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  • Nutraceutical Investments

    April 23, 2010
    Despite estimated costs of more than $10 million to gain the right to claim that a food or drink product has a health benefit, investing is worthwhile, according to research from Business Insights. The report, “Key Players and Innovative Start-…

  • Study Shows Fish Oil Offered No Benefit to Brain Power

    April 22, 2010
    A large trial involving fish oil supplements has found no evidence that they offer benefits for cognitive function in older people.

  • New Products for Gut Health Still Show Steady Growth

    April 22, 2010
    Interest in food and drinks carrying gut or digestive health claims appears to be continuing unabated, at least as far as food and drinks companies are concerned.

  • Beer for Bone Strength

    Beer for Bone Strength

    Joanna Cosgrove || April 22, 2010
    Hoist up a pint—a new study credits beer’s silicon content for increased bone mineral density.

  • Consumers Spend Nearly $300 Billion on LOHAS Products & Services

    April 21, 2010
    In honor of Earth Week, Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), Harleysville, PA, is pleased to announce results of its latest analysis of consumer spending in the LOHAS market.

  • Eggshell Calcium Complies with California Prop 65

    April 20, 2010
    A new study on ESM Technologies’ ESC (Eggshell Calcium) showed the ingredient is California Prop 65 compliant with respect to four heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium) tested at the full daily value for calcium of 1000 mg per day.…

  • Danisco Probiotics Shows Positive Impact on Metabolic Syndrome

    April 19, 2010
    Administration of Danisco’s probiotic strain Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis 420 (B420) may improve metabolic syndrome by reducing tissue inflammation and reducing metabolic endotoxaemia, thereby counteracting the adverse effects of high…

  • Omega 3 Market Report Analyzes Growth Factors

    April 19, 2010
    A new report from Frost & Sullivan tracks the market trends, growth, dynamics and recent market developments in the North American marine and algae oil omega 3 ingredients market from 2008 to 2013.

  • Lutein Supplementation May Stave Off Further Sight Loss

    April 19, 2010
    A new study published online in the Archives of Ophthalmology that offers new hope for the prevention of visual field loss in patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa (RP). In this randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study conducted by…

  • Natural Personal Care

    Natural Personal Care

    Joanna Cosgrove || April 19, 2010
    After surviving a lengthy economic lull, the segment is bouncing back, stronger than ever.

  • DiscoveryBioMed Receives Grant to Study Phytochemicals

    April 16, 2010
    DiscoveryBioMed, Inc. (DBM), Birmingham, AL, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue research into the discovery and development of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals.

  • Dietary Folate May Reduce Heart Failure Risk

    April 16, 2010
    High dietary intakes of folate and vitamin B6 were associated with reduced risk of mortality from stroke, coronary heart disease and heart failure among Japanese study subjects, according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

  • Embria and B&D Extend Distribution Partnership

    April 16, 2010
    Embria Health Sciences, Ankeny, IA, manufacturer of science-backed dietary supplement ingredients EpiCor and eXselen has extended its U.S. distribution and marketing agreement with B&D Nutritional Ingredients (B&D), Vista, CA. The strategic p…

  • Resveratrol to Replace Aspirin?

    Resveratrol to Replace Aspirin?

    Joanna Cosgrove || April 15, 2010
    Research suggests resveratrol might be more effective than aspirin, but marketplace pitfalls could stymie the supplement’s reach.

  • OmniActive Health Technologies

    April 13, 2010
    OmniActive Health Technologies, Short Hills, NJ, has self-determined that its Lutemax line of free lutein and lutein esters are GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe). The process involved an intensive review of safety and toxicology data by an independen…

  • Pharmavite Clarifies NAD Challenge

    April 13, 2010
    Pharmavite LLC, Northridge, CA, has responded to a challenge from the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council for Better Business Bureaus regarding the company’s Prenatal Multi + DHA.

  • Weight Management Makes Impression on Americans

    April 12, 2010
    With two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost one-third of children and adolescents overweight or obese, a diverse range of consumers are increasingly focused on weight loss and weight maintenance, according to a new report.

