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Rise of personalized genetic databases provides trove of info to drive research, product development

The advent of simplified genetic tests marks the dawn of an age in which the idea of personalized nutrition will be driven by hard data as opposed to answers on survey queries as was the case in the past.  And it means that that amassed data can be mined with statistical techniques—the so called Big Data scenario — to yield information that can drive product formulation and brand development strategies.

Detecting deficiencies: New strategy could speed up mass testing of vitamin and mineral levels

Analysing levels of proteins in blood could be used to estimate levels of essential vitamins and minerals without directly testing for each nutritional factor, according to new research that suggests the use of mass spectrometry to rapidly detect nutritional deficiencies.

Multivitamin and mineral supplement may offer invasive breast cancer hope: Study

Taking a supplement containing multivitamins and minerals could increase the chances of long term survival in people with invasive breast cancer, according to new research.

New supplement targets magnesium deficiency as side effect of diuretics

Althos Pharma is targeting a new market—patients taking diuretics —with the release of its Magnitria supplement, which features powder form magnesium citrate to address the deficiency of this mineral that can accompany this treatment.

Gut bacteria are closely linked to immune functions, review suggests

A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system could hold the key to battling significant and global public health issues, researchers have suggested.

Coffee bioactives backed for cancer benefit: Study

Consumption of more than four cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence and progression, suggest researchers.

Artichokes and celery kill pancreatic cancer cells, say researchers

Celery and artichokes contain flavonoids that kill pancreatic cancer cells, according to researchers.

Garlic reduces lung cancer risk by 44%, suggests study

Consuming raw garlic could serve as a protective factor against lung cancer, even for smokers, suggests a new study by Chinese scientists.

Putting the benefit back: Researchers demonstrate way to restore frozen broccoli's benefits

The food industry can easily restore the levels of health beneficial compounds in frozen broccoli by modifying its blanching and freezing processes, according to new research.

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A Whale of a Fish Story for Omega-3s

There’s something fishy going on with omega-3s these days, and it appears that some of the consumer media who reported on the study fell for it – hook, line and sinker. Of course I’m talking about the study that recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institutepurporting to identify a positive relationship between higher omega-3 levels and increased risk of prostate cancer. The study quickly generated headlines that fish oil omega-3 supplements may cause prostate cancer.

Researchers moot mechanism for soy's cancer protective properties: Animal data

Lifelong consumption of soy foods may protect against cancers by turning down signalling molecules that encourage cell growth and can lead to tumours, suggests new research in rats.

Omega-3 fatty acids offer cancer potential: Lab study

Omega-3s - in particular eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) - may offer benefits to people with certain cancers, according to new lab work suggesting that the fatty acids may help kill off cancerous cells.

Broccoli compound benefits may be result of metabolic 're-tuning': Human data

Metabolic modifications brought about by consumption of high-glucoraphanin broccoli may be behind the suggested health benefits and cancer-fighting ability of the cruciferous vegetable, according to a new clinical trial.

Glucoraphanin from broccoli is similar to DHA: We're educating the market that not all broccoli extracts are equal, says BPP

Building consumer and market understanding of the benefits of glucoraphanin from broccoli is a lot like the DHA story, says leading broccoli extract supplier Brassica Protection Products (BPP), as it takes the ‘important step’ of self-affirming the GRAS status of its SGS ingredient.

Blue lupin kernel fiber may boost colon health: RCT

Fibers from the blue lupin kernel may improve the function of the colon and potential reduce the risk of colon cancer, says a new study from Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany.

Reformulation of nutraceutical aims at sales boost to help fund DIM drug development

Berkley BioSciences Inc. has launched a new formulation of its ActivaMune immune health product, both to improve product performance and to boost sales to help fund ongoing drug development research on the formula’s prime active ingredient—diindolymethane (DIM)—which has been under investigation at the University of California for years.

Guest article

Not just industry slamming omega-3-prostate cancer links

Reaction to last week’s study linking omega-3 with prostate cancer have been vociferous and near-unanimous in condemning its methods and conclusions. Here Alan Ruth, PhD, and CEO of the Irish Health Trade Association (IHTA), explains why that condemnation was justified and not just sourced from an industry concerned with defending its own patch.

Omega-3 intake may lower breast cancer risk, finds BMJ review

Increasing intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could cut the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 14%, according to a meta-analysis of 26 clinical studies.

Vitamin B6 linked to DNA protection: Study

Increased levels of vitamin B6 are associated with less damage to DNA for men, suggests new data from Japan.

Frozen broccoli lacks ability to form healthy compound: Study

Commercially available frozen broccoli almost entirely lacks the ability to form the beneficial compound sulforaphane from the phytonutrient glucoraphanin, according to new research.

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