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Selenium link to heart disease marker

The trace mineral selenium should be considered as a potential factor to lower one of the markers of heart disease, homocysteine, say Spanish researchers.

Balchem profits as encapsulated sector improves

After a difficult year in 2003 owing to the generally uncertain economic environment and conservative purchasing patterns from encapsulation customers, 2004 is turning out rosier for Balchem.

Kaneka builds US plant and creates US subsidiary to meet roaring Q10 demand

The rapid growth in the use of the natural antioxidant CoQ10 in the cosmetics and supplement industry has prompted the Japanese corporation Kaneka to build a new plant in the...

Does organic food bring added health benefits?

The benefits of conventionally grown produce over organic foods was the focus of a recent debate between food technologists with scientists warning it is too early to reach conclusions, despite...

Nutraceutical International: still growing slowly

Utah-based supplement firm Nutraceutical International continues to grow - reporting an increase in sales and net income for the third quarter - though rising costs sliced off some of the...

Catalina wins sales rights to NutraLec

Lectin Labs has given California-based Catalina Lifesciences the sales rights in the US for NutraLec, a dietary supplement for gastrointestinal health.

Slim-Fast 's delay in going low-carb still hurting results

Unilever was today no doubt wishing it had introduced low-carb and low-sugar alternatives to its Slim-Fast brand sooner, as the diet food subsidiary continued to under-perform during the second quarter...

Scientists call for calcium, vitamin D fortification

A US cancer prevention expert says that if government required calcium and vitamin D to be added to foods, it could achieve a 20 per cent reduction in colon cancer...

Cactus fruit may fight oxidative damage

The cactus pear fruit appears to fight free radical damage in humans, according to Italian researchers, who suggest that it may be due to their high polyphenol content.

Metabolife pleads innocent to ephedra safety charges

San Diego-based supplement maker Metabolife and its founder yesterday (Tuesday) denied having lied to the FDA about the safety of the now banned supplement ephedra, which was said to encourage...

Lifeway looks to the East Coast for expansion

Lifeway Foods, best known for its kefirs, has completed its acquisition of Ilya's Farms, which it hopes will boost distribution of its functional food brands and expand its range of...

August sees new plant for Z-trim production

Circle Group Holdings will open its new plant to produce the fat replacement product Z-trim - which is used by Swiss food giant Nestle - on 25 August.

Strong earnings from Kellogg

Kellogg this week announced a solid second quarter, beating expectations with a 16 percent rise in earnings, though the company wouldn't reveal to what extent its functional food products contributed...

Caffeine may worsen type 2 diabetes

Drinking coffee could upset the body's ability to metabolise sugar, with potentially serious effects in those with the increasingly common condition type 2 diabetes, suggest scientists.

Lutein may benefit more elderly than thought

Lutein supplements, shown previously to fortify the macular layer in the eye and thought to protect against age-related blindness, also appear to increase macular pigment in people at earlier stages...

NBTY continues to rely on Rexall for results

Despite a continued decline in sales from its Vitamin World retail stores, nutritional supplement manufacturer NBTY announced strong results for the fiscal third quarter, thanks again mainly to the sales...

Pharma companies to penetrate further into functional food market

Two years ago Leatherhead Food released a report which described the functional foods industry as a fragmented market dominated by mainstream companies. However, as Philippa Nuttall reports, one analyst thinks...

Successful supplement companies fully understand DSHEA

The FDA is fulfilling its role and ensuring that new dietary ingredients (NDIs) are safe before they reach the market, according to an article in the Food and Drug Law...

Cargill's new glucosamine ingredient nears approval

The safety of a new glucosamine ingredient, being produced through fermentation by Cargill, has been approved by an expert panel in the UK, a major step towards its use in...

Fish link to stroke does not guarantee supplement benefits

An analysis of eight different studies on fish consumption supports the theory that the food protects against stroke, particularly ischaemic stroke. But the evidence does not offer the same proof...

Proliant and Hilmar tie the knot after 13 years

For the past 13 years, Proliant Dairy Ingredients and Hilmar Cheese have worked together to develop whey protein and lactose products. Hilmar now hopes to increase its presence in the...

Low-carb foods need taste and texture

Minneapolis based French Meadow Bakery has launched a line of reduced-carb baked products that it claims taste as good as the real thing. A study released this week by the...

Carb craze could boost low GI fibres

Fibre suppliers are hoping to benefit from sustained interest in carbohydrate intake among European and US consumers, which is currently driving leading food makers to reformulate a wide range of...

Nature's Sunshine: internationally bright, but cloud over US

Herbal and vitamins manufacturer Nature's Sunshine has continued its recent run of success, reporting strongly improved second quarter figures, though the US market continues to pose more of a challenge,...

MSM, glucosamine combo have faster effect on arthritis

Combining the sulphur-containing nutrient MSM with well-known joint health supplement glucosamine appears to speed up the anti-inflammatory effect and further reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis, report Indian researchers.

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