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Echinacea - cold cure or hot air?

Echinacea's reputation for chasing off the common cold has made it one of the most widely used herbal products on the market, but a study published today casts doubt on...

Whey supplement could help blood sugar control

Taking a whey supplement with meals can help stimulate insulin release in type 2 diabetics, shows a Swedish study.

Heart study strengthens interest in wholegrain products

A new report that shows that whole grain consumption can slow the progression of heart disease has strengthened interest in whole-grain products that do not compromise taste, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Nutratech tests Advantra Z for blood pressure risk

Nutratech is reassuring the industry that its bitter-orange based ingredient Advantra Z does not contain meta-synephrine, an isomer that has the potential to raise blood pressure, following testing at an...

NuSkin's Pharmanex makes for record 2Q

NuSkin Enterprises has reported record revenues of $310.1 million in 2Q 2005, a 9 percent increase on the prior year period, thanks to its Pharmanex supplements brand, writes Jess Halliday.

Acatris cuts deal with ADM on isoflavone marketing rights

Soy isoflavone producer Acatris has reached a deal with ADM allowing it to use substantial intellectual property covering isoflavones and women's health, reports Dominique Patton.

GTC serves ingredients info to consumers

GTC Nutrition is the latest company to drum up consumer awareness for its functional food ingredients as Americans seek out tools to help them attain healthier eating habits, writes Jess...

Grape boost to women's heart health

The heart health benefits of grape polyphenols have come under the spotlight again, with a new study indicating that they can reduce certain key risk factors for coronary heart disease...

TSI expects fenugreek patent and plans to protect it

Technical Sourcing International anticipates that the method and usage patent for its fenugreek seed extract will be approved by the end of this year, following a favorable review by the...

AHPA takes a stance on Ayurvedics

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has introduced a new trade recommendation on metal-processed herbs in the light of heightened awareness over potentially dangerous heavy metal levels in some Ayurvedic...

Industry prepares for increased astaxanthin demand

Demand for natural astaxanthin in the United States is set to grow apace over the next 18 months, according to Fuji Health Science, due to increased consumer awareness and media...

Cocoa flavonols emerging as functional food ingredients

Cocoa compounds can be extracted and marketed as functional food ingredients, or even synthesised for use in pharmaceuticals, said confectionery giant Mars this week, reports Dominique Patton.

Cognis takes two-fold approach to functionality

Growing consumer demand for nutritional foods will always be tempered by demands for taste, said ingredients firm Cognis at last week's IFT exhibition, reports Anthony Fletcher.

AOAC validates beta-carotene method

AOAC International has approved an official first action method for the analysis of dietary supplements containing beta carotene, but it cannot be used on beadletted raw ingredients, reports Jess Halliday.

Vitamin D3 may not prevent bone loss in black women

A new study at Winthrop University Hospital indicates that vitamin D3 supplementation may not prevent bone loss in postmenopausal African-American women, writes Jess Halliday.

Weekly Comment

The business of food safety

One cannot envy the chief executive faced with a scientific study that casts doubt over the efficacy or safety of his core product. But avoiding a sales slump, media vilification...

Eye health - the products keep coming

Supplement makers have been tapping into consumer's eye health anxieties for the last four years and although product launches seem to have peaked in 2003, there are no signs of...

DSM shows green tea extract is safe in foods

DSM said on Friday that its Teavigo green tea extract has achieved GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) affirmation, giving food and beverage makers in the US a strong signal of...

Could protein be the key to weight loss?

New research bolsters the argument that the efficacy of low-carb diets could be due to their high protein content, reports Jess Halliday. So could raising America's protein intake help the...

Nutrition 21 seeks chromium support from policy makers

Nutrition 21 is going right to the top to garner support for chromium's role in diabetes care, fostering contacts with policy-makers and health care organizations, reports Jess Halliday.

Strategies for bridging the omega-3 nutrition gap

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is advising people to up their consumption of oily fish or start taking fish or algal oil supplements if they are to receive the...

CRN criticizes vitamin E dosage report

A report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week has come in for criticism from the Council for Responsible Nutrition, which says it was based on a flawed...

The post-ephedra weight loss market

The herbal supplements industry could be losing interest in weight loss, judging by the drop off in product launches since the start of 2005, writes Jess Halliday.

Court vacates contaminant judgment against Ultimate Nutrition

Ultimate Nutrition's request that California's Superior Court vacate the judgment against it in its lawsuit against amateur swimmer Kicker Vencill, on the grounds that there was no evidence that its...

Elderly benefit from calcium and vitamin D combo, confirms review

Elderly people who are frail and at risk for bone fractures may be helped somewhat by giving them both vitamin D and calcium, according to the results of a new...

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