Oral Health

Protein drink innovation: FrieslandCampina DMV launches “ultra-clean” whey protein isolate

08 Oct 2018 --- FrieslandCampina Ingredients DMV has launched an “ultra-clean” whey protein isolate. The company touts Nutri Whey Isolate as representing an exciting new proposition: a pure, clean-tasting, nutritionally balanced protein that can deliver unprecedented clarity in protein water and clear drinks applications. This is the first time that FrieslandCampina Ingredients DMV has offered a whey protein isolate. The drivers behind its move into this ingredient space are proprietary R&D advancements that have yielded a minimally-processed, high-performance isolate, coupled with a desire to meet the latest market needs for high protein products.

Cinnamon oil may hold the key to preventing superbugs

17 Jul 2018 --- Antibiotic resistance has become one of the biggest threats to global health and food security. In light of antibiotics becoming less effective against superbugs, a Swinburne University researcher is studying traditional agents to modify the behavior of bacteria, rather than killing them. Dr. Sanjida Halim Topa investigated cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, and found that it inhibited the development of biofilm, a sticky film of bacteria – like the plaque that forms on teeth – that can cause persistent infections, which resist even the most potent antibiotics.

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 – chemically free –  are in demand. 

Immunity booster: Ingredia launches new lactoferrin ingredient

06 Apr 2018 --- Ingredia is to launch Proferrin, a native lactoferrin derived from French cow’s milk. According to the company, its expertise in cutting-edge separation techniques allows it to ensure that Proferrin features the highest purity on the market, with more than 96 percent of lactoferrin on total proteins. Proferrin aims to help people reinforce their immune system, such as children, pregnant women, athletes and the aging population. 

Naturex targets oral care market with microbiota-balancing natural active

22 Feb 2018 --- Naturex has launched Bucovia, a natural bio-guided fractionated active aimed at effectively supporting mouth health. Current oral healthcare solutions include biocides (antiseptic or antibiotic), synthetic ingredients that wipe out both good and bad mouth bacteria and increase the virulence of Candida. Naturex’s new solution is composed of active compounds from Solidago virgaurea, a European plant containing saponins that are effective in controlling the growth of mixed fungal-bacterial biofilms. Bucovia regulates Candida albicans genes involved in biofilm formation and inhibits its bacterial partners. 

Drink up: Wine polyphenols may improve oral health

22 Feb 2018 --- Wine polyphenols might be good for your oral health, researchers report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Previous research had already pointed to the heart and colon health benefits of sipping wine, which are possibly due to the beverage's abundant and structurally diverse polyphenols.

EFSA rejects Unilever black tea health claim

18 Jan 2018 --- The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a health claim regarding black tea’s effects on the maintenance of normal endothelium-dependent vasodilation in adults. The application, submitted for authorization of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 by Unilever, pertained to “black tea beverages, either freshly prepared or reconstituted from water extract powders of black tea, characterized by the content of flavanols (expressed as catechins plus theaflavins) of at least 30 mg per 200 ml serving.” 

NHS England to ban sale of sugary drinks in hospitals

05 Jan 2018 --- NHS England has banned the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks in hospitals, effective July this year. The ban has been written into the updated Standard Contract for hospitals which was posted on the healthcare provider’s website on Wednesday. A number of organizations and lobby groups have lauded the move, although the British Soft Drinks Association noted that while sugar intake from soft drinks has been falling, obesity levels have been increasing over the past years.

Blood lead levels lower and tooth decay higher in children who don’t drink tap water: study

27 Nov 2017 --- Children and adolescents in the US who do not drink tap water, which is typically fluoridated, are much more likely to have tooth decay, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. However, the study also confirms that those who drink tap water are more likely to have elevated levels of lead in their blood.

Vitamin D Supplementation May Improve Fertility

23 May 2017 --- Researchers will today present new data on the link between vitamin D and male fertility at the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) in Lisbon. The new results add to our understanding of the effects of low vitamin D levels on testosterone levels and whether vitamin D supplementation could help improve fertility in both sexes.

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.

Resveratrol Could Suppress Pathogen that Causes Inflammation

20 Oct 2016 --- Resveratrol, a component of red wine and grapes, may help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports.

Very Hot Drinks May Cause Cancer, But Coffee Does Not, Says WHO

16 Jun 2016 --- The World Health Organization’s cancer research agency says beverages consumed at more than 65C are probably linked to esophageal cancer.

Oralis SB Granted Oral Health Claim in Canada

31 May 2016 --- Canadian company Lallemand Health Solutions (LHS) has announced that their probiotic formula Oralis SB has been recognized for its benefits in dental health management by the Canadian Health Authorities, based on four randomized trials.

Bifodan Launches Two New Products at Vitafoods 2016

11 May 2016 --- Bifodan A/S has announced the market introduction of 2 proprietary probiotic solutions backed by clinical research: Oral Extra and FemiOral Balance.  

KEY INTERVIEW: Kent Precision Foods – Thick-It AquaCare Range and CHAMPS Collaboration

08 Mar 2016 --- Kent Precision Foods Group (KPFG) has joined forces with CHAMPS Group Purchasing to supply fortified and modified drinks for the US health care industry. Doug Stetzer and Megan Watts of KPFG described to NutritionInsight how their patented Thick-It AquaCare H20 beverage range aids people with swallowing problems.

BLIS K12 Receives “No Objection” GRAS Letter From FDA

19 Feb 2016 --- Oral-health probiotic BLIS K12 has received a “Letter of No Objection” from the US Food and Drink Administration (FDA) for its self-affirmed notification of Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status.

Sugar-Free Drinks are Bad News for Teeth, Say Dentists

07 Dec 2015 --- Scientists at the University of Melbourne’s Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre have warned about the damage sugar-free drinks can do to tooth enamel.

Wild Blueberry Could Help Prevent Gum Disease

03 Sept 2015 --- Gum disease is a common condition among adults that occurs when bacteria form biofilms or plaques on teeth, and consequently the gums become inflamed. Some severe cases, called periodontitis, call for antibiotics. But now scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque formation. Their report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry could lead to a new therapy for periodontitis and a reduced need for antibiotics.

Dental Health Charity Highlights Effect of Sugar on Oral Health

02 Sept 2015 --- Important changes need to be made at the highest level to urgently address the UK's deteriorating dental health from sugar consumption, an oral health charity says.