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Digitek is creeping onto the nutrition scene - and it's bringing big potential with it

Health apps, home tests and other digitek are the future of nutrition research and public health strategies, according to top researchers in the field. 

Is it worth buying nutrient-poor packaged fruit 'n' veg?

Fresh-cut fruit and veg are sold as an instant vitamin boost. But chlorine disinfection, refrigeration and up to three weeks on the shelf mean their vitamin content is often low – so is there any point in buying them?

Probiotic potential for pear antioxidants explored in study

Antioxidants and phenols in pears can balance gut microbiota as well as manage early-stage type 2 diabetes and hypertension, according to researchers.

Nutritional supplement shown to be effective in reducing female hair loss

Hair loss is a distressing thing for anyone, and is particularly so for women, but scientists have found that taking a nutritional supplement can improve the overall scalp coverage and hair condition.

SPECIAL EDITION: BEAUTY FROM WITHIN

Nutricosmetics: The latest ingredient trends

Special edition: Beauty from within

Beauty From Within turns ugly for L’Oréal and Nestlé

It promised so much – the globe’s biggest cosmetic and food players L’Oréal and Nestlé applying serious marketing, research and NPD clout to drive a nascent category into the mainstream public consciousness. It was going to make beauty from within (BFW) or nutricosmetics a mainstream proposition.

The increasingly youthful face of the ‘older’ consumer

‘Older consumers’ are not old age pensioners anymore. In fact, there is a growing market for supplements tailored to the specific needs of people as young as thirty, say experts.

Lutein and DHA ‘need attention’ as healthy aging bioactives: Tufts researcher

A lack of attention on key bioactives like lutein and DHA, misinformation from the internet, and the medical community's focus on treatment rather than prevention are just a few of the issues that need to be addressed to promote healthy aging, says a leading researcher of aging.

TMR enters sports nutrition sector with pre- and post-workout range

Trace Minerals Research (TMR) is entering the sports nutrition market a range of pre- and post-workout formulations under the name TMRFit series.

Lutein/zeaxanthin may boost retinal sensitivity for people with early AMD: Long-term study

Two years of supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and retinal sensitivity in people with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study.

Catechins, but not quercetin, behind some of cocoa & tea’s benefits

Supplementation with epicatechin may beneficially affect insulin levels and insulin resistance, but another flavonoid quercetin had no effect, says a new study from The Netherlands.

GRAS status will help ergothioneine gain foothold in healthy aging market, supplier says

Tetrahedron, a French R&D ingredient supplier, has announced self-affirmed GRAS status for its proprietary form of ergothioneine, which is branded as Ergoneine. Ergothioneine is an intriguing ingredient but one that has appeared in few products, and this new status will open up new markets, the company said. 

Garlic extract may help cystic fibrosis patients fight lung infection: Study

Allicin extracted from garlic may help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Excess vitamin A may prevent foetal formation of blood cells

Excessive retinoic acid – a molecule derived from vitamin A  – can prevent the healthy development of blood in embryos, a team of Swedish researchers have found. 

New study extends lutein’s ‘functional evidence’ for eye health benefits

Increased intakes of lutein may not only have a direct beneficial role in the macula of the eye, but may also affect inflammation, says a new study.

Amaranth seeds may help cardiovascular health and diabetes

Amaranth seeds may help prevent coronary disease, lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, according to a scientific review.

‘Regular black tea may be relevant for cardiovascular protection’: Unilever study

Black tea may help lower blood pressure for people with elevated levels, says a new study from Unilever R&D that adds to the potential health benefits of the beverage and its constituents.

Purified anthocyanins show metabolic benefits in diabetics: RCT data

Supplementation with purified anthocyanins may improve blood lipid levels and lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, says a new study from China.

Cyanotech expands astaxanthin market share, moves toward fully integrated production

Cyanotech Corporation has broadened distribution of its finished goods brand Nutrex, helping the company achieve record sales.  Streamlined operations have helped the company approach gross profit margins of 50% and in the red-hot astaxanthin sector the company said it has now captured more than half the market.

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

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