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Extract boosts nutraceutical potential of baobab, supplier says

Baobab Foods, one of several US companies importing the African ingredient, is making a push into the nutraceutical space with a depectinized extract.

Special edition: Antioxidants and Carotenoids

Easy being green? Tea leads botanical antioxidant charge

Plants are antioxidant-generating machines and, commercially, the biggest return-generating plant extract is green tea. By quite some way if you speak to the biggest suppliers.

Desert Labs launches hoodia weight management gum

Hoodia gum maker defends satiety effect

The maker of a newly launched appetite suppressant gum claims to be the first to have self-affirmed GRAS status for hoodia in the US and hopes to overcome the negative...

Food Supplements Europe: A small industry needs to be united

Europe’s new multilateral food supplements group says there is no inherent conflict between its big player-small player membership as all share the same goal of amending scientific requirements under the...

Bitter melon may offer 'exciting' cancer promise

Bitter melon juice may prevent the development of pancreatic cancer by cutting off the fuel supply to cancerous cells, according to new data.

Eurozone blues? Not for young Irish ingredients player

Irish supplier Willows Ingredients has launched a UK-based European division to target smaller continental European markets and says the Eurozone economic problems are no barrier to growth.

Award-winning Swedish spinach extract eyeing EU health claim wins

Swedish firm Greenleaf Medical took the Best New Ingredient gong at the recent NutrAward presented at ExpoWest in Los Angeles for its weight management-focused, spinach extract Appethyl. Now it wants...

Should caffeine be regulated? Expert suggests stimulant should carry warning labels due to potential dangers

As the use of caffeine in foods and drinks continues to grow, so do the risks. And calls for tighter regulations on the substance are becoming louder.

Honey study

Manuka found to be pivotal in fight against MRSA

In what has been dubbed a “hugely important finding”, Australian researchers have found that medical-grade manuka honey can be used as a new weapon in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria,...

Study: 12% of adult Europeans consume energy drinks at ‘chronic’ levels

A 52,000 person survey has found 30% of adult Europeans consume energy drinks at least once a year, but 12% are “high chronic” users.

Cocoa may help diabetics regulate insulin, says study

Diets rich in cocoa may help people with diabetes to regulate insulin levels, according to new research.

See you in court? EC tells Poland it has two months to change food supplement laws

Poland is failing to recognise EU laws that promote free trade across member states when it comes to food supplements – and has been given two months to alter its...


‘Energy drinks’ hit EU hyperspace, but threaten final frontiers

Adomas Pranevicius, CEO of MyDrink Beverages, tells that a new breed of healthy ‘energy’ drinks face an uncertain EU future, given conflicting guidance as to how we actually define...

Central European food supplements market hit €1bn for first time

Food supplement markets in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia have pushed through the €1bn mark for the first time, with Romania starring with 24% growth in...

Raisio sells €7m oat, soy and rice business to Norwegian firm

Finnish ag-food giant Raisio has sold its €7m a year oat, soy and rice foods business that includes its Soygurt business to €330m Norwegian food company Kavli.

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%: 'Landmark’ study provides compelling evidence that it’s the type, not the level of fat, that counts for cardio health

People following an energy unrestricted plant-based diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce their risk of a major cardiovascular event by 30% compared with people following a...

InterHealth: Lowat herbal formulation may help shed 9 pounds in 8 weeks

A novel herbal formulation called Lowat may increase levels of a satiety hormone by 17% and help consumers’ weight management efforts, says a new study.

Walmark to sue Romanian government agency over “unjustified” bullying allegations

Walmark says it will take legal action against a Romanian government agency after one of its officials publicly criticised the eastern European supplement giant’s marketing and market share-gaining methods.

Is curcumin the next omega-3? Sabinsa expects so with ‘game changing’ Curcumin C3 Reduct

The final stumbling blocks for the wide use of curcumin have been removed, claims Sabinsa as it launches its ‘next generation’ of curcuminoids offering ‘greater potency, stability and much better...

News in brief

Toxic: UK medicines agency issues alert against 4 Hong Kong herbal products

Four Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) sold online have been found to contain lead and mercury and can cause anaemia and brain damage, according to the UK medicines regulator.

Romania battles “arrogant” Walmark over cranberry marketing

A Romanian government official has lodged an official complaint against eastern and central European food supplements mega-brand, Walmark, which it says exploits legal loopholes to bully competitors from market.

Editor’s blog

Which 2 global health brands grew by $1bn in 2012?

Something probiotic? Omega-3? A diet cola? Nope. 

Guest article

More rigour required: Leatherhead on latest EFSA health claim rejections

Leatherhead Food Research nutrition research manager Roberta Re calls for more rigorous science after pouring over the latest serving of article 13.5 opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

NHCR article 13.5 shakedown

Latest EFSA article 13.5 rejections down to “lousy science”: Consultant

There is no surprise in the latest batch of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) article 13.5 health claim rejections as the science presented in six dossiers was “lousy”, a consultant told us...

Natural products can equal drug effects, but the odds are low say researchers

Certain combinations of natural products can be as effective as man-made drugs in acting against specific diseases. But the chances of finding an effective combination could be as low as...