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Purity and simplicity drive health and wellness consumers, Mintel

Among the trends analyst Mintel has forecast for 2008, tap water, faux genomics and sustainability are most likely to affect the dietary supplement industry.

Obesity levels have not risen, study finds

Obesity rates did not rise last year for the first time in 25 years, a study has said, but are still too high and will continue to dominate public health agenda.

Conference set to tackle Canadian export obstacles

The federal Canadian agricultural agency is organizing a conference in an effort to favor trade in functional foods and nutraceuticals between the US and Canada.

Bamboo prebiotics boost gut health in the elderly

The gut health of elderly people is positively changed by xylooligosaccharides, found in bamboo shoots, fruit, vegetables and honey, and was more efficient than fructooligosaccharides and inulin, Taiwanese researchers report.

Review casts doubt on isoflavone supplements

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has said the long-term intake of supplements containing isoflavones carries a risk to menopausal women.

Study reports no effect of calcium, dairy on weight loss

Increased intake of calcium from dairy or supplemental sources does not promote weight loss, reports a new study from Ohio State University.

Life'sDHA meets Dalco meat

In an innovative move that may come as paradoxical, Martek Biosciences is taking its vegetarian life'sDHA to meat products.

AHPA to collect data on border activities of herbs

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is launching a program to record incidents of import detentions and other border-related activities surrounding plants used as ingredients in dietary supplements.

Multivitamins and minerals benefits for weight and hunger

Multivitamins and minerals could reduce appetite in women on a weight reduction regime, while lower body weight and fat mass was more obvious in men, says new research from Canada.

Nourish America rings in giving season with campaign

As the holiday season nears and industry members begin thinking about how to give back, Nourish America is launching its 1,000 for $1,000 campaign to improving the health of Americans in need.

Science needed to justify omega-3 nutrient claims, says GOED

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA omega-3s (GOED) is urging FDA to review the clinical science on the fatty acids so as to make an authoritative statement on recommended...

Earthfruits says cupuacu could be next superfruit

Utah-based Earthfruits is offering up an Amazonian fruit it says could be the next big antioxidant carrying superfruit.

Less HDL cholesterol increases impact of stroke

People are at an increased risk of memory problems and greater disability after stroke if they have low levels of "good" cholesterol, according to a new study.

Choices makes progress as global healthy foods mark

A food industry initiative launched this year is promoting one standard, easily recognisable symbol to aid identification of healthy foods across the world and encourage manufacturers to reformulate products along...

Exclusive interview

The omega-3 pioneer

It all started with a trip to Greenland in 1970. Three Danes, a couple of dogsleds, and several years of study later and the omega-3 was born. Since then, awareness...

Lonza partners on both coasts for Fiberaid

Lonza has extended the reach of its Fiberaid prebiotic into the US market with the signing of distribution deals with partners the E.T. Horn Company and Del-val Food Ingredients.

Grain prices could rise by another 40 per cent says ING

Food and beverage processors will be fighting it out for an increasingly dwindling supply of grains sourced at ever higher prices, ING Group warned in a new forecast report for...

Fibre could help cut type-2 diabetes, researchers say

Eating more cereal fibre may help reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes in women, while foods high on the glycemic index may increase the chances of developing the condition, according...

Some companies are better prepared for regulation than others

As new regulation is introduced in the US, those companies with proven clinical research for their products will be at a significant advantage, according to market analyst Business Insights.

Scientists connect DHA to warding off symptoms of Parkinson's

Scientists have linked what has become the brain health staple of the supplement industry - the omega-3 fatty acid DHA - to yet another application, this one for Parkinson's disease.

Weekly comment

Why all the fuss about stevia?

Over the past half year, stevia has been the focus of attention as the search for a perfect natural sweetener continues. But why are the birds circling when the ingredient...

Specialty supplement sales to soar, says report

Specialty supplements offer the most sales growth potential over the next five years amid significant shifts in consumer demographics, according to analysis by Business Insights.

Consumer demand for cranberries fuels shortage fears

Ocean Spray has played down fears of a shortage in cranberries due to bad weather - and has said the harvest has been virtually the same as last year.

Vitamin E boost for diabetics' heart health

Vitamin E supplements may halve the risk of cardiovascular events among diabetics, if they carry a particular version of a gene, says new research from Israel.

Grape-soy team-up enhances health benefits, says study

Teaming-up genistein from soy and resveratrol from grapes enhances the anti-obesity effects of the individual compounds, reports new research from the University of Georgia.

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