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Almonds & their skins show prebiotic potential: Human data

Fiber-rich almonds and almond skin may selectively boost the populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the gut, says a new study funded by the Almond Board of California.

Chardonnay Grape Seed Flour shows anti-obesity benefits: Hamster data

Supplementing a high-fat ‘Western’ diet with Chardonnay grape seed flour may significantly reduce cholesterol levels, abdominal fat and weight gain, compared to a high-fat diet alone, says a new study...

Special edition: Pre- and Probiotics

Consumers gradually coming round to probiotics’ oral health potential, and thinking beyond 'dental’ first

The gut starts at the mouth, so it should be no surprise that probiotics, those beneficial bacteria, are a growing presence in the oral health category. But which strains show...

‘Exciting implications for knee joints’: Glucosamine plus chondroitin may reduce joint space narrowing

Two years of daily supplementation with a combination of glucosamine and a low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate may significantly reduce joint space narrowing in the knee, says a new study...

Lonza and DSM settle omega-3 patent dispute

Ingredients giants DSM and Lonza have settled a patent dispute over production of algal-sourced omega-3 oils (DHA) that lasted for almost ten years.

Special K Australia eyes ‘healthier direction’ after slashing salt

Kellogg Australia has reduced the sodium content of its Special K cereals by 15% in a recipe overhaul and says it will take a new, healthier direction in 2014.

Puratos: Wild berry bakery fillings on trend

Puratos has added wild berries to its bakery fillings range to align with consumer interest in nutritional tasty ingredients and move away from watery, cultivated berries.

Can EPA-rich supplements help brains work 'less hard' and boost mental performance?

Omega-3 supplements rich in EPA may improve cognitive performance with a reduction in neural activity observed, indicating that the brain worked ‘less hard’, report researchers from Australia.

OmniActive’s curcumin shows 46-fold bioavailability increase compared to standard curcumin: Study

Consumption of OmniActive Health Technologies’ recently launched CurcuWin curcumin form may significantly increase serum curcuminoid levels over standard curcumin and some other curcumin formulations, says a new study funded by...

New curcumin bioavailability study sparks scientific debate among leading suppliers

A new study comparing the bioavailability of several curcumin formulations is generating debate among suppliers, with questions raised about active and non-active metabolites.

News in brief

New Chinese stevia source enters North American market

A new player has entered the North American stevia picture with the announcement that Chenguang Biotech has named ingredient supplier GWI as its exclusive distributor in the North American market.

Literature supports fenugreek’s blood sugar management potential: Meta-analysis

Daily supplements of fenugreek may effectively help manage blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, according to a meta-analysis of 10 clinical trials.

IFOS opens certification door to omega-3 suppliers

Croda has become the first omega-3 supplier to win a QC certification from the voluntary International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) which has previously focused on branded products.

Special edition: Polyphenols

Polyphenol science needs to catch up to better inform regulators and consumers, say experts

A paradigm shift is needed in the study of polyphenols to better understand the bioavailability, bio-activity, and the role of the gut microbiota in polyphenol metabolism and health benefits, say...

GAIN gains NGO status from WHO after it severs big business ties (or does it?)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) NGO status after it disbanded an alliance with food and pharma firms including Coca-Cola, Cargill and...

Plant-sourced omega-3 science builds but don’t fry fish oil supply, says IFFO

An international marine ingredients group says overfishing is a concern, but one that is being managed, and fish will remain a sustainable and reliable omega-3 source in the long term...

“I get personal because they [EFSA] get personal to me"

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid...

Apple polyphenols may slash inflammation marker levels, change gut microbiota

Polyphenols from apples may modify the bacterial populations in the gut, and reduce markers of inflammation, according a new study from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research...

AFBA calls for food label changes

The ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) is calling for the same food labelling across all of south east Asia because it is critical to help the industry expand. 

Europeans slam Athletics Australia’s ‘kneejerk’ supplements slap

Athletics Australia (AA) is wrong to warn its young and elite athletes off food and sports supplements as they can provide benefits at next-to-no risk, Europe’s sports nutrition sector has...

China’s krill market opening up to newcomers

Canadian biotechnology company Neptune has followed its krill supply rivals Aker Biomarine in receiving New Food Raw Material certification in China, which allows the companies to sell their krill oil...

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

According to Australia’s Complementary Healthcare Council, 2014 will put an ever-increasing burden of chronic health problems on the country’s healthcare system. As a result, the body is urging the government...

Probiotics may benefit energy metabolism in obese people: Human data

Daily supplements of probiotics combined with an herbal preparation may improve obesity-related parameters, according to a new study from South Korea.

Guest article

Supplements shakedown part 2: Health claim medicine tastes better than expected

Last week, Peter Zambetti, director of global business development at Capsugel and chairman of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA), discussed the impact of GMPs on the global...

Australia set to warn athletes off food supplements

Athletics Australia (AA) – the body that represents elite athletes – is set to warn Australia’s best sports people that food supplements cannot be trusted to be contamination-free and deliver...

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