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  • Green Lipped Mussel Eases Joint Pain & Increases Mobility

    March 19, 2012
    Inflammopharmacology Journal has published a new study on freeze-dried mussel powder produced by Aroma New Zealand. According to company director Ben Winters, this study showed that its green lipped mussel powder significantly eased knee joint pain b…

  • Pycnogenol Improves Menopause Symptoms

    March 19, 2012
    Pycnogenol was found to significantly improve signs and symptoms of menopause in a recent clinical trial published in Panminerva Medica. The study was conducted at Pescara University and examined 70 perimenopausal women, aged 40-50 years. Participant…

  • Biofortis Opens New Research Center

    March 19, 2012
    Biofortis has opened a new global headquarters and research center in Saint-Herblain, France. A pioneer in human clinical nutrition trials, Biofortis provides companies with many services, including intestinal flora research programs, biomarkers deve…

  • Hyabest Hyaluronic Acid May Improve Knee Osteoarthritis

    March 19, 2012
    Hyabest, a hyaluronic acid product designed for knee and joint health from Kewpie Corporation, alleviates symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, according to new research. Subjects were randomly assigned to the hyaluronic acid (HA) or placebo group. The s…

  • Probiotic Ice Cream for Hospitals

    Probiotic Ice Cream for Hospitals

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || March 19, 2012
    HHice Cream supports immune function and nutrition during hospital recovery periods.

  • Ecuadorian Rainforest Releases Update of Kosher Products

    March 15, 2012
    Ecuadorian Rainforest, LLC (ER), Belleville, NJ, has released the 2012 update of its kosher product offerings. The natural ingredient supplier currently offers 141 kosher items, and the list continues to grow. The company’s top-selling kosher p…

  • Researchers Caution Against Nanoparticles in Food and Vitamins

    March 15, 2012
    New research from Cornell warns nanoparticles in food and pharmaceuticals may be more harmful to human health than previously thought. A research collaboration led by Michael Shuler, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Jame…

  • Sperm Quality Maintained by Omega 3s

    March 15, 2012
    Researchers have found that men who eat large quantities of fatty food have low sperm quality.

  • The Market for Health & Wellness

    The Market for Health & Wellness

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || March 15, 2012
    New report unveils key market drivers and standout categories.

  • Financing and Expo West

    Financing and Expo West

    Steven Allen of Nutrition Capital Network || March 15, 2012
    As industry headed off to Natural Products Expo West last week, there was optimism about the growth prospects for the nutraceutical and functional food industries. The sales tracking companies report growth in many categories. In fact, extremely stro…

  • BioGaia Extends Collaboration with Nestlé

    March 14, 2012
    Sweden-based BioGaia and Nestlé have extended an existing collaboration in the field of infant nutrition products. These agreements are of significant strategic value for BioGaia since they not only involve an extended close collaboration with…

  • MASQUELIER’s OPCs Offer Vascular Benefits

    March 14, 2012
    MASQUELIER’s OPCs (from i. BioCeuticals) produces a significant improvement of overall vascular health compared to placebo, according to a study performed by the Department of Toxicology of Maastricht University, published in PLOS One in Decemb…

  • Vitiva Teams with Naturamed

    March 14, 2012
    Slovenia-based Vitiva has entered a new collaboration with Israel-based biotech company Naturamed based on an exclusive agreement to manufacture Naturamed Ltd.'s product line at Vitiva's facilities and market the line to the U.S. and Europe v…

  • High Flavanol Chocolate Impacts Brain Performance

    March 14, 2012
    New research involving chocolate/cocoa powder from Barry Callebaut indicates regular consumption of high-flavanol chocolate can promote brain performance. For this independent study by Professor Andrew Scholey and Con Stough from the Center for Human…

  • Prismic Pharmaceuticals Acquires License to Omega 3 Patents

    March 14, 2012
    Prismic Pharmaceuticals, Scottsdale, AZ, has acquired the assets of Scarista Limited, along with Scarista's exclusive license from Amarin Neuroscience Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Amarin Corporation) to develop, market and out-license pr…

  • HP Ingredients Obtains Patent for ParActin

    March 14, 2012
    HP Ingredients, Bradenton, FL, has obtained U.S. patent #8,084,495 B2 for its signature proprietary compound, ParActin. The patent is titled "Composition of Labdane diterpenes extracted from Andrographis paniculata, useful for the treatment of a…

  • Supplement Use on the Rise

    March 14, 2012
    Sixty-nine precent of U.S. adults take dietary supplements according to a survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C.

