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Green tea may influence brain function & boost working memory: Study

Drinking green tea may affect parts of the brain linked to working memory, says the first study ever to use functional neuroimaging methods to test the effects of green tea...

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Naturex H1 revenues up 15% to €147.2m

First half revenues grew 15% compared to H1 2011 at global botanical extracts leader Naturex to reach €147.2m as currency shifts favoured the French firm along with the benefits of...

Go East: Inside Asia’s evolving health claims laws

The substantiation and transference into law of varying kinds of data backing food supplements, herbal products and other healthy foods remains a major hurdle in evolving Asian food regulations, an...

Synbiotic shows constipation relief potential

Daily supplements of a symbiotic mix of prebiotic fibers and probiotic bacteria may provide relief for constipation without affecting abdominal symptoms, suggests a new study.

Sunwin Stevia International and Wild Flavors GmbH enter global distribution deal

Sunwin USA has ended its distribution deal with Wild Flavors, Inc. to facilitate a global partnership between parent companies Sunwin Stevia International, Inc. and Germany-based Wild Flavors GmbH.

“Critical breakthrough”: 12 labs validate new cocoa-flavanol measurement method

A multi-centre collaboration between academia and industry has confirmed a new validation method for cocoa flavanols and procyanidins that study backer Mars says could have, “far-reaching implications for researchers and consumers.”...

Amway breaks ground on $38 million herb facility

Direct selling giant Amway is on schedule for its a new 48,000-square-foot extraction and concentration facility in Quincy, WA, as the company breaks ground on its Nutrilite Botanical Concentrate Manufacturing...

Delivery expert Virun introduces nutra-biosciences platform to accelerate expansion

California-based Virun has introduced a Nutra-Biosciences platform to accelerate the expansion and exclusivity of new and added-value food/beverage products after obtaining notice-of-allowances and several patent grants for its technologies.

Beetroot juice boosts ‘high intensity’ sports performance, scientist suggests

The lead author of a July study assessing the effects of beetroot juice on cycling performance tells further research is needed to assess its efficacy at different levels of...

Are inflammation and immunity the next big areas for CLA?

Beyond cardiovascular health and weight management, the next big areas for CLA are inflammation and immune support, say researchers at the cutting edge of CLA science.

FDA issues more warning letters for disease claims

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues its surveillance of claims on dietary supplements with four new warning letters sent this week for disease claims on products.

Vitamin D shows eye health benefits: Study

Dietary supplements of vitamin D3 may boost visual function in lab mice, suggests a new study from the UK with potential implications for the eye health market.

High dose B3 may offer hope in fight against 'superbugs'

Very high doses of vitamin B3 could help battle antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’ by increasing the ability of the immune system to kill off infections, says new research.

Food Vision 2013 to set global food industry agenda for innovation and growth

In March 2013 senior business leaders from global food, drink and nutrition businesses will come together for Food Vision, a world-first industry summit established by the publishers of and...

Vitamin E shows cognitive function benefits: Study

Increased blood levels of all forms of vitamin E may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment in older adults, says a new study from Europe.

UK wins Jack3D appeal and bans DMAA

The UK has ended months of ambiguity by banning controversial stimulant DMAA, after its medicines agency won an appeal against a retailer of the most popular brand – USPlabs’ Jack3D.

CRN launches Life…supplemented mobile app: Vitamin Angels set to benefit from proceeds

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has launched a mobile app for its 'Life…supplemented' campaign, with proceeds being donated to international charity Vitamin Angels.

Industry can be confident in bitter orange safety, says Nutratech

The dietary supplements industry can be confident in the safety of bitter orange extracts, and the p-synephrine they contain, despite a new analysis from FDA raising concerns over heart rate...

Vitamin D plus exercise may boost bone health for astronauts in microgravity

A combination of vitamin D, resistance exercise and adequate energy intake may help astronauts maintain their bone health for up to six months in low gravity conditions, says a new...

Bitter orange extract may raise blood pressure and heart rate: FDA analysis

A multi-component extract of bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) may raise blood pressure and heart rate in lab animals, says new data from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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ENI builds science for whole grape extract with RCT data

An extract from whole grapes may improve cholesterol levels, says a new study from Ethical Naturals Inc. (ENI) and KGK Synergize (Canada).

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Tocotrienol/palm oil symposium set for Utah

Science and sustainability will take center stage at theinaugural ‘Palm Oil and Tocotrienol Symposium’, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 11th, 2012.

EFSA rebuffs prebiotic appeal hopes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel has given short shrift to an appeal by a Malta-based start-up urging it to revise a 2009 rejection of the prebiotic...

Longer lifespans create new elderly nutrition concepts

As average lifespans push beyond 80 years, demand is growing for products that meet the particular nutritional needs of the elderly such as cognitive performance and bone health. But is...

Omega-3s possess antioxidant potential, says gene expression study

Omega-3 fatty acids may offer antioxidant potential by modifying gene expression linked to antioxidant enzymes, says a new study from Germany.

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