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Three trends impacting the health and wellness market
Three trends impacting the health and wellness market
The global health and wellness food market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.22 percent by 2021, according to a new report from Technavio. "Rising health consciousness, emphasis on preventive health care and increased focus on ...
ITC declines to hear Amarin's fish oils complaint
ITC declines to hear Amarin's fish oils complaint
The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided not to hear a case in which the fish oil drug maker Amarin sought to prevent the import of some omega-3 dietary supplements.
Microbiota may determine if pomegranate extracts are beneficial or not
Microbiota may determine if pomegranate extracts are beneficial or not
The potential cardiovascular effects of ellagitannins from pomegranate and walnuts may be either positive or negative depending on their gut microbiota, says a new study.
The effect of salt on brain function and blood pressure
The effect of salt on brain function and blood pressure
Diseases related to blood pressure — including stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure and kidney disease - are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.
FTC official: Research needed to study consumer understanding of 'natural'
FTC official: Research needed to study consumer understanding of 'natural'
In November 2015, FDA announced a proceeding to solicit comments on use of the term "natural" in the labeling of human foods.
Migraines linked to vitamin deficiency
Migraines linked to vitamin deficiency
New research from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center suggests young individuals with migraines may also suffer from vitamin deficiency. The study, which involved database information from children, teens and young adults who were migrain...
Vitamin D supplements may make arteries healthier
Vitamin D supplements may make arteries healthier
Vitamin D may help make arteries healthier.
The increasing importance of traceability in omega-3s
The increasing importance of traceability in omega-3s
New technology is making it easier for companies to trace and communicate to consumers where their seafood and marine omega-3s are coming from, but many brand holders still refrain from doing it. And even those who are might be misleading consumers.
Why should you care about personalized nutrition?
Why should you care about personalized nutrition?
Why do you eat what you eat? Did you know that we make 212 different nutrition decisions each day? What to eat, when to eat, how to eat, where to eat, whom to consult, etc. With thousands of different nutrition items on the shelves, perhaps the most im...
Do 'natural' insect repellents work?
Do 'natural' insect repellents work?
It's a simple question, one that readers ask us every summer: Do natural insect repellents work?
It's time to spring clean your brain
It's time to spring clean your brain
The promise of sunnier weather is a nice excuse to engage in a little deep cleaning. While it can be richly rewarding to discover the back of our closets, the clean surfaces of our desks and the joy of riding in an immaculate car, taking a little time ...
Research sheds light on nature of ancient microbiome
Research sheds light on nature of ancient microbiome
Is there a goal to shoot for when trying to alter consumers' microbiomes? Researcher Jeff Leach is trying to answer that question with work he is doing among hunter gather groups in Africa.
How big food has cleaned up its labeling act
How big food has cleaned up its labeling act
As consumers demand products that are healthier, major food makers are removing everything from preservatives and artificial colors and flavors to sugars and trans fats — key additives that give products a specific taste, look or allow them to st...
Where's the innovation in dietary supplements? Part 1: From supply chain to new science
Where's the innovation in dietary supplements? Part 1: From supply chain to new science
A couple of years ago the CEOs of some of the industry's specialist retailers were lamenting what they saw as a lack of innovation in dietary supplements, but there is much to be excited about in dietary supplements and innovation is everywhere.
An app to deconstruct your food
An app to deconstruct your food
Ever wondered how long you'd have to swim to burn off the calories in an organic peanut butter cup? Or how far the strawberries or burger on your plate traveled to get there?
Rep. Rogers to introduce multivitamin legislation for low-income Americans
Rep. Rogers to introduce multivitamin legislation for low-income Americans
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, plans to introduce a bill that would enable recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to use their benefits to purchase multivitamins.
The surprising foods top nutritionists say they'd never touch
The surprising foods top nutritionists say they'd never touch
Hardly a day passes without some new edict being issued about the food we should be avoiding.
