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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.

Aquatic plant potential: Why duckweed could become a source of protein and omega-3 beyond South East Asia

Duckweed has long been consumed as an inexpensive protein and source of omega-3 in three South East Asia countries, but now researchers are questioning if it has the potential to...

13 categories open for entries to nutrition innovators. #NIAwards17

NutraIngredients Awards 2017: Deadline is 3 February

The NutraIngredients Awards are back in 2017 in Geneva at Vitafoods Europe with new categories to reward real progress and innovation in the global world of nutrition.

GOED challenged by French omega-3 supplier

French marine and algae-sourced omega-3 specialist Polaris has called on marquee trade group the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) to up its presence in Europe.

Kiwi fruit may guard offspring against obesity-related liver damage

An antioxidant found in foods such as kiwi fruit could provide protection against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in the offspring of overweight parents, researchers have found.

Can bright lights optimise grass-sourced food anthocyanins?

Grass-extracted anthocyanins sector could be boosted by using high-intensity lights, say researchers.

Dodgy: ‘Scammers’ shut down after illegally targeting elderly with ‘fake’ remedies

Fake companies are scamming elderly people out of millions of pounds by selling them ‘useless’ health supplements based on false promises, warns British government agency the Insolvency Service and charity...

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Asian VC invests €33m in Indian botanicals specialist; acquisitions targeted

Indian-based but global-facing herbals player OmniActive Health Technologies has won a $35 million (€33m) investment from venture capitalist Everstone Group, as it pursues expansion and acquisition targets.

The nutra space: Eyes turn to 2017

Only the seemingly foolish would have predicted 2016 would see the UK vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump win the US presidential election. But in the post-truth era,...

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Brexit, Trumpism & natural health: de-programming the medical model

2016 has been a year of incredible change. The world is creaking under the weight of social, political and economic crisis. The ‘establishment’, the liberal left, the ruling elite –...

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Global omega-3 supply set for GM plant shock?

The omega-3 sector has faced down some mega challenges in recent times: Sustainability concerns; research questioning health benefits that has affected global markets. But maintaining volumes may be its greatest...

Japanese researchers decode genome of key TCM ingredient Chinese liquorice

Scientists in Japan have decode the genome of Chinese liquorice – a key ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine – raising hopes that it can be grown sustainably in the country...

Farming in the desert: Quinoa could transform agriculture in the Gulf

Experts have urged Gulf states to look to an Andean super-food beloved of hipsters as a staple crop at a time when groundwater supplies are shrinking and becoming more saline.

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Distribution deals make Baltex ‘solid player’ in Norway

Baltex Health & Beauty Group has won the Nordic distribution rights for Bringwell’s Bio-Life range, which it says makes it a “solid player” Norway.

Vaping: A smoking hot nutrition opp?

The opportunity for ‘vaping’ devices goes far beyond smoking, according to the company launching the nicotine-free botanical AfriVape.

Study confirms reproductive safety of fenugreek seed extract

A study funded by Indus Biotech provides further evidence that the company’s Fenu-FG supplement is safe to take during pregnancy, following previous reports linking fenugreek seeds to potentially toxic effects. ...

The double edged sword: High doses of polyphenols may damage DNA

Researchers have warned manufacturers of functional foods and supplements to keep polyphenol doses low, following conclusions that low concentrations protect but high concentrations may damage DNA. 

Herb extracts may have ‘insulin-like properties’ to aid diabetics: Study

Compounds extracted from the herbs purslane and tindora appear to reduce blood sugar levels, according to a study that looks at the plants’ insulin-like activity in improving glucose uptake....

Unilever revamps margarine packaging to promote active plant ingredients

Unilever has partnered with Design Bridge design agency to change its Flora ProActiv spread packaging to promote a premium, healthy lifestyle message.

Mixed anti-doping messages: Call to address hypocritical sports supplement sponsorship

There is a huge hypocritical disconnect between the advice given by some sports clubs against supplement use and the sponsorship deals they sign, says certification body Informed-Sport.

Top tweets from HiE 2016: Day 3

There might be some sore heads after last night's show floor shenanigans, but Health ingredients Europe (HiE) isn't over yet with debates on category blurring and personalised nutrition. Here are our...

Chinese astaxanthin wins EU novel foods approval

Competition is hotting up in the astaxanthin space, as Novel Food authorisation for BGG’s AstaZine line of natural astaxanthin ingredients marks the entry of a new player into the European...

Iodine ignorance: Irish researchers call for public health campaign

Only one third of Irish women understand the importance of iodine in pregnancy, say researchers calling for a public health campaign.