Studies show Glucosamine and chondroitin work
Already among the top-selling natural joint-health ingredients, glucosamine and chondroitin are about to reach even greater heights. Results from the much-awaited Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), conducted in the US by the National Institutes of Health, were released in September. The multi-centre gold-standard study found a combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate is equally effective for mild to moderate arthritis as the common prescription pharmaceutical agent, celecoxib (Celebrex) — which is available only with a new black-box warning about its cardiovascular adverse effects. At the same time, a similar European trial that compared glucosamine sulfate to acetaminophen found glucosamine was superior. The ingredients were found to be safe in both studies.

The FDA gets tough on web marketing
The Food and Drug Administration has indicated it will crack down on food and supplements websites making claims and providing product information that does not comply with existing labelling laws. An FDA spokesperson stated that even linking specific product pages between independent websites rather than home page to home page linking could be regarded as misbranding. Utah-based industry observer Loren Israelsen noted that while not yet official policy, the statement reflects the FDA?s growing view ?that the use of specific pages on a website or specific page-to-page links to other websites will indeed be viewed as a form of labelling and therefore be subject to the general rules of misbranding.?

Oil innovations serve up omega-3 burgers
A technology developed by Canadian company V?g?lip to replace animal-derived trans and saturated fats with a gel made from healthy oils like canola, flax, fish or marine oils has led to the launch of an omega-3 hamburger. Texturised, thermo-resistant and thermo-irreversible, the gel — called V?g?lip — can be blended to meet the manufacturers? specific needs. Although soy has been used in place of trans- and saturated fats, Végélip claims to offer superior formulating properties. The hamburger contains 300mg of omega-3 — enough to make an omega-3 claim. An omega-3 milk containing Végélip was launched last year and this year a cholesterol-free, omega-3 yoghurt debuted on the Canadian market. Ice creams, vegetarian patties, hard and soft cheeses, and sauces are planned.

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