Vitamin E bioavailability considerations for maximized health benefits
Vitamin E bioavailability considerations for maximized health benefits
Vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble, antioxidant tocopherol and tocotrienol compounds that play important roles in many of the body's biological functions. Supplemental vitamin E health benefits have focused on the bioavailability differences bet...
'Needed': FDA issues draft guidance for best practices for GRAS panels
'Needed': FDA issues draft guidance for best practices for GRAS panels
Hailed by experts as "needed" and "significant", the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance on best practices to follow when convening a panel of experts to evaluate whether a substance is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS).
Cinnamon extract by Indian company Akay gets US patent
Cinnamon extract by Indian company Akay gets US patent
India-based flavor and aromatics specialist Akay Group has received a US patent for the processing technology and composition of a cinnamon ingredient branded as ProcynCi.
Army develops new nutritional bed-time snack bar for basic trainees
Army develops new nutritional bed-time snack bar for basic trainees
The Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army's Research Institute of Environmental Medicine has unveiled a new nutritional snack bar for recruits to consume before bedtime while at basic combat training.
Microbiome study challenges: Microbiologist discusses opportunities, hurdles at IFT 2017
Microbiome study challenges: Microbiologist discusses opportunities, hurdles at IFT 2017
Research on the human microbiome, while exciting and infinitely promising, is still very much in its infancy. Scientists are only beginning to tease out some of the significant links between the human microbiome, bacterial populations, and human health...
NPA challenges study on supplement safety
NPA challenges study on supplement safety
The Natural Products Association responded to the findings of a study in the Journal of Medical Toxicology that it says exaggerates the risk of dietary supplements and ignores their "superior" safety record when compared to other products regulated by ...
Is America ready for zero-waste grocery stores?
Is America ready for zero-waste grocery stores?
Conservation is the key to helping the planet, and unless we actively combat waste we cannot lessen the terrible burden our planet is under. The concept of the zero-waste grocery store has spread across Europe quickly, and now it's finally set to debut...
Specialty food growth continues to expand
Specialty food growth continues to expand
According to the "State of the Specialty Food Industry" report recently released by the Specialty Food Association in conjunction with market researcher Mintel and SPINS/IRI, the specialty food industry has expanded by 15 percent, amounting to $127 bil...
Domino effect in pharmaceutical synthesis
Domino effect in pharmaceutical synthesis
Chemists have made research into pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis more efficient, more sustainable and more environmentally friendly. They have developed a novel synthetic route towards antiviral quinazoline heterocycles that have not been described...
Clean label isn't losing momentum
Clean label isn't losing momentum
Caribou recently made the bold decision to use only clean label ingredients in its beverages, and created a list of more than 70 ingredients the company has blacklisted. Panera made a pledge to remove artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors and preserva...
Could your shampoo be the new car exhaust?
Could your shampoo be the new car exhaust?
Shampoo. Air freshener. Countertop cleaner. Nearly everything in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink is a source of air pollution.
The history of compounds, extraction and tablet compression
The history of compounds, extraction and tablet compression
Most people do not think about the history of pharmacology or the development of single dosage forms of natural or synthetic concoctions for human ingestion when they select a supplement or over-the-counter medication. The original pharmacopeia predate...
'Radical' approach yields catalyst for sustainable indene synthesis
'Radical' approach yields catalyst for sustainable indene synthesis
A team of scientists of the University of Amsterdam's research priority area Sustainable Chemistry has developed a new catalyst for the easy synthesis of substituted 1H-indenes. Based on the abundant element cobalt their cheap and easy to prepare catal...
Growing a healthy children's market
Growing a healthy children's market
If you're of a certain age, you likely remember those metallic-yet-sweet-flavored Flintstones vitamins, as they were pretty much the only children's multi available. And for the most part, moms didn't feel we needed anything more — other than mak...
Bloomberg: FDA reorganizes to optimize industry oversight
Bloomberg: FDA reorganizes to optimize industry oversight
The Food and Drug Administration is reorganizing its field team within the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs with a new focus on specific product areas vs. oversight of activities based on geographic regions, Bloomberg reported.
FDA cracks down on 'illegal' cancer treatments
FDA cracks down on 'illegal' cancer treatments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls it "cruel deception": companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer.
Beauty companies hawking pills, drinkable liquids
Beauty companies hawking pills, drinkable liquids
The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within, but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.
2017 plant protein ingredient update
2017 plant protein ingredient update
In 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared that 2016 would be the International Year of Pulses. And boy, did they call that one.
Americans are eating more organic food than ever, survey finds
Americans are eating more organic food than ever, survey finds
Americans are buying more organic food and household products than ever, according to a new survey published Wednesday morning.
House bill would increase organic research funding
House bill would increase organic research funding
A bill to more than double the annual funding for organic research through USDA is being warmly embraced by members of the organic community.
5 types of insect repellent to skip
5 types of insect repellent to skip
One of the upshots of last year's Zika outbreaks is that there are now many more insect repellents to choose from.
FDA officially extends nutrition facts label compliance date
FDA officially extends nutrition facts label compliance date
Food manufacturers have received an 18-month extension for meeting updated nutrition and serving size requirements on product labels.
FTC, media outlets can do more to help curb fraudulent weight loss pill peddling ads, CRN preside...
FTC, media outlets can do more to help curb fraudulent weight loss pill peddling ads, CRN preside...
There are more self-policing initiatives from within the industry compared to four years ago, when a senate informational hearing brought the weight management supplement category to national attention, argued Steve Mister, CEO and president of the tra...
FDA moves to organize inspectors along lines of expertise
FDA moves to organize inspectors along lines of expertise
A move by newly confirmed FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb to reapportion FDA inspectors along lines of expertise has been welcomed as potentially improving the effectiveness of the inspection process. According to press reports that first appeared in ...
DEA asked to deschedule industrial hemp 16 years after petition rejected
DEA asked to deschedule industrial hemp 16 years after petition rejected
Sixteen years ago, the Drug Enforcement Administration denied a petition that sought to unleash industrial hemp from the shackles of the Controlled Substances Act. Had the 1998 petition been granted, cannabis plants containing little of the psychoactiv...
USDA FSIS proposes to amend egg product regulations
USDA FSIS proposes to amend egg product regulations
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend the egg products inspection regulations by requiring official plants that process egg products to develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points systems and Sanitation Standard Operat...
1st astaxanthin product debuts with Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association verification seal
1st astaxanthin product debuts with Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association verification seal
Elite Life Sciences' AstaGlo natural-astaxanthin dietary supplement has become the first astaxanthin product to bear a Verification Program Seal from the Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association.
UK natural products market latest: Competitive
UK natural products market latest: Competitive
Naturals in the U.K. beauty market have seen sales increase by nearly 30 percent since 2012 and now the market is facing an increasingly competitive landscape, according to new research.
Taste, texture, nutrition: Formulating with plant-based proteins
Taste, texture, nutrition: Formulating with plant-based proteins
Plant-based proteins are creeping into a dizzying array of foods and beverages, from dairy-free "milks," "cheeses" and "yogurts" to protein bars, chips, powders and meat analogs. But what are they like to work with? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with exp...
The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts
The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts
Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year left to overcome challenges associated with added sugar, the new definition of dietary fiber, change...
Reaching millennials through transparency, technology
Reaching millennials through transparency, technology
Generation Y, better known as the millennial generation, is becoming the largest demographic segment in the global population. According to a Pew Research population report released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2016, millennials have surpassed Baby Boo...
Hops flavonoid shows promise for metabolic syndrome
Hops flavonoid shows promise for metabolic syndrome
A flavonoid in beer may be effective at improving several underlying markers of metabolic syndrome, according to a new animal study conducted at Oregon State University. Researchers found that xanthohumol, a prenylated flavonoid found in hops, signific...
New research sheds light on meaning of 'natural' food
New research sheds light on meaning of 'natural' food
The vague and often overstated use of the term "natural," which lacks a universally accepted definition, has resulted in considerable confusion among consumers. A new study conducted by the Hero Group, parent company of baby food brand Beech-Nut Nutrit...
