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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. 

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NutraIngredients/ESSNA sports nutrition congress sells out

If you were planning on attending the inaugural NutraIngredients and European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) sports nutrition congress, apologies, but the event has sold out.

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Finnish herbal extracts supplier signs Gee Lawson for expansion plans

Finnish organic botanical supplier Eevia has penned a deal with UK distributor Gee Lawson, which sees opportunities open up in the UK and Ireland, the Benelux region, France, Italy and...

Tomato extract shows blood thinning potential versus aspirin: Study

A proprietary tomato extract – backed in EU health claim law to benefit blood circulation – has been shown to thin blood in healthy people – but less severely than...

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.

Guest article

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.