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Flaxseed beats probiotics for improved insulin sensitivity & altered microbiota

A study comparing fibrous flaxseed with probiotics has questioned the latter’s ability to alter gut microbiota and improve obesity-related metabolic diseases. 

Protein and veg before carbs helps keep blood sugar in check, say researchers

The order in which we eat food could play a vital role in how our bodies manage post-meal blood sugar and insulin levels, a small study has reported.

Ecological characteristics of human gut still only dimly understood, researcher says

Ecological models of the human microbiome, underpinned by statistical techniques, have made significant strides over the past 15 years. But much remains to be discovered, including how to make a more or less symptom-free intestinal tract work better, an expert in the field said.

Cargill on Trehalose: The biggest challenge is limited awareness but every new product is helping

One year on from the ‘Taco Bell affair’ and Cargill is continuing to see growth in demand for its Trehalose additive, but the biggest challenge continues to be limited awareness of ingredient’s numerous functional properties.

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Can gut microbes affect eating behavior? It's an intriguing field of research, expert says

Evidence continues to mount that the gut microbiome affects gut health in a number of ways, one of which appears to be by inducing the nervous system to send signals to the brain via the vagus nerve and other pathways. Can the makeup of this microbial community also affect our behavior?  It’s an intriguing possibility, says Joe Alcock. MD.

Patent watch

Abbott Labs files patent for ‘better tasting’ nutritional powders

Abbott Laboratories has filed an international patent for a process it says allows it to produce better-tasting powders with improved nutrient content.

Supplement launches that aims to help people prone to Type 2 diabetes make healthy lifestyle switch

Type 2 diabetes continues to stalk the US population. It’s a public health crisis that has created market opportunities, and one of the companies rushing to fill that breach is Glucose Health, Inc. which has launched a supplement of the same name.

Higher fibre intake could cut diabetes risk

New research data, coupled with a fresh meta-analysis of previous studies, has added to evidence that increasing dietary fibre reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

‘Game changer’: ChromaDex inks deal with Suntava to produce concentrated anthocyanin ingredient

Irvine, CA-based ChromaDex has signed a worldwide license and supply agreement for Suntava Purple Corn to produce a highly concentrated anthocyanin ingredient at a price point that should appeal to mass markets, the companies have announced.

DHA supplements may help restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle: Mechanism mooted

Supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA helps to restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle by blocking inflammation and the accumulation of other lipid intermediates, say researchers.

Large-scale, long-term cocoa flavanol study looking at heart, cognitive health enters recruitment phase

Cocoa flavanols are an ingredient that has been poised at the edge of the runway for a few years now. A new large-scale, long-term study into their cardiovascular and cognitive function benefits that is entering its recruitment phase may help provide the research backing to bring that takeoff roll closer to reality.

Sabinsa expands Ayurvedic herb cultivation as demand grows

Botanical supplier Sabinsa is expanding its existing cultivation program for Indian herbs to ensure sustainable supply of ingredients such as turmeric, gac, and black ginger, in order to match demand in the global US$1.6 billion market.

Resveratrol may boost mitochondrial function for diabetics: Pre-clinical data

Supplements of resveratrol, an antioxidant compound from red wine, may protect blood vessels from the detrimental effects of high blood sugar, says a new study.

Dietary carotenoids linked to lower type 2 diabetes risks in healthy adults

High dietary intakes of alpha- and beta-carotene are associated with reduced type 2 diabetes risk in generally healthy adults, says data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Netherlands (EPIC-NL).

Cranberry juice may slash cardiometabolic risk factors: RCT study

Daily consumption of a low-calorie cranberry juice may improve certain risk factors of heart disease, including blood pressure and triglycerides, says a new study from the Agricultural Research Service at the USDA and Ocean Spray Cranberries.

Micronutrient-dense bar shows broad health improvements for overweight/obese adults: CHORI study

A micronutrient and fiber-dense supplement bar may improve metabolism in overweight/obese but otherwise healthy adults, says a new study from the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Green algae combo may counter obesity-linked metabolic changes: Study

A mixture of green algae extracts may lower body fat and improve lean mass in rats fed a high carbohydrate, high fat diet, says new study.

Vitamin K1 may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels for pre-diabetics

Supplements containing vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) may improve glycemic status and insulin sensitivity for premenopausal and pre-diabetic women, says a new study.

Probiotic potential for pear antioxidants explored in study

Antioxidants and phenols in pears can balance gut microbiota as well as manage early-stage type 2 diabetes and hypertension, according to researchers.

Vitamin D may prevent inflammation behind type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries

Vitamin D may play an important role in preventing the inflammation that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, according to research in mice.