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A wake-up call: UNPA survey shows lack of consumer & market awareness of credible certification seals

Eighty-one percent of responders to a recent UNPA survey think the dietary supplements industry would need a new quality seal if the industry had to move toward a single seal...

Discounting to clear unexpected multivitamin inventory bulge hurts GNC's Q1 results

Supplement retailing giant GNC has suffered through a disappointing quarter that CEO Michael Archbold chalked up mostly to inventory problems.

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AHPA adopts new labeling guidance for ‘alcohol-removed’ liquid herbal products

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has issued new guidance for manufacturers of liquid herbal products in which ethanol is used as a solvent and then removed.

April 2016 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest supplement industry news?

What is GOED’s recommendation for EPA + DHA per day? A publication from which university got blasted for an article calling supplements ‘suspect’ and ‘useless’? 

Eating black raspberries may decrease heart disease risk: Study

An extract found in black raspberries can significantly lower arterial stiffness, a key measure of cardiovascular disease, according to data from a Korean study.

ProbioTech’s citizen petition calls for probiotic suppository to be included in supplement definition

The FDA defines supplements as something ingested. ProbioTech is petitioning an amendment to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act 1994 (DSHEA) to ensure that suppositories are included in the...

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Gut flora composition linked to health, diet, and lifestyle, pioneering population study reveals

In one of the first population-wide studies on gut flora variation, a distinct link between gut bacteria and health, diet, and lifestyle, has been established.

Vitamin Angels boosts efforts in Indonesia with MOU

Vitamin Angels has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Muhammadiyah, among the largest and oldest charitable organizations in Indonesia, to collaborate on alleviating micronutrient deficiency among children under age 5.

Fruit d'Or to highlight cranberry probiotic in confection prototype at Healthy & Natural Show

Fruit d’Or is following the lead of some other probiotics suppliers by pushing its LactoCran cranberry seed powder/probiotic combination into the confectionary category.

CRN seeks tweaks to proposed Prop 65 changes in bid to cut lawsuits off at the pass

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has filed comments with officials in California in an effort to blunt the effect of proposed changes to Prop 65 which could add new burdens...

Plant-derived bacteria shows anti-obesity effects: RCT

Heat-killed Pediococcus pentosaceus LP28 derived from the longan fruit may help trim waist lines and reduce body fat, say results from a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.

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US Pharmacopeial Convention joins UNPA

The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has become an Associate Member of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

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Fish oil, cocoa & plant sterols: The winning combination against heart disease?

Combining fish oil, cocoa extract and plant sterols food supplements could offer an effective defence against heart disease, a new study suggests.  

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Testing and tracking nutrition in mental health

The quest to halt cognitive decline as a feature of ageing has become an intense area of research in recent years, and polyphenols can deliver much. 

Halal leader NoorVitamins launches high potency fish oil to broaden value proposition

The introduction by NoorVitamins of a Halal-certified fish oil is another step in the company’s dominance of the category. But CEO Mohammed Issa says the company’s goals are bigger, to...

Tomorrow! NutraIngredients-USA's Omega-3 Forum

Experts from GOED, NBTY, Wiley’s Finest, Cornell University, and will discuss the market forces, science, supply chain, and future opportunities in omega-3s in a FREE forum hosted by NutraIngredients-USA....

CSPI makes second call to FDA for ban of high potency caffeine retail sales

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of high potency caffeine products to consumers. Despite FDA’s warning...

Study shows Calanus oil may benefit blood pressure and heart health

Supplements containing Calanus oil may support cardiovascular health via anti-inflammatory effects in blood vessel walls, says a new study.

GRAS process for evaluating ingredient safety threatens FDA’s mission, Sen. Markey argues

The “loose structure” and voluntary process for companies to self-determine if new ingredients are “generally recognized as safe” without required input from FDA undermines the agency’s ability to ensure the...

Olive-sourced hydroxytyrosol effective in biscuits: Study

Olive oil phenol hydroxytyrosol has been shown to be highly bioavailable and to lower oxidised LDL (low density lipoprotein) levels when incorporated into biscuits, suggesting functional food applications could be on...

Deep-ocean mineral water may be a better hydrator than mountain spring water, study finds

Researchers from the University of Arizona hypothesized that deep-ocean mineral water drawn from 3,000 feet underwater off the coast of Kona in Hawaii may enhance recovery of hydration and exercise performance.

Developers hope to enter new category with inhalable vitamin product

A pair of entrepreneurs are pushing the delivery mode envelope with a new vitamin product meant to be inhaled.  Called Vitamin Vapor, the new product features a suite of B...

Review supports immune health potential of larch arabinogalactan

Supplements of Larch arabinogalactan may support immune health and help reduce the incidence of common cold infections, says a new review.

Scientists develop a drinkable, peanut-based dietary supplement for older adults

To benefit older adults who are at a high risk of protein-energy malnutrition, scientists from the University of Georgia developed a peanut-based beverage supplement and compared its nutritional and microbiological...

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Niagen to be researched for neuroprotective effect among football players

Thorne Research and ChromaDex Corp. are partnering in a research effort with the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute on a planned study to...

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