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.
Burgundy launches spinach extract
French supplier Burgundy has developed a spinach extract it says has a higher antioxidant payload than vitamin E and which trades for about the same price as its standardized grape seed extract.
Lycopene-enriched hamburgers pass taste test
Tomato peel may enhance the nutritional profile of hamburgers with a dose of 4.9 mg of lycopene per 100 g of cooked hamburger achievable, report Spanish researchers.
Red Bull confirms energy drink is cocaine-free
Under-fire Red Bull has moved to clear up some of the confusion surrounding traces of cocaine being found by German authorities in one of its brands.