Months after issuing import ban, FDA still working to get kratom off market

Months after issuing import ban, FDA still working to get kratom off market

01-Oct-2014 - Kratom continues to be imported into the US in large quantities and marketed as a dietary supplement. And some supplies of this botanical may be laced with dangerous undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients, according to one investigator.

Supplier says new copper chelate form boosts 'biocompatibility'

Supplier says new copper chelate form boosts 'biocompatibility'

01-Oct-2014 - A company that started with an effort to help an injured relative has morphed into a dietary supplement ingredient supplier offering what the founder says is the “world’s first biocompatible copper chelate.”

Nutegrity debuts epicatechin-rich cocoa extract

Nutegrity debuts epicatechin-rich cocoa extract

01-Oct-2014 - Nutegrity, the human nutrition division of Omega Protein, has added CocoaNol, an organic cocoa extract, to its ingredient lineup and will be highlighting the ingredient at the upcoming SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas, NV, the company announced recently.

DSM will take over global marketing of the marigold-sourced zeaxanthin form under its ‘OPTISHARP’ brand...

DSM backs natural zeaxanthin with exclusive deal

01-Oct-2014 - DSM, previously focused on synthetic zeaxanthin, has launched a natural version sourced from longtime carotenoid partner Kemin.

"We need to be cautious about vitamin D's potential role in the prevention of type-2 diabetes and stick to things that are proven to work – diet and exercise," says genetic scientist. “...we are far from done with this topic”.

Genetic research casts doubt on vitamin D's ability to prevent T2 diabetes

01-Oct-2014 - Vitamin D supplementation is unlikely to prevent the development of type-2 diabetes, according to a genetic study from the University of Cambridge.

Yerba maté shows exercise benefits, potential for sports nutrition

Yerba maté shows exercise benefits, potential for sports nutrition

01-Oct-2014 - Consuming the traditional South American drink yerba maté before exercise may enhance fat metabolism without affecting maximal performance, says a new study.

AHPA’s proposed consumer friendly Prop 65 label warnings gain traction among regulators

AHPA’s proposed consumer friendly Prop 65 label warnings gain traction among regulators

30-Sep-2014 - Proposals from the American Herbal Product Association (AHPA) to allow more informative warnings for California’s Proposition 65-listed reproductive toxins have been met with interest by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

NutraIngredients-USA’s Digestive Health Forum: 'Women aged 55-64 are the sweet spot for the market'

NutraIngredients-USA’s Digestive Health Forum: 'Women aged 55-64 are the sweet spot for the market'

30-Sep-2014 - Younger women and men are the new targets for digestive health product manufacturers, with women aged 55-64 already dominating the market, according to experts at the NutraIngredients-USA Digestive Health Forum.

Demand rising rapidly for beetroot as ingredient's sports nutrition benefits are proven and popularized

Demand rising rapidly for beetroot as ingredient's sports nutrition benefits are proven and popularized

30-Sep-2014 - The benefits of beetroot juice for sports nutrition got a big public relations boost recently with the news the Auburn University football team drinks the juice before its games.  As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the team began using the ingredient mixed into their water bottles last year. This year the team is undefeated and ranks No. 5 in national polls.

KonaRed tells a sustainability story:  The active ingredient is extracted from coffee fruit harvested on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island.  The fruit pulp was discarded at one time during coffee manufacture.

KonaRed rapidly expands distribution in wake of licensing pact with VDF Futureceuticals

30-Sep-2014 - Six months after resolving an IP fight with a competitor turned collaborator, KonaRed Corporation has made rapid progress in moving its coffee fruit beverage into nationwide distribution.

Emerging markets, infant formula drive H&W over €600bn

Emerging markets, infant formula drive H&W over €600bn

30-Sep-2014 - Ongoing bullish emerging markets and a strong infant formula sector have helped drive the global health wellness sector to $774bn (€614bn) this year, according to Euromonitor International.

Shane Emmett: 'You can be the smartest person in the world but still make some big mistakes in those first two years.'

Health Warrior chia bars CEO: ‘Most Americans are overfed and undernourished'

29-Sep-2014 - While chia seeds are now appearing in everything from breakfast cereal to yogurt, it’s easy to forget that until surprisingly recently, the only place you could find them was in a health food store or on the web in “ziploc bags with the label written with a sharpie”, observes Health Warrior Inc co-founder & CEO Shane Emmett. 

The consensus among suppliers is the variability of botanical ingredients is increasing. Tea in particular is displaying increases in quality variability

ABC article says climate change is impacting quality of Chinese tea; whether botanicals in other regions are affected is less clear

29-Sep-2014 - Global climate change is affecting the quality of tea harvested in southwestern China, both in terms of taste and content of bioactive chemicals, according to a recent article in Herbalgram, the publication of the American Botanical Council.  Whether climate change is similarly affecting the quality and availability of other botanical ingredients from other regions is far less clear.

Waitaki launches new calcium ingredient with bone health efficacy and heart health safety

Waitaki launches new calcium ingredient with bone health efficacy and heart health safety

29-Sep-2014 - New Zealand’s Waitaki Biosciences is launching a new patent pending calcium form has been reported to improve bone health in post-menopausal women, while also producing to lower peak blood calcium levels compared with other calcium forms.

Natural Products Association names new Senior Vice President of Member Services

Natural Products Association names new Senior Vice President of Member Services

29-Sep-2014 - Adam Finney has re-joined the Natural Products Association (NPA) as its Senior Vice President of Member Services.

Sugardown's mode of action inhibits intestinal enzymes that free up glucose for ingested carbohydrates.

Boston Therapeutics launches blood sugar management supplement

29-Sep-2014 - Boston Therapeutics (BTI) has entered the full commercialization phase of its Sugardown dietary supplement aimed at the healthy blood sugar management market.  The company is collaborating on the launch with Benchworks, a Maryland-based marketing firm.

Probiotics could be useful in the prevention of fatty liver disease by modifying the gut-liver axis, say researchers.

Probiotic potential: Altering gut bacteria shows promise for fatty liver disease

29-Sep-2014 - Probiotics may have beneficial effects on the treatment and prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and other related conditions, according to a new review.

Curcumin shows heart health benefits by ‘multiple mechanisms’

Curcumin shows heart health benefits by ‘multiple mechanisms’

26-Sep-2014 - Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, may improve heart health in lab rabbits fed a diet high in cholesterol, says a new study.

The goal of GMP Auditing Partners is to help companies with GMP compliance, including fixing problems found during inspections.

KGK Synergize to launch GMP auditing firm

26-Sep-2014 - Contract research organization KGK Synergize Inc. is broadening the scope of its expertise with the formation of a new company called GMP Auditing Partners and has named industry veteran Ed Wyszumiala as CEO.

Quote/unquote: Gut health, sports nutrition, and curcumin - The best of Bénéfiq 2014

Quote/unquote: Gut health, sports nutrition, and curcumin - The best of Bénéfiq 2014

26-Sep-2014 - We headed to Quebec City this week to attend the 2nd instalment of Bénéfiq, an international rendezvous on health ingredients, and we’ve plucked a few pearls of wisdom from the podium for your reading pleasure…