Captek Softgel International, Inc., Showcases Products and Services at VitaFoods Asia 2018 Booth #M29

 CERRITOS, CA (September 11, 2018)Captek Softgel International, Inc., announces its participation as an exhibitor at VitaFoods Asia, September 11–12, 2018, in Singapore, Malaysia, where it will introduce its newest products and services to conference attendees from around the world. As a leading softgel contract manufacturer (CMO) in the vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) market, the company’s knowledgeable staff will be on-site to share their expertise with conference participants, advising on various components of product development, production and distribution.

Captek Softgel International has a stellar reputation for manufacturing complex formulations and for providing exceptional quality control and quality assurance standards, and now buyers have more ways to partner with the company. “As a committed resource partner, we’ve diversified our product line to stay ahead of consumer demands,” said Terry Keller, Vice President of Sales for Captek Softgel International, Inc. “Utilizing science-based innovation, we help our partners better serve their clientele to champion wellness worldwide.”

Read full press release here.

Now Hiring: Quality Control Manager

Summary:

Quality Control Manager is responsible for the whole oversight of the Quality Control department. They are to appropriate, delegate, and Quality Control operations and related task to ensure company’s full Quality Control support as well as provide technical and operational guidance and training to subordinate staff and other departments within the organization. They will need to strategically ensure to successful performance of the Quality Control group in properly evaluating and testing raw materials, in-process materials, finished products, and any other testing needs, as well as ensuring technical review, cGMP compliance as relating to laboratory operations, and customer technical support. The individual will need to review the system and the output of the Quality Control group for compliance to company policies and the quality requirements required in the dietary supplement industry.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Per compliance to cGMP, Captek SOPs, and training, thoroughly reviews and verifies Quality Control systems and operations within the department as well as in support of the organization. Other duties may be assigned

  • Oversees and technically review Captek’s sanitation program and systems.
  • Represents Captek’s Quality Control operations as needed in customer and regulatory audits, meetings, qualifications, and/or any other such required instances.
  • Oversees that all proper SOP’s testing methods, documentation, training, qualifications and programs, investigations, compliance, and system optimization as relating to the Quality Control group are in place and are appropriately maintained.
  • Verifies systems are in place, effective and adhered by the Quality Control department as relating to raw materials, in-process materials, finished products, test requirement, and any other testing, qualification and technical needs for successful quality control support of Captek Softgel International operations.
  • Oversees that proper testing and methodologies are executed respective of Captek’s quality systems.
  • As necessary, thoroughly reviews completed and/or prepared Quality Control documentation and dispositions or endorses appropriately upon verification of documentation as accurate, true and complete.
  • Oversees that proper testing of raw materials and finished products are being carried out and completed in a timely manner, adhering to all set schedules, confirmed by Quality Control Staff and committed by self, and/or based on reasonable demand of Captek’s operational support.
  • Authors and/ or reviews Quality Control related SOPS, while ensuring proper adherence to by subordinate Quality Control Staff.
  • Develops, transfers, authors, oversees and/or reviews Quality Control Test Methods, while ensuring proper execution of approved methods by Quality Control staff.
  • Maintains a strong conceptual understanding of the processes, procedures, and scientific concepts practiced in the Quality Control laboratory. Provides Quality Control staff with respective guidance and support.
  • As necessary, safely and appropriately user and instructs/trains the usage of tools such as scalpels, glassware, dishes, weighing dishes, pipets, burets, volumetric flasks, ovens, furnaces, stirrers/heat-plates, baths, balances, titrators, chemically resistant containers, graduated cylinders, beakers, spectrophotometer cuvettes and permanent markers.
  • As necessary, safety and appropriately uses and instructs/trains the usage of reagents (substance or compounds) such as water, acids and bases of varying concentrations, buffers and solvents ranging from weak to strong that are added to a system in order to bring about a chemical reaction or to see if a reaction, interaction or separation occurs.
  • Must exemplify adherence to all safety, cGMP and Capteks Standard Operating Procedures, particularly those of the 6 series, while keeping accountability of other QC staff to the same.
  • Quality Control Manager must have the ability to be flexible, handle and support multiple projects simultaneously and adjust personal style to adapt to increase business pressures and work well under pressure while performing all tasks accurate, complete and appropriate manner.
  • Quality Control Manager must have the ability to communicate effectively inter- and intra- departmentally matters as pertaining to Quality Control.

