Urinary Tract Infection

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Cranberry effective against recurrent UTIs: Meta-analysis

By Stephen Daniells

A daily intake of cranberries may significantly reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infection (rUTI) in generally healthy women, says a new meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials.

Dr Carmela Spagnuolo, from the Institute of Food Sciences, National Research Council in Italy, presents her research involving elderberries.


3 berry interesting ideas about polyphenols

By Will Chu

The elderberry may play a larger role than previously thought in counteracting the decline in neuronal and cognitive functions, particularly in Alzheimer’s disease, according to research presented at the 10th World congress on Polyphenol Applications...

Symrise-Diana Food has paid an undisclosed sum for Nutra Canada

Cranberry players unite

By Shane Starling

Botanicals firm Diana Food has bought a Canadian start-up to expand its technology and footprint in cranberry and other fruits and pursue novel health domains.

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EC set to strip cranberry products of medical device status


The European Commission (EC) has issued a draft that seeks to revoke the medical device status of proanthocyanidin (PAC)-based cranberry products for treatment and prevention of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). 


EFSA rejects Naturex and Pharmachem cranberry-UTI claims


Naturex and Pharmachem are the latest cranberry players to be rebuffed by the EU’s central science agency. In the first, it this week failed French botanical giant Naturex's urinary tract infection (UTI) dossier containing a key study it said, “showed...

Flowens targets ‘huge category' of men with LUTS

Flowens targets ‘huge category' of men with LUTS

By Maggie Hennessy

French botanicals firm Naturex launched a cranberry powder extract aimed at older men with the lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) often associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 

Arkopharma Cys-Control marketing as it appeared online today. The UTI-focused product's EU medical device registration has been withdrawn and no claim is being made here...

Gunter Haesaerts: “The party is over now.”

French cranberry medical device status stripped


French food supplements manufacturer Arkopharma has had its ‘EU medical device’ status revoked for a cranberry product that claimed to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) in women.

Cranberry juice is ‘unlikely’ to prevent UTIs, however supplements may have some promise, says the Cochrane review

Cranberries ‘unlikely’ to prevent UTIs, says Cochrane

By Nathan Gray

Cranberry juice does not appear to have a significant benefit in preventing urinary tract infections and may be 'unacceptable' to consume in the long term, according to the findings of a new systematic review by the Cochrane Collaboration.

Nexira chief Stéphane Dondain on newly acquired Tournay Biotechnologies:

Nexira buys Tournay as it drives expansion plans

By Shane

French botanicals and ingredients supplier, Nexira, has made good its promise to expand its portfolio and operations by acquiring fellow French firm, Tournay Biotechnologies, for an undisclosed cash sum.

Cranberry medical claim winner targets food industry

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Cranberry medical claim winner targets food industry

By Shane Starling from Geneva

With a recently awarded medical devices urinary tract infection (UTI) claim in the bag, Dutch start-up Medical Brands booked a late booth at Vitafoods Europe, keen to show off its achievement to a food sector that has been denied EU health claims.

Rejected cranberry wins EU medical UTI claim

By Shane Starling

€3 million and seven years of research and development work have paid off for Medical Brands which has won the right to make medical urinary tract infection (UTI) claims in the EU and beyond with its cranberry partner, Decas Botanical Synergies (DBS).

Cranberry juice beats powder for UTI protection?

Cranberry juice beats powder for UTI protection?

By Stephen Daniells

The urinary tract benefits of cranberry may be better delivered as a juice than as a powder, according to a new study that indicates the mechanism are more complex than first thought.

Yes to quality

Chromium picolinate benefitting from EFSA quality seal of approval

By Shane Starling

High quality chromium picolinate, the blood glucose controlling mineral form last year approved for use in foods in the European Union by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), is benefitting from the approval that backed high quality forms of the...

ANSES says evidence not yet strong enough to back UTI health claim

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

By Shane Starling

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

By Shane Starling

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government body backed a version of the DMAC...

Ocean Spray and Artemis team up for cranberry supplements

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Ocean Spray and Artemis team up for cranberry supplements

By Jess Halliday

Ocean Spray’s Ingredients Technology Group has forged a new partnership with Artemis International to help it extend the use of its cranberry extracts in nutraceuticals and gather market intelligence.


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