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Science builds for bilberry extracts kidney benefits

Extracts from bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) may protect the kidney from the damaging effects of potassium bromate, suggests a new study with mice.

CRN offers pharmacists education program for supplement

In an attempt to better educate pharmacists about dietary supplements, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) will offer a grant in support of continuing education (CE) programs.

Polyphenol-rich fruit protect against Alzheimer's: study

A diet rich in polyphenol-rich fruit like apples, oranges and bananas may protect against oxidative stress linked to loss of cognitive function and Alzheimer's, suggests a new study.

Flavor trends go local, ethnic and healthy

Trends are set to combine in 2008, with Americanized ethnic flavors and healthy but indulgent products steering the market, while locally, ethically sourced food will continue to grow in popularity,...

Canadian group wants nutritional pulses on the menu

The nutritional benefits of dry beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas and how they can be added to foods as a health-boost took center stage at a meeting in Canada...

Pomegranate juice boosts sperm quality: study

Regular consumption of pomegranate juice may enhance the quality and mobility of sperm, suggests a new study with male rats.

Omega-3 trade group joins global supplements alliance

The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations' (IADSA) has strengthened its global position with the welcoming of the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) into its fold.

Dietary supplement marketers taken to task over ads

Three dietary supplement marketers failed to run required "paid advertising" disclosures immediately before product-ordering instructions, alleges the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Soy isoflavone linked to blood pressure improvements

Genistein, an isoflavone from soy, may stimulate the expression of an enzyme linked to better blood flow, suggests a new animal study that my have implications for high blood pressure...

Omega-3 formulation issues need fast resolution: study

The increasing formulation and fortification of foods with different types of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could be further enhanced by better understanding of how to protect them from oxidation,...

Berry extracts better than whole fruit for obesity: study

Purified forms of extracted anthocyanins from berries may decrease obesity, but the whole fruit doesn't produce the same benefits, suggests a new study with mice.

Futureceuticals offers higher concentration beta-glucan

Momence, Illinois-based FutureCeuticals has announced the expansion of its heart healthy grain-based fiber range to include a new high concentration beta-glucan fiber.

AHPA urges changes to cautionary labeling

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has written to the U.S. Pharmacopoeia (USP) asking to stop the requirement cautionary statements for quality black cohosh and powdered decaffeinated green tea extract....

Cranberry extracts show promise against gullet cancer

An increased intake of fruit and vegetables may cut the risk of Barrett's oesophagus, a precursor to oesophageal cancer, suggests a new study form California.

Caffeine linked to higher glucose levels

Removing caffeine from the diet may help control type-2 diabetes, new research suggests.

Weekly comment

Probiotics, friend or foe?

The headlines are sensationalist: twenty-four people have died in a probiotic trial. Therefore, probiotics may be fatal. Throw those yoghurt shots away!

CoQ10 market set to soar, predicts supplier ZMC

A surge in demand for the antioxidant CoQ10 has prompted ingredient supplier ZMC to predict double-digit growth in the market this year.

NutraCea to build first wheat bran plant

NutraCea is entering into an alliance to construct a new flour mill in Indonesia that will incorporate the firm's new stabilized wheat bran technology.

Hydrocolloids' health benefits extended

Hydrocolloid ingredients commonly used as gelling agents, emulsifiers and stabilizers may also have benefits for diabetics, suggests new research from the Dow Chemical Company.

Carotenes linked to lower heart disease deaths

An increased consumption of alpha- and beta-carotene in the diet may reduce the risks of heart disease deaths by about 20 per cent, suggests a new study.

Dannon stands up to 'fraud' probiotic claims

Dannon has said that it "categorically refutes" allegations of fraudulent claims made on its probiotic yogurts.

Another vegetarian glucosamine launched in US

A new vegetarian glucosamine has been launched in the US market, further demonstrating the high level of industry response to demand for plant-derived forms of the joint health ingredient.

Late-onset Alzheimer's slowed by DHA omega-3

Supplements of the omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can reduce levels an enzyme linked to Alzheimer's disease, suggests a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Science stacks up for B vitamins and pregnancy

Low maternal vitamin B12 levels in combination with certain genes may have detrimental knock-on effects to the offspring, suggests a new Dutch that reports higher risk of heart problems.

Stabilized wheat bran could hold ingredient potential, NutraCea

NutraCea has filed for provisional patent protection for its technology to stabilize wheat bran, which the company says can make it a commercially viable ingredient for use in foods.

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