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The Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive is changing the face of the botanicals extracts and supplements sector – in the European Union at least. The requirement for herbals to demonstrate good science has never been more urgent as health claims scrutiny tightens and consumer interest heightens.

107 St John’s Wort products pulled from Amazon UK

107 unlicensed St John’s Wort products were removed from the UK Amazon website this week following a joint investigation by the MHRA and HFMA.

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Daily coffee polyphenols can reduce diabetes risk, say Japanese researchers

Japanese researchers have found coffee polyphenols can reduce type 2 diabetes risk via an insulin-regulating intestinal peptide.

Border block: Germany stops product with debated aegeline ingredient

The German authorities have blocked a shipment of products containing the unauthorised novel food ingredient aegeline and American firm USP Labs is making inquiries into whether this relates to its recalled OxyElite product. ...

Garlic extract may help cystic fibrosis patients fight lung infection: Study

Allicin extracted from garlic may help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Special edition: Botanicals

What will it take to break the botanicals deadlock?

Two pending European Courts of Justice (ECJ) cases and the prospect of a unified pan-EU list of safe botanicals hold the potential to break the current deadlock around botanicals, according...

Special edition: Botanicals

Huge potential for botanicals in energy drinks

Consumers are looking for alternatives to artificial caffeine, meaning even greater opportunities for botanicals in the energy drink market, with small start-ups leading the way.

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Licorice extract may help protect skin from UV stress

Licorice extract may help protect human skin cells against UV damage by upping production of protective antioxidants, according to German researchers. 

GNC to start selling in UK and Ireland

US-based nutrition company GNC has announced it will expand business to the UK and Ireland selling own-brand products.

New head of Commission’s DG SANTE nutrition unit announced

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou has been announced as the new head of the European Commission’s DG SANTE unit for nutrition, food composition and information, stepping into the shoes of Basil Mathioudakis. ...

BEVERAGEDAILY PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2014, LUKAS VON GREBMER

Akuō blasts ‘burnout society': BeverageDaily Personality 2014 Lukas von Grebmer’s Zenlike focus…

BeverageDaily.com Personality of 2014 Lukas von Grebmer is a man on a mission – to combat our ‘burnout society’ as co-founder of Akuō, a healthy drink that blends green tea,...

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Naturex cranberry launch hones in on biological activity: ‘Proving a product has PACs does not guarantee efficacy’

Naturex’s launch of a new cranberry extract sees the company moving beyond proanthocyanidins (PACs) as a marker of efficacy towards anti-adhesion activity (AAA), something it sees as a more relevant...

“The authorisation of these claims would see a major boost for sports men and women”

European sports nutrition sector backs EFSA caffeine opinion

The European sports nutrition sector says the recent EFSA opinion that backed daily caffeine intakes up to 400 mg per day, will lift the sector – if it makes it...

EFSA rejects white kidney weight loss appeal; firm points to ‘procedural stickling’

Malaysian pharma-nutra firm InQpharm is taking positives from its white kidney bean extract, weight management health claim rejection at the hands of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Researchers find key mechanism in green tea anti-cancer properties

Green tea and apple compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may trigger a process which sees oral cancer cells killed while healthy cells are left untouched, according to US researchers.

Supplement industry has changed and now our advice reflects that: Sweden

The Swedish National Food Agency (SLV) has released its first manual on best food supplement practice – something it says responds to the increasingly complex nature of the growing sector.

Special Edition: Blood Sugar Management

Evidence continues to bolster polyphenols' blood sugar management story despite murky mode of action

Although the mechanism of action is somewhat unclear, polyphenols have a solid and growing body of research backing their effect on the regulation of blood sugar levels, experts say.

PATENT WATCH

Mars functional beverage capsule patent application hints at new single-serve trend?

Mars recently applied to patent a special single-serve beverage capsule it said would give more consistent dosing and less wastage of functional ingredients – from flavonoids and vitamins to minerals, antioxidants.

“We do not see this as a rejection.”

EFSA refuses fenugreek for glycaemic benefits

A 9-study dossier linking herbal extract fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) and improved glycaemic response has been deemed insufficient by the EU’s central science agency. But the firm’s chief told us, “We do...

ABC releases lab guidance document on skullcap showing best methods to detect adulteration

As part of a second phase of its Botanical Adulterants Program, The American Botanical Council has released the first of a series of laboratory guidance documents, this one pertaining to...

Fertility food supplement targets older couples

An Israeli firm has debuted ‘his, her’s and theirs’ food supplements aimed at boosting the fertility of ageing couples who want children - the chances of pregnancy drop to as...

Health claims divide EU supplement trade groups

The Dutch supplements trade group NPN has severed ties with EHPM, the Europe-wide group it was a founding member of, citing differences in approaches to EU health claim reform.

'Springtime sneezes are diseases,' ASA tells hay fever botanical

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told a hay fever botanical its mention of sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose amounted to an unauthorised disease prevention claim.

Potato extract may reduce weight gain by over 60%: Mice study

Polyphenol-rich Irish potato extract may help reduce weight gain, according to research in mice.

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Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

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