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Lonza Reports Strong Q1 Results, Robust Growth in Specialty Ingredients

25 Apr 2017 --- Lonza has reported a record quarter in terms of sales and earnings during the first quarter of 2017, resulting from a particularly strong performance in the Pharma & Biotech segment and continued robust growth in the Specialty Ingredients segment.

BioGaia Oral Health Probiotic to be Launched in Three New Markets

24 Apr 2017 --- BioGaia has signed three new exclusive agreements for Prodentis, its oral food supplement that contains a natural lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis. The new agreements will see the product launched in Canada, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Nutritious Seaweed and Lobster Jelly Snack is Dairy-Free Alternative for Kids Who Shun Milk

18 Apr 2017 --- South Australian researchers have developed a jelly snack for children made from seaweed and lobster in a bid to boost their calcium levels as large amounts of kids are not drinking enough milk. Due for commercial release next year, the dairy-free food is called SeaNu which has been created using biorefinery technology that takes the seaweed and lobster shell, formulates it into a small jelly for children, perfect for them to pack into school lunchboxes. 

Dietary Supplement May Enhance Dairy Cattle Health and Reproductive Capacity

18 Apr 2017 --- Animal scientist Phil Cardoso knew that milk protein increases when dairy cows are fed the amino acid methionine, but he suspected that the supplement might have additional health benefits. "I wondered, 'Is that the only thing methionine is doing?'" the University of Illinois assistant professor says. "If I'm eating well, am I just going to put on more muscle, or am I going to be healthier overall? It's good to look at the protein in milk, but I wanted to see if other things are changing, such as reproduction."

Avocados May Help Combat Metabolic Syndrome: Review

11 Apr 2017 --- A new review has summarized different in vivo, in vitro and clinical studies to find out avocado's pharmacological effects on different components of metabolic syndrome. The review found that avocados have beneficial effects on lipid profiles, with changes to LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids

Naturex Targets Healthy Aging with Two New Launches

10 Apr 2017 --- Naturex has strengthened its portfolio of healthy aging ingredients with the launch of two new products: ThinkBlue, a wild blueberry extract for cognitive health, and Turmipure, an organic turmeric extract for joint health. Both products will be available in May and can be used in food and beverage applications, with turmeric in particular becoming popular in functional beverages, Naturex spokesperson Eve Landen tells NutritionInsight.

Multivitamins Not Associated with Heart Disease Risk, Regardless of Initial Dietary Intake

06 Apr 2017 --- More than half of older American adults take a daily multivitamin supplement, but evidence of any clear health benefits is scarce. The Physicians' Health Study II (PHS II) remains the only randomized, large-scale, long-term trial to test whether a daily multivitamin reduced cardiovascular disease risk, and researchers found that after 11 years of follow up, there was no significant difference in risk of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events among men who took a multivitamin compared to those that took a placebo. 

Industry Opportunity: Vitamin E May Benefit Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

30 Mar 2017 --- An increased vitamin E supplementation may have a beneficial effect on patients with Metabolic Syndrome, as characterized by obesity, hyperlidimeia, chronic low-grade inflammation and more. 

Key Interview: Innovating with Plants & Bridging the Gap Between Plant and Synthetic Molecules

28 Mar 2017 --- The trend towards more natural, cleaner label products is nothing new, yet the innovation side of the trend continues to surprise and delight the industry. Kemin are certainly leaders in innovation, and today Stefaan Van Dyck, the President of the food technologies division talks to NutritionInsight about bridging the gap between synthetic and natural preservatives and how plant technology can both promote  freshness of food and protect the nutritional value of food products in a way that will appeal to the modern customer.

Survey: Nutrition Industry Optimistic Despite Political Uncertainty

10 Mar 2017 --- Political and economic uncertainties have failed to dent optimism in the nutrition industry, research carried out exclusively for Vitafoods Europe 2017, the global nutraceutical event, has shown. There has been speculation about the impact that political shocks such as Brexit will have on the industry. But research by the organizers of Vitafoods Europe (taking place between 9 and 11 May in Palexpo, Geneva) paints an overwhelmingly positive picture, with excitement about consumer awareness and developing markets on the rise.

DuPont and Happy Family Partner on Pre/Postnatal Probiotic

10 Mar 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health and Happy Family Brands collaborated on the development of Happy Mama Prenatal Probiotic Supplement, a groundbreaking product in the burgeoning category of infant nutritional supplements. The supplement is specifically formulated for expectant mothers and their infants with DuPont’s clinically tested probiotic, HOWARU Protect EarlyLife premium ingredient range, which contains the probiotic strain L. rhamnosus HN001.

Lonza and Sanofi Enter Strategic Partnership

27 Feb 2017 --- Lonza and Sanofi have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland. 

Fasting Mimicking Diet May Reverse Diabetes

24 Feb 2017 --- A landmark study published n Cell finds that providing mice with a temporary, specifically formulated Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells and reduces symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The study also examined pancreatic cell cultures from human type 1 diabetes patients, finding similar results.

Increased Levels of Active Vitamin D May Help to Optimize Muscle Strength

15 Feb 2017 --- Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shown that increasing the levels of active vitamin D can help to optimize muscle strength in humans. The team hopes that the findings will inform the design of future supplementation studies, and begin to answer questions as to the optimal levels of vitamin D required for healthy muscles. 

Exercise May Lower Chances of Developing Severe Mobility Problems

09 Feb 2017 --- A team of researchers has looked into how exercise, health workshops and nutrition training, can help older adults prevent or delay disabilities that interfere with independent living. 

Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex Linked to Antioxidant Effect in Diabetes Patients

06 Feb 2017 --- A new study, named “Antioxidant effects of curcuminoids in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized controlled trial,” has explored the benefits of Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex in reducing oxidative stress in patients suffering from type II diabetes.

Nitrosigine Found to Boost Cognitive Performance in Active Adults

31 Jan 2017 --- The results of two placebo-controlled human studies, published in “Nutrients”, have indicated that Nitrosigine – bonded arginine silicate (ASI) – significantly improves cognitive acuity, including processing speed and executive functioning. 

Physically Active Children Less Depressed

31 Jan 2017 --- While previous studies have shown that adults and young people who are physically active have a lower risk of developing depression, the same effect has not been studied in children - until now. And, the results from the new study show that children receive the same beneficial effect from being active.

Healthy Diet Helps HIV-Positive and Type 2 Diabetes Patients Adhere to Medication Regimens

26 Jan 2017 --- A new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco, has found that HIV-positive people who received healthy food and snacks for six months, were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens. Furthermore, along with people who have type 2 diabetes, the same group was less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare.

Johnson & Johnson Acquire Biotech Company Actelion Ltd

26 Jan 2017 --- Johnson & Johnson have announced that it will acquire the European biotech giant, Actelion Ltd, a company responsible for the development of innovative products for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The two companies have entered a definitive transaction agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will launch an all-cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Actelion for $280 per share.