Curcumin Touted For Oral Health Gets EFSA Novel Food Nod
In its latest batch of novel food assessments, the European Food Safety Authority gave the nod to a curcumin supplement touted for its oral health benefits, but rejected applications for flowering plant Tongkat Ali and water lentil Wolffia globosa.
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Japanese curcumin specialist Theravalues claims to have found via a randomized clinical trial that its Theracurmin and Theracurmin Super dietary supplements can help alleviate some symptoms of the common cold. “However, the level of evidence is weak,” they warn. “Additionally, because the study was based on the reporting of subjective cold-like symptoms, it is was unclear whether the symptoms were actual subjective symptoms caused by an upper respiratory tract infection.”
The European Food Safety Authority has judged that Rubsico’s water lentils-based protein concentrate is safe as a novel food for use in dietary supplements and other products.
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