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VITAFOODS 2017

Seaweed swell: European interest turns tide in superfood’s favour?

Long considered a staple food in the Far East, seaweed and algae may finally be making gains in Europe with consumers eager to sample a nutritionally superior food with strong...

VITAFOODS 2017

EU botanical health claims: Plant-based dialogue finally blossoming?

European Commission work to achieve botanical health claim clarity may finally be on track after a seven-year delay, with a number of public and industry consultations reaching conclusion.

Indena’s DNA authentication program raises the bar for quality and traceability

With a unique herbarium, a new “DNA Tested” seal, and exclusive access to “breakthrough” handheld genomic technology for botanical ID testing, Indena is “giving a pragmatic solution to the industry”,...

Belgium drafts supplement guidance for four nutrients … but is it right?

Industry should fight amendments to a Belgian decree setting out minimum and maximum levels for caffeine, lutein, lycopene and red yeast rice, because some proposed levels fall well below established...

Mazza Innovation: ‘We want to change the way bioactives are extracted’

Mazza Innovation is gaining increasing attention in dietary supplement circles, with its technology offering an environmentally friendly, solvent-free way of extracting compounds like polyphenols, alkaloids, glycosides, and specialty carbohydrates.

Green tea consumption can lower rice-induced diabetes risk in women: Japanese study

New research from Japan has shown that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of diabetes caused by rice consumption among women.

Green tea supplements: Good for weight loss, but lacking in anti-inflammation action against PCOS

Consumption of green tea supplements leads to weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it is still uncertain if supplementation provides a direct anti-inflammatory effect against the condition....

Cranberry effective against recurrent UTIs: Meta-analysis

A daily intake of cranberries may significantly reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infection (rUTI) in generally healthy women, says a new meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials.

Device adds portability in finding peak nutrient content of ripening veg

A tool to help producers determine the optimum ripeness and maximum carotenoid content of tomatoes has been the subject of scrutiny by Spanish researchers.

Sage advice: Epigenetics-based cognitive health supplement set for APAC launch

A botanical cognitive health product designed by a spin-off from the University of Oxford will launch across Asia Pacific with the backing of an innovation development company.

Winners revealed: Find out who won out at the NutraIngredients Awards 2017!

Leading members of the functional food, supplements, and healthy nutrition industry gathered in Geneva this week to celebrate huge successes ... and find out who won out in the battle...

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Vitafoods 2017 in tweets

All the social media highlights from Geneva.

EU fairy tales: Is botanical harmonisation ‘a waste of time’?

The European Commission is 'wasting the time' of the botanical industry by trying to fix a 'fairy tale' problem of harmonising European rules, according to the author of a book...

Indena and Hyris partner on portable genomic identification of botanicals

Italian botanical ingredient supplier Indena has agreed a strategic cooperation agreement with UK-based biotech Hyris for developing new methods for the genomic identification of botanical species.

Analysis: Can EFSA ever cut ties with industry?

The consultation for a new policy on independence at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draws to a close this week and campaigners have told FoodNavigator that the final document...

Cannabinoids and the elderly: Review underlines Parkinson’s and dementia benefits

Cannabinoids can be safely used as a supplementary treatment for elderly people with Parkinson’s disease with evidence showing they help reduce tremors, rigidity and pain, a new review reports.

Gingko biloba helps protect against the toxic cognitive effects of aluminium chloride

Gingko biloba extract helped protect the brain from the toxic effects of aluminium chloride, exposure to which has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Storm in a teacup? Review deems four coffees a day as safe

Consuming 400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not bad for your health, researchers have said in a systematic review looking into the effects of caffeine on humans.

Cinnamic acid and diabetes: Clinical studies needed to assess bioavailability concerns

Cinnamic acid’s potential for diabetes management has been highlighted in a new review, but concerns over bioavailability are still hindering its use in nutraceuticals.  

Disease-fighting broccoli nutrients thrive under alternate nitrogen source

Controlling the nitrogen source used by plants can increase the nutrient profile of commercially valuable vegetables like broccoli, reducing the use of pesticides in the process. 

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Curcumin may boost recovery and maintain performance during workouts

Dietary supplements formulated with highly bioavailable curcumin may allow for faster recovery after competition-level training, and blunt training-related decreases in performance , says new data presented at Experimental Biology 2017. 

GALLERY: Your guide to what's happening at Vitafoods 2017

With Vitafoods 2017 just around the corner, we take a look at the latest innovation, product launches, and other interesting offerings at the three-day event. Take a browse through our...

Grape seed extract may protect gut from inflammation: Study

Proanthocyanidin-rich grape seed extracts may protect the intestines from the deleterious effects of a high-fat/high-carbohydrate diet, according to data from a rat study.

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Curcumin concoction could combat colitis: Study

A formula that blends curcumin and turmeric oils can prove effective against the activity and inflammatory burden of colitis, a study has determined.

RCT: Ashwagandha root extract may improve memory and cognitive functions

Compared to a placebo, adults supplemented with ashwagandha root extract had improved memory test scores, researchers in India found.

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