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EU regulations top list of major concerns for nutrition industry

Forget Brexit, the current state of the global economy or rising raw material costs. EU regulation is a bigger challenge for European nutrition companies than them all, new data suggests.

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Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

This week saw the International Food Exhibition (IFE) come to London. The mega-show brought out the latest offerings from small traders, multinationals, and food service. From the latest meat-free offerings,...

Resveratrol’s role in eye protection implied as metabolites cross blood barriers

Resveratrol and its metabolites have been detected in the eye after oral administration, signifying its ability to cross protective barriers and reinforce its potential benefit to vision conditions.

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Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge...

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

East meets West to create 'world's first' catalogue of genomic references for TCM products

A new project has been launched to create the ‘world’s first’ catalogue of genomic references for medicinal plants used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  

Special Edition: Functional Foods

Storming growth for energy, water and tea in functional beverages

Functional beverages are set to boom with projected 8% annual growth, with energy drinks, waters and teas strong performers – but are consumers growing weary of gimmicks.

Broccoli extract shows weight management abilities: Mouse study

Sulforaphane, a phytochemical found in broccoli, may affect the rate of weight gain, according to a new study suggesting the compound plays a role in energy consumption and fat burning.

Stress-busting Chinese herb helped slash depression and cognitive impairment: Study

The Chinese herb XingPiJieYu reduced the effects of chronic unpredictable stress in rats, while also improving their learning and memory, said a new study.

Study shows Ahiflower oil’s anti-inflammatory and immune potential

A daily dose of Ahiflower oil from Buglossoides arvensis may increase production of the cytokine IL-10,  which plays a role in immunoregulation and inflammation, says a new study....

Differences in gut bacteria could account for altered nutrient absorption

Variable absorption: Study warns of vast differences in the way plant extracts get into the body

Polyphenols from plant extracts are absorbed into the body at widely different times, with the microbiota playing an important role in significant variation in bioavailability and absorption patterns, warns a...

Edible red seaweed burns fat as well as restricting weight gain: Korean study

Extract from edible red seaweed (Gelidium amansi) helped trim down unwanted fat off diet-induced obese (DIO) mice, a study discovered.

Hong Kong herbal giant teams up with Nobel Laureate for immunity investigations

Hong Kong Chinese herbal products manufacturer Infinitus China is teaming up with Nobel Laureate Jules Hoffman to explore Traditional Chinese Medicine’s role in immunity. 

Brexit could impact UK nutrition research funding

Brexit could severely hinder the ability of UK firms and research bodies to participate in big EU-funded food science projects, a leading nutrition scientist has warned.

University of Guelph nears launch of research alliance to boost DNA testing for botanicals

The University of Guelph in Canada is launching the NHP Research Alliance to provide global leadership to advance the use of DNA testing and molecular diagnostics in quality assurance QA...

Beating the blues! Berries may boost mood, improve memory

Flavonoid-rich blueberry drinks may improve mood in both children and young adults, says a new study.

Kiwi supplement and health food firms targets for Chinese takeovers as dairy deals come under increased scrutiny

New Zealand supplement and health food manufacturers are likely targets for merger and acquisition activity over the next year, with private equity firms, notably from China, increasingly looking to splash...

Resveratrol breathes new life into age-related lung damage

Inhaled treatments that use the natural phenol resveratrol appear to slow age-related degenerative changes in the lung, suggesting that this delivery method does not impose on compound efficacy.

White mulberry extracts “clearly relieve’ diabetes symptoms in rat model: Study

Two fractions of polysaccharides extracted from white mulberry (Morus alba L) have been found to relieve symptoms of diabetes in a study on rats.

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...