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Rhodiola rosea botanical’s authenticity issues laid bare in new bulletin

17 Oct 2017 --- The Botanical Adulterants Program, run by organizations including the American Botanical Council (ABC), has announced the publication of a new Botanical Adulterants Bulletin (BAB) on Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea). The bulletin details authenticity issues in the rhodiola trade.

Arla Foods aims to up UK’s protein intake with launch of new milk

17 Oct 2017 --- Family-owned dairy company Arla Foods is to expand its protein range with the launch of Arla Protein Milk in the UK. Arla Foods says the new product continues its innovation in the dairy sector through increasing protein content via everyday dairy products.

Vitamin D activation pathways in inflammation and bone health uncovered

17 Oct 2017 --- Researchers have identified a region of the genome that regulates vitamin D activation in the kidneys, opening the door for more sophisticated treatments of diseases, including bone and immune disorders, involving vitamin D. The results of this research will be published in the October 20 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Spotting the trends: Nexira explores natural ingredients with sought-after health benefits

16 Oct 2017 --- FODMAP friendly, vegan and flexitarian are no longer small niche markets; they are significant trends and their “claims” are being required more and more by end consumers in the US, the EU and the rest of the world. This is according to Julie Imperato, Nexira’s Marketing Manager.

Food for the heart (Part 1): Opportunities, challenges and delivery forms

16 Oct 2017 --- Heart health is literally a matter of life and death – according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year. This means that it accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths. Indeed, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, so potential nutritional solutions are at the forefront of companies’ thinking.

Layn “adopts” monk fruit under American Botanical Council program

16 Oct 2017 --- Layn, a natural ingredients company headquartered in Shanghai, China, has adopted monk fruit (Siraitia grosvenorii) through the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Adopt-an-Herb Program. Through its adoption, Layn says it helps ABC expand its nonprofit educational mission and keep its unique HerbMedPro database updated with the latest scientific and clinical research on monk fruit.

Glucosamine supplement could help to treat brain hyperexcitability in epilepsy

16 Oct 2017 --- Seizure disorders – including epilepsy – are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons. There are currently limited available treatments that can prevent this hyperexcitability. However, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.

Plant power: Legume protein aids in fight against hunger and global warming

16 Oct 2017 --- An increase in growing and consuming legumes in Europe would contribute to improving worrying problems in the world such as hunger and global warming, according to scientists of the European Research Project “TRansition paths to sUstainable legume-based systems in Europe” (TRUE). The study results draw attention to the link in the food system between better nutrition and a lower agricultural impact on the environment.

Naturex and Milne partner on Concord grape extract research and commercialization

16 Oct 2017 --- Naturex’s Open Innovation Program Ingenium has led to the signing of a collaboration agreement with Milne Fruit Products, Inc. to jointly fund human clinical research utilizing Milne’s Concord grape aqueous extract. Concord grape (Vitis labrusca) is a North American fruit, whose unique grapes are rich in health-promoting polyphenols. The natural specialty ingredients supplier launched the open innovation program in March 2016 with the aim of advancing technological breakthroughs and accelerating the introduction of new products through external collaborations. 

Eat your broccoli: study suggests vegetable may help to promote healthy gut

13 Oct 2017 --- A further potential benefit of broccoli has been discovered by researchers: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut by activating an important receptor locally in the gut.

New ketone salts boost fat burning but impair exercise performance: study

13 Oct 2017 --- To improve physical performance, some athletes turn to untested nutritional supplements, with varying results. In the case of one recently available and popular class of supplements – ketone salts – research from UBC's Okanagan campus suggests it may inhibit, rather than improve, athletic performance during high-intensity exercise.

Eye health: Lutein and zeaxanthin could help EU save billions in healthcare costs

13 Oct 2017 --- Savings of €6.20 billion (US$7.33 billion) a year could be generated through the daily consumption of 10mg of lutein in combination with 2mg of zeaxanthin by adults aged 50 and older in the EU with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is according to a new study produced by Frost & Sullivan.

Junk food ad spending outstrips UK government campaigns as healthcare costs of obesity soar

13 Oct 2017 --- Money spent last year on junk food advertising in the UK far outweighed the amount the government spent on healthy eating campaigns, leading to an unbalanced environment pushing the British public towards unhealthy choices, according to new analysis by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA).

Fucose sugar may help prevent liver cancer from spreading

13 Oct 2017 --- Researchers at the RIKEN Global Research Cluster in Japan have discovered a way in which fucose sugar can prevent the spread of cancer in the liver. Published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, the study details how treatment with a modified fucose sugar can disrupt a biological pathway, which in turn blocks hepatoma – cancer cells in the liver – from invading healthy liver cells.

Omega 6 rich diet linked to significantly reduced Type 2 diabetes risk

12 Oct 2017 --- The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes could be significantly reduced by eating a diet rich in omega 6 polyunsaturated fats, a new study suggests. These findings, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, shed new light on the potential health benefits of omega 6, which is found in bean and seed oils such as soybean and sunflower oils and in nuts. They also support clinical recommendations to increase dietary intake of omega 6 rich foods.

Most important meal? Skipping breakfast does not lead to overeating later: study

12 Oct 2017 --- Teenage girls who skipped breakfast as part of a study into energy intake and physical activity were found to consume 350 fewer calories during the day as a whole. 

“Ridiculously healthy” elderly have same gut microbiome as healthy 30-year-olds, according to study

12 Oct 2017 --- A potential strong link between healthy aging and a healthy gut has been shown by one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans. The China-Canada Institute researchers studied the gut bacteria in a cohort of more than 1,000 Chinese people in a variety of age ranges from 3 to over 100 years old. The subjects were self-selected to be extremely healthy with no known health issues and no family history of disease. The results showed a direct correlation between health and the microbes in the intestine.

Latest boost for plant-based protein as Quorn products show muscle benefits

12 Oct 2017 --- Protein found in Quorn meat-free foods may be just as beneficial for muscles as animal proteins, new research funded by Quorn Foods suggests. News of the successful study is the latest to highlight a rosy future for plant-based proteins in the food and beverage marketplace.

Zoganic launches new range of non-GMO functional supplement beverages

11 Oct 2017 --- Zoganic has launched an innovative range of functional supplement beverages which provide essential ingredients that can be mixed right into water. Serving as not only a tasty water enhancement, Zoganic is ideal for people who want optimal health to fit into their busy, on-the-go lives. Each flavor has been specifically formulated with all natural, Non-GMO verified ingredients to help increase Wellness, Immunity, Energy and Digestion, the company reports.

Stunning World Obesity Day statistics note tenfold increase in child obesity since 1975

11 Oct 2017 --- Today marks World Obesity Day, and a new study published in The Lancet has put into perspective the present and future extent of the global health problem. The study notes that there has been a tenfold increase in the number of children and adolescents with obesity worldwide since 1975, and the world will have more obese children and adolescents (aged 5 to 19 years) than underweight by 2022, if current trends continue.