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Omega-3s are among the nutrition industry's big fish, but there's more to omega-3 than just heart health and fish oil. In this special series, NutraIngredients looks at the the state of the market, the varied sources, the rise of krill, algal, and plant-sourced omega-3s, and the emerging science behind this blockbuster ingredient.

Plenty more fish in the sea: Omega-3 may boost sperm competitiveness

An omega-3 enriched diet may improve ejaculate performance in sperm competition, according to research on guppy fish.

UK researcher backs supplements for boosting omega-3 intakes

Omega-3 supplements are key to boosting intakes, a UK researcher says, and marine omega-3 fatty acids are more beneficial than their plant-based counterparts.

Aker Australia bags three innovation patents for krill oil production

Krill oil harvester Aker BioMarine has added to its intellectual property collection with three new Australian innovation patents.

Canadian firm Solarvest signs up German partners to produce organic algal DHA oil

Canadian algae technology firm Solarvest has entered into agreements to produce its omega-3 algae products in the EU. The products will comply with both USDA and EU organic certification requirements, a company official said.

Aker given regulatory approval for Superba krill oil in India

Aker BioMarine Antarctic has been given product approval for its Superba krill oil by the Indian regulators. 

Eating fish weekly may prevent brain ageing regardless of omega-3 content: Study

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week may prevent age-related grey matter loss, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to an American study.

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at risk of poor health by not consuming enough of the substance.

Scientists make brain breakthrough with long-term omega-3 potential

While research suggests the DHA omega-3 fatty acid is good for the brain, little has been understood about how it is absorbed. But now a new study by researchers in Singapore seems to have identified a transporter protein that is used to carry DHA from other parts of the body.

Israeli firm targets military ration packs: 'We’ll sell to anybody'

Israeli company Easy Line says its products hold military ration pack potential, and it will be angling for export to any national military.

Aker given green light for krill supply in high-potential China market

Aker BioMarine, one of the world’s biggest of krill-derived omega-3 phospholipid products, has achieved New Food Raw Material status for Superba krill in China meaning it can now enter the potentially lucrative Chinese market. 

New firm seals deal on £35m omega-3 acquisitions

New London based supplement firm Burr and Burr has announced the completion of two brand acquisitions totalling £35m within the omega-3 health supplement sector.

New deal will bring herring caviar omega 3 to Malaysia for first time

Omega 3 from herring caviar will find a new market in Southeast Asia following a deal inked last week between Norway’s Arctic Nutrition and Holista Colltech of Malaysia that will see the fatty acid added to its supplements.

Wilmar honoured for omega-3 cooking oil

Asian agribusiness major Wilmar has received the first Vitafoods Asia Nutrition Innovation Award at a ceremony in Hong Kong in recognition of its efforts to address the health issues of Chinese consumers. 

Consumers only accept sustainable krill, says newly certified Aker Aus

Aker BioMarine’s Australian operation can now carry the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label, something its head says is essential to compete in the eco-fixated market Down Under.

GMO ingredients can form part of Omega-3 supply picture, GOED chief says

Genetic modification of oil seed crops will form an important part of the future omega-3s supply picture, according to Adam Ismail, executive director of the Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). 

Marine omega-3 sources are clearing sustainability bar—so far

Fish oil, an ingredient with a 150-year plus history as a nutraceutical, continues to be the mainstay of the world’s supply of omega-3s.  But, with all of the questions hovering over the health of the oceans, how much longer can suppliers and manufacturers rely on this huge, though not inexhaustible source?

Aker secures four krill ‘innovation patents’ in Australia

Aker BioMarine has announced that its claims covering krill oil compositions on sale in Australia have been awarded “innovation patents”. 

Algal DHA omega-3 boosts reading capability in underperforming children: Study

Daily supplementation of algal DHA omega-3 may boost a child’s reading ability and improve behaviour, research finds.

Krill wars round two: Neptune patent is ‘invalid’ and ‘unenforceable’, says Enzymotec

Israeli nutritional lipids giant Enzymotec has weighed into the patent infringement row engulfing the krill oil industry with a statement from its boss declaring rival Neptune’s new US patent for marine phospholipids ‘invalid’ and ‘unenforceable’ and promising to explore all legal avenues to challenge it.

Krill oil dispute turns ugly as new patent prompts wave of litigation

The biggest players in krill oil are at war again - this time over a US patent awarded to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which its arch rival argues should never have been granted, and Neptune has immediately moved to enforce in the courts.

US military: Low omega-3 levels may boost suicide risk

US troops and service personnel with low levels of omega-3 are at increased risk of suicide, says a new study that potential opens the door to widespread omega-3 supplementation.

