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An echinacea plant can take 2 to 3 years to mature in the ground, but Ayana's plant cell cultivation could be produce ingredients in a couple of weeks, said the company's CEO.    Image © evgenyb / Getty Images

Ayana Bio launches plant cell-derived echinacea & lemon balm

By Stephen Daniells

Boston-based plant cell tech company Ayana Bio has announced the first-ever launch of plant cell-cultivated lemon balm and echinacea ingredients, to use in supplement formulations for sleep, mood, and immune support.

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Blueberry powder may boost cognitive function: RCT

By Stephen Daniells

Daily consumption of a polyphenol-rich blueberry powder may boost blood flow and improve a range of cognitive measures, says a new study from scientists at King’s College London and the University of Reading.

Probiota Americas: Early bird discount expires this week

Probiota Americas: Early bird discount expires this week

With expert speakers confirmed from NOW, Nouri, Postbiotics+, Microba, Zbiotics, NC State University, FDA, Health Canada, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and more, the upcoming Probiota Americas is not to be missed.

Review proposes red chili pepper extract for brain health studies

Review proposes red chili pepper extract for brain health studies

By Asia Sherman

A new review led by the University of Queensland prompts further research into capsaicin —a molecule derived from red chili peppers—for the prevention of cognitive decline in the aging and obese. It highlights a particular ingredient as a potentially...

7 Reasons to Enter the NutraIngredients-USA Awards!

7 Reasons to Enter the NutraIngredients-USA Awards!

By Stephen Daniells

The 2023 NutraIngredients-USA Awards are back with new categories but the same commitment to honor the best and brightest in ingredients, finished products, companies, people, and initiatives in food supplements and functional food & beverage.

Researchers explore the pathways to berry health benefits

Researchers explore the pathways to berry health benefits

By Asia Sherman

Berry researchers from around the world gathered last week at the 9th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium in Tampa, FL to take a deep dive along the metabolic pathways in search of the microbes and metabolites that contribute to human health.

5 take-aways we learned during our Business Leaders Forum

5 take-aways we learned during our Business Leaders Forum

By Stephen Daniells

From 2022 sales numbers to consumer enthusiasm remaining high, and from progress with equality and diversity in the industry to the growth in awareness around the importance of the microbiome for health, there were lots of talking points from our 3rd...

The NutraIngredients-USA Awards are back! Submit your entries!

The NutraIngredients-USA Awards are back! Submit your entries!

By Stephen Daniells

The NutraIngredients-USA Awards are back for 2023 with new categories but the same commitment to honor the best and brightest in ingredients, finished products, companies, people, and initiatives in the dietary supplements industry.

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The emerging opportunity for microbiome modulation to improve sleep

By Stephen Daniells

Consumers are increasingly aware of the detrimental effects of not getting enough sleep, and emerging links between the gut microbiota and sleep present opportunities for pre-, pro-, and postbiotics in the booming natural sleep aid category.

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Sleep supplement sales contract after two boom years

By Stephen Daniells

After growth of 40% and 22% in 2020 and 2021, sales of sleep supplements contracted in 2022 with the numbers offset by inflation, but unit sales shrank even more, according to data from SPINS.