Health & Wellness

Key Interview: Algatech Targets Synergistic Effects to Advance Microalgae Industry

27 Jun 2017 --- Interest in microalgae has surged over the past decade, and as a result, a growing number of companies have sought to develop new products and technologies to harness the myriad health benefits these unicellular species provide. And according to Algatechnologies, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of microalgae’s potential benefits and applications. 

Heightened Risk in Rice? Toxicity of Thioarsenates for Plants Uncovered

27 Jun 2017 --- Although it is a staple food in many regions of the world, rice sometimes contains levels of arsenic that are hazardous to our health. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Bayreuth has now discovered that there are arsenic compounds which have a toxic effect on plants and yet had not previously been considered in connection with chemical analyses of rice and the estimated health risks for humans. The research concerns thioarsenates, compounds made up of arsenic and sulphur, which may be present in rice fields more often than previously assumed. 

Nanoparticles as Food Additives due for Risk Reassessment: Researchers

27 Jun 2017 --- The anticaking agent E551 silicon dioxide, or silica, has been used widely in the food industry over the past 50 years, and was long thought to be quite safe. Now, however, researchers working on the National Research Programme “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” have discovered that these nanoparticles can affect the immune system of the digestive tract.

Special Report: Not a Tough Pill to Swallow – Clean Label and Gummies Star in Supplement NPD

26 Jun 2017 --- The abundance of nutritional information currently available on the Internet is allowing people to educate themselves on all things health and food related, which in turn is boosting consumer interest in dietary supplementation. NutritionInsight speaks with a number of industry experts about some of the key trends and developments regarding dietary supplements.

Parry Nutraceuticals and Synthite Industries Partner up for Phycocyanin Extraction

26 Jun 2017 --- Parry Nutraceuticals, a division of E.I.D. Parry and part of the Murugappa Group, has forged a partnership with Synthite Industries to apply proprietary patented technologies for the extraction of Phycocyanin, a natural blue pigment found in Spirulina. Natural Blue is one of the primary colors, and is difficult to master as there are very limited sources that are acceptable by regulatory bodies. Phycocyanin, extracted from Spirulina, is approved by all major regulatory bodies in US, Europe, Japan and South Korea as food color or functional ingredient, as well as being GRAS. 

FMC Sells Omega 3 Business to Pelagia

26 Jun 2017 --- Pelagia has signed a definitive agreement with FMC to acquire its Epax omega 3 business. The transaction the terms and financial details of which have not been disclosed is expected to be finalized by the end of the third quarter. It is, however, subject to the customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

Steaming Fish Eliminates More Cyanotoxins Than Boiling

26 Jun 2017 --- Steaming freshwater fish for more than two minutes reduces the presence of cylindrospermopsin, a cyanotoxin, by up to 26%, while boiling leads to a smaller reduction (18%), with a corresponding increase in risk for the consumer, according to a globally pioneering study conducted by researchers from the University of Seville.

World Population Projected to Reach 9.8bn in 2050, Elderly Population to Double: UN

23 Jun 2017 --- The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050 and the number of persons aged 60 or above is expected to more than double during the same period, according to a new UN report launched this week. With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline.

Meat Bars, Protein Soda and RTD Meals Score at Sports & Active Nutrition Awards

23 Jun 2017 --- Carbonated protein soda, meat snack bars, ready to drink meals (RTD) and ingredients designed to mask the flavor of protein were the winners of Bridge2Food’s this year’s Sports & Active Nutrition Awards showcasing innovation, the use of natural, functional ingredients and the continued trend to adapt mainstream products for the active nutrition market. 

Plasma Nutrition Partners with NBHRF to Foster Research on its Ingredients

22 Jun 2017 --- With an eye on providing a scientific foundation to its ingredients, New York City-based Plasma Nutrition has partnered with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), an independent organization with a focus on health research in New Brunswick, Canada.