Beyond the heart and brain: Emerging benefits of omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids have a wide range of reported benefits, some of which have more scientific support than others. As part of our special focus on omega-3’s, NutraIngredients takes a look at some of the emerging benefits that are currently less well established.

Aurora Algae ups ante in omega-3 market with plans for Q4, 2012 launch

Aurora Algae – the firm promising to turn up the heat in the algal omega-3 market by producing a concentrated 65% EPA-rich oil on a completely new scale – aims to ship out its first commercial products in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Algal omega-3 market heats up as new players bid for a slice of the action

The dynamics of the algal omega-3 market are set to change over the next 18 months with the entrance of two new players both promising to trump the competition in the efficiency and sustainability stakes.

Krill set for continued omega-3 stardom

The nascent but rapidly growing krill sector is set to match or exceed 10+% point growth forecast for the entire omega-3 sector, even as public awareness remains relatively low and sustainability questions – justified or otherwise – refuse to go away.

The varied sources of omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from a variety of sources: Fish, krill, algae, plants, mussels. In this gallery we tour the world and look at the sources making waves in the $5 billion omega-3 food, beverage and supplements industry.

All-conquering omega-3 market set for further growth

The market for omega-3 food, beverage and supplements in the US is over $5 billion with saturation point nowhere in sight, but how does the market break down, what are the up-and-coming sources, and where will we go in future?

Diet-driven blood sugar imbalances – or type 2 diabetes – is reaching pandemic levels in the developed world, and it is spreading fast to the developing world, with 220 million people affected globally, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It kills 3.4 million every year and costs around €200 billion per year – set to rise to €300bn by 2025.
In this four-part special edition, NutraIngredients explores the widely misunderstood condition, its cost and how diet and nutrition can help.

Dietary advice should be no different for those with diabetes, study finds

Dietary guidelines for those with diabetes should be the same as those for the general population – although the benefits of following a healthy diet are greater for diabetics, claim the authors of a new study.

DNA damage: Pharma meets nutrition in healthy ageing product

Newly formed company VitalneXt BV is coming at the healthy ageing market from a life sciences perspective as it launches its first nutritional supplement which it says slows down DNA damage.

Prebiotic fibre could induce 'profound metabolic changes'

Prebiotic short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS) could modify metabolism through their effect on intestinal microbiota, which could prove helpful for type 2 diabetics, research has claimed. 

Grape seed given hypertension thumbs up: Unpublished data

Researchers say that Indena’s new grape seed procyanidins (GSP) product – now only using water as extraction solvent – is effective in blood pressure management when coupled with lifestyle factors.

Two studies hail resveratrol type 2 diabetes potential

Supplemental resveratrol should be considered as an adjunct to standard anti-diabetic agents in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, according to two studies conducted at the University of Medical Sciences in Iran and JSS University in India.

Can dietary interventions treat diabetes' deathly global heathcare burdens?

As the previous three articles in this series have highlighted, dietary interventions that can combat the rise of diabetes and obesity are numerous and plentiful, as is the growing body of science backing their efficacy, from herbs to vitamins, proteins and more.

How do you sell healthy blood glucose to consumers?

While a dietary solution to the ticking time bomb of type 2 diabetes would appear to have huge commercial potential, the US market for foods and supplements that keep our blood glucose levels healthy has yet to set the world on fire.

How can nutrition aid diabetes management?

Diabetes affects more than 220 million people globally and the consequences of high blood sugar kill 3.4 million every year. In the second part of our special series on diabetes, NutraIngredients looks at the role of nutrition and diet in managing, and potentially reversing diabetes.

Diabetes: From ancient Egypt to modern pandemic

It has been called a pandemic and a silent killer: Diabetes is a growing specter for public health agencies across the world. In the first part of our special series on diabetes, NutraIngredients examines the underlying condition and gets a grip on how big the issue is.

Ingredients suppliers offer a multitude of solutions when vision loss, dry eyes, age-related macular degeneration and other maladies affect the eyes. In this four-part special we examine the state of the market, the science behind the ingredients and the regulations governing the sector.

Meso-zeaxanthin’s road to EU novel approval – blindsided by commercial interests?

The discourse around eye health carotenoid meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) has been marred by commercial interests, according to supplement firm OmniActive Health Technologies.

Unravelling the market for eye health

In the first part of a special series, NutraIngredients takes a look at the market for eye health: What the market drivers are, which ingredients lead the way, and where future potential lies.


Once the exclusive domain of muscle-bound body builders, sports nutrition products are going mainstream and the market is expanding. In this special four-part series NutraIngredients crunches the numbers of a booming market, presses the science of the ingredients, and feels the deep burn of the regulations surrounding sports nutrition.

