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Study on choline intakes suggests eggs or supplements are only way to get enough

A study published this month using NHANES data reinforces that choline is an underconsumed nutrient, and concludes that it is very difficult to get enough in the diet without eating eggs or using a dietary supplement.

Ginkgo may enhance performance, boost brain health for active men

Extracts of Ginkgo biloba leaves may offer body and mind benefits for young, active men, according to a small supplementation trial from Poland.

Review explores mounting science linking B vitamins and depression

Supplementation of B vitamins may improve symptoms of depression, according to researchers from the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University, Australia.

Despite legal dispute over memory claims, Quincy Bioscience still spends big on promotion

Despite a high profile legal wrangle with FTC and with the New York Attorney General, memory support supplement manufacturer Quincy Bioscience has enough revenue in the tank to afford a high-dollar sponsorship of a NASCAR racing team.

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Vitamin Angels gets repeat four-star rating from Charity Navigator

Vitamin Angels has again placed in the top five percent of charities with another four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator.

Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

Meta-analysis supports potential of omega-3s for ADHD

Omega-3s fatty acid supplements may improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a meta-analysis of gold standard clinical trials.

Supplements could be missing opportunity connected to essential oils, experts say

Herbal product companies may be missing an opportunity in which essential oils and specific dietary supplements could be recommended simultaneously in condition-specific settings, experts say.

Choline and vitamin B supplementation may improve post-stroke brain function

Supplementing B-vitamins and choline in mice with simulated ischemic brain damage—similar to post-stroke conditions—improved their motor function and task completion processes, according to Canadian researchers.

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed.

Tocopherol source may affect breast milk vitamin E profile, says study

The vitamin E alpha-tocopherol is imperative to a baby’s nervous system development, and they primarily get this from breast milk or formula. In a clinical trial, researchers from Abbott Nutrition found that there might be a difference in how synthetic versus natural alpha-tocopherols reach an infant.

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ASAE honors Supplement OWL with Power of A Silver Award

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has awarded the Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) a 2017 Power of A Silver Award.

FTC, FDA ask consumers directly for help on policing claims, reporting adverse events

In a communication earlier this week two regulatory agencies sought input directly from consumers about outlandish claims and adverse events relating to dietary supplements. 

Lutein levels linked to a more agile and ‘youthful’ brain: Study

A high intake of lutein appears to slow down cognitive decline, a US study suggests, as findings appear to support previous outcomes linking this nutrient to improved mental health.

Infant gut bacteria link with smarter toddlers: Study

The make-up of babies’ gut microbiomes may be associated with with later cognitive development, suggests new research.

Special edition: Cognitive health, focus & mood

Essential brain health nutrient choline flies under formulation radar

Choline has been an overlooked nutrient in cognitive health, one that theoretically could help forestall cognitive decline later in life, a prominent supplier says.

Vox Pop: What do you think of nootropics?

What’s the public perception of nootropics? Some are curious, most are suspect, our person-on-the-street interviews reveal.

New study on TeaCrine suggests co-administration with caffeine may help prevent the jitters

Ingesting theacrine with caffeine may help provide mental clarity, focus, and energy without the crash, researchers at the University of Memphis found.

For video gamers, cognitive supplements have an edge over energy drinks

Energy and sports drink companies have heavily invested in marketing towards the video gaming community, a space which the cognitive supplement space may benefit from, according to category experts.

Special edition: Cognitive Health

Strict adherence to science backing only way to avoid memory claim pitfalls, experts say

Helping consumers maintain healthy memory function is one of the peaks many dietary supplement formulators seek to climb.  And it is one of the most likely targets for regulatory enforcement action, too.

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