The Best of 2017

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Ours was nice and relaxing, with a simple but lovely dinner of roasted Cornish game hens and potatoes, plus a loaf of fresh homemade sourdough that turned out much better than I anticipated. If you had seen what it looked like before I baked it, well, let’s just say 

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Adaptogens are here to stay but marketing them effectively will require creativity and innovation, say experts

Adaptogens are defined as: “Non-toxic substances and especially plant extracts that are held to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning” (Merriam-Webster). They basically allow you to adapt to the various stresses and strains that life throws at you. The most common adaptogens are 

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Belleville

Donmar Warehouse (venue) 16 December 2017 (released) 1 d Imogen Poots and James Norton deliver a compelling portrayal of a dysfunctional relationship on the edge of a crisis. At first it’s very much within the bounds of normal twenty-something anxiety, self-medicating with booze and drugs and messy student living. But the mess soon threatens 

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CHR Hansen sees growing demand for probiotics in drinkable yogurts, kids’ snacks, plant-based fermented foods

Mirjana Curic-Bawden, principal scientist, food cultures & enzymes at CHR Hansen – which supplies some of the best-documented probiotic strains​​ – told FoodNavigator-USA: “We have had a lot of interest in the last couple years, especially in products for babies and children, and parents are willing to pay a premium.​ “We also see strong interest 

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A Christmas Carol

Windsor Castle (venue) 20 December 2017 (released) 4 h This immersive performance of A Christmas Carol at Windsor Castle, brought to us by Watch-Your-Head is a delicious seasonal treat for all the senses. After the essential security check at the entrance, walking in the castle grounds on a dark December evening felt like entering 

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Probiota 2018 program pushes boundaries in microbiome research and development

Organized by the publishers of NutraIngredients, in partnership with the International Probiotics Association (IPA), the IPA World Congress + Probiota 2018​​ will combine the latest insights from science, regulation and business to provide delegates with the ultimate event to bridge the gap between the worlds of business and scientific research. The three day festival of science and 

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Holiday Mulled Latte

Mulled cider and mulled wine are holiday staples, but have you ever had a mulled latte? No? Well, time to change that! This festive and fragrant latte would be perfect for Christmas morning (or any chilly morning, for that matter). It’s a soothing cup of holiday cheer that will warm your hands and your body 

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BiomX boosts microbiome discovery and development with RondinX deal

The deal to buy RondinX for an undisclosed fee will expand BiomX’s therapeutic pipeline with novel microbial targets for a chronic liver disease. The microbiome drug discovery company is developing customised phage therapies that target and destroy harmful bacteria in chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and cancer. Jonathan Solomon, CEO of BiomX, 

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The Year in Omega-3s

The North American nutritional markets for omega-3s seemed to stabilize during the year, which is a welcome development. We already know that in the US consumption of EPA and DHA in the general population is shockingly low, with fewer than 10% of Americans reaching an omega-3 status that is cardioprotective. There is a clear public 

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