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Vitamin D blunts negative impact of statins in diabetes patients post-exercise: RCT

Vitamin D supplementation for patients with type 2 diabetes improves cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle mitochondria among those who are taking statins, a new RCT reveals

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Sustainable and water dispersible plant sterol launches in EU

A new water-dispersible and palm-free plant sterol could save manufacturers time and money in production, says Lipofoods ahead of the new ingredients launch.

Grape seed extract may protect gut from inflammation: Study

Proanthocyanidin-rich grape seed extracts may protect the intestines from the deleterious effects of a high-fat/high-carbohydrate diet, according to data from a rat study.

MEPs vote to end cross-border bias in online shopping

Shopping for specialty foods could become easier after an EU committee voted to lift restrictions preventing retailers from selling products online to consumers living in another member state.

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Curcumin concoction could combat colitis: Study

A formula that blends curcumin and turmeric oils can prove effective against the activity and inflammatory burden of colitis, a study has determined.

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

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Improved nutrition profits help Lonza to ‘outstanding’ Q1

Strong first-quarter growth for pharmaceutical and speciality ingredients player Lonza will pave the way for higher-than-expected sales growth in 2017, said the firm as it upgraded its full-year outlook.

New laser technology from New Zealand finds omega-3 supplements meet PUFA labelling claims

New omega-3 laser testing technology in New Zealand has showed that 11 widely-available supplements were in line with their label claims, “which should give consumers reassurance regarding the quality of...

Top public nutrition adviser faces criticism after receiving money from chocolate industry

A spate of recent reports have accused a top member of Scotland’s food standards agency of bias after revealing her financial ties to a major chocolate firm - is the...

GALLERY: Mintel on super soups and how to shake up a saturated and mature market

With unusual ingredients (think sea buckthorn, cacao nibs and 'ugly' vegetables), convenient packaging and a focus on minimal processing, manufacturers can shake up the saturated and mature prepared soup market,...

Fish oil molecule ups brain and eye cell survival odds from stroke

A molecule made from omega-3 fish oil could help damaged brain and retina cells survive in the event of a stroke or other neurodegenerative and eye-blinding disorders, a study has...

Rogue supplements: Czech authorities withdraw batch over aluminium concern

A rogue batch of dietary food supplements with excessive levels of aluminium withdrawn from Czech Republic over health concerns.

Plant protein may prove a more effective diabetic defence: Study

Consuming protein from plants rather than meat greatly reduces chances of type 2 diabetes, new research shows.

EFSA consults on riboflavin draft opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for riboflavin (vitamin B2).

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study unlocks how genes may affect dietary preferences

Genes involved in behavioral and psychological traits appear to drive a significant part of someone’s food preferences and dietary habits, says a new study from Spain.

Reckitt’s baby food firm takeover ‘progressing well’

Reckitt Benckiser’s £14.3bn takeover of baby food manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition is expected to be completed by the end of September.

FBIF 2017

TCM heritage and modern innovation: Firm secures sales success through supplement and functional food expansion

Harnessing the heritage of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern supplement and functional food trends can help Chinese companies boost growth at home and across Asia – providing it is backed...

DuPont health & nutrition president on mega mergers, start-up successes and new product launch plans

Despite its recent mega mergers and billion-dollar business deals, DuPont is still very much focussed on collaborating with start-ups. “Not everything has to be invented in our labs,” its nutrition...

Could coffee polyphenols improve sleep and energy metabolism in obese people?

Chlorogenic acids – the most abundant polyphenols in coffee – may help people fall asleep and boost fat burning during sleep, suggests a new study from Japan.

Weight loss brew? Fibre-rich tea and coffee aiming for European success

The UK and France are early target markets for new tea and coffee concepts containing soluble pea fibre, says founder.

New NRC-backed study to explore role of K2 in calcium metabolism

The Norwegian Research Council will fund a four year study to explore the relationship between calcium metabolism and vitamin K2, says NattoPharma.

Beetroot’s ‘anti-ageing’ effects on brain noted in post-exercise study

Beetroot juice supplementation could improve cognitive function in older people as study results showed an enhanced ability by the brain to form new neural connections.

Aker ends ITC case against Olympic, but district court patent infringement suit to continue

Aker BioMarine has pulled the plug on its patent infringement suit that was being pursued before the International Trade Commission.  But the company is still suing a Norwegian competitor and...

US Army exploring how stressors affect gut health in soldiers

The mental and physical stresses associated with military training may be detrimentally affecting the health of the gut in US soldiers, potentially opening doors to nutritional interventions.

Bespoke ‘medical diets’ could boost cancer treatment success

Nutritionally tailored that lack certain non-essential amino-acids could help boost the performance of traditional cancer treatments, say researchers.

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