Todd Runestad

Functional Ingredients

I've been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. Currently I'm editor-in-chief of Engredea, which includes Functional Ingredients magazine, Engredea Daily eNewsletter, NEXT Innovation Summit conference, Engredea Monograph series, and Engredea trade show linking suppliers and manufacturers in the global nutrition business. In addition, I'm supplements editor for and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Follow me on Twitter @ToddRunestad
My daily vitamin regime includes a quality multi, B complex, C with bioflavonoids, >2,000IU vitamin D, E, magnesium, high-selenium yeast, alpha-lipoic acid with carnitine, coQ10, fish oil concentrate, probiotics and some adaptogenic herbs. 
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Supplements & ingredients in 2014: This year's most-read stories
What were we reading in 2014? Here are the top 15 stories of interest to Functional Ingredients and Engredea readers. Remember when ...
Is it time for Ayurveda?
Can a health-care system 6,000 years old be wrong?
Take a virtual tour of NOW Foods' facility to see how quality supplements are made 1
Supplement quality, testing and safety remain Job 1. Responsible, reputable supplement companies routinely contract with third-party labs to vouchsafe quality products. Or, you can follow the footsteps of NOW Foods.
Pain releif: Boswellia, Curcumin, DHA
3 powerful ingredients for pain management 2
While medical marijuana gets the headlines these days for supporting pain relief, what options do you have if you don't live in states like Colorado? Read on to discover three powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help ease the pain.
5 supplements that target pain and inflammation  1
Are your customers seeking relief from pain and inflammation? Consider stocking these five products to get them exactly what they need.
Does nature-identical fit on the clean label?

There are three big open secrets in the natural products industry. For one, consumers don’t even consider the fact vitamins might not be natural. After all, vitamins are substances that the body needs for survival but that it cannot make on its own and that must thus be obtained through diet. They’re essential, so they must be natural, right? Nope. As any industry insiders will attest, most vitamins are synthetically manufactured.

A closer look at 2014 Expo East NEXTY Supplement Award winner Nordic Naturals
Nordic Naturals receives a Natural Products Expo East NEXTY Award (Editors' Choice) for its innovative omega-3 phospholipids supplement.
A closer look at 2014 Expo East NEXTY Supplement Award winner New Earth Dynamics
New Earth Dynamics receives a Natural Products Expo East NEXTY Award (People's Choice) for its Restore supplement designed to protect tight junctions in the GI tract’s epithelial lining and maintain intestinal integrity.
FI How-To: What is nutrition's role in the future of health care?
Lost in the hue and cry about Obamacare is what will truly drive the future of wellness - not just disease management but optimal living. Are you surprised by what the answer is?
Supplements' worst enemy: the biased meta-analysis (and lazy media)
Research into the many benefits of omega-3s has been its best friend. Quesitonable research, aided and abetted by a culpable media, its worst enemy. What's going on here?
Innovative new study designs give supplement companies market advantage
Supplement companies cannot, by law, communicate the health benefits of a supplement if it deigns to prevent, cure or treat disease (even if it does). Here's what one savvy research house is doing to give companies market advantage.
FI How-To: What can fish oil marketers do in today's down market?
One-minute wisdom: How to fix today's omega-3 downturn?
Supplements’ new ally: the military
Supplements are in the process of gaining an unlikely ally in the war on health and well-being: the U.S. military. What could Uncle Sam be looking for?
How DSHEA changed lives, from those who fought for and won its passage
Two decades on, the history of innovation and growth in the dietary supplements industry is a sight to behold. We canvassed some of the industry business leaders who fought and won passage of that landmark legislation for their thoughts on how DSHEA changed the world – for their companies, the industry, consumers, and themselves. Read it and reap! (Tip o’ the cap to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) for running herd on its member companies represented here.)
Weight-loss supplements that have science behind them
5 weight-loss supplements that have science behind them 
Weight-loss supplement sales have been sluggish as the category has become scrutinized. But there are science-backed supplement you should be stocking.
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