BioGaia Establishes Subsidiary for the Development of Probiotic Drugs

22 Jun 2017 --- BioGaia has established a subsidiary, BioGaia Pharma AB, for the development of drugs identified in the research and development conducted in the company's normal operations. Since the foundation of BioGaia the company has focused its development efforts on the regulatory categories dietary supplements and food for special medical purposes. For certain target segments, the company says these categories are limiting and in some cases it lacks distribution channels for pipeline products. For this reason, the board has decided to also develop probiotic drugs through BioGaia Pharma.

Jubilant and Barentz Partner up to Cater to South Asia as India Turns to Food Fortification

21 Jun 2017 --- Jubilant Life Sciences, an integrated global pharmaceutical and life sciences company, today announced a strategic partnership with ingredients distributor Barentz International. The two companies have signed a commercial agreement to work together within the food & nutrition market in India and its neighboring countries. The collaboration aims to deliver solutions in food nutrition and fortification.

Innovative Cranberry Powder Achieves Canadian UTI Claims Approval

20 Jun 2017 --- Fruit d’Or Nutraceuticals has announced that it has received Natural Product Number (NPN #80076642) from Health Canada’s Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), for their organic cranberry juice powder. Health Canada concluded that Cran Naturelle organic cranberry juice powder is now registered with an NPN claim for the support of a healthy urinary tract. 

Roasting Levels Impact the Health Benefits of Coffee Beans, Study Finds

20 Jun 2017 --- Researchers have found that increased roasting of coffee beans leads to a reduction of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. To gain a better understanding of the health benefits of coffee, researchers compared the caffeine and chlorogenic acid components of coffee beans at different roasting levels and tested the protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the different coffee extracts in human cell models. 

Good Nutrition, Physical and Mental Training Can Reverse Physical Frailty in Elderly: Study

20 Jun 2017 --- Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalization and mortality. A four-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) showed that a combination of nutritional, physical and cognitive interventions can reverse physical frailty in elderly people.

EFSA Confirms Safe Levels For Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food, But Not for All Dietary Sources

19 Jun 2017 --- Although consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as food additives is generally within safe levels for all population groups, if all dietary sources of nitrites and nitrates are considered, the safe levels (ADIs) may be exceeded. This is according to a report by EFSA, following a re-evaluation of existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates intentionally added to meat and other foods. 

OptiBiotix Signs Major Supply Agreement for its Microbiome Modulating Cholesterol-Reduction Probiotic

19 Jun 2017 --- Life sciences company OptiBiotix has signed a three-year supply agreement with HLH BioPharma Vertriebs GmbH for its cholesterol-reducing LPLDL probiotic supplement. Research into the LPLDL probiotic, presented at Vitafoods Europe in May 2017, demonstrated that it is a safe natural ingredient which reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, key determinates of cardiovascular risk. 

DSM and Evonik Settle on Nebraska as a Site for Omega 3 Production

16 Jun 2017 --- Evonik and Royal DSM have settled on Blair, Nebraska, as the location for the commercial-scale production facility for their omega 3 fatty acids from natural marine algae for animal nutrition. DSM Nutritional Products and Evonik Nutrition & Care plan to invest around US$200 million in the facility (US$100 million by each party over approximately two years). 

Despite Speculation, Unsaturated Fats Still Best, Says American Heart Association

16 Jun 2017 --- The American Heart Association continues to recommend replacing saturated fats with poly- and mono-unsaturated vegetable oil to help prevent heart disease, according to a new American Heart Association advisory, published in the association’s journal Circulation. Periodically, the evidence supporting limiting saturated fats has been questioned in scientific literature and the popular press. This advisory was commissioned to review the current evidence and explain the scientific framework behind the American Heart Association’s long-standing recommendation to limit foods high in saturated fats. 

Creatine Supplementation Offers Range of Benefits, CRN Commissioned Review Concludes

16 Jun 2017 --- Creatine supplementation is not only safe, but has been reported to have a number of benefits in populations ranging from infants to the elderly, according to a new white paper titled “Safety and efficacy of creatine supplementation in exercise, sport, and medicine,” published this week in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).