Sports Nutrition

US FDA moves to ban bulk sale of concentrated caffeine products to consumers 

16 April 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance declaring that dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine, in powder or liquid forms, are unlawful when sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers. The agency notes that it is prepared to take immediate steps to begin removing such “dangerous bulk products.”

One in ten Greek teen athletes using contaminated supplements, study finds

16 Apr 2018 --- One in ten adolescent athletes are using nutritional supplements contaminated with doping substances, a study has found. The study, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, revealed a high overall usage of supplement products amongst adolescent athletes in Athens, with proteins/amino acids and vitamins leading the way in popularity. However, the items, often purchased online, were contaminated with banned substances at a rate of nine percent.

Astaxanthin: AstaReal explores the science, market and potential behind red carotenoid

12 Apr 2018 --- Driven by a consumer demand for health and wellness products, astaxanthin is experiencing huge growth in the European market as well as booming demand in Asia. During a NutritionInsight webinar is entitled “Performance and Recovery: Natural Astaxanthin Opportunities,” Maryanne Mburu, Key Account Manager at AstaReal, and Dr. Mark Miller explored the product development and untapped opportunity for the health ingredient. 

B12 ginger gummies win 2018 Expo West NEXTY Award

27 Mar 2018 --- Dietary supplement brand MegaFood was named a winner of the New Hope Network 2018 Expo West NEXTY Award for outstanding new products in the natural products industry. MegaFood's newly launched B12 Energy Ginger Gummies were recognized for Best New Supplement Delivery Format. The NEXTY Awards are a twice-annual award connected to New Hope Network's Natural Products Expo shows in March and September.

Research Digest: Summer BBQ under heat, novel performance blend for athletes

23 Mar 2018 --- NutritionInsight’s weekly roundup of research has identified two significant studies on heart health which pinpoint some popular accompaniments of a summer barbeque: soft drinks and barbequed meat. Firstly, it has been indicated that sugary drink ingestion may have implications on cardiovascular health and mortality in those over the age of 45, and cooking meat at high temperatures could have consequences on high blood pressure and other ailments. A new patent-pending product, Setria performance blend, has been released, with the aim of improving athletics nitric oxide bioavailability.

“Carb Blocker Capsules”: Protein World's marketing breaches EU code, UK agency rules

23 Mar 2018 --- The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that the marketing of “Carb Blocker Capsules” from Protein World breaches EU regulation health codes. The “Carb Blocker Capsules” were promoted via social media but two complaints challenged whether the capsules could, in fact, stop unused sugars from carbs being stored as fat in the body, as claimed. ASA stated that although the product followed certain health regulations, the accompanying market and naming were ruled to not adequately reflect the real nature of the product, and therefore, were in breach of the code.

"Aggressive transformation": Nellson announces US$70m investment in new facility

16 Mar 2018 --- A US$70 million investment in a new nutrition bar manufacturing plant in Ontario, California has been announced by Nellson Nutraceutical (Nellson), a North American formulator and manufacturer of branded and private label nutritional bars and functional powders. 

Product purity: Entire NOW sports range gains "Informed Sport" certification 

16 Mar 2018 --- NOW Sports – US manufacture of natural products – has invested in the detection of banned substances across its brand, which includes more than 150 sports nutrition products. The "clean" certification comes from a third party, known as Informed Sport, who have 54 years’ experience in anti-doping control.

Peptan brand expands: Rousselot launches hydrolyzed collagen for healthy joints

15 Mar 2018 --- Rousselot, a global producer of gelatin for the pharmaceutical, food and nutrition industries, is introducing a new joint health supplement to the market: Peptan IIm, launched under their known Peptan brand. The product is a hydrolyzed collagen type 2 matrix, which may offer multiple benefits in the area of joint health. 

Health claim victory: EFSA confirms physical performance benefits of carbohydrate solutions

14 Mar 2018 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific assessment confirming the beneficial health effects of glycemic carbohydrates on the improvement of physical performance during high-intensity and long-lasting physical exercise. As a result, sports nutrition companies will be able to include on-pack claims regarding the performance boosting capacity of products containing carbohydrate solutions (CHO). 

