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Blast caps boss finally attracts beverage big guns to vitamin dosing technology

The entrepreneur behind ‘blast caps’ – a dosing technology enabling consumers to add vitamins, probiotics and other bioactives to beverages at the point of consumption – says major players in...

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How fast is the US vitamins and minerals supplements category growing?

New data supplied to NutraIngredients-USA from SPINs shows that sales of vitamin and mineral supplements were up 8.2% to $1.45bn across conventional and natural channels combined in the year to October 1.

Human data on memory-boosting magnesium compound expected mid-2012

Preliminary results of a human study into Magtein - a patent-pending magnesium compound called magnesium-L-threonate claimed to boost memory and cognitive function - will be available next year.

NBTY: ‘Active nutrition’ has broader audience than sports nutrition

The growing trend towards ‘active nutrition’ - a broader category than pure sports nutrition - is likely to benefit supplements giant NBTY as more high protein products hit mainstream retailers,...

Choline may help protect the brain from effects of ageing

Increased dietary intake of choline may be related to better cognitive performance and protection against memory loss, according to new research.

Beta-glucan benefits may extend across ethnic groups: Study

The potential of oat beta-glucan to reduce cholesterol levels may extend across different ethnic groups, says a new study from Canada.

Trade to FDA: Don’t leave us in limbo on NDI guidance

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will need time to process the expected tidal wave of comments on its draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs), the supplements industry...

GMP inspections show ‘consistent fundamental failures’: Israelsen, UNPA

The ‘consistent fundamental failures’ of companies in the dietary ingredients and supplement segment for current good manufacturing practices (GMPs) is a ‘topic of disappointment’, says Loren Israelsen.

Polyphenol-rich juice may boost heart health: Coca-Cola study

The potential heart health benefits of polyphenol-rich juice may be linked to a positive change in expression of protein linked to artery health, suggests data from a pilot study from...

Norwegian omega-3 rancidity safety concerns based on “troubling” lack of science, says GOED

The omega-3 industry has defended its products against suggestions raised in a recent Norwegian scientific agency report that omega-3 oxidation (rancidity) could have negative consequences for human health.

Probiotics again show oral health potential

At least seven strains of lactic acid bacteria show potential oral health benefits, according to Spanish researchers.

Neptune shares start trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange

Canadian krill oil specialist Neptune Technologies and Bioressources has started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Jarrow Formulas FOIA request on NDIs: ‘In sum, FDA has told us to drop dead’

Jarrow Formulas is still waiting for a “substantive response” from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted more than two months ago...

Omega-3 again linked to lower inflammation: Study

Increased blood levels of omega-3s are associated with lower levels of compounds linked to inflammation and heart disease, says a new study that strengthens the heart health benefits of the...

NutraCea reports 'significant progress' on rice protein project with DSM

Stabilized rice bran maker NutraCea will update the market on the progress of its R&D tie-up with DSM to develop protein from rice bran in the first half of 2012....

Vitamin C supplement sales edge up 2.8% in year to October 1

Sales of vitamin C supplements – the biggest single category in the vitamins and minerals market - were up 2.8% to $221.27m in the year to October 1 across conventional...

‘Oxygen-enhanced’ water secures listings at leading retailers

The Columbus-based firm behind OXYwater - the latest ‘oxygen-enhanced’ mineral water to hit the market - claims sales have “exploded” since its launch earlier this year.

CHS to acquire Israeli soy protein company Solbar for $133m

The United States’ biggest farmer-owned cooperative CHS Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire soy protein company Solbar for $133m, sending share prices in the Israeli company soaring.

FDA files permanent injunction against supplement manufacturer

The US Food and Drug Administration has filed for a permanent injunction against a Pennsylvania dietary supplement manufacturer as the agency turns the GMP compliance screw.

L-arginine changes nothing for fit young men at rest: Study

Supplements of the amino acid L-arginine may not produce metabolic or hormonal enhancement for fit young men at rest, says a new study from Canada.

Vitamin D yoghurt may improve cholesterol, heart disease risk: Study

Regular consumption of a vitamin D-fortified yoghurt drink may improve cholesterol levels and markers of blood vessel functioning in diabetic people, according to new research.

Coffee may offer womb cancer protection, say Harvard researchers

Long-term coffee consumption may be associated with up to a 25% reduced risk of womb (endometrial) cancer, according to new research.

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DSM expands Latin American presence with two premix facilities

DSM Nutritional Products has opened two new premix facilities in Latin America, as the company continues to expand globally.

Multivitamins may boost alertness and mood for men: RCT data

A daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with added herbal ingredients may boost alertness and feelings of ‘general day-to-day well-being’, suggest data from a randomized controlled trial from Australia.

Warning Letters continue as FDA maintains cGMP vigilance

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two warning letters in November for alleged dietary supplement cGMP violations, as the agency maintains its vigilance.

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