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Probiotics may put skids on infant diarrhoea

Supplements of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG probiotic bacteria may provide added protection against gastro-intestinal infection and diarrhoea in infants, suggests a new study.

Isoflavone-rich pasta effective to boost heart health - study

Pasta, enriched with soy isoflavones in the aglycone form, can effectively reduce blood levels of total and LDL cholesterol by about eight per cent, new research from Italy has reported.

Vitamer Labs launches line for organic consumers

Vitamer Labs is tapping into US consumers' niche, but ever-growing, desire for organic products with a new line of supplements.

Another website targets consumers and supplements

The dietary supplement industry has announced its second website in one week geared at increasing public awareness surrounding health and its products.

US food import safety battle continues

Debates over how the US should deal with food safety issues continue to rage between regulators, manufacturers, consumers and even the media, after a number of scandals this year broke...

Increased whole grain consumption linked to better weight

An increased intake of wholegrain products in the diet may reduce a person's likelihood of being overweight or obese, suggests a new study from Holland.

Beverage industry growth to stem from functionality

The entire nonalcoholic beverage industry is making a shift towards functionality, if the findings of a recent report from global investment analyst Canaccord Adams spell true.

Probiotics may increase isoflavone profile of soy milk

Adding probiotic strains to soymilk may have extra benefits by improving the bioavailability of the isoflavones in the milk, suggests new research.

Zencore Tabs maker issues voluntary recall

The maker of a dietary supplement sold for sexual enhancement has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of its product following accusation it contains prescription drugs.

A muffin instead of a pomegranate?

C.K. Nutritional Ingredients and Cyvex Nutrition have collaborated with a retail baker in Canada for a line of PomActiv muffins, in an innovative take on bringing antioxidants to consumers.

Nestle points towards future of cocoa research

The future of research into the potential health benefits of cocoa should focus on the mechanisms and active compounds, with well defined clinical trials key to this burgeoning segment, says...

Omega-3 may reduce type-1 diabetes

An increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources may protect children at high risk of type-1 diabetes from developing the disease, suggests new research.

Clearly Canadian funds expansion beyond vitamin waters

Canadian premium beverage manufacturer, Clearly Canadian Brands, has completed a $9.36mn financing from institutional investors that it plans to use to further diversify its line.

NextFoods to launch probiotic shot with Probi

Swedish probiotics manufacturer Probi is taking its ingredient further into the US market thanks to a new agreement signed with NowFoods for a juice shot.

Selenium may protect against artery furring

Selenium supplements may reduce the risk of heart disease by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, suggests a small study from Italy.

Ocean Nutrition co-brands with Unilever spread

Ocean Nutrition Canada has secured co-branding for its omega-3 with Unilever Canada's Becel spreads, representing a high-profile marketing coup with a known household brand.

CRN talks supplements to hundreds of doctors and nurses

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is undertaking a survey of healthcare professionals in order to address the lack of communication between doctors and patients on the subject of dietary...

DSEA heads off ad campaign with website

The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA) has launched a website in the first step of its campaign to publicize the positive face of the industry.

Guar gum's anti-diarrhoea potential gets boost

Partially hydrolysed guar gum extensively used as an emulsifier, thickener and stabiliser, may also have potential as a health ingredient for protecting against diarrhoea, suggests new research.

Weekly comment

Consumers and the confidence crisis

Consumer demand - the holy grail of any industry - is a fragile and easily manipulated treasure. But influencing consumers for anything other than their own benefit will, more often...

Blue California expands to micro-encapsulation

Blue California is offering micro-encapsulation services for packing more nutritional value into a smaller space with a more stable shelf life.

Nutraceuticals could bridge gap in healthy snacks

More than 20 percent of American consumers indicate they are now seeking healthier snacking options, according to Datamonitor - spelling opportunity for healthy ingredient manufacturers.

Tocotrienol may protect against DNA damage, says study

Tocotrienols, the less studied form of vitamin E, may reduce DNA damage, considered an important trigger in cancer development, by about 50 per cent, new research suggests.

CLA isomers show promise against colon cancer - study

Isomers of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) may stop the spread of colon cancer, suggests a new study from Korea that adds important new data to our understanding of the ingredient.

Nutraceuticals offer hope on World Alzheimer's Day

On World Alzheimer's Day it is worth reflecting on the potential for research into food and dietary supplement ingredients to one day stave off the debilitating disease.

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