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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Omega-3 study shows DHA reduces inflammation 2
Fish oil trumps other oils in healthiness and, in a new lab study, it's the DHA that's mostly responsible for quelling inflammation that can affect heart disease.
Despite DMAA debacle sports performance sector stays healthy
Despite the DMAA scares of the past year, the sports performance sector continues to grow.
Skin health category, nutricosmetics growing 2
Skin care is the largest segment of the natural and organic personal care market, capturing 3.3 billion dollars with nearly 7 percent growth in 2011, according to Nutrition Business Journal. And its future is bright: NBJ expects strong numbers through 2017.
Industry responds to recent GMO study 5
A two-year study into lab rats found GMO corn and Monsanto's Roundup Ready herbicide caused tumors and organ failure. Despite skepticism, will the study affect Prop 37?
Men still need help staying healthy
The American life-expectancy gap has narrowed, to 76.7 years for men and 81.3 years for women. Still, men tend to use and abuse their bodies. Here are ingredients that can help.
Consumers look to supps for a healthy immune system
Consumer interest in immune products is boosting manufacturer and supplier development of new nutritional ingredients, dietary supplements and foods and drinks targeted to immune health.
Inflammation: A new condition-driven market making waves
In acute injuries, from contusions to headaches, inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing mechanisms. However, when inflammation assumes a chronic, low-level character—the kind egged on by poor diets that include lots of refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats like omega-6-laden processed foods—the long-term effects of such inflammation manifest in most of the diseases you can imagine.
Joint health market evolving with consumers
As Baby Boomers age healthy, well-functioning joints have moved to the forefront of the condition-specific market. Key suppliers in this market talk about trends, opportunities, and threats.
Digestive health market teeming with opportunity
“Keeping regular” is all the rage on airwaves as companies strive to be the first to dominate the positive digestive health market in a way that comes remotely close to the fine work Dannon has done paving the way via its Activia probiotic-infused yogurt.
Surprises for condition-specific supplement category 2013
More health for more people is an endearing motto for those of us committed to the health, wellness and nutrition industry. It would be nice if we could do well by doing well too, right?
3 probiotics studies show benefits beyond digestive health 3
Probiotic sales are up in the double digits. A trio of new research studies out this week demonstrates that consumers are on the right track.
10 hottest ingredients of 2013 and beyond 2
Are you capitalizing on all the consumer trends and counter-trends in the natural industry? These 10 functional ingredients lead the way through a shifting nutrition market.
The future of eye health is now
Sales suggest the future is fast approaching for this critical category.
5 ingredients for better brain health (and 1 to avoid) 2
Cognitive health is rising quickly in consumer consciousness, but products to address this have yet to catch up. Can you say opportunity?
New protein study could shake up sports nutrition market 22
Whey protein has long been the go-to protein source in the sports nutrition market. But a new study could spell opportunity for other proteins and expand formulations beyond athletes and weekend warriors.
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