Sports nutrition in Europe - market analysis

European sports supplements market is predicted to grow by 2.3% a year to 2018 as product awareness rises, say analysts.

Irish 23% health tax hike: Herbals, glucosamine, coQ10, probiotics remain in firing line

Proposals to push VAT (value-added tax) on some health food supplements and teas to the maximum upper bracket of 23% will discriminate against healthful products, according to The Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS). 

Some Aussie sports supps could contain hidden ban-risking ingredients

A number of athletic nutritional supplements on sale in Australia are secretly fortified with androgens, a group of compounds that could lead athletes to be banned from competition.

Retail positioning sports nutrition's big challenge

Establishing broad acceptance is the greatest challenge facing the sports nutrition segment today, and this hinges on the creation of local mainstream retail channels, according to one analyst. 

Dancing dangers: Vitamin D deficiency means increased injury risk

Researchers looking at vitamin D levels in elite ballet dancers have found that deficiency caused by intensive indoor training leads to increased risk of injury.

Beyond caffeine: Alternative energy boosters

As consumer perceptions of caffeine shift and the threat of more market regulation looms, companies are scrambling to find the next blockbuster to cater to demand for energy-boosting products, says an analyst.

Myth busting: Soy supplements are not an issue for bodybuilders, say researchers

Short-term supplementation with soy and whey protein does not lead to pro-estrogenic or anti-anabolic effects in bodybuilders, according to new research.

UK sports nutrition: One year on from 20% beefcake tax hike

One year on from the 20% VAT hike for some sports nutrition products in the UK, NutraIngredients looks at what the move has meant for the UK industry.

Global vitamin K2 product launches double; just ‘beginning the ride’

Over the past five years, new food and beverage product launches containing vitamin K2 have nearly doubled worldwide (up 183%), according to new research from Mintel. 

Personalized nutrition push drives Usana's results, CEO says

Usana Health Sciences’ personalized nutrition products and applications have boosted the company’s bottom line, according to statements from company officials during a conference call discussing first quarter results.

Protein co-precipitate advances offer industry benefits

Advances in protein co-precipitation technology offer powerful ways to improve the use of protein rich raw materials, oil seed meals and byproducts, according to a study in Food and Bioproducts Processing.

Beetroot juice boosts ‘high intensity’ sports performance, scientist suggests

The lead author of a July study assessing the effects of beetroot juice on cycling performance tells further research is needed to assess its efficacy at different levels of exercise intensity and duration.

Nitrogen conversion factor issue risks ‘undervaluing’ quality dairy protein, Volac

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has dismissed industry claims that a newly published scientific opinion that sets nitrogen conversion factors (NCFs) to calculate food protein content risks penalising dairy products vis-à-vis lower quality sources of the nutrient.

UK whey protein market hitting ‘critical mass’ - Volac

Mark Neville, head of lifestyle ingredients at Volac, told that the UK market for whey protein was hitting “critical mass”, since everyone knew someone who used such ingredients, with word spreading as to their benefits.

The curious case of sports nutrition regulation

In the fourth part of NutraIngredients’ sports nutrition series, we scan a category as reliant on its elite sports roots as it is at times reviled by them and the rules that can lead to perfectly good products being called foul.

The science of sports ingredients

In the third part of our special series on sports nutrition, NutraIngredients looks at the reigning champions in sports ingredients and takes a look at the science behind new contenders to the crown.

Drinks innovation boosting sport nutrition

Boosting energy, strength and recovery are just three ways that sports drinks are expanding a booming market, as bars, shots, and powders strain to catch up with the leaders in the field.

Sports nutrition market driven by non-sporty consumers

As global sales of sports nutrition products maintain healthy growth rates, one distinct – and unexpected – group of consumers is emerging as the main driver for the market, made up of people who are not necessarily interested in sports.

Ageing populations are experiencing a range of health conditions, with deteriorating joints high on the list. In this special series NutraIngredients looks at the science, supply and regulations of the joint health market.

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Over half a century ago, Ben Winters Sr arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands and soon established Aroma NZ, a manufacturer of freeze-dried marine products including green lipped mussels.

Aurora Algae ups ante in omega-3 market with plans for Q4, 2012 launch

Aurora Algae – the firm promising to turn up the heat in the algal omega-3 market by producing a concentrated 65% EPA-rich oil on a completely new scale – aims to ship out its first commercial products in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Regulation: Joint sales not hurt by health claim hole

The joint health space is in good shape in most markets globally with (mostly supplement) sales sitting at about $2bn.

