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Dutch and Spanish team to take heart health fruit extract to the Americas

Two European firms have joined to take a citrus fruit extract into American markets backed by as yet unpublished science showing blood circulation benefits.

EFSA health claim opinion

Maltese firm to appeal “bully” EFSA over bone health claim rejection

EFSA is an irrational scientific bully that is damaging the European nutrition sector and driving activity to more business-friendly regions like Asia and the US, says the chief a Maltese...

Frutarom backing botanical science in 2014

Swiss ingredients giant Frutarom will publish at least four trials this year from its suite its suite of botanical extracts and blends as it revamps the classification and presentation of...

‘Opening doors’: Whole grape extracts support cardiovascular health and antioxidant activity

Daily intake of a whole grape extract may improve antioxidant levels, and improve cholesterol levels, says the first North American study to report such measures.

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

According to Australia’s Complementary Healthcare Council, 2014 will put an ever-increasing burden of chronic health problems on the country’s healthcare system. As a result, the body is urging the government...

EFSA health claim opinion

Get inulin! Northern European giants win EFSA claim for non-digestible carbs and glycaemia

The three giants of chicory-derived inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) supply have won a significant European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim approval linking non-digestible carbohydrates and improved blood glucose response.

Guest article

Supplements shakedown part 2: Health claim medicine tastes better than expected

Last week, Peter Zambetti, director of global business development at Capsugel and chairman of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA), discussed the impact of GMPs on the global...

Nestlé refutes Indian claims it is monopolising traditional medicine

Nestlé has once again categorically denied it is attempting to patent a black cumin extract that has for generations been used as a traditional Indian remedy for childhood food allergies.

News in brief

Sabinsa boosts vertical integration with new India extraction facility

Sabinsa Corporation, which has headquarters in New Jersery and operations in India and Utah, has begun construction on a new continuous extraction facility in Dobaspet, Karnataka, India that will increase...

“The impact of this longer-term erosion of the relationship with consumers will be profound.”

Appraised: 12 months in the life of the world’s toughest health claims regime

Widely despised and foreseen as an innovation crusher and healthy foods/supplements market wet blanket, we asked how life under the controversial EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) is panning...

BCAAs, Vitamin Angels, and adulteration of botanicals: Key lessons from NutraIngredients-USA’s special editions – Part 2

From brain health to muscle building, and from malnutrition to botanicals, our special editions have set record traffic levels for their in-depth articles and exclusive content. Here, we have the...

Astaxanthin’s boom, magnesium’s explosion, and omega-3 sustainability: Key lessons from NutraIngredients-USA’s special editions – Part 1

From omega-3s to malnutrition, and from minerals to botanicals, our special editions have set record traffic levels for their in-depth articles and exclusive content. Here, we have the first part...

Guest article

What is the functional food magic number? Why, 0.84 of course…

At what point are consumers prepared to purchase fortified or functional foods and drinks? That’d be 0.84 according to the fortified/functional (FF) curve. Say what?...Euromonitor International analyst Diana Cowland explains...

Court overturns Herbalife pyramid case

Supplements giant Herbalife has won an appeal against a verdict back in 2011 which tarred the firm's recruitment and selling structure as a pyramid scheme. 

Chilled fruit loses 80% of antioxidants

Freeze-drying strawberries keeps all their Vitamin C and polyphenols and 92% of their antioxidants, saving more nutrients than by chilling.

Vitamins lobbying heats up as EU 2014 elections approach; documents leaked

The divisive and long-unresolved battle over maximum permitted levels (MPL) of vitamins and minerals in foods and food supplements in the EU intensified today with a UK based group leaking...

Echium omega-3 oil replacer wins UK novel food nod

UK authorities have backed a seed-based omega-3 and omega-6 oil source marketed as an alternative to echium oil after reviewing an EU novel foods application.

WHO’s new complementary medicine strategy draws praise from industry

The launch of the World Health Organisation’s new strategy for traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) has met with approval from industry groups.

Dispatches from #FIE2013

Arsenal FC nutritionist: ‘Food supplements have a big part to play.’

James Collins, bespoke nutritionist at Arsenal Football Club and with other elite athletes, says food supplements and sports nutrition products are highly important to top athletes - so important their...

Guest article

EFSA ephedra opinion ‘significant step forward’ in EU botanical regulation: Consultant

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) joined many other global regulators in concluding the controversial herb ephedra and its extracts are unsafe in food supplements, an assessment welcomed...

Energy drinks linked with higher heart contraction rates

Energy drinks significantly increase heart contraction rates in healthy young adults according to an ongoing study reported at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Feature

UK herbal sector to feel (righteous) pain as THMPD enforcement kicks in for real?

The EU herbal products sector has come in with a mixed reaction to the UK MHRA announcement last week that the sell-through period for unregistered herbal medicines would finish on...

Raisio says stanols are better than sterols for cholesterol reduction (at high-dose)

Finnish plant stanol leader and Benecol brand owner Raisio says plant sterol users like rival Unilever (pro.activ) are piggybacking off stanol science in high-dose products and wants the EU to...

Guest article

What is the true cost of reduced plant food consumption?

Increasing intakes of soy and other plant-based foods and supplements can reduce environmental burdens – but does the political will exist to do it? Not really, says the chair of...

News in brief

More woe for OxyElite Pro as Euro ban widens

Italy, Portugal and Ireland have joined a growing list of nations to ban pre-workout supplement, OxyElite Pro.

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