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Rejected cranberry wins EU medical UTI claim

€3 million and seven years of research and development work have paid off for Medical Brands which has won the right to make medical urinary tract infection (UTI) claims in...

AHPA: If DMAA is in geranium, synthesized version is a lawful dietary ingredient

If DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) exists naturally in geranium - which has been in the food supply for years - synthesized DMAA is also a lawful dietary ingredient permitted for use in...

Novel plant blend could be a game changer in fight vs metabolic syndrome, claim inventors

Florida-based ATM Metabolics is in advanced negotiations with some of the biggest food and beverage brands in the US and Europe about incorporating Emulin - the insulin-mimicking active ingredient in...

Unilever aims to identify ancient plants with added nutritional value

A new scientific consortium led by Unilever aims to  identify nutritionally valuable varieties of fruits and vegetables from the past, in order to produce natural health ingredients for the future, says...

Mint extract targets gut health (via the brain)

German firm Vital Solutions has debuted an “IP protected” mint family extract that in-vitro and ex-vivo testing has shown to reduce gastrointestinal discomfort.

Liquorice root found to contain potentially anti-diabetic substance

Amorfrutins found in the root of liquorice may have anti-inflammatory effects and could aslo be useful in the reduction of blood sugar levels, according to new research.

Cocoa no help for arterial stiffness: Study

Despite being related to a lower cardiovascular risk, cocoa intake does not necessarily improve arterial stiffness in subjects with cardiovascular risk factors, say researchers.

Eating cruciferous vegetables may boost breast cancer survival rate

Consumption of increased amounts of cruciferous vegetables such as turnips and bok choy is associated with improved breast cancer survival rates among Chinese women, say researchers.

Tasteless green tea extract could open beverage NPD doors

Taiyo has developed a taste-free green tea extract for use in beverage applications which it claims will expand new product development possibilities for beverage manufacturers.

Red wine compound can battle obesity: Study

A resveratrol-like compound found in red wine and fruits could have potential for fighting obesity by blocking fat uptake, according to new research.

Natural antioxidants could stabilise flaxseed omega-3 encapsulations

Natural polyphenols could be the final part of a solution to bring stability to omega-3 rich flax oils, say researchers.

Soy industry appeals to EC over EFSA cholesterol rejection

The soy industry has written to the European Commission highlighting what it sees as serious failings in EFSA’s assessment of its rejected soy protein-cholesterol claim.

Green tea extract specialist defends 1m+ ORAC measures

South African herbal extracts specialist Green Cell Technologies (GCT) has defended the antioxidant measures that showed its green and rooibos tea extracts could deliver ORAC values of around 1,700,000 per 100g.

BioBind banned from making slimming claims in UK

UK firm Direct Healthcare has been rapped by the advertising watchdog over slimming claims for itsBioBIND product that contained cactus extract, chitosan and psyllium husk.

Tea good to be true? The 1,000,000+ ORAC extract

A South African company claims to have produced the world’s first one million+ ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value plant extracts.

39 complaints. 0 actions: UK health claims enforcement is a “mockery”, study finds

The UK’s 220 Trading Standards (TS) agencies are failing to take action against products making ‘spurious’ health claims, a local charity has found after testing the system.

Companies avoid herbal medicine laws; but there is another way...

A number of companies in the UK are flouting the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) in the belief that the risks of being reprimanded by regulators are outweighed...

MHRA: DMAA source is not important

The UK medicines regulator says the plant or synthetic origin of DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine or methylhexaneamine) is irrelevant as its investigations into the disputed sports and weight loss supplement stimulant deepen.

Herbals need better regulation to overcome quality control challenges, say researchers

Implementing better growing and manufacturing processes along with increasing the use of modern analytical techniques and greater international regulation would ‘undoubtedly’ reduce the issues surrounding the quality of herbal extracts,...

Swedish firm builds thykaloid weight loss data for EFSA ahead of 2013 launch

Stockholm-based biotech firm Green Leaf Medical is building clinical data to back the appetite-reducing properties of thylakoids in advance of a health claim submission being readied for European Union authorities.

South African immunity herb winning new community

A South African botanical extract from a plant from the same family as the geranium but with immunity rather than stimulatory indications, is gaining interest as a natural antiobiotic and...

Red yeast rice fortified beverage shows cholesterol busting potential

A beverage containing red yeast rice may reduce LDL cholesterol levels by 18%, and offer a blood lipid lowering alternative for people intolerant to statins, says a new study.

UK turns the screw on ‘unlicensed medicines’

Supplement products bearing ingredients like milk thistle, DMAA, valerian, hoodia, porcine thyroid glandular, melatonin and horny goat weed are being targeted by the UK medicines regulator as potential ‘unlicensed medicines’,...

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Coming clean: Will the real DMAA please stand up?

USP Labs and other manufacturers and retailers that trade in products that contain the pre-workout stimulant DMAA are feeling the heat at the moment as scrutiny around the source and...

Company lauds potential of chia seeds in Europe following positive novel foods opinion

Chia has the potential to become the bestselling health food ingredient in Europe, according to the company looking to secure extended EU novel foods approval for the seed considered a...

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