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Rat study: Krill beats fish omega-3s in battling metabolic dysfunctions

Omega-3s sourced from krill are more effective than fish oil in combating some metabolic symptoms including raised fat levels in the heart and liver in obese individuals, according to Italian...

Red yeast rice demonstrates cholesterol-lowering potential

  American researchers have found red yeast rice to be effective in treating hyperlipidemia – the elevation of potentially damaging lipids in the blood – but who cannot tolerate statin treatment.

Harvard paper spells out importance of nutrient pairs

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have stressed the importance of consuming certain nutrients together, suggesting that consumption guidelines for individual nutrients form only part of the puzzle of good nutrition.

FDA complaint filed for Bayer selenium cancer claims

In the next episode of the recent selenium saga, a formal complaint was yesterday filed with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that the agency seize stocks of...

Consumers want more private label products: Survey

More than 90 percent of American consumers say they are likely to continue buying store brands even after the economy improves, and nearly half would like to see more...

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FDA announces Reportable Food Registry discussion dates

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced three public meetings to discuss the Reportable Food Registry, to explain its role and the responsibilities of those who are required...


Confusion reigns in cosmeceutical name game

The term cosmeceutical has always been controversial, but the blurring boundaries between the worlds of nutrition and cosmetics are highlighting divisions that neither industry can ignore.

Blood glucose control ranks high in US death causes

High blood glucose levels are one of the most common killers of Americans, according to new research from Harvard researchers.

New botanical guide provides identity info for supplements

A new resource on botanical extracts aims to provide guidance to industry on how to ensure the identity and efficacy of raw materials used in dietary supplements.

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Asia seeks health claims harmonisation

  Brussels-based consultancy, EAS, reports a health claims meeting held this month in Singapore has highlighted concerns among industry and regulators especially in regard to harmonisation.

Soy linked to lung benefits: Study

The consumption of soy products could decrease the risk of lung disease and breathlessness, according to a new study from Japan.

Omega-3 deficiency causes 96,000 US deaths per year, say researchers

Omega-3 deficiency is the sixth biggest killer of Americans and more deadly than excess trans fat intake, according to a new study.

Female soldiers benefit from iron supplements, say researchers

The physical and cognitive performance of female soldiers can be improved if they are given iron supplements, according to new research.

Major natural products firms commit to cause-marketing coupons

A nationwide coupon-book initiative that aims to engage natural product consumers with childhood nutrition is in its final stages of set-up, with interested manufacturers able to apply for participation...

No additional weight loss with CLA, arginine combo: Rat study

Conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) and L-arginine consumed together have separate but not additive effects on weight loss, according to a study conducted on rats.

Americans warming to probiotics, says Datamonitor

Probiotics are picking up in the US market as consumers become more aware of their role in maintaining digestive health, says Datamonitor.

DSM courts academia with Science Awards

Manfred Eggersdorfer, director of research and development at DSM Nutritional Products, sat down with Shane Starling to discuss the value of open innovation and business/academia interaction after the 2009 DSM...

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NIH steps up ChromaDex phytochemical collaboration

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has set up a purchasing agreement with phytochemical firm ChromaDex, designed to provide its various groups with easier access to the firm’s...

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Whey- and flax-based emulsifiers target reduced cost

Glanbia Nutritionals has developed an emulsifier line for longer shelf life and cleaner labels in a move toward ingredients targeting added productivity and profitability, rather than just added nutrition.

Science group ‘clarifies’ probiotics definition

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has released a “clarified definition” of the term ‘probiotic’, which it says will help manufacturers and regulators ensure the proper use...

Transparency meeting: What’s behind FDA enforcement, asks industry

Enforcement action by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a key area where more open communication with industry is necessary, the agency will hear today during a...

Ocean Spray – Decas cranberry dispute steps up a notch

Two leading North American cranberry producers – Ocean Spray and Decas Cranberry Products – have turned to the courts in a fight to maintain competitive positions and market shares...

Antioxidant supplement shows potential against AMD

A combination of antioxidant pigments and vitamins may slow down sight loss in elderly people, according to researchers from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Honey extract may ease heat stress for cyclists: Study

An extract from propolis, the waxy resin collected by honeybees, may reduce the detrimental effects prolonged exercising in hot climates, according to a new study.

Selenium health claims: Too qualified to qualify?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it could allow the use of certain – very qualified – health claims linking selenium intake to a reduced risk...

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