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Equol-ibrium shifts: Gut bacteria's abilty to process soy linked to heart protection

Soy could provide protection against heart disease, says a US-Japanese collaboration that links the food and associated metabolites with gut bacteria activity and heart risk factors.

Herbalife unveils China TCM joint venture as it posts flat full-year sales for 2016

Herbalife has reached an agreement in principle to form a joint venture with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) products and services firm Tasly Holding Group.

SPECIAL EDITION: BOTANICALS

Formulating a plan: How manufacturers are rising to the botanical formulation challenge

As consumers increasingly switch to ingredients that are plant-based and more sustainable, manufacturers are responding in kind to botanicals as a more ‘natural’ and bioavailable source of nutrition.

SPECIAL EDITION: BOTANICALS

Has the EU Commission given up on defending the market of botanicals?

Belgium releases its third update to BELFRIT (Belgium, France, Italy) list of approved botanicals, as a list of more than 2, 000 health claims are still waiting to be approved...

Medical cannabis trade given the go-ahead in Australia: Firms applying to supply products

Australia is to establish a legal medical cannabis trade in as little as eight weeks under plans announced by federal health minister Greg Hunt.

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets of microbiological tests in 14 minutes. Meet Ms Ugene, Singapore’s first two-armed robot microbiologist helping Traditional...

Curcumin helps to effectively ease inflammatory bowel disease: China mouse study

Curcumin can help suppress the activation of dendritic cells (DCs), which play a pivotal role in the progression of inflammatory bowel disease, research from China has discovered.

Brazilian peppertree berry shows fight in tackling MRSA infections: Mice study

Brazilian peppertree berries contain a flavonoid-rich extract that may disarm antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to US scientists.

Data demands unchanged

Industry response: New EFSA health claim guidance makes applying easier, but science requirements remain the same

EU health claim specialists say EFSA guidance issued last week clarifies application procedures but changes nothing of the infamous pharma-style scientific requirements that have denied 1000s of claims across the...

Cannabidiol’s neuroprotective effect against brain ischemia/reperfusion injury revealed

Cannabidiol (CBD) can exert a potentially neuroprotective effect against brain ischemia/reperfusion injury, with a new study from China documenting how it does so “for the first time”.

Curcumin-pepper combination shows antioxidant benefits for diabetics: RCT

Supplements formulated with Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex and BioPerine may reduce oxidative stress in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, according to results of a randomized controlled trial.

Fibre supplements cut cholesterol, glucose, in 12-month study

Novel fibre supplement PolyGlycopleX (PGX) can help lower cholesterol, insulin and glucose levels, with slightly superior results to psyllium, according to a 12-month study on overweight or obese adults.

‘Toxic side effects’ and ‘weak regulation’? Not for supplements made in Australia insists trade body

Trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has insisted consumers can have full confidence in products purchased in Australia after a new review claimed it was a 'misperception' that herbal medicines are...

Heart health benefits of pomegranate may be personal: Study

The potential cardiovascular benefits of pomegranate extracts may be linked an individual’s ability to metabolize the polyphenols in the fruit, says a new study.

Timing of soy intake may help or hinder cancer therapy: Rat study

Soy consumption has been shown to have both a positive and negative effect on cancer treatment as the legume appears to exhibit specific effects according to when it is consumed. ...

Finns gain berry win with safety certification

Supplier of wild forest berry ingredients, Kiantama, has received a certification of safety from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Experts hit back at ‘inaccurate headlines’ after review questions curcumin

A recent review paper that called into question the potential benefits of curcumin has been misinterpreted to create inaccurate headlines, experts tell NutraIngredients-USA.

News in brief

Gee Lawson merges with Lehvoss UK

Nutritional ingredients specialty distributor, Gee Lawson, has merged with Lehvoss UK allowing it to enlarge its international market reach effectively.

Prickly pear & seaweed benefit brain disease - in flies

Extracts from prickly pear and brown seaweed can help prolong life in fruit fly models of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease by disrupting toxic compounds, according to a new study....

Red seaweed could be a potential aid for cancer treatment: Study

A study found that red seaweed (k.alvarezii) helps in slowing down the growth rate of mammary tumours in rats, which researchers says displays the algae’s potential as a natural aid...

The benefits of breeding: Sweeter strawberries and healthier starch

English organisation improving the sustainability of plant based agriculture and horticulture, Agri-Tech East, says the benefits of breeding plants can be seen in strawberries and wheat-derived starch.

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EFSA updates health claim guidance for first time since 2011

Europe’s central food science agency has issued fresh guidance on health claims including a ‘standardised format’ and clarification of data requirements.

UK focuses on banned DMAA after 7 ‘urgent notices’

Banned pre-workout stimulant DMAA continues to appear on-market in the UK and elsewhere – with the UK medicines regulator making seven busts in 2016.

Black cumin’s anti-inflammatory potential may have airways/asthma benefits: RCT

Supplements containing oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa) may improve asthma control and lung function, says a new study.

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EFSA quits Brussels for Parma home; commits to livestreaming

The European Food safety Authority (EFSA) is moving open meetings back to its Parma Italy base after a year in Brussels failed to increase turn-outs.

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