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Nutrition researchers shoot holes in assertion that multivitamins are unnecessary

A response published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine by four well-known nutrition researchers takes strident issue with an editorial published in the same journal that multivitamins are not useful.  The authors of the first paper “ignored decades of nutrition research and diet monitoring of the U.S. population to reach this misleading conclusion,” the researchers wrote.

DSM: Additional research will underpin vitamin E's decisive benefits

Magic bullet syndrome is something that has plagued the dietary supplement ingredient business over the years. While this is often negative for consumers, who put their faith into an overhyped (while still possibly effective) ingredient, it’s not so good for the bullet, either. Just ask the companies that supply vitamin E, such as DSM Nutritional Products.

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Diet and cancer: Polyphenol trial data suggests significant clinical benefit for prostate cancer

A polyphenol-rich supplement containing broccoli, green tea, tumeric, and pomegranete - a combination known  as pomi-t - could have significant clinical benefits for men with prostate cancer, according to new data.

Cocoa shown to have role in colorectal cancer reduction: Review

Cocoa polyphenols can suppress oxidative stress that provokes the proliferation of cancerous cells in the colon, according to a study published in the book Cancer: Oxidative Stress and Dietary Antioxidants.

‘Appalled to see this study receive any attention at all’: Biotivia MD hits back at new Chianti resveratrol study

A new study that concludes that high intakes of resveratrol may not reduce a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer has ‘very little to offer in the way of new or compelling information’, says the managing director of Biotivia.

Vitamin D deficiency may indicate prostate cancer

Vitamin D deficiency may be an indicator in the diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer, according to researchers.

Vitamin D levels linked to cancer survival rates

Breast and colorectalcancer patients with higher levels of vitamin D at the time of diagnosis may have better chances of survival and remain in remission longer those who are deficient, according to a scientific review. 

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Study: Vitamin A form shows breast cancer prevention potential

A vitamin A form called retinoic acid that is commonly found in sweet potatoes and carrots, can help turn breast cells showing cancerous potential back to a healthy state, researchers have found.

Omega-3s science is rock solid, but you don't win every game, expert says

When scientists seek to counteract bad press for omega-3s it is a matter of taking two steps forward while taking one back, said Bruce Holub, professor emeritus at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Breast microbiome more complex than previously thought: Study

The unique microbial composition of female breast tissue has given scientists new insight into the interaction between different bacteria in the human body and the effects this has on health.

EuroPharma founder: Nobody has given curcumin the attention that we have

Booming consumer demand for curcumin is driving an innovative but highly competitive supplier landscape, but Terry Lemerond, founder & president of EuroPharma,Inc., says his company has never talked down the competition, preferring to talk up their own product’s extensive science portfolio.  

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Folic acid: The double-edge sword of the golden micronutrient

Folic acid is backed to deliver important health benefits in the scientific literature and by regulators – but is over-consumption a real problem? asks Robert Verkerk, PhD, the founder, executive and scientific director of the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-I) in this guest article.

Metabolites of EPA, DHA ripe area for innovation, expert says

Innovation in omega-3s has come in many forms.  New delivery modes, new raw material sources, and new chemical forms.  But through it all, the story has always been about  EPA and DHA as whole molecules. That might be about to change.

Future looks increasingly bright for herbal supplements, market researcher says

The economic downturn has had a depressing effect on new product launches in the herbal dietary supplement industry, said Steve French, managing director of the Natural Marketing Institute. But the good news is that opportunity abounds, in that herbal supplement users are far more fiercely devoted to their products of choice than is the average supplement taker and younger consumers are the most enthusiastic of all.

Time has come to consider DRIs for bioactives, CRN official says

Evidence for the nutrtional benefits of bioactives is steadily accumulating, and the time has come engage regulators in a process of determining dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for the best-researched substances, said Jim Griffiths, vice president of scientific and reglatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Vitamin D linked to better breast cancer patient survival

Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as those with lower levels, new research has suggested.

Microbiota makeup linked to intestinal cancer risk

The makeup of microbes living in our gut may be a risk factor for colorectal cancer and could drive the development of intestinal tumours, say researchers.

Concept of biomimicry could inform nutraceutical discovery, manufacture, expert says

Biomimicry, or the practice of taking cues from nature for design of products for human use, could transform the way dietary supplments manufacturers interact with their consumers, an expert says.

CRN: Report finding not enough evidence linking multivitamins to cancer prevention shouldn't obscure their benefits

The final report from a government task force finding no preventive effect of multivitamin usage in relation to cancer and cardiovascular disease has been modified in an appropriate way to reflect the tight focus of the review, said the Council for Responsible Nutrition.  How the report will be written about in the mainstream press remains to be seen.

Cancer researcher wins ABC's Farnsworth award

Influential figures in the herbal sphere aren’t always involved in what most would term “natural” products.  So it is with Gordon M Cragg, PhD, the latest recepient of a prominent award from the American Botanical Council.

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