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Probiotics and memory: When conclusions can go too far

A recent rodent study indicated that a combination of probiotics may impair memory in healthy animals – conclusions that industry experts say go ‘a bit too far’, and are at...

Acacia rigidula still popping up on market

Acacia rigidula-containing products continue to find a place in the market, as a recent warning letter shows. 

Breadth of Vitamin Shoppe's Oregon settlement seen as troubling precedent

The agreement between Vitamin Shoppe and the Oregon Attorney General sets a bad precedent for industry in several ways, experts say.

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CRN adds new voting and associate members

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has welcomed seven new companies to its membership roster.

Meta-analysis supports cholesterol-lowering activity of konjac glucomannan

A daily 3 gram dose of konjac glucomannan may reduce LDL cholesterol levels by an impressive 10%, according to data pooled from 12 randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

PEAs harder to control than were steroids, experts say

The presence and proliferation of phenylethylamines in sports nutrition products continues to be a thorn in the side of the dietary supplement industry.  But trying to regulate these ingredients away...

Youngevity posts rising revenues amid persistent losses

Youngevity International reported mixed earnings with a slight revenue rise offset by continued losses.  The company also acquired two nutritional products brands in recent weeks.

More than half of consumers think 'hybrid beverages' are a pricey gimmick, Mintel survey finds

Despite the emerging trend of blurring category lines in the functional beverage sector, many consumers still hesitate to believe the claims and attributes on pack, let alone make a purchase,...

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Twinlab returns to UNPA as Executive Member

Twinlab, a founding member of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), has returned to the organization as its latest Executive Member.

Natural Products Day: NPA discusses HSA/FSA, NDIs, FTC, WIC program and more with legislators

Over 100 industry stakeholders from 25 key states took to Capitol Hill to discuss a range of issues, ranging from the inclusion of dietary supplement in HSA/FSA, the regulation of...

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

VIDEO: Why New Zealand’s long-awaited Natural Health Products Bill is needed now more than ever

Trade body Natural Products New Zealand is hoping new industry regulations – which it believes will help boost exports – can finally be passed before the nation’s elections in September.

Claims on adaptogens might overreach, but the herbs really are powerhouses, experts say

The comprehensive properties of adaptogens could lead marketers to overblown claims, but experts familiar with these ingredients say their many benefits really do lend themselves to ‘magic pill’-type language.

Colostrum supplements may reduce muscle damage and inflammation post-exercise: RCT

A daily supplement containing bovine colostrum may reduce markers of muscle damage and blunt inflammation after exercise, says a new study with soccer players.

Vitamin D, calcium supplementation don’t reduce cancer risk… or do they?

Four years of supplementation with calcium and vitamin D did not produce any statistically significant reductions in the risk of cancer in older women with sufficient levels of the nutrients,...

GRMA launches website ahead of releasing consensus-based GMP standard for dietary supplements

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) has launched www.GRMAlliance.org to encourage participation in the ANSI standards development process, with its GMP standard for supplements expected soon.

Supplements and exercise effective for malnutrition and frailty: Review

The overlap between malnutrition and frailty is such that both conditions could benefit from combining oral nutritional supplements and physical activity, a review has concluded.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

‘Clean and green’: Australian and New Zealand functional honey products continue to buzz in China

Natural products with functional claims such as honey continue to face a bright future as both a food and a therapeutic product, not least in China where demand is expected...

Canadian firm to launch cannabidiol nutraceutical in UK

A functional food containing cannabidiol and hemp seed oil has been launched in the UK by Canadian hemp seed product manufacturer, HempCo, under the brand name PlanetHemp.

Heliae makes progress on astaxanthin, pivots to feed in DHA production

Algae ingredients producer Heliae has taken steps toward commercial viability with new certifications on its astaxanthin products and launch of new finished products. In addition, the company has reached a...

Microbiota may determine if pomegranate extracts are beneficial or not

The potential cardiovascular effects of ellagitannins from pomegranate and walnuts may be either positive or negative depending on their gut microbiota, says a new study.

Meta-analysis supports tea’s link to stronger bones

Consumption of tea is associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD), according to a meta-analysis of 16 studies combining data from 138,523 people.

Beetroot juice may boost performance in soccer players: RCT

Consuming beetroot juice may improve high-intensity intermittent-type exercise performance, says a new study with trained soccer players.

Regulations, supply chain, and deep science take center stage in Oxford

NDIs, GMPs, advances in analytical techniques, safety, and future directions for dietary supplements are just some of the stand out topics to be explored at the upcoming 17th Annual Oxford...

Aloha rebrands to make plant-based nutrition range pop across multiple channels

Wellness brand Aloha recently underwent a re-branding, re-formulation, and re-categorization of its plant protein products that better align with consumers’ evolving desires.

Asthma action: Fibre supplementation provides benefits by improving gut microbiota

Fibre supplementation can improve asthma symptoms by boosting gut microbiota, results from an Australian trial have revealed. 

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