Science: The emerging ingredients for joint health

In the fourth part of our series on joint health, we look beyond glucosamine and chondroitin to the next generation of joint health ingredients.

Science: The benefits of glucosamine and omega-3

In the third part of our series on joint health, we look at the sometimes conflicting but always burgeoning science behind the ingredients.

Supply: Joining the glucosamine supply gaps

In the second part of this NutraIngredients focus on joint health, we analyse the elbow work going on in the supply channel.

Glucosamine market reaching maturity

In the first part of a special edition on joint health, looks at the market for the ingredient that far outpaces the others in the pack - glucosamine.

As the long dark days of winter slowly fade, many people around the globe will have insufficient vitamin D levels. There are numerous potential benefits of the sunshine vitamin but concerns over sun exposure have many experts touting the importance of dietary supplements and functional foods. In this special series NutraIngredients illuminates the market for vitamin D, highlights how the science and regulations are over-lapping, and clarifies which foods could be used to boost intakes of vitamin D.

Dancing dangers: Vitamin D deficiency means increased injury risk

Researchers looking at vitamin D levels in elite ballet dancers have found that deficiency caused by intensive indoor training leads to increased risk of injury.

Vitamin D3 disappoints in diarrheal study

Heavy supplementation of vitamin D does not reduce diarrheal illnesses among children aged three and younger, according to research. 

Bone charity calls for vit D level hikes for the elderly

Daily recommended intakes for older adults should be increased to 1,000 IU in order to ensure bone health and help reduce the risk of falls, says the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

Vitamin D could save Germany €40 billion in health costs

Ensuring the German population gets adequate intakes of vitamin D could save the country about €37.5 billion in health care costs, according to a new review.

Science: Enlightening consumers to the benefits of vitamin D

Barely a week goes by without a new study supporting the benefits of vitamin D and calling for increased intakes. In the final part of our series on the sunshine vitamin we look at the science behind the headlines.

Suppliers surmounting vitamin D fortification challenges

In many countries foods such as milk, yoghurt, margarine, oil spreads, breakfast cereal, pastries as well as bread are fortified with vitamin D, and in the third part of our special edition on this nutrient, we look at the challenges surrounding its encapsulation and incorporation into food and beverages.

Regulation: Time to catch up with the vitamin D science?

In the second part of our vitamin D special edition, we unpick some of the regulatory concerns surrounding the 'sunshine vitamin'.

Markets: Global vitamin D boom remains elusive

Scientists have linked Vitamin D to a wide variety of health benefits in recent years but outside the US this buzz has yet to translate into a market boom.

From cereal packets to juice cartons, antioxidants are everywhere. In this special six part series NutraIngredients looks at the market for the compounds, unlocks the regulations surrounding claims, examines how super vegetables are emerging from the shadow of super fruit, and hears from a world renowned expert why we need differentiation.

Algatech enters deal to boost astaxanthin production with thin-walled tubes

Algatechnologies Ltd. has announced an R&D deal with German company SCHOTT AG to boost the productivity of its closed-tube cultivation system at its plant in the Negev region of southern Israel. 

Asparagus waste: new nutrient extraction method

Researchers are investigating the commercial potential of a process for extracting nutritional ingredients from asparagus waste for use in functional food products.

Tasteless green tea extract could open beverage NPD doors

Taiyo has developed a taste-free green tea extract for use in beverage applications which it claims will expand new product development possibilities for beverage manufacturers.

Ethanolic extracts from herbs can boost antioxidant levels in cookies – study

Supplementing cookies with a mixture of the ethnologic extracts of medicinal herbs can raise antioxidant activity in cookies and reduce chemical spoilage, according to a study from Serbian researchers.

Tart cherry juice improves sleep quality and duration, study suggests

Consuming tart cherry juice concentrate significantly improves both the quality and duration of sleep, according to a new UK study by scientists at Northumbria University.

Krill oil dispute turns ugly as new patent prompts wave of litigation

The biggest players in krill oil are at war again - this time over a US patent awarded to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which its arch rival argues should never have been granted, and Neptune has immediately moved to enforce in the courts.

Regulation: inching beyond implied health claims

In the final instalment in this series about antioxidants, NutraIngredients scans the regulatory landscape to see how the science backing the nutrient is being translated into law.

Super veg look set to walk the antioxidant red carpet

“I'm strong to the finish when I eats me spinach,” said Popeye the sailor man, and he could have snatched Olive Oyl from the clutches of Bluto with even more ferocity if he had eaten his broccoli, tomatoes or onions according to an Australian/New Zealand project focused on super vegetables.

