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RCT data questions benefits of vitamin B12 supplements for older people

Vitamin B12 supplements offer ‘no benefit’ for nervous system and brain function in older people with moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, according to new RCT data.

Fatty and sugary foods linked to lower cognitive functions: Mouse data

A diet rich in fat and sugar could cause changes in the make up of our gut bacteria, which in turn lead to losses of cognitive functions, suggest researchers.

Probiota Americas

Collaboration among stakeholders needed for probiotics research to move forward, experts say

The immediate future of the probiotics space is clouded by regulatory uncertainty but is buoyed by new science and technology, speakers at the recent Probiota Americas event said.

Supplement sales slow, but hope emerges in probiotics, protein, omega-3s and aloe

Market saturation, negative press and increased competition from fortified foods are taking a toll on dietary supplement sales, growth of which is slowing dramatically, according to research from IBISWorld and Euromonitor International. 

McCaskill opens inquiry into brain health supplements targeting seniors

US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has sent letters to the Food and Drug Administration and 15 major retailers after launching an inquiry into products, regulations, and retailers in the dietary supplement industry that specifically market to seniors using claims about improving memory and treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Zeaxanthin + lutein may speed up visual processing: RCT data

Supplements of zeaxanthin with or without lutein may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and visual processing speed in young adults, says a new study.

Probiotic Bifidobacteria may boost cognition in anxious mice: Study

Select strains of Bifidobacteria may positively impact cognition in anxious lab animals, says a new study from Ireland that deepens our understanding of the gut-brain axis.

Probiotas Americas

Pivotal study on effect of gut microbial makeup on brain activity changed course of researcher's career

The dawn of inexpensive, rapid genetic sequencing has opened up new avenues for explaining the connection of the gut to the brain.  With this new understanding of the precise makeup of the  gut microbiome, medical science, and by extension the probiotic supplements industry, stands at the brink of a new age, said a speaker at the recent Probiota Americas event.

Fermented food intake linked to fewer anxiety symptoms: Study

Increased intakes of fermented foods may be associated with fewer symptoms of social anxiety, particularly for people at higher genetic risk, says a new study. 

News in brief

Norwegian krill player appoints new chief

Matts Johansen has been appointed CEO of krill major Aker BioMarine with a mandate to “to continue to develop one of Norway's most exciting biotechnology companies into a solid and predictable company”.

Guest article

Euromonitor runs rule over recent nutraceutical award winners

Market analyst Euromonitor International dissects recent NutraIngredients Awards winners to provide category perspective from sustainable omega-3 to healthy ageing in this guest article.

Omega-3 consumption could enhance ‘cognitive flexibility’ in older adults

A higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could lead to better cognitive flexibility in adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's, 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.

Psychobiotics: Modulation of gut microbiota may ‘hold the key to’ neuropsychological disorders

Using probiotics and prebiotics to alter the gut microbiota and influence the gut-brain axis may open up new ways of influencing neuropsychological conditions, says a new review.

Single multivitamin-mineral dose may boost mood in older people

A single dose of a multivitamin and mineral and herbal supplement may reduce stress in healthy older women, says a new study from Australia.

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.

Five weeks to go! Probiota Americas to unite science and industry in North & South America

Probiota Americas is five weeks away, where pre- and probiotic stakeholders will share the latest insights in science, regulatory, market and business opportunities in North and South America. 

Dispatches from the International Yakult Symposium

No health claims but probiotics remain on medical agenda

Probiotics are yet to win a health claim in the European Union but they continue to receive backing by various bodies for gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea.

‘Vitamin E helps preserve and protect our fat heads!’: NIH funded study shows role of vitamin E for brain health

Vitamin E may help maintain levels of DHA in the brain, says a new study with zebrafish funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Forget about your woes? Probiotics may lower focus on bad feelings and experiences

Supplementation with a multi-species probiotic may be associated with lower feelings of sadness and less focus on bad feelings and experiences from the past, say researchers.

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