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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Snack bar market will continue to boom
Nutrition bars have more than doubled to almost $6 billion over the last decade. Can the market keep it up?
Do Americans no longer need vitamin D? 2
Can 78 million Americans get healthier by way of changing the definition of healthy vitamin D levels? A new study says yes.
12 supplements sought by diabetics 4
A new study finds the more severe the diabetes, the more likely patients seek out dietary changes and supplements. See which 12 supplements diabetes patients purchase.
Sucralose may be popular alternative sweetener but isn't No. 1 3
Sucralose may have overtaken aspartame as the most popular alternative sweetener to sugar, but neither is No. 1 in market share. What is?
California's soda tax proposal spells opportunity for alternative sweeteners
Is a tax on sugared beverages really "the single most effective measure to reverse the obesity epidemic?" Even if consumers would not benefit, certain ingredient companies surely would.
Omega-3s mature to a $2 billion segment
Of all ingredients in the dietary supplements and functional foods pantheon, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids occupy a niche at the very top.
Omega-3s mature to a $2 billion segment
Of all ingredients in the dietary supplements and functional foods pantheon, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids occupy a niche at the very top.
Probiotics have become mainstream, analysts say
Probiotics are mainstream. How mainstream? Elton John mainstream. William Shatner mainstream.
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.
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