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‘Vast majority’ of collegiate athletes taking energy drinks & supplements to boost performance: Survey

Over 80% of US collegiate athletes are consuming energy drinks, supplements or prescription medications to enhance their athletic performance, says a new survey.

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L-Citrulline shows heart health and sports performance potential

L-citrulline is 1.6 times more effective at elevating plasma L-arginine levels than taking arginine alone, which could increase NO production and improve blood flow, suggests new research.

Supplement use cuts length and cost of hospital stays, study finds

A large scale statistical study has concluded that the use of oral nutritional supplements can cut the length of hospital stays, cut costs, and reduce the chance of readmissions.

Cochrane: Probiotics may reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea

Consuming supplements and food containing probiotics may reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, according to a systematic review from the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.

More magnesium may slash heart disease risk by 30%: Harvard meta-analysis

Increased circulating levels of magnesium may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new meta-analysis from Harvard School of Public Health supporting the heart health benefits of the mineral.

IASC takes issue with description of aloe used in research study

The International Aloe Science council has weighed in on an aloe science study that does not adequately characterize the ingredient in its description. The term “nondecolorized” should have been included so as...

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Neptune begins reconstruction of plant destroyed by fire

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. has begun the reconstruction of its production facility in Sherbrooke, Québec that was destroyed by fire on Nov. 8, 2012.

Amway continues massive manufacturing expansion with $81 million facility

MLM giant Amway has broken ground on an $81 million manufacturing and warehouse facility at its headquarters in Ada, MI.  The 317,000 sq-ft. facility will manufacture some of the Nutrilite...

Prebiotic infant formula yields breast milk-like infant microbiota: Study

Infant formula infused with prebiotic oligofructose-enriched inulin results in an infant microbiota that is closer to that of breast milk fed infants during the first four months of life, a...

Green-lipped mussel omega-3s reduce exercise asthma: Study

New Zealand green-lipped mussel omega-3s improved respiratory function in exercising asthmatics, Indiana University researchers have found.

Roquette outsources lab to food supplements makers

French supplier Roquette is putting its R&D supplements facility up for rent by any party seeking to develop food supplements and food products – whether they are its own customers...

The path to Washington passes through the states, GMO labeling advocate says

The proliferation of proposed state GMO labeling laws is a means to an end, according to one longtime advocate.  The ultimate goal is a federal law that would require GMO...

EuroPharma aims at eye dryness with sea buckthorn product

Wisconsin-based EuroPharma has expanded with its eye health offerings with a novel approach, using an omega-7 rich product to address eye dryness and proper hydration.

Vitamin D may ease exercise-related muscle damage: Animal data

Supplementation with vitamin D may reduce muscle damage and inflammation linked to exercise, suggests a new study with lab rats.

Potatoes offer nutritional value for money, say researchers

When it comes to getting nutritional value for your money, potatoes should be top of the list, according to new research published in PLoS One.

Nordic Naturals targets emerging EPA-only omega-3 sector with new supplement

Leading omega-3 supplement manufacturer Nordic Naturals has extended its EPA-only omega-3 supplement range with ‘one of the most powerful EPA-only concentrates available without a prescription’.

ABC article details many facets of black cohosh adulteration

Black cohosh is something of a poster child for the economic adulteration that plagues certain herbal ingredients in the dietary supplement industry.  A new article published by the American Botanical...

Telling a good story is key to communicating scientific data in court, experts say

When communicating scientific information to a jury in a court proceeding, just remember your bedtime reading skills.  Telling a good story well is the key, experts say.

First powered study shows CoQ10 can reduce heart failure by half

Vitamin-like nutrient CoQ10 can reduce mortality rates by half in patients with moderate to severe heart failure, researchers have concluded in what they say is the first adequately powered trial...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2013

IADSA chair spells out global GMP progress

Quality control in the food supplements sector is an ongoing mission that remains top of the agenda at the group that most prominently represents both global and national players –...

Seaweed could make ‘excellent’ nutritional supplements, says researchers

Red and brown seaweed are rich in minerals and nutrients and carry great potential for use in nutritional supplements, according to new research.

CoQ10 boosts power in German athletes: Study

A study of 100 German athletes has found daily supplementation with 300mg of CoQ10 form Ubiquinol significantly boosted their power performance.

Combating 'hidden hunger' with Vitamin Angels

Vitamin Angels is combating hidden hunger by helping children under five, pregnant women and new mothers gain access to lifesaving and life changing micronutrients. Check out this photo gallery to learn...

Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013: How clean is your label? And can GMOs ever belong in 'natural' products?

Recent data from Symphony Consulting (click here ), shows that while US retail sales of products making ‘natural’ claims still grew in 2012, the pace of that growth slowed noticeably compared...

Special edition: Battling malnutrition

Vitamin Angels: We could reach 100 million kids tomorrow if we had the funding

It started with an earthquake. Then a call from a local relief agency led to a mobilizing of connections. Nineteen years later and Vitamin Angels is reaching 30 million kids...

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