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Differentiation strategy to pay off for chitosan supplier

Marine ingredients firm Primex says the entry of its chitosan product into the functional foods market, combined with new clinical trials, will mark a significant turning point for the business...

Functional food company targets students

A US company is appealing to students' desire to escape the study rut with supplements called "Brain Boost" and "Enzyme Time", products designed to give them an energy lift or...

Fruit, fibre may protect against childhood exposure to smoking

Eating fruit and soy fibre appears to protect adults exposed to second-hand smoke as children from some of the long-lasting damage to their respiratory systems, shows a new study.

'World's richest' whole food omega-3 source prepares for take off

A Toronto-based firm claims to have developed the richest whole food source of omega-3 in the world - so why hasn't anybody heard of them?

Embria Health Sciences launches selenium yeast

Freshly formed Iowa-based firm Embria Health Sciences enters the human nutrition market with the launch of a fully pasteurized selenium yeast.

Kyowa Hakko to market Cargill's vegetarian glucosamine

Japanese firm Kyowa Hakko Kogyo will begin marketing a refined version of Cargill's vegetarian glucosamine on its home market next month, to meet steadily rising demand for quality forms of...

DSM to offer CoQ10 for functional foods, tablets

A new CoQ10 product, said to be more bioavailable than the commonly marketed crystal form, is set to open up a number of food and drink applications for the ingredient,...

Carlyle taps into growing hard capsules market

In a management buy-out private equity firm The Carlyle group will invest in the hard capsules market and tap into the growing health and nutrition market, acquiring four subsidiaries from...

Scientists turn to blueberry matrix

Canadian researchers say they are investigating how to create functionalfood products out of components of the blueberry, a common fruit whosegrowing season is just coming to an end in thecountry. ...

Dairy weight-loss debate continues

A new clinical study has re-ignited the fiery debate over dairy intake and weight loss, claiming obese adults can eat four servings of dairy every day and still lose as...

Diabetes charities question reality of 'metabolic syndrome'

Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of certain heart disease risk factors, may not be a syndrome at all, say experts commissioned by two leading diabetes organizations.

Coffee surpasses fruit and veg as dietary antioxidant source

Most Americans are not consuming enough fruit and vegetables in their diet and are gleaning the majority of their antioxidants from coffee, according to new research from the University of...

L-Carnipure supplements may help reduce diabetes during pregnancy

Taking supplements of L-Carnipure tartrate during pregnancy can significantly reduce the increased level of plasma free fatty acids that is considered the main cause of insulin resistance in pregnant women,...

Cranberry juice no benefit for kidney stones?

Cranberry juice has been used to promote urinary tract health for generations, but new research suggests that it may encourage the formation of the most common type of kidney stones.

Qualifed health claim for chromium picolinate cleared by FDA

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a qualified health claim petition for chromium picolinate that claims the supplement may reduce the risk of insulin resistance and possibly...

Study questions glucosamine supplements' efficacy

Glucosamine has been shown to be one of the most effective ingredients for promoting joint health and relieving pain, but a new study suggests that commercial supplements may contain too...

Organic supplements: victory for the industry

Dietary supplements made following the National Organics Program's requirements for organic foods may now be certified as organic and bear the USDA seal, according to a memorandum sent out by...

7-Eleven goes functional with new beverage and bar range

Functional foods are the fastest growing category of the food industry at present, and it seems everyone wants a piece of the functional action. This week retailer 7-Eleven became the...

Eating fish may cut risk of heart problems

Eating fish, already shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, may also reduce other heart problems such as chest pain, report researchers in Greece.

Little evidence to support weight loss effect of all chitosan supplements

The shellfish fibre chitosan has been shown in some trials to help weight loss but inconsistent product quality has led to conflicting results, believes one supplier.

Kellogg puts its weight behind fiber

Leading cereal maker Kellogg on Monday launched a new initiative in the US to promote its fibre-rich cereal products. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of dietary fibre...

Healthy eating, weight management benefit gums

Heart-healthy habits are good for oral health too, shows a new study that gives consumers an extra reason for making dietary changes.

Obesity not being adequately tackled by government, says report

Government efforts to date offer little hope of countering the rise in obesity, concluded a report out yesterday that called for more nutritional school meals and consistent nutritional labeling, as...

Zinc could cut child deaths in developing world

Infants in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhea, but researchers have found that taking a zinc supplement each week could significantly lower their risk...

Hain acquires Spectrum and plans oils expansion

Hain Celestial has announced plans to merge with natural and organic oils producer Spectrum Organics - a move that will bolster its consumer brands and take it into the field...

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