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Vitamin B clinical trials first to use neuroimaging technology

Supplementation with B vitamins significantly improves general mental health, reduces subjective stress and increases vigour and overall mood in mentally demanding situations, according to research from Melbourne’s Swinburne University.

False claims risk undermining the Asia market for heart health products

Global and local players in Asia’s heart health sector are adopting radically different strategies – but dubious health claims from some of the latter threaten to undermine the market, according...

Unhealthy obsession with total cholesterol reduction is thwarting CVD prevention

Strategies to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) need to move away from statins and cholesterol reduction and focus on reducing inflammation and increasing HDL cholesterol through dietary intervention, urges a leading...

Supplements slipping the net: Is a self-regulatory registration scheme the solution?

On the back of findings that up to 40% of herbal supplements are mislabelled or contain adulterants, a University of Westminster researcher is calling for an industry regulated scheme to...

Health claim opens door for vitamin D immune products for children

New health claims for vitamin D’s immune-system benefits for children have been passed into EU law, creating new opportunities for promoting vitamin D consumption according to VAB-nutrition.

Believe it or not: Why 64% of Danes take supplements

Despite being among the highest consumers of food supplements in Europe, the Danish have “very little knowledge” of supplements and nutrition recommendations, and botanical users are particularly clueless, a survey has revealed....

ENVI chair seeks freeze on EFSA budget squeeze

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to fight proposals to cut 2017 budgets for EU agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

Diabetes game changer? Researchers to look at green tea catechins & insulin

Botanical supplier Plandaí Biotechnology has signed a research agreement with North West University in South Africa to investigate green tea catechins and type 2 diabetes. 

‘We want to be the top superfood company in Poland’: Chlorella start-up

Polish start-up Purella Food is on a mission to popularise chlorella and it's arming itself with a vast portfolio of ‘superfood’ products for the battle.

Leftover coffee grounds: Unlocking 6m tonnes of unused antioxidant dietary fibre

The use of leftover coffee grounds as an antioxidant dietary fibre is a low-cost value-added opportunity for an otherwise waste product, say Spanish researchers.  

Could Brexit give a boost to the UK’s supplements industry?

Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, supplement industry groups see opportunities for a more liberal UK regime outside the EU, but others question how much practical difference the UK’s split will...

Probiotic problems: Mastitis marketing flawed, say researchers

A paper claiming the marketing of probiotics to treat mastitis is problematic has caused a controversy, but probiotics researchers and manufacturers say the science is sound.

Which supplements should women take during pregnancy?

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is seeking insights into general public opinion on supplementation in pregnancy.

News in brief

EFSA publishes final choline opinion based on big EU data

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its opinion on how much choline is needed for different groups.

Only one-in-four Australian pregnant women adhere to folic acid and iodine guidelines

Australian women are well aware that folic acid (PFS) and iodine (IS) are recommended supplements to take during pregnancy, but only a quarter of them adhere to the recommendations, scientists...

UK criticised over EU research funding shortfall pledge

The UK government’s promise to underwrite EU research funding post Brexit is welcome, but ultimately too short term, director of Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre has said.

ESSNA set to strike on protein spiking

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) will in weeks finalise its guidance on so-called ‘protein spiking’ - the controversial practice of falsifying product protein content via nitrogen manipulation.

Filling a €3.4bn deficit: UK research post Brexit

The European Commission has said it is business as usual for UK researcher’s access to EU funding until official Brexit moves are made. Yet concerns persist as reports emerge of...

Lycored plots Cardiomato EU launches with 'education', not claims approach

Lycored will launch its Cardiomato heart health supplement in Scandinavia by the end of 2016, and in Spain and Italy next year, as it plans educational efforts to support its...

Seeing is believing: Botanical player launches ‘UV budget’ app

Spanish supplier Monteloeder has launched a mobile application for users of its anti-UV botanical to track the impact on skin health.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects fish oil memory claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has thrown out a health claim for a ‘DHA-enriched fish oil’ and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Curcumin firm sets sights on European market with expansion and health claim plans

Indian curcumin supplier Arjuna has big plans for the European market, with a Brussels office opened this year, 'mental wellbeing' health claim plans in motion and production capacity increased by 200%.

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

With mounting public pressure, the EU has experienced a tide change on the use of animal experiments in recent years. But is this in vitro political will reflected in vivo...