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Magnesium may fight onset of type 2 diabetes

A diet high in magnesium may help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, especially in people who are overweight, suggests evidence reported in two new studies out next month....

Buyers tidy up purchases of supplement makers

Michigan-based IdeaSphere announced this week that it had completed the purchase of supplement maker Twinlab and its Twin Laboratories business.

Fishy findings on mental health

People who eat a lot of seafood may be less likely to suffer from bipolar disorders, say researchers, who report that their findings support the ongoing research into the effect...

Industry event to discuss pending issues

A conference geared for executives in the dietary supplement industry has scheduled a speaker from FDA to take questions on many of the currently pending regulatory issues, such as GMPs...

Obesity link to prostate cancer?

Obese men with prostate cancer are more likely to have aggressive tumors and to experience cancer recurrence after surgery compared to men of normal weight or those who are overweight...

Higher lycopene levels halve heart disease risk in women

Women who eat tomato products regularly may be at lower risk of heart disease, suggests a new study that has linked higher blood levels of the tomato compound lycopene to...

Could broccoli consumption prevent prostate cancer?

A researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study prostate cancer prevention by phytochemicals found in broccoli.

CSPI urges FDA to reverse course of bioterrorism rules

Tough new bioterrorism rules that entered into force earlier this month have come under fire from a US consumer watchdog, accusing the FDA of 'watering down' the rules.

Bradley Pharma to market probiotic supplement

New Jersey-based Bradley Pharmaceuticals is to market a new probiotic product, supplied by Danish probiotics leader Chr. Hansen, to the North American physicians market.

DSM expands in Latin America

In a bid to reinforce customer relations in Latin America, the dairy ingredients business unit of DSM Food Specialties' has expanded its presence in Latin...

Wholegrain health claim clears FDA procedure

Food marketers in the US can now make a claim referring to the beneficial actions of wholegrains on reduction of heart disease risk, following an application from Kraft Foods.

Grape juice to regain youth

Grape juice significantly improved short-term memory and some neuro-motor skills such as coordination and balance in preliminary research on animals, presented last month.

Health Canada reviews comfrey products

Health Canada is advising consumers not to use products containing the herb comfrey until it has carried out a review of products on the market.

Food labeling needs overhaul to help reduce obesity

The FDA should change food labeling laws to allow for accurate comparative claims in order to help consumers choose healthier diets, said the US Federal Trade Commission in a letter...

Vitamin maker agrees to settle in price-fixing case

German chemicals firm Merck KGaA, one the vitamin manufacturers involved in the price fixing allegations, has reached a settlement and is co-operating with the plaintiffs, reported the New York Times...

Ginger for pregnant women, probably safe

Ginger, taken by pregnant women to ease morning sickness, appears to be safe for the foetus, report researchers, but they found it only had a mild effect on sickness.

Weider to continue investment in joint supplement

A consumer marketing campaign for Weider Nutrition's Move Free brand has had a significant impact on operating profits, company results revealed today.

Martek looks for new sources of DHA

Nutritional oil manufacturer Martek Biosciences has revealed a new agreement with a Canadian biotech firm to help it develop cheaper sources of plant-based docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Regulatory threat for new year

Lobby groups are stepping up the effort to fight a bill recently introduced by US senators, which seeks to add considerably to the government's current regulation of the dietary supplement...

Increasing calcium, preventive therapy for childhood obesity?

Children should be strongly encouraged to regularly include calcium-rich foods and drinks in their diets, report US researchers, after a new study confirms the negative association between the mineral and...

Diet could help hay fever sufferers

German researchers have found further evidence that components of diet, particularly fatty acids and antioxidants, might be able to inhibit symptoms of hay fever in adults.

Martek reports profits, finally

Nutritional oil manufacturer Martek Biosciences recorded its first annual profit this year since founding almost 20 years ago, revealing a net income of $16 million compared to losses worth $24 million last year.

SunOpta expands oat fiber to meet low-carb demand

Canadian company SunOpta has announced a 20 per cent expansion plan for its US oat fiber production facility. With more than 50 per cent of Americans now believed to be...

Ontarians missing out on fruit and veg quota

Ontario residents are eating too few vegetables and fruits and are missing out on their cancer fighting benefits, according to the results of a new survey completed by Cancer Care...

GLA-based supplement helps reduce dry eye

An eye health supplement containing gamma linolenic acid (GLA) has been shown to increase lactoferrin production, helping to reduce dry eye, reports its Nevada-based manufacturer ScienceBased Health.

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