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Chondroitin sulphate may slow knee osteoarthritis

Taking chondroitin sulphate supplements over short periods significantly relieved pain and improved mobility in patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to researchers.

PS creates new opportunities in sports nutrition

A patent on phosphatidylserine's ability to improve muscle recovery is set to open up new applications for the ingredient and could help sports nutrition manufacturers rejuvenate slowing sales growth.

Teavigo stops weight gain in mice, new study

The highly purified green tea extract Teavigo has been shown to significantly inhibit the process that promotes fat cell formation in mice, and may help prevent overweight in people, says...

More than a third of Americans use complementary medicine

More than one third of US adults use complementary and alternative medicine, according to a new nationwide government survey, with almost 20 per cent of these taking natural products, such...

Probiotic bacteria may stop HIV infection

Probiotic bacteria appear to tackle the HIV virus and may even stop it from being transferred from a mother to her children, said researchers at the American Society for Microbiology...

Wyeth introduces low-carb vitamin formula

Makers of the leading multivtamin brand Centrum is launching a new variant targeting people on a low-carb diet, who may be cutting their intake of key vitamins and minerals as...

New research reveals mechanism for resveratrol's anti-cancer activity

Scientists in the US have isolated the compound primarily responsible for the associated health benefits of red wine and have discovered its function in the prevention of cancer.

Naturade sales down in first quarter

Sales of weight loss products made by California firm Naturade during the first quarter were hit by a labor strike at stores in the mass market channel, reported the company...

New patent for NutraCea, more heart health claims

NutraCea has received a patent for the use of its rice bran derivatives to reduce cholesterol and atherosclerosis progression.

Maternal diet of oily fish may prevent asthma in offspring

Pregnant women with asthma who eat oily fish, such as salmon or trout, may help protect their children against developing asthma, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic...

Unigen to search for novel plant compounds in Panama project

Plant extract supplier Unigen Pharmaceuticals is to work with a University of Panama research centre to identify lead plant-derived compounds that could be used in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical and functional...

Brown rice may act against onset of Alzheimer's

Pre-germinated brown rice, high in levels of the nutrient GABA, significantly improved levels of spatial learning in mice, report researchers from the Japanese cosmetics and supplements maker FANCL.

Vitamins enhance benefits of exercise for heart

Taking vitamin supplements appears to have a synergistic effect on the benefits of exercise for heart health, according to new research on mice.

Zinc speeds pneumonia recovery, may boost immunity

Adding zinc to standard antimicrobial treatment may accelerate recovery from pneumonia, say researchers in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Coca-Cola goes low-carb

Coca-Cola is launching a modified version of the world's best-selling drink to target the millions of Americans following a low-carb diet.

Hain expands frozen, children's food ranges

Natural foods group Hain Celestial will expand its presence in frozen foods with another acquisition from its minority shareholder Heinz, it revealed last week. It has also set up a...

Consumers warned of multivitamin flaws

Thirteen popular multivitamin products failed a ConsumerLab test because of lead contamination, lower ingredient levels than stated, and/or inability to fully break apart for absorption, writes Wai Lang Chu.

Low-carb competition puts Atkins under pressure

Atkins Nutritionals, the business created to support the diet plan developed by Robert Atkins, says its reputation and science is being ripped off by new diets, based on reducing carbohydrates.

Green tea could help stem rising rates of esophageal cancer

Green tea may help to lower the prevalence of esophageal adenocarcinoma, one of the fastest growing cancers in western countries, said researchers speaking at a meeting on digestive disease in...

NutraIngredients lauded by food industry

Sister site has received a finalist's award in the best publication category of the UK's business food and drink journalist awards.

Iron supplement benefits depend on stage of deficiency

Iron-deficient women who take supplements of the nutrient to remedy the impact on their physical performance could be wasting their time, suggests a new study. But for those not yet...

GI health benefits from caffeine-containing drinks

Drinking caffeinated beverages may benefit some people who are at high-risk for liver disease, according to new research presented at a conference on digestive disease running in New Orleans this...

Baywood to buy healthcare products developer Aidan

Baywood International has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Aidan Products, a firm that specialises in immunology and angiogenesis products sold through healthcare practitioner channels.

Krill oil, CLA combo to fight pre-menstrual symptoms

PharmaNutrients has developed a novel combination of omega-3 and omega-6 lipids that could help improve some of the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, thought to affect more than half of all...

Chemi Nutra gains rights to new PS use patent on muscle development

Chemi Nutra has gained exclusive rights to a new patent on its soy-derived phosphatidylserine product relating to its ability to suppress cortisol, a catabolic stress hormone that can inhibit the...

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