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Contract-farming system solidifies Sabinsa's supply chain

Like other suppliers of a wide range of botanical materials, Sabinsa Corp is at the mercy of the vagaries of complicated supply chain. The Indian/American company has chosen to deal...

Ginseng berry extract may improve glucose metabolism, says new RCT

Supplementation with ginseng berry extract could significantly decrease serum concentration of fasting glucose and postprandial glucose at 60 minutes in those with impaired glucose levels, compared to placebo.

Chia leads the ancient grain field as new forms drive innovation

Omega-3s, fiber, antioxidants, clean label, non-GMO, gluten-free, and plant-based: Chia ticks many of the hot button boxes for 21st Century consumers, so it is perhaps unsurprising that it is turning up...

‘Final advice’ on fish consumption from FDA & EPA could boost seafood product sales

New guidance and an easy-to-use reference chart from EPA and FDA encouraging Americans – especially pregnant and nursing women and parents of young children – to eat more fish could...

Guest article

Omega-3 supply shifts: The case for marine agriculture

Varying forces are rapidly shifting the omega-3 supply chain. In this guest article, veteran researcher professor Michael Crawford says a rapid upscale in sea farming can make a major contribution...

New nitric oxide supplement draws inspiration from Nobel Prize-winning cardiovascular research

Rolling out into national retailers this month (such as Vitamin Shoppe and GNC) is a new brand of nitric oxide tablet supplements, called Berkeley Life Heart Health, designed to benefit...

Kyowa Hakko's study supports L-arginine boosting activity of L-arginine/L-citrulline combo

A patented L-citrulline/L-arginine ingredient is more effective in boosting plasma L-arginine levels than the individual amino acids alone, says a new study.

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Safe for babies: FDA has no objections to GRAS status of Ganeden's BC30 probiotic strain for use in infant formula

The FDA has no objections to Ganeden BC30s GRAS status for use in infant formulas, the company announced this week.

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NPA seeks volunteers for committees

The Natural Products Association has announced that it is looking for  experienced volunteers to fill openings on its 2017 committees and workgroups. The signup process for the 11 committees with openings...

Sabinsa's founder maintains commitment to quality has driven explosive growth

During a press tour of its Indian operations, Sabinsa Corp founder Dr Muhammed Majeed detailed how the company has grown from a basement operation decades ago in New Jersey to...

Fruit & veg flavonoids prevent unhealthy fat build-up: Twin study

Flavonoid-rich foods appear to alter body composition as UK researchers tie in a higher intake of anthocyanins, flavonols and proanthocyanidins with a lower body fat mass.

Football fuel: Everton renews partnership with The Protein Works

English Premier League club Everton has renewed its partnership with The Protein Works (TPW) - adding personalised nutritional bars to the existing deal.

Echinacea's drawbacks keep it as immune health stalwart rather than superstar

Echinacea is an immune health ingredient that has been around for ages. But its peculiar dosing requirement and the multiplicity of forms on the market inhibit its broader uptake, experts...

MegaFood signs on citizen panel to drive gummy development process

FoodState, the maker of the MegaFood brand of whole food supplements, has extended its transparency message by opening up its product development process to the public and enlisting a cadre...

Special Edition: Immune Support

Interest in immune support clinical trials increases, despite complexities of immune system

Consumer interest in immune health is high but supporting potential structure-function claims for dietary supplements is challenging given the complexities of the immune system. Multiple options are available, leading CROs...

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2017 NPA Awards open for nomination

The Natural Products Association is now accepting nominations for the 24th Annual NPA Awards. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

Artificial Intelligence: BASF partner with Nuritas on 'next gen' functional peptides

Ingredients giant BASF will collaborate with Irish start-up Nuritas on the discovery and commercialisation of novel functional peptides using DNA analysis and artificial intelligence (AI).

Cancer claims are a big red flag that some marketers continue to wave

Like the poor, it seems for the dietary supplement industry cancer treatment claims will ever be with us. 

Immune health quiz: Do you know your Echinacea from your EpiCor?

Do you know where Lonza drives its ResistAid ingredient? How many consumers are looking for ways to support their less-than-perfect body defenses? And can Tongkat Ali extracts support immune health? ...

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Dietary Supplement Caucus reforms, remains unchanged

The Dietary Supplement Caucus has reformed in Washington, DC, with the same four co-chairs as in the previous Congress.

Equol + resveratrol supplements may improve quality of life for healthy women

A combination of equol and resveratrol may improve “quality of life” measures in healthy, post-menopausal women, says a new study from Italy.

Yogurt for healthy skin? Japanese researchers examine aloe sterol-fortified yogurt

Women who consumed aloe sterol-fortified yogurt daily over 12 weeks revealed statistical differences in skin elasticity, skin moisture, collagen score, and transepidermal water loss, compared to a placebo, says a new...

Meta-analysis backs sea buckthorn for cholesterol & heart health

Supplementation with sea buckthorn could significantly reduce heart disease risk by improving blood cholesterol and blood lipid profiles, finds a pooled analysis of previous RCTs.

Inuit microbiome study could shed further light influence of nutrition and modern diet on health

While the gut bacteria of indigenous Inuit populations are ‘broadly similar’ to modern Western populations, subtle differences that distinguish the two could help researchers understand how diet impacts our health...

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