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Biotech firm awaits EU move as lilac extract gets US patent

Italian biotechnology company, IRB, said a European patent is pending on the preparation and use of cell line cultures from the lilac-based extract that was awarded a patent in the...

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RSSL improves B12 analysis for food

A new method for vitamin B12 analysis has been developed by RSSL, claimed to be quicker and more sensitive than other methods.

Rye beats laxatives for constipation relief: Study

Consumption of fibre-rich rye bread may ease constipation and perform commercial laxatives, according to a new study from Finland.

Raisio sees huge growth in healthy snacking

The growth potential in the premium functional snack category on the heels of increased consumer and regulatory demand for healthy snacking is the driver behind Finnish company Raisio’s bid to...

Study adds to 'compelling' CLA safety evidence

Daily intake of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) does not affect kidney and liver function, says a new study with humans that adds compelling support to the safety of the ingredient.

Squid's in: Norwegians push new omega-3 source

Norwegian start-up Pharma Marine Group has launched a branded version of the squid-sourced omega-3 form it is marketing on its green credentials.

Prebiotic-soy combination may boost heart health: Study

Combining prebiotics and soy protein may lower cholesterol levels and boost heart health, effects not seen when prebiotic or soy were taken separately, says new research from Canada.

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DHA omega-3 set for London celebration

Omega-3 pioneers from across the globe will meet in London in May to celebrate 40 years of research on the fatty acids, and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in particular.

DHA omega-3 may improve chemotherapy outcomes: Study

Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may improve outcomes for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, says a new study from France.

UK intake of omega-3s and iron still too low, survey

A new national diet nutrition survey (NDNS) in the UK has found that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and fibre is still below the recommended amounts, and iron intake among...

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UK ASA slams ‘herbal viagra’ ads

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has deemed that ads for a “herbal Viagra” product should not appear again, after the claims were deemed misleading and in breach of advertising...

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Red Bull reacts to German opinion on energy shots

Energy shots are safe if used according to instructions, says Red Bull, as the German risk assessor BfR calls for a ban on energy shots because consumers could not be...

Hansen revels in probiotic female niche

Danish supplier Chr Hansen says the two probiotic-strain combination it has been promoting for more than a year to target women’s vaginal problems is now present in products in more...

Tea science stacks up for weight management, but concerns continue for extracts

Leaf through the scientific literature and the benefits of tea, green and black, for weight managements garner much support, but more research is needed before the beverage and its extracts...

Boomers recession proofing functional foods, report

Health conscious boomers, in particular mature Italians, are embracing functional foods such as cholesterol lowering dairy products and digestive health brands to retain their youthful health, according to an industry...

Flavonols may slash stroke risk in women: Study

Increased intakes of flavonol-rich foods may reduce a woman’s risk of stroke by 20 per cent, according to a new meta-analysis involving over 110,000 people.

NutraIngredients Antioxidants 2010 Conference

Antioxidants are big business. The term resonates with consumers but what does the future hold for antioxidants? The NutraIngredients Antioxidants 2010 Conference lifts the lid on current successes, ongoing challenges,...

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Bruce Ames: Vitamin insufficiency boosting age-related diseases

It is literally all about living for today. By understanding that nature favours survival today over tomorrow, a theory that vitamin inadequacy is behind the rise in chronic diseases “makes...

DHA and eye health: Study supports omega-3 in formula

Adding the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to infant formula may improve the visual acuity of the infants, says a new clinical trial from the US.

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US military may enlist Omega-3s to boost performance but why wait?

“An army marches on its stomach.” This advice, from French military adventurer Napoleon, seems to have impressed the US military which is considering fortifying troops’ rations with omega-3 fatty acids....

Winclove withdraws probiotic health claims to avoid market “damage”

Dutch probiotics supplier, Winclove Bio Industries, has pulled its entire range of 30 health claim submissions from the European Union health claims process, in fear of the business impact of...

Carotenoids may reduce breast cancer risk in women: Study

Increased dietary intakes of alpha- and beta-carotene may reduce the risk of breast cancer among female smokers, suggests a new study from Sweden.

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Aker reports growth as krill oil sales increase

Increased sales of its krill oil have helped Aker BioMarine post a 50 per cent increase in sales for Q4 2009.

Omega-3 may combat mouth bacteria, boost oral health

The dental health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids may include anti-bacterial effects, extending the benefits beyond inflammation, says a new study from the University of Kentucky.

OPCs come out tops for heart health beverages

Cranberry juice rich in antioxidant procyanidins is effective at boosting the health of blood vessels, thereby supporting previous research supporting the cardiovascular health of such compounds.

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