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Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

NPA supports bill to allow WIC benefits to be used for multivitamins

Proposed legislation that would allow federal WIC benefits to be used to buy multivitamins could lead to better health outcomes for these embattled families, the Natural Products Association said last...

Supplements could be missing opportunity connected to essential oils, experts say

Herbal product companies may be missing an opportunity in which essential oils and specific dietary supplements could be recommended simultaneously in condition-specific settings, experts say.

Choline and vitamin B supplementation may improve post-stroke brain function

Supplementing B-vitamins and choline in mice with simulated ischemic brain damage—similar to post-stroke conditions—improved their motor function and task completion processes, according to Canadian researchers.

Canadian brand NU LIFE Therapeutics enters US market with The Vitamin Shoppe partnership

NU LIFE Therapeutics, a 50-year old Canadian brand, will enter the US market for the first time through an exclusive partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe.

Meta-analysis supports potential of omega-3s for ADHD

Omega-3s fatty acid supplements may improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a meta-analysis of gold standard clinical trials.

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market could help push more shoppers to ecommerce

Only 9% of US consumers currently buy groceries online, but the Amazon/Whole Foods deal already is generating incremental interest in buying egroceries, according to a new consumer survey.

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

Researcher's blog post boosts interest in black elderberry's immune benefits

A recent blog post by an ethnobotanist based in California has reinvigorated interest in black elderberry as an immune health ingredient.

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Standard Process announces new center in North Carolina focused on innovation

Standard Process has announced a center in North Carolina that will focus on innovation in the use of whole food supplements by health care practitioners.

GNC CEO: ‘Amazon is not a death knell for brick-and-mortars, but a great advertising platform’

Amazon is not a threat to brick-and-mortar retailers but an opportunity to be put in front of countless new consumers, says Bob Moran, CEO of GNC in a recent earnings...

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Fruit d'Or gets 'health maintenance' claim in Canada for cranberry seed oil

Fruit d’ Or has announced approval by Health Canada for the omega-3 and omega-6 content of its multifunctional cranberry seed oil ingredient.  The approved claim wording includes “for the maintenance of...

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Algatech’s astaxanthin gets Anvisa approval for use as food ingredient in Brazil

Brazilian health regulatory agency Anvisa approved the astaxanthin ingredient AstaPure, by Israeli company Algatech, for use as a food ingredient.

Tocopherol source may affect breast milk vitamin E profile, says study

The vitamin E alpha-tocopherol is imperative to a baby’s nervous system development, and they primarily get this from breast milk or formula. In a clinical trial, researchers from Abbott Nutrition...

Vitamin D pills may boost quality of life for osteoarthritis patients: Study

High-dose supplementation with vitamin D2 may improve pain scores and measures of “quality of life” in people with osteoarthritis, says a new study.

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DolCas gets ‘good day letter’ from FDA for GRAS status of BCM- 95 curcumin

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a ‘No Questions’ response letter to DolCas BioTech, LLC, for its BCM-95 turmeric extract.

GM plant-derived omega-3 successfully cultivated on commercial scale

Commercial production of omega-3 supplements sourced from genetically modified plants is the subject of research that could ease the pressure on traditional marine-derived supplies of fish oils.

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ASAE honors Supplement OWL with Power of A Silver Award

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has awarded the Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) a 2017 Power of A Silver Award.

Magnesium pills may improve blood pressure in at-risk populations

People with insulin resistance, prediabetes, or other non-communicable chronic diseases are at an increased risk of hypertension, but magnesium supplements may help lower their blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis.

Fenugreek seed extract may reduce menopausal symptoms, says new study

Women supplemented with a branded, de-husked fenugreek seed extract reported less daytime hot flushes and night sweats, according to a new clinical trial with a sample size of 115 women.

China probe hangover, functional foods failure depress Usana's earnings

An internal investigation into business practices in China has taken some of the air out of the balloon of Usana Health Sciences, as the company’s stock price declined after an...

FTC, FDA ask consumers directly for help on policing claims, reporting adverse events

In a communication earlier this week two regulatory agencies sought input directly from consumers about outlandish claims and adverse events relating to dietary supplements. 

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Cellular calcium levels may influence cholesterol production, study suggests

Calcium levels within cells may play an important role in controlling cholesterol production, according to recent research using roundworms.

Herbalife enters new era with probiotic launch featuring Ganeden's strain

Herbalife has announced a new probiotic product featuring Ganeden’s BC30 strain that will be marketed as an adjunct for its existing meal replacement shakes and wellness drinks.

Glucosamine supplements top seller among pet owners despite withdrawn AVMA recommendation, says Packaged Facts

For pets, digestive health and joint health supplements made up 13% each of all pet supplements bought in 2016, according to the latest data from Packaged Facts. Among joint health...

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