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Chocolate on the brain: The candy may impact cognitive functions such as stress, study finds

25 Apr 2018 --- Chocolate that has a high concentration of cocoa (minimally 70 percent cacao, 30 percent organic cane sugar) could have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, two studies have found. The studies, which will be presented today at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego, are the first to determine the effects of chocolate on cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health in human subjects.

Protein supplements consumed with meals may be more effective for weight control, study shows

25 Apr 2018 --- Consuming protein supplements with meals may be more effective at promoting weight control than consuming supplements between meals in adults following a resistance training regimen, a new systematic review published in Nutrition Reviews indicates.

Reduced gluten: Arcadia Biosciences CEO sees vast untapped market potential 

25 Apr 2018 --- Arcadia Biosciences, an agricultural food ingredient company, has announced the addition of its new reduced gluten (RG) wheat lines to its GoodWheat portfolio of branded ingredients. The company's CEO tells NutritionInsight that although the gluten-free food market is estimated to grow to US$7.59 billion by 2020 in the US, only about 1 percent of the population suffers from celiac disease, which necessitates a gluten-free diet. There is a much larger number of people who choose to eat gluten-free products but do not have gluten-related medical conditions: These consumers report feeling better by consuming less gluten, pointing to the huge market potential of reduced gluten products.

Performance boosters: Glanbia results boosted by nutrition businesses

25 Apr 2018 --- Glanbia nutrition group, Glanbia plc, has noted strong growth in its Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) sector, as well as promising volume growth from the Glanbia Nutritionals (GN) portfolio. Highlights include a 9.3 percent revenue increase from 2017 for GPN, and a 1.1 percent increase from 2017 for GN. The news comes from the release of the company's Interim Management Statement for the past three month period.

US online dietary supplement registry celebrates one year under its wing

25 Apr 2018 --- The Online Wellness Library (OWL) has reached its one year anniversary, and with one year under its wing, the OWL has over 10,000 labels and a number of accolades to boost its position. The OWL strives to ensure consumer safety by supplying an open, online resource: a self-regulatory initiative spearheaded by the council of Nutrition (CRN), for use by the dietary supplement industry. It is designed to “help create a more complete picture of the dietary supplement marketplace in the United States,” and is a two-tiered registry containing information from the labels of dietary supplement products.

Dieting trends (Part 1): Keto and paleo low-carb culture

25 Apr 2018 --- Diets seem to forever be evolving, with new diets being tipped every year to be the next “big thing.” As consumers are ever-more engaged with their health and losing weight remains a key concern, the continuous stream of weight-loss diets is set to continue. What does the future hold for current “trendy” low-carb diets, such as paleo and keto: are they fact or fad? NutritionInsight delves into the pool of paleo and keto.

Industry interest in nutrigenomics on the rise, Vitafoods Europe survey finds

24 Apr 2018 --- Industry interest in personalized genetic testing and nutrigenomics is growing, suggests a survey on the most important trends for the future of the industry. Of the more than 200 nutrition professionals surveyed, a quarter (26 percent) identified new personalized assessment technologies as a key long-term trend, followed by provenance and traceability (19 percent), transparency (18 percent) and sustainability (11 percent).

Lallemand sports nutrition probiotic granted Canadian health claims

24 Apr 2018 --- Lallemand Health Solutions (LHS) has announced a regulatory breakthrough regarding Health Canada granting two new health claims for the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus helveticus Laftil 10 for sports nutrition. Claims such as “promotes gastrointestinal health in physically active adults” and “helps reduce the incidence of cold-like symptoms in adults with exercise-induced stress” are now available for the probiotic strain.

Prenatal diet and lifestyle advice key to children's health, The Lancet emphasizes

24 Apr 2018 --- 24 Apr 2018 A series of articles published this week in the Lancet has further underlined the evidence around the importance of preconception diet, nutrition and lifestyle of parents to the health of their children. The research reinforces the need for nutritional advice and support for women trying to conceive from qualified professionals such as dietitians. Not only do women need to improve iron and folate status but other factors such as obesity, caffeine intake and malnutrition are shown to increase the risk of various diseases in unborn children.

Vitamin A may play vital role in preventing lethal liver cancer

24 Apr 2018 --- Acyclic retinoid, an artificial compound derived from vitamin A, may prevent the reoccurrence of liver cancer tumors. The vitamin A compound targets one common class of liver cancer cells, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which are indicative of a highly lethal cancer with an extremely high rate of recurrence and relapse. The study proves how the acyclic retinoid can slow the growth of the cancer: by targeting levels of the dangerous MYCN in cells, this is true even amongst highly treatment-resilient “cancer stem cells.”