Gaining benefits from leaf and bean: Antioxidants in tea and coffee

In the fourth part of our series on antioxidants, NutraIngredients looks at coffee and tea – two products seen increasingly as functional beverages for their antioxidant content.

Differentiation holds the key to antioxidant success: Expert

In the third part of our series on antioxidants, NutraIngredients talks to Jeff Blumberg, professor of antioxidants at Tuft University, and finds out why we need differentiation in the antioxidant field.

Supply: Beta-carotene club and beyond

In the second part of our antioxidants special, NutraIngredients focuses on the carotenoids where the vitamin A converter, beta-carotene, is still lording it over lutein and lycopene and DSM and BASF’s synthetic versions continue to dominate that particular carotenoid’s supply.

Overview: The (seemingly) unstoppable antioxidant powerhouse

In the first instalment of this antioxidants special NutraIngredients scans a diverse global market that has barely been dented by the recession and continues to flourish amid consumer understanding that is often little more than surface deep.

January is traditionally a time for resolutions, many of which include better weight management. The food and nutrition industries have been quick to acknowledge the potential of specific ingredients and formulations to help trim hips and flatten bellies, from foods that fill you up for longer, to natural supplements to boost your rate of energy burning. In this special five-part series, NutraIngredients looks at the science, regulation, supply, and market for weight management.

Indevex to distribute NGCTM formula in Japan through Asahi agreement

Swedish biotech company Indevex has joined its Symrise KK Far East partner in a supply and licence agreement with Asahi Food and Healthcare to distribute NGCTM Nutrition Formula in Japan, where the product is better known as N&G Nutrition Formula. 

Court overturns Herbalife pyramid case

Supplements giant Herbalife has won an appeal against a verdict back in 2011 which tarred the firm's recruitment and selling structure as a pyramid scheme. 

DNP claims youngest victim

Illegal chemical DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol) - commonly used as a fat burner - has been blamed for the death of an 18-year-old British man, making him the youngest British victim.

Weightloss industry dragged down by unsubstantiated claims

Last week’s launch of global weightloss major Rapid Nutrition into India saw claims that the company’s Leisa’s Secret scientific programme will be the first of its kind in the country.

Volac launches consumer brand to push whey protein beyond macho male niche

European whey protein manufacturer Volac has launched its first consumer branded products to drive mainstream awareness of the benefits of whey protein beyond a macho male niche, and protect the market from outlandish health claims and poor quality products.

Which weight management ingredients really work?

Is the weight management supplements market properly regulated? Was satiety a flash in the pan? Where does the truth really lie on hoodia? Which hunger-busting ingredients really work?

Cyvex: Managing consumer expectations is key in weight management market

The market for appetite suppressing ingredients may not have set the world on fire – yet – but it has legs provided consumer expectations are managed and firms do not overstate the benefits, according to one supplier.

Supply: Supporting the weight management products

In the final article in our weight management series, NutraIngredients looks at the companies behind some of the key ingredients in the sector.

Regulation: Claim making and claim taking

In a world with a chronic ‘globesity’ problem spreading beyond western shores to places like India and China, products that promise to help individuals manage their weight via calorie control, fat burning, satiety, or some other mechanism, enjoy rampant demand.

Science: Slimming ingredients beyond satiety

In the third part of our series on weight management, NutraIngredients looks at how nutritional approaches may boost body-shaping, and how our gut microflora may be the future of weight management.

Science: Backing up the satiety and metabolic claims

In the second part of our focus on weight management, NutraIngredients looks at the science behind the claims – from boosting fullness to energy burning.

Asia proving growing market in weight control sector

As levels of obesity continue to rise on a global scale, Nutraingredients looks at the market for weight management dietary supplements, food and beverage products.

Cranberries are no longer a novelty for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but an established product range in health and nutrition. Whether you're looking at beverages, supplements or cereal bars, you'll find cranberries. In this special series, looks at the markets, supply, regulations, and science behind the red berry.

Cranberry giant aims to settle debilitating PACs debate in “6-12 months”

Ocean Spray has waded out of its Massachusetts cranberry bogs and into the fiery and divisive debate about accurately measuring the berry’s health benefit-delivering proanthocyanidins (PACs) – a longstanding tete-a-tete it says it can end once for all in "6-12 months".

New standardized PACs test could unite cranberry industry

A team of US, French and Chinese scientists have produced what they believe to be a standardized test for the proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries, with hopes to unite the industry.

Cranberry waste may lead to alternative ingredients

Cranberry pomace, a by-product of the juicing process, may be extruded to produce a range of polyphenol-rich ingredients for use in supplements or functional foods, says a new study.

