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Nestlé enters functional foods ring as claims climate heats up

On Monday Nestlé invited a media pack to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology near its Lausanne, Switzerland, base to tell the world about its big move into, as it...

Probiotics may protect infants from respiratory illness

Daily supplements of a probiotic may reduce the incidence of respiratory illness for infants during their first eight months of life, says a new study.

Garlic oil may reverse diabetes linked heart disease

Problems in heart function related to diabetes may be improved by supplementation with garlic oil, according to new research with rats.

Canadian researchers to unlock functional food habits of older adults

Armed with a war chest from the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR), University of Guelph will seek to understand the factors behind the functional food consumption habits of older...

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Vance Group launches new vitamin E tocotrienol

Singapore-based Vance Group Ltd. has a launched Vance Tocotrienol, a clear amber oil mixture containing the full spectrum of naturally occurring tocotrienols, alpha-tocopherol and phytonutrients.

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CRN confirms date and location for 2011 conference and workshop

The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s (CRN) 2011 conference and workshop will return to its 2009 home of Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Neptune krill oil gains Health Canada claims

Health Canada has approved health claims for Neptune’s krill oil ingredient, linking it to heart health, women’s health and inflammation benefits.

Special Edition: Asia

Looking East for salt reduction

Reducing salt is a major mandate for companies all over the world, but some of the latest science on salt replacers is coming from the East.

Pharmline and Zycal partner for bone health ingredient distribution

Pharmline has announced an agreement with Zycal Bioceuticals to market its Ostinol bone health ingredient to the dietary supplement industry in North America, the company has said.

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Pycnogenol receives science gong for innovation & research

The French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol from Natural Health Science/Horphag Research has been named the winner of the 2010 SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award.

B vitamins may not aid cognitive function: Study

Daily supplementation with B vitamins may not offer long term improvements in cognitive function, according to research from the University of Western Australia.

Fortified milk may reduce acne

Milk enriched with the whey protein lactoferrin may reduce the effects of acne, according to researchers.


Food flavourings in Southeast Asia see 'enormous' growth but remain cost-driven

Although the food and drink flavouring market in Southeast Asia is “growing enormously”, consumer tastes are still cost-driven and traditional, according to top flavour producer IFF.

Abbott infant formula recall to cost US$100m

Abbott said its recall of five million cans of Similac powdered infant formula because of possible contamination with beetles is likely to cost US$100m in lost revenues.

FTC bombs POM (and researchers beware)

The Federal Trade Commission legal action alleging POM Wonderful made unsubstantiated claims for its pomegranate products, adds to a stream of claim actions the increasingly active agency has taken this...

Toyo’s pine bark extract may not benefit heart health

Some pine-bark extracts may have no effect in lowering blood pressure or reducing other risk factors for heart disease, according to researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, but extrapolation...

Celiac disease can develop later in life: Study

The incidence of celiac disease has doubled every 15 years since 1974 and is becoming more prevalent in the elderly, claims new research from the University of Maryland’s Center for...

Fortitech sells shares to boost global expansion

The nutritional premix manufacturer Fortitech is to sell a stake in its business to a private equity firm in the hope of boosting its expansion efforts in global markets.


High fructose corn syrup: A sugar by any other name

Once upon a time sugar was sugar, and sugar was most definitely not good for you. So the Corn Refiners Association move to rebrand high fructose corn syrup as corn...

Better clinical trials may produce ‘optimal clinical rewards’ for antioxidants

Stricter clinical trials and a multifaceted approach may unlock the clinical potential of antioxidants, Japanese reviewers report.

NCCAM must increase support for basic science: CRN

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) should focus its limited resources on basic science and mechanistic studies, says the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

Unilever breakthrough may open up tea compound’s brain potential

Scientists from Unilever R&D have modelled the absorption and breakdown of L-theanine in humans, with results that may cast more light on the potential brain benefits of the tea compound....

Special Edition: Asia

Untapped ingredients from Japan may have potential worldwide

Green tea, soy and CoQ10 are some of the best known ingredients for supplements and functional foods from Japan, but a wealth of lesser-known foodstuffs are also the subject of...

Nano-EGCG could take tea benefits into clear beverages

Modified whey protein may nano-encapsulate the green tea compound EGCG and slow its rate of degradation 3.2-fold, thereby offering nano-encapsulation potential for formulators, says a new study.

Martek agrees sale of most of Winchester plant

Martek Biosciences is to sell off the majority of its manufacturing plant in Winchester to animal health company Alltech as part of a restructuring plan, but will retain some R&D...

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