Daily iron shot: Lipofoods develops soluble prototype for iron RDI

23 Apr 2018 --- Lipofoods, SLU, is launching Lipofer, an orosoluble iron “stick” that particularly targets the needs of pregnant or nursing millennial women, but could also be useful for those with iron deficiencies. Lipofer will not be released as a final product, but instead the prototype “demonstrates Lipofer’s superior advantages as a highly soluble, highly bioavailable, and flavorful system for incorporating 100 percent of daily iron into a single delivery system,” says David Padro, Business Manager of Lipofoods.

“Fat Belly” threat: Even those with a healthy weight at risk of heart problems, study finds

23 Apr 2018 --- Even for those with a healthy body mass index (BMI), a “fat belly” creates a two-fold higher long-term risk of heart problems. “Fat belly,” or central obesity, is a store of excess fat around the middle of the body, and this marker of abnormal fat distribution can induce heart problems, findings from the Mayo Clinic revealed. The study is the first of its kind to link normal weight and central obesity to non-fatal cardiovascular events, emphasizing the call to include central obesity measurements in cardiovascular health check-ups. The findings were presented at the EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress.

Fish protein found to prevent “Parkinson's protein” formation, study shows

23 Apr 2018 --- A common protein found in species of fish, parvalbumin, may prevent the formation of specific protein structures that are closely associated with Parkinson’s disease. The study, conducted at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines a light on the link between fish consumption and brain health and expands the healthy reputation of fish beyond the famous omega fatty acids.

Fermentalg reports on Q1 revenue as US expansion begins

20 Apr 2018 --- Fermentalg, a French supplier of microalgae for nutrition and health, has reported first-quarter revenue of €232k whereas no income was recorded in Q1 2017. As of 31 March 2018, Fermentalg held gross cash and cash equivalents of €19.5 million compared to €21.8 million at 31 December 2017. Cash burn amounted to a €2.5 million outflow, stable compared to the previous quarter (excluding financing activities) and down €0.5 million from Q1 2017. Q1 was marked by progress achieved in bringing to market its DHA ORIGINS range of algal oils naturally rich in omega 3, as well as a US distribution agreement with Stauber, a leading North American supplier of specialty ingredients, the company reports. 

Shifting OTC landscape: P&G acquires Merck’s consumer health unit in US$4.2bn deal

20 Apr 2018 --- Procter & Gamble (P&G) has acquired Merck KGaA’s, Darmstadt, Germany, consumer health unit in a US$4.2 billion acquisition that hopes to boost P&G’s health care capabilities, such as with vitamins and supplements, and give them a stronger foothold in global markets.

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.

Weekly Digest: Omega 3 fatty acids health halo widens, NP Nutra organics line gets green boost

20 Apr 2018 --- The past seven days in the Nutrition world has seen research findings suggesting that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation could protect against the potential negative outcomes of smoking during pregnancy, such a preterm birth. Regarding new product launches, Nature’s Power Nutraceuticals corp (NP Nutra) has added two new powders to their sustainable, organic, green ingredients line in honor of world Earth day; Cambridge Commodities has released a customizable range of vitamin and mineral blends, coined Blendev, and off the back of successful product launches this year, Rousselot and Peptan commit to future innovations through customer engagement days. Lastly, Lycored has released its innovative plans for engaging customers at Vitafoods: with an interactive installation which tells the story of lycopene, a carotenoid found in tomatoes.

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.

Infant food allergy linked to genetics and skin exposure to food, dust and wipes

19 Apr 2018 --- Food allergy is triggered by perfect storm of genetics and skin exposure to infant wipes, dust and food, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Infant and childhood food allergy, whose cause has long been a mystery, has now been linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors that must coexist to trigger the allergy. The factors contributing to food allergy include the genetics that alter skin absorbency, use of infant cleansing wipes that leave soap on the skin, skin exposure to allergens in dust and skin exposure to food from those providing infant care. Food allergy is triggered when these factors occur together.

Plant-based possibilities: Report details novel sugar replacements for beverages

19 Apr 2018 --- PreScouter, a Chicago based technology scouting company, details novel replacements for sugars in a new analysis, that are from natural sources, safe, technologically viable and environmentally stable, for use in beverages. The company hopes that the report answers consumer calls for sweeteners that are both natural and healthy, in light of diabetes and obesity epidemics, and that it may aid informing beverage providers on how to best respond to calls for lowering sugar levels in drinks.