A call for action on toxic chemicals
A call for action on toxic chemicals
Every day, children and adults are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common household items. Now, a growing body of research suggests that many of these chemicals - which are used to make plastic more flexible, fruits and vegetables more abund...
Swallowable sensors could revolutionize understanding of nutrition's impact on gut health
Swallowable sensors could revolutionize understanding of nutrition's impact on gut health
A breakthrough swallowable capsule could revolutionize understanding of the gut microbiome, and the role nutrition can play in modulating it. The first human trials were recently conducted by researchers at RMIT in Melbourne on 7 healthy individuals on...
Study: Chicory root inulin and oligofructose lower blood glucose response
Study: Chicory root inulin and oligofructose lower blood glucose response
Last spring, the European Commission authorized an Article 13.5 health claim linking chicory-root-fiber ingredients inulin and oligofructose with improved blood glucose levels. Now, the scientific study on which the health claim petition was based has ...
Could vitamin C be the simple solution for sepsis?
Could vitamin C be the simple solution for sepsis?
Just as the new international Surviving Sepsis guidelines come to publication this month, a Virginia physician becomes a small voice for practice change among his peers.
CRN joins NPA in disputing claim supplements fail to lower fracture risk
CRN joins NPA in disputing claim supplements fail to lower fracture risk
Research findings that claim the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements have no effect on fracture risk were dismissed by 2 industry groups, who both reiterate the nutrients' safety and importance.
Study: Americans spend billions on nonconventional health approaches
Study: Americans spend billions on nonconventional health approaches
Americans spend $30.2 billion out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches annually, a substantial percentage of the $328.8 billion spent in total out-of-pocket health care expenditures, a new study says. The study, released by the National Center ...
Bioplastic derived from soya protein, which can absorb up to 40-times its own weight
Bioplastic derived from soya protein, which can absorb up to 40-times its own weight
Researchers are testing the strength of a new organic material as a dispenser of micronutrients in crops. This new product, which is organic and biodegradable, is environmentally friendly.
Study: Ginger linked to healthier hearts
Study: Ginger linked to healthier hearts
Daily consumption of ginger may reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, says a new paper from Chinese researchers. Data published in Nutrition indicated that daily ginger consumption was ass...
Lignin from plants boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen
Lignin from plants boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen
Warm weather means beach vacations and pool-dipping for many of us. It also signals a season of slathering on sunscreen to avoid getting burned. Someday, those products could be enhanced with lignin, a natural material in plants and a major waste produ...
Plant-based foods rising in popularity
Plant-based foods rising in popularity
Vegetarians used to be considered a very small percentage of the consumer market, but recent data suggests as much as 26 percent of consumers now fall into the category of "flexitarians" — individuals who prefer a more plant-based diet. Many cons...
FDA approves qualified soybean oil heart-health claim
FDA approves qualified soybean oil heart-health claim
The United Soybean Board announced the authorization of a new, FDA qualified heart-health claim for soybean oil. The claim states that soybean oil may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Research shows tocotrienols from palm reduces oxidative stress and neural cell damage
Research shows tocotrienols from palm reduces oxidative stress and neural cell damage
New research conducted by a group of researchers from Faculty of Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia and Menoufia Medical School, Egypt demonstrates the potential of palm-based tocotrienols as a neuroprotective and antioxidant agent in ...
So you have a sports injury? Here's what you need to eat
So you have a sports injury? Here's what you need to eat
For athletes and regular exercisers of all types, injuries can seem like the end of the world. Most people in this situation would be willing to do whatever it takes to get back on the field or in the gym as soon as possible.
Are essential oils safe?
Are essential oils safe?
People use essential oils a variety of ways: as lotions, for hair care, aromatherapy, cleaning products and more. But are essential oils safe?
Natural Products Center, USDA team to create natural insect repellents
Natural Products Center, USDA team to create natural insect repellents
An ongoing partnership between the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit at U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Mississippi's National Center for Natural Products Research is looking to nature to develop environmentally safe chemi...