  • New York Times Spotlights Krill Sustainability

    March 14, 2012
    The New York Times published an article on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, quoting Matts Johnasen, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS on the subject of krill sustainability.

  • Life Extension: Dr. Steven Joyal

    March 13, 2012
    Life Extension, Fort Lauderdale, FL, has promoted Dr. Steven Joyal, MD, to chief medical officer. Dr. Joyal previously held the position of vice president of scientific and medical affairs with Life Extension. Before joining Life Extension, Dr. Joyal…

  • Associations Call for Scientific Criteria Reassessment for Health Claims

    March 12, 2012
    In joint comments submitted at the end of January on the final three batch opinions from the European Food safety Authority (EFSA) and the risk management decisions taken on the basis of those opinions, the EHPM, EBF and ERNA all believe that a distinction between “maintenance” and “improvement” in the scientific assessment procedure is essential to avoid unnecessary rejections of health claims.

  • ConsumerLab Reviews Vitamin C Supplements

    March 12, 2012
    Vitamin C may boost the immune system and is critical for maintaining healthy connective tissue, but do you need to take a supplement and, if so, how do you find one that is right for you and at the best price?

  • The Smart Scent of Rosemary

    The Smart Scent of Rosemary

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || March 12, 2012
    The scent of the common culinary herb and essential oil demonstrates the ability to boost brain performance.

  • An Interview with Nancy Booth

    An Interview with Nancy Booth

    Sheldon Baker || March 9, 2012
    Nancy Booth, PhD, is a senior science consultant at Spherix Health Sciences Consulting, providing scientific and regulatory support to clients for the purpose of assuring the safety and benefit of their products, and achieving successful outcomes in regulatory approvals and compliance.

  • Omega 3 & Brain Health

    Omega 3 & Brain Health

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || March 8, 2012
    Can omega 3s influence intelligence, behavior and psychiatric disorders? Researchers hope to find out in two separate studies.

  • Wellness Essentials Personalized Daily Nutrition

    March 7, 2012
    Metagenics, Inc., San Clemente, CA, has introduced its Wellness Essentials Personalized Daily Nutrition Packets line, which consists of seven products that feature once-daily packets of nutritional supplements backed by scientific research to support…

  • NSF International Opens New Office in Germany

    March 7, 2012
    NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI, has opened a new office in Germany that will offer management systems registration (ISO) and certification services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Strategically located in Oberursel (Frankfurt), NSF G…

  • Flax Research Database Launched

    March 7, 2012
    The Flax Council of Canada, Manitoba, Canada, and Glanbia Nutritionals, Fitchburg, WI, have partnered to offer an extensive updated Flax Research Database for Human Health and Nutrition. With scientific evidence regarding the health benefits of flax…

  • Wilmar International Invests in Blue Pacific Flavors

    March 7, 2012
    Blue Pacific Flavors, City of Industry, CA, announced a strategic capital investment by Asia’s leading agribusiness group, Wilmar International Limited. Blue Pacific Flavors joins Wilmar International Limited’s group of associated compani…

  • Calzbone May Support Women’s Bone Density

    March 7, 2012
    A clinical trial published revealed daily dosing of Calzbone extract from Verdure Sciences significantly improved bone density (BMD) in women. Data from the 26-week clinical study on 40 middle-aged, healthy women aged 45-55 showed that 250 mg of Cal…

  • Lavela WS 1265

    March 7, 2012
    Integrative Therapeutics, Green Bay, WI, has launched Lavela WS 1265, an exclusive lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil indicated for occasional anxiety. This clinically validated oil (referred to as Silexan in published research), has bee…

  • EU Immune Health Research Includes Wellmune WGP

    March 7, 2012
    The European Union is investing €6 million in an international research project evaluating the immune health effects of Wellmune WGP from Biothera, Eagan, MN, and several other functional food ingredients. The FibeBiotics project is a consortiu…

  • Suntheanine May Improve Sleep Quality for Boys with ADHD

    March 7, 2012
    Researchers have found L-theanine may help boys diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) get more restful sleep. The study, conducted at the Canadian Centre for Functional Medicine in conjunction with the Food, Nutrition & H…

  • Global Herbal Supplement Market To Reach $107 Billion By 2017

    March 7, 2012
    The global herbal supplements and remedies market is forecast to reach $107 billion by the year 2017, spurred by growing aging population and increasing consumer awareness about general health and well being, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts.