Regulation: Making claims on cranberry's future

For a fruit that has had more science conducted on it than most, it is surprising to some that France remains the only country to have approved a long-standing cranberry health claim.

Science: The pick of cranberry’s health benefits

In the third part of our special series on cranberries, NutraIngredients looks at the science behind the reported health benefits of the little red berry.

Supply: Cranberries, from bog to cereal bar

In the second part of our special on cranberries, NutraIngredients looks at the supply for the berry, and asks ‘what issues are bogging down cranberry supply?’

Markets: cranberry goes mainstream

In the first of a four part special edition focused on cranberries, NutraIngredients looks at the market for the berry, with its entrance into the indulgence sectors an indication perhaps that health positioning is no longer the sole driving force behind the superfruit's continued success. dips its investigative strawberry into the world of healthy chocolate and finds a relatively embryonic sector still finding its way but buoyed by ever-more cocoa polyphenol science, exciting product innovation and increasing public interest.

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects and may even put consumers off, say researchers.

Nutrient reduces E.coli O157:H7 cells on beef meat by up to 90%

A substance found in chocolate and sold by health food stores to enhance mood has been found to reduce the number of E.coli O157:H7 cells on beef meat pieces by up to 90%.

Nestle: Chocolate may benefit gut health and metabolism

A daily treat of dark chocolate for only two weeks may change metabolism in healthy, free-living people, says a new study from Nestlé scientists.

Regulation: the rules governing healthy chocolate

In the final part of our series on healthy chocolate, NutraIngredients scans the regulatory landscape to see how the movement towards healthy cocoa offerings is being affected by the rules in some of the lands they are proliferating in.

Supply: Sourcing heart healthy chocolate

In the third part of a special series on the health benefits of cocoa polyphenols, NutraIngredients looks at the sourcing and supply issues associated with ensuring antioxidant levels in chocolate.

Science: Getting to the heart of chocolate’s benefits

In the second part of our special series on the health benefits of cocoa polyphenols, NutraIngredients looks at the science behind the claims, and asks how much is too much

Markets: functional chocolate finding its feet

In the first of a four-part special series, dips its investigative strawberry into the world of healthy chocolate and finds a relatively embryonic sector still finding its way but buoyed by ever-more cocoa polyphenol science, exciting product innovation and increasing public interest.

Analysts predict that cognitive health is set to become one of the hottest areas of the functional food, beverage and supplement industries. In this special series, NutraIngredients examines the market, supply, science and regulation that make the category tick.

Citicoline improves motor speed and attention in adolescents: Study

Citicoline may improve motor speed and attention in healthy adolescent populations, an American study has found.

Does milk make you a brain box? Research links dairy to stronger mental performance...

Eating at least one yogurt or drinking a glass of milk each day could have a positive impact on cognitive function, according to a new US study published in the International Dairy Journal.

Regulation: Communicating cognitive health

In the sixth article in our series on brain health, regulations governing the area are explored.

Nestle’s thinking on brain health

Nestle is investing tens of millions of dollars in brain health. In the fourth part of our series on brain health Dr Jeroen Schmitt, head of cognitive sciences at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland explains why it's not naive to think that diet can boost mental development in our children, and ease the burden of age-related problems in our grandparents.

Science: Backing the claims of brain foods

In this fifth part of our series on brain health, we look at which ingredients have the science to back up their hype as edible brain enhancers.

Supply: The back-end of brain health

In the third article in this brain health series, we break down some of the key ingredients in the sector.

Markets: More brain food needed for the elderly

‘Brain food’ – or food that helps address cognitive health – is set to take the global market by storm. But marketers of such products have so far missed a gaping hole of opportunity, according to analysts.

Markets: Leaders in global brain food sales

In the first of a series of articles on cognitive health, NutraIngredients examines the global market for food and ingredients leading the category.

NutraIngredients canvasses opinions from market analysts on a range of issues affecting the European functional food and dietary supplement industries.

Datamonitor, Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Zenith International and CPL share insights on the sate of the market, challenges moving forward and consumer priorities to watch out for.

Stars aligning for India’s growth-driven probiotics market

A combination of rising health concerns, a growing risk of stress- and lifestyle-related disorders and more brands on the market have been propelling the demand for probiotics in India.

DNA damage: Pharma meets nutrition in healthy ageing product

Newly formed company VitalneXt BV is coming at the healthy ageing market from a life sciences perspective as it launches its first nutritional supplement which it says slows down DNA damage.

CPL: Deciphering the European cholesterol-lowering market

The European cholesterol-lowering market presents many opportunities for food supplements and functional foods despite threats such as statin drugs and a tough new health claims regime, says Dr Robert Harwood, principal consultant at UK-based CPL Business Consultants.

