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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Top functional beverages featured on FOX31 Denver
Which functional beverages are the most innovative and healthy for you? We share a sampling on FOX31 Denver's Good Day Colorado show.
Vitamin D—can you take too much?
New research showed heart problems for the 0.22% of people who take too much vitamin D. For everyone else, life is better. Product formulators, alert: here's what you need to know about pricing.
Brain health supplement improves memory, study finds 1
Older Americans are more afraid of cognitive decline than anything except the "c" word. Can supplements help? According to a new study released today, the answer is yes!
Best ideas of 2011 in the nutrition market
Functional Ingredients ruminates on the exciting trends emerging in the dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages market.
From the Editor: Innovators shall inherit the Earth
Todd Runestad talks about the merits of innovation.
CRN conference highlights how technology shifts consumer behaviors
Education at the Council for Responsible Nutrition's annual conference highlights how companies can build savvy strategies to meet consumer needs.
From the Editor: What's in a name?
Editor-in-Chief discusses what Engredea means for New Hope
Protein products line up markets
Food and supplement manufacturers have "a clear opportunity" to address the elderly set's universal concern of loss of independence by using whey protein in formulations.
Innovation—is it part of your business?
Editor-in-chief Todd Runestad ponders innovations in the industry at large and right here at Functional Ingredients magazine.
CoQ10 lowers cholesterol by 12.7 percent 1
Are statin drugs really necessary? They already are known to deplete the body of coenzyme Q10, which powers every cell in the body, especially those in the heart. Now, a new study finds coQ10 also cuts cholesterol levels. When will mainstream medicine cut it out with the statins? We can count a billion reason$ why not.
Pharma bias still present in supplement research 1
Supplements can reduce the dosage levels of drugs—and can also alter the actions of drugs, according to European researchers. But why no mention of the insidious effect pharmaceuticals have on the body's nutrient levels?
Fish oil kingfish Robert Orr resigns
Robert Orr, who paved the way for establishing quality standards that have kept the fish oils category growing greatly for the last decade, has resigned as Chairman of the Board of Ocean Nutrition Canada. In 1997, he helped launch the company, which is currently the world's largest fish oil supplier by volume.
A win with condition-specific products 3
Why make condition-specific products? Consumers, for the most part, aren't going to the store looking for glucosamine or cranberry extract. They're looking for relief for aching joints and painful ailments.
FDA's just-released NDI guidance ushers in 'brave new world' 5
FDA released a pre-publication version of its long-awaited New Dietary Ingredients guidance, and early industry reactions have pinpointed four particular areas of concern.
Proposed dietary supplements bill a 'cruise missile shot' at industry 7
Sen. Durbin plans to unveil a bill that seeks to undo key aspects of DSHEA and rein in functional foods and beverages. But does the bill go too far and could it even pass in today's Congressional climate?
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