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Training the salt of the earth

On International Labour Day, workers across the world will be raising a glass in honour of the salt of the earth.

Astaxanthin eyed as weight loss ingredient

Astaxanthin, the carotenoid mostly associated with eye health, stopped weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet and offer an interesting alternative to the blossoming weight management market if results...

EGCG from tea may prevent arthritis - study

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) extracted from green tea may inhibit the production of inflammatory molecules associated with and joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis, scientists have reported.

AHPA opposes FDA's CAM guidance

In a case that furthers the polemic surrounding regulatory structure of the dietary industry, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has issued comments to the US Food & Drug Administration...

SunOpta to distribute the Chinese yumberry

SunOpta will be marketing juice from the Chinese yumberry fruit in North America, thanks to a supply agreement with the Zhejiang Yumberry Juice Company.

New collaboration aims to combat bitterness in soy protein

Solae and Senomyx have entered into a collaborative agreement for the development of new flavor ingredients intended to enhance the taste characteristics of soy proteins.

Sterols in capsules effective for cholesterol cuts

Regular use of plant sterol esters in capsules improved blood lipid levels and may reduce heart disease risk, says a new study said to be the first to examine the...

Makers of HeightMax ordered to pay $1.9m

As part of its assurances that it will be tough on dietary supplement manufacturers who market with false claims, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has clamped down on a company...

Black cohosh may halve breast cancer risk - study

Women taking supplements of black cohosh may cut their risk of breast cancer by more than 50 per cent, suggests an epidemiological study from the US.

Poly-Cell secures Canadian distributor

Poly-Cell Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Toronto-based C.K. Foods to market and sell its proprietary barley ingredients Barley Balance and Glucagel north of the border.

Energy drink market gets rush from clubbers

The energy drink market has gotten further stimulus from club crowds who mix these functional beverages with alcohol, according to market researcher Mintel.

Fast food turns functional with cholesterol-lowering pizza

A new pizza dough mixture which incorporates cholesterol-lowering plant sterols is set to further expand the market for functional snack foods.

NSF registers companies ahead of GMP legislation

NSF International is seeing demand from the dietary supplement industry for its Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) registration system and announced it has completed the process for 11 new facilities for...

Scientists question benefits of polyphenols

Polyphenols, antioxidants linked to a long list of health benefits, may not be so good for you when taken in larger doses found in supplements and foritified foods, researchers have...

'Golden' potatoes engineered to give beta-carotene boost

A 250 gram serving of "Golden" Potatoes, engineered to produce high quantities of of the pro-vitamin A beta-carotene, could provide half the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, suggests new...

Special edition: Global food trade

Supplement regulations start to ease trade

Regulatory changes made in 2006 have had a positive effect on global dietary supplement trade according to the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA), but improvements are still needed...

AHPA challenges kelp/arsenic risk assessment

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has voiced its opposition to the findings of a recently published case report concluding a kelp supplement could cause arsenic poisoning.

Probiotic teams more useful than single strain - study

A combination of different probiotics strains reduces the ability of potentially pathogenic bacteria to colonise the gut more than single strains, says new research that proposes industry should look to...

Health Canada builds monograph resources for industry

Canada's Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) has issued new ingredient monographs for Ashwagandha and revised ingredient monographs for Blessed Thistle and 'Heal-All', as part of the government's efforts to compile...

Antioxidants pills may benefit chemotherapy patients

Antioxidants supplements may help increase cancer survival rates, tumour response, and the patient's ability to tolerate chemotherapy, concludes a new review.

Cognis hires omega-3 pioneer to boost fish oil platform

Cognis Nutrition & Health is bolstering its foray into the omega-3 ingredient market with the hiring of a scientific adviser specialized in this category.

Hispanic trade show opens doors in Texas

Players from throughout the Hispanic food and beverage industry are coming together this week for what claims to be the biggest event targeting this segment of the market.

Prebiotics again studied as probiotic encapsulators

Adding the prebiotic inulin to yoghurt boosted the growth of probiotic bacteria and, when used in a novel double-microencapsulation, extended the survival rates of the friendly bacteria.

Debate on chondroitin's effectiveness goes on

A Spanish chondroitin sulfate manufacturer has weighed in on the debate over the negative results of a meta-analysis recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Whole grain promotion should be doubled - meta-analysis

The consistent evidence linking the consumption of whole grain to significant decreases in the risk of cardiovascular disease should push policy-makers to redouble their efforts to get the public eating...

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