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ASA U-turn: Omega Pharma ruling reversed after UK medicines agency input

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reversed its ruling against healthcare company Omega Pharma following previously omitted advice from the UK’s medicines regulator.

Making microalgae big: Scaling up production is key to food security success

Microalgae is often held up as the most promising sustainable protein that can feed a growing world population - but first production needs to be scaled up on industrial levels....

Special Edition: Pre & Probiotics

Time is ripe for polyphenols as prebiotics, expert says

Could the idea of prebiotics be extended to include polyphenolic ingredients?  An expert in the field says there is a growing body of evidence to support the notion.

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ESSNA: EU law finally catching up with market reality in ‘milestone’ year

2016 has been a milestone year for the sports nutrition industry in Europe, says European Specialised Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) chair Dr Adam Carey in this guest article.

Vegetarian diet doesn’t compromise athletic performance: Study

Vegetarian diets do not compromise athletic performance and may even help aerobic capacity, according to a study comparing elite vegetarian and omnivore athletes.

HiE opens arms to European and global nutrition sector

UBM-owned Health ingredients Europe & Natural ingredients (HiE & Ni) kicks off in Frankfurt on November 29. We asked brand director Richard Joyce how the 3-day mega-show is shaping up.

Botanicals progress: EU Health Commissioner promises solution in his time

The European Commissioner for health and food safety has said a public consultation on how best to deal with botanical health claims will be launched by the end of this...

Is new DHA oil the ultimate in omega-3 stability?

French marine lipid specialist Polaris claims its new generation algal source DHA oil takes fish-free omega-3 “to a new level” by offering “unmatched” stability.

Omega-3-enriched canola oil potency strengthens commercialisation route

Consuming canola oil enriched with omega-3 helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications such as hardening of the arteries, according to a study.

New study shows astaxanthin is effective against daily mental and physical fatigue

Japanese nutraceutical firm AstaReal says its astaxanthin has been found to be simultaneously effective against both mental and physical fatigue in a new published study.

Legal protection of dietitian job title is not enough to fend off nutrition quackery

The job title of dietitian may now be legally protected in Ireland, but quackery of unqualified nutritionists is likely to remain at large, warns the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute...

News in brief

Argentinian nutrient player opens European office

Buenos Aires-based vitamin E and plant sterol supplier Advanced Organic Materials (AOM) has established an office in Toleda, Spain, as it builds its European business.

'Naturex was a start-up 20 years ago.'

CEO Exclusive: Naturex goes back to start-up roots to drive growth

The world’s biggest supplier of botanical extracts, Naturex, is on track to meet the targets of its growth strategy Bright2020 which aims to see 10% of sales coming from new...

Autumn trend? Leaf extracts used as food colourants and nutraceuticals

Researchers have developed a process allowing them to extract compounds from fallen leaves that could offer potential as natural colourants. 

JAMA rejects cranberry for UTI; industry says Yale study infected with fault

The cranberry industry and academics have rubbished a cranberry-UTI study and accompanying commentary published in JAMA in the past week, saying the research is “misleading” and “suffering from fatal flaws.”...

Australian cannabis-based supplements set for European market amid global expansion drive

Australian manufacturer of pharmaceutical grade cannabis and hemp-based products Creso Pharma has sealed deals to launch its nutraceuticals in two European markets.

Fruitflow tomato extract hits the food supplement aisle (with omega-3)

Fruitflow, the Provexis-owned blood flow boosting tomato extract has launched in an omega-3 blended food supplement in the UK.

Trademark/brand name defence rejected

Supermoan: UK bans superfood claim

'Natural fast food' restaurant chain Leon has been ordered to remove the term ‘Original Superfood Salad’ from its menu after the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found it did not...

‘Critics think it's snake oil medicine’: Call for more TCM research to prove doubters wrong

More clinical trials are needed to build up a catalogue of evidence-based findings to enable Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to play a bigger role in Singapore’s healthcare system.

Cargill pairs with start-up to make spirulina from malt waste

Cargill has partnered with a French start-up to turn waste water and CO2 from one of its malt production plants into spirulina production ‘fuel’.

Next Gen sequencing still not mature enough to use as standard botanical test method, experts argue

The hesitancy of the foodborne pathogen testing industry to adopt Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for DNA tests is a signal that the technology is immature and needs further refinement before...

News in brief

Indian carotenoid player enters Europe

Bangalore-based lutein and carotenoid specialist Katra Phyto has enlisted UK-based ingredient player and distributor Gee Lawson as its European partner.

Korean menopause botanical blend wins EFSA backing

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said a herbal root mix is safe for use in menopause food supplements.

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Authentic action: Standing out in a competitive landscape

With more than 30,000 businesses generating sales of over A$4bn (US$3.1bn), the Australian complementary medicines industry has created a highly competitive landscape.

Red wine compound can reset infertility hormones: Study

Resveratrol may help tackle a hormone disparity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that can cause infertility, according to a study. 

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