Education/Experience:

Minimum Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s degree (M. A.) or equivalent preferred; with a minimum of seven years related experience and/or training, of which a year to two of managerial experience a plus, or equivalent education, experience, background and assessed aptitude and capacity. Degree in the sciences as relating to Microbiology and/or Chemistry preferred.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send résumé to Theresa 

Now Hiring: Production Supervisor 2nd Shift

Summary:

The Production Supervisor is responsible for supervising production employees, creating new equipment SOP’s, and training of new/revised SOP’s

Shift schedule:

2:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a safe and clean environment in the production area.
  • Dress in appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Follow safety guidelines, supervisor’s instructions, and cGMP regulations.
  • Report any production dept. violations to Production Manager.
  • Create documents such as memos, SOP revisions, etc.
  • Update and document products being manufactured onto production schedule.
  • Verify batch records and logs of new and reviewed batch records.
  • Assist Production Mgr. in objectives that need immediate attention.
  • Review all documents in accordance with cGMP regulations, and SOP’s
  • Perform team efforts with Quality Assurance in product investigations and the release of products.
  • Perform team efforts with Quality Control in confirming the collection of samples.
  • Assist in maintaining an environment that complies with CFR, cGMP, and SOP’s
  • Initiate non-Conformance reports

Education Requirements:

  • Minimum high school diploma or G.E.D
  • College degree preferred.

Work Experience/Qualifications:

  • Previous experience supervising and working with softgel manufacturing equipment preferred.
  • Physical Demands: require for extended periods of time, bending reaching, carrying and occasionally lifting and/or moving objects up to 50 pounds.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send résumé to Theresa 

Now Hiring: Manufacturing Engineer

Position Summary:

The Manufacturing Engineer supports manufacturing through the development and implementation of optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards. The Manufacturing Engineer recommends and implements improvements to manufacturing equipment, production processes, methods and controls. This role is also responsible for coordinating the implementation of engineering changes and assisting various departments with the implementation of new tools and processes and required training.

Responsibilities:

  • Performs product/process analysis for cost reduction, quality improvement, and improved efficiency.
  • Carries out process improvement, problem resolution, project management and employee training.
  • Improves manufacturing processes and methods for cost-reduction, quality improvement and efficiency.
  • Performs research, design and development of manufacturing processes including production flow, assembly methods and production equipment.
  • Prepares and presents plans for the above and coordinates deployment including training of team members.
  • Support new equipment URS development and design reviews as required, provides input in reference to the plant’s specifications and good design practices.
  • Prepares and maintains detailed layouts of buildings and equipment.
  • Coordinates the manufacturing launch of new/revised products including establishing goals, training team members and evaluating results.
  • Designs, develops and tests and/or sources and cost-justifies various tools, machinery and equipment for recommended manufacturing methods.
  • Performs product/process analysis for cost reduction, quality improvement, and improved efficiency.
  • Responds to any related equipment downtime issues in the plant and establishes any required outside resources to assist in responding to these issues quickly.
  • Train and develop the plant mechanics to increase their ability to understand and troubleshoot mechanical and process related issues in the plant.
  • Prepares, reviews and/or approves technical documents to include but not limited to: Technical Reports, SOP’s, Cost Quotes, Product and Process Verification/Validation Protocols.
  • Lead and manage large and small equipment improvement projects in the plant.
  • Reviews current and new processes; recommends, justifies, demonstrates and implements new manufacturing technologies to enhance our processes.
  • Maintains documentation on all projects and submits written reports in a timely fashion.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Educational Qualifications/Experience:

Four year college or university degree or its equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Related Degree. Requires 2+ years related work experience in a manufacturing environment or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.

