With oxidation-causing pollutants and environmental toxins on the rise, the category of antioxidants has never been more relevant. However, the category currently faces some stiff challenges.
Despite what the Washington Post says, the majority of supplement manufacturers take pride in their quality. But even the best quality control (QC) departments are about to be tested.
This summer, two events could have a big impact on the dietary supplement industry at home and abroad. The first is that the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Rome) is likely to approve new guidelines for vitamin and mineral food supplements. The second is that the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) is expected to rule on the validity of the European Union’s (EU) Food Supplements Directive.
We all know the importance of raw materials to a high-quality product. Raw materials are in fact the foundation of a qualified final product.
Recent natural products research suggests that ingredients derived from common foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and grains, may have beneficial effects on heart health. While scientists need to complete more research before they can have an accurate picture of how effective these ingredients are, excitement is building among consumers and manufacturers.
Two new studies are shedding some light on how omega-3s affect the developing nervous system. These studies, along with many others, are part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) provide significant benefits to the eyes and brain.
With the growing focus on good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in the nutritional supplement industry, the sourcing of quality ingredients has become more important than ever before.
New products are the lifeblood of most industries, and dietary supplements are no exception. Innovative new products often contain new ingredients, and as such, it’s essential to develop a workable system for introducing products that contain what are known as new dietary ingredients (NDIs). Currently, FDA (Rockville, MD) is focusing on a provision in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) that outlines an NDI evaluation process. FDA posed several questions in the October 20, 2004, Federal Register and has asked industry and others to comment.
As our industry moves forward defining and redefining itself in both form and function, the entire basis for creating products that are both healthy and profitable takes on a whole new dimension. As research focuses more on which active components in botanicals and herbs have beneficial effects on the human condition, we are faced with decisions about which ones work most effectively in our bodies.
With obesity and overweight problems reaching epidemic proportions worldwide, the good news is that more and more consumers are choosing foods that promote wellness. They want to feel good, vibrant, and invigorated throughout their lives. At the same time, they don’t want to give up flavor and texture, which raises the challenge of developing food products that fit into an active, health-oriented life style.