NutraIngredients-USA forum to examine going non GMO in supplements

NutraIngredients-USA forum to examine going non GMO in supplements

23-Jan-2015 - Non GMO positioning is becoming an ever hotter topic within the supplement realm.  NutraIngredients-USA will examine the topic in an online forum on Feb. 26 with an expert panel drawn from trade organizations, manufacturers and retailers.

Nutrients-in-a-cap technology billed as easier to use debuts on US market

Nutrients-in-a-cap technology billed as easier to use debuts on US market

23-Jan-2015 - A new competitor has arrived on the ingredients-in-a-cap scene as Kansas-based Amerigo Labs brings a licensed bottle technology popular in Europe to the US market.

Codium fragile (Dead Man's Fingers) is a source of siphonaxanthin

Carotenoid from green algae shows ‘potent’ anti-fat activity

23-Jan-2015 - A carotenoid from green algae called siphonaxanthin may inhibit the development of fat cells and the build-up of fat in fat tissue, suggests new research from Japan. The compound could be a novel ingredient for use in weight management supplements, said the researchers.

Where does the potential for edible insects really lie?

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

23-Jan-2015 - Not a week goes by without media headlines talking about the potential of insects to help feed the world. But where does that potential really lie?

Firm gets warning letter for straddling beverage/liquid supplement divide

Firm gets warning letter for straddling beverage/liquid supplement divide

22-Jan-2015 - A recent FDA warning letter to a New York company points again to the danger of mixing metaphors when positioning a product as either a beverage or a liquid dietary supplement.

Harvey Kamil elected chair of CRN’s Board of Directors

Harvey Kamil elected chair of CRN’s Board of Directors

22-Jan-2015 - NBTY vice chairman Harvey Kamil has been elected chair of the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s Board of Directors, and will hold the chairman post through 2016, succeeding John Blair, Sr VP of The Juice Plus+ Company.

There are two main forms of vitamin K: K1 (phylloquinone), which is found in green leafy vegetables; and K2 (menaquinones, MK-n: with the n determined by the number of prenyl side chains) which can be synthesized by gut bacteria and also in the diet; MK-4 can be found in animal meat, MK-7, MK-8, and MK-9 are found in fermented food products like cheese, and natto is a rich source of MK-7.

Viridis BioPharma & Nu Science Trading get NSF certification for K2 facility

22-Jan-2015 - Nu Science Trading & Viridis BioPharma have achieved NSF International Good Manufacturing (GMP) Registration for their Vitamin K2-7 production plant, Synergia Life Sciences.

Typical EU-approved claims: “Consumption of [X] contributes to the reduction of the blood glucose rise after that meal [post-prandial].”

Glycaemic (GI) foods remain in obesity-diabetes niche but claims are changing game

22-Jan-2015 - Foods that help moderate blood sugar activity are gaining more traction with diabetics, the overweight and the obese – with new EU claims backing their promise to control hunger impulses. With 2bn people overweight or obese in the world, and type-2 diabetes on the rise, their growth seems assured. 

While current estimates for the burden of pre-diabetes suggest more people will suffer in the future, there is huge potential to reverse this trend by providing foods that help to better manage blood sugar and prevent pre-diabetes progression.

Pre-diabetes: Public health time bomb … and industry opportunity

22-Jan-2015 - By 2035 it is estimated that 8% of the global population will be classed as ‘pre-diabetic' – putting them at significantly higher risk of developing full type 2 diabetes. Such starling statistics are ticking bomb for healthcare costs, but could also be a huge opportunity for the industry to help in prevention.

The key ingredients for blood sugar management

The key ingredients for blood sugar management

22-Jan-2015 - With diabetes rates rising, many healthy people are starting to consider the effects of blood glucose levels and keeping them in the healthy range. In this gallery we look at the key ingredients in this growing sector. 

Evidence continues to bolster polyphenols' blood sugar management story despite murky mode of action

Evidence continues to bolster polyphenols' blood sugar management story despite murky mode of action

22-Jan-2015 - Although the mechanism of action is somewhat unclear, polyphenols have a solid and growing body of research backing their effect on the regulation of blood sugar levels, experts say.

Blame game: Supplements have been fingered once more for a doping infringement but are the facts surrounding the case contaminated?

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

21-Jan-2015 - ‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids got into their blood streams via contaminated sports drink powders. But is the sector really to blame?

The average American’s attention span has reduced from 12 seconds (reported in 2000) to eight seconds, which can hurt productivity and quality of work produced, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Pine bark extract shows memory, focus and decision making benefits

21-Jan-2015 - Daily supplements of extracts from French maritime pine bark may boost a range of cognitive measures and mood in healthy professionals, says a new pilot study from Italy.

Medical foods for blood sugar management in limbo more than a year after FDA issued draft guidance

Medical foods for blood sugar management in limbo more than a year after FDA issued draft guidance

21-Jan-2015 - Medical foods formulated for diabetes are still in a state of limbo more than 18 months after the US Food and Drug Administration issued an updated draft guidance on the category in 2013.  After a comment period, the guidance has languished in a draft form.

Sabinsa’s LactoSpore get Canadian approval

Sabinsa’s LactoSpore get Canadian approval

21-Jan-2015 - Health Canada has reviewed and approved Sabinsa’s shelf-stable probiotic LactoSpore ingredient for sale in Canada.

Multivitamin-mineral supplement may cut heart disease risk, but only for women: ODS study

Multivitamin-mineral supplement may cut heart disease risk, but only for women: ODS study

21-Jan-2015 - A daily multivitamin and mineral supplement may reduce the risk of heart disease by over 35% for women, but no such benefits were seen for men, says a new study from the Office of Dietary Supplements at the US National Institutes of Health.

Red wine grape powder harvests full range of polyphenols for blood pressure benefits, manufacturer says

Red wine grape powder harvests full range of polyphenols for blood pressure benefits, manufacturer says

20-Jan-2015 - BioHarvest, an Israeli company harvesting dietary supplement ingredients from plants grown via a unique hydroponic method, has launched a “biofood” ingredient called VINIA Red Grape Powder, said to offer the benefits of drinking red wine without the sugar, calories or alcohol.

FDA rule offers only narrow field for blood sugar management claims, experts say

FDA rule offers only narrow field for blood sugar management claims, experts say

20-Jan-2015 - As obesity rates worldwide continue to rise and the related scourge of diabetes increases in lockstep, companies marketing ingredients in the United States intended to help consumers who find themselves sliding somewhere along this curve toward a full blown metabolic condition must be very careful in how they enthusiastically they push the benefits of their products, experts say. 

Body Glove Surge beats 5 Hour Energy for cycling power output and response times: Study

Body Glove Surge beats 5 Hour Energy for cycling power output and response times: Study

20-Jan-2015 - An ‘all-natural’ caffeine supplement improved cycling power output and auditory response times more than a supplement containing a combination of caffeine, taurine, and niacin, according to a small study with 13 participants.

‘Community kitchens’ are delivering real benefits in African nations

African probiotic project reaching 10,000 infants a day

20-Jan-2015 - The potential of probiotics to benefit maternal and infant morbidity and mortality is being shown in on-the-ground projects in Africa and elsewhere, according to lifelong researcher, maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, professor Gregor Reid.