Be still my beating heart: Chocolate's 'anti-fluttering' qualities highlighted
Be still my beating heart: Chocolate's 'anti-fluttering' qualities highlighted
The link between moderate chocolate intake and lower risk of irregular heartbeat may be due to chocolate's flavanol content, say researchers. In a collaboration that includes researchers from Aalborg Univeristy Hospital in Denmark, the findings highlig...
USDA offers food safety tips for areas affected by winter storms
USDA offers food safety tips for areas affected by winter storms
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by winter storms in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Western regions of the U.S.
How smart people conquer anxiety
How smart people conquer anxiety
Many of us dislike engaging in conflict, having difficult conversations or tackling dreaded tasks.
Could the biotech disclosure law help shift perception of GMOs from good vs. evil to simply a cho...
Could the biotech disclosure law help shift perception of GMOs from good vs. evil to simply a cho...
In many ways, the conversation about GMOs has been a debate about good versus evil, but ingredient supplier Cargill wants to shift the discussion to one simply about choice - a goal that one executive says can only be achieved if manufacturers and supp...
Dietary supplement industry, FDA reflect on decade-old regulations
Dietary supplement industry, FDA reflect on decade-old regulations
In June 2007 - 13 years after the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 - FDA published final regulations to ensure dietary supplements are manufactured to meet quality standards.
FDA updates industry about NDI draft guidance
FDA updates industry about NDI draft guidance
At the American Conference Institute's 5th Annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements, in partnership with the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Cara Welch, Ph.D., senior advisor for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nut...
Should soda with non-caloric sweeteners be taxed, too? In Philadelphia and Cook County, that's th...
Should soda with non-caloric sweeteners be taxed, too? In Philadelphia and Cook County, that's th...
Proponents of sin taxes say that putting a levy on sugar-sweetened drinks may play a pivotal role in fighting obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. But two of the eight U.S. locations that have passed such a tax — Cook County (Chicago) a...
Millennials looking for cleaner labels for snacks
Millennials looking for cleaner labels for snacks
A dip in ingredients may translate to a rise in sales as young adults turn their attention to the nutrition labels of their snack choices.
Expert review: 'DNA barcoding unsuitable as a stand-alone tool for identifying, authenticating bo...
Expert review: 'DNA barcoding unsuitable as a stand-alone tool for identifying, authenticating bo...
DNA barcoding to identify and authenticate botanical ingredients in dietary supplements should only be used in addition to other existing analytical methods, says a new expert review.
Sourcing supplement ingredients and components from China
Sourcing supplement ingredients and components from China
More companies are starting to source their dietary ingredients from China, especially in two major categories: raw material ingredients and bulk dietary supplements components, like capsules, softgels and tablets.
What's driving innovation at the natural health product-food interface?
What's driving innovation at the natural health product-food interface?
Consumers are demanding more from their food, and are looking for more ways to get the nutrients and compounds that they previously may have looked for in a pill, and that is opening up a whole new audience of consumer.
Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say
Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular natural health products around, with claims for everything from sanitizing toothbrushes to whittling waistlines.
Korea conducts research to develop natural, organic cosmetics standard
Korea conducts research to develop natural, organic cosmetics standard
As in-cosmetics Korea prepares to welcome regulators and formulators from around APAC and the globe, we spoke to Min-sun Kim, Cosmos assistant, Control Union Korea about the efforts to reach a harmonised standard for natural and organic cosmetics.
Natural product industry partnering with drug companies
Natural product industry partnering with drug companies
The earliest drug discoveries were of organic origin. But soon, the drug industry found it made business sense to shift focus and look for a more stable source. Natural products offered challenges of consistency and reliability of raw materials supply.
USDA to publish study on GMO-labeling standard
USDA to publish study on GMO-labeling standard
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has until the summer of 2018 to adopt a standard governing the mandatory disclosure of bioengineered foods. But the law directs that USDA first identifies through a study "potential technological challenges that may ...
