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Blood pressure management ingredient receives industry accolade

DSM’s lactotripeptide blood pressure management ingredient, tensVida, won the Outstanding Application in Nutraceuticals category at this year’s European Outsourcing Awards.

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EHPM: health claim rules are flawed and killing innovation

The European Union health claims regulation is a good idea being badly implemented according the Peter van Doorn, the chairman of leading trade group, EHPM. The economic fall-out may lead...

Huge scope for anti-ageing ingredients, says new research

The global anti-ageing food market shows huge potential, with an increasing number, size and variety of companies registering an interest in moving into the sector, claims a new report.

Acid-sensitive gum may fill you up for longer, cut snacking

A solution that forms a gel on entering the acidic environment of the stomach may suppress appetite and offer an interesting opportunity for the burgeoning weight management market.

Maternal folic acid – pregnancy stage may influence asthma risk

Taking folic acid supplements in late pregnancy may increase the infant’s risk of developing asthma, but supplementation in early pregnancy presents no such risk, says a new study from...

Lychee extract may trim waist fat: Study

An extract from lychees may reduce abdominal fat in people with metabolic syndrome, a lead to improvements in overall health, says a new study from Japan.

Wild seeks guidance to validate immune boosting claim

An ingredients manufacture said it is seeking additional information from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as to how it should proceed in terms of further studies following a rejection...

Bioscience brings growth for Chr Hansen

Chr Hansen’s refocus on bioscience over the last four years, and a pipeline of new products, has yielded yet another year of growth in both sales and profits that defies...

Dairy proteins again linked to blood pressure benefits

A combination of milk proteins may reduce salt-induced increases in blood pressure by about 10 mmHg, according to results of a rat study from Valio.

Side effects of supplement intake focus of French project

With increasing dietary intake of food supplements in France, a government programme to monitor their consumption and any undesirable side effects arising from their use is underway.

Low vitamin D again linked to higher mortality

Low blood levels of vitamin D have again been linked to lower survival in the elderly – a study which strengthens calls to confirm if vitamin D supplements could offer protection.

DSM contracts suspended in China

DSM has said that it intends to look for new partners in China for its nutritional products and anti-infectives, after its contracts with North China Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (NCPC) were...

Walnut-rich diet may boost diabetic heart health

Daily consumption of walnuts, rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, may improve the health of blood vessels, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease, says a new study from Yale.


Clinical trials are EFSA’s fool’s gold

There’s gold to be found in them health claims mountains, but prospectors from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) must be happy with the little chunks that add up to...

Paper proving source of antioxidants for Swiss firm

A Swiss company extracting what it claims are antioxidant polyphenols from pulp and paper processing waste is to scale up the project to offer the product as a functional food...

Folic acid shows benefits for diabetic heart health

Supplements of folic acid may reverse the detrimental changes in blood vessel health associated with diabetes, according to results of a new mouse study from Hong Kong.

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Multivitamins may cut food allergy in children: Study

Daily supplements of multivitamins do not have any effect on allergic disease in eight year old children, says a new study from Sweden.

Talking point

Will health claims doom innovation in Europe?

Hope that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) might moderate its clinical-trial weighted approach for general health claims in the EU dried up on October 1, when it rejected 70...

Further glucosamine health claim rejected

No causality has been established between glucosamine hydrochloride and a reduced rate of cartilage degeneration in individuals without osteoarthritis, according to an opinion published by the European Food Safety Authority...

Folic acid and colon cancer: Some benefits and no harm

Supplements of folic acid may reduce the recurrence of colorectal cancer in people with low levels of the nutrient, but not people who already have adequate amounts, says a new...

Maternal folic acid, iron linked to better baby survival

Taking folic acid and iron supplements during pregnancy may reduce infant mortality up to age 7, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Waiting game continues in high dose supplement battle

A further delay in the publication of the EU draft amendment of the maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for nutrients in food supplements leaves the UK and other member states' high...

Rooibus extract may boost acai's health punch

Formulating açai products with extracts from rooibus tea may enhance the colour and improve the stability of açai’s healthy components, suggests a new study from Texas.

EU doctors back elderly vitamin D fortification

A coalition of European doctors has recommended vitamin D be given to over-75s at 600-800IU per day, after meeting in England over the weekend.

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EFSA rejects article 14 cholesterol-lowering claim

EFSA's Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has issued a negative opinion for a grape extract (Vitis vinifera) claiming to have cholesterol-lowering benefits.