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Maternal folic acid may slash heart problems in children

Folic acid supplements during pregnancy may not only reduce the risk of birth defects but also protect the children from congenital heart defects, says a new study from the Netherlands.

Probiotics: From clinical trial to health claims success

As a raft of non-positive opinions on probiotics floats down the health claims river, questions have been asked of the efficacy of the beneficial bacteria. Two experts discuss where we...

Omega-3 maker reacts to negative health claim opinions

UK-based omega-3 supplements brand, Equazen, says it will amend its marketing materials after negative health claim opinions regarding its products were written into the European Union legislature in October.

Probiotic research needed to fulfill gut health potential

Probiotics should be considered as living drugs rather than “simple good bacteria” in order to become effective treatment options for IBS, according to Joseph Haddad, medical director of Institut Rosell-Lallemand.

Calcium and vit D show promise for colorectal health

Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may promote the health of the cells in the colon and rectum, offering potential protection from tumour development, says a new study.

Symrise to scale up nutraceuticals portfolio

Flavour and fragrance company, Symrise, said is intending to scale up its production of ingredients for the functional food and supplements market with the development of a dedicated global business...

Inulin-rich chicory extract passes tolerance test

An inulin-rich extract that also contains polyphenols and other bioactive compound is very well tolerated, says a new study from France that builds the science behind an emerging product.

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Aquapharm appointment eyes partnership developments

Scottish marine biotech company Aquapharm Biodiscovery have appointed Jon Williams as business development director, focusing on finding new partnerships.

Soy compounds may offer colon cancer protection

Natural lipid compounds found in soy may prevent the development of colon cancer, the third most deadly form of cancer, says a new study.

Omega-3 plus glucosamine ‘superior’ for joint health: Study

Combining omega-3 fatty acids with glucosamine achieves better improvements in joint health than glucosamine alone, says a new study from Germany.

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Krill conflict could threaten omega-3 potential

The krill category and the science backing it are still emerging, but there are many who believe krill extracts have the potential to 'go big' in the healthy foods arena....

UK issues herbals advertising guidance

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published its final guidance together with its annual report on advertising traditional herbal medicines.

Dairy beats soy for inflammation improvements: Study

A dairy-rich diet may reduce levels of inflammatory and oxidative markers in overweight and obese people, says a new study from the US.

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C for cataracts – study raises concerns over vitamin and eye health

Increased intakes of vitamin C may increase the risk of developing cataracts in some elderly people, according to a new study.

Oxford study links DASH diet to lower blood pressure

A diet consisting of low fat dairy foods, wholegrains, and fruit and vegetables has been linked to lower blood pressure in the first British study of the DASH diet.

Diet rich in polypenols might delay onset of Alzheimer’s

A diet rich in polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease through the production of new brain cells and the strenghtening of neural networks, according...

Chia EU novel foods approval beckons bread deals

The omega-3 and omega-6 laden ancient grain, chia, has had its European Union novel foods status confirmed for use in bread products.

Irish dairy and academia unite over functional ingredients

Four major Irish dairy ingredient players and four academic institutions form the nexus of a new Irish initiative to develop functional food ingredients – Food for Health Ireland.

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DSM ‘process efficiencies’ reduce resveratrol cost

DSM Nutritional Products says ‘process efficiencies and technology optimisation’ are allowing cost reductions in its resVida resveratrol ingredients, along with economies of scale.

Inside the Beneo Institute

The Sudzucker-owned Beneo Group established the Beneo Institute in late 2009 to give “new oxygen to a squeezed industry”, as Executive Board member, Yves Servotte, puts it, to a functional...

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Cargill Chinese ARA JV near completion

The ARA production facility owned by Cargill Alking Bioengineering, the joint venture between Cargill and Chinese company, Alking Bioengineering, will begin production in 2010.

UK HFMA addresses regulatory threats

A UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) workshop held this week in London has highlighted innovation challenges facing a health products industry that is “under considerable threat” from regulatory changes.

Food beats cosmetics and pharma to nutra frontiers

Food companies are showing far more interest in nutricosmetics and nutraceuticals than pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies, according to Bernstein Research.

Business opportunities in sustainable ingredients

Developing a sustainability strategy makes sense for food ingredients companies to ensure security of supply, to leverage brand opportunity in innovations, and to realise returns on investment in agriculture, says...

Gut study may aid more effective probiotic selection

A breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria bind to the mucus layer protecting the gut lining could result in more effective probiotic design and selection.