F&S: The danger of overstepping health claim boundaries

Health claim confusion has never been greater as industry adjusts to the new European health claims process. As part of a NutraIngredients series canvassing analyst insights, market researcher Frost & Sullivan urges caution.

Zenith: European frontrunners in beverage functionality

As Europe continues to play catch-up to American activities in the functional beverage industry, the new health claims regulation is likely to benefit – rather than hinder – the market. Zenith International shares its thoughts on the state of play, as part of a NutraIngredients series canvassing analyst insight.

Mintel: Preparing for a functional foods turnaround

The intrinsic health benefits of foods are likely to become a key focus of functional food growth in Europe as industry prepares for a major shift in the coming year. As part of a special NutraIngredients series canvassing analyst insight, Mintel tells us why.

Datamonitor: New horizons for omega-3

Most European consumers identify omega-3 as essentially healthy, but there is a “significant knowledge shortcoming” about specific health benefits, Datamonitor tells NutraIngredients as part of a special series revealing insights from market analysts.

Whether it's helping extend life, protecting against cancer, or boosting heart health, resveratrol - an antioxidant compound from red wine - continues to splash across the news pages.

In this special series NutraIngredients gets under the skin of the issue, and looks at the science, regulation, supply, and global markets for this 'miracle' compound.

Biotivia launches first UK resveratrol supplement

Herbal supplement producer Biotivia has launched a resveratrol supplement onto the UK high street for the first time, but has expressed frustration at the EU regulatory climate.

Resveratrol’s heart health benefits pinpointed?

Resveratrol – a compound in red wine - may be influencing both blood vessel function and the function of fat cells, say new studies which may help explain its heart health benefits.

Resveratrol may boost blood flow in the brain: Study

High doses of resveratrol may improve blood flow in the brain and potentially boost brain health, say results of a new human study from the UK.

Supply: The back-end of brain health

In the third article in this brain health series, we break down some of the key ingredients in the sector.

Science: Resveratrol’s miraculous promise

In the final part of a special series on resveratrol, NutraIngredients looks at the science behind the ingredient. Is there nothing it cannot do?

Regulation: Resveratrol from GRAS to novel foods

As with many relatively new ingredients, resveratrol has had to prove its safety and efficacy to gain regulatory approval in various markets since its widespread commercial availability in the early 1990s.

Science: Is resveratrol really behind the French Paradox?

In the third part of a special series on resveratrol, NutraIngredients looks at the science behind the ingredient. Is the French Paradox exclusively due to resveratrol?

Supply: Resveratrol, from grape to grateful consumer

In the second part of a special series on resveratrol, NutraIngredients looks at the ingredient’s supply. What is it extracted from, how much resveratrol does it contain, and who is offering the ingredient?

Markets: A global break-down for resveratrol

In the first part of a special series on resveratrol, NutraIngredients looks at the state of the market for the heart-health ingredient. What has driven growth so far, and what are the opportunities and challenges ahead? pokes its head into cutting edge seminars and meets with key industry and research figures in Anaheim, California, at the annual ingredients extravaganza hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists.

The NutraIngredients team caught up with industry executives, regulatory experts and trade groups at Europe’s biggest functional foods and supplements event. We bring you the latest developments from an industry facing up to a global economic downturn and European health claims uncertainty.

Niche markets and recession-busting strategies

Consumers express their own values when they shop, and the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) market is no different. Jeff Hilton, the managing director of Utah-based Integrated Marketing Group, tells Shane Starling how companies can make the most of this market's potential.

Round table: Nanotech and nutraceuticals

Food and nutrition is a 'hot spot' for nanotechnology, experts have said. Stephen Daniells talks to two such experts and asks where the developments are, is enhanced bioavailability a good thing, and whether we should be concerned by nanotech.

Vertical integration: omega-3 from sea to supplement

Bjørn Refsum, chief executive officer at leading omega-3 supplier EPAX talks to Shane Starling about the benefits vertical integration has brought to the Norwegian supplier.

Vitamin E tocotrienols' coming of age

Vitamin E tocotrienols are dwarves in a land of tocopherols – the vitamin E giants. But the tocotrienol market is growing. Stephen Daniells talks to Lipid Nutrition’s John Kurstjens, and Carotech’s Sharon Ling, about entry to the market, the benefits of competition, and new areas for tocotrienol science.

E for emerging nutrient? The growth of vitamin E tocotrienols

Vitamin E tocotrienols are slowing coming out of the shadow of tocopherols. Stephen Daniells talks to Dr Barrie Tan from American River Nutrition, about new sources of tocotrienols, new entrants to the market, and where the health benefits lie.

