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GNC CEO: ‘We're going to be offering far more plant-based and nature-based proteins in our store’

Supplements retailing giant GNC is undertaking a ‘reset’ with an increased focus on natural, organic and vegan-vegetarian consumers, while also boosting its plant protein offerings, says the company’s new CEO....

Theo Innovations debuts flavanol-rich cocoa extract

Seattle-based Theo Chocolate has launched the first functional ingredient from its subsidiary Theo Innovations.  Called Violetamine, the product is an extract of cocoa high in polyphenols and theobromine.

Growth in China, stagnation in US means Usana is now 'essentially an Asian company,' analyst says

Usana Health Sciences recorded a sales decline in the United States in its Q3 2014 earnings statement that was more than offset by rapid growth in China. The numbers have...

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International Probiotics Association to relocate to US; reigning chief resigns

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is relocating to an unconfirmed US location from Europe in November. The group will replace executive director, Ioannis Misopoulos, who will remain in Switzerland.

Calcium supplementation could prevent reduced bone density in active post-menopausal women: Study

Calcium supplementation (Marigot’s Aquamin) could prevent exercise-associated bone density reduction in post-menopausal women, according to an American study.

Bran more effective than whole grain in alleviating obesity symptoms: Study

Supplementation with finger millet bran may help alleviate symptoms of obesity like oxidative stress, inflammation and gut microbial imbalances, according to mice research published in the British Journal of Nutrition....

FTC vs Bayer: FTC’s case to go ahead, but NPA & CRN allowed to appear as ‘friends of the court’

A New Jersey District Court judge has ruled that FTC’s case against Bayer can go ahead, but denied calls from the government to prevent the Council for Responsible Nutrition and...

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

Denmark widens warning on weight loss herbal linked to brain haemorrhage

The Danish food safety authority has issued a second warning on the illegal herbal weight loss ingredient Acacia rigidula – which contains substances implicated in a brain haemorrhage case in Sweden....

Low vitamin D may increase asthma risk: Population data

Asthmatics with vitamin D deficiency are 25% more likely to experience acute attacks, suggests study.

Streamlined operations, new product launch help Innophos prosper despite depressed sales

Specialty phosphate producer Innophos suffered sales declines in its third quarter of 2014 as the company struggled with a supply shortage for a key feedstock and some weakness in the...

Herbalife asks Mirror to take down 'baseless' article

Herbalife shakes not responsible for Mexican death, say doctors

A "previous serious illness" was responsible for the death of a Mexican woman - not Herbalife weight loss shakes - say local doctors following accusations in the Mexican and UK press of lead contamination....

Financials

Nutrition profits jump 23% in mixed DuPont Q3 results

DuPont is reaping the benefit of its €5bn 2011 acquisition of Danish probiotics and enzymes giant Danisco, with its nutrition and health division showing 23% profit growth in a “sluggish” world market....

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present as entries close on...

FDA warns consumers about mixing supplements and medications

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update to warn of the potential interactions between prescriptions and OTC medications and dietary supplements.

Calcium + vitamin D show bone benefits for military personnel: RCT

Daily supplements of calcium and vitamin D may help boost bone density for military personnel undergoing basic combat training – a period that places individuals under increased risk of skeletal...

Hangover beverage debuts in Las Vegas

A new energy drink is seeking a middle path in the sphere, trying to find space between the shot market and bigger serving size cans. Called Last Shot, the product...

Research backs collagen-calcium combo for post-menopausal bone loss

Supplementation of collagen and calcium may be more effective at reducing bone density loss in post-menopausal women compared to straight calcium and vitamin D, according to an industry-funded year-long trial.

Guest article

Goin’ Back in Time with DSHEA

It’s 1994 all over again—The Lion King just came out; everyone is talking about the Nancy Kerrigan incident, and the police are chasing O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco down the L.A. freeway....

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NattoPharma expands patent application for Vitamin K2

The US Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent for NattoPharma for vitamin K2 food and supplement products for cardiovascular health, extending the dosing range covered by an earlier...

Experts not surprised steroid-tainted supplements lingered on market following recalls

A recent study found that numerous recalled supplements lingered on the market for months or even years after their recall dates. The nature of recalls supplies part of the reason...

Questions about Peruvian fishery highlight advantages of algal omega-3 supply, expert says

It’s unclear what the impending closure of the Peruvian anchovy fishing season will have on the long term supply picture in the omega-3s sphere. But one thing is clear, it...

Food4Me: Strict laws needed to ease nutrigenomic fear

Europeans are highly concerned about sharing genetic data for personalised nutrition projects, or nutrigenomics, a 9000-person, nine nation study has found.

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Naturex’s Pacran gets Canadian approval for urinary tract health claims

Health Canada has awarded a Natural Product Number for Naturex’s Pacran, the natural solution for urinary comfort, has been awarded a Natural Product Number from Health Canada.

Grapefruit juice may block weight gain from high-fat diet: Mouse data

Consumption of grapefruit juice may block weight gain from a high-fat diet by improving metabolic markers, according to research in mice.

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