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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.

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.

Comment

Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Dispatches from Health Ingredients Europe, Amsterdam

Naturex unveils food concepts for weight management at HiE 2014

Naturex has developed prototype products using oat beta-glucans and glucomannan that can carry EFSA-approved claims relating to weight management and glycaemic responses. 

Special edition: Functional Foods

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects prunes for kids bowel function; carbs non-characterised

The EU’s central science agency has rejected a health claim submission linking prunes (Prunus domestica L) with normal bowel function in under-3s for a lack of infant-specific data. A carbohydrate-based claim...

‘Elegant’: Dutch group seeks traditional health claims regulation

A Dutch healthy foods and supplements association has proposed a traditional claims regulation or amendment to EU health claim laws it says would ‘elegantly’ solve the ongoing and stalled imbroglio...

Huge influx of Chinese capital coupled with threat of violence seriously destabilizes maca trade in Peru, expert says

Soaring demand from China and an extremely steep rise in prices has distorted the market for the Peruvian botanical maca to the point where non Chinese buyers have been all...

Green tea may lower blood pressure - but only for non-smokers

Green tea, but not black tea, may lower blood pressure, but this effect is cancelled out by smoking, according to a five-year study in China.

Italy cracks whip on health claim abusers - fines could reach €5m

Regulators in Italy’s €1.2bn food supplements market are cracking the harshest whips against health claims abusers in the EU – a firm was recently fined €250,000 – but will the...

Nano-emulsion delivery boosts curcumin’s anti-inflammatory promise

The use of nano-emulsion delivery systems could increase the bioavailability and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, say researchers.

Guest article

Author response: On the bending of EU botanical laws and meanings

Last week NutraIngredients published a guest article  by author Bert Schwitters about the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) that discussed the status of botanicals and associated claims in the European...

Brain health drinks gaining global traction: Canadean

Drinks boating polyphenols and other ingredients that boost brain health are winning over more adult consumers, according to market analyst, Canadean.

Flavonoids may be ‘important to promoting broad health and wellbeing in aging’: Harvard study

Higher intakes of flavonoid compounds in the diet during middle age may boost healthy aging in women, according to data from 1,517 women from the Nurses’ Health Study.

Science short

Resveratrol’s inflammatory potential boosts bone health in obese men: Study

Resveratrol boosts bone health by stimulating mineralisation and bone formation, a study among 74 middle-aged, obese men has found.

Pterostilbene intake may cut body fat and reduce obesity: Animal data

Intake of the phenolic compound pterostilbene could help to battle obesity by slashing body fat, according to new research in rats.

Denmark widens warning on weight loss herbal linked to brain haemorrhage

The Danish food safety authority has issued a second warning on the illegal herbal weight loss ingredient Acacia rigidula – which contains substances implicated in a brain haemorrhage case in Sweden....

Guest article: EU law fritters

Author: EU health claims laws cannot be bent for botanicals

Nutrition author, blogger and harsh critic of the EU’s health claim laws, Bert Schwitters, says any attempt to create separate rules for more than 1500 on-hold botanical claim applications is...

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