Carver, MA—A placebo-controlled cross-over trial showed that whole cranberry powder (PACran from Decas Botanical Synergies) helped to stop E. coli bacterial adhesion better than a placebo.

Although chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its cousin fibromyalgia (FMS) only affect around 2–4% of the world’s population, their debilitating symptoms have caused concern in the medical world. CFS and FMS not only cause pain for its sufferers, but they also impair sleep, mental clarity and overall wellbeing. After a three-week study, published in The Open Pain Journal, conclusions yielded that supplemental D-ribose, a key element in the production of the “energy molecule” adenosine triphosphate (ATP), can improve all affected areas.

New from P.L. Thomas & Co, Inc. and Grow Green Industries, Inc. are eatSafe Natural Food Wash and eatFresh Natural Antimicrobial. These natural food sanitizers and preservatives “enhance the taste, sensory profiles and shelf-life of fresh produce, seafood and poultry as well as prepared and processed foods.” The wash is said to remove 99.999% of bacteria and +98% of pesticide residues from produce.

Valensa International launched Zanthin XP-3 Astaxanthin, designed for optimal absorption. The ingredient combines Valensa’s Zanthin natural astaxanthin with a supercritical extract of perilla seed oil, O2B Peroxidation Blocker stabilization system and sunflower-based phospholipids. Given the enhanced absorption, less astaxanthin is needed.

Lonza has launched the Memree line containing soy-based phosphatidylserine (PS). Both MemreePS and MemreePlus are intended for cognitive health applications, but MemreePlus also supports healthy cortisol levels for stress support. Both ingredients come in liquid and dry forms.

May and June were busy for companies attending industry suppliers-focused conventions. With a fresh new name and venue, more than 3,500 health and nutrition professionals attended Virgo’s three-day SupplySide MarketPlace convention in New York City, held May 8–10.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Eagan, MN—Strenuous exercise causes stress on the body that could weaken the immune system, so two new studies have examined how a branded immune ingredient could affect athletes.

P.L. Thomas joined forces with grower/processor Just the Berries to offer black currant ingredients for supplements, grocery and personal care applications. Says P.L. Thomas, this black currant is different “because of the large volumes of condition-specific and pharmokinetic research that has been carried out using their unique black currant products.”