Botanicals

Hi-Tech sues FDA over 'bullying campaign'

Hi-Tech sues FDA over 'bullying campaign'

By Hank Schultz

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, the Georgia-based company from which FDA seized $2 million worth of products that contained DMAA, has sued the agency in federal court claiming the agency has bypassed standard rulemaking procedures in favor of a “bullying campaign”...

UK FSA on aegeline-containing products:

UK warns against another USPLabs pre-workout supplement

By Shane Starling

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers off VERSA-1, the second pre-workout sports supplement made by Texas-based manufacturer USPLabs containing the disputed ingredient, aegeline.

MHRA: “OxyElite Pro is a potentially dangerous sports supplement and people should not use it.”

UK medicines agency issues OxyElite Pro 'no-no'

By Shane Starling

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has joined the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) in warning consumers off pre-workout sports supplement, OxyElite Pro.

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Special edition: Botanicals. Editor's blog

Has EFSA sparked a light in Europe’s dark botanical tunnel?

By Shane STARLING

The botanicals industry was pleasantly surprised recently when the EU’s central science agency backed an isolated health claim for a bowel-benefitting herbal blend – but is EFSA really changing its botanicals approach before the EC has told it to?

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Special edition: Botanicals

EU's ongoing botanicals battle: ‘Consumers need more information’

By Chris Whitehouse

The European Union botanicals sector has been in limbo since 2010 when 2078 botanical health claim applications were placed on hold as the European Commission bowed to pressure to reconsider the scientific criteria for their validation. With no end to...

In pictures: The top botanicals and their health benefits

Special edition: Botanicals

In pictures: The top botanicals and their health benefits

By Maggie Hennessy

The botanicals sector is worth $5.6 billion in the US alone, and includes a diverse range of botanicals, from cranberry to St John's wort. In this special gallery we take a tour of the herbal sector, and look at some of the stars, and their health...

Despite bad publicity, adulteration picture slowly improving, experts say

Special Edition: Botanicals

Despite bad publicity, adulteration picture slowly improving, experts say

By Hank Schultz

The extent of adulteration of herbal supplements has been a question for as long as the products have been on the market.  In light of damaging publicity, such as Monday’s article in The New York Times, is there evidence that progress is being made on...

Letter from congressman asks FDA to ramp up NDI enforcement

By Hank Schultz

A letter from the office of Texas congressman Steve Stockman to the Food and Drug Administration urges the agency to better police the filing of New Dietary Ingredient notifications.  The letter says that there are some ingredients in the market whose...

EFSA backs botanical blend for better bowel function

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EFSA backs botanical blend for better bowel function

By Shane STARLING

EFSA has said a plant-based blend of hydroxyanthracene derivatives can improve bowel function after analysing a dossier with two unpublished clinical trials from a French firm.

Cognitive health ingredient targets wider population

Cognitive health ingredient from PL Thomas targets wider population

By Maggie Hennessy

While most cognitive health supplements target cognitive decline mainly in aging populations, a new ingredient from PL Thomas claims to offer “peak cognitive performance” benefits, which the firm says will appeal to a much broader consumer audience. 

Weight loss category made up of many varied segments

Weight loss category made up of many varied segments

By Maggie Hennessy

Much more than just a single category, the weight loss market is striated into multiple segments based on consumers’ varying attitudes, behaviors and motivations, according to a study by consumer products consulting firm Abunda. 

Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes

Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes

By Shane Starling

Australia and New Zealand have jointly issued a warning against pre-workout sports supplement OxyElite Pro following its links to an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii that killed one person and affected 29.

Asia leads the way in food and drink brain health-based products

Special Edition: Brain-boosting ingredients

Global brain health market pushing $2bn mark as Asia and supplements shine

By Shane Starling

Sales of brain health boosting food supplements like omega-3s, the B vitamin group, vitamin C and phosphatidylserine are driving the category toward sales of €2bn globally, even as brain-boosting foods and beverages have endured a flat period.

Battling cognitive decline: Where do we stand?

Special edition: Brain boosting ingredients

Battling cognitive decline: Where do we stand?

By Nathan Gray

Cognitive impairments have been long linked to the development of dementia and memory problems in the elderly. However, recent research has begun to suggest that nutrition can play a vital role in protecting against such declines. In this special edition...

Vitamin C, zinc and pine bark extract show common cold benefits: Study

Vitamin C, zinc and pine bark extract show common cold benefits: Study

By Stephen DANIELLS

A combination supplement containing zinc, vitamin C and Pycnogenol, an extract from French Maritime Pine bark, may be effective in shortening duration of the common cold and lessening the seven ‘pillar’ symptoms, including runny nose, nasal obstruction,...

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Botanicals you can rely on, from ADM

Botanicals you can rely on, from ADM

Today more than ever, consumers are striving to support their overall well-being in a convenient way, with foods, beverages and dietary supplements that...