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Research lab launches liposomal curcumin formulation for supplement market

Encapsula NanoSciences has launched a nutraceutical product using its liposomal encapsulation techniques that will enhance bioavailability without overpromising on efficacy, said CEO Zahra Mirafzali, PhD.

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UNPA welcomes Natural Partners, KGK Synergize & PerkinElmer as new members

The United Natural Products Alliance has welcomed KGK Synergize and PerkinElmer as new science and technology services members, while Natural Partners joins as an executive member.

Special edition: Cognitive health

Gallery: The top ingredients for cognitive health

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...

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Markets reject Ackman's attack, send Herbalife shares up 25%

Activist investor William Ackman’s much publicized webinar on Herbalife, which he characterized as a ‘death blow’ to the company, turned out to be anything but.  The company’s share price rose...

Proposals don't consider a product's overall nutritional value, says professor

Former FDA commissioner: Nutrition Facts overhaul doesn’t go far enough

FDA proposals to overhaul the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels are “strong” and “likely to make an important contribution”, says former FDA commissioner David Kessler, M.D. “But I believe they...

Herbalife preempts Ackman's video attack on nutrition clubs

Multilevel marketing giant Herbalife launched a preemptive strike of sorts against the campaign waged by activist investor Bill Ackman, who has taken a short position on the company valued at...

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Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just bored of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi? And will naturally-sweetened products such as...

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

The GRAS process as it stands in the United States is vulnerable to criticism based on possible conflicts of interest and low-quality safety work, said Claire Kruger, PhD, president of...

Vitamin Shoppe's move to put all labels into public database increases transparency, CRN chief says

The Vitamin Shoppe announced this week that it plans to have all  of the labels on products sold in its stores to be submitted to the the National Institutes of...

Lift of German kava ban, detailed in ABC article, expected to boost botanical in US market

An article published this week by the American Botanical Council lays out the story underlying a German court’s recent decision to lift a ban on kava, including the ways in...

NIU's functional foods forum: Sports nutriton, snacks, beverages seen as hottest categories

Functional foods and beverages are the thin edge of the innovation wedge and are growing by leaps and bounds. Panelists in a recent online forum hosted by NutraIngredients-USA laid out...

NPA's Fabricant: Growth of online supplement sales means pie is getting bigger

Kroger’s purchase of online retailing giant Vitacost.com is part of ongoing retailing consolidation in the dietary supplements and natural foods business.  But rather than viewing this process with alarm, as...

FDA exemption speeds release of Plandai’s catechin supplement

Plandai Biotechnology Inc. will not be required to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for New Dietary Ingredient status in order to market and sell its Phytofare Catechin...

Heliae enters joint venture to produce astaxanthin in Japan via hybrid algal technology

Astaxanthin has been a red-hot ingredient in the United States for several years and demand is ramping up worldwide. To meet that demand in the Japanese market, Heliae, an algae...

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Kroger acquires Vitacost.com to take digital to next level

The Kroger Co. has acquired all outstanding shares of Vitacost.com for approximately $280 million, with the grocery giant seeing Vitacost.com’s healthy living products as complementary to it fast-growing natural foods...

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The sky’s the limit for malleable energy category: Mintel

The concept of “energy” is a multifaceted one, to be sure: it can come in bursts or slowly; via beverages, shots, biscuits or bars; with appeal that spans sports nutrition,...

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...

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...

Muscle-building products profit on serious psychological disorder, dietitian asserts

To what degree are some sports nutrition products feeding consumers’ potentially harmful views of themselves?  A talk on muscle dysmorphia disorder at a recent dietitians’ meeting gave serious cause to...

Sports nutrition products for women are a huge area of growth: Marketing guru

Women, protein blends, and the ‘anti-wasting’ market are all areas of significant opportunity in sports nutrition, says Jeff Hilton, co-founder and CMO of BrandHive.

Lack of good advice about supplement use puts young athletes at risk, dietitian says

The unfettered marketplace for dietary supplements in the United States has created a risky situation for teenagers, especially younger athletes, dietitians at a recent conference were told. Tavis Piattoly, RD,...

What are the hottest trends in functional foods? Find out at the NutraIngredients-USA Trends in Functional Foods Forum

Pills or foods? Experts from the world of functional foods will join NutraIngredients-USA for a discussion of the functional foods, from market sizing and key consumer demographics to the regulatory...

Genetic testing & personalization: 23andMe works it way back with new premarket notification

The US Food and Drug agency has accepted for review a premarket notification report from 23andMe, seven months after its genetic testing operations were shut down by the FDA.

DASCA, smart prevention, and Dr Oz: Highlights from CRN’s ‘Day on the Hill’

The Council for Responsible Nutrition took its ‘tale of two industries’ to Capitol Hill this week for senior level meetings and briefings with key lawmakers, with steroids, weight loss products,...

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