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Green Coffee Max wakes up and smells the weight loss ad ban

A UK firm trading as has been roasted over press and web adverts claiming weight loss benefits for green coffee products.

Ayurvedic salacia herb shows pre-diabetes benefit: Study

An ayurvedic herb can manage pre-diabetes states and mild to moderate hyperlipidemia, according to Indian researchers.

Frutarom: ‘We want to expand our functional foods business’

Swiss-Israeli flavours and ingredients house Frutarom wants a greater slice of the global functional foods and drinks market with new investment and initiatives to tap markets like the Americas and...

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Naturex CEO talks HQ expansion, green credentials and the memory of Jacques Dikansky

Naturex hosted 500 of its employees and guests the weekend just passed as it inaugurated a €12m expansion of its Avignon HQ in southern France. We caught up with CEO...

Updated: CSPI's call for ginkgo ban based on flawed report, sources say

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called on FDA for a ban on ginkgo products, basing its demand on a government report that industry sources have said...

EHPM appoints new director general; seeks 'to fully leverage' membership

Patrick Ahern, a former industry advisor, trade group manager and consultant on EU law and affairs, is the new director General of the European Federation of Associations of Health Product...

Green-lipped mussel omega-3s reduce exercise asthma: Study

New Zealand green-lipped mussel omega-3s improved respiratory function in exercising asthmatics, Indiana University researchers have found.

Seaweed could make ‘excellent’ nutritional supplements, says researchers

Red and brown seaweed are rich in minerals and nutrients and carry great potential for use in nutritional supplements, according to new research.

UPDATE: Swedish agency detects (legal) amphetamine-like compounds in sports supplements; not in ‘authentic’ Craze, says manufacturer

A Swedish lab has found amphetamine-like compounds in sports supplements containing a herbal extract that has been touted as a replacement for widely banned stimulant, DMAA. But the lab said...

Live from Vitafoods Europe 2013

Cranberry EU medical devices winner: ‘We will never focus on food supplements’

The Dutch start-up Medical Brands is finding success with cranberry products that have won UTI and vaginal treatment claims via the EU medical devices directive.

Live from Vitafoods Europe 2013

Cranberry veteran gathers forces against EU medical device products

With cranberry health claims rejected in the European Union, some players have ventured down the medical devices route where therapeutic claims are possible that would never succeed under the EU’s...

DSM launches dry powder tomato extract for food supplements

Dutch ingredients giant DSM is launching a dry powder form of its Fruitflow tomato extract which has an EFSA-approved health claim for improved blood circulation – attained in 2009.


Kiwi blackcurrants can reduce mental fatigue

New Zealand’s blackcurrants can help stressed executives manage their busy work days, early research suggests.

Sustainability NGOs back Cameroon cultivation of African cherry tree

Two NGOs responsible for safeguarding plants and forests have positively reviewed the harvesting practices of a prostate-benefitting botanical harvested in Cameroon.

Sabinsa rolls out novel Moringa and Boswellia extracts, hails ‘overwhelming response’ to Curcumin C3 Reduct

Sabinsa Corporation is launching two novel water-soluble ingredients, one from of Boswellia serrata, called Polybos, and the other called MoringIn from Moringa oleifera.

Former EFSA boffin backs ‘traditional use’ for EU herbals

A former EFSA Scientific Committee chairman says the European Union’s stalled assessment of botanical extract claims, safety and use needs a multilateral rethink before any progress can be made.

Q1 2013: Naturex net profit up 67%

Naturex has seen sales rise 13.2% to €83.2m in Q1 2013, with Nutrition its star core business performer, leaping about 33% from €22m to just over €29m.

Plandai announces licensing agreement to bring its highly bioavailable extracts to market

Plandai Biotechnology, a company built on a technology offering higher levels of bioavailability for its plant extracts, has entered into a licensing arrangement with a UK company covering the development...

Grape seed extract's blood pressure benefits extend to beverages, study shows

A study being presented at a conference this week has shown that Polyphenolics MegaNatural BP grape seed extract shows similar blood pressure support effects in a beverage matrix as it...

Belgium, France and Italy unite on positive botanicals list

Belgian, French and Italian authorities have agreed a preliminary list of botanical substances for use in foods and supplements, after a meeting in Rome yesterday.

Special edition: Superfruits - old news or still super?

Superfruits category still booming (but care is needed)

Are consumers experiencing superfruit fatigue? Depends on the fruit…and who you talk to.

Symrise backs sour cherry power for sports recovery

Symrise has launched what it says is the highest polyphenol concentration extract derived from European-sourced sour cherries. Sports recovery is the target market.

Lawyers ponder future of botanicals in EU

Legal and scientific experts will gather in Brussels this week to debate the future of botanical products in the European Union – a category that straddles foods and medicines but...

GSK jolts Lucozade with Champions' Choice caffeine variant

GlaxoSmithKline has debuted a caffeine-boosted version of its isotonic Lucozade Sports range with mental focus the central selling point.

Research first: Soy-rich diet may help women's lung cancer survival

Women who have a diet that is packed with soy prior to diagnosis with certain cancers may have longer survival rates, according to new research.