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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.

Low maternal DHA seriously impacts baby brain development: Frog findings

Maternal deprivation of essential omega-3 fatty acids has a significant impact on the development of the brain, in particular dendrite maturation and synaptic connectivity, say researchers.

What impact will mid-life vitamin D levels have on cognitive health 13 years later?

Higher vitamin D levels at middle age may pre-determine better cognitive outcomes later in life, according to a 13-year follow-up study.

Chinese suppliers angling to snare bigger share of natural astaxanthin market

Demand for astaxanthin continues to rise and new suppliers are stepping to the fore to meet that demand. Among the newer players in the market are BGG and InnoBio, both Chinese companies extracting astaxanthin from algae grown in closed systems.

Vitamin D2 vs D3: Same for boosting D levels but D3 superior for sustaining levels?

There is no difference between vitamin D2 and D3 for raising blood levels of the vitamin, but D3 is superior for sustaining those levels, says a new study from Argentina.

Moody microbes? Gut bacteria found to play key role in serotonin production

Our gut microbiota may play a vital role in driving our mood by regulating the production of serotonin in the intestines and blood, say researchers.

Omega-3 supplementation could offer MCI benefits: Pilot study

Supplementation with a drink containing 2000 mg of omega-3 and mixed botanicals could have ‘significant’ immune and biochemical effects in people that have minor cognitive impairment (MCI), new research suggests.

Dietary curcumin may boost brain DHA: Study

Increased intake of curcumin could boost levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the brain by enhancing its conversion from other omega-3 precursors in the liver, say researchers.

April 8, 14:00 CET: Experts debate hot issues in NutraIngredients omega-3 forum

Omega-3 hits €25bn but can it keep growing?

Are omega-3 fisheries really under threat? How many functional foods have cracked omega-3 blockbuster status? How is the sector recovering from the ‘Brasky effect’? How are developing markets developing? How is the latest research influencing regulation? Tune as experts debate these and other crucial issues framing the omega-3 sector.

What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Neptune gets partly favorable krill oil patent ruling, but royalty payouts await appeal

In what one side is billing as the final act in the krill wars in North America, the US Patent and Trademark Office has ruled to uphold certain claims of a longstanding patent held by Neptune Technologies and Bioressources. But the handle of the buried hatchet still protrudes, with at least one competing krill oil supplier saying it will appeal that decision.

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