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Updated: USP outlines its improvements for ginkgo testing

‘A significant contribution to the quality assurance of ginkgo products’: Scientists present simple method to test for adulterants

A new, simple method can address the problem of identifying adulterants in ginkgo biloba extracts, claim the scientists from Southern Cross University and Integria Healthcare in Australia who developed it.

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects...

Research supports bergamot's benefit in fatty liver disease, manufacturer says

Natural Health Solutions says new research confirms the benefits of its BergaMet supplement, a highly concentrated extract of the Calabrian bergamot fruit, has benefits for consumers who show signs of...

Concept of biomimicry could inform nutraceutical discovery, manufacture, expert says

Biomimicry, or the practice of taking cues from nature for design of products for human use, could transform the way dietary supplments manufacturers interact with their consumers, an expert says.

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Naturex gets Canadian NPN number for green coffee bean extract benefits

The Canadian Natural Health Product Directorate (NHPD) has granted a Natural Product Number (NPN) for Naturex’s Svetol green coffee bean extract for its benefits on weight management and cardiovascular health....

Study confirms NEM eggshell membrane ingredient's effect in quenching pro-inflammatory cytokines

ESM Technologies has published new research that shows how its ESM eggshell membrane ingredient supports a healthy inflammatory response by reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines  in a rat model.

Is the omega-3 sector in decline?

Growth in fish oil sales have been described by the CEO of Vitamin Shoppe as ‘softening’, while data from GOED indicates that 12 million users have left the category in...

FDA’s proposed nutrition label changes emphasize calories, serving sizes

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total...

Strawberries show significant heart health benefits: Human data

Daily consumption of strawberries may improve blood lipid levels and platelet function in healthy subjects, says a new study from Italy that supports the heart health benefits of the fruit.

Data shows 'cobiotic' modulates glucose response in diabetic and pre diabetic subjects

Microbiome Therapeutics, a startup based in Broomfield, CO, has developed a technology that it says can significantly shift the makeup of the gut microflora in prediabetic patients and those with...

Vitamin D may have direct effect on brain development, social behaviour and autism

Vitamin D could have a 'critical influence' levels of serotonin in the brain and may directly effect social behaviours associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to new research.

Sprouting garlic packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, say researchers

Old garlic bulbs that have grown ‘sprouts’ are often considered past their prime, however new research suggests these aging bulbs have higher levels of heart-healthy antioxidants than their fresh counterparts.

Purchasing departments can drive innovation while delivering on sustainability goals, expert says

Sustainable sourcing is a big buzzword these days, and companies have different methods for achieving that goal. One way to boost a company’s sustainability profile is to tap into a...

Special edition: Gluten-free

Pulses for gluten-free: ‘We are what they need,’ says Best Cooking Pulses

From ready meals to breakfast bars, lots of pulse flour-based gluten-free products are coming on stream, says Margaret Hughes from Best Cooking Pulses, Inc., with the favorable nutritional profiles and...

Vitamin Shoppe: Next Step is our most ambitious private label launch to date

Supplement retailer Vitamin Shoppe is continuing to expand its private label offerings having launched more than 60 private label products in 2013, and the latest – Next Step – is...

Plant sterol’s ‘reliable dispersibility’ makes it ideal fit for functional beverages

As consumers increasingly gravitate toward functional foods and beverages, HyPhyto Inc. has rolled out a phytosterol product differentiated by its effective dispersibility in liquids, making it ideal for functional beverages...

Vitamin D deficiency linked to compromised immune function: Study

Seniors who are deficient in vitamin D also tend to have compromised immune functions including inflammation and biomarkers for heart disease, according to new research.

Vegetarian diet could slash blood pressure: Meta-analysis

Consuming a vegetarian diet may be associated with lower blood pressure, and as such could be used to reduce blood pressure and heart disease risk, say researchers.

BASF nutrition and health jumps 7% to crack €2bn in 2013

‘Nutrition and Health’ was the best performing section within BASF’s ‘Performance Products’ division in 2013, posting a 7% gain on 2012 to push through €2bn in sales for the year.

Omega-3-rich fish intake during pregnancy may boost birth weight for babies: European data

Higher intakes of fish during pregnancy may lead to infants with a higher birth weight, as well as reducing the risk of pre-term births, according to data from 19 European...

Multi-platform automated program aims to help pre-diabetics manage conditions

A company based in Berkeley, CA has launched a new interactive program for mobile devices to help prediabetic patients avoid trending over into full-blown diabetes.  The program, called Alive PD,...

CRN: Report finding not enough evidence linking multivitamins to cancer prevention shouldn't obscure their benefits

The final report from a government task force finding no preventive effect of multivitamin usage in relation to cancer and cardiovascular disease has been modified in an appropriate way to...

UK research takes aim at beneficial bacteria's ability to break down carbs

New funding from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) could help researchers to better understand how beneficial bacteria break down non-digestible carbohydrate.

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Nutrativa to be exclusive marketer of Lycoberry

Nutrativa Global has partnered with From The Wild to provide the exclusive manufacturing, sales and marketing support for the launch of Lycoberry, a red berry with a high concentration of...

Editor's Blog

‘Play it again, Sochi’: DMAA food supplements stimulate ongoing Olympic dopiness

For 12 days the 22nd Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, had escaped the scourge of doping. It may not have escaped the scourge of homophobic ranting from its paragon-of-progress president, Vladimir...

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