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Chromium, diabetes and toenails

Harvard researchers have been studying 15 year-old toenails in their attempts to discover whether there is a link between levels of chromium in the body and incidences of diabetes.

Gum health, new target for vitamin D?

Getting enough vitamin D, either through the diet or from sunlight, could be important for oral health, according to a new study.

AER bill defeat in California welcomed

Much to the relief of several trade associations, legislation which would have altered the adverse event reporting system (AER) for dietary supplements in the state of California has been defeated...

GI diet gets health boost

A new animal study has added evidence to the health benefits of a low-glycemic-index diet, and could influence future debate on whether food makers can make claims for low 'GI'...

Natural Alternatives investment pays off

Natural Alternatives, a California based manufacturer of nutritional supplements, has announced that its net sales for fiscal 2004 were $78.5 million, the highest in the company's history.

NOW Foods' global achievements

Last week dietary supplements manufacturer NOW Foods was rewarded for its export achievements. Philip Pittsford, the company's international sales manager, explained how his company has benefited from the US Department...

AHPA offers cleaning tips to prepare for cGMPs

With the finalization of the cGMPs (Good Manufacturing Guidelines) for the dietary supplement industry scheduled for this winter, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has decided to preempt any problems...

Canada patent for FloraGLO lutein

Des Moines, Iowa based Kemin Foods has obtained a Canadian patent for the production of its purified, crystalline lutein, which it manufactures and markets under the brand FloraGLO Lutein.

Better ingredient offering to lift nutraceutical sales

World demand for nutraceutical chemicals will advance by 6.1 per centannually to reach $9.6 billion in 2008, serving a $173 billion nutritional products industry, according to a new report from the Freedonia group.

Lutein, zeaxanthin appear to restore eye cell health

Supplements of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin restored levels of the antioxidants in the blood as well as the density of macular pigment in an animal study out today.

Organic Planet gets greater

Canadian firm, Planet Organic, which owns several natural food supermarkets and a chain of supplement and market stores across Canada, has taken another step on the road to becoming a...

Cheers, make mine a double Rebound

A California based company says it is easy to bounce back from a hangover by taking a dietary supplement in the form of a little purple pill.

NBTY named as one of fastest growing companies

Fortune Magazine has named nutritional supplement manufacturer NBTY as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in America.

Chitosan fails to reduce kilos, finds study

Taking a daily chitosan supplement had little effect on weight loss in a new study on obese volunteers, a finding that challenges previous research showing that the fibre could help...

Continued gains for joint health firm

San Diego based Imagenetix, which manafactures the natural joint health ingredient Celadrin, has continued its move into profitability, reporting its sixth consecutive month of financial gain.

Lipid Nutrition launches 95 per cent CLA

Netherlands-based Lipid Nutrition has introduced a 95 per cent concentration of its Clarinol brand conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), said to be the highest form of CLA available to the nutraceutical market.

Maternal diet impacts leukaemia risk in child?

Women of child-bearing age who eat regular quantities of fruit, vegetables and proteins could help avert the onset of leukaemia in children later born to them.

ZonePerfect bar to face new competition from Hershey launch

Nutrition bar war in the US steps up a gear as a Massachusetts court judge denied a 'preliminary injunction' from the owner of successful ZonePerfect nutrition bars to stop candy...

USDA opens public debate today on food pyramid

Today the US government will host a public meeting for feedback on imminent changes to the food guide pyramid while the food industry's largest association continues to say that the...

Phytopharm looks for Nasdaq listing in key market

UK drug developer Phytopharm has taken steps to list on the Nasdaq in the US, a market expected to offer considerable investor interest in its appetite-suppressing compound and other plant-derived...

Vitamin B12 may also prevent birth defects

Mothers with low levels of vitamin B12 in their blood may be at increased risk of having a child with the birth defect spina bifida, Dutch researchers report.

Anybody for a tomato and soy?

Scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are trying to turn what is at present an unappetising watery orange liquid into a tasty drink full of health-giving properties.

Swiss Research brings retail opps to Health Sciences

Nutraceutical ingredients supplier Health Sciences Group has acquired Los Angeles based Swiss Research, in an effort to expand its retail channels.

Vitamin E found to fight colds in elderly

Taking a daily vitamin E supplement may protect the elderly from getting colds, suggests a new study, thought to be the first to demonstrate that vitamin E can protect against...

Lifeway continues to reap the cream

After a recent acquisition, new product launches and nomination as one of the fastest growing small companies in the US, Lifeway Foods has ended its second quarter on a high,...

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