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KKR signs deal to acquire majority stake in Nature's Bounty

Investment interest in the dietary supplement industry remains high, with the latest news being the sale of majority control of The Nature’s Bounty Co. to private equity firm KKR.

Blue California stakes claim to market for natural ferulic acid

Increasing demand for natural sources of ferulic acid has led Blue California to boost its production capacity of the antioxidant ingredient.

Researchers analyze efficacy of chewable plant stanol ester supplements

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol was reduced by 7.6% among study participants who were supplemented with 2 g per day of a chewable plant sterol ester, according to researchers at the...

Infant gut bacteria link with smarter toddlers: Study

The make-up of babies’ gut microbiomes may be associated with with later cognitive development, suggests new research.

China market remains a challenge for Abbott as nutrition sales slip in Q2

Abbott says market conditions in China "remain challenging", following its report that its global nutrition sales decreased 0.6 per cent to $1.73bn in the second quarter.

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Cannabinoids may be responsible for omega-3 anti-inflammatory effect: Study

The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids may be due to the action of endocannabinoids derived from them, suggests a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

Special edition: Cognitive health, focus & mood

Essential brain health nutrient choline flies under formulation radar

Choline has been an overlooked nutrient in cognitive health, one that theoretically could help forestall cognitive decline later in life, a prominent supplier says.

Jet acquisition helps fuel Walmart's surge in online vitamin sales

Walmart, not Amazon, was the driver of a 20% increase in online vitamin sales in 2016, according to research firm TABS Analytics.

Vox Pop: What do you think of nootropics?

What’s the public perception of nootropics? Some are curious, most are suspect, our person-on-the-street interviews reveal.

Go the whole whey for better muscle building

Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) taken as part of intact whey protein may stimulate muscle building response better than if taken in isolation, suggests a new study.

New study on TeaCrine suggests co-administration with caffeine may help prevent the jitters

Ingesting theacrine with caffeine may help provide mental clarity, focus, and energy without the crash, researchers at the University of Memphis found.

Omega-3 ingredient from local US fishery debuts

A new fish oil supplier has debuted on the market with a high DHA and EPA ingredient sourced from livers harvested from a local US fishery.

Consumer demands placing more pressure on flavor, texture of sports nutrition products

Flavor innovation is usually seen as a key component of food product development and of less concern for supplements.  But as sports nutrition brands seek competitive advantages and to bring...

Long-fibre prebiotics show promising sweetness, say scientists

How to keep things sweet without adding calories – is it a Holy Grail or could UK scientists have found a solution thanks to long-fibre prebiotics?

Cause or consequence? Investigating the link between gut bacteria and heart health

People with heart failure have been found to have less gut bacteria diversity and lack certain important species groups. So are changes in our microbiome causing heart disease, or visa-versa?

For video gamers, cognitive supplements have an edge over energy drinks

Energy and sports drink companies have heavily invested in marketing towards the video gaming community, a space which the cognitive supplement space may benefit from, according to category experts.

Does iron supplementation promise lower heart attack risk?

Iron supplementation may be a low-cost approach in reducing the risk of heart disease, as a study identifies low levels as a risk factor for one of the leading causes...

Another personalized nutrition testing firm attracts investment capital

Investment capital continues to flow into the personalized nutrition space with the announcement of another infusion of cash into Orig3n, a company that offers genetic testing kits.

Outlining 'environmental' view of microbiome awaits craftier study designs, experts say

A more holistic, environmental view of the human gut microbiome is taking shape among researchers, but confounding factors complicate the task of fully elucidating this via tenable study designs.

Vitamin D trial shows ‘no benefit’ in already optimal kids

Higher vitamin D dosage does not lower the occurrence of winter colds in young children that are not deficient, a new study suggests.

Researchers answer whether a low-fat or low-carb diet is more successful for weight loss

The long-raging debate over whether cutting carbs or cutting fat is a better way lose weight is a false dichotomy, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

Brazilian researchers find high amounts of caffeine, some drugs, in seized supplements

Caffeinated weight loss supplements that have been seized by the Brazilian Federal Police were analyzed. Investigators found that some contained up to 120% more caffeine that stated on the packaging.

Ingredient recently highlighted at conference gets GRAS status

Nutrition 21 announced recently that it has attained self-affirmed GRAS status on is Velositol dietary supplement ingredient, which made a splash at a recent sports nutrition conference.

Special edition: Cognitive Health

Strict adherence to science backing only way to avoid memory claim pitfalls, experts say

Helping consumers maintain healthy memory function is one of the peaks many dietary supplement formulators seek to climb.  And it is one of the most likely targets for regulatory enforcement...

Protein-antioxidant combo proves effective in post-exercise recovery

A combination of protein and antioxidant supplementation could be more effective in reducing muscle soreness post exercise compared to those taking these supplements separately.

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