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Burcon gains FDA GRAS for canola proteins

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter of no objection to Burcon NutraScience Corporation for its canola protein extracts, an important milestone for further development.

Vitamin D link to breast cancer is ‘ambiguous’: Study

The jury is still out for a protective role for vitamin D and breast cancer, but there is a suggestion that deficiency could be linked with increased risk, according...

Strawberries may boost heart health for Syndrome X

Daily supplements of a freeze-dried strawberry powder improved heart health markers in people with metabolic syndrome, says new data from Oklahoma.

Boomers and recessionary fears drive supplement growth

Economic uncertainty and concerns over healthcare costs are driving growth in the nutritional supplements, with the market expected to hit almost $10billion in retail sales.

China roundtable examines supplement collaboration

Dietary supplement stakeholders in Utah will next week have the chance to meet Chinese officials for an update on the regions’ natural health industries, and their growing collaboration in the...

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Only six weeks until Beauty From Within 2010 and have pooled resources to bring you the Beauty From Within 2010 conference. Taking place in Paris on 11th October at the Lutetia Hotel this one day event...

Industry hopes Supreme Court will save the AER day

Industry groups say mandatory reporting of non-serious Adverse Event Reports (AERs) will lead to, “an avalanche of trivial information” that may jeopardise public safety and confuse and overwhelm financial markets.

Fat digestion images point to improved formulation

Netherlands-based scientists have reported data for the real-time digestion of fats containing ingredients like vitamin D3, insights that could advance the formulation of foods.

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Latest product launches from the world of nutricosmetics

The beauty from within category has given way to big names such as Inneov, Imedeen and Age off, paving the way for a glut of new product launches worldwide, a...

Probiotics again show anti-diarrhea potential for kids: Yakult

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus casei probiotics may reduce the incidence of diarrhea in children by 14 percent, says a new study based in an urban slum in Kolkata, India.

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Ganeden eyes chocolate market for its probiotics

Ganeden Biotech has teamed up with Italian firm Agostoni Chocolate for the launch of Chocolate Plus Private Label, combining the GanedenBC30 probiotic with premium Italian dark chocolate.


Don’t worry about wheat prices: Look at grain stocks

There’s nothing like a shortage of wheat to send some news media searching for superlatives. Talk of “soaring” wheat prices and “rocketing” bread prices were common, in the British press,...

EFSA set to mass reject 100s of herbal health claims

Hundreds of proposed botanical-health relationships ranging from antioxidant activity to skin health to immunity to gut health will almost certainly be rejected if the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) holds...

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Regulation: Cosmeceutical confusion continues

In the fourth part of our special beauty from within series, we take a look at the regulations governing what you can say about nutriscosmetics products – which, in most...

‘Forbidden’ rice may rival blueberries as antioxidant source

The anthocyanin content of black rice may rival that of the blueberries and blackberries, and be available for a fraction of the cost, suggests new data from Louisiana.

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Canada’s first sterol-containing probiotic yogurt hits shelves

Parmalat Canada has launched Canada’s first yogurt to contain both probiotics and plant sterols, mixing gut health benefits with cholesterol management.

Grapefruit extract shows anti-diabetes potential

An antioxidant extracted from grapefruit may help the liver break down fat and improve insulin sensitivity, according to new data from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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The science of skin health ingredients

In the third part of our special series on nutricosmetics, we take a look at the science behind the ingredients positioned for skin health, from antioxidants to omega-3 oils.

Hamari nutraceuticals certified kosher

Japanese firm Hamari Chemicals has obtained kosher certification for its functional ingredients, including its flagship gut health, PepZin GI zinc-L-Carnosine product.

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Vitamin Angels gets congressional recognition

The Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts has presented Vitamin Angels with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition “in recognition of all the hard work and dedication your organization has displayed,...

Broccoli and banana fibers show Crohn’s potential: Study

Dietary supplementation with soluble plant fibers could reduce the effects of Crohn’s disease, whilst emulsifiers in processed foods could be exacerbating the problem, new research reports.

Milk could stop garlic breath, says study

Consuming food or beverages with a high water and fat content like milk reduces ‘garlic breath’ odour, according to a new study.

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Negative antioxidant health claims not short-term barrier

The science of antioxidants will eventually convince regulatory bodies around the world of their benefits, and there are existing options to communicate the benefits of the compounds, according to industry...

Muffins and bread show lutein carrier potential for eye health

Fortifying bread and muffins with lutein may be a suitable vehicle to boost intakes of the compound, according to a new study from Spain.

GRAS approvals highlight Section 912 “nightmare”

Industry continues to urge the Food and Drug Administration to close the Section 912 loophole in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) that could allow nutrients such as...

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