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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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?
Mainstream processed foods trend toward healthiness
The processed food industry has new marching orders: Cut the sodium and salt content of foods, use lower-calorie sweetener alternatives to sugar such as stevia and erythritol, and raise the amount of fiber and mono- and polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 EPA and DHA.
FDA's much-feared NDI document may not be so 'game changing'
The imminent July release of the New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) guidance document by FDA has some in the dietary supplement industry distressed. But others say this document will be used to clarify existing rules—not change them.
High fructose corn syrup and the alternative sweeteners debate 3
The controversy over HFCS has reached our shores. We have provided a media platform for the Corn Refiners Association to exhibit Webinars for our audience. On the other side, the consumers who are most leery of HFCS are also clients of New Hope – which champions the natural channel. What's your two cents?
'Probiotics today are where vitamins were decades ago'
In a live active interview on the state of live active cultures, NPIcenter talks with Isabelle Champie, Global Marketing Director for Institut Rosell – Lallemand.
Calcium study causes controversy 4
A new meta-analysis published last week that cast aspersions on calcium supplements has re-opened the debate over the value of calcium for bone health, particularly for postmenopausal women concerned about osteoporosis. Here's the story.
From the editor: I get better looking every day
Now that I'm ensconced in my 40s, you can see the wisdom growing on me on a near-daily basis. But why not good-looking skin for men? Credit the Japanese for bringing the beauty industry to the supplements age.
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