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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.

Gut microbiota shifts could predict diabetes risk, suggests study

The composition of our microbiota may change through the development of pre-diabetes and diabetes, thus predicting risk and potentially leading to new ways to aid blood sugar management, say researchers.

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Nutrition 21 announces settlement of patent infringement lawsuit over Chromium Picolinate

Nutrition 21 LLC and JDS Therapeutics LLC have entered into a confidential settlement and license agreement with Schwabe North America and Nature’s Way, thereby ending a patent infringement lawsuit involving the use of chromium picolinate.

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Daily coffee polyphenols can reduce diabetes risk, say Japanese researchers

Japanese researchers have found coffee polyphenols can reduce type 2 diabetes risk via an insulin-regulating intestinal peptide.

Catechins, but not quercetin, behind some of cocoa & tea’s benefits

Supplementation with epicatechin may beneficially affect insulin levels and insulin resistance, but another flavonoid quercetin had no effect, says a new study from The Netherlands.

Mushroom extracts show blood sugar management potential: Study

Powdered preparations of the mushrooms Pleurotus ostreatus and Pleurotus cystidiosus may reduce blood sugar levels after a meal in healthy people, while also impacting insulin levels in diabetics, says a new study.

Pharmachem launches sprinkle-on application for Phase 2 carb controller in North American market

Pharmachem Laboratories is seeking new markets for its Phase 2 carb controller ingredient with the North American release of DietSpice, a line of functional seasonings that can be sprinkled on food to help weight watchers absorb fewer calories from the starches in their meals.

Excess vitamin A may prevent foetal formation of blood cells

Excessive retinoic acid – a molecule derived from vitamin A  – can prevent the healthy development of blood in embryos, a team of Swedish researchers have found. 

Amaranth seeds may help cardiovascular health and diabetes

Amaranth seeds may help prevent coronary disease, lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, according to a scientific review.

Purified anthocyanins show metabolic benefits in diabetics: RCT data

Supplementation with purified anthocyanins may improve blood lipid levels and lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, says a new study from China.

Probiotic drink may help control insulin resistance: Healthy human research

Probiotic supplementation may be useful in preventing insulin resistance caused by excessive consumption of high-fat foods, according to industry-backed research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Stevia First expanding fermentation technology to ingredients beyond steviol glycosides

Stevia First Corp, producer of a fermentation-based steviol glycoside ingredient, is moving its technology beyond its namesake high intensity sweetener into new ranges of functional ingredients that the company is billing as “geroprotectors.”

Probiotic pill shows promise in blood sugar management and battling diabetes: Rat data

A genetically engineered strain of human gut bacteria from the lactobacillus family could help to slash in incidence of high blood sugar by up to 30%, according to new research in rats.

300-strong ‘teenage nutrition & health’ cohort extended to 2017; diabetes-obesity insights sought

A 300-person cohort assessing how youthful diet and lifestyle affects health via methods like amino acids, sugars and antioxidants measurement has been extended to 2017, with an aim to plug a gap in teenage data.

Special edition: Blood Sugar Management

Pre-diabetes: Public health time bomb … and industry opportunity

By 2035 it is estimated that 8% of the global population will be classed as ‘pre-diabetic' – putting them at significantly higher risk of developing full type 2 diabetes. Such startling statistics are ticking bomb for healthcare costs, but could also be a huge opportunity for the industry to help in prevention.

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