Inside DSM’s quality commitment

Philipp de Simone, human nutrition and health regional sales director for the east, south east and middle east at DSM Nutritional Products, tells Shane Starling why DSM’s Quality for Life initiative reaches all the way from the factory floor to finished products.

Probiotics under the microscope

In this round-table discussion, leading figures in the global probiotics industry examine the state of play in the category, and what we should expect in the coming years.

Are cranberry PACs all they are cracked up to be?

In a round table discussion, three leading cranberry suppliers discuss the merits of proanthocyanidins (PACs) in benefiting urinary tract infections(UTIs).

Synbiotics may cut infant infections: Lallemand study

A combination of probiotic strains and prebiotic fibre may reduce the incidence of childhood infections by about 25 per cent, according to a new study from Lallemand.

Time for an EU health claims rethink

In a round table discussion, DSM’s Bas van Buijtenen expresses widespread industry concern with the EU nutrition and health claims process, while Cantox’s Nigel Baldwin tells us what we should expect from next month’s meeting with EFSA.

New high bioavailability DHA reaches North America

A concentrated DHA ingredient that claims to closely resemble DHA found in human breast milk has been launched on the North American market, following a distribution agreement between Spanish firm Brudy and New Jersey-based Xsto Solutions.

What NutraIngredients took away from Vitafoods 2009

Last week, executives in the functional food and dietary supplement industries gathered in Geneva for the sector’s biggest European trade event. Here, NutraIngredients reveals some of the key messages it took away from Vitafoods 2009.

Glanbia guns for sports and infant nutrition market

Chief operating officer at Glanbia Nutritionals Dr Raimund Hoenes sat down with Shane Starling at Vitafoods in Geneva and shared insights into some of the challenges the sub-division of the Irish dairy giant has faced since its inception two years ago with a brief to develop an infant and sports nutrition ingredients portfolio.

Danone plays waiting game on health claims

After taking part in a Pharmanager seminar at Vitafoods in Geneva, Dr Jean-Michel Antoine, a 30-year research and development veteran at Danone, tells Shane Starling why the French dairy firm has pulled three article 13.5 probiotic yoghurt claims from the European Union nutrition and health claims process.

The true cost of health claims and why patience is a virtue

Are health claims dossiers really that expensive, and has the ‘wait and see’ approach to submitting dossiers won? Stephen Daniells speaks to Joerg Gruenwald, PhD, President of Analyze & Realize, about how much it costs to compile a dossier, and why it’s better to wait than rush a health claims proposal.

EFSA scientist offers rejected health claim hope

The presentation of science backing some health claims, as well as problematic wording, have been the culprits behind some European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) article 13.5 and article 14 health claim rejections and not the science per se, according to an EFSA scientist.

Hydrolysed collagen may boost beauty from within: Rousselot studies

Daily supplements of a hydrolysed collagen may improve skin hydration by 28 per cent, and reduce the wrinkles by 30 per cent, say two new studies from Rousselot.

Moving towards a cranberry PACs pact

Julie Rosenborg, from Lallemand Health Ingredients, and Diana Naturals' Mathieu Besnard spoke with Shane Starling about some of the issues surrounding the proanthocyanidin content of cranberry and how the French urinary tract infection health claim passed in 2004 has influenced scientific development and the market.

How the EU health claims process could impact US

How will the new health claims system in Europe impact the state of play in the North American market? Lorraine Heller speaks to a leading international ingredients supplier about the potential marketing and regulatory implications.

NutraIngredients previews Vitafoods

 As the doors open on Vitafoods 2009 at PalExpo in Geneva this week, NutraIngredients’ Shane Starling and Stephen Daniells share their insights ahead of the Europe’s biggest nutraceutical event.

NutraIngredients Twitter from Vitafoods

Keep up to date with all the latest industry and science headlines from this year’s Vitafoods by following NutraIngredients' journalists on Twitter.

Elixi promotes dairy-free probiotic yoghurts

Finnish biotech firm, Elixi Oil Oy, says a patent-pending, probiotic-based fermentation system can produce probiotic, yoghurt-like products derived from flax and other grains that are suitable for the lactose intolerant, those with celiac disease as well as vegans.

Astaxanthin launched in softgel capsules

  Global leader in human-use astaxanthin, Algatechnologies, is launching 4mg softgel astaxanthin capsules at the Vitafoods trade show in Geneva next week.

Lipid Nutrition enters vitamin E market

  Lipid Nutrition has launched a branded version of rising vitamin E form, tocotrienol, which a growing body of science is backing as one of the most powerful in antioxidant payload.