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NBTY forms scientific advisory council to ‘take the company to the next level of industry leadership’

Supplement giant NBTY has formed a scientific advisory council, with its chair Dr David Katz describing it as “cross-disciplinary collaboration [that] is fantastic for industry development, achievement and advancement”.

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.

Algae newcomer says it is using low-risk, proven fermentation approach to bring EPA-only oil to market

The increased concern about the sustainability of omega-3s supply has given a powerful push to the development of alternative sources, now giving rise to yet another algae supplier. This one...

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...

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...

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. 

Retailer responds to NY AG’s investigation

GNC: Tests and re-tests show that ‘products contain the ingredients stated on the labels at the levels indicated on the labels’

GNC Holdings has responded to the NY Attorney General’s actions with full and robust responses to every question raised in the cease and desist letter, including original test results and...

Probiotic strain counting: New method proposed at Probiota

A new method of quantifying probiotic content in products promises greater accuracy and efficiency, according to emerging research.

Curcumin may improve cholesterol levels for people with MetS: Study

Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment from turmeric, may help slash LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Taiwan.

Drinking wine could help you burn fat, say US researchers

Drinking wine could help people burn fat better, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 

The chilli diet? Fresh research backs capsaicin to battle obesity

Adding capsaicin from chilli peppers in to a diet could help to prevent weight gain from a high-fat diet, according to research in mice.

Cochrane review should ‘end all the debates on chondroitin’s efficacy for osteoarthritis’

Chondroitin sulfate is safe and efficacious for improving pain and functional capacity in people with osteoarthritis, says a new review from the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.

Web portal established to share best supplement practices among health care practitioners

A new integrative learning tool for alternative health care practitioners aims to share what they’ve learned hands-on in their practices including how best to use dietary supplements to help their...

Dr Pieter Cohen: ‘The NY AG’s test results do not ring true’

The New York Attorney General’s results of his herbal supplement investigation are “unbelievable”, says Harvard’s Dr Pieter Cohen. “I think that this does not ring true,” he told NutraIngredients-USA....

ResQWater builds science to set it apart in ‘crowded’ anti-hangover segment

Knocking back the “anti-hangover drink” ResQwater with every few drinks and before bed may improve sleep and boost attention and focus the morning after, says data from a clinical trial.

Measuring the immeasurable? The challenges of researching mood and nutrition

Mood is often assessed in nutrition research but it is ‘hard to define’ and ‘inherently subjective’, according to the researchers behind a review of mood-measuring methodology.

Probiotic drink may help control insulin resistance: Healthy human research

Probiotic supplementation may be useful in preventing insulin resistance caused by excessive consumption of high-fat foods, according to industry-backed research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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Probiotic yeast shows IBS benefits: 63% v 47% (placebo)

A proprietary probiotic yeast reduced abdominal discomfort among Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers, a study has found.

GNC, Walgreens, Target and Walmart sent cease and desist letters

‘Uninformed’, ‘inappropriate’ and ‘premature’: Industry experts round on NY AG’s action against major retailers over failed DNA tests for herbal supplements

The New York Attorney General has sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens telling them to stop selling some herbal supplements after DNA tests found 79% didn’t contain the...

10 questions we need answered regarding the NY AG’s botanical action

You couldn’t make it up: DNA barcoding is used to test products that appear to be predominantly extracts by a researcher who is more comfortable with reptiles and dinosaurs and...

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UC-II beats glucosamine & chondroitin for knee joint comfort & flexibility: InterHealth data

A daily dose of InterHealth’s UC-II, an un-denatured type II collagen, may boost joint comfort in healthy individuals who only experience discomfort with exercise, according to data presented at the...

new trial shows supplement reduced pain to same level as drug treatment

Glucosamine plus chondroitin sulphate may aid joint health in osteoarthritis

Combined supplementation with chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine could help to reduce knee joint pain, stiffness, and functional disability of people with osteoarthritis, say researchers.

Grape seed flour’s metabolic benefits linked to gut changes: Study

Supplements containing Chardonnay grape seed flour may beneficially alter the gut microbiota and their metabolic processes, says a new study with hamsters.

Sleep: Consumers are looking for natural alternatives, but what's holding the category back?

The overall sleep aid category is growing at an eye-watering 27% and is expected to hit $732 million in 2018, but natural products and dietary supplements only occupy a small...

L-glutamine may alter gut microbiota to resemble changes seen in weight loss programs

Supplements of L-glutamine may alter the composition of the gut microbiota in obese people, and shift it towards a profile seen in leaner individuals, says a new study from Brazil.

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