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Vitamin D may protect against Crohn’s disease

Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing Crohn’s disease, suggest results of a new cell study from Canada.

Sex gum is drug, says attorney

A chewing gum marketed for its ability to enhance the male libido is being falsely marketed as a dietary supplement when it has the characteristics of a drug, according to...

Natural beta-carotene gains GRAS status

A new range of natural carotenoids destined for human consumption moved a step closer to sale recently with GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) notification from the Food and Drug Administration...

Fats of any kind may boost prostate cancer risk: Study

Increased intakes of fats, from saturated to polyunsaturated fats, may increase the risk of prostate cancer, says a new study.

12% of US kids use CAMs, say Harvard researchers

The children of users of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) such as homeopathy and herbal treatments are more likely to use them, Harvard Medical School researchers have found.

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Indian probiotic player gains US distributor

B&D Nutritional Ingredients has inked a deal with Unique Biotech USA, the US arm of the Indian firm Unique Biotech, to distribute its probiotic strain, Unique IS-2, in the US....

Danone's nutrient enriched yoghurt boosts satiety, study

Low-fat dairy yoghurt enriched with protein and guar gum fibre can significantly reduce short-term appetite, claims a new study.

Online nutrition data is (mostly) trustworthy: ADA

An American Dietetic Association (ADA) survey has found 99 percent of people consider most of the nutrition information they find on the internet to be trustworthy, albeit narrowed down to...

Frutarom wins big in weight management

Israeli supplier, Frutarom, has won a gong from Frost & Sullivan for its “scientifically-backed product line based on natural extracts with different modes of action” in the weight management area.

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NP Nutra debuts organic chlorella

California-based NP Nutra has launched a non-GMO, organic version of the single cell green algae, chlorella (Chlorella vulgaris).

Omega-3 may reduce risk of dental disease: Study

Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may decrease the risk of dental diseases, suggests a new study from Japan.

Lycopene supplement boosts skin carotenoid levels

Oral supplements of lactolycopene may boost skin levels of lycopene and beta-carotene, says a study from Nestlé and L’Oreal.

GAO investigating NDI herbs status

Several American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and American Botanical Council (ABC) members have been contacted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking information about the marketing of herbal products with...

Fruit antioxidant extraction method patent lodged

Californian-based Ethical Naturals has completed a patent application for a natural antioxidant technology derived from grapes and other fruit sources.

First probiotic natural chewable for kids’ oral hygiene

Florida-based biopharmaceutical company Oragenics has launched what it claims is the first probiotic-based natural oral care chewable designed to fight harmful oral bacteria and help to maintain tooth health for...

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Yogurt named food trend of the decade

The Dairy Council of California has named yogurt as the food trend of the decade, with its convenience and multiple health benefits funding its rising popularity.

More folate may mean less depression: Study

Higher blood levels of folate may reduce the risk of depressive symptoms in men, but not women, says a new study from Japan.

Yakult to commence US production in 2012

Japanese probiotics pioneer, Yakult Honsha, will commence manufacturing its little probiotic dairy bottles in the US for the first time in 2012, the company has announced, as it seeks to...

Antioxidant uptake from coffee unaffected by milk: Nestlé study

Adding milk to coffee does not reduce the bioavailability of antioxidants, says a new study from the Nestlé Research Center.

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General Mills adds antioxidants to probiotic yogurt

Yoplait owner General Mills has added the antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin E, to its YoPlus and YoPlus Light functional probiotic yogurts.

Supplements: Neither good nor bad, says Washington Post

Dietary supplements perform no harmful nor beneficial function for those without any kind of chronic deficiency, according to an article in the Washington Post.

Inulin could speed up baking time for breads, study

Adding inulin to white breads increases its nutrition quality but also accelerates the baking process and the crucial Maillard reaction, according to new research on the fibre.

Pomegranate oil-seaweed mix may improve liver health and waist size

A blend of pomegranate oil and brown seaweed extract may produce weight loss of about five kilos, as well as improvements in liver health, says new study.

Supplements maker rapped over CoQ10 claims

The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (NAD) has told a CoQ10 supplements manufacturer to alter its marketing including a claim that the supplement in question...

Robinson spends $1m to bring quality testing in-house

Contract manufacturer, Robinson Pharma Inc (RPI), has responded to increased business with a $1m spend at its Californian that includes the installation of “state-of-the-art analytical equipment” to boost quality control...

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