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Abbott Laboratories shareholders reject proposal to remove GMOs from infant formula

An Abbott Laboratories shareholder proposal to remove genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) from its natural products - including its Similac infant formula range - has been rejected, the company has revealed.

FDA to probe impact of caffeine on kids' health following launch of Wrigley's Alert Energy Caffeine Gum

The FDA says it will take a “fresh look” at the health effects of caffeine on kids following the launch of Alert Energy Caffeine Gum - a new caffeinated gum...

Brushing aside market noise, Herbalife posts 17% sales increase

Herbalife has suffered the slings and arrows of outraged investors recently. But you wouldn’t know it from the company’s financial statements; yesterday the company reported a 17% rise in first...

Probiotics again linked to fat and weight loss: RCT data

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) may help weight loss in people with obese tendencies, says a new study from Japan.

Protein supplements may slow functional decline in the elderly

Frail older people may benefit from a daily protein supplement suggests new data from a randomized controlled trial that showed a reduction in the progression of functional decline.

Vitamin D may reduce risk of uterine fibroid: Study

Women who have an adequate intake of vitamin D are 32% less likely to develop uterine fibroids then women with low levels, researchers have suggested.

UNPA's Israelsen proposes new carrot to go with FDA's GMP stick

The dietary supplement industry is falling behind on GMP compliance, says Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance.  Fixing that is a matter of coming up with...

More vitamin D may mean faster recovery from muscle injury

Increased blood levels of vitamin D may increase the rate of muscle recovery after intensive exercise, says a new study from Utah-based scientists.

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Glanbia Nutritionals (NA), Inc. named exclusive distributor of Nutrition 21 Ingredients

Nutrition 21, LLC, has announced a distribution and co-promotion agreement with Glanbia Nutritionals (NA), Inc. 

GNC gradually dumping DMAA but not because it's unsafe

In the wake of an FDA announcement on DMAA, GNC is moving to gradually remove all DMAA-containing products from its shelves, but not because the company believes that the ingredient...

Spirulina can better manage blood sugar in diabetes patients

Indian researchers have found evidence that spirulina can help type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar levels, among other benefits.

Vitamin E a ‘potential weapon’ against obesity related disease: Study

Consumption of vitamin E could help to battle the symptoms of liver disease brought on by obesity, according to new research.

Emerson Ecologics cements relationship with homeopathic products manufacturer

Emerson Ecologics, a distributor of dietary supplements in the practitioner channel, has expanded its distribution agreement with Heel Inc. to carry its line of homeopathic products.

TruHealth MD to partner with Manitoba research group on line of prediabetes products

TruHealthMD, a manufacturer of nutritional solutions targeted at specific disease conditions, has entered into a development agreement with a Manitoba research consortium.

Nutraceutical International posts 5% sales increase

Nutraceutical International Corp. posted a 5% growth in net sales in the second quarter in earnings released yesterday.  The company brought in $53.6 million in net sales in the quarter,...

Boxer, DeFazio introduce federal GMO labeling bill

A bill requiring the labeling of GMO ingredients has been introduced at the federal level by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR.  Even though the bill’s chances...

Personalized nutrition push drives Usana's results, CEO says

Usana Health Sciences’ personalized nutrition products and applications have boosted the company’s bottom line, according to statements from company officials during a conference call discussing first quarter results.

Omega-3 may offer cancer benefit – especially in certain breast cancers

Omega-3 fatty acids and their metabolite products may be effective at blocking the growth of cancers – and could be especially effective at inhibiting growth of triple-negative breast cancer tumours,...

Grape intake may protect against MetS-related organ damage: Rat data

Consuming polyphenol-rich grapes may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research in rats.

Plandai announces licensing agreement to bring its highly bioavailable extracts to market

Plandai Biotechnology, a company built on a technology offering higher levels of bioavailability for its plant extracts, has entered into a licensing arrangement with a UK company covering the development...

Sen. Martin Heinrich: 'The model that DSHEA created is working well'

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, one of the dietary supplement industry’s new champions on Capitol Hill, spoke with NutraIngredients-USA to offer his views on the industry and the challenges it faces...

Pea protein + soluble fiber may slash cholesterol levels: Animal data

Combining pea protein with oat fiber or apple pectin may help reduce cholesterol, with the effects being additive, suggests new results from the University of Milan in Italy.

Maternal microbiota passes directly to newborn, Yakult research suggests

A mother's gut microbiota may transfer and colonise newborn infants intestines in the first few days after birth, according to new research from Yakult.

Danone Institute teams up with nutrition bodies to examine health effects of yogurt

The Danone Institute International, the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), and the UK-based Nutrition Society (NS) have joined forces to evaluate the state of science surrounding the relationship between yogurt...

Juice powder shows antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits for obese women

Capsules containing a blend of fruit, berry, and vegetable juice powder may decrease markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in obese women, says a new study from Austria.

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