  • Global Gums Market Driven by Nutraceutical Applications

    March 5, 2012
    Global Industry Analysts has released a new report on the gums market, which it predicts will reach $23 billion by 2017.

  • Healthy Aging

    Healthy Aging

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || March 5, 2012
    Researchers at the University of Zurich are set to begin a multinational study of simple, cost-effective strategies for preventing chronic diseases in the elderly.

  • ‘Authenticity’ Key to Consumer Taste in Ethnic Foods

    March 2, 2012
    Ethnic food preparation and consumption has been on the rise over the past several years and, according to Mintel’s latest research, it will continue its growth.

  • Epax Appoints Ola Snøve CEO

    March 2, 2012
    Epax AS, Oslo, Norway, has appointed Ola Snøve as CEO, replacing Terje Bakken. Mr. Snøve previously served as an investment director at Aker ASA. He is a member of Epax’s board of directors and knows the company well. Mr. Sn&oslas…

  • Cherry Juice Ripens to Superfruit Status

    March 1, 2012
    Cherries have long been appreciated for their taste, but growing evidence about their health benefits is now putting them squarely in the frame for “superfruit” status and they are increasingly being used in juices and juice drink blends, according to Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights.

  • Sustainable Foods Summit

    Sustainable Foods Summit

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || March 1, 2012
    An examination of existing food supply chains yielded a call for greater authenticity and more attention to social impacts.

  • Getting Ahead of the Curve: Cocoa Flavanols

    Dr. A. Elizabeth Sloan || March 1, 2012
    Dark chocolate/cocoa is perceived as a food rich in antioxidants. The cocoa bean is a powerhouse of health benefits loaded with polyphenols such as flavonoids.

  • FocusFactor Improves Memory, Concentration & Focus

    March 1, 2012
    A new clinical study found that adults who took FOCUSfactor as directed improved their memory, concentration and focus. FOCUSfactor is a nutritional supplement formulated with a patent-pending blend of brain supporting vitamins, minerals, antioxidant…

  • Abbott and University of Illinois Establish Nutrition Research Center

    March 1, 2012
    Abbott Nutrition, Abbott Park, IL, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have established the first-ever multi-disciplinary nutrition and cognition research center, which will be located on the Urbana campus. The Center for Nutrition, Le…

  • Floral Ingredients Spicing Up Flavor Market

    March 1, 2012
    Rising interest in naturalness and a growing awareness of the potential health benefits of botanical ingredients have combined with the desire for something more unusual to develop the demand for floral ingredients and flavorings. The number of globa…

  • Consumers Fail to Meet MyPlate Guidelines

    March 1, 2012
    The nutritionally-balanced quadrants of the USDA’s MyPlate, the graphic interpretation of the new federal dietary guidelines that depicts a healthful daily diet, looks very different than what’s actually on the plates of most Americans, a…

  • Study Suggests Resveratrol’s Mechanism of Action

    March 1, 2012
    Research indicates more complicated effects; could pave path for future investigations.

  • Vitamin E: Prostate cancer

    March 1, 2012
    Nutraceutical: Vitamin E Indication: Prostate cancer Source: JAMA, October 12, 2011;306(14): 1549-56. Research: The initial report of the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) found no reduction in risk of prostate cancer with ei…

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs): Depression

    March 1, 2012
    Nutraceutical: Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) Indication: Depression Source: J Affect Disord, 2011 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print] Research: Depression in late life often follows a chronic course with residual depressive and anxiety symptoms. L…

  • Probiotics: Dental health (children)

    March 1, 2012
    Nutraceutical: Probiotics Indication: Dental health (children) Source: Eur Arch Paediatr Dent, August 2011;12(4):211-5. Research: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of probiotics on salivary mutans streptococci counts of childr…

  • Polyphenols: Atherosclerosis

    March 1, 2012
    Nutraceutical: Polyphenols Indication: Atherosclerosis Source: Clin Nutr, August 2011;30(4):490-493. Research: In this study, researchers assessed the effect of olive oil polyphenols in reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis. This randomi…

  • Omega 3s: Heart disease in young women

    March 1, 2012
    Nutraceutical: Omega 3s Indication: Heart disease in young women Source: Hypertension, January 2012;59(1): 36-43. Research: Researchers used a Danish nationwide population based pregnancy cohort to examine whether or not eating more fish might red…