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Qualitas passes milestone with launch of first consumer products featuring its algal EPA oil

Qualitas Health has achieved a significant milestone with the launch of two consumer products that feature the company’s algal-based EPA ingredient branded as Almega PL.

European sports nutrition sector intensifies lobbying ahead of 2015 report

The European sports nutrition sector will promote dialogue with regulators at European level ahead of a Commission report due in mid-2015 that could alter the way the multi-billion euro sector...

Meta-analysis backs lactitol sweetener for constipation relief

Supplementation with the bulk sweetener ingredient lactitol could be of benefit for those with adult constipation, according to data from a new meta-analysis.

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BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

BASF has sold its Norwegian, “natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customised bottled fish oil” plant to Pennsylvania firm Marine Ingredients for an undisclosed sum as the German ingredients and chemicals giant...

Special edition: functional foods

Pill fatigue is driving innovation in space between functional foods and supplements, experts say

Is pill fatigue just a marketing ploy? No, say many experts in the field.  It’s a real phenomenon and it’s driving both dosage form innovation and the movement of bioactives...

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article....

FAO: "Let us work together to be the generation that made hunger and malnutrition a part of history."

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 1

For three days this week, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is hosting the biggest nutrition congress of its kind to confront the global problem of malnutrition. 170 countries have...

Vitamin E tocotrienols show bone health benefits: Rat data

Vitamin E tocotrienols from annatto may improve bone shape in males, according to a study using testosterone-deficient male rats.

NutraIngredients launches independent industry awards in 2015

Geneva will play host to the inaugural NutraIngredients Awards next May – bringing real reward and industry-wide recognition to the best ingredient, product and research innovators in Europe.

Magnesium linked to lower metabolic syndrome risk: Meta-analysis

Increased dietary intakes of magnesium may reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by about 30%, says a new meta-analysis of six studies.

DMAA doping or contamination?

Food supplements fingered as German doping ban reduced

A German Winter Olympian has had her doping ban reduced from two years to six months, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), agreed the DMAA in her system...

Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

Why fish oil fails: Omega-3 review retracted after suspicions raised about author

A peer-reviewed journal has pulled a panning review of omega-3 benefits as concerns about its author's conflicts of interest and credentials were flagged.

"When we put all this data together, there isn't a country that doesn't experience significant malnutrition"

Malnutrition costs 11% of world's GDP: Global Nutrition Report

Malnutrition is costing the global economy $3.5 trillion (€2.8trn) a year in both the developing and developed worlds, the biggest ever global survey of nutrition has concluded.

Vitamin E may boost IQ for low birth weight infants, says study

Long term supplementation of extremely low birth weight infants with vitamin E may improve mental development, according to a new study from Japan.

PUFAs may boost muscle strength in older people, but relationship is complex, says new study

Increased levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may be associated with bigger muscles and greater knee extension strength in older people, says a new study.

Fish oil group warns of lower omega-3 levels in salmon

Omega-3 levels in farmed salmon - one of the major contributors of dietary fatty acids – are dropping due to changes in fish feed, a global industry group has warned.

Folic acid & vitamin B12 may not improve cognitive performance, says 2-year study

Vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin) do not benefit thinking and memory in elderly people despite lowering levels of an Alzheimer's-linked protein, according to the largest study of its kind....

Academic: "Anybody who thinks the world’s malnutrition problems are going to be solved without industry is dreaming."

Time for a vitamin E intake rethink? Emerging data builds argument

Emerging research linking vitamin E deficiency with increased risk of Alzheimer’s, miscarriages and fatty liver disease can contribute to an ongoing debate around recommended intakes, a nutrition congress was told...

Italy cracks whip on health claim abusers - fines could reach €5m

Regulators in Italy’s €1.2bn food supplements market are cracking the harshest whips against health claims abusers in the EU – a firm was recently fined €250,000 – but will the...

Optimal selenium status linked to better mood for young adults: Study

Maintaining optimal levels of selenium may improve mood and be associated with lower risk of depressive symptoms for young adults, says a new study from New Zealand.

Game changer? Folic acid wins EFSA health claim for neural tube defect risk reduction

A newly approved EU health claim to say folic acid supplements reduce the risk of infant neural tube defects will bring home the nutrient’s importance to women, say a team...

Calcium fructoborate may boost effectiveness of glucosamine + chondroitin, says new study

Combining calcium fructoborate with glucosamine and chondroitin may boost measure of joint health by about 25% compared with glucosamine and chondroitin alone, says a new study from VDF Futureceuticals.

Vegetable peptones may delay skin aging from within: Study

Extracts from vegetables may boost skin health by promoting the production of type 1 collagen and proliferation of skin cells responsible for skin recovery, says a new study from Korea.

Guest article

Author response: On the bending of EU botanical laws and meanings

Last week NutraIngredients published a guest article  by author Bert Schwitters about the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) that discussed the status of botanicals and associated claims in the European...

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