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Anaheim, CA—Six eager companies are waiting to find out if they have won this year’s NutrAward, an annual award that honors firms that have invested in “rigorous and measurable scientific studies to prove the efficacy of their proprietary ingredients or technologies.”

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New York, NY—A raw material traditionally associated with cognitive health now has some research backing for appetite suppression.

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Martek Biosciences Corporation of Columbia, MD, will make its first venture into finished goods manufacturing with the purchase of Amerifit Brands. Martek, the maker of life’sDHA (an algae-based source of DHA), purchased Amerifit for $200 million in cash ($80 million in loans, $120 million from cash reserves).

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Rimouski, QC, Canada—innoVactiv Inc. says it has “statistically significant results” from a new human clinical trial on its carb/starch control ingredient (InSea2).

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Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

Quit NitsQuit Nits is a complete head lice kit from Hyland’s. This product helps keep lice and nits out of hair using homeopathic ingredients like eucalyptus and Quassia amara. The product is intended to kill lice and eggs as well as prevent eggs from hatching. And, the Quick Quit Nits Everyday Preventative Spray also is available.

From Pacifica comes the new Lotus Garden fragrance. Solid perfume, spray perfume, body butter, soap, soy and pillar candles and gift sets round out this collection. “This fragrance was inspired by one particularly amazing lotus garden outside of Santa Barbara, CA,” adds the firm.

Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths from Kaia Naturals are eco-friendly, disposable cloths made of 100% natural bamboo infused with other natural ingredients to cleanse the skin. Oat amino acids gently clean the skin, organic Canadian honey offers soothing nourishment, sunflower oil removes impurities and eight citrus essential oils cleanse and purify.

dermaderma e Natural Bodycare’s Tropical Solutions Facial Scrub and Cleansing Gel remove dirt, oil and impurities, and exfoliate dull aging cells. Enriched with tropical tamanu oil, pomegranate, green tea, papaya and açaí, these formulas help renew and revitalize skin.