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Vitamin D may protect against Crohn’s disease

Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing Crohn’s disease, suggest results of a new cell study from Canada.

Germans appeal glucosamine health claim rejection

The European Food Safety Authority should reconsider its methodology about relevant target populations, a German firm has stated in response to EFSA’s rejection of a health claim linking glucosamine and...

Eurofins puts profit hope in upgraded labs

Eurofins is expecting that its investment in upgrading its laboratories in the last two years will pay off in increased profitability in 2010, according to the chief executive.

Frutarom wins big in weight management

Israeli supplier, Frutarom, has won a gong from Frost & Sullivan for its “scientifically-backed product line based on natural extracts with different modes of action” in the weight management area.

UK consumers embrace alternative medicines

Sales of complementary therapies such as traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines are booming in the UK as increasing numbers of people turn away from prescription drugs, according to Mintel.

Omega-3 may reduce risk of dental disease: Study

Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may decrease the risk of dental diseases, suggests a new study from Japan.

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Israel’s Anlit signs deal to take kids’ supplements to Poland

Polish company Polpharma Ltd has signed an exclusive agreement with Israel’s Anlit to market the Israeli company’s supplements for toddlers and children in Poland.

Lycopene supplement boosts skin carotenoid levels

Oral supplements of lactolycopene may boost skin levels of lycopene and beta-carotene, says a study from Nestlé and L’Oreal.

Bio Serae goes organic with cactus offering

French supplier Bio Serae is offering an organic version of one its marquee cactus ingredients, Cacti-Nea, which it says is increasingly sought after by its food supplement and functional foods...

SMEs target of new health claims guide

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the target of a new guide on how to achieve a health claim approval in the EU.

More folate may mean less depression: Study

Higher blood levels of folate may reduce the risk of depressive symptoms in men, but not women, says a new study from Japan.

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Scientists explore importance of antioxidant balance

Too many antioxidants may interfere with cell signalling, and that a balance between anti- and pro-oxidants is best for optimal health, US-based researchers report.

Yakult to commence US production in 2012

Japanese probiotics pioneer, Yakult Honsha, will commence manufacturing its little probiotic dairy bottles in the US for the first time in 2012, the company has announced, as it seeks to...

Antioxidant uptake from coffee unaffected by milk: Nestlé study

Adding milk to coffee does not reduce the bioavailability of antioxidants, says a new study from the Nestlé Research Center.

No FSAI backing for Irish high dose supplements campaign

Ireland’s chief specialist in public health nutrition is at odds with natural health care practitioners and health shop representatives over pending EU regulation on high potency supplements, according to a...

Indian nutraceuticals attract big pharma

The growing Indian nutraceuticals market is attracting the attention of pharmaceuticals players such as GlaxoSmithKline, Dabur, Cadila Healthcare and Novartis, according to Indian press reports.

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Internet opens up Europe to counterfeit Alli

The arrival of counterfeit weight loss drug Alli in the US has led to warnings in Britain of the danger of buying OTC medicines from unregulated websites.

Pomegranate oil-seaweed mix may improve liver health and waist size

A blend of pomegranate oil and brown seaweed extract may produce weight loss of about five kilos, as well as improvements in liver health, says new study.

Special edition: Weight management

Supply: Supporting the weight management products

In the final article in our weight management series, NutraIngredients looks at the companies behind some of the key ingredients in the sector.

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Cheesed off – jingoism takes the spoils in the Cadbury battle

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated, quipped Mark Twain. Predictions of the demise of Cadbury following the approval of Kraft’s offer are premature and are flawed by knee-jerk...

Probiotics player ‘puzzled’ by EFSA health claim response

Swedish probiotics player, Probi, is pursuing “unofficial” dialogue with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) after the scientific agency closed the formal process by rejecting its probiotic health claim appeal.

IPO considered for Chr Hansen

The private equity owner of Chr Hansen, PAI Partners, is evaluating the possibility of publically listing the company, the Danish ingredients company has confirmed.

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Puleva Biotech up for sale?

Spanish dairy, Ebro Puleva, may sell off its functional foods and ingredients division, Puleva Biotech, as it seeks a cash injection and reduced exposure to low-margin products.

Special edition: weight management

Regulation: Claim making and claim taking

In a world with a chronic ‘globesity’ problem spreading beyond western shores to places like India and China, products that promise to help individuals manage their weight via calorie control,...

New nutra player set to exploit Israel biotech potential

The growing level of innovative Israeli incubator projects focused on nutritional product development is behind a seasoned industry player’s decision to establish a consultancy aimed at taking these start-ups to...