Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Neutraceuticals Market Assessment 2008 Out Now

The nutraceuticals market comprises the combined functional foods and vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) sectors. The larger functional foods sector encompasses principally the four areas of: breakfast cereals fortified with fibre and sometimes with vitamins
and minerals; probiotic yoghurts and yoghurt drinks; cholesterol-lowering margarines; and soya milks. A newer and growing segment is fortified breads. Fortified breakfast cereals and probiotic yoghurts/yoghurt drinks are claimed to aid digestion, and cholesterol-lowering margarines are targeted at heart health. The use of the cholesterol-lowering active ingredients has been extended to probiotic yoghurts and yoghurt drinks, and to milk and cheese.

The smaller VMS sector is dominated by single and multivitamins, fish oils (mainly cod liver oil), plant oils (largely evening primrose oil), minerals and glucosamine supplement products.

The functional foods sector increased by 8.3% in value terms in the year ending 8th September 2007, a substantial slowing of growth from the 22.1% rise shown in the year to 9th September 2006. This slowdown was accounted for by a decline in sales of probiotic yoghurt drinks (which appear to have peaked after strong previous growth), while sales of cholesterol-lowering margarines and spreads experienced only a slight rise. However, some positive growth was achieved through increased sales of fortified breakfast cereals, probiotic yoghurts and soya milks.

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Girls and Women Taking Up Vegan Banner...but Supplementation may be Necessary

Get a look at the new face of veganism.

The mousy hippie chick who couldn't imagine eating a brown-eyed baby cow any more than she could imagine eating the family pet has grown up.

She's a sexy, sassy babe with a smart-aleck attitude about the food choices you are making.

Fashion has met food, and the work of a couple of escapees from the world of modeling has put veganism on the runway, creating a perceptible bump in the fastest-growing food trend among girls and young women.

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Are Nanoparticles the Next Frontier for Supplements?

Imagine a low-fat ice-cream that tastes just as creamy as an unhealthier, full-fat version. Or a colourless drink that bursts into the flavour of your choosing at the flick of a microwave switch. Or intelligent food packaging that detects if the contents are beginning to spoil, changes colour to alert you, and then releases a preservative.

These are some of the promises of nanotechnology, a revolutionary area of research at the atomic or molecular scale of matter. Nanotechnology is expected to have a huge impact on many aspects of our lives, including medicine and the environment, with the development of materials and devices that can monitor blood, detect environmental pollutants and store energy better.

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Press Release: CV Technologies Set for Growth Says CEO

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - CV Technologies Inc. (TSX:CVQ) - CV Technologies' recent financial and operational performance sets the stage for successful long-term growth through product line and geographic diversification, said President, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Jacqueline Shan, speaking today to the Company's Annual General Meeting of shareholders at the Alberta Research Council in Edmonton.

"Our road map is predicated on our belief that CV Technologies will continue as a leader in our product category in Canada, and that we will extend the COLD-fX® line and introduce other new products," Dr. Shan said. She observed that "Canada will remain our engine, serving as a showcase for our products and generating the financial and other resources that we expect will ultimately permit us to thrive in the global market".

"Our initial investment of money and time in establishing U.S. relationships continues to demonstrate benefits. We have maintained favorable profiles with respected U.S. opinion leaders in the scientific, regulatory, medical and journalistic communities. And we are confident their goodwill will translate into support for future efforts, when the time is right," she said.

"Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first botanical drug product. We are exploring the possibility of obtaining U.S. botanical drug registration for COLD-fX, which would allow us to make therapeutic claims," Dr. Shan remarked. "In addition, we are in early stage discussions with potential strategic partners about the prospects for developing new products and extensions to our existing lines for global distribution. We are also exploring licensing our intellectual property for use in industries like functional foods and animal supplements."

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Canadian Federal Supplements Watchdog says its System Works

A federal watchdog for the booming "natural supplements" industry has rejected more than 40 per cent of the products it has reviewed for sale nationally, a Health Canada official says.

Robin Marles, of the National Health Products Directorate, defended the division's process for licensing so-called natural remedies, which is to be completed by 2010.

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Studies: Growth Hormones Don't Improve Performance

Athletes who take human growth hormone may not be getting the boost they expected. While growth hormone adds some muscle, it doesn't appear to improve strength or exercise capacity, according to a review of studies that tested the hormone in mostly athletic young men.

"It doesn't look like it helps and there's a hint of evidence it may worsen athletic performance," said Dr. Hau Liu, of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., who was lead author of the review.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Low Testosterone Levels Linked to Depression in Older Men

Researchers have uncovered a link between low free testosterone levels and depression. Their study, which appears in the March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, shows that older men with abnormally low free testosterone levels, or hypogonadism, were, on average, 271% more likely to display clinically significant signs of depression than men with higher testosterone levels.

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The Effect of Hormones on Diet Intake

Testosterone is a steroid hormone secreted from the Leydig cells of the testes that has both anabolic and anticatabolic effects upon muscle tissue. Dietary nutrients, in particular fat, have been shown to affect testosterone. Individuals consuming a diet containing about 20% fat compared with a diet containing 40% fat have significantly lower concentrations of testosterone. Also, replacing dietary carbohydrate with protein has been shown to decrease testosterone concentrations.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

How to Make Weight-Loss Supplements Work Most Effectively for You

Science has proven that dietary supplements can play a significant role in accelerating weight loss. However, there are many reasons why a good weight-loss regimen involving supplements should help you reach your weight-loss goals, but in the end fails to live up to your expecations. Here are three things to remember before you begin taking supplements for weight loss:

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Creatine Protects Against Brain Damage in Newborns, Study Says

A food supplement used by athletes and body builders to boost muscle power might help to prevent brain damage and death of newborn babies from oxygen starvation, researchers say.

