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Aarhus launches shea butter product for supplements

Danish R&D company BSP Pharma will launch its shea butter ingredient for use in joint health supplements in the US next week, as the company seeks its first marketing partner...

Scientists overturn accepted theory of disease

The current thinking that oxygen free radicals are responsible for the development of numerous diseases, including cancer and arthritis, may be a red herring, says a team of UK scientists.

FDA issues Green Hornet warning

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers not to purchase or consume a herbal product, being promoted as a natural version of Ecstasy.

Food industry pushes for full benefits of health claims

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has urged the FDA to introduce a clear framework on qualified health claims to ensure that food makers making claims properly benefit from the...

Amerilab ups capacity, intellectual property

Amerilab Technologies, a contract manufacturer of effervescent products, has commissioned a new production facility that will increase its capacity for effervescent tablets by 400 per cent.

Relief for soy prices?

The price of soy ingredients could ease in the next twelve months for manufacturers and processors as the US government predicts farmers, on the back of rising soybean prices, will...

NBTY to push branding of sports range

Supplement maker NBTY is launching a licensing division to sell the rights to its sports nutrition brand MET-Rx for use on sports goods and accessories.

Foreign operations boost sales at Nature's Sunshine

Herbal and vitamins manufacturer Nature's Sunshine finished 2003 on a high note, with a significant rise in sales and profits in the fourth quarter, after a tough year that included...

Herbal use higher than predicted

Women's use of all medications, including herbal supplements, is higher than anticipated, and they're unlikely to tell their health care providers about the medications they take, according to a University...

Milk beats fractures and obesity

Children who avoid drinking milk are more likely to be both overweight and at higher risk of fractures, say researchers in New Zealand.

Reliv looks to the East

Spearing growth in emerging markets in Asia Pacific, US nutritional supplements company Reliv International is heading for Singapore with new operations tipped for opening next month.

GNC to distribute SCOLR product

Nutrient delivery company SCOLR has begun supplying the US' largest supplement retailer General Nutrition Centers with its CDT(controlled delivery technology) glucosamine & chondroitin.

Gatorade to expand advertising

The manufacturer of energy drink Gatorade may be about to pay twice the sum it currently invests in sponsoring the National Football League, according to reports yesterday.

Balchem slows production to match demand

Encapsulated products supplier Balchem will concentrate on retaining reduced inventory levels this year in an effort to improve operating efficiency and reduce exposure to the uncertain economic environment.

Fruit and cereal fiber, not vegetables, cut deaths from heart disease

Eating just 10 grams of dietary fiber from fruits and cereals each day appears to significantly lower the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study out this...

Mineral water benefits from vitamin fortification

Mineral water fortified with folic acid and a handful of vitamins can reduce plasma homocysteine levels, a risk factor in cardiovascular disease, report Finnish researchers this month. In a separate...

Plant sterols in juice improve cholesterol levels

Plant sterols, recognised for their cholesterol-lowering power when added to margarines and other fats, are just as effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein, or 'bad' cholesterol levels, when added to orange...

Wessanen hit by exceptionals but confident of turnaround

Royal Wessanen, the Dutch wellness foods producer, had a turbulent year in 2003, with results shifting from profit to loss. But the company claims that moderate growth in Europe and...

McClellan moves on after short, but challenging time at FDA

Mark McClellan is to leave his post as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), shortly after implementing the agency's first ban under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health...

Phytoestrogens, no effect on breast cancer risk

Plant oestrogens, such as isoflavones or lignans, do not appear to have any effect on reducing breast cancer risk in Western women, report Dutch researchers.

Tomatoes bred to contain extra antioxidant

US scientists have created purple tomatoes that include anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigments in red wine believed to prevent heart disease but not normally found in domestic varieties of the fruit.

AHCC sales to boom, says Quality of Life

Quality of Life Labs (QOL), the exclusive US distributor of Active HexoseCorrelated Compound (AHCC), is aiming for a 200 per cent increase in sales of the medicinal mushroom this year...

Phytosterol supplement reaches GNC shelves

Leading supplement retailer GNC will market a new heart health supplement containing the Cargill phytosterol ingredient CoroWise. The launch marks the expansion of phytosterols into new application areas, following approval...

Cognis says consumer education improving health business

Cognis, the speciality chemicals company, suffered a tough year in the nutritional ingredients market, with a long-awaited surge in the growth of its natural vitamin E sales undermined by adverse...

Pycnogenol reduces need for hypertension drugs

High blood pressure patients can significantly reduce their prescription medication by taking an antioxidant supplement to improve heart health, show the results of a new clinical study.

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