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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.

Unilever adds Pukka Herbs to portfolio as part of ethical product drive

Unilever has bought organic herbal tea business, Pukka Herbs tea in the latest addition to a stable of brands that reflect its commitment to ethical practices and meet consumer demand...

Algal cultivation blooming as production methods look to unleash its power

Despite the promise algae has shown as a source of food, feed and fertilizers, technology to cultivate this group of relatively simple, plant-like organisms, to commercial levels remains off the...

Liquorice may interact with all sorts of medicines

Liquorice compounds commonly found in dietary supplements can interfere with how the liver processes medicines, warns a new study in European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Nutricosmetic sector has mush room for fungi-based topical formulations, study thinks

The potential of a mushroom extract goes beyond its nutraceutical properties as a Portuguese study now identifies its nutricosmetic potential as a topical formulation ingredient for the skin.

Could a green tea nanomaterial plug gaps left by current toothpaste formulas?

A green tea extract could form the basis of a new toothpaste or formulation that could reduce tooth sensitivity and help prevent cavities, in a study that reaffirms dental health...

Spicy nanotech weaponry delivers payload at target: Study

Nanoparticles show promise in delivering beneficial compounds to the body as a study details the successful administration of the spice curcumin to a target site with minimal toxic side effects.

Food supplements and tea subject of EFSA warning on pyrrolizidine alkaloid consumption

High consumption of tea infusions is a possible long-term concern for human health due to their carcinogenic properties, the European Food and Safety Authority rules. 

Potent Red Clover isoflavone-probiotic mix combine to ease menopausal signs: Study

The fermented form of isoflavone and probiotic-rich red clover is effective in halting the accelerated bone loss and associated symptoms seen in menopausal women, according to a Danish study.

Bioavailability boost: Study backs frankincense to ease IBS symptoms

A new proprietary method to deliver the Indian botanical extract Boswellia, could boost bioavailability and help manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), finds a study by Italian botanical...

Could cranberries boost your 'good bacteria'?

An indigestible carbohydrate found in cranberries may act as a prebiotic to promote beneficial bacteria in the microbiome, new research says.

Coffee could ward off death and disease, researchers claim

Drinking three coffees a day is the optimal for lowering risk of all-cause death, says a study, which also found drinking higher levels increased risks for certain populations.

Bilberry extract may bring tears to your eyes

Mirtoselect, a natural standardised form of bilberry extract, improves tear flow in people with dry eyes, according to an Indena study.

Botanical extract offers anti-inflammatory potential in tackling Alzheimer’s

A botanical plant extract offers possibilities in preserving memory and learning abilities lost to Alzheimer’s disease as a study highlights the plant’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

The NutraIngredients-USA Botanicals Online Conference

Botanicals: The risks and benefits, opportunities and challenges

Botanical experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the botanicals category in 2017 and beyond in a FREE online conference hosted by NutraIngredients-USA.

Broccoli extract backed in fight against diabetes

Sulphoraphane, from broccoli sprout extract, may help blood sugar management in diabetes, reveals a new study in Science Translational Medicine.

Study leaks phytochemical advantages of organically grown onions

Onions grown under organic conditions have significantly higher flavonol and antioxidant levels, according to a 'groundbreaking' Irish field trial.

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Experts wanted: EFSA calls for new NDA Panel members

The European Food Safety Authority has opened applications for its next Scientific Panel on Nutrition, Novel Food and Food Allergens (NDA) – which is tasked with setting dietary reference values...

New Zealand natural ingredients to be ‘fast-tracked’ to international launch

A new collaboration between ingredient supplier Anagenix and Plant & Food Research will see products based on New Zealand science fast-tracked to the international market.

VITAFOODS 2017

Seaweed swell: European interest turns tide in superfood’s favour?

Long considered a staple food in the Far East, seaweed and algae may finally be making gains in Europe with consumers eager to sample a nutritionally superior food with strong...

Belgium drafts supplement guidance for four nutrients … but is it right?

Industry should fight amendments to a Belgian decree setting out minimum and maximum levels for caffeine, lutein, lycopene and red yeast rice, because some proposed levels fall well below established...

Green tea consumption can lower rice-induced diabetes risk in women: Japanese study

New research from Japan has shown that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of diabetes caused by rice consumption among women.

Green tea supplements: Good for weight loss, but lacking in anti-inflammation action against PCOS

Consumption of green tea supplements leads to weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it is still uncertain if supplementation provides a direct anti-inflammatory effect against the condition....

VITAFOODS 2017

“Frutarom in a cup”: Firm showcases functional drink solutions as acquisition integration begins

Frutarom launched a range of functional beverages at Vitafoods in Geneva last week, as it looks to integrate newly acquired businesses into its product portfolio.

Sage advice: Epigenetics-based cognitive health supplement set for APAC launch

A botanical cognitive health product designed by a spin-off from the University of Oxford will launch across Asia Pacific with the backing of an innovation development company.

Winners revealed: Find out who won out at the NutraIngredients Awards 2017!

Leading members of the functional food, supplements, and healthy nutrition industry gathered in Geneva this week to celebrate huge successes ... and find out who won out in the battle...