Sunrise, FL—In mid-December, an article published in The New York Times indicated that fish oil supplements are part of the reason for the depleting supplies of menhaden, a type of herring “upon which the entire Atlantic coastal ecosystem relies.” Originates, a fish oil concentrate supplier based here, put out a statement to address this misinformation, which Leslie van der Meulen, director of sales, stated could discourage shoppers from taking fish oil.
Los Angeles, CA—Optipure, based here, has released data on a new ingredient intended to target visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored near the body’s organs and when too much exists, one is at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.
Rimouski, QC, Canada; Ankeny, IA—Industry now has additional data on branded ingredients for immune health.
First, a double-blind, human study conducted by Laval University found that a marine-based ingredient (PeptiBal from innoVactiv) helps increase IgA levels. IgA is an immunoglobulin that is transported to mucosal surfaces to protect them from infection; those with IgA deficiencies are prone to allergies and infections.
Gainesville, FL—Researchers from the University of Florida believe they have created a better way to analyze carotenoid content in vegetables with a new analytical technique. This method could one day replace the expensive and time-consuming high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis that is currently the mainstay approach for such investigations.