New study confirms macular carotenoid use for eye health
New study confirms macular carotenoid use for eye health
A new study by the University of Georgia published in the journal Foods, found that use of a proprietary blend of macular carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin and mesozeaxanthin) may protect the eyes from damage inflicted by blue light emitted from our smar...
Researchers confirm chicory inulin benefits on blood sugar
Researchers confirm chicory inulin benefits on blood sugar
Inulin fiber from chicory root's beneficial effects on metabolic risks - including managing blood sugar levels - has been confirmed by new research.
Steviva ingredients changes name to reflect company diversification, emphasis on food safety
Steviva ingredients changes name to reflect company diversification, emphasis on food safety
Steviva Ingredients is ushering in a new name and image that allows the company to expand past sweeteners and into other natural food ingredients.
Consumer reports: Skip these 5 types of insect repellent
Consumer reports: Skip these 5 types of insect repellent
One of the upshots of the 2016 Zika outbreaks is that there are now many more insect repellents to choose from.
7 delicious foods full of health-boosting antioxidants
7 delicious foods full of health-boosting antioxidants
You know when you read these lists about healthy eating and all the foods sound barely edible? Well, this article is going to be completely different. I'm going to present seven of the best sources of antioxidants, and they all taste delicious.
Probiotic lab tests
Probiotic lab tests
Since the industry has officially decided that colony forming units will be the quantifier for probiotic potency, how do we then decide which test method is the best? A blended strain product may not have one "ideal" testing method, and deciding on a ...
Conventional retailers are sourcing more natural, organic brands
Conventional retailers are sourcing more natural, organic brands
Recent data shows that conventional stores are leading sales growth in the natural products channel. According to Natural Foods Merchandiser, conventional retailers account for 44 percent ($61.5 billion) of natural and organic food sales last year, whi...
Do pre-workout supplements really improve exercise performance?
Do pre-workout supplements really improve exercise performance?
The dietary supplement market is a substantial one, accounting for an economic impact of over $121 billion in the United States in 2016.
Military supplement amendments no longer in defense bill
Military supplement amendments no longer in defense bill
Three amendments potentially limiting supplement usage for members of the armed forces are no longer part of what has been described as a "must pass" defense bill.
Amid Zika fears, natural products join bug repellent market
Amid Zika fears, natural products join bug repellent market
Fear of the mosquito-borne Zika virus is spurring sales of well-known insect repellents, but companies pushing natural products are hoping to grab a share of the market as well, saying their methods will keep the bugs at bay without the ickiness of tra...
Formulating and manufacturing supplements with plant proteins
Formulating and manufacturing supplements with plant proteins
Personal choices, environmental concerns, ethical factors and "just because" are all among the growing list of reasons why nutritionally minded consumers have decided to embrace plant-based proteins in recent years.
3 trends impacting the global health and wellness food market
3 trends impacting the global health and wellness food market
Growing need for probiotic products and demand for functional foods, innovative product packaging, and demand for natural and herbal products are three of the top emerging market trends driving the global health and wellness food market, according to a...
Fiber intake linked to healthy aging
Fiber intake linked to healthy aging
Shoppers may take fiber to keep them "regular," but there may a new reason to fill up on fiber: successful aging, according to new research from The Journal of Gerontology.
Maritech fucoidan extracts get FDA GRAS
Maritech fucoidan extracts get FDA GRAS
A biotechnology company called Marinova Pty. Ltd. (Tasmania, Australia) announced that its proprietary fucoidan extract is now Generally Recognized as Safe by FDA. Maritech fucoidan ingredients are the first and only high-purity fucoidan extracts to a...
Can organic food capitalize on flagging confidence in the food industry?
Can organic food capitalize on flagging confidence in the food industry?
Since the horsemeat scandal of 2013 there has been a steady stream of food scares and scandals, which has played neatly into the hands of organic food. Sales were up more than 11 percent in Europe at the last count, but is the sector making the most of...