Problems with the placenta and umbilical cord before or during birth can reduce the fetal oxygen supply. One in 300 babies in developed countries suffers birth injuries as a result, and one in 20 babies in the UK are born by emergency caesarean section because doctors worry they may not be getting enough oxygen.

Now Zoe Ireland and David Walker at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, think they may have found a simple way to reduce the risks.

They fed pregnant spiny mice a diet containing 5% of the organic acid creatine, which can protect cells by providing energy when oxygen levels are low.

When the researchers starved the mice of oxygen just before birth, 95% of pups whose mothers had been fed creatine survived, compared to only 63% of pups whose mothers did not receive the supplement.

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Trials: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Always BenefitHeart

Omega-3 fatty acids may sometimes result in "fishy burp," but the fatty acids always benefit the cardiovascular system, a U.S. doctor says.

Dr. James O'Keefe of the Mid America Heart Institute in, Kansas City, Mo,. says several trials demonstrate the positive benefits of ingesting omega-3 fatty acids. However, the most compelling evidence for the cardiovascular benefit provided by omega-3 fatty acids comes from three large controlled trials of 32,000 participants randomized to receive omega-3 fatty acid supplements containing DHA and EPA or to act as controls.

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Do Supplements Boost Athletic Performance?

Performance-enhancing dietary supplements are regularly used by athletes and daily exercisers. Surveys indicate that 75 percent of college athletes and almost 100 percent of body builders use at least one product that allegedly boosts performance.

Supplemental ergogenic aids is the general term for ingested substances that improve efficient use of energy, increase energy production or shorten recovery time. Growth in the ergogenic supplement industry has been astounding. There is little evidence, however, that the billions of dollars spent on performance enhancers provide the advertised results.

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Leading U.S. Supplement Manufacturer Files for Bankruptcy

Leiner Health Products Inc., a leading maker of vitamins and nutritional supplements, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, a year after the Food and Drug Administration found problems at one of its manufacturing plants, prompting a product recall.

Carson-based Leiner, which supplies store-brand products to major retailers including Costco and CVS, listed assets and debt of $500 million to $1 billion in a Chapter 11 petition filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

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NJ Brewers Outfielder Seeks Therapeutic Exemption to Use Banned Stimulant

Feeling that he might still be struggling with the aftereffects of a 2005 outfield collision, Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron has applied for a therapeutic exemption to use stimulants during the 2008 season.

Cameron's 2005 season ended on Aug. 11, when he slammed into Carlos Beltran while trying to catch a fly ball.

If he had applied for the exemption in 2007, he could have avoided the 25-game suspension he'll have to serve at the beginning of this season for testing positive for a banned stimulant for the second time.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Typical North American Diet is Deficient in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

New research from the Child & Family Research Institute shows the typical North American diet of eating lots of meat and not much fish is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and this may pose a risk to infant neurological development. Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fats found in some fish such as salmon and herring and in smaller amounts in eggs and chicken. This discovery is an important step towards developing dietary fat guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Current dietary recommendations evolved from the 1950’s emphasis on reducing saturated fat intake to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Bee Pollen: A Budget Friendly Food for Health and Healing

Bee pollen is often referred to as nature's most complete food. Pollen harvested from a diverse selection of geographic areas contains all the essential components of life in a good tasting, chewable, easily digested, and highly bio-available form that can be consumed by anyone from young children to the very old. All the nutritive and rejuvenating elements contained in expensive, whole food vitamin pills can be found in bee pollen. But since these elements are crafted into the most super of superfoods by nature, they have the added benefits of perfect synergy. Pollen also offers healing, with interesting research studies documenting its medicinal effects.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Catalyst Zone Covers The Arnolds

The Arnold Sports Festival, brainchild of actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, wrapped up March 3 after three days of competition in 18 different sports, from armwrestling to fencing to bodybuilding and weightlifting.

Winners of the prestige events this year were: Dexter Jackson of Jacksonville, Florida, who won the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition, raking in $130,000; Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania won two events over an international field to capture the 7th Annual Arnold Strongman Classic title for the sixth year in a row; Yaxeni Oriquen of Miami, Florida took the Ms. International bodybuilding competition, and Gina Aliotti of San Diego, California, won the Figure International Championships. Kimberly Klein of Belmar, New Jersey, won the Fitness International competition.

In other news from the Arnolds,

Olympic bronze medalist (2000) and two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004) Cheryl Haworth (Savannah, Ga.) won yet another USA Weightlifting National Championship in the women’s 75+kg weight class today in Columbus, Ohio, but she will need much bigger lifts in May at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta, Ga. to make her third consecutive U.S. Olympic Team. Haworth, easily won the women’s 75+kg weight class, but has lifted much heavier weights in the past and will need to again if she wants to return to the Olympic platform. Haworth totaled just 232kg today (102kg snatch and 130kg clean and jerk) easily outdistancing her nearest competitor today of 210kg, but far from the 250kg that she totaled despite being under 100% healthy in September at the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (to read more of this content at the Official Site of the U.S. Olympic Team, click here.

Dean Narcisco of the Columbus Dispatch was on the scene, providing this look at the fortunes of previous winners of events at The Arnolds.

Not slow to recognize the phenomenal appeal of mixed martial arts, this year organizers arranged for the UFC to hold an event at the festival. UFC 68, the Uprising, saw veteran comeback artist Randy "The Natural" Couture upset Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia to take the heavyweight crown.

It wouldn't be The Arnolds without a visit from the founder and inspiration, the Governator himself. And Arnold didn't disappoint.

At least not all of them. There were a few disgruntled folks who hoped to get some facetime with the bodybuilding legend who were left with a bitter taste in their mouth. I'll be back? Probably not these fans. Or middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.