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Flavonoid-rich berries could halt memory declines: Study

A high intake of flavonoid rich berries can delay memory decline in older women by 2.5 years, according to new research findings.

AHPA: If DMAA is in geranium, synthesized version is a lawful dietary ingredient

If DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) exists naturally in geranium - which has been in the food supply for years - synthesized DMAA is also a lawful dietary ingredient permitted for use in...

EU authorities set to follow US DMAA alarm

European food and medicines agencies will follow the lead of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which last week issued warning letters to 10 manufacturers over safety and authenticity...

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Kemin breaks ground on new R&D facility

Iowa-based Kemin Industries has started construction on a new state-of-the-art research and development facility in Des Moines with 1,215 linear feet of laboratory bench space.

The rise and potential fall of DMAA

After months of heated debate about the source, safety and regulatory status of supplements containing DMAA, the FDA has finally taken a stance and issued warning letters to 10 manufacturers...

Updated: FDA cracks down on DMAA - but this is just the start, not the end, of the debate, predicts CRN

It’s official, says the FDA. “Synthetically-produced DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) is not a dietary ingredient and is not, therefore, eligible to be used as an active ingredient in dietary supplements”.  

GNC: FDA action on DMAA is ‘factually and legally unfounded’

There is “no basis” for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) decision to crack down on firms making supplements containing the stimulant DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine), says retail giant GNC.

PL Thomas to distribute ‘potent’ blackcurrant ingredient

PL Thomas has been named the exclusive North American sales and marketing representative for New Zealand’s Just the Berries blackcurrant ingredients.

Chili pepper compound shows cholesterol busting potential

Capsaicinoids – the compounds that give chili peppers their ‘heat’ – may lower cholesterol levels and boost heart health, suggests new data from a study with hamsters.

Potent anti-inflammatory from olive juice bids for functional food and beverage fame

A suite of novel functional food and beverage concepts containing Hidrox - a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient from olive juice - is being developed by California-based CreAgri as it seeks to...

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Sweet Green Fields plants first commercial stevia crops in North Carolina and Georgia

Sweet Green Fields has scored another industry first with the planting of the first commercial stevia crops in the Southeast United States.

‘Exceptional’ new salt-enhancer discontinued as ex-Firmenich execs exit Horphag

Horphag Research has parted company with the executives it brought in to run its new functional foods and beverages division Horphag Research Nutrition (HRN) and discontinued Salty-R, the first product...

Resveratrol-rich grape extract shows heart health benefits: Human data

One year of supplementation with a resveratrol-containing grape extract decreased markers of inflammation and boosted heart health, says a new human study from Spain.

Food fortification effective for vitamin D increase: Study

Fortifying foods with the sunshine vitamin may be an effective way of increasing the population’s vitamin D levels, says a new meta-analysis from Ireland.

Dan Fabricant: FDA ‘somewhat aghast’ at degree of cGMP non-compliance

The level of non-compliance with dietary supplement cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) regulations has left Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials “somewhat aghast”, according to the agency’s supplements division boss....

Novel plant blend could be a game changer in fight vs metabolic syndrome, claim inventors

Florida-based ATM Metabolics is in advanced negotiations with some of the biggest food and beverage brands in the US and Europe about incorporating Emulin - the insulin-mimicking active ingredient in...

GNC scores home run with Total Lean as Q1 sales surge 23.4%

Sales at supplements giant GNC surged 23.4% in the first quarter of 2012 driven by skyrocketing sales of Vitapak vitamin bundles, Total Lean weight management products and the Pro Performance...

Beta-glucan ingredient may benefit cold and flu symptoms

Daily supplements of the beta-glucan based ingredient Wellmune WGP may reduce the number of days suffering from cold and flu symptoms, says a new study from the UK.

Soy-based S-equol supplement shows benefits for menopause symptoms: Pharmavite study

A newly developed fermented soy germ-based nutritional supplement delivering S-equol may reduce the frequency of hot flashes and relieve muscle and joint pain for post-menopausal women, says a new study.

Probiotic research must better combine technology and functionality, argue researchers

Probiotic research needs to change in its basic paradigm, so that it takes an over-arching approach to addressing issues with both technology and functionality, according to new research.

Dietary vitamin E better than supplements to battle cancer: Researchers

Dietary vitamin E in the form of gamma- and delta- tocopherol could be beneficial in battling and even reducing the risk of certain cancers, however the alpha- form commonly used...

LycoRed overcomes vitamin B ‘challenge’ to develop odorless microencapsulates

Israel-based company LycoRed has overcome the challenge of creating an odorless vitamin B microencapsulate with its latest nutricosmetic product designed to help maintain the vitality of hair and nails. 

Experimental Biology at a glance

Study unlocks glucosamine’s potential mode of action

The potential benefits of glucosamine, the leading ingredient in the joint health market, may be linked to its ability to activate a key mechanism in maintaining cellular health in joints,...

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress

'Master Files' top list of NDI comments of note… so far

The proposal to use Master Files for IP protection and to expedite the notification process is attracting attention within FDA, as the agency considers comments submitted in response to its...

Cocoa products may offer fiber source for consumers

Fiber-rich cocoa products may help consumers hit recommended levels and improve their bowel habits, says a new study.

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