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special edition: gender-specific nutrition

Supply eye: What gender-based nutrition means to the worlds’ biggest herbal player

We asked Naturex what gender-based nutrition means to the French botanicals giant.

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Turmeric research boosted by $1.5M joint study

The health benefits of turmeric curcumin are to be explored in a $1.5M joint research project conducted by leading universities and institutions across the world.

1000 Holland & Barrett franchise stores to open in India

Health and nutrition retailer Holland & Barrett has secured a £20m (€25.44m) deal with Indian hospital chain Apollo Hospitals, an agreement which will see 1000 franchise stores open across India...

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Barentz backs water lentils for protein

Dutch ingredients player Barentz International has partnered with Floridian biotech start-up Parabel USA to globally distribute ‘water lentil’-derived protein.

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Berry drink shows skin benefits

A polyphenol-rich red and black currant berry drink has shown significant anti-wrinkle and skin smoothing benefits in a 12-week French study.

EU committee vote backs 4 caffeine claims

A member state committee has voted to back the European Commission’s decision to authorise four health claims on caffeine and ban a final fifth. 

“It is effectively the Maria Sharapova problem"

Caffeine abuse common among English Premier League footballers

Follow-up investigations to recent widespread doping allegations  attached to a UK-based doctor have found caffeine gel and pill abuse common among professional footballers in England.

EFSA needs more botanical experts, plant pundits urge

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 12-member novel food working group needs more botanical specialists, a stakeholder meeting has heard.  

Bet on black: Blackcurrant nutrient content trumps its varieties

Anthocyanin and flavonol content of the blackcurrant beats its red, green and white varieties as a wide nutrient range was found between each type in a Finnish study.

10 studies from Experimental Biology that caught our eye Part 1: Vitamins K2 & D, berries and green tea

The annual multidisciplinary scientific meeting Experimental Biology wrapped up last week in San Diego. We scoured through the abstracts published in the FASEB journal and selected the studies that are...

Berry polyphenols may benefit learning and memory, for mice at least

Polyphenols from berries may offer significant benefits for learning and memory associated with age-related cognitive decline, according to two new papers from France.

Broccoli could counter obesity related liver disease: Mouse data

Adding broccoli to an unhealthy diet could help stave of obesity-related liver disease and cancer, say researchers backed by the US National Cancer Institute.

Elderberry extracts may protect air travelers from colds and flu

Supplementation with a standardized elderberry extract may reduce the duration and symptoms of the common cold for air travelers, report scientists from Griffith University in Australia.

Naturex adds chokeberry to botanicals range

Naturex has added a proprietary aronia extract to its library after inking a licensing deal with Polish food supplements and OTC player Adamed Consumer Healthcare SA.

OmniActive study: Capsaicinoids reduce body circumference and appetite

Presented at Experimental Biology, the new study provided evidence supporting the weight management benefits of capsaicinoids.

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Tesco's NutriCentre failure speaks volumes about the food-medicine divide

'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.' Nice idea, one uttered by Greek doctor Hippocrates centuries ago, but best not mention it at the next Tesco future...

Curcumin shows benefits for people with metabolic syndrome: RCT

Bioavailable curcumin supplements may improve levels of adiponectin, a hormone that plays an important role in the regulation of insulin sensitivity and energy, in people with metabolic syndrome, says a...

‘misrepresentations of products can occur’

Aquaculture Stewardship Council sees potential in DNA seaweed testing

DNA testing and verification of seaweed can be useful in an increasingly busy sector where quality varies and manufacturer demands are rising amid stricter regulations, an aquaculture group has said.

"The good thing about this is that DNA doesn’t lie.”

DNA seaweed authentication test launched in UK

UK bulk seaweed ingredient supplier Seaweed & Co has teamed with Geneius Laboratories to develop a DNA-based seaweed certification test after working together for five months.

Danish company Reconpharma brings supplements for soldiers to US

The nutraceutical start-up out of Denmark markets dietary supplements to “help manage and prevent the physical and psychological pressure of persons serving in the military.”

Special edition: Ayurveda

Continuing science will boost Ayurveda, even given tension over best research models to use, experts say

Accelerating interest in the personalization of medicine and the accumulation of a body of research will help drive increasing acceptance of Ayurveda in the West, experts say, albeit with a continuing...

Typical vegan diet lacks key nutrients; supplements can help: Study

Vegans are often nutrient-deficient due to unbalanced protein sources and a low intake of berries, fruits and nuts, a Finnish study has found.

Dried fruit proves plum choice for preventing bone loss, study finds

A daily serving of dried plums may be sufficient enough to ward off bone loss in older women, a study has found.

DISPATCHES FROM FOOD VISION 2016

What does it take to give a niche ingredient superfood staying power? A re-think of the supply chain

What does it take to give a niche ingredient sustained consumer demand rather than a brief moment of superfood fame? A radical re-think of how you control the supply chain...

Curcumin supplement reduces muscle damage post-exercise: Human data

‘Optimized’ curcumin may reduce markers of inflammation and muscle damage following excessive exercise, says a new study.