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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.

Poll closes April 22

NutraIngredients Readers Awards are open...cast your vote!

Have your say and vote to decide who will win Readers’ Ingredient of the Year and Readers’ Food Supplement of the Year at this year’s NutraIngredients Awards.

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

GreenOnyx on home-brewed mission to serve ‘missing nutrition’

How do you ensure nutrients are fresh? How about growing them in a ‘superfood machine’ in your kitchen? US start-up GreenOnyx has the technology, an Asian micro-vegetable called khai-nam and...

Prestigious Award Ceremony, Geneva, Switzerland, May 11, 2016

NutraIngredients Awards finalists announced. 11 categories, 33 potential winners

More than 120 high-quality entries made choosing finalists difficult but our crack judging panel have done it, and 33 stand-out products and ingredients have made the final cut in the...

Healthy diet, healthy planet: UK dietary advice backs plant proteins over meat & dairy

The UK has put sustainability on the menu by backing plant proteins over meat and dairy for sustainability reasons in its updated dietary recommendation and healthy eating guide.

50%+ weight loss botanicals laced with pharma: French research

Over half of so-called 100% natural botanical slimming supplements are adulterated with unlabelled pharmaceuticals, according to French tests of 164 products.

Green tea extracts may cause liver damage, Norway warns

The Norwegian food safety authority has warned against green tea extract supplements following reports of liver damage.

EC set to strip cranberry products of medical device status

The European Commission (EC) has issued a draft that seeks to revoke the medical device status of proanthocyanidin (PAC)-based cranberry products for treatment and prevention of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). ...

French nutrivigilance priorities for 2016

The French food safety authority will be putting the spotlight on risks associated with joint health supplements, energy drinks and spirulina this year.

EU healthy eating funding discriminates against plant proteins: ENSA

The EU is discriminating against soy and plant-based proteins that are nutritionally similar – or even healthier – than the sugary dairy products it has pledged to subsidise, says the...

Phood fight continues: Germany & Belgium warn on red yeast rice

Fresh safety warnings from the Belgian and German authorities highlight the need for member state compromise on the classification of monacolin K from red yeast rice, a consumer group says.

Nanoparticles may boost stability, bioavailability of resveratrol

Simple and economically affordable nano-carrier systems may protect resveratrol from photodegradation and aid absorption across the intestinal barrier, says a new study from Portugal.

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Finding hidden wealth in healthy ageing

The world’s population is ageing and people want to be healthy, longer – but can foods, drinks and supplements help? Our free online event  tackles this multi-billion question from multiple angles, tapping...

News in brief

Cambridge Commodities wins British inspiration award

UK ingredients supplier Cambridge Commodities Ltd (CCL) has been listed in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ which rewards small to medium sized businesses (SMEs).

The future of biofortification: Democratic, patent free and multidisciplinary

The biofortification movement has succeeded in bringing the nutrition and agriculture communities under one roof – but there is more to be done to democratise the results of these efforts,...

France needs to boost algae production

France should ramp up its algae production to meet booming local demand for algae foods and nutrients, according to a report.

Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

This month on the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) we saw evidence that the notorious banned substance DMAA is still in circulation, authorities are keeping an...

Food Vision 2016 preview - Cannes, France March 2-4, 2016

Trailblazers: Whey, wheatgrass and ‘zenverages’ win Unilever innovation awards

Whey-based ice cream, an organic wheatgrass supplement and a herbal relaxing drink have won the Trailblazers contest hosted by Unilever and William Reed Business Media’s Food Vision event.

Law kicks in April 6, 2016

Downer? Could the UK Psychoactive Substances Act spell disaster for the food & supplements industry?

New laws in the UK designed to wipe out the mostly online ‘legal highs’ market that has run rampant in recent years, could impact foods, drinks and supplements, according to...

MHRA: “An un-level playing ground is caused by the players, not by the referee.”

UK supplements market feeling pain of illegal imports. Calls go out for stricter policing

UK food supplements firms say their businesses are being threatened by imports containing banned ingredients like GABA – and that regulators need to do more to police the market and...

EFSA health claim opinion

White kidney bean extract fails to win blood sugar-weight loss claim

EFSA has rejected a blood sugar-weight management claim for a bean extract – saying the submitted claim was confused.

‘Brown fat’ wins pharma backers seeking food partners to beat drugs in battle of the bulge

France’s 3rd biggest drug company and a UK stem cell biotech firm have united to develop plant extracts that can promote bodily lipid-burning ‘brown fat’.