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Omega-3 PUFAs could aid Alzheimer’s fight by boosting glymphatic system: Macau mouse study

New research from Macau suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could improve the function of the glymphatic system, which facilitates the clearance of waste from the brain.

Probiota 2017 migrates to Berlin; call for scientific abstracts until 11 November

An important prebiotic, probiotic congress takes place in Berlin on 1-3 February next year for those in the business and science of the microbiota.

Protein quality matters for muscle building, says review

The quality of protein and its leucine content has a significant influence on muscle building with resistance training, a review has found.

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Indian carotenoid player enters Europe

Bangalore-based lutein and carotenoid specialist Katra Phyto has enlisted UK-based ingredient player and distributor Gee Lawson as its European partner.

Sweden to create special supplement e-commerce task force

Sweden is creating a taskforce to bring rogue supplement e-commerce in check, something industry hopes will help close the gap between on and offline standards.

Blackmores Q1 results: Daigou downturn leads to sharp sales drop

Net profits at Australian vitamin and supplement supplier Blackmores fell by 46.6% in the first quarter, with daigou sales – items bought by Chinese entrepreneurs in Australia to ship back...

Supplement stress-reducing benefits last a month after discontinuing: Study

A blend of probiotics, magnesium, vitamins and minerals can reduce stress and fatigue even after users stop taking it, a study has shown.  

2015-16: Full year profits up 13% to €184m

‘When your neighbour’s land is for sale you need to act’: Chr Hansen CEO on €73m acquisition

The €73m acquisition of a library of 3,200 probiotic strains will open up opportunities in children’s immune health, Chr Hansen’s CEO says as the firm posts 13% profit growth from last year.  ...

Korean menopause botanical blend wins EFSA backing

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said a herbal root mix is safe for use in menopause food supplements.

First Milk sells sports nutrition company

Sports nutrition producer CNP Professional has been sold to The Protein Partners following a strategic review of the company.


Authentic action: Standing out in a competitive landscape

With more than 30,000 businesses generating sales of over A$4bn (US$3.1bn), the Australian complementary medicines industry has created a highly competitive landscape.

Glanbia adds sparkle to iron with new Lactoferrin delivery format

With athletes in mind, Glanbia partnered with Wisconsin-based PoppingFUN for a new confectionary-inspired delivery format for iron supplements.

Could EPA omega-3 supplements help with PTSD?

Increased levels of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are associated with a lower severity of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), says a new paper from Japanese researchers.

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Welsh rugby enlists one of its own for nutrition

Welsh firm Pro Athlete Supplementation (PAS) has won a contract to be the ‘Official Supplier of Performance Nutrition’ to the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

A fortified egg a day could keep winter vitamin D deficiency away

Eating seven vitamin D-fortified eggs a week could be enough to keep winter vitamin D status in adults in check, say EU-funded researchers. 

Pumping iron powers brain function for people with mild cognitive impairment

Follow-up results released from a University of Sydney study show that increased muscle strength leads to improved brain function in adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

French flavour firm buys nutrition partner

French flavours firm Robertet has completed its acquisition of melon extract producer Bionov, bringing products marketed to combat stress and cellulite into its portfolio. 

CLA sales shifting to sports nutrition products online & MLMs: BASF

CLA – conjugated linoleic acid – is finding increasing use in sports nutrition products, with active consumers attracted by its benefits for body composition, says BASF.

EFSA considers Mitsubishi’s antioxidant salt following member state concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has taken the reins in the safety evaluation of Mitsubishi’s novel antioxidant salt ingredient following member state toxicity concerns. 

Senior spotlight: Tetra Pak taps into what beverage makers should know about this key generation

For the latest edition of Tetra Pak’s annual Consumer Generations Whitepaper series, the packaging giant interviewed more than 40,000 people and gathered insights from 27 different developed and developing countries,...

Better omega-3s test will help improve public health outcomes, developer says

A streamlined test for omega-3 levels in the blood will help consumers better understand this crucial risk factor, the test’s developer says.

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18th claim win for SNE: Calcium helps build healthy baby bones

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved another extension of an adult health claim this time for calcium and the normal development of bones for children under three.

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French firm seeks male fertility health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing a health claim linking a multivitamin, mineral and botanical mix and male fertility following an application from French firm Laboratoire Nurilia.

Firm champions sports nutrition on another (genetic) level

Beverly Hills-based FitnessGenes is bringing its DNA-driven personalised nutrition concept to sportspeople at all levels – and has moved across the pond to the UK and Europe. Is the sports world...

GNC could be the next supplement firm to be taken into Chinese ownership

GNC could become the latest vitamin and supplement firm to have Chinese owners, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the company has met with several interested parties.