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Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Broccoli may beneficially affect microbiota diversity: Study

Consuming broccoli may change the diversity and composition of the microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract, says a new study.

FDA sends out 14 warning letters in sweep on cancer claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to 14 companies this week about marketing products for illegal cancer claims.

More members of Congress understand supplements, CRN finds in its meetings with lawmakers

The word about the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements seems to be getting out, if the attitudes of freshman legislators in Washington DC is any measure. 

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

US pregnant women falling short of omega-3 intake recommendations

Many pregnant women in the US are consuming significantly lower EPA and DHA omega-3s than recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to a new analysis.

Ingredion clinical trial shows blood sugar lowering potential of Versafibe ingredient

Researchers baked cookies using Versafibe 1490, a branded resistant starch by Ingredion, and another batch without it. Then they had 28 healthy participants eat either one cookie to compare Versafibe’s...

Valuable protection: Is the variety of gut bacteria more important than immune system in newborns?

A wide variety of gut bacteria may provide more protection against newborn infections than previously thought, say researchers who suggests the diversity of bacteria rather than the age of the...

FDA nominee strongly affirms DSHEA during hearing

A staunch affirmation of DSHEA by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, MD the nominee for FDA commissioner, is a highly promising sign for the immediate prospects of industry cooperation with the agency,...

Grape seed extract may protect gut from inflammation: Study

Proanthocyanidin-rich grape seed extracts may protect the intestines from the deleterious effects of a high-fat/high-carbohydrate diet, according to data from a rat study.

The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts

Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year left to overcome challenges...

Brew your vitamins: Startup VitaCup delivers vitamin-fortified coffee for Keurig system

As both the dietary supplement industry and consumers are well aware, taking one’s dietary supplements is a daily routine people are prone to forget. A cup of joe, on the...

VITAFOODS 2017 PREVIEW

Curcumin concoction could combat colitis: Study

A formula that blends curcumin and turmeric oils can prove effective against the activity and inflammatory burden of colitis, a study has determined.

RCT: Ashwagandha root extract may improve memory and cognitive functions

Compared to a placebo, adults supplemented with ashwagandha root extract had improved memory test scores, researchers in India found.

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

Protein power: Consumers in emerging Asian markets increasingly understand the benefits

Consumer understanding of the nutritional benefits of protein is soaring in Asia, according to research from NZMP, the ingredients brand of New Zealand-based dairy manufacturer Fonterra.

‘Healthy selfie’ culture is changing the sports nutrition marketplace

When it comes to sports nutrition purchases, consumers may say it’s ‘gains’ they care about—but they don’t really care, according to senior director of strategy at Interbrand Health Dominic Leung....

Judge dismisses suit that questioned substantiation for Bayer's probiotic claims

Bayer has had what some observers called a “quick win” in the dismissal of a class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey over claims on its Phillips Colon Health probiotic...

CVS to institute new testing requirements for dietary supplements

As part of a corporate makeover, CVS Pharmacy says it intends to institute new standards for the dietary supplements it sells that will include specific testing requirements.

Fish oil molecule ups brain and eye cell survival odds from stroke

A molecule made from omega-3 fish oil could help damaged brain and retina cells survive in the event of a stroke or other neurodegenerative and eye-blinding disorders, a study has...

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study unlocks how genes may affect dietary preferences

Genes involved in behavioral and psychological traits appear to drive a significant part of someone’s food preferences and dietary habits, says a new study from Spain.

News that Chaffetz will step down part of continual search for support in Congress

The news that Rep. Jason Chaffetz plans not to seek re-election is a reminder that maintaining friends for the dietary supplements industry within the halls of power is an ongoing...

Biz school study gives rise to brand dedicated to effective doses of top shelf ingredients

A business school plan developed into AlternaScript, a business that the founders say is built on using efficacious dosages of branded ingredients backed by clinical data, including a new weight...

Does FDA underestimate the time, resources spent on regulatory compliance?

The Food and Drug Administration is underestimating the amount of time and resources the supplement industry spends annually complying with government regulations, including current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs). 

Could coffee polyphenols improve sleep and energy metabolism in obese people?

Chlorogenic acids – the most abundant polyphenols in coffee – may help people fall asleep and boost fat burning during sleep, suggests a new study from Japan.

News in brief

NAI self-affirms GRAS for sustained release CarnoSyn, builds IP

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status of Natural Alternatives International’s sustained release beta-alanine (SR CarnoSyn) has been affirmed by a panel of independent experts.

New NRC-backed study to explore role of K2 in calcium metabolism

The Norwegian Research Council will fund a four year study to explore the relationship between calcium metabolism and vitamin K2, says NattoPharma.

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