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Avoiding squatters and copycats: What foreign health food firms must know about IP rights in China

The failure to register intellectual property (IP) rights on time is a common problem for foreign supplement and functional food companies in China, according to global co-head of CMS Life...

DNA identification method that can work on extracts detailed in study

A new technology building on genetic information as the basis of botanical identification has been demonstrated in a recent research paper dealing with a common TCM ingredient.

Liquorice may interact with all sorts of medicines

Liquorice compounds commonly found in dietary supplements can interfere with how the liver processes medicines, warns a new study in European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Burnt out? Rhodiola rosea supplements may help, says new study

Daily supplements containing Rhodiola rosea extract may improve the symptoms of burnout, suggests data from the first trial to examine the effects of the botanical extract on this modern day condition....

Ginkgo may enhance performance, boost brain health for active men

Extracts of Ginkgo biloba leaves may offer body and mind benefits for young, active men, according to a small supplementation trial from Poland.

Nutricosmetic sector has mush room for fungi-based topical formulations, study thinks

The potential of a mushroom extract goes beyond its nutraceutical properties as a Portuguese study now identifies its nutricosmetic potential as a topical formulation ingredient for the skin.

Could a green tea nanomaterial plug gaps left by current toothpaste formulas?

A green tea extract could form the basis of a new toothpaste or formulation that could reduce tooth sensitivity and help prevent cavities, in a study that reaffirms dental health...

Vine leaves may improve cholesterol profile, study finds

Rats fed with vine leaf extract lowered their ‘bad’ cholesterol while raising beneficial cholesterol, according to a recent study published in Food Science and Human Wellness.

Spicy nanotech weaponry delivers payload at target: Study

Nanoparticles show promise in delivering beneficial compounds to the body as a study details the successful administration of the spice curcumin to a target site with minimal toxic side effects.

Food supplements and tea subject of EFSA warning on pyrrolizidine alkaloid consumption

High consumption of tea infusions is a possible long-term concern for human health due to their carcinogenic properties, the European Food and Safety Authority rules. 

Potent Red Clover isoflavone-probiotic mix combine to ease menopausal signs: Study

The fermented form of isoflavone and probiotic-rich red clover is effective in halting the accelerated bone loss and associated symptoms seen in menopausal women, according to a Danish study.

Tomato supplementation linked to slashed skin cancer risk: Mouse data

Daily supplementation with tomato extract could help lower skin cancer rates, a new mouse study suggests.

Bioavailability boost: Study backs frankincense to ease IBS symptoms

A new proprietary method to deliver the Indian botanical extract Boswellia, could boost bioavailability and help manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), finds a study by Italian botanical...

Could cranberries boost your 'good bacteria'?

An indigestible carbohydrate found in cranberries may act as a prebiotic to promote beneficial bacteria in the microbiome, new research says.

Coffee could ward off death and disease, researchers claim

Drinking three coffees a day is the optimal for lowering risk of all-cause death, says a study, which also found drinking higher levels increased risks for certain populations.

Online event to examine promise, potential pitfalls of botanicals

The botanicals sector has driven much of the innovation in the dietary supplement industry over the years.  It’s also a point of risk, with regulators, lawmakers and media commentators voicing...

Italy set to put Belfrit into law with final botanicals list and degree

Italy has published a final decree which could bring a consolidated ‘Belfrit list’ into full European law as early as this autumn.

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Systematic reviews backing efficacy of botanical ingredients continue to pile up, expert says

The good news in the botanicals sector is that increasing numbers of systematic reviews and meta-analyses show that there is strong support for the health benefits of these ingredients, said...

EU Commission targets online supplement sales with new control plans

The European Commission (EC) has moved a step closer to establishing a Coordinated Control Plan on the internet sale of food (CCP-efood) within the European Union.

Bilberry extract may bring tears to your eyes

Mirtoselect, a natural standardised form of bilberry extract, improves tear flow in people with dry eyes, according to an Indena study.

African database catalogues untapped regional bioactive source

A database of natural products (NP) isolated from native organisms of Northern Africa is now available online as its creators look to categorise the region’s untapped repository of bioactive compounds....

Russian billionaire buys Holland & Barrett for healthy €2.0bn

US private equity firm Carlyle sells Europe’s largest health and wellness retailer to investment fund controlled by Mikhail Fridman

For botanical supplements, sound science beats celebrity endorsements

Botanical supplements come and go in public consciousness, receiving a spike of attention after a celebrity endorsement, and then fading away for one reason or another.

Curcumin-piperine combo may support heart health for diabetics: Study

A combination supplement containing curcuminoids plus piperine from black pepper may support heart health for diabetics by improving the levels and functionality of cholesterol, says a new study.

Botanical extract offers anti-inflammatory potential in tackling Alzheimer’s

A botanical plant extract offers possibilities in preserving memory and learning abilities lost to Alzheimer’s disease as a study highlights the plant’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.