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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.

Medical cannabis trade given the go-ahead in Australia: Firms can apply to supply products

Australia is to establish a legal medical cannabis trade in as little as eight weeks under plans announced by federal health minister Greg Hunt.

Curcumin helps to effectively ease inflammatory bowel disease: China mouse study

Curcumin can help suppress the activation of dendritic cells (DCs), which play a pivotal role in the progression of inflammatory bowel disease, research from China has discovered.

Brazilian peppertree berry shows fight in tackling MRSA infections: Mice study

Brazilian peppertree berries contain a flavonoid-rich extract that may disarm antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to US scientists.

Cannabidiol’s neuroprotective effect against brain ischemia/reperfusion injury revealed

Cannabidiol (CBD) can exert a potentially neuroprotective effect against brain ischemia/reperfusion injury, with a new study from China documenting how it does so “for the first time”.

Serious risks? Report highlights ‘hidden ingredients’ in herbal supplements

Both regulators, and the industry itself, should be doing more to test and improve quality control of herbal supplements, says a report highlighting the issue of ‘hidden’ drugs in certain...

‘Toxic side effects’ and ‘weak regulation’? Not for supplements made in Australia insists trade body

Trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has insisted consumers can have full confidence in products purchased in Australia after a new review claimed it was a 'misperception' that herbal medicines are...

Timing of soy intake may help or hinder cancer therapy: Rat study

Soy consumption has been shown to have both a positive and negative effect on cancer treatment as the legume appears to exhibit specific effects according to when it is consumed. ...

Finns gain berry win with safety certification

Supplier of wild forest berry ingredients, Kiantama, has received a certification of safety from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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Gee Lawson merges with Lehvoss UK

Nutritional ingredients specialty distributor, Gee Lawson, has merged with Lehvoss UK allowing it to enlarge its international market reach effectively.

The benefits of breeding: Sweeter strawberries and healthier starch

English organisation improving the sustainability of plant based agriculture and horticulture, Agri-Tech East, says the benefits of breeding plants can be seen in strawberries and wheat-derived starch.

UK focuses on banned DMAA after 7 ‘urgent notices’

Banned pre-workout stimulant DMAA continues to appear on-market in the UK and elsewhere – with the UK medicines regulator making seven busts in 2016.

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EFSA quits Brussels for Parma home; commits to livestreaming

The European Food safety Authority (EFSA) is moving open meetings back to its Parma Italy base after a year in Brussels failed to increase turn-outs.

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New blood: Soy bean extract wins EU approval

A Japanese firm has won EU novel foods approval for a blood clot-benefitting fermented soy bean extract for all groups except “pregnant and lactating women.”

Olive oil could slash your chance of bone fractures in half, study says

Eating more extra virgin olive oil could cut your risk of osteoporosis related fractures, says a new study.

Does caffeine keep you younger for longer? Stanford study thinks so

The anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine may be why coffee drinkers live longer, says a Nature study, in which its research team provide proof for the compound’s role in heart health....

New validated test method for phytosterols will bolster uptake of cholesterol-fighting ingredients, Cargill says

Cargill and FDA have jointly announced a new validated method for measuring the levels of plant sterols and stanols in foods and dietary supplements.  The method, developed over a number...

Cap winner? Reusable seals offer healthy beverage options

Cap-based nutrient delivery systems have been around for several years but have not won widespread uptake on-shelf. A reusable cap featured at the recent Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) trade show...

Fruit & veg flavonoids prevent unhealthy fat build-up: Twin study

Flavonoid-rich foods appear to alter body composition as UK researchers tie in a higher intake of anthocyanins, flavonols and proanthocyanidins with a lower body fat mass.

Meta-analysis backs sea buckthorn for cholesterol & heart health

Supplementation with sea buckthorn could significantly reduce heart disease risk by improving blood cholesterol and blood lipid profiles, finds a pooled analysis of previous RCTs.

Research highlights red yeast rice reactions over 14 years

A food supplement with a similar composition to cholesterol-lowering statins may increase the risk of muscle and liver injuries, a study has found. 

Algae omega-3 & plant sterols seek EU approval

Canadian and Chinese suppliers have applied for algae omega-3 and plant sterol approval under ‘substantial equivalence’ EU novel food rules.

Meta-analysis supports pomegranate juice’s blood pressure benefits

A comprehensive meta-analysis of data from eight RCTs supported a role for pomegranate juice in a heart-healthy diet.

EU bank backs organic Bulgarian bar maker by a cool €2m

Sofia-based healthy snack and ‘superfood’ producer Smart Organic has won a €2 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to aid expansion for the rising healthy...

Blue maize extract may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Blue maize antioxidants may help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and diabetes raising possibilities of using blue maize as a nutraceutical and functional food component.

KitoZyme banking on novel prebiotic with new medical device platform

Belgian firm KitoZyme is planning a roll out of of medical device products that put restoring gut flora at centre stage, company told Nutraingredients after receiving two new certifications.

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