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Orange juice may protect against bad effects of high fat meals

Flavonoids from orange juice may neutralise the detrimental effects of consuming a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal, says a new study from the US.

Martek works on a vegetarian source of chondroitin

Martek is developing a vegetarian source of chondroitin – a popular joint health ingredient that is normally sourced from animal cartilage.

Fytexia launches water-soluble ingredient versions to target US beverages

Natural ingredient supplier Fytexia has announced the release of a water-soluble high purity version of its flagship Sinetrol ingredient for weight control, as the company eyes the functional drinks market.

Omega-3s show heart benefits for non-fish eaters

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may decrease the risk of heart disease and heart attack in people with low fish intakes, says a new study from The Netherlands.

Baby Boomers prefer healthy ingredients & supplements

American Baby Boomers, aged 45 to 64, are much more likely to choose healthy ingredients and supplements than younger or older consumers, according to new research by market research group Decision Analyst.


Making the food industry fair for SMEs

No race should have rules that favour the strongest competitors. But unless the capabilities and interests of SMEs are taken into consideration before the starting gun is fired for new...

Coconut water tipped to redefine sports drink market

A new market report predicts that coconut water is set to redefine the sports drinks market after Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both put their weight behind the new niche last year.

Special edition: Vitamin D

Science: Enlightening consumers to the benefits of vitamin D

Barely a week goes by without a new study supporting the benefits of vitamin D and calling for increased intakes. In the final part of our series on the sunshine...

Vitamin K may reduce cancer risk: EPIC study

Consuming foods rich in vitamin K2 may reduce the risk of cancer, says a new study supporting the potential anti-cancer benefits of this emerging nutrient.

Sports drinks suffer sales volume slump in US

Sports drinks appear to have suffered a severe reversal of fortune in the US with volumes going through the floor in 2009.

Science highlights promise of prebiotics for weight management

Prebiotic fibres may beneficially modify bacterial populations in our guts and aid weight management, with “promising effects also shown in humans”, says a new review of the science.

NPA votes to close two 'unviable' regional offices

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has axed two of its regional operations and is creating a state government relations position to fill the gap.

Global upswing for probiotic and prebiotic food and beverages

World sales of probiotic and prebiotic foods and beverages climbed 12.5 per cent to reach about $15.4bn in 2008 compared with the year before, according to research group Packaged Facts.

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Verdure Sciences gets GMP registration to support QA

Indiana-based Verdure Sciences has achieved Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration through NSF International’s Dietary Supplement Certification program.

Multivitamins during pregnancy may boost infant health

Daily supplements of multivitamins during pregnancy may improve the growth of the baby in the womb, says a study with African American women.

Special Edition: Vitamin D

Suppliers surmounting vitamin D fortification challenges

In many countries foods such as milk, yoghurt, margarine, oil spreads, breakfast cereal, pastries as well as bread are fortified with vitamin D, and in the third part of our...

Fast-C stakes claim to vitamin C bioavailability crown

Vitamin C is one of the most researched nutrients in the world, but according to Scientific Food Solutions, much of that research has not dealt with the bioavailability question.

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Probi takes immune health supplements into South Africa

South Africa’s Camox Pharmaceuticals has signed an agreement to sell Probi’s dietary supplement for immune health on the South African market.

‘Rich in antioxidants’ takes the claims cake

US research has found that antioxidants claims that choose wording such as “rich in antioxidants” are much more likely to draw a response from consumers than "antioxidants added".

Special edition: vitamin D

Regulation: Time to catch up with the vitamin D science?

In the second part of our vitamin D special edition, we unpick some of the regulatory concerns surrounding the 'sunshine vitamin'.

Omega-3-fortified dairy effective for heart health: Study

Consuming dairy products fortified with omega-3 fatty acids does benefit heart health, and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study from Germany.

Vitamin K may benefit bones for transplant patients

Supplements of vitamin K2 may improve bone health in people following organ transplants, says a new study that adds to the growing list of benefits of the vitamin.

Special Edition: Vitamin D

Markets: Global vitamin D boom remains elusive

Scientists have linked Vitamin D to a wide variety of health benefits in recent years but outside the US this buzz has yet to translate into a market boom.

Hatch, Harkin and co. win NPA champion awards

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) along with House of Representative members, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have...

Lutein players see eye to eye on patent dispute details

Lutein rivals Kemin Food and OmniActive Health Technologies have issued a joint statement clarifying terms of the lutein processing patent dispute they settled late last year.

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