Autumn 2004 Issue - Contents

Curbing cardiovascular disease - dairy shows big potential

Dairy is without doubt the must successful product group among foods in the health promoting category. The positive effects of dairy products on obesity, LDL cholesterol, the body’s creation of vitamins and increased calcium uptake are but a few of the possibilities researchers from universities and the food industry are known to be studying at the moment.

Hypertension is another area where much evidence suggests that dairy products can have a positive health effect.

This article discusses Cardi-04™ - a lactic acid bacteria with the ability to significantly lower high blood pressure and regulate heart rate.

NUTRIOSE® - the key to combining healthiness and tastiness range of applications

As a result of dramatic changes in eating habits, consumption of essential dietary fibre is falling to unacceptable levels. There are also growing concerns about obesity and its prevention. In recognition of these issues, manufacturers are being encouraged to reformulate their recipes to reduce their sugar and fat content.

NUTRIOSE® is a new soluble fibre launched by Roquette that is keeping pace with these developments.

Pure, clean and healthy – just what you would expect from Danisco Sweeteners

Danisco Sweeteners’ ingredients allow you to reformulate your products and make health claims that include low carb, low fat, low sugar and low glycaemic load, as well as increasing fibre content.

But the benefits do not end there.

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ADM launches new generation of meat alternative

Curbing cardiovascular disease

Products with conviction

Concentrates: Better than Butter

Floracia: association of dietary fibres

FibreGum: the antioxydant fibre

Pure, clean and healthy from Danisco

Ten Years - Vitacel dietary fibres

LycoRed: One stop shopping

Frutarom completes acquisition

Kemin Foods first dry vegetarian Lutein

Get berry healthy with Ocean Spray

Omega-3 Fish Oils: opens new markets

Health from olive fruits thanks to Indena

Aquamin

Marigots Natural Nutrient Source

Orafti's Raftilose, Synergy1

Protect against cancer

Nutriose®

The key to combining healthiness and tastiness

JRS Preview

"Revive your life"

A Phyto-oestrogen - cancer risk reduction

Low carbohydrates: facts, fiction, fad of the future

Research reveals untapped soft drinks segment

Velensa

The source of things to come in wellness

Carbery at HIE

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Back to the future

Stone age man was aware of the uses and benefits of plant based components. More recently the role of plant based compounds in disease prevention was recognised once again, when it was stated that up to 80% of cancers of the bowel, breast and prostate may be preventable by diet. There is even evidence that cancer exists in the majority of the population and dietary components play a vital role in preventing development of the disease. With this in mind, and the increasing incidence of cancer in Western populations, there are implications that the use of nutraceuticals and functional foods may form part of a lifestyle programme which could provide significant health benefits.

Not only is health promotion important, but functional foods and nutraceuticals may have a role to play in helping minimise the side effects of drug therapy. An example of this could be the use of pro and pre biotics during or after antibiotic use. The role of nutritional therapy in assisting cancer patients after cancer treatment is currently under investigation. This forms part of a collaborative study between the Department of Integrative Medicine, University of Essen, Germany and The Bute Medical School, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Increasing awareness of nutrient and non-nutrient components in the diet and how these may be used in disease prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation of patients after treatment, will be presented at the first UK based Symposium in Integrative Medicine at the Bute Medical School, University of St. Andrews, Scotland in December 2004. Clinicians and scientists will discuss their research which paves the way for human intervention studies and re-inforces the potential role of dietary components in health care.

These steps are vital for the short term outlook of the nutraceutical market. As there is a emphasis on Evidence-Based Medicine, there is also a need for evidence-based use of Nutraceuticals. Potentially they have a very vital role in the maintenance of health, and there is plenty anecdotal evidence to suggest that nutrients and non-nutrients have a part to play in a healthy lifestyle. In addition, the increasing awareness and use of there may be health benefits. The University of St. Andrews are the first in the world to investigate the relationship between specific non-nutrient intake (using a biomarker) and tumour characteristics in humans. If similar studies were carried out elsewhere for other nutrients/non nutrients and the results indicated that exposure was beneficial to patients, the use of nutraceuticals would be given high priority in health promotion The Health Ingredients (HI) meeting in Europe will give food and nutraceutical manufacturers an opportunity to find out more about the most up-to-date technology and products, as well as providing information about health related benefits and current research.

Development of the global nutraceutical market place may depend on increasing research programmes which indicate the benefits of nutraceutical use.

Margaret R. Ritchie PhD
Cancer Biology group,
Bute Medical School,
University of St. Andrews,
St. Andrews, Fife
KY16 9TS

Tel. 44 (0)1334463534
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