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Resveratrol player faces bankruptcy if omega-3 funding switch fails: Chairman

Global resveratrol player Fluxome has 8-12 weeks to raise millions of euros to fund a research switch to omega-3, or face bankruptcy, its chairman told NutraIngredients this morning.

DSM eyes more buys (probiotics, herbals?) as it seeks complete nutrition portfolio

Growth in DSM’s human and animal nutrition cluster is set to continue after the company this morning indicated an ongoing commitment to broadening its portfolio and did not rule out...

Could galectin-3 inhibition create a completely new category of functional foods?

Scientists studying pectins that inhibit a protein called galectin-3 - elevated levels of which are associated with a higher risk of heart failure - say their work could create a...

Researchers uncover how green tea compound boosts brain function

The green tea compound epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) provides benefits to memory and special learning by boosting the production of important neural cells, say researchers from China.

Go East: Inside Asia’s evolving health claims laws

The substantiation and transference into law of varying kinds of data backing food supplements, herbal products and other healthy foods remains a major hurdle in evolving Asian food regulations, an...

“Critical breakthrough”: 12 labs validate new cocoa-flavanol measurement method

A multi-centre collaboration between academia and industry has confirmed a new validation method for cocoa flavanols and procyanidins that study backer Mars says could have, “far-reaching implications for researchers and consumers.”...

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Leather jacket or straightjacket? Energy drinks have an image problem

As reports surface that New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has subpoenaed Monster and PepsiCo in relation to their energy drinks, we ask whether the segment can keep its leather-jacketed...

Herbal tea extract backed for breast cancer benefits

An extract from herbal tea popular in Pakistan may have benefits for people with breast cancer, according to new lab research.

EU enters botanical health claim crossroads

The health claim-making future of hundreds of botanical extracts is being debated at EU level after being put on hold almost two years ago by the European Commission.

UK warns under-12s off Echinacea over allergy concerns

The UK medicine regulator has warned that the anti-cold and flu herb, Echinacea, is not suitable for children under the age of 12 due to potentially “severe” allergic reactions.

UK group issues health claims guidance

The UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has issued guidance to help companies deal with the impending December 14, 2012, deadline when the article 13.1 list of about 1500 health...

Nestlé research suggests goji berry's immune promise

A combination of milk protein and wolfberry (goji berry) fruit could help boost the immune function of elderly people by strengthening their ability to fight certain infections, according to new...

€1.5m grant backs new research into nutrition and gut immunity

A new €1.5m grant from the European Research Council will help to spring science investigating the links between nutritional compounds and intestinal immunity into new life.

Soy sector “surprised” by EFSA menopause and bone health rejection

There is “insufficient” evidence to show that soy isoflavones can benefit bone health and ease menopausal conditions, according to the European Union’s central science agency.

Plant compound shows breast cancer promise: animal data

The natural plant compound phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) could help in the battle against breast cancer, according to new research in mice.

Food ingredients firms resist rising costs - Euromonitor

Food ingredients firms are resisting the impact of rising costs by switching to less expensive options and delivering added value products, solutions and blends to customers, according to Euromonitor International.

Bioactives backed for cancer risk reduction

Bioactive compounds found in certain foods and nutritional supplements could help to prevent cancer by blocking the ability of cancer stem cells to grow.

Holland and Barrett pulls Echinacea herbal blend for kids

The UK medicines regulator has slapped Holland and Barrett, the country’s biggest supplements and health product retailer, for carrying a mislabelled and unlicensed herbal supplement aimed at children.

EU backs Mediterranean botanicals research project

The European Union (EU) is backing a project incorporating four Mediterranean research institutes to train young researchers in the sector.

French cranberry claim winner “convinced” new EFSA submission can win

Gunter Haesaerts, the man who in 2004 convinced French authorities that cranberries could be beneficial for the urinary tract and won an associated health claim, has submitted a proprietary claim...

UK busts 84 sports supplements for “dangerous ingredients”

The bad week for the sports nutrition sector continued this morning as the UK medicines regulator announced it had warned retailers and manufacturers to remove 84 products containing “dangerous ingredients”.

Special edition: The infinite potential of algae

Nature’s untapped resource: How far can algae go?

From omega-3, to protein, vitamins, and antioxidants – algae has big potential as an industrial source of high value functional ingredients for food production. But with less than 10% of...

Soy survey: 77% approve; 2% don’t

A Solae-sponsored survey has found 77% of people rate soy to be good or excellent while only 2% said they had a negative perception of the bean and its extracts,...

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Callebaut’s cocoa health claim win ‘encouraging’ for chocolate industry

Barry Callebaut has received a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a health claim linking cocoa to improved blood flow in news that has been welcomed...

Study questions natural herbals for sleep disorders

A review of the scientific evidence for over-the-counter herbal remedies that are often used to combat sleep disorders such as insomnia has revealed that ‘surprisingly’ little research backs up their...