Heart Health

Raisio looks to Benecol brand growth amid company “renewal”

08 Aug 2018 --- Raisio is targeting renewed growth for its “star” international brand Benecol, with an increased focus on marketing products featuring the cholesterol-lowering plant stanol esters. The strategy includes a €2 million (US$2.3 million) marketing investment in the brand during Q2 and the opening of a new entity to serve the strong Irish market, as well as the launch of product innovations, including a new cereal bar line which uses the ingredient.

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.” 

Multivitamins Not Associated with Heart Disease Risk, Regardless of Initial Dietary Intake

06 Apr 2017 --- More than half of older American adults take a daily multivitamin supplement, but evidence of any clear health benefits is scarce. The Physicians' Health Study II (PHS II) remains the only randomized, large-scale, long-term trial to test whether a daily multivitamin reduced cardiovascular disease risk, and researchers found that after 11 years of follow up, there was no significant difference in risk of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events among men who took a multivitamin compared to those that took a placebo. 

Healthy Lifestyle Can Cut Genetic Heart Disease Risk

14 Nov 2016 --- Following a healthy lifestyle can cut in half the probability of a heart attack or similar event, even for those who have a high genetic risk, according to a study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). 

Aged Garlic Extract Reduces Dangerous Artery Plaque Buildup

25 Jan 2016 --- The supplement Aged Garlic Extract can reverse the buildup of deadly plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease, according to a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Nutrition.

Eating Healthier Fats Could Reduce Heart Disease Deaths Worldwide

21 Jan 2016 --- Eating healthier fats could save more than a million people internationally from dying from heart disease, and the types of diet changes needed differ greatly between countries, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Coronary Heart Disease: The Evidence for Saturated Fat and Sugar

15 Jan 2016 --- Atherosclerotic Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is responsible for one in every six deaths in the United States as well as being the leading cause of death throughout the developed world. Healthcare professionals have for many years sought to limit and control CHD by focusing on prevention and, from a dietary perspective, on limiting saturated fats.

Can Pomegranates Reduce Heart Disease Risk?

16 Dec 2015 --- A new study assessing the antioxidant effects of pomegranate extract on cardiovascular risk factors and muscle function showed reductions in blood pressure and some atheroprotective benefits.

Food Industry Can Help Lower Cardiovascular Diseases by Adding Seaweed to Products

25 Nov 2015 --- Adding seaweed to processed foods such as frozen pizzas, hot dogs and dried pasta will reduce cardiovascular diseases, concludes a new scientific article. One suggestion is to replace 5% of the flour in pizza dough with dried and granulated seaweed.

Mexico Sees Improvements in Heart Failure with Diet and Exercise

24 Nov 2015 --- Doctors in Mexico have demonstrated the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise in patients with heart failure, with research presented at the Mexican Congress of Cardiology 2015.

Just One Energy Drink May Boost Heart Disease Risk in Young Adults

09 Nov 2015 --- Drinking one 16-ounce energy drink boosts blood pressure and stress hormone responses in young, healthy adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015. These changes could conceivably trigger new cardiovascular events.

Two or More Daily Glasses of Sweetened Drinks Linked to Increased Heart Failure Risk in Men

05 Nov 2015 --- Drinking two or more glasses of sweetened drinks every day is linked to a heightened risk of heart failure--at least in men--reveals a large study published online in the journal Heart.

Glanbia Nutritionals Expands Vitamin K2 Distribution Agreement Into Europe

20 Oct 2015 --- Glanbia Nutritionals, a global ingredient solutions and nutritional premix provider, has widened the scope of its distribution agreement with Norway-based NattoPharma ASA, a worldwide innovator and pioneer of Vitamin K2. In addition to the US and Canada, Glanbia Nutritionals has the distribution rights for NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 PURE Vitamin K2 (MK7) in Europe  and the Middle East.

Daily Chocolate Consumption Linked to Lowered Heart Disease and Stroke Risk

16 Oct 2015 --- The research was carried out by academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Manchester, Cambridge and East Anglia, as well as the Lancashire Teaching Hospital, the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge and the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam. It has been published online in the BMJ journal Heart.

Women With Moderate Beer Consumption Deemed to Run Lower Risk of Heart Attack?

28 Sep 2015 --- Women who drink beer at most once or twice per week run a 30 per cent lower risk of heart attack, compared with both heavy drinkers and women who never drink beer, according to a Swedish study which has followed 1,500 women over a period of almost 50 years.

U.S. Permeate and Dairy Proteins Represent Golden Opportunity for Innovation in Southeast Asia

10 Sep 2015 --- Consumers around the world are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve the quality and healthfulness of their diets. This year’s Food Ingredients Asia Conference will feature two presentations showcasing how U.S. whey permeate and dairy proteins can help achieve that goal.  

Study Finds Environmental Pollutants Impact Obesity Levels

27 Feb 2015 --- Spanish scientists, including several researchers from the University of Granada, have confirmed that there is a relationship between the levels of certain environmental pollutants that a person accumulates in his or her body and their level of obesity.

Scientists Seek to Improve Fat Composition of Red Meat

22 Jan 2015 --- In the Western world, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the main cause of mortality and it has been largely attributed to the amount of saturated fat in the diet of Western consumers. This type of fat, which has been reported to cause atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries, is mainly derived from animal sources, such as red meat, butter and cheese.

Avocados May Lower Cholesterol, Study Suggests

08 Jan 2015 --- Adding an avocado to your daily diet may help lower bad cholesterol, in turn reducing risk for heart disease, according to health researchers.

Ingredient Technologies Expands Distribution for Shoreline Fruit’s Cherrypure Nutraceuticals

05 Jan 2015 --- Ingredient Technologies, a leading business development consulting firm serving the functional and nutritional ingredient marketplace has continued to expand the reach of Shoreline Fruit’s CherryPURE brand of Montmorency tart cherry products. CherryPURE is a leading brand of tart cherry products made from 100% Montmorency tart cherries, known to support healthy joints and enhance muscle recovery.