Required Skills / Experience:

  • Strong fundamental knowledge of mechanical and machine design and its application in a manufacturing and production related environment.
  • Experience using CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software
  • Critical thinking with exceptional problem solving skills, able to work independently and in team environments.
  • Proactive, resourceful & highly motivated with good communication skills and ability to work in a high output environment.
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to balance multiple projects.
  • Travel as required to support projects.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Constant exposure to noise levels loud enough to require employees to wear hearing protection. Warm temperature levels, fumes, vibration, dust, etc., sufficient to cause minor discomfort. Employee must wear protective eye wear, hair net, uniforms, safety shoes and gloves when handling the product.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Intermittently lifts and/or moves loads of up to 50 lbs. with the use of pallet jacks and or other mechanical aids. Pulls/pushes boxes of product on/off line and/or pallets. Stands/walks for full work shift. Manual dexterity to manipulate printing, filling and labeling equipment controls, small production containers on a production line, and hand tools to assemble/disassemble parts of equipment. Required to walk up and down stairs and use ladders.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send résumé to Theresa 

Now Hiring: Master Scheduler

Summary:

The Master Scheduler will lead the team in the development, generation and analysis of the master production plan for all Captek Softgel International production sites. The Scheduler will be responsible for ensuring available capacity, short and long-term, and material flow from supply base to support production of both new and existing items. The Master Scheduler will work with internal business partners, including Customer Service, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Maintenance/ Engineering, Quality, and R & D to develop production plans which meet service objectives, optimize inventory investment, and facilitate efficient utilization of resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, publishes, and maintains the master production schedule, balancing production capacity and inventory levels to achieve company objectives relative to customer service, sales, efficient resource/capacity (labor and equipment utilization), and inventory control. Collaborates with Procurement, Production, Maintenance/Engineering and Quality to finalize the weekly plan.
  • Manages material supply demands, prepares work orders or purchase requests for the production or purchase of components based on a master production schedule.
  • Works with Sales, Purchasing and Operations teams to develop and manage forecasts for material planning considering current inventory, obsolescence, lead times, seasonality, new/discontinued items, account promotions, product shelf life and production capacity.
  • Monitor and measure actual output versus the Master Production Plan. Identify gaps and drive solutions, including a metric on production performance to the requested production schedule.
  • Identify planning risks and expedite alternative solutions and recommendations to resolve demand/supply and capacity issues ensuring personnel, equipment, materials and services are provided as needed.
  • Coordinate any master schedule changes in supply and/or demand with planning and appropriate departments to maintain/improve OTD. Primary contact regarding scheduling of shipments; alert management to major swings in demand or capacity impacting delivery schedules.
  • Actively participates in preventive maintenance schedules, for coordination with production plans and inventories.
  • Propose enhancements current system(s) and business processes to achieve OTD performance target.
  • Lead weekly production scheduling meetings to ensure we are set-up for success and locked schedule for seven (7) days.
  • Participates or leads cost savings and productivity initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Educational Qualification:

Bachelor’s Degree in Systems and Operations Management (SOM), Supply Chain / Production, or Operations Management or minimum of five (5) years of procurement, production planning in a manufacturing environment.

Required Skills / Experience:

  • Demonstrated competencies in operation of ERP systems and software applications. SYSPRO experience a plus.
  • APICS CPIM, CSCP certification, as well as Lean Certification preferred.
  • Proven ability to translate business objectives to effective operational plans and successful implementation of such plans.
  • High degree of self-reliance required, must thrive in a fast paced and dynamic work environment with shifting demands, priorities, and timelines.
  • Proven ability to problem solves complex issues that arise from inventory, capacity and/or ERP systems.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate priorities and activities across cross functional teams.
  • Advanced working knowledge in Microsoft Office Applications including Excel (pivot tables).
  • Strong knowledge of and exposure to various types of manufacturing processes and controls.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven ability to build positive work relationships across all cross functional areas.
  • Strong quantitative skills, with ability to consolidate complex data and formulate into sound recommendations to drive business decision making.
  • Knowledge of FDA, Compliance, GMP guidelines preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/ Spanish) a plus.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Peripheral vision and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send résumé to Theresa 

Now Hiring: Quality Assurance & Regulatory Manager

Summary:

Quality Assurance & Regulatory Manager is responsible for the whole oversight of the Quality Assurance department, and floor quality at both manufacturing and packaging sites. They are to appropriate, delegate, and review Quality Assurance operations and related tasks to ensure company’s full Quality Assurance support as well as quality operational guidance and training to subordinate staff and other departments within the organization. They will need to ensure the quality assurance group in properly evaluating floor process quality systems and controls, investigations and dispositions, and any other quality needs to drive to quality product manufacture, processes, and systems. The individual will need to continually review and uphold company policies, procedures, and quality requirements required in the dietary supplement industry.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages all QA Supervisors, Assistant Supervisors, Leads, Technicians, and Document Control Specialists in both manufacturing and packaging facilities. This may include, but is not limited to, scheduling and coordinating work assignments for the department/shifts, along with planning and setting QA department goals and objectives, and respectively coordinating and directing QA department activities.
  • Per compliance to cGMP, Captek SOPs, and training, thoroughly reviews and verifies Quality Assurance systems and operations within the department and in application at floor, driving facilities’ organizational quality.
  • Conduct departmental adherence, task, and/or job performance reviews which include developing and managing metrics to track and drive facilities’ quality performance, respective appropriate actions for negative trend remediation, and for continual improvement.
  • Represents Captek’s Quality Assurance operations as needed in customer and regulatory audits, meetings, qualifications, and/or any other such required instances.
  • As necessary, thoroughly reviews completed and/or prepared Quality Assurance documentation and dispositions or endorses appropriately upon verification of documentation as accurate, true, and complete.
  • Authors and/or reviews Quality Assurance related SOPS, while ensuring proper adherence to by subordinate Quality Control staff.
  • Perform and/or coordinate training of department personnel as needed, while developing, interpreting, and implementing policies and procedures for the area of responsibility.
  • Leads cross-functional teams on projects as pertaining to quality and process control initiatives, investigations, policies and/or procedures writing/review, best practices, and/or corrective and preventative action plans.
  • Assist QA Supervisors for interviewing and hiring QA personnel
  • Analyze quality data and make recommendations for improvement, participating in development, interpretation, and implementation of policies and procedures for the area of responsibility
  • Initiate disciplinary actions and investigates incidents when required, as appropriate
  • Maintains a strong conceptual understanding of the processes, procedures, and quality requirements required of our operations. Provides staff with respective guidance and support.
  • Assures facilities’ compliance with quality requirements, exemplifying adherence to all safety, cGMP, and Captek’s Standard Operating Procedures and Policies, particularly, while keeping accountability of staff to the same.
  • Must have the ability to be flexible, handle and support multiple projects simultaneously and adjust personal style to adapt to increased business pressures and work well under pressure while performing all tasks in an accurate, complete, timely and appropriate manner.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively inter- and intra- departmentally on matters as pertaining to QA.
  • Perform other related quality and compliance duties as assigned VP of Q&R.

Work Experience/Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years relevant work experience with 5 years in a Supervisory and/or Managerial role.
  • Experience managing and scheduling a shift of five (5) or more employees
  • Experience in training personnel

Education Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in health science or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education, experience, background, and assessed aptitude and capacity
  • Deep working knowledge of cGMPs and FDA regulations
  • ASQ CQA and/or CHA certification preferred

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Physical demands require sitting for extended periods of time, walking, bending, reaching, carrying, and occasionally lifting and/or moving objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Peripheral vision and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Competency:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data. Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Interpersonal – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
  • Team Work – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively and accurately; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Quality Management – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Upholds organizational values.
  • Support – Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization’s goals and values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.
  • Accountability – Upholds own responsibilities while keeping others engaged with the task requested in cases of collaborative work.
  • Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Keeps area organized and structured so as to adequately manage tasks
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send résumé to Theresa 

Captek is a proud member of GOED, Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s

Captek Softgel International is a proud member of GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s. GOED works to set high standards for the industry and educate industry participants about omega-3 issues. The GOED Voluntary Monograph has served as the definition of quality in the industry since 2002. The Monograph adopts the strictest aspects of quality and safety regulations around the world, ensuring that products meeting GOED standards are safe and effective.

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For more information visit goedomega3.com.

Captek demos 3 softgel concepts at Expo West

Captek Softgel International, a leading manufacturer of more than 2.5 billion softgels annually, reported strong interest in three softgel concepts created specifically for dietary supplement companies at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products show in the United States.

The three concepts represented technological advances in dietary supplement delivery systems. “Many consumers find softgels easier to swallow, and more attractive than tablets,” said Tim Chiprich, vice president of product Development. “The three concepts we developed showcase what the next generation of softgels can do.”

Read the full press release here:

http://newhope360.com/supplements/captek-demos-3-softgel-concepts-expo-west

ADM enters into omega-3 market with partnership on algal DHA ingredient

Greg Dodson, Archer Daniel Midland (ADM) Company Manager of Food and Wellness, said the company is impressed on the strategy that turns commercial opportunities into realities. This impression led ADM to enter into omega-3 market making itself the first in the animal feed markets. The move into the omega-3s space and a deal with privately held synthetic-held Synthetic Genomics will develop an Algal DHA ingredient. Heterotropic Algae production is pricey, says ADM, but demand for resulting ingredient can enhance its current portfolio of nutritional ingredients. This is the first ingredient partnership ADM has entered into.

Read the full article here:

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Suppliers2/ADM-enters-into-omega-3-market-with-partnership-on-algal-DHA-ingredient/

L-arginine may help blast belly fat

Great abs, immense pecs and a body that doesn’t have even one ounce of body fat, can be what L-arginine may be of benefits. L-arginine is one of the 22 amino acids found in high-protein foods. It’s been used as a supplement ingredient to improve libido, sports performance, and for cardiovascular health. A pilot study measured the effects of L-arginine taken daily for 12 weeks on healthy persons. Evidences show that L-arginine has weight loss promoting powers and found useful in treating central, or visceral obesity. In this case, L-arginine then may help blast belly fast.

Read the full article here:

http://newhope360.com/breaking-news/l-arginine-may-help-blast-belly-fat-apologies-dr-oz

New signs point to the promise in green chemistry

New signs point to the promise in green chemistry. It is turning to solutions in the search for environmentally-friendly alternatives. Green chemistry is a discipline that focuses on the design and manufacturing of chemicals in a way that reduces or eliminates the generation of toxics and waste. It focuses on the use of green alternatives and the ability for materials to biodegrade. “Seventh Generation” celebrates this as an opportunity to further explore ‘green chemistry’and drive innovation in this field. Scroll through some of these more notable dates in toxic chemical regulation and green chemistry history.

Read the full article here:

http://newhope360.com/legislation-regulation/new-signs-point-promise-green-chemistry

No more dietary supplement research ever – do you agree?

Science makes unexpected connections between studies, and leads to new hypothesis that might reveal new discoveries. The problem, however, is when a published research, particularly on studying the effects or benefits of specific dietary ingredients, demonstrates mixed results and raises contradicting conclusions. These may be true in many cases, but many of us value a supplement research as an informative resource when it comes to sharing the latest in nutritional and supplement study. When scientists deter future research, they discourage that inquiry that might lead to the next big breakthrough. Here are some examples:

Read the full article here:

http://newhope360.com/ingredients/no-more-dietary-supplement-research-ever

Retailers can combat supplement negativity on the front lines

The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes & Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study, a survey of more than 1,200 households, found that price has become much less of a barrier to purchasing organic products. Organic food usually costs a little more than non-organic. But a new study shows that an increasing number of American parents are willing to pay a little more on the highest quality and most healthy products. OTA partnered with KIWI Magazine to conduct a survey at the buying patterns of American households, who buy organic products, what are those products, and the reasons behind those decisions.

Read the full article here:

http://newhope360.com/consumer/parents-will-pay-premium-organic-food

Vitamin D supps helps asthmatics cut inhaler use

New study questions vitamin D’s effects on asthma sufferers—but vitamin D supplementation did help asthmatics cut inhaler use. Low levels of vitamin D are thought to play a role in many medical problems, from asthma to osteoporosis to diabetes. Previous studies suggested that if you have asthma and low levels of vitamin D in the blood, you have worse lung function. This study is the first randomized controlled trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D supplements helps asthmatics by improving the breathing pattern.  The study appeared online May 18 in JAMA. 

Read the full article here:

http://newhope360.com/breaking-news/vitamin-d-supps-helps-asthmatics-cut-inhaler-use

Key Vitamins We Should Take

captekIt seems like vitamins are always in the news. Are vitamins good for us? Should we be taking  vitamins? What’s the best way to take vitamins? These are likely questions you get asked by your clients who are wondering about the best vitamin softgels to formulate.

In this blog post, we will provide you with some information about vitamins and about who should be taking them. (This information can be useful to you when meeting with clients and when thinking about marketing their vitamin softgels.)

Who can benefit from taking vitamins? 

The short and simple answer is: everyone. Regardless of how healthy your diet is, you’re likely going to be deficient in some key nutrients. This is not because you’re not eating enough fruits and vegetables, rather it’s because you likely aren’t absorbing all of the nutrients. This is normal – and in some cases depending on how we combine our foods we end up not being able to “access”the nutrients we need. For example, vitamin C helps people absorb iron better but caffeine makes it hard to absorb iron.

Athletes, the elderly, young children, and anyone with a health condition can benefit from taking vitamin softgels. Some medications make it difficult to absorb nutrients from food and other medications actually require you to supplement with additional vitamins and minerals. Athletes are training hard and stressing their bodies so they can benefit from vitamins that will help them recover from activity.

Are there key vitamins that everyone should take? 

This is a tough question to answer but we can break this down into three groups of people and highlight the vitamins that these groups should be taking:

  • For people who are not outside much, vitamin D is important. Vitamin D is commonly known as the sunshine vitamin and it is vital in aiding in the absorption of calcium.
  • For vegans and elderly people, vitamin B12 is particularly important. We need B12 to make red blood cells and to support our brains. The primary source for B12 is from animal products.
  • Women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant should take Folic Acid. This vitamin is vital in prenatal development. 

As you can see, vitamins really are necessary and everyone can in fact benefit from taking some vitamin softgels daily. We at Captek are experts in softgels and are the leaders in the production, quality control, research and development of softgels. We can work with you to develop custom formulations and we offer our softgels in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Extracts from pumpkin seed and soy germ show bladder support potential

The market for urinary health remedies for adults is fast growing. Among the latest is a combination of extracts from pumpkin seed and soy germ, noted with the ability to reduce the sense of urgency in women with overactive bladders. Urgency is one of the biggest inconvenience conditions, in practice, for people suffering from overactive bladder. In a research led by Bongseok Shim from Korea, 120 women aged between 35 and 70 and suffering from overactive bladder related voiding dysfunction were assigned to receive Frutarom’s Go-less or placebo for 2 weeks. Results were published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

Read the full article here:

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Suppliers2/Extracts-from-pumpkin-seed-and-soy-germ-show-bladder-support-potential/

Green coffee bean sellers caught duping consumers

FTC charges Florida company with capitalizing on the green coffee diet fad by using bogus weight loss claims and fake news websites to market the dietary supplement. According to complaints, this coffee bean extract was touted as a potent weight loss treatment that supposedly burns fat, and the sites featured footage from supposed consumer endorsements, and purported clinical proof that dieters could lose weight rapidly without changing their diet or exercise regimens. Consumers should carefully evaluate advertising claims for weight-loss products. The FTC charged the defendants with false and unsupported advertising claims, including:

Read the full article here:

http://newhope360.com/breaking-news/green-coffee-bean-sellers-caught-duping-consumers

Cinnamon’s popularity is driving price

Over the last five years, use of cinnamon in foods has grown and 32% of all new product launches with cinnamon in that period happened in 2013. The suggestions that cinnamon help consumers manage blood sugar levels drive demand among food businesses. While the topic on cinnamon to lower blood sugar is still on debate, recent research suggests that cinnamon may be helpful as a supplement to regular diabetes treatment. Priorities have been set to enhance production in cinnamon producer countries. But heavy rainfall in producer countries has affected supply, a leading ingredients company has warned.

Read the full article here:

http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Ingredients/Cinnamon-s-popularity-is-driving-price

Sugar spikes heart disease risk—independent of weight gain

Too much sugar can stress your heart, analysis confirmed. Sugars contribute to cardiovascular risk independent of the effect of sugars on body weight,” says Te Morenga.  There did not appear to be any special metabolic effect of sugars making people more likely to gain weight on high-sugar diets compared with low sugar diets. But since sugar raises blood glucose and stimulates insulin production, findings support public health recommendations to reduce added sugar in diets as one of the measures which might be expected to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular diseases. Find study details below:

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Life saving watermelon? | Breaking news content from New Hope 360

People today face a higher risk for stroke or heart attack. In a new study by Florida State University, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, watermelon extract may significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals. Researchers tried to replicate cold weather situations, as more people die of heart attacks in cold weather, as cold temperatures raise blood pressure, forcing the heart to work harder. In the study, it turned out that watermelon is the richest natural source of L-citrulline — an amino acid that kick-starts your body’s production of a powerful artery-relaxing nitric oxide.

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http://newhope360.com/breaking-news/life-saving-watermelon