Bone/Joint Health

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.

BioGaia probiotic found to reduce bone loss in older women

20 Nov 2017 --- Supplementation of the BioGaia probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 6475 decreased bone loss compared to placebo in 90 older women. This is according to the results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study at the University of Gothenburg.

New MenaQ7 patents granted to NattoPharma in US, Israel and Australia

08 Nov 2017 --- NattoPharma ASA has successfully secured patents in Israel, the US and Australia for its “nature-identical synthesis” creating MenaQ7 PharmaPure Vitamin K2 as MK-7, adding further to the company’s patent portfolio.

Bad for the bones: Average calcium intake varies widely around world, study notes

30 Oct 2017 --- A new study led by an International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) research committee has found that daily average calcium intake among adults varies widely around the world. Critically low intake was found in certain Asian, African and Latin American countries, while studies showed nearly double the intake in many European countries and the US.

Natreon antioxidant provides relief for joint issues in healthy overweight subjects: study

23 Oct 2017 --- Ayurvedic products company Natreon’s AyuFlex significantly improved joint mobility, comfort and functional capacity in healthy overweight subjects. This is according to a study into AyuFlex, the clinically studied and standardized aqueous extract of the fruits of Terminalia chebula, recently published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. AyuFlex is a potent antioxidant and previous studies have noted the efficacy of AyuFlex for modulating inflammation and oxidative stress, the Natreon press release notes.

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.

Valensa International obtains two US patents for joint health formulations

04 Oct 2017 --- The US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Florida-based Valensa International two new patents, locking down patent protection for the core ingredients related to the company’s FlexPro MD and FlexPro ES. In clinical trials, these dietary formulations for joint health were shown to be three to five times more effective in relieving joint discomfort than a standard commercial formulation of glucosamine and chondroitin. 

Cambridge Commodities launches mushroom vitamin D powder

14 Sep 2017 --- Nutritional ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities has launched a mushroom-based vitamin D powder: VitaShroom D. VitaShroom D is produced exclusively for Cambridge Commodities in Europe where the mushrooms are grown, picked and powdered on the same site, meaning every step in the supply chain is controlled and traceable, the company reports. 

Yogurt found to boost mineral density in bones

14 Sep 2017 --- Yogurt is known as a rich source of calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, protein, branched-chain amino acids, bioactive peptides and probiotics – and all of these might contribute to musculoskeletal health, a study recently published in the Osteoporosis International journal has noted.