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Chr Hansen link up in Canada targets women's health

Leading cultures firm Chr Hansen has entered a strategic alliance with a Canadian research company to offer probiotic bacteria specifically targeted to the substantial women's health market.

Z-trim given the thumbs up

Z-Trim, the all-natural, zero calorie fat replacement that reduces calories and increases healthy insoluble fiber in a variety of products does not alter the original recipe's taste, no matter what...

Lean beef for essential iron uptake

Diets rich in lean beef can help teenagers maintain their levels of useable iron and contribute to balanced eating habits, say researchers at the University of Iowa College of Public...

Global soy stocks still vulnerable

Health food manufacturers using soy ingredients may face new price rises if soybean supply continues to be hit by unprecedented demand in China and drought in major producer countries.

Kangaroo meat 5 times more CLA than lamb

The meat of Australia's bush kangaroo may be the highest known source of the healthy fat CLA, an Australian scientist has discovered.

New potato-based resistant starch targets low-carb market

Spearing growth in the speciality starch and health ingredients domain MGP Ingredients links up with Penford Corporation to market a new potato-based resistant starch for increasing fiber and reducing carbohydrate...

GRAS approval for omega-3 fish oil

Canadian ingredients company Ocean Nutrition has received GRAS status for its omega-3 powder fish oil product, used in supplements beneficial to the heart. The award opens up opportunities for the...

Vitamin D to prevent falls in the elderly

Vitamin D supplementation appears to reduce the risk of falls among institutionalised elderly people by more than 20 per cent, concludes an analysis of the research carried out to date.

New benefits of broccoli come to light

A naturally occurring compound in broccoli, already shown to fight cancer in cells, may also be able to reduce risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to...

Tonalin CLA approved for safe use in food

A second brand of the fatty acid CLA, marketed by leading health ingredients firm Cognis, has been approved as safe for use in foods, paving the way for numerous new...

New vitamin products lift sales at Perrigo

An unusually high demand for cough and cold products, increasing sales of both OTC drugs and vitamin products, has helped consumer healthcare business Perrigo lift sales higher than expected during...

Up the spinach for adequate vitamin A

People may need to eat more beta-carotene to get enough vitamin A, say US researchers, who discovered that the nutrient is less absorbable than thought.

Advantage Logistics to operate Atkins facility in Atlanta

Low carbohydrate guru Atkins Nutritionals has opted for Advantage Logistics for the second time, to operate its Atlanta distribution centre, the firm said this week, writes Wai Lang Chu.

Calcium-rich foods cut kidney stone risk

A high intake of calcium-rich foods may reduce young women's risk of developing kidney stones, report US scientists this week, but taking calcium supplements is unlikely to offer any benefit.

Winter months up the cholesterol

Cholesterol levels - irrespective of diet - vary with the seasons, reaching their highest levels in the winter months, suggest scientists who claim their findings could lead to the development...

Curry spice to ease fatal genetic disease

A compound in the curry spice turmeric appears to correct the cystic fibrosis defect in mice, report Canadian scientists, demonstrating the potential for treating the disease in humans.

Athlete supplements fail to meet quality standards

Some supplements targeted at professional athletes contain banned substances which are not listed on their labels, according to new research.

Forbes sees sterol demand rocketing

Canadian sterol manufacturer Forbes Medi-Tech has significantly cut its losses after sales of the cholesterol-lowering ingredient shot up more than 80 per cent during 2003.

Black women may need more folic acid

Black women may need to increase their folic acid intake, as a new report shows that higher levels of the amino acid homocysteine and less folic acid than white women...

Dietary supplement maker rejects take-over offer

Heath & Nutrition Systems (HNNS) has rolled over an attempted take-over from the firm's chief after the board of directors rejected an offer from his recently formed company this week.

Dairy sector continues to reap rewards of functional foods

Dairy leaders are reaping the benefits of increasing consumer interest in functional foods, with both Danone and Nestlé this week reporting strong growth in probiotic and other healthy products, report...

A sprinkle of bean extract can cut carbs

An all-natural starch neutraliser designed for sprinkling directly onto foods high in carbohydrates - and thereby reducing the overall calorie content - is to be launched in the US. But...

Scientists question power of resveratrol supplements

Supplements of resveratrol, the compound found in red wine that is thought to fight heart disease, is unlikely to have any effect on preventing most cancers, said researchers this week.

Patent approval for herbal cold line

Nutritional ingredients supplier Health Sciences Group has received approval for a US patent covering the composition and method for treating the effects of colds, paving the firm's entry into the...

Nu Skin Enterprises reports record first quarter

Nu Skin Enterprises, a worldwide direct seller of nutritional supplements, has reported a good start to 2004 with a 20 per cent increase in first quarter revenue. Growth in its...

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