SunOpta Ingredients Group expanded its value-added ingredients portfolio. SunOpta Rice Fiber 310 is a gluten-free ingredient that delivers dietary fiber (90%+) with a smooth texture and mild flavor. OptaGrade 350 provides stabilization of dairy foods like yogurt for a thick, creamy texture.

Naturex has launched VegeBrite, pure fruits and vegetables concentrates that complement its existing E-Color line. VegeBrite concentrates are made without formulation additives or preservatives thanks to aseptic packaging, says the firm.

LycoRed launched new formulations for hair and nail nutrition, based on vitamin B complex and amino acids. An advanced microencapsulation technology helps mask negative odors and tastes.

Halifax, NS, Canada—Some have shied away from omega 3-rich krill oil with the belief that krill fishing endangers the ecosystem. A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology, however, found otherwise through an assessment of krill harvesting and processing.

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French maritime pine bark extract has been shown to support healthy blood pressure, and a new study published in European Heart Journal provides more data to back this application. The extract increased artery dilation by 32% and significantly reduced plasma-8-isoprostaries. Overall, the antioxidant increased blood flow throughout the body.

Pasadena, TX—In a recent study from Iran, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) increased the conception rate in males who were previously considered infertile.

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.