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Vitamin K1 may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels for pre-diabetics

Supplements containing vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) may improve glycemic status and insulin sensitivity for premenopausal and pre-diabetic women, says a new study.

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.

Vitamin D may offer pain and movement support for obese people with joint health issues

Ensuring adequate levels of vitamin D may boost the movement of obese individuals with osteoarthritis compared with obese people with insufficient D levels, says a new study from the University of Florida.

US web retailer pumps EU distribution as gym community swells

US site Bodybuilding.com has opened its first UK distribution centre to better cater to its customer base in Europe - part of a community that includes 25 million unique visitors to its websites each month.

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.

AFI: 'This is a complement to breast feeding, not a replacement'

Arla's plans to fight malnutrition come under fire

As Danish dairy giant Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) announces plans to combat malnutrition in Ethiopia by selling ingredients for milk formula, campaigners warn that companies may be profiting from hunger by promoting their products.

Folic supplements could help elderly fight heat problems: Study

Folic acid supplements could help prevent heat-induced cardiovascular events in elderly people by improving blood vessel dilation, say researchers.

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that is connected – mistakenly but understandably – with an illegal drug?

Leaf colour determines lettuce's antioxidant effect