Medical marijuana is grown in small lots under tightly controlled conditions. Test cultivation of industrial hemp (above) has started in Kentucky and Colorado.

AHPA issues recommendations on cannabis regulation

15-Sep-2014 - The American Herbal Products Association continues to help lead the conversation about cannabis with the issuance of recommendations to regulators on the best practices for production and consumption of the botanical.

Group forms to clarify roles of vitamins and minerals in diet

Group forms to clarify roles of vitamins and minerals in diet

15-Sep-2014 - A new group called the Global  Nutrition & Health Alliance has formed with the mission to clarify the role of food fortification and nutritional supplementation. The issue of the role of these nutrients in the diet is still a matter of some confusion, one of the group’s founders has said.

‘Very pleased to find a lower dose supports bone health’: Kyowa study shows new efficacious levels for vitamin K2

‘Very pleased to find a lower dose supports bone health’: Kyowa study shows new efficacious levels for vitamin K2

15-Sep-2014 - The potential bone health benefits of vitamin K2 menaquinone-4 may be achievable at a daily dose of 600 micrograms, according to a new study from Kyowa Hakko with implications for formulations and health.

Bayer ‘extremely disappointed & strongly disagrees’ with FTC/DoJ allegations against Phillips’ Colon Health claims

Bayer ‘extremely disappointed & strongly disagrees’ with FTC/DoJ allegations against Phillips’ Colon Health claims

12-Sep-2014 - Healthcare giant Bayer has said it will defend itself ‘vigorously’ against the US Federal Trade Commission decision to bring a motion against the company for claims made for its probiotic dietary supplement, Phillips’ Colon Health.

Dr Dani Zamir: "The challenge now is to translate these decoded genomes into new and improved tools for plant breeding..."

Coffee genome sequenced: Researchers drink to greater caffeine control

12-Sep-2014 - Reducing, enhancing or even eliminating caffeine content in coffee plants will be possible in the near future researchers are saying after completing the genomic map of the coffee plant Coffea canephora.

Phase 2 gets Canadian health claims for weight management and healthy glucose metabolism

Phase 2 gets Canadian health claims for weight management and healthy glucose metabolism

12-Sep-2014 - New Jersey-based Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., has received the thumbs up from Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate for two health claims for its Phase 2 Carb Controller.

Solarvest specializes in the cultivation of Schizochytrium limacinum, an algae species found in the Arctic.

Canadian firm Solarvest signs up German partners to produce organic algal DHA oil

12-Sep-2014 - Canadian algae technology firm Solarvest has entered into agreements to produce its omega-3 algae products in the EU. The products will comply with both USDA and EU organic certification requirements, a company official said.

Nordic Naturals boosts offerings for 'niche' sports market

Nordic Naturals boosts offerings for 'niche' sports market

12-Sep-2014 - Nordic Naturals has extended its line of omega-3 supplements that are NSF Certified for Sport with a liquid form of its Omega-D3 Sport line, which the company says is the first liquid omega-3 product to be so certified.

FTC permanently bans marketer from weight loss industry

FTC permanently bans marketer from weight loss industry

12-Sep-2014 - The head of a marketing organization has been permanently banned from the weight loss industry in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

Blackcurrant nectar shows exercise benefits for college students: Study

Blackcurrant nectar shows exercise benefits for college students: Study

12-Sep-2014 - Daily consumption of blackcurrant nectar for eight days may reduce muscle damage and inflammation after exercise, according to a new study from scientists at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Blood glucose may be lowered by regular consumption of mango. Photo credit: Prasanth M J

Mangos may lower blood sugar in obese adults: Study

12-Sep-2014 - Consumption of freeze-dried mango may reduce blood glucose levels for obese individuals, according to researchers. 

Isopure makes ready-to-drink and powdered sports nutrition products

Glanbia buys sports nutrition firm Isopure for £94M

12-Sep-2014 - Glanbia has agreed to acquire US sports nutrition business The Isopure Company for $153M (£94.1M).

Researchers say low doses of fish oil resulted in a seizure frequency 33.6% lower than the placebo control.

Omega-3 may reduce epilepsy seizures

11-Sep-2014 - Low doses of omega-3 rich fish oil may reduce epilepsy seizure frequency by around a third, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

A meeting of meeting of mind and body: Creatine holds the answer, according to VPX/Redline CEO Jack Owoc

‘Get ripped like Rambo and smart like Picasso!’ VPX rips up sports drink rulebook

11-Sep-2014 - VPX/Redline CEO Jack Owoc tells Sports Nutrition 2014 delegates how to create a creatine-based sports/energy drink that’s 'omnipresent enough to crush Red Bull, Powerade and Monster'.

ENSA on breast cancer study: “…this publication does nothing to challenge the well-documented view that soyfoods perfectly fit a healthy balanced diet for those with or without breast cancer.”

ENSA: Soy-breast cancer study not reflective of ‘state of scientific knowledge’

11-Sep-2014 - The soy industry has hit back at a recent study that suggested soy supplementation could worsen rather than ameliorate breast cancer by influencing gene behaviour.

Curcumin takes center stage, suppliers say

Curcumin takes center stage, suppliers say

11-Sep-2014 - Sales of curcumin supplements are soaring. This perpetually almost-ready-for-prime-time ingredient has finally arrived, suppliers say.

Nascent brands need to assess category size, their own uniqueness, funding, management and distribution, James Tonkin from Healthy Brand Builders warns. Otherwise it's an uphill struggle...(Jaume Escofet/Flickr)

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’ Expert warns wannabes

11-Sep-2014 - Beverage brand development guru James Tonkin has warned wannabe entrepreneurs that going up against established brands such as Red Bull and Coca-Cola without some kind of ‘silo vertical’ protection is fruitless.

Transparent lines of responsibility critical to support reliability of studies, experts say

Transparent lines of responsibility critical to support reliability of studies, experts say

11-Sep-2014 - Having more than one research organization involved in a study is not necessarily uncommon, but having clearly defined roles so that the integrity of the data remains intact and the results can be trusted is crucial, experts say.  

GOED confident of success with omega-3 – blood pressure health claim

GOED confident of success with omega-3 – blood pressure health claim

11-Sep-2014 - A health claim petition filed by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been opened for public comment.

"The goal of [GNHA] is to add to and elevate credible science behind [vitamin and mineral supplements] and in turn educate about appropriate use," said GNHA's Suzanne Steinbaum

Omega-3s and vitamin D first focus for Global Nutrition & Health Alliance

10-Sep-2014 - The just-formed Global Nutrition & Health Alliance (GNHA) is tackling intake levels for vitamin D and omega-3 as the group formed by medical and health experts kicks into life.