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Calcium and heart health: ‘Nutrition savvy dietitians do not recommend calcium in isolation’

Studies linking calcium intakes to heart concerns continue to be published, but studies showing no effects and even benefits can also be found in the literature, so what are the...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA backs botanical blend for better bowel function

EFSA has said a plant-based blend of hydroxyanthracene derivatives can improve bowel function after analysing a dossier with two unpublished clinical trials from a French firm.

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Kyowa Hakko USA self-affirms GRAS for the amino acid L-Ornithine

Kyowa Hakko USA has completed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) self-affirmation for the amino acid L-Ornithine, with research supporting a potential anti-fatigue effect.

Magnesium shows insulin benefits in non-diabetics: Study

Increased intakes of magnesium are associated with decreased metabolic biomarkers of insulin resistance in non-diabetics, says a new study.

Omega-3 may have benefits for dry AMD: Pilot Study

Supplementation with EPA-rich omega-3 fatty acids could help battle inflammation in the macula and therefore improve the vision in patients with dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), according to the findings...

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Sabinsa division wins innovation award

Sami Labs, an division of New Jersey-based Sabina Corp., has been honored by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry with a  “Product Innovator of the Year” award....

Durbin sends USPLabs letter about OxyElite Pro liver injury issues

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, has sent a letter to USPLabs, maker of the OxyElite Pro product that has been associated with cases of liver injury in Hawaii, seeking information on...

Cognitive health ingredient from PL Thomas targets wider population

While most cognitive health supplements target cognitive decline mainly in aging populations, a new ingredient from PL Thomas claims to offer “peak cognitive performance” benefits, which the firm says will...

World’s fastest growing functional food in 2013? Infant formula (by a mile)

Infant formula is the fastest growing healthy and functional food and drink category – adding almost $5bn (€3.63bn) in global sales in 2013 according to Euromonitor International.

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Albion forms scientific advisory board to 'accelerate commitment to innovation'

Leading mineral amino acid chelate supplier Albion Human Nutrition is introducing a new scientific advisory board to provide the company with independent advice and peer review on the scientific aspects...

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GE Pharma recalls dietary supplement over DMAA content

GE Pharma, LLC has announced a recall of certain lots of its dietary supplement products Creafuse Powder Grape and Fruit Punch, which were found to contain DMAA (dimethylamylamine).

Exclusive interview

Taste beyond flavour: How colour, texture and environment influence taste perception

The way we taste foods is actually far more complex than their flavour alone. Neuroscientist Professor Charles Spence discusses how the shape, smell and colour of a food, its packaging,...

Chia on the cusp of joining protein and omega-3 in mainstream functional food/beverage ranks: Marketing expert

Increasing numbers of products with superfoods like chia will see this favorite of the Aztecs joining the mainstream functional food/beverage ranks, says a leading marketing expert.

Indian gooseberry (amla) extracts show anti-inflammatory and blood flow benefits

Extracts from Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) may be an effective anti-inflammatory agent and anticoagulant, according to a new study from Japan.

Herbalife's business model changes should finally put criticisms to rest, CEO says

Herbalife, the network marketing nutritional products giant, has recorded another quarter of double-digit growth, a quarter in which it moved to alter its business model to respond to public criticism,...

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CRN bolsters science staff with addition of Andrea Wong, PhD

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has bolstered its science staff with the addition of Andrea Wong, PhD, who joins the organization in the role of vice president of scientific and...

Vitamin D has longer than expected half-life: Tests may not show true 'plateau'

Tests to assess levels of vitamin D status months or years after supplementation finishes may not be showing a true rise - or plataeu - in vitamin D status, according...

Rise of personalized genetic databases provides trove of info to drive research, product development

The advent of simplified genetic tests marks the dawn of an age in which the idea of personalized nutrition will be driven by hard data as opposed to answers on...

InterHealth paves the way for future joint health research with positive healthy-subject study for UC-II

A daily dose of InterHealth’s UC-II, an un-denatured type II collagen, may boost joint comfort in healthy individuals who only experience discomfort with exercise, according to a clinical trial with...

Guest article

Former FDA inspector offers insight into identity testing procedures

Tamika Cathey, a former FDA inspector and current independent regulatory consultant at EAS Consulting Group discusses identity verification regulations and methodologies. Cathey and 15 other industry experts will discuss botanical...

Librarian pioneers practice of unmasking publishers of bogus open-access journals

Open access research is a scientific publishing concept founded under the best of intentions, but it has come to harbor deceptive and predatory publishing practices, says an authority on the...

Pharmachem: The potential market for products addressing excess sugar consumption is huge

Products to manage blood sugar levels have ‘huge potential’, says Pharmachem Laboratories, but communicating the benefits with consumers continues to be a challenge.

60-second interview: Dr. Sandy Chien, VP Innovative Products, HORN Nutraceuticals

HORN prepares to launch cinnamon-extract for reducing blood sugar response to starchy meals

As part of our special edition on blood sugar, Elaine Watson caught up with Dr. Sandy Chien, VP Innovative Products at California-based HORN Nutraceuticals, which is introducing a new cinnamon-based...

Big Interview: Todd Beckman, cofounder and COO of GoodBelly

Consumer education on probiotics critical: GoodBelly founder

In a country like the US where 60 to 70 million people have digestive issues, and roughly 20% of the population suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (though only a third seek medical...

Probiotic cheese + low calorie diet shows weight and heart health benefits for obese

A low calorie diet plus daily consumption of a probiotic cheese may improve blood pressure and body mass index measures in obese adults with hypertension, says a new study.

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