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Coconuts for cognitive health: Chicago-based VitaMind launches liquid multivitamin for the brain

A neurosurgeon at the University of Illinois at Chicago always wanted to create a multivitamin for brain health. This year, his dream became a reality with the soft launch of VitaMind 30-Day Multivitamin on Amazon Prime.

Study links SDA, ALA to cognitive support, health of region in cerebral cortex

An intriguing study has linked three long chain fatty acids, including ALA and SDA, to the health of a structure in the brain and the effect on ‘fluid intelligence’ in older subjects.

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Vitamins may have larger role in halting brain decline: Review

The role for folate and related B vitamins in slowing down the decline in brain function is very much underestimated as is their role in age-related depression, a review claims.

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Focus and decision-making: The next big thing in sports nutrition?

The importance of mental strength in addition to physical strength is gaining increasing appreciation in sports nutrition, and key players are building the science around cognitive health in response to demand for ingredients to boost focus and decision making.

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study supports spearmint extract’s anti-inflammatory potential: Neumentix data

The anti-inflammatory potential of Kemin’s Neumentix spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) extract may equal that observed for indomethacin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), says data from a study with lab rats.

Taiyo gets Non-GMO certification on Suntheanine ingredient in effort to boost transparency

The pressure to obtain Non-GMO Project Verified status continues to induce dietary supplement suppliers to seek the certification, with one of the latest being Taiyo on its Suntheanine ingredient.

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study explores how gut microbial populations impact cognitive function

A greater abundance of gut bacteria from the phylum Bacteriodetes is associated with better cognitive function in adults, says a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lutein & zeaxanthin isomers may reduce stress: RCT data

Dietary supplementation with the macular carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin isomers may reduce psychological stress and improve measures of emotional health, say new results from the LAMA II study. 

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

US pregnant women falling short of omega-3 intake recommendations

Many pregnant women in the US are consuming significantly lower EPA and DHA omega-3s than recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to a new analysis.

Brew your vitamins: Startup VitaCup delivers vitamin-fortified coffee for Keurig system

As both the dietary supplement industry and consumers are well aware, taking one’s dietary supplements is a daily routine people are prone to forget. A cup of joe, on the other hand, not so much.

Biz school study gives rise to brand dedicated to effective doses of top shelf ingredients

A business school plan developed into AlternaScript, a business that the founders say is built on using efficacious dosages of branded ingredients backed by clinical data, including a new weight loss product featuring a PLT ingredient.

Beetroot’s ‘anti-ageing’ effects on brain noted in post-exercise study

Beetroot juice supplementation could improve cognitive function in older people as study results showed an enhanced ability by the brain to form new neural connections.

Educating consumers on omega-3 benefits, and reminding them of those, remains challenge, event attendees told

Educating consumers on the benefits of omega-3s and keeping those benefits forefront in their minds as they make buying decisions remains one of the principal challenges of the market, experts told attendees on a NutraIngredients-USA webinar that ran live yesterday.

GNC’s Q1: ‘Customers are coming back to our stores’

Shares in GNC rose Tuesday after its first quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations. The improvements were linked to the company’s One New GNC model that introduced a new pricing structure and loyalty programs.

For research backing, carotenoids are king, eye health expert says

Perhaps the best case for the effects of supplementation can be made for carotenoids associated with eye health, says an expert who has studied the compounds.

Deadline for entry is April 18, 2017!

Got groundbreaking research to shout about? IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas call for abstracts

Are you researching the latest state-of-the-art developments related to prebiotic, probiotic and microbiome science relevant to human health, well-being, consumers and industry? If so, we would like to hear from you.

Special edition: Omega-3s

Powerful PUFAs: The many health benefits of omega-3s

From heart health to better brain function, and from improved exercise recovery to lower PTSD severity, is there nothing omega-3 can’t do?

Flavonoid-rich blueberries have a brain boosting role, say researchers

Regular consumption of concentrated blueberry juice may improve brain function in healthy older adults, British researchers have determined. 

Lutein and zeaxanthin levels linked to better cognitive function: Study

Higher blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin may be associated with better cognition, memory, and executive function, says a new study from Ireland.

Probiotics and memory: When conclusions can go too far

A recent rodent study indicated that a combination of probiotics may impair memory in healthy animals – conclusions that industry experts say go ‘a bit too far’, and are at odds with the totality of the evidence.

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