Bone/Joint Health

Protein boost for Boost: Nestlé ups the content in flagship “adult nutrition” product

14 Aug 2018 --- Nestlé’s flagship adult nutrition high protein drink, Boost, now packs an even bigger protein punch. The company has increased the protein content of Boost in the US from 15g per serving to 20g – a protein increase of 33 percent – in a bid to appeal to the 51 years and older demographic. The use of protein as a source of strength and recovery aid is no longer limited to marathon runners. This is clear as nutritional demands from the senior demographic spurs higher protein NPD.

Soy diets might increase women’s bone strength, suggests animal study

08 Aug 2018 --- Osteoporosis, decreased physical activity and weight gain are serious health concerns for postmenopausal women. Researchers from the University of Missouri now have discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health. Moreover, the researchers believe that soy protein might also have positive impacts on bone strength for women who have not yet reached menopause.

EFSA greenlights novel foods status for Biova’s egg membrane hydrolysate, amid joint health surge

06 Aug 2018 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has recognized egg membrane hydrolysate BiovaFlex as novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283. According to the applicant, Biova LLC (the supplier of BiovaFlex), the ingredient holds particular market potential due to its natural sourcing credentials as well as the convenience it brings by being water-soluble.

Mediterranean diet found to reduce osteoporosis

12 Jul 2018 --- Sticking to a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, unrefined cereals, olive oil and fish can reduce hip bone loss within just 12 months, according to research from the University of East Anglia. The study is the first long-term, pan-European clinical trial looking at the impact of a Mediterranean diet on bone health in older adults. More than 1,000 people aged between 65 and 79 took part in the trial, and volunteers were randomized into two groups – one which followed a Mediterranean diet and a control group which did not. Bone density was measured at the start and after 12 months. The diet had no discernible impact on participants with normal bone density, but it did have an effect on those with osteoporosis.

L-Carnitine: Strong potential for senior sports nutrition market and novel, combination delivery forms

06 Jun 2018 --- L-Carnitine supplementation can particularly enhance post-exercise recovery in aging populations at risk from skeletal decline, according to a review conducted by Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition in conjunction with Tufts University in Boston, US.* The review sought to collate all relevant scientific trials involving the ingredient from the past few decades. It highlights the extensive evidence on L-Carnitine as a sports nutrition ingredient for enhanced exercise capacity in young athletes and how the ingredient can highly benefit other demographics, such as the elderly.

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.

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.

One gram of fish oil a day to keep osteoarthritis pain at bay, study suggests

10 May 2018 --- One gram of fish oil a day could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, a new study in Rheumatology reports. In the largest, most up to date study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey examined the link between diet and the effective self-management of osteoarthritis.

MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2 closest ingredient to dietary cheese intake, study finds

20 Apr 2018 --- Based on a global state of vitamin K2 deficiency and the strong evidence showing it is a cardio-protective nutrient, researchers recommend cheese as a component of a heart-healthy diet due to its vitamin K2 content. However, for those unable to consume enough cheese daily, NattoPharma has introduced its MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2, which aims to deliver the range of menaquinones found in foods.

Bone and joint health: Consumer demands and promising ingredients

19 Apr 2018 --- Mobility, which incorporates bone and joint health, is becoming a key concern for a range of demographics. NutritionInsight spoke with a number of key suppliers in the bone and joint health space about the key ingredients to look out for, as well as some key consumer demands driving innovation in this space.

UK: Boots urged to ditch krill products amid Greenpeace concerns

17 Apr 2018 --- UK pharmacy-led health and beauty chain Boots has come under fire for selling krill products which threaten Antarctic wildlife with Greenpeace claiming stocks are being plundered for krill oil and omega 3 tablets. 

Bone loss prevention: Probi targets new platform for probiotic products

11 Apr 2018 --- Probi has released new clinical results with strong evidence of Probi probiotic supplements significantly reducing bone loss in post-menopausal women. This signifies the possible development of a new probiotic concept within the arena of bone health and osteoporosis.

Bioiberica authorized to sell mobility ingredient in Australia and New Zealand

21 Mar 2018 --- Bioiberica has obtained authorization to sell its Mobilee product in Australia and New Zealand as a medicinal supplement and non-traditional ingredient for use in functional foods. The Therapeutic Goods Administration and Food Standard Australia New Zealand found that this patented natural ingredient rich in hyaluronic acid, collagen and polysaccharides can be included in medicinal supplements and food for daily consumption. 

Calcium supplementation may increase risk of colon polyps, study finds

08 Mar 2018 --- Researchers have found evidence that taking calcium supplementation, with or without vitamin D supplementation, increases the risk of developing polyps, important colorectal cancer precursors. However, these possible risks must be weighed against the benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplementation, with the increased cancer risk appearing between six and ten years after supplementation begins.

NEM eggshell membrane can help recovery in healthy yet tired joints, research recommends

01 Mar 2018 --- A study using NEM brand eggshell membrane from Stratum, showed positive joint health benefits for individuals with healthy joints. Improvements were seen in the rapid recovery from exercise-induced joint pain and stiffness and less discomfort immediately following exercise. Moreover, a substantial chondroprotective effect was demonstrated from NEM supplementation through a lasting decrease in the cartilage degradation biomarker, CTX-II.

Keep magnesium levels topped to benefit from vitamin D, research suggests

28 Feb 2018 --- The body cannot metabolize bone-strengthening vitamin D with low magnesium levels, says a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. While the recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 420 mg for males and 320 mg for females, the standard diet in the US contains only about 50 percent of that amount. As much as half of the total population is estimated to be consuming a magnesium-deficient diet. Meaning, the benefits of vitamin D - such as bone health - may be lost.

Collagen peptides: Innovation platforms far from exhausted, says Rousselot exec

22 Feb 2018 --- Boosted by a growing body of scientific research, collagen peptides have risen in popularity over the past years. In fact, Innova Market Insights figures show that there was a +34 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new product launches for collagen peptides from 2010 to 2016. However, there is still ample room for further growth and research, according to Lisette van Lith, Global Director of Rousselot's Peptan, who spoke with NutritionInsight about her new role and regional inspiration for the usage of collagen peptides. 

Bioiberica: Convenience in formulation driving innovation in joint health

06 Feb 2018 --- The world’s older population continues to grow at an astounding rate. According to a report by the US’ Census Bureau, nearly 17 percent of the world’s population will be aged 65 and over by 2050, up from the current 8 percent. This aging of the population is reflected in a rising interest in age-related health aspects such as bone and joint health. Unsurprisingly maybe, mobility has also become a key area of focus as the loss of physical mobility that so often accompanies aging is the number one reason why many elderly people end up in nursing homes.

Mediterranean diet: Protective benefits found against prostate cancer and frailty

11 Jan 2018 --- Helping to prevent aggressive prostate cancer and frailty in the elderly are to be listed among the benefits of following a Mediterranean diet, according to a number of published studies this week. In a study in The Journal of Urology, researchers have determined that men who followed this diet had lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer than those who followed other common dietary patterns, while in a separate study, analysis of published studies showed that following the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals, helping keep people healthy and independent as they age.

NattoPharma enters Chinese market with new MenaQ7 launch

30 Nov 2017 --- NattoPharma has participated in a launching conference commemorating the first product introduced in China featuring MenaQ7 Vitamin K2 as MK-7. During the event, FishBurg, a Chinese dietary supplement producer in the calcium/vitamin D3 (VD3) segment, signed a partnership and supply agreement with NattoPharma and officially launched its new Blue Hat-registered calcium/VD3/MenaQ7 Vitamin K2 supplement for bone health to the Chinese market.