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Obese children may benefit from CLA: study

Supplements of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), previously reported to have benefits for weight in adults, could also help children, and possibly aid in the fight against childhood obesity.

High cranberry demand drives Decas expansion

Decas Cranberry Products is to expand its cranberry production facilities in a bid to meet growing industry demand for the healthy berry ingredient in foods and beverages.

Supplement market nears maturity, nutraceuticals report

The US, Europe and Japan will continue to drive the global nutraceuticals market, although growth in dietary supplements is expected to slow, according to a new report.

Study raises concerns over vitamin E and lung health

Long-term and high dose supplementation with vitamin E may result in a "small increased risk" of lung cancer, most notable amongst smokers, says new research.

New botanicals launched for chronic health diseases

Indian firm Avesthagen has launched seven new botanical bioactives which are targeted at specific degenerative conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The global weight loss market

Constantin Dallas from Fytexia tells about the differences between the US and European weight loss markets, and the areas of potential his company has identified.

GRAS granted for Aminogen protein digestion ingredient

An enzyme desgined to improve protein digestion has been granted GRAS status, opening up the market for its use in functional foods and beverages, said its manufacturer Triarco.

Health drives increased protein sales, report

Sales of protein ingredients are expected to top the $18bn mark by 2010, mainly on account of their association with a healthy lifestyle, according to new research from Global Industry...

Broccoli sprouts linked to bladder cancer protection

A concentrated extract from broccoli sprouts may cut the development of bladder cancer by more than 50 per cent, according to results of an animal study.

Give up multivitamins, Harvard warns

A report has suggested people should stop taking multivitamins while further work is carried out on folic acid's relationship to cancer.

Gingko may boost memory - if you remember to take it

Supplements of ginkgo biloba may boost the memory and memory function of the elderly, so long as people comply and take them as instructed, according to the results of a...

New gum blend adds fiber to foods, sauces

Gum Technology is introducing a new gum blend that helps bring fiber to a range of processed foods, while also delivering texture benefits.

Fenchem commits to boosting US sales

The Chinese firm Fenchem has said it is making an extra push into the US functional food market with its range of antioxidants and fibers - a move which will...

Clinical trial boosts EpiCor's efficacy for immune health

Supplementation with a yeast fermentate can boost the immune system and reduce the occurrence of cold and flu symptoms by 21 per cent, according to the results of randomised clinical trial.

Blueberry extracts may cut food intake, reduce obesity

Rats fed extracts from blueberries gained up to 10 per cent less body weight than their furry counterparts not consuming the extracts, says new joint research from New Zealand and...

Functional foods booming despite consumer scepticism

The $72.3bn (€48bn) functional foods and beverages markets of Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific will grow by a buoyant 5.7 per cent per year until 2012 as a...

Vegetables, but not fruit, may slash diabetes risk

A higher intake of vegetables, rich sources of fibre, antioxidants, and magnesium, may reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by almost 30 per cent, suggests a new study.

Sabinsa gets Canadian patent for ForsLean

Sabinsa Corporation strengthened the patent net for its ForsLean weight management ingredient, announcing yesterday that it has secured a patent in Canada.

Cargill's barley betafiber achieves heart health claim

Cargill's barley beta concentrate is set to receive a new health claim from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linking the ingredient to a reduced risk of heart disease.

Smiling Bob legal action comes to an end

Legal action against Steve Warshak - the owner of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals - has ended after he was found guilty of misleading customers, lying to banks and hiding profits.

Magnesium linked to fewer gallstones

Increased intake of magnesium from dietary supplemental forms may decrease a man's risk of developing gallstones, suggests a new study from the US.

Weekly Comment

Supplements - do we ask too much?

Taking a range of supplements from vitamin A to zinc is becoming part of everyday life. But as the latest study is published questioning their efficacy, people could be left...

Wild brings joint health ingredient to foods

A joint health ingredient is set to make its entry into the US food and beverage arena following a new partnership between Wild Flavors and Diversified Natural Products (DNP).

Glucosamine ineffective for hip osteoarthritis: study

Glucosamine sulphate, one of the most popular supplements for joint health, has the same effect as placebo for osteoarthritis in the hip, Dutch researcher report.

Curcumin may cut heart failure risk says research duo

Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow colour, may protect against heart failure - in mice at least - suggests a new study from Canada.

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