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The industry can help address nutritional deficiencies that affect certain communities and consumer groups. With access to foods fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, every child can reach its full potential.

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Review offers chance to co-operate with global complementary community

As Australian authorities review the way they regulate complementary medicines, they could uncover a real opportunity to implement more harmonisation between countries. It just needs to be found if this...

DHA supplements may help restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle: Mechanism mooted

Supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA helps to restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle by blocking inflammation and the accumulation of other lipid intermediates, say researchers.

Vitamin K1 may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels for pre-diabetics

Supplements containing vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) may improve glycemic status and insulin sensitivity for premenopausal and pre-diabetic women, says a new study.

“The new EC has spoken of better regulation and growth so we trust them to consider our position and argumentation."

IPA gathers forces in Brussels; seeks EC ear

The just-formed European iteration of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has met for the first time at its new Brussels base with Danone, Dupont-Danisco, Chr Hansen, Yakult, Probi and Lallemand...

IOI Loders Croklaan, Kerry form infant nutrition lipid JV

Fats and oils specialist IOI Loders Croklaan is partnering with Irish dairy player Kerry group in a 50-50 joint venture to develop its infant formula-focused lipid, Betapol.

April 8, 14:00 CET: Experts debate hot issues in NutraIngredients omega-3 forum

Omega-3 hits €25bn but can it keep growing?

Are omega-3 fisheries really under threat? How many functional foods have cracked omega-3 blockbuster status? How is the sector recovering from the ‘Brasky effect’? How are developing markets developing? How...

China

Acasti awarded Chinese krill patent as it eyes Far East expansion

Canadian biopharmaceutical krill oil research and development company Acasti Pharma, which is working on the commercialisation of new forms of omega-3 phospholipid therapies for the treatment and prevention of certain...

Folic acid may help reduce stroke risk: 5-year study

A combination of folic acid and the medication enalapril may be more effective in reducing the risk of stroke in adults with hypertension than the medication alone, according to large-scale research...

APIs in banned sex supplements sold openly online says regulator

Tests show Viagra and Cialis APIs present in over 100 brands of bogus ‘sexual enhancement’ pill.

Cultured views from Probiota 2015 in Amsterdam

Game on: Probiotics & sports performance

Clinical data is building around the role of probiotics to aid athletic performance – from recovery to muscle development to immune defense. We spoke to a leading researcher at Probiota...

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

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Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust

Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

New patented probiotic for Nestlé toddler formula

Nestlé and Swedish-based supplier BioGaia have announced the launch of a new toddler formula containing the patented probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to atherosclerosis

A low vitamin D intake during childhood is associated with a higher risk of sub-clinical atherosclerosis in adulthood, researchers in Finland have found.

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

India

India on way to developing more drought-resistant variety of rice

A US-India commercial research project has hit a milestone in its goal to develop water use efficient (WUE) rice.

News in brief

Scandinavian herring roe starting to deliver on omega-3 promise

Herring by-products like immature roe are proving a bountiful source for omega-3s in Norway, with research showing strong market potential.

Australia

Glucosamine and chondroitin trial results lauded by non-pharma body

Australia’s complementary healthcare lobby has welcomed the results of a study that shows that the benefits of taking glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis of the knee are equivalent to taking...

New Zealand

Mice study: TCM-derived flavonoid could quell diabetes symptoms

A study led by researchers in New Zealand suggests that an antioxidant can greatly improve symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes by reversing inflammation in the brain caused...

India

Nutraceutical sales to treble, though regulations aren’t strong enough

India’s nutraceuticals industry is expected to nearly treble by 2020 largely because of the country’s changing lifestyle and attitudes to fitness.

Probiotic pill shows promise in blood sugar management and battling diabetes: Rat data

A genetically engineered strain of human gut bacteria from the lactobacillus family could help to slash in incidence of high blood sugar by up to 30%, according to new research...

GM folate rice could help tackle neural tube defects, say researchers

Rice metabolically engineered to be rich in folates could help alleviate associated health problems of folate deficiency, according to researchers.

Special Edition: Blood Sugar Management

Evidence continues to bolster polyphenols' blood sugar management story despite murky mode of action

Although the mechanism of action is somewhat unclear, polyphenols have a solid and growing body of research backing their effect on the regulation of blood sugar levels, experts say.

Opinion

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids...

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Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel...