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Targeting aching joints: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

21 May 2018 --- World populations are getting older and with age, the risk of bone and joint health issues – such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – increases. Moreover, joint health concerns also affect younger consumers, such as so-called “weekend warriors,” who exercise once or twice a week, meaning that the joint health market is of interest not just to senior citizens but also to any consumers seeking to live an active life. Among the different innovative healthy aging and lifestyle solutions presented at Vitafoods Europe this year, there was a clear spot for ingredients aimed at supporting joint health.

Key gut-brain interplays identified, enhancing possibilities for neurological treatments

21 May 2018 --- Steps have been taken toward untangling the complex interplay that allows the byproducts of microorganisms living in the gut to influence the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers have defined a pathway between the two, coined the gut-brain axis, that may help guide therapies for multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Essentially, some gut microbes were found to activate an anti-inflammatory pathway that can limit neurodegeneration.

Ready meals with a pulse: Gaia Pulses on sustainability from the outside in

18 May 2018 --- Dining out, in is pegged at number seven in Innova Market Insights top ten 2018 trends, and in this suit, we have seen the face of ready meals drastically change from plastic packaged, typically calorie-laden curries and pizza. Delivering on this exciting front is London based Gaia Pulses; coined the UK’s first ready meal in GM-free compostable packaging. NutritionInsight spoke to Yolanda Antonopoulou, Founder, about the meals which are made for the mindful, on-the-go consumer.

Sports nutrition mainstreams: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

18 May 2018 --- Boundaries are blurring as sports nutrition continues to move mainstream. Ingredients and products aimed at promoting active living were a clear standout theme at Vitafoods Europe this year. New launches targeted a wide scope of aspects related to active lifestyles, and are likely to resonate not just with hardcore athletes but also with consumers of different ages and activity groups. 

Weekly Digest: Valensa's Saw Palmetto gains sustainable logo

18 May 2018 --- The past week saw Valensa International gain sustainable recognition with the Fresh from Florida logo for their Saw Palmetto product, as well as USP’s (United States Pharmacopeia) Dietary Supplement Verification Program nabbing the top spot for reliability as determined by pharmacists in a survey conducted by the Pharmacy Times. Furthermore, in clinical news, omega 3 and omega 6 were found to aid the regulation of blood glucose levels in rats. The findings open up the potential for the use of supplements in type 2 diabetes regulation.

Nutricosmetics: Seppic launches ingredient dedicated to sensitive skin 

18 May 2018 --- French specialty ingredients company Seppic has launched Sepibliss, a nutricosmetic active ingredient dedicated to reactive and sensitive skins. Sensitive skin is a global and growing problem due to multiple aggressions such as pollution, weather conditions, emotional stress or food habits. Sepibliss aims to handle this concern in a new innovative way, by soothing these reactions by oral route.

BGG & Solix Algredients combine to expand functional ingredient NPD and portfolio

18 May 2018 --- BGG and Solix Algredients, Inc. have joined forces to form a new company supplying functional ingredients originating from three sectors: algae, fruits and plants. The new company hopes for particular strength in innovative product combinations and the natural astaxanthin market. The portfolio will include natural astaxanthin, DHA Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E tocotrienols, apple polyphenols and fruit/berry extracts for the food/beverage, personal care and feed markets. 

DuPont attains US green light on HMO infant nutrition solution

17 May 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health’s CARE4U human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) is now Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in infant and toddler formula following a “No Objection” letter from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Glanbia targets modern lifestyle demands with new performance nutrition ingredients 

17 May 2018 --- Glanbia Nutritionals has launched two new performance nutrition ingredients for formulation in functional beverages in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ignitor and WheyXR were developed to enhance amino acid release, allowing manufacturers to maximize the health benefits of protein supplementation. Both ingredients target the ever-expanding market for sports nutrition options and were included in its range of prototypes at this year’s Vitafoods Europe 2018, which showcased Glanbia’s portfolio and applications expertise.

Protein provides benefit for adult bone and joint health, expert consensus reports

17 May 2018 --- Dietary protein intake above the recommended levels may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk in seniors with osteoporosis, an expert consensus reports. Based on an analysis of major research studies, the review, published in Osteoporosis International, found that a protein-rich diet is beneficial for adult bone health. The consensus debunks the popular myth that too much protein may be damaging to bone health.

Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative: “Reach 50 million kids by 2030”  

17 May 2018 --- Nestlé is beefing up their children's nutrition programme with a focus on developing health fortified and sugar and salt reduced products. The move is hoped to offer children more nutritious food options, as part of Nestlé's wider Healthier Kids initiative. Other key goals of the on-going initiative include: “Building knowledge on children’s nutritional needs and inspiring parents & caregivers to raise healthier kids,” a Nestlé spokesperson tells NutritionInsight.

Calories from sugar-sweetened drinks deemed most harmful, review finds

16 May 2018 --- A group of scientists have agreed that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems, elevating their calorie status to more harmful than calories from other foods and drinks. The conclusions come from a position paper, published in Obesity Review, compiled by a group of researchers. Also highlighted in the paper was the overall difficulty in conducting and interpreting nutritional research. 

Paleo candy: Partnership accelerates health conscious snacking space

16 May 2018 --- Hu products, makers of organic, paleo and vegan chocolate, have received new investment and partnership from Sonoma Brands, a unique food and beverage products incubator. With its beginnings in the paleo-inspired New York-based restaurant, Hu Kitchen, Hu Chocolate says that it is now ready to “accelerate the expansion of its global reach and propel its growth in the health-conscious snacking space.”

US safety watchdog to US FDA: “Add warning labels to ginkgo biloba supplements”

16 May 2018 --- The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is urging consumers to avoid supplements made with ginkgo biloba, which they claim can be adulterated. They propose that the supplement is ineffective in improving memory and circulation. The agency has compiled a letter to the FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs requesting warning labels on ginkgo packages.

“Key milestone”: Chr. Hansen trial finds probiotic potential for painkiller gut damage defense

16 May 2018 --- A Chr. Hansen clinical trial has demonstrated the effectiveness of probiotic strains in protecting against potential gut damage caused by the regular use of household painkillers. Chr. Hansen state that they will now focus on fully exploiting the strains full potential, deepening understanding of the underlying mechanisms and gathering sufficient data to publish in a scientific journal. The findings add to a growing research area using probiotics for health.

Oral health: Natural products rising and good-for-your teeth sweets

15 May 2018 --- In line with the personal care market, oral health products are increasingly marketing themselves from a natural positioning, as well as a cosmetic one. “Beauty from within” claims all contribute to a more holistic understanding of wellbeing and consumers are increasingly looking to inherent health benefits from natural ingredients which convey better-for-you appeal. NutritionInsight covers a range of innovative products and suppliers tapping into the tooth-care market. When it comes to teeth, more than a shiny, white veneer is the goal: strong teeth and a healthy mouth – chemical free, are increasingly in demand. 

Vitamin D may play a role in children's non-alcoholic liver disease, study finds

15 May 2018 --- Children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have particularly low vitamin D status and suffer from vitamin D insufficiency throughout the year, new research has found. The research, published in Pediatric Obesity, charted vitamin D levels and variations in genes that determine vitamin D status, in British children diagnosed with the liver disease. The findings open up potential future possibilities for treatment using vitamin D.

Mondelez: Public-Private partnerships effective for addressing childhood obesity

15 May 2018 --- Healthy lifestyle, school-based, public-private partnership programs may be key for addressing childhood obesity, a report published by The Mondelēz International Foundation has found. Results showed the programs positive impacts on healthy lifestyles through knowledge and practice in the target populations. The report may also provide important lessons in establishing effective public-private partnerships (PPPs) designed to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.

Hoffmann Neopac unveils innovative supplement packaging solutions at Vitafoods 2018

15 May 2018 --- Pharmaceutical packaging specialists, Hoffmann Neopac, will unveil their newest tins and tube solutions at this year’s Vitafoods show, in Geneva. The new packaging is certified to be childproof and aims to meet the demand for more cost-effective and sustainable innovations across the pharmaceutical, dietary and food industries.

Major players support WHO call for global elimination of trans fats by 2023

15 May 2018 --- The International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA), which brings together 12 leading food and beverage companies, has agreed to help contribute to the WHO goal of eliminating industrially produced trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. The move comes just one month before the June 18th total US ban on trans fats in products. It is encased within a six-step guide called Replace and calls for strong public-private cooperation and product reformulation with the public health in mind.