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Irish man dies after taking toxic DNP slimming tablets

A young Irish man has died after apparently taking slimming tablets bought online that contained the toxic fat burner dinitrophenol (DNP), the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said.

Too much time in front of a screen? Omega-3s may ease computer-related dry eye

Daily omega-3 supplements may improve symptoms of dry eye associated with prolonged exposure to computer screens, says a new study from India.

Zeaxanthin + lutein may speed up visual processing: RCT data

Supplements of zeaxanthin with or without lutein may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and visual processing speed in young adults, says a new study.

News in brief

Enzymotec wins krill EU novel foods approval

Israeli supplier Enzymotec has secured European Union novel foods approval for its K-Real krill form in an expanded selection of food and drink categories.

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Norwegian krill player appoints new chief

Matts Johansen has been appointed CEO of krill major Aker BioMarine with a mandate to “to continue to develop one of Norway's most exciting biotechnology companies into a solid and predictable company”.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Omniactive passes 10,000 farmer threshold for lutein supply program

Omniactive Health Technologies has passed a milestone with the enrollment of more than 10,000 farmers in its lutein supply program, the company said Wednesday at the Vitafoods Europe trade show in Geneva, Switzerland.

UK spreads DNP warning on Twitter

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has urged Twitter users to help it spread the word on the dangers of toxic fat burner DNP after a young woman died last month.

SPECIAL EDITION: 25 YEARS OF FUNCTIONAL FOODS

Delayed reactions and industry in-jokes: The psychology of functional foods

According to Euromonitor International, fortified or functional food and drink sales jumped by 25% between 2008 and 2013 to reach $267.6bn (€249bn). But what does this industry term really mean to consumers anyway and what are the motivators behind such purchases?

Digitek is creeping onto the nutrition scene - and it's bringing big potential with it

Health apps, home tests and other digitek are the future of nutrition research and public health strategies, according to top researchers in the field. 

Lutein and DHA ‘need attention’ as healthy aging bioactives: Tufts researcher

A lack of attention on key bioactives like lutein and DHA, misinformation from the internet, and the medical community's focus on treatment rather than prevention are just a few of the issues that need to be addressed to promote healthy aging, says a leading researcher of aging.

EU vitamin advice

EFSA issues vitamin A intake advice: Women 650 μg; Men 750 μg

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has established vitamin A population reference intakes (PRIs) in the EU, recommending 750 μg for men and 650 μg for women. 

Lutein/zeaxanthin may boost retinal sensitivity for people with early AMD: Long-term study

Two years of supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and retinal sensitivity in people with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study.

New study extends lutein’s ‘functional evidence’ for eye health benefits

Increased intakes of lutein may not only have a direct beneficial role in the macula of the eye, but may also affect inflammation, says a new study.

New flavours for omega-3 aimed at children and pregnant women

Croda has added two new flavours to its omega-3 syrup range that are easier to swallow than capsules for pregnant women and children.

Cancer concern: Norway proposes ‘tentative’ safe beta-carotene upper limit

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has proposed a ‘tentative’ upper maximum limit for beta-carotene in food supplements after a risk assessment suggested in this form it may increase the risk of lung cancer and death in smokers.

Beauty and that beast of a beverage market…Bella Berry targets UK launch

London-based startup Bella Berry tells BeverageDaily.com that it is negotiating with buyers with a view to launching the UK’s first mass market collagen-based ‘beauty drink’ by spring 2015.

High-fat bakery good ‘vehicle’ for lutein delivery: Study

Lutein-enriched bakery products hold promise, particularly muffins and cookies where bioavailability is strong, say researchers.

News in brief

EFSA assessment: No need to change EU lycopene recommendations

EFSA has concluded there are no intake concerns with various forms of lycopene in a post-market assessment published last week.

Neptune launches NKO Focus backed by clinical data

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has launched a blend of krill and lutein for brain and vision health, with clinical data  showing the absorption of lutein being improved by as much as eight times.

Study shines a light on myth that blueberries improve night vision

New research from Canada suggests that blueberries and bilberries do not significantly improve night vision in a healthy population, contradicting several previous (though often less well-designed) studies.

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