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L-glutamine may alter gut microbiota to resemble changes seen in weight loss programs

Supplements of L-glutamine may alter the composition of the gut microbiota in obese people, and shift it towards a profile seen in leaner individuals, says a new study from Brazil.

Probiotic pill shows promise in blood sugar management and battling diabetes: Rat data

A genetically engineered strain of human gut bacteria from the lactobacillus family could help to slash in incidence of high blood sugar by up to 30%, according to new research...

GM folate rice could help tackle neural tube defects, say researchers

Rice metabolically engineered to be rich in folates could help alleviate associated health problems of folate deficiency, according to researchers.

“The authorisation of these claims would see a major boost for sports men and women”

European sports nutrition sector backs EFSA caffeine opinion

The European sports nutrition sector says the recent EFSA opinion that backed daily caffeine intakes up to 400 mg per day, will lift the sector – if it makes it...

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

Clinical trial supports BLIS M18’s oral health benefits

Lozenges containing Streptococcus salivarius M18, branded as BLIS M18, for 30 days resulted in significant improvements in multiple measures of periodontal health, says a new study from India.

EFSA rejects white kidney weight loss appeal; firm points to ‘procedural stickling’

Malaysian pharma-nutra firm InQpharm is taking positives from its white kidney bean extract, weight management health claim rejection at the hands of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

French omega-3 player wins sustainability certification

French supplier Olvea has had its Friend of the Sea (FOS) sustainable fish oil sourcing certification renewed after passing fresh inspections from the fisheries and ingredients-funded body.

Big Tobacco eyes caffeine growth with oral strips

The launch of oral caffeine strip Reon sees cigarette-making giant Imperial Tobacco diversifying its market attentions and targeting on-the-go urban professionals.

Astaxanthin may extend endurance by boosting mitochondrial action: Study

The pinkish-orange carotenoid astaxanthin – one of the hottest ingredients in dietary supplements – may enhance endurance and slow fatigue by boosting mitochondria antioxidant defenses, says a new study from Brazil.

Probiota 2015, February 3-5, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

6 days to go! Probiota 2015 unveils game-changing innovation in pre- & probiotics

Probiota 2015 in Amsterdam is less than a week a way - a rare place where business leaders and leading researchers gather to transfer knowledge and innovation in the dynamic...

French oligosaccharide specialist wins €5m VC funding

French pea starch player Olygose has won a €5m cash injection from three venture capitalists (VC) as the firm seeks to build markets outside western Europe, with the US and...

Maximum VMS lobbying battle brews in European parliaments

The supplement and pharmaceutical sectors are ramping up lobbying efforts of new and old Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) – and beyond – to act on the decades-long EU...

Unilever builds science to support microvascular benefits of theaflavins

Capsules containing catechins from tea may ‘moderately’ boost microvascular function in healthy adults, says a new study from Unilever that supports the circulatory benefits of black tea.

Green tea extract may boost ‘metabolic efficiency’ and help endurance training: Human data

Supplements of green tea extract may enhance performance in active men by improving metabolic efficiency and economy, says a new study.

Supplement industry has changed and now our advice reflects that: Sweden

The Swedish National Food Agency (SLV) has released its first manual on best food supplement practice – something it says responds to the increasingly complex nature of the growing sector.

Pea protein supplements match whey for muscle thickness gains: Roquette study

Supplementation with pea protein may produce the same bicep muscle thickness improvements as whey protein, suggests a new study from Roquette and the University of Burgundy in France.

“Food companies will be able to use the knowledge that we develop.”

30 players, 5-years: EU project investigates obesity, energy and the microbiome (& more)

A 30-party, EU-backed project is investigating the human microbiome to better understand how gut microbial populations are affected by nutritional inputs – and its effect on human health factors like...

Fucoidan boost performance and slows tiring during exercise: Mouse data

Dietary supplementation with fucoidan from seaweed may delay fatigue during fatigue and boost overall endurance, says a new study from Taiwan.

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...

Williams and Warburton case shows sports nutrition brands must do more to reduce the ‘spectre’ of doping; Cambridge issues statement

UK sports nutrition brand Science Fitness has challenged firms to ramp up quality control (QC) measures to reduce the risk of sector-wide implication in doping cases via contamination.

Carotenoid from green algae shows ‘potent’ anti-fat activity

A carotenoid from green algae called siphonaxanthin may inhibit the development of fat cells and the build-up of fat in fat tissue, suggests new research from Japan. The compound could...

Gold medal Olympian talks supplement contamination and doping scandals

We need to work towards the point where there is no excuse for positive drug tests in professional sports, says Darren Campbell, the English gold medal Olympian and co-founder of nutrition firm...

Special edition: Blood Sugar Management

Pre-diabetes: Public health time bomb … and industry opportunity

By 2035 it is estimated that 8% of the global population will be classed as ‘pre-diabetic' – putting them at significantly higher risk of developing full type 2 diabetes. Such...

Could the future of type-2 diabetes treatment be prescription diets?

In the future doctors could prescribe low calorie diets to reverse type-2 diabetes, not tablets and surgery, according to one scientist conducting a 5-year study on such a strategy.