Vitamin D and emerging science: Cellular aging and cognitive health
Vitamin D and emerging science: Cellular aging and cognitive health
Vitamin D is rightly regarded for its crucial role in supporting healthy bones, but its influence extends far beyond the skeletal system. As a regulator of gene expression for more than 3 percent of the human genome, vitamin D's extraskeletal (acting o...
Chili peppers could free us from opioids
Chili peppers could free us from opioids
A painting of bright red chilies hangs in the boss' office at Centrexion Therapeutics. A wreath of the spicy peppers sits on the desk of the company's chief scientist. Chilies in one form or another seem to be everywhere at the company's Baltimore head...
Americans are buying more organic produce than ever
Americans are buying more organic produce than ever
Americans are gobbling up more organic fruits and vegetables than ever before, from organic blueberries and organic apples to organic packaged greens and cut-up organic vegetables ready for their children's lunch box or their family's dinner plate.
There is hope: Dietary supplement activity in Congress in the Trump era
There is hope: Dietary supplement activity in Congress in the Trump era
Many are discussing how the Donald Trump administration is repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, immigration and other topics reserved for cable news pundits. But important actions, milestones and activity in dietary supplements have happened ...
Clean hands can clear the mind
Clean hands can clear the mind
Getting a clean start might be more than a figure of speech. Washing your hands could help clear your mind and bring a fresh perspective.
Korea conducts research to develop natural, organic cosmetics standard
Korea conducts research to develop natural, organic cosmetics standard
As in-cosmetics Korea prepares to welcome regulators and formulators from around APAC and the globe, we spoke to Min-sun Kim, Cosmos assistant, Control Union Korea about the efforts to reach a harmonised standard for natural and organic cosmetics.
Evaluating the efficacy of Ayurveda
Evaluating the efficacy of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is one of India's ancient medical systems, dating more than 3,000 years.
USDA report: US food supply 'one of the safest in the world'
USDA report: US food supply 'one of the safest in the world'
More than 20 percent of food sampled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2016 showed no detectable pesticides and less than 0.5 percent of food had pesticide residue levels above Environmental Protection Agency limits.
Food safety and security is not just about preventing pathogens
Food safety and security is not just about preventing pathogens
A recent recall was initiated by ConAgra of P.F. Chang's Home Menu Brand Signature Spicy Chicken and Mongolian Style Beef, due to the possible presence of metal fragments in the accompanying sauce.
FDA targets high-risk firms for dietary supplement GMP reinspections
FDA targets high-risk firms for dietary supplement GMP reinspections
Half of the dietary supplement companies reinspected last year by FDA were flagged for significant noncompliance with cGMPs (current good manufacturing practices) following previous inspections, INSIDER has learned. Of the 63 companies reinspected for ...
Recent personalized nutrition research
Recent personalized nutrition research
A commercial interest is growing in DNA testing, and consumers are increasingly fascinated by what a swab of saliva can reveal. But there's more to genetics than simply ancestry. Unwinding and translating one's genetic makeup can also unlock a path tow...
White House announces $121 million National Microbiome Initiative
White House announces $121 million National Microbiome Initiative
The Obama administration announced a multi-million investment to accelerate better understanding of microbiomes in all fields of the life sciences. A call to action made in February may finally come to fruition: A White House press release from May 13 ...
4 signs you need a little refresh
4 signs you need a little refresh
Daily routines can be a welcome thing - even downright comforting sometimes when everything else is chaotic.
EFSA: Sucralose is safe and does not cause cancer
EFSA: Sucralose is safe and does not cause cancer
Scientific evaluations of sucralose, conducted by The European Food Safety Authority, find no link between the sweetener and cancer.
FDA warns drugs, dietary supplements possibly contaminated with bacteria
FDA warns drugs, dietary supplements possibly contaminated with bacteria
Recently, FDA issued an advisory recommending consumers and health care professionals not use any liquid drugs or dietary supplements manufactured by a Florida-based company and labeled by three distributors due to potential contamination from a bacter...
