech Inc. becomes ExcelVite Inc.

Vitamin E tocotrienol suppliers Carotech has changed its company name and commenced operations as ExcelVite Inc.

ChromaDex builds potential anti-aging action of Niagen with first human data

A single dose of nicotinamide riboside (NR) may significantly increases levels of NAD+, which is key to cellular energy metabolism and mitochondrial function, says a new study with healthy human volunteers using ChromaDex’s Niagen NR.

GNC to start selling in UK and Ireland

US-based nutrition company GNC has announced it will expand business to the UK and Ireland selling own-brand products.

Rethinking malnutrition strategies may reduce relapses and deaths, says researchers

Rethinking the cutoff thresholds of feeding regimens that malnourished children are put on could help to reduce the rate of relapse, which currently stands at 37%, say experts.

GNC revenue declines as company revamps pricing, product mix and corporate culture

GNC Holdings reported declining sales in the fourth quarter and for its full 2014 fiscal year. CEO Michael Archbold attributed the declines to changes in pricing, revamping of stores’ product mix and lower manufacturing volume in an effort to match inventory to market conditions.

New patented probiotic for Nestlé toddler formula

Nestlé and Swedish-based supplier BioGaia have announced the launch of a new toddler formula containing the patented probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis.

Usana's center of gravity continues to shift toward China

Usana Health Sciences posted strong fourth quarter results dampened somewhat by a discounting program undertaken to boost sales, the company announced this week. The company continued to show the fastest sales increases in China, while results in North America remained flat.

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Giant confronting omega-3, vitamin E challenges

DSM nutrition profits dip 7% in 2014

Pricing and sector market challenges, currency fluctuations and some stiff economic headwinds have contributed to 2014 full-year EBITDA profits sliding 7% for the world’s biggest nutrient player, DSM.

Vitamin E linked to lower heart attack risk, but only if used alone?

Supplements of vitamin E may reduce the risk of myocardial infarction, says a new meta-analysis of 16 randomized clinical trials, but the effects seem to be canceled out when given other antioxidants.

Nattopharma's vitamin K2 ingredient makes splash in arterial health space with new product launch

Vitamin K2, recognized in recent years for its role in bone health, is now making a splash in the cardiovascular disease realm with the launch of a new product using Nattopharma’s MenaQ7 ingredient.

Energy drinks increase hyperactivity in children: Study

Children who drink sweetened energy drinks are 66% more likely to be at risk from hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. 

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