  • What Women Want

    What Women Want

    Sean Moloughney || April 12, 2010
    The current age of constant media bombardment comes when most people have less time to do a lot more. It’s only natural to rely on other sources to filter out what you don’t need. In the coming months, I’ll provide some perspective…

  • Innocent Drinks Turns to Coca-Cola in Recession

    April 12, 2010
    Coca-Cola has become the majority shareholder of UK-based Innocent Drinks, which ran into tough economic times during the recession.

  • Grocery Products Go for Gut Health

    Grocery Products Go for Gut Health

    Amanda Baltazar || April 12, 2010
    Using digestive health as the hook, many food companies are targeting consumers interested in fiber.

  • Omega 3s May Hinder Dry Eye Syndrome, Psychotic Disorders and Aging

    April 8, 2010
    Improving nerve regeneration after corneal surgery, preventing psychotic disorders in those at high risk for them and reducing cellular aging are three emerging benefits of omega 3 fatty acids, according to new research.

  • Naturalpha Launches Clinical Investigation Center for Nutrition

    April 8, 2010
    Naturalpha, international consulting, scientific and clinical research company in nutrition and health, is launching its Clinical Nutrition Center (CNCN) based in Saint-Vincent de Paul, a major hospital in Lille, France. The food industry has a spec…

  • WellGen to Collaborate with RFI

    WellGen to Collaborate with RFI

    Joanna Cosgrove || April 8, 2010
    Therapeutic nutrition opportunities will include functional foods and supplements.

  • New Euromonitor Report Discusses Impact of EFSA’s Health Claim Legislation

    April 7, 2010
    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has instituted a new regulatory process to ensure that all claims made on food labels in the EU are “clear and substantiated by scientific evidence.”

  • Teawell 50 Extract May Protect Brain Cells

    April 7, 2010
    A new study has indicated that Teawell 50, a green tea extract from A. Holliday & Company, may delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Teawell 50 is a 50% pure extraction of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). The study was perfor…

  • Ashitaba Chalcones Show Efficacy in Battling Visceral Fat

    April 6, 2010
    A clinical study demonstrated compelling weight loss effects of Ashitaba chalcone powder, from Japan Bio Science Laboratory (JBSL-USA). In the randomized, double-blind, parallel group study, 26 slightly obese male and female patients with BMI between…

  • Scientific Exchange Program Promotes Collaborative Quality Standards

    April 5, 2010
    To promote international scientific exchange and ultimately foster global harmonization of standards for medicines and food ingredients, scientists from around the world will join the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) at its Rockville, MD, headquar…

  • Health & Wellness Products Target Baby Boomers

    April 5, 2010
    Baby Boomers are getting older and are beginning to experience some of the aches and pains of aging, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

  • Grapes for Hearts & Minds

    Grapes for Hearts & Minds

    Joanna Cosgrove || April 5, 2010
    Concord grape juice linked to improved blood pressure and memory.

  • Finds Carcinogenic Form of Chromium in Some Dietary Supplements

    April 1, 2010
    A carcinogenic form of chromium, hexavalent chromium, was found in some dietary supplements, according to new tests by, White Plains, NY. Hexavalent chromium was found in two popular weight loss products and a chromium supplement, whi…

  • Funds Boost Research into Cognitive Decline

    April 1, 2010
    The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, a public-private effort to promote the study of brain function with age, will award up to $28 million over five years to 17 research grants to examine the neural and behavioral profiles of healthy cognitiv…

  • GOED Tackles Recent Omega 3 Issues

    April 1, 2010
    A lawsuit filed in California claims that 10 types of fish oil supplements tested recently contain polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), a toxic industrial compound, and that manufacturers and sellers need to warn consumers under the state’s Proposit…

  • St. John's Wort Mined for Medicinal Value

    April 1, 2010
    A unique collection of St. John's wort (Hypericum) curated by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Ames, IA, is providing university collaborators with genetically diverse, well-documented sources of this herb to use in studies examining its medicinal potential.

  • Will Healthcare Reform Make Us Healthier?

    Rebecca Wright || April 1, 2010
    On March 21st the U.S. House of Representatives passed the hotly debated healthcare reform bill (and it will likely get President Obama’s signature before the ink is dry on this editorial). While this may change the health insurance situation f…

  • 5-HTP

    April 1, 2010
    5-HTP is the precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is obtained commercially from the seeds of the plant Griffonia simplicifolia.

