Stevia extracts may boost brain function and tap growing interest in natural ingredients for cognitive health, suggests a patent application from DSM.
Raisio Q2 results dip but not beyond expectation
Raisio, the Finnish ingredients supplier and owner of the Benecol plant stanol cholesterol-lowering range, reports lower sales and profits for the second quarter of 2009, drops the company said it was prepared for.
Rooibos can fight cancer, says South African group
South African food maker, Fair Cape, has won official cancer-fighting recognition for a yoghurt fortified with an extract from the native South African Rooibos plant.
EFSA issues plant stanol/sterol health claims advice
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an opinion on plant sterol and plant stanol ingredients to assist risk managers across the European Union to implement cholesterol-lowering claims.
Fluxome readies for US and PUFA expansion
Danish biotech start-up, Fluxome, has moved to new premises in Copenhagen as it prepares to move into the poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) market in 2010 and expand into the US.
Antioxidants from black tea may aid diabetics
Polysaccharides from black tea may blunt the spike in sugar levels after a meal more than similar compounds from green and oolong tea, and offer potential to manage diabetes, says a new study.
Herbal Viagra recalled in Singapore
Tadalafil, a pharma ingredient commonly used in Viagra-like drugs by men with erection problems, has been detected in a herbal supplement by Singapore health officials.
Olive extract may have obesity, diabetes benefits
An extract from extra-virgin olive oil may stimulate the function of mitochondria in cells, and prevent diseases associated with dysfunction like diabetes and obesity, says a new study.
Making the most of isoflavone marketing
The manner in which pre-menstrual and menopausal indications for soy and red clover isoflavones that recently won approval from the European Patent Office can be translated into marketing messages, is being debated among soy players.
Study pinpoints Pycnogenol’s pain-relieving potential
The anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects of an extract from French maritime pine bark may work by stopping two enzymes linked to inflammation, says a new study.
Sweetened dried cranberries with a reduced sugar and increased fibre content may benefit type-2 diabetics by delivering healthier glycemic and insulin responses, suggests a small study.
Grapefruit extract may prevent metabolic syndrome: Mouse study
The citrus flavonoid naringenin may prevent cholesterol increases, and changes in insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism linked to metabolic syndrome, says a new study with mice.
A meta-analysis of walnuts by Harvard scientists has found diets rich in walnuts can significantly reduce cholesterol levels, supporting growing evidence to suggest these popular nuts can improve healthy blood lipid ratios.
American researchers have found red yeast rice to be effective in treating hyperlipidemia – the elevation of potentially damaging lipids in the blood – but who cannot tolerate statin treatment.
Green tea’s anti-prostate cancer potential gains support
Consuming green tea may reduce levels of compounds linked to prostate cancer progression, according to findings of a small study with 26 men with prostate cancer.