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Vitamin B6 deficiency linked to cognitive decline: Study

Low vitamin B6 intake may contribute to cognitive decline in older adults, while other B vitamins do not show the same effects, according to a new follow-up study in Northern Ireland.

Probiotics may reverse damage of generational stress

Taking male rat pups away from their mothers can produce detrimental effects in those rats when they mature, including mental illness, and these effects can then be passed on to the next generation. A new study suggests that probiotics can help reverse this transgenerational damage.

Marketers of Prevagen charged with making false and unsubstantiated claims by FTC, NY AG

Quincy Bioscience, marketers of brain health product Prevagen, has been charged with making deceptive memory, cognitive improvement claims by the Federal Trade Commission and New York State Attorney General.

Omega-3, resveratrol, vitamin D, and berry antioxidant beverage offers immulogic approach to aging-related cognitive impairment, says UCLA study

Supplementation with omega-3s, antioxidants, and resveratrol in a beverage significantly improved Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores, a questionnaire used to measure cognitive impairment in 18 patients, researchers found.

Vitamin C & E supplements may protect against age-related brain declines: Study

Supplements of vitamin C and E may reduce the risk of cognitive decline, according to data from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging.

Cherry juice blood boost may help halt cognitive decline: Study

Drinking sour cherry juice appears to boost blood flow to the brain and may reduce blood pressure, according to a study.

Demand for CBD still outstrips supply despite production expansion, hemp grower says

The supply of industrial hemp is ramping up quickly, as a company formed by growers in Kentucky reported $2 million in payments to farmers for the 2016 crop. But demand for CBD still far outstrips supply, a company officer said.

Office of Dietary Supplements outlines five-year strategic plan

Creating and disseminating analytic tools for biomarkers, seeking to better understand the microbiome, and enhancing consumer to the Dietary Supplement Label Database are just some of the new directions outlined by the Office of Dietary Supplements for 2017-2021.

News in brief

Supplements and functional foods driving APAC fish oil market growth to 2020

The Asia-Pacific fish oil market is forecast to grow by 5% to 2020 helping the global total to hit US$1.5bn, with supplements and functional foods tipped to be the region’s fasting-growing industry segment.

GNC to overhaul in-store experience in bid to halt sales slide

Supplement retailing giant GNC will hit the reset button on its customer experience by closing all of its corporate-owned stores for one day next week to install new checkout terminals and institute a new pricing structure.

Probiotics have a ‘positive effect’ on stress and anxiety: Meta-analysis

Probiotics consumption may have advantageous effects on mental health by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

Guest article

Collaborations, workshops and continuing outreach: IPA celebrates key achievements

In a few months’ time I will be celebrating my two-year anniversary running IPA. Time flies when you are passionate about what you do! From a transition period in 2015 to the significant strides we made in 2016 – we truly are living up to being the Global Voice of Probiotics.

Experts recommend kratom & CBD players file NDIs first, before asking for new product category

Some proponents of botanicals such as kratom or CBDs have chafed under regulatory restrictions that have forestalled wider acceptance and availability. But the full market is potentially available for those companies willing to go through accepted channels, experts say.

ABC, AHPA urge officials to refrain from banning kratom constituents

The American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Products Association have urged the DEA to back off its plan to ban kratom. The groups took slightly different tacks in their comments, with ABC focusing on how the move could restrain research while AHPA targeted the bad precedent set by attacking an herb that is already safely in the marketplace.

Resveratrol shows metabolic and brain signaling benefits: Study

Supplements of resveratrol may improve energy metabolism, cell signaling pathways, and neurotransmission in monkeys eating a high sugar and fat Western diet, says a new study.

Latest research bolsters soy's benefits as estrogenic concerns recede, article asserts

The research into the health benefits of soy foods continues to accumulate while the concerns about the legume’s purported estrogenic effects abate, according to a recent review article.

Coromega throws hat into high-concentrate omega-3s ring

California-based Coromega, a company that has based its value proposition the pleasant mouthfeel of its omega-3 emulsions, has found that it is not immune to the drive toward ever higher concentrations. The company has launched a “super-concentrated” offering to compete on this high end of the market.

Nitrosigine boosts cognitive performance in healthy adults: 2 RCTs

Daily supplements of inositol-stabilized arginine silicate (Nitrosigine by Nutrition 21, LLC) may boost cognitive performance in tests requiring mental flexibility, processing speed and executive functioning, according to two double-blind placebo-controlled crossover studies.

Quality and Prop 65 compliance key to Spirulina growth: DIC Corp

Spirulina may be nutrient packed, but it’s a focus on quality and a clean supply that will continue to support the steady growth being experienced by this ‘king of superfoods’, says DIC Corporation.

Early life nutrition builds brain resilience to extreme stress

Brain and memory impairment caused by stress during early development could be lessened by micronutrient supplements, according to a Dutch study. 

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