Health & Wellness

Dairy proteins take center stage at FiE 2017

12 Dec 2017 --- Exhibitors at FiE 2017 in Frankfurt showed a sustained focus on high protein concepts, with a number of notable innovations in the area of dairy-related ingredients. NutritionInsight looks at just a few of the offerings showcased at this year’s event.

Enzymotec and Frutarom merger gets shareholder green light

12 Dec 2017 --- The shareholders of Israeli specialty chemicals company Enzymotec Ltd. have approved by large majority the merger transaction between Frutarom and Enzymotec. The transaction was approved at Enzymotec’s General Meeting by 99.9 percent majority of shareholders present at the meeting and entitled to vote, Frutarom Industries Ltd. reports.

Relief from food allergies may come from antibody drug and food desensitization

12 Dec 2017 --- A clinical trial of 48 children with multiple food allergies which tested antibody drug omalizumab alongside food desensitization treatment resulted in more effective allergy relief compared to placebo, according to a study published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology journal.

Energetic growth: Energy boosters add pep to the nutritional space’s step

11 Dec 2017 --- Busy schedules can cause consumers to go through an “energy crisis” – prompting their desire to reach for products that might offer some support to their energy levels. Energy boosters are certainly showing signs of growth in all regions tracked by Innova Market Insights. A CAGR in supplement launches of +208.8 percent in South America from 2012 to 2016 is particularly noteworthy, while Europe is top of the pile worldwide with 28.8 percent of its supplement launches having an energy claim in 2016 and its CAGR amounting to a strong +86.7 percent.

Nutrition 21 launches US media campaign to support Velositol ingredient

11 Dec 2017 --- Nutrition 21, LLC has partnered with NYC-based media relations firm Pitch Publicity and clinical pharmacist James B. LaValle in a national media tour dedicated to educating consumers about the benefits of its proprietary ingredient, Velositol.

Lakeview Equity invests in nutritional solutions provider NutriScience Innovations

11 Dec 2017 --- Lakeview Equity Partners, LLC, a US$40 million Milwaukee, US-based private equity fund, has invested in NutriScience Innovations, LLC, based in Trumbull, Connecticut, US. NutriScience is a cGMP-certified global supplier of nutritional and functional ingredients to companies that manufacture nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and dietary products.

Inflammatory bowel disease rates on the rise outside West, says new study

08 Dec 2017 --- Countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America have seen a rise in incidence of inflammatory bowel disease as they have become increasingly industrialized and Westernized, a new study has found. The research – a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, UK, the University of Calgary, Canada, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong – is described by the University of Birmingham as the most definitive and comprehensive study of the global epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease.

Consuming sugary drinks during pregnancy may increase asthma risk in mid-childhood

08 Dec 2017 --- Children between the ages of 7 and 9 may be at greater risk for developing asthma if they consumed high amounts of fructose in early childhood or their mothers drank a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages while pregnant, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

New Biopolis probiotic mix helps reduce topical steroid use by atopic dermatitis patients

07 Dec 2017 --- Biopolis, majority owned by agricultural processor and food ingredient provider Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), has introduced a new probiotic mix designed to reduce the need for topical steroid use by Atopic Dermatitis (AD) patients. The clinical research recently published in JAMA Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed general medical journal, shows the benefits of consuming a mix of probiotics in reducing the need for topical steroids by AD patients.

High PUFA levels in children linked to reduced allergy risk

07 Dec 2017 --- High levels of omega 3 and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in children’s blood are associated with a reduced risk of asthma or rhinitis at the age of 16 years, according to new research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The study is published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Ingredion carbohydrate shows positive glycemic response and energy release results

06 Dec 2017 --- Ingredient solutions provider Ingredion Incorporated has announced the results of a new clinical study into the sustained energy effects of the Sustra 2434 slowly digestible carbohydrate. The study, published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nutrients, is the first to characterize physiological responses to the slowly digestible starch (SDS) in two different foods and found that it lowers glycemic response and produces a steadier energy release.

Weight management program can put Type 2 diabetes into remission finds Lancet study

06 Dec 2017 --- Type 2 diabetes can be reversed following an intensive weight management program, according to a randomized trial in adults who have had the condition for up to six years, published in The Lancet. The findings lend support to the widespread use of this type of intervention in the routine care of Type 2 diabetes across health services.

Kappa Bioscience reveals free vitamin K2 MK-7 quality testing program

06 Dec 2017 --- Kappa Bioscience has announced the worldwide launch of a free vitamin K2 MK-7 quality testing program. The program, announced at CPhI India, is open to finished K2 products, from any source, for testing and verification of the product’s K2 label claim. The program supports wider goals of educating markets about K2 stability and advancing K2 science to resolve the question of why unprotected K2 is unstable in mineral formulations. 

Nestle acquires Atrium for US$2.3 billion, extends consumer healthcare portfolio

06 Dec 2017 --- Nestle has agreed to acquire Canadian nutritional health products manufacturer Atrium Innovations from a group of investors led by Permira Funds for US$2.3 billion in cash. Nestle notes that the move for the company, whose 2017 sales are expected to reach almost US$700 million, supports Nestle’s pursuit of growth opportunities in consumer healthcare to complement the company's focus on its high-growth food and beverage categories.

Exercise changes gut microbiota independent of diet, researchers report

05 Dec 2017 --- Exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut, according to two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects. The studies, which offer the first definitive evidence of the hypothesis, were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.

Low calorie sweeteners may satisfy the desire for sweetness, suggests new review

05 Dec 2017 --- Consumption of low-calorie sweeteners may have the advantage of satisfying desire for sweetness and controlling weight to some extent, according to a review of scientific literature examining their impact on weight control. The review, carried out by Professor Peter Rogers of the University of Bristol in the UK, negatively evaluates three common anti-sweetener arguments.

Kyowa brings Setria Glutathione’s benefits to curious European consumers

05 Dec 2017 --- Following the launch of its flagship Setria Glutathione product, Kyowa Hakko is keenly watching and helping build the European market for immunity, beauty and sports nutrition products at a key time in its development. Earlier this year, the company launched its glutathione product in the European market. Manufactured through a patented fermentation process, the product can help replenish the body’s reserves of glutathione that may be depleted through poor diet, damaging lifestyle habits or aging.

Novel seaweed extracts: Cancer-inhibiting properties discovered in fucoidans

05 Dec 2017 --- Breakthrough research has confirmed that two unique compounds extracted from a specific seaweed have significant cancer-inhibiting properties. A series of animal studies undertaken at McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) have shown that the two fucoidans reduced tumor growth in select cancers and significantly improved the effectiveness of the common chemotherapy drug tamoxifen.

The whey factor: Volac targets the “active” consumer

04 Dec 2017 --- At Food Ingredients Europe, held in Frankfurt last week, Volac exhibited their Volactive UltraWhey Velicious ingredient, which is a specifically engineered whey protein concentrate powder that can be used in everyday products such as ice cream, baked goods, ready to drink shakes, smoothies, soups and many more.

Demand for Advanced Lipids’ infant formula solution soars as tenth anniversary marked

04 Dec 2017 --- Demand for infant formula containing Infat SN-2 palmitate – an ingredient that mimics the fatty acid profile in human milk – has soared over the past decade and will continue to grow, according to Advanced Lipids. The company, a joint venture between Enzymotec and AAK, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.