Insect protein falls short in building muscle mass in young men, study finds

13 Mar 2018 --- The effects of insect protein supplementation on exercising young men have no significant benefits over carbohydrate supplementation in terms of muscle mass or strength, a study has found. The Danish study, published in Nutrients, did however state that the insect protein could have great use within other population groups. Around 2 billion people around the world already consume insects as part of their regular diet due to their high nutritional value, versatility and flavor. 

Ancient becomes modern: US$103 million investment for bone broth innovator

12 Mar 2018 --- Ancient Nutrition, a bone broth protein and collagen supplement maker, has secured $103 million in funding through strategic minority investment led by VMG Partners. The company, which is the breakthrough pioneer in Bone Broth Protein supplementation that delivers the benefits of “homemade bone broth in a convenient, easy-to-mix form,” revealed a minority investment from VMG Partners, Hillhouse Capital, ICONIQ Capital, and over 100 members of a co-investor network.

Deep ocean minerals could aid exercise recovery in middle-aged men, study finds

09 Mar 2018 --- Deep ocean minerals may possess promise for use in exercise supplementation for middle-aged men, a study has found. The study, published in Frontiers of Physiology, found that deep ocean minerals (DOM) had a significant effect on the cerebral hemoglobin levels of middle-aged men during and post-exercise.

Intermittent fasting may enhance endurance when combined with moderate aerobic exercise

28 Feb 2018 --- Intermittent food deprivation paired with moderate aerobic exercise may enhance endurance, according to a study conducted on mice. The new study, published online in The FASEB Journal, suggests an alternative to eating three meals a day plus snacks for optimal health and maximum performance in endurance sports.

Caffeinated beverages get a wake-up call: Plant-based alertness formula receives US patent

27 Feb 2018 --- Israeli company Inno-Bev has received a US patent for its plant-based alertness formula called WakeUp. The patent describes a method for providing an “awakening effect” as well as for compositions of plant extracts that aim to improve well-being. The formula incorporates functional extracts of guarana, ginkgo biloba and elderberry, and is sweetened by a low-glycemic fruit extract. 

Plant power: Optimum Nutrition launches brand's first plant-based protein

23 Feb 2018 --- Performance nutrition supplier Optimum Nutrition ("ON") is expanding its Gold Standard protein line with the brand's first plant-based protein powder. Fitting nicely within the trend toward plant-based offerings to suit athletes of all levels, ON Gold Standard 100% Plant has a multisource blend of premium, plant-based protein that delivers a complete profile of essential amino acids, outstanding taste and texture, without any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

A gold medal for recovery? FrieslandCampina DMV develops innovative casein isolate 

14 Feb 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DMV has introduced their latest innovation in dairy protein ingredients. Micelate Prestige has been launched this week in Europe and is a key addition to the company’s growing portfolio of Performance Nutrition solutions. 

The debate is over: Protein supplements “significantly” benefit muscle mass

09 Feb 2018 --- Dietary protein supplements do significantly improve muscle strength and size when taken by healthy adults who lift weights, say McMaster scientists who analyzed dozens of research studies. According to the researchers, their analysis puts to rest any debate on whether or not such supplementation is effective. However, the effects are not as big as some supplement companies would have you believe, cautions the senior author on the paper, Stuart Phillips, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University.

Arjuna ups sustainability credentials by improving nitric oxide booster production process

05 Feb 2018 --- Arjuna Natural Extracts has implemented a sustainable approach to meet growing demand for its nitric oxide booster, OxyStorm, in the US and Europe. The company reports it is now able to guarantee a sustainable, nitrate-enriched, all-natural Amaranthus extract supply for boosting nitric oxide levels. 

US health body launches online resources to curb confusion on dietary supplements

25 Jan 2018 --- The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health – the US’ medical research agency – has two new resources to help people understand what is known about the effectiveness and safety of many ingredients in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss. Both fact sheets are available online in a health professional version that is detailed and fully referenced, as well as consumer versions in both English and Spanish.