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Advitech devotes resources to psoriasis product trials

Canada's Advitech is continuing with the clinical trial program for XP-828L sweet whey protein extract to give the product weight with dermatologists and help it achieve its market potential -...

Sesame lignan may help control blood pressure

Leading Japanese drinks maker Suntory says it has found sesamin, one of the lignans most abundant in sesame seed and oil, helps to control high blood pressure.

Probiotic bacteria helps irritable bowel syndrome

A drink containing a probiotic strain isolated from infants relieved symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome to the same extent as pharmaceutical treatments for the condition, report Irish researchers.

Most fish oil supplements are safe, says Environmental Defense

Manufacturers of two thirds of fish oil supplements sold in the US comply with the strictest standards to remove environmental contaminants, concludes a survey published by Environmental Defense (ED) yesterday.

MRI launches controlled-release alpha-lipoic acid formulation

Medical Research Institute has announced the introduction of Glucotize, a patented, controlled-release alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) formulation which represents a step forward in nutraceutical approaches to diabetes care.

Coffee boards the functional beverages bandwagon

Coffee has never been considered a healthy drink - until now, that is. Jess Halliday reports on two companies that have developed ways of making America's favorite pick-me-up better for...

Flavonoids work together to inhibit cancer cells

Components in grapes, including some newly identified ones, work together to dramatically inhibit an enzyme crucial to the proliferation of cancer cells, a US research team reports.

FDA makes public ephedrine alkaloid testing methods

The FDA has made public the methods it uses to test whether supplement products contain the banned herbal extract ephedrine alkaloid.

Fake CoQ10 threatens Kaneka brand, supplement safety

The huge demand for coenzyme Q10, inflating prices to record highs, is boosting the market for fraudulent products, and threatening leading manufacturer Kaneka's brand, reports Dominique Patton.

EuroPharma refocuses on product development

With a number of new supplements in the pipeline, EuroPharma is devoting more attention to developing products and less to distribution of its stalwart brands.

Ocean Spray taps former Pepsi chief in health drive

Ocean Spray said yesterday that it has appointed former PepsiCo R&D chief Geoffrey Woolford as vice president of research and development, as part of its efforts to give the company...

New golden rice has 20 times more beta-carotene

UK scientists have developed a new genetically modified strain of golden rice that is said to produce 23 times more beta-carotene than the previous variety, reports Dominique Patton.

Functional foods fall short of full potential, says IFT report

Consumers are missing out on potential benefits of functional foods as the food industry and government fail to keep up with advances in science and food technology, according to a...

Natural Health eyes new markets after costly year

Direct selling firm Natural Health Trends will turn its attention towards expanding global markets in the coming year, despite reporting a drop in net income to $1.2 million, or $0.18...

Plant diet may not be bad for bones

People who eat no animal products and only raw plant-based foods may have healthier bones than previously thought, shows US research.

Brand building - not just for finished products

The ingredients industry is, and always has been, driven by science, but consumers' continuing mistrust of mainstream medicine and the growing trend towards self care makes it more important than...

Bausch & Lomb reaches patent swop settlement with Alcon

Bausch & Lomb has come to a cross licensing settlement with Alcon over the latter's infringement of its patented eye health supplement formulation, Ocuvite PreserVision.

Degussa launches ALA for liquid formulations

Degussa Food Ingredients has introduced a new liquid version of the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid for use in beverages and soft gels.

Sterol plant expansions to help grow market

New suppliers of plant sterols are ramping up capacity to guarantee sustained growth of the market in the long-term, reports Dominique Patton.

Industry associations plan Herb Day USA

If mothers, lovers and the president have their own special days, why shouldn't herbs? That is the thinking of several organizations dedicated to promoting the use of herbs, who are...

Expo West and Supply Expo boast best ever attendance

For serious supplements and functional foods players, Anaheim was the place to be last weekend. Jess Halliday reports on the latest trends and products making an entrance in the rapidly...

Keratec unravels problem of soluble keratin

What do you get when you cross 12,000 enterprising sheep farmers with a supplements industry that is hungry for innovation? A new joint health ingredient derived from wool that could...

Cellulose tech may stop plaque build-up

A cellulose ingredient appears to both lower LDL cholesterol and reduce build-up of plaque in the arteries, suggesting a strong benefit in people at risk of heart disease.

SourceOne grows portfolio to meet CV concerns

SourceOne Global Partners and American River Nutrition (ARN) have formed a joint venture to market the latter's DeltaGold annatto extract - a powerful vitamin E isomer believed to aid cholesterol...

DHA may help prevent Alzheimer's, further evidence

People who eat significant amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may be less likely to get Alzheimer's disease, suggests an animal study.

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