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Herbal ingredient gives incontinence hope

UroLogic, herbal ingredient launching in products in the US this month, could provide a new natural means of managing incontinence, after being shown to significantly improve the symptoms of urinary...

ADM files suit to protect soy isoflavone rights

The battle surrounding the technology rights for the production of soy isoflavones has been refired as Archer Daniels Midland files a lawsuit against a US firm for infringing patent rights.

Tea's brain health benefit link gets more support

Both green and black tea could protect against age-related diseases like Alzheimer's, says a new study, adding yet more support to the benefits of tea extract on brain health.

Antioxidants may not reduce pregnancy complications

Vitamins C and E might not reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women, and may even lead to under-weight babies, says a new study.

Forward-looking Forbes Medi-Tech racks up R&D losses

Forbes Medi-Tech is expecting future growth for its branded nutraceutical business to be borne of its milestone deal with leading UK retailer Tesco, yet is philosophical that it will continue...

TM Congress extends comment period for draft model

The Traditional Medicines (TM) Congress has extended the comment period for its draft regulatory model for traditional medicines in response to requests from practicing herbalists.

Type of food affects soy isoflavone bioavailability

The body's ability to absorb and benefit from soy isoflavones is greater when taken from juice but not cookies, results that have implications for using soy isoflavones as functional ingredients.

Organic standards spark spirulina row

Two leading spirulina producers have criticised the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB) decision to disallow the use of Chilean nitrate in organic production as unjust, and have declined to alter...

New genome deal to boost Danone probiotic R&D

France's Danone has announced a three-year licence with US-based Integrated Genomics for access to the ERGO database and genomic discovery system to enhance the group's probiotic understanding and R&D. ...

Z-Trim Plus claims double-edged health benefits

A new line of functional fat substitutes claims to be able to cut up to half the fat content of products while fortifying them with health promoting ingredients.

Omega-3 goes condition-specific

The omega-3 market is one of the biggest trends in the supplement market today, but it seems it is crossing from general wellness towards products aimed at specific consumers and...

Grape seed extract may help lower blood pressure

A daily supplement of grape seed extract, a rich source of polyphenols, could lower blood pressure and ease the burden of metabolic syndrome, says new research.

ADHD teens calmed by omega oils

Supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 oils could improve the behaviour and the attention span of teens with ADHD, say English researchers.

Brand New Brands births first two companies

Last February Brand New Brands entered the functional foods arena with $15 million in funding and a plan to nurture small brands. At Expo West Jess Halliday caught up with...

Jellyfish could be key to neuroprotection

A calcium-binding protein derived from jellyfish is edging closer towards entering the supplements market, following the laboratory studies showing potent anti-aging activity on brain cells.

Weekly Comment

Salt debate leaves bitter taste

The current debate about the levels at which the UK's food regulator has set its salt reduction targets misses the point about how healthier eating habits can be achieved.

Embria hails new era of immune health with EpiCor

At this weekend's Supply Expo, Embria began speaking for the first time about its new immunity supplement, EpiCor - a high-metabolite immunogen born out of decades of experience and observation...

Study 'confirms' lignan dose for menopause supplements

A daily dose of 10 to 30 milligrams of Norwegian spruce lignans is effective to help women manage menopause, says Italian research.

Creatine 'exerts mild antioxidant activity'

The amino acid creatine, a favourite of athletes around the world to increase their muscle bulk, may also act as an antioxidant, says new research.

SupplyExpo makes connections in Anaheim

New friends, industry trends, innovations and Elvis impersonators. The 25th annual Natural Products Expo West and SupplyExpo drew to a close yesterday afternoon, after three days of intense industry activity...

CS Agra becomes CS Health

Broccoli has been riding high on a wave of positive health reports for some time; now CS Agra, the company behind sgs 100, has been renamed as CS Health to...

ONC names microencapsulation solution Powder-loc

Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC) has revealed the double-shell technology underlying its Powder-loc microencapsulation for omega-3.

Omega-3s have no benefits for heart health, cancer - new review

Intake of omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and fish oil supplements has no effect on mortality, heart disease or cancer, concludes a new review, but guidelines should continue for...

Forbes Medi-Tech expects Reducol revenue leap

Canada's Forbes Medi-Tech has issued revenue guidance for 2006 that shows an anticipated increase in sales of its Reducol cholesterol-lowering ingredient of up to 67 percent.

Australia accepts vitamin preparation alternative

The Australia and New Zealand food regulator has approved the use of medium chain triglycerides for the production of vitamins in infant formula, an allergen-free alternative to commonly used vegetable...

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