Theo Innovations debuts flavanol-rich cocoa extract

Theo Innovations debuts flavanol-rich cocoa extract

31-Oct-2014 - Seattle-based Theo Chocolate has launched the first functional ingredient from its subsidiary Theo Innovations.  Called Violetamine, the product is an extract of cocoa high in polyphenols and theobromine.

Growth in China, stagnation in US means Usana is now 'essentially an Asian company,' analyst says

Growth in China, stagnation in US means Usana is now 'essentially an Asian company,' analyst says

31-Oct-2014 - Usana Health Sciences recorded a sales decline in the United States in its Q3 2014 earnings statement that was more than offset by rapid growth in China. The numbers have become so lopsided that one analyst said “essentially you're are an Asian company at this point,” during an conference call with Usana executives.

‘Exploring the frontiers of innovation’: Food Vision USA to inspire food business leaders on cutting-edge technologies, trends and opportunities

‘Exploring the frontiers of innovation’: Food Vision USA to inspire food business leaders on cutting-edge technologies, trends and opportunities

31-Oct-2014 - Chicago will host the first ever Food Vision USA event in September 2015, bringing together senior figures in business strategy, R&D and marketing from established players and rising stars in the US food and nutrition industries.

GNC CEO: ‘We're going to be offering far more plant-based and nature-based proteins in our store’

GNC CEO: ‘We're going to be offering far more plant-based and nature-based proteins in our store’

31-Oct-2014 - Supplements retailing giant GNC is undertaking a ‘reset’ with an increased focus on natural, organic and vegan-vegetarian consumers, while also boosting its plant protein offerings, says the company’s new CEO.

International Probiotics Association to relocate to US; reigning chief resigns

International Probiotics Association to relocate to US; reigning chief resigns

31-Oct-2014 - The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is relocating to an unconfirmed US location from Europe in November. The group will replace executive director, Ioannis Misopoulos, who will remain in Switzerland.

'The timing of Ca supplementation before exercise plays an important role in regulating changes in Ca homeostasis during exercise,' said the researchers.

Calcium supplementation could prevent reduced bone density in active post-menopausal women: Study

31-Oct-2014 - Calcium supplementation (Marigot’s Aquamin) could prevent exercise-associated bone density reduction in post-menopausal women, according to an American study.

Researchers find both whole grain and bran finger millet reverse gut bacteria imbalances caused by a high-fat diet

Bran more effective than whole grain in alleviating obesity symptoms: Study

31-Oct-2014 - Supplementation with finger millet bran may help alleviate symptoms of obesity like oxidative stress, inflammation and gut microbial imbalances, according to mice research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

30-Oct-2014 - Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

FTC vs Bayer: FTC’s case to go ahead, but NPA & CRN allowed to appear as ‘friends of the court’

FTC vs Bayer: FTC’s case to go ahead, but NPA & CRN allowed to appear as ‘friends of the court’

30-Oct-2014 - A New Jersey District Court judge has ruled that FTC’s case against Bayer can go ahead, but denied calls from the government to prevent the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association appearing as Amicus Curiae.

Danish authority continues to search internet for websites marketing the unauthorised herbal Acacia rigidula

Denmark widens warning on weight loss herbal linked to brain haemorrhage

30-Oct-2014 - The Danish food safety authority has issued a second warning on the illegal herbal weight loss ingredient Acacia rigidula – which contains substances implicated in a brain haemorrhage case in Sweden.

"Our results support a recommendation for screening of vitamin D levels in the subgroup of asthma patients who experience recurrent exacerbations,” said the study author. “In those with vitamin D deficiency, supplementation may be necessary."

Low vitamin D may increase asthma risk: Population data

30-Oct-2014 - Asthmatics with vitamin D deficiency are 25% more likely to experience acute attacks, suggests study.

DuPont Nutrition & Health: "This was the fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year operating margin improvement.”

Nutrition profits jump 23% in mixed DuPont Q3 results

29-Oct-2014 - DuPont is reaping the benefit of its €5bn 2011 acquisition of Danish probiotics and enzymes giant Danisco, with its nutrition and health division showing 23% profit growth in a “sluggish” world market.

"Lorena Peralta Baltazar’s death was related to a previous serious illness and not because ‘the patient had multiple organ failures due to lead content in her blood’," say doctors

Herbalife shakes not responsible for Mexican death, say doctors

29-Oct-2014 - A "previous serious illness" was responsible for the death of a Mexican woman - not Herbalife weight loss shakes - say local doctors following accusations in the Mexican and UK press of lead contamination.

Innophos supplies specialty phosphates for nutritional applications and industrial purposes.

Streamlined operations, new product launch help Innophos prosper despite depressed sales

29-Oct-2014 - Specialty phosphate producer Innophos suffered sales declines in its third quarter of 2014 as the company struggled with a supply shortage for a key feedstock and some weakness in the end markets for its customers’ finished goods. Offsetting that are operational improvements, a new product launch and the anticipated resolution of import difficulties in China that some customers were experiencing, CEO Randy Gress said.

Academics and intustry researchers wishing to put present scientific data at Probiota 2015 should register their interest now and submit abstracts before Friday 7th November 2014.

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

29-Oct-2014 - A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present as entries close on November 7.

FDA warns consumers about mixing supplements and medications

FDA warns consumers about mixing supplements and medications

28-Oct-2014 - The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update to warn of the potential interactions between prescriptions and OTC medications and dietary supplements.

Calcium + vitamin D show bone benefits for military personnel: RCT

Calcium + vitamin D show bone benefits for military personnel: RCT

28-Oct-2014 - Daily supplements of calcium and vitamin D may help boost bone density for military personnel undergoing basic combat training – a period that places individuals under increased risk of skeletal stress fractures.

Hangover beverage debuts in Las Vegas

Hangover beverage debuts in Las Vegas

28-Oct-2014 - A new energy drink is seeking a middle path in the sphere, trying to find space between the shot market and bigger serving size cans. Called Last Shot, the product is the subject of a distribution agreement between EQ Labs and Liquid Health Labs, Inc.

Loss of whole body bone mineral density in women taking calcium-collagen chelate was substantially lower than those taking calcium and vitamin D, according to company-funded research

Research backs collagen-calcium combo for post-menopausal bone loss

28-Oct-2014 - Supplementation of collagen and calcium may be more effective at reducing bone density loss in post-menopausal women compared to straight calcium and vitamin D, according to an industry-funded year-long trial.

Goin’ Back in Time with DSHEA

Goin’ Back in Time with DSHEA

27-Oct-2014 - It’s 1994 all over again—The Lion King just came out; everyone is talking about the Nancy Kerrigan incident, and the police are chasing O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco down the L.A. freeway. Meanwhile, back in Washington, Congress is crafting legislation to protect health freedom and create a new category of consumer health products called “dietary supplements.”