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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.

health claim watch

French firm seeks male fertility health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing a health claim linking a multivitamin, mineral and botanical mix and male fertility following an application from French firm Laboratoire Nurilia.

Lab notes

A glance at sports nutrition science/NPD

More energy, better concentration, increased strength, longer endurance, swifter recovery - sports nutrition science never sleeps. We scan developments.

'An unexplored niche': Edible petals as a promising nutrient source

Edible petals offer a promising source of bioactive nutrients, Portuguese researchers have said.

Neem plant compound could suppress development of prostate cancer: Singapore study

Nimbolide, a bioactive terpenoid compound derived from Azadirachta indica, more commonly known as the neem plant, could reduce the size of prostate tumours by up to 70 per cent and...

Nutrition sprays: The modern format for traditional botanicals?

Pills and capsules are old hat, says a young French firm banking on a botanical range of oral nutrition sprays.

EFSA to consider green tea catechins safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will look at the safety of green tea catechins in a report that could confirm or clear up long-standing concerns over liver damage. 

BEUC: ‘EU food supplements market is only partially regulated’

Europeans rely ‘more and more’ on food supplements but are being let down by a ‘patchy regulatory network’ governing a market awash with dodgy products and claims, the EU’s premier...

New products created as demand for dairy alternatives rises

Demand for dairy alternatives is growing with the creation of dairy-free milk in labs, the emergence of vegan milk alternatives, and increased adoption of coconut and banana milks that offers...

Mice study on Kemin's spearmint and rosemary extract ingredient supports its learning and memory benefits

In a study funded by manufacturer Kemin and the VA Medical Center in St. Louis, spearmint and rosemary extracts improved age-related oxidation markers in brain tissue of SAMP8 mice.

Magic move? Tesco targets wintery Brits with vitamin D mushrooms

Tesco has launched vitamin D2-enriched mushrooms in the UK, a move that could help Britons deficient in the nutrient, dieticians say.

EU herbals: Creative escape routes out of botanical claims limbo-land

With around 2000 botanicals claims on-hold whilst the European Commission comes up with a solution, individual countries and supplement companies are taking matters into their own hands.

EU botanicals mini-Q&A

We asked the Alliance for Natural Health-International (ANH-I) founder, executive and scientific director, Dr Robert Verkerk a few questions about the ever-changing EU herbals market.

Root 66? Spearmint’s phenolic matrix mapped

Mass spectrometry techniques have shed light on spearmint’s complex phenolic matrix, according to ‘tentative’ findings from Italy.

Botanicals: Research round-up

As part of our special edition on botanicals, NutraIngredients takes a look at recent research of some popular botanical ingredients.

Stealth carrots: How veggies are finding victory in F&B

Carrots might look dull compared to trendy super fruits and leafy vegetables, but the humble vegetable is in demand as a subtle but powerful nutritional boost, as consumers seek to...

Algae omega-3 wins €1m+ Oz research boost

Scientists are using metabolic engineering to scale up omega-3 rich algae production in Australia.

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: Could plant-based Traditional Chinese Medicines aid treatment?

A new study of classical Chinese medical texts has found almost 1500 references to age-related memory impairment similar to Alzheimer's disease, and to several plant-based ingredients that should be assessed...

Entrepreneurs spy ‘root’ into sports & energy drink space

The first production of a new ginger-based sports energy drink is currently underway, after raising over £6,500 (€7515) in pre-orders through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

Special edition: Botanicals

Travel to source may be costly, but important to vet supply chain, expert says

Travel to where you source your ingredients, and make no excuses about the cost and time it takes, one expert said.

French herbal firm seeks global sports nutrition win

Sporting performance enhancement; endurance; recovery and mind-body harmony are the four platforms of Fytexia’s entry into botanicals-based sports nutrition.

Combining polyphenols boosts anti-cancer properties: Rath rodent review

Combining polyphenols and other compounds can dramatically increase their ability to fight cancers, according to a review from the Dr Rath Research Institute of its own and other studies.

Tetra Pak Index report

100% juice products to expand beyond fruit base drinks to vegetables, exotic plants and coconut

100% juice products are capturing the imagination of consumers and driving growth, which will see expansion beyond traditional fruit base drinks to include vegetables, exotic plants and coconut, according to...

New EHPM chair promises botanicals progress at ‘crucial point for our industry’

EHPM, the Brussels-based group representing smaller firms in the EU supplements space has elected a new chair, Michel Horn, who has promised action in the limboed botanicals sector with regard...

Food affects almond skin polyphenol release: Study

Milk may significantly lower the release of polyphenols from almond skins during digestion, while consuming almond skins with food also has a significant effect on their release, according to a...

Vitamin drink slugs double digit growth (without claims)

The EU should “quicken its step” and raise the upper limit of stevia that is permitted in soft drinks, says VitHit’s founder, Gary Lavin, whilst dismissing health claims as “unnecessary” when marketing a vitamin...