  • Vitamin D Fortification

    Vitamin D Fortification

    Judith Jarvis, MS || April 1, 2010
    Heightened interest in vitamin D research and advances in fortification technology make vitamin D a nutrient to watch these days.

  • Nutraceuticals Multiverse: Evidence Rules vs. Evidentiary Rules

    Nutraceuticals Multiverse: Evidence Rules vs. Evidentiary Rules

    Anthony Almada || April 1, 2010
    A quirky look at nutraceuticals in parallel universe.

  • Getting Ahead of the Curve: Calcium, Vitamin D & Bioavailability

    Dr. A. Elizabeth Sloan || April 1, 2010
    Nowhere is the power of the fast-emerging trend of bioavailability more impressive than in the bone health segment, breathing new life into an ailing calcium market, through promises of greater effectiveness when coupled with vitamin D.

  • Nutricap Labs: Contract Manufacturing, Etc.

    Nutricap Labs: Contract Manufacturing, Etc.

    April 1, 2010
    Nutricap Labs is based in Long Island, NY, where a large chunk of the nutraceuticals industry is concentrated. Prior to starting the company in 2003, Jason Provenzano heavily researched how contract manufacturers were serving their customers in the n…

  • Jungbunzlauer: Finding Success in Fermentation

    Jungbunzlauer: Finding Success in Fermentation

    April 1, 2010
    Jungbunzlauer’s roots extend far back to Bohemia in the 1800s, when it was part of a distillery at the center of the sugar industry. Back then its focus was alcohol, but today it is known for producing a more industrial product—citric aci…

  • Vitamin D: Colorectal cancer

    April 1, 2010
    Nutraceutical: Vitamin D Indication: Colorectal cancer Source: BMJ, January 21, 2010;340:b5500. Research: Researchers set out to examine the association between pre-diagnostic circulating vitamin D concentration, dietary intake of vitamin D and c…

  • Omega 3 (DHA): Brain function in boys

    April 1, 2010
    Nutraceutical: Omega 3 (DHA) Indication: Brain function in boys Source: Am J Clin Nutr, February 3, 2010; [Epub ahead of print]. Research: Emerging evidence suggests that DHA, the principal omega 3 fatty acid in brain gray matter, positively regul…

  • Omega 3 fatty acids: Preterm birth

    April 1, 2010
    Nutraceutical: Omega 3 fatty acids Indication: Preterm birth Source: Obstet Gynecol, February 2010; 115(2 Pt 1):234-42. Research: Researchers conducted a randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial in 13 centers. Women with a history of pr…

  • Glucosamine: Osteoarthritis (OA)

    April 1, 2010
    Nutraceutical: Glucosamine Indication: Osteoarthritis (OA) Source: 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Research: Researchers studied 201 men and women, average age 52, with mild to moderate knee pain due to oste…

  • 5-HTP (hydroxytryptophan): Hot flashes

    April 1, 2010
    Nutraceutical: 5-HTP (hydroxytryptophan) Source: Maturitas, April 2010;65(4):383-385. Indication: Hot flashes Research: Much recent research has focused on non-hormonal treatments for menopausal hot flashes. The purpose of this study was to deter…

  • Omega 3s Have Gone to the Dogs

    April 1, 2010
    A series of studies published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) offer new insights into the possible benefits derived from feeding foods containing high omega 3 fatty acid concentrations to dogs with osteoarthritis…

  • NuVal Scores Correspond with DASH Diet

    April 1, 2010
    Foods recommended in the popular Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet correspond with the higher-scored items ranked by the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.…

  • Wellmune WGP Reduces Cold-Like Symptoms

    April 1, 2010
    Wellmune WGP, from Biothera, significantly reduced upper respiratory tract infection symptoms in marathon runners while increasing vigor and overall health, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Sports Science and Med…

  • Research Process: Influencing FDA

    Research Process: Influencing FDA

    Douglas Kalman || April 1, 2010
    Industry must be more proactive in FDA’s decision-making processes.

  • Eurotrends: Claims & Clinicals

    Eurotrends: Claims & Clinicals

    Joerg Gruenwald || April 1, 2010
    Do your clinical trials meet EFSA’s health claim standards?