Experts: Firms making opiod treatment claims don't represent responsible industry
Experts: Firms making opiod treatment claims don't represent responsible industry
Dietary supplements took another hit in the mainstream press with an article in The New York Times that highlights supplements that claim to help treat opiod addiction. Trade organizations concurred the practice is illegal, while rueing the article's i...
Why would regulators ban an herbal treatment for recovering opioid addicts?
Why would regulators ban an herbal treatment for recovering opioid addicts?
Once Andrew Turner learned of the Drug Enforcement Administration's plan to ban the medicinal herb he uses to manage a host of medical issues, he did what many activists do: recorded his personal testimony and put it up on YouTube.
Paper: Holistic approach that downplays RCTs best path to optimal nutrition
Paper: Holistic approach that downplays RCTs best path to optimal nutrition
A holistic approach to optimal nutrition that would include other research modes beyond RCTs will be the best way to get a handle on the modern plague of obesity, authors of a recent paper concluded.
What's the deal with 'natural' sunscreen?
What's the deal with 'natural' sunscreen?
What's your No. 1 priority when shopping for sunscreen? According to Consumer Reports, nearly half of shoppers seek out a "natural" sun protection product when deciding what to buy. Some people are even making their own. But do customers know what "nat...
Plant-based supplements benefit menopausal symptoms
Plant-based supplements benefit menopausal symptoms
A new study published in JAMA suggests that several plant-based ingredients may be beneficial to women going through menopause. A team of researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, the University of Cambridge in the United ...
Fresh or frozen? The produce debate continues
Fresh or frozen? The produce debate continues
When it comes to produce, the fresh vs. frozen debate has been going on for years. However, a new study in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis has revealed interesting results. It seems fresh fruits and vegetables may not worthy of the pedesta...
Oregano oil could cut food poisoning from prep surfaces
Oregano oil could cut food poisoning from prep surfaces
Risk of food poisoning from contaminated food surfaces may be reduced by using oregano oil to help kill bacteria, new research suggests.
Next-generation brain supplements
Next-generation brain supplements
Rescuing memory requires improving brain function. The brain is arguably the body's most intricate organ, using more than 20 percent of the body's energy. It needs all the nutrients the other organs need, and more. Fortunately, many next-generation mem...
Poor physical fitness, sedentary behavior linked to pain conditions in childhood
Poor physical fitness, sedentary behavior linked to pain conditions in childhood
A study reveals that poor physical fitness and sedentary behavior would likely increase the pain conditions in childhood aged 6 to 8 years old. The study was printed in the Journal of Pain. It was authored by researchers from the Physical Activity and ...
'Promising': Probiotic combination may shorten C. difficile infections
'Promising': Probiotic combination may shorten C. difficile infections
A combination of four probiotic strains may shorten the duration of an infection with Clostridium difficile, says a new study that supports the role of probiotics to counter the most common cause of hospital-acquired infections.
Will new chemical regulations keep toxics off our plates?
Will new chemical regulations keep toxics off our plates?
There has been a lot of discussion lately about the chemicals that get added to our food and sprayed on or around it while it's growing. But science shows that even if we removed the pesticides and additives, we're all eating and drinking a number of o...
FDA may soon make call on whether to add new dietary fibers
FDA may soon make call on whether to add new dietary fibers
After months of deliberations, FDA officials should be getting close to releasing a determination on whether 26 commonly used food ingredients — including inulin, soluble corn fiber and sugarcane fiber — would be classified as dietary fiber...
Healthy snacks growth outpaces overall food and beverage market
Healthy snacks growth outpaces overall food and beverage market
Free from claims and private-label sales are driving growth in the healthy-ingredient snacks market, and granola and breakfast bars are rising stars in the stagnant breakfast category, says a new report by Packaged Facts.
The emerging plant protein market
The emerging plant protein market
The human genome has largely stayed unchanged over the past 10,000 years when, it is believed, people started cultivating land to raise crops. Human diets and lifestyles progressively changed over these millennia, with the mismatch between the original...