GWI supplies a variety of ingredients for dietary supplements.

'Fermentation revolution' transforming amino acid market, supplier says

01-Aug-2014 - The ongoing ‘fermentation revolution’ in the supply of amino acids continues to affect the production and potentially the price of these important nutrients, said Jim Schultz, CEO of GWI, a California company specializing in the import of ingredients from China.

Innophos supplies specialty phosphates for industrial purposes as well as for nutritional ingredients.

Regulatory problems in China depress growth of Innophos's nutritional ingredient sales

01-Aug-2014 - The web of Chinese regulations regarding dietary ingredient import and export reached out to ensnare Innophos, a company that derives a portion of its revenue from selling phosphates and other mineral ingredients for dietary supplements and functional foods. The inability of some of its major customers to deal with getting ingredients out of China led to the stunting of the growth of Innophos’s nutritional business. 

Fallout in China from Nu Skin affair depresses Usana's Q2 results

Fallout in China from Nu Skin affair depresses Usana's Q2 results

01-Aug-2014 - Usana Health Sciences reported flat net sales  in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year.  Issues in China caused the company to miss analysts’ estimates for sales and earnings, and the company’s share price took a plunge as a result.

Review: Multivitamin and mineral supplements have possible modest benefits and ‘minimal, if any, risk’

Review: Multivitamin and mineral supplements have possible modest benefits and ‘minimal, if any, risk’

01-Aug-2014 - With many Americans failing to meet recommended intakes of select nutrients, multivitamin and mineral supplements could be part of the solution, and the potential benefits outweigh any risk, says a new review.

"If people underestimate their level of intoxication after consuming AMED [alcohol mixed with energy drink] or alcohol and caffeine compared to alcohol only, they may be more likely to engage in potentially dangerous alcohol-related activities," say researchers.”Photo credit: Stuart Richards.

You’ll regret it in the morning: Review suggests alcohol-caffeine combo does not ‘mask’ intoxication

01-Aug-2014 - Mixing alcohol with energy drinks or other caffeinated beverages across different doses may not alter the awareness of intoxication as previously suggested, according to a meta-analysis.

Science builds for Chemi Nutra’s Mediator Phosphatidic acid ingredient for sports nutrition

Science builds for Chemi Nutra’s Mediator Phosphatidic acid ingredient for sports nutrition

31-Jul-2014 - Sports nutrition supplements containing phosphatidic acid (PA), a lipid messenger, may stimulate increases in muscle size, lean body mass, and strength, says a new study using Chemi Nutra’s Mediator ingredient.

MYO-X, the company's consumer product, is a granular, sweetened powder that is consumed by the spoonful.

MYOS Corp. grows market for myostatin inhibitor beyond the gym

31-Jul-2014 - Myos Corporation has built the market for its myostatin-inhibiting ingredient Fortetropin beyond the gym and into the offices of physician groups treating elderly patients. To secure the supply for the ingredeint the company has extending a manufacturing and supply agreement with German supplier DIL.

Meta-analysis confirms calcium doesn't raise heart disease risk for older women, CRN says

Meta-analysis confirms calcium doesn't raise heart disease risk for older women, CRN says

31-Jul-2014 - A new meta-analysis has found that current evidence does not support the notion that calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease in elderly women. The study reaffirms the safety and importance of the nutrient, says the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 

“Our results demonstrate that incorporation of appropriately modified bacteria into the gut microbiota has potential as an effective strategy to inhibit the development of metabolic disorders."

GM probiotics reduce insulin resistance and body fat: Mouse data

31-Jul-2014 - Mice lost weight and had significantly lower insulin resistance and body fat after taking genetically modified bacteria that produce the lipid compound NAPE in the gut, researchers from Vanderbilt University have found.

“Perhaps we don’t have to worry too much about athletes drinking coffee if they are regular coffee drinkers, as the chances of it having a detrimental effect on their fluid balance is actually very small," said Sophie Killer, a doctoral researcher at Loughborough University.

Coffee may hydrate athletes just like water: Researcher

31-Jul-2014 - Caffeine does not have a diuretic effect on regular coffee drinkers and is safe to use, says sports nutrition researcher and consultant in elite sport.

Teavigo, Teavi-going, Teavi-gone!!...to Taiyo for an undisclosed sum

DSM reads 'fini' in green tea and leaves it to Japanese

30-Jul-2014 - Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has called ‘time’ on Teavigo, a decade after launching the proprietary, weight management-focused green tea extract.

Energy shot maker bases product on timed-release caffeine technology

Energy shot maker bases product on timed-release caffeine technology

30-Jul-2014 - LXR Biotech has launched a timed-release energy shot using a recently-developed beadlet technology in a bid to capture more of the energy shot market. 

Resveratrol supplements may improve memory performance in older adults: Study

Resveratrol supplements may improve memory performance in older adults: Study

30-Jul-2014 - Daily supplements containing resveratrol may boost memory performance in association with improved glucose metabolism in older adults, says a new study from Germany.

Herbalife misses profit estimates, share price plunges

Herbalife misses profit estimates, share price plunges

30-Jul-2014 - Herbalife's share price dropped sharply yesterday as the company reported second quarter earnings that missed analysts’ estimates.  Shares dropped 11% almost immediately on the news and declined further in early trading today, with a share price at the time of publication of $56.10, down from a high of $69.10 on Monday.

Alternative products sans DMAA have not filled the gap in sales created when the ingredient was removed from the market, GNC CEO says.

Supplement market headwinds beset GNC as earnings decline in Q2

30-Jul-2014 - The past year has been a tough one for the sales of dietary supplements, and retailing giant GNC is not immune to those trends.  In the company’s second quarter 2014 earnings GNC reported declines in both overall revenue and net income year-over-year.

Churning out new, good news can help dilute past bad marks such as a warning letter, experts say

Churning out new, good news can help dilute past bad marks such as a warning letter, experts say

29-Jul-2014 - Bad news has acquired a long shelf life in the age of the Internet. Companies that are involved in regulatory actions, such as receiving FDA warning letters, need to develop a strategy to present their image going forward because the record of the warning letter is never going away, experts said.

"Though protein may suggest muscle building to a bodybuilder, fullness to a weight manager, energy to office worker, or blood sugar control to a person with diabetes, the one commonality is that all these benefits are positive. Not too many nutrients can stake that claim.”

Protein: the bridge to fitness for the rest of us

29-Jul-2014 - We have become a nation of fitness and nutrition go-getters, as evidenced by the skyrocketing number of fitness and nutrition apps and the mainstreaming of the sports nutrition market. 

Vitamin D supplements may ‘protect against cardiac failure in older people’, says study

Vitamin D supplements may ‘protect against cardiac failure in older people’, says study

29-Jul-2014 - Daily supplements of the sunshine vitamin may reduce the risk of heart failure in older individuals by 20%-25%, says a new study.

Lippomix produces multilayered liposomes at its plant in Novato, CA.

Application of true liposomes restricted by cost, manufacturer says

29-Jul-2014 - Liposomal technology would seem to offer huge advantages for the many hard-to-absorb ingredients that pepper the dietary supplement marketplace.  But the high cost of the technology has retarded its growth in the market, an expert said.

Patent pending: AnaBio's lodging says its encapsulation method can improve bioavailability and broaden product applications for PUFAs

Irish firm moves on omega-3, omega-6 encapsulation

29-Jul-2014 - Irish encapsulation specialist AnaBio has lodged a patent for encapsulation of long-chain fatty acids for use in infant formula and elsewhere.