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Prebiotic purveyor offers test kit to measure shift in microbiome

Isothrive, the manufacturer of a new prebiotic finished product, has teamed with gut flora testing firm UBiome to offer a consumers a way to gauge the product’s effects in their own bodies.

Berry eaters may be at lower risk of diabetes: Meta-analysis

Data from almost 400,000 people suggests that consuming berries and the anthocyanins they contain may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 15-18%.

Vitamin D pills improve insulin measures in healthy adults: RCT

Supplements of vitamin D may improve fasting glucose levels and insulin resistance in healthy Japanese adults, says a new study.

Study suggests preloading soy protein isolate may benefit post-meal blood sugar levels

In finding new ways to keep blood sugar levels at a normal range after a meal, researchers in Japan found that consuming 40 g of soy protein isolate before a meal improved postprandial glycemic control in healthy young adults.

Researchers assess effects of beta-carotene fortified synbiotic food on type 2 diabetics

A synbiotic food fortified with beta-carotene may improve markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in people with type 2 diabetes, says a new study. 

Study elucidates threonate's role in magnesium transport in brain

A new paper sponsored by branded ingredient supplier AIDP has elucidated the way in which threonates boost the uptake of magnesium into the brain, the company announced recently.

MCT product developers tout their 'clean' story

The developers of a new medium chain triglyceride supplement hope to clear up some of the misnomers that they say plague the ingredient in the marketplace.

Polyphenol and fiber from dried fruit, green tea, may attenuate blood sugar levels

There has been some evidence that polyphenols inhibit starch-digesting enzymes and fiber delays glucose absorption, lowering the glycemic index of some foods. A new study explores how the addition of polyphenol- and fiber- rich food together in a starchy diet can inhibit blood sugar levels.

Sunfiber blunts blood sugar spikes among glucose intolerant subjects, study shows

Japanese ingredient supplier Taiyo has announced the results of a peer-reviewed pilot study that explores the effect its Sunfiber ingredient has on blunting postprandial blood glucose spikes among glucose intolerant subjects.

Oral microbiome rich environment for study, product development, event attendees told

Good overall health starts in the mouth, dentists have preached for years. Oral health is a promising avenue for probiotics development, attendees at a recent event were told.  

Data conflict: Polyphenol supplementation improves fat oxidation but not insulin sensitivity

Researchers have found the metabolic effects of supplementation with the polyphenols epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and resveratrol don’t lead to improved insulin sensitivity in overweight men and women, adding to conflicting data around the effects of polyphenols on the metabolic system.

Niagen shown to be effective against diabetes complications in mice

A new study done on mice suggests that nicotinamide riboside can help restrict the development of insulin resistance and diabetic neuropathy.

Review supports safety of green tea extracts

A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.

‘We need to achieve a prebiotic health claim to advance research in the category’: Academic

Despite an abundance of health benefits, the lack of a prebiotic health claim in Europe is stalling research in a number of areas, says a leading prebiotic researcher.

Prunus mume extract significantly benefit liver functions over placebo

The Asian plum of the rosaceae family, has been studied for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver protecting properties. A study funded by Swiss company Stragen Pharma looks deeper into how this plum extract can benefit the liver.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2016

Geneva convention: Vitamin K2 leaders meet to discuss quality & collaboration

Vitamin K2 leaders like NattoPharma and Kappa Bioscience met with others in the sector from India and east Asia in Geneva last week with the aim of developing a common quality standard.

Work on soil improvement leads to mineral ingredient for supplements

Work in organic agriculture led Mineral Biosciences to the development of a “fossil mineral” with a claim to blood sugar management properties.

The retail buyer’s guide to new products at the Healthy & Natural Show: Supplements

Walking the floor at the Healthy & Natural Show and looking for the new and innovative? We round-up the new products in the supplement aisles.

Novel bitter melon extract show metabolic and anti-obesity effects: Study

Oil extracts from the seeds of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) may help reduce body weight, suggests a new study from China.

Vegan meal replacement makers want to reach underserved populations by using hip hop tie-in

VeganSmart, a plant-based line of meal replacements, is penetrating areas plagued with malnutrition via a unique marketing vehicle—the power of hip hop.

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