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Creatine’s ‘myriad of benefits’ out-muscle possible oxidative stress effects

A new study reporting that creatine supplements may increase levels of oxidative stress in athletes, while also boosting muscle strength, is a ‘mere footnote in the annals of sports supplement...

EU probiotic and antioxidant health claim ban called “absurd”

EU health claim laws that have banned the use of terms like probiotics and antioxidants because they are deemed to be implied claims, are “absurd”, a pressure group has said.

Carotenoid consumption could benefit ALS risk

A high intake of carotenoid compounds may help to prevent or delay the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to Harvard researchers.

DMAA in the dock

DMAA blamed for London marathon death

A single dose of the banned stimulant DMAA was the most probable cause of the heart attack that killed Claire Squires in hospital after she collapsed during the final metres...

News in brief

Probiotech and Microbiota 2013 is next week

The latest from the microbiome project, the regulatory world and the cutting edge of business define Probiotech and Microbiota 2013 , which is only days away.

Vegetarian diet could slash heart disease risk by a third, say EPIC researchers

British vegetarians have a 32% lower risk of hospitalisation or death from heart disease than comparable non-vegetarians, according to new data from the University of Oxford.

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Call for subjects in Australian testosterone-driven diabetes study

Australian men most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being urged to join a new study that aims to help them lose weight and prevent diabetes by giving...

Study: Yeast beta-glucan boosts cold-fighting potential 25%

Yeast beta-glucan increases the body’s ability to fight pathogens, and showed a 25% better record of cold-fighting compared to placebo in a new German study.

Neptune ups ante by filing unfair trade complaint against krill competitors

In another busy day in the ongoing struggle  among krill oil suppliers over IP protection, a trade complaint was filed, this time with the International Trade Commission, and the re-examination...

Human data supports bitter orange/ p-synephrine safety in humans: Nutratech

Extracts from bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) on its own or combined with naringin and hesperidin do not pose any risks at doses commonly used by humans, says new data from...

Prebiotics can battle obesity (by influencing genetic behaviour): Researchers

Prebiotic fibres like oligosaccharides can help ease gut ‘dysbiosis’ common among the obese and overweight, say Belgian researchers.

Exclusive interview

EC’s Mathioudakis: “You cannot build a sustainable food industry on misleading health claims”

With the European Union’s strict health food and supplement marketing laws in place, the European Commission’s food law unit head, Basil Mathioudakis, tells NutraIngredients why it’s generally working out fine…...

EU novel foods wrap: Clubmoss, omega-3 oils and zeaxanthin

The UK Food Standards Agency is assessing two novel food applications for clubmoss sporopollenin shell extracts and a novel omega-3 and omega-6 oil; while DSM is lauding the official EU...

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Spanish company sponsors ABC’s olive info

The American Botanical Council announced yesterday that Natac, a Spanish natural products company, has agreed to sponsor ABC’s information on olives through its Adopt-an-Herb Program.

Lutein pills may boost night vision: RCT

Daily supplements of lutein may improve vision and help with tasks such as driving at night, say data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

Straight talk

Beast of bureaucracy makes logjam hard to avoid

If there’s one thing India doesn’t need, that’s more bureaucracy. As the saying goes, the British introduced it, then the Indians perfected it post-Independence. And even as the country celebrated...

Antioxidant wood extract shows immune benefits

An antioxidant larch bark extract reduced cold episodes 23% compared to placebo, a German study has found.

Green tea supplements may benefit skin from within

Oral supplements containing extracts from green tea may help protect against sunburn and the longer-term effects of UV damage, says a new study from the UK.

Euromonitor “shocked” by EU probiotic decline

After years and even decades of healthy to rampant growth in the European Union, the probiotics sector has entered decline, with a flat economy and health claim ban seen as...

Flaxseed-fed cows produce omega-3-rich milk, US researchers claim

Lactating cows fed flaxseed produce milk containing more omega-3 fatty acids and less saturated fat, US researchers have claimed.

Online event explores future opportunities for $30 billion global sports nutrition market

The future of protein, successful brand strategy, and exclusive insights into market dynamics will take center stage at the upcoming Sports and Lifestyle Nutrition 2013 online event, hosted by NutraIngredients.

Wageningen and Singapore’s NTU partner on food science research

Wageningen University in the Netherlands has partnered with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to boost food science and technology research, the universities have said.

Of mice and men: Experts challenge omega-6, omega-3 mouse gut health study

Leading omega-3 experts have challenged results of a study with mice that found that a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids may disrupt gut microbiota, and that supplemental fish oil...

Vitamin D deficiency may be a risk factor for premenopausal breast cancer: Study

Low serum levels of vitamin D could be predictive of a higher risk for premenopausal breast cancer, according to new research.

Omega-3 rich diet can boost children’s IQ, says meta-analysis

Supplementing children's diets with fish oil is one of several effective ways to raise a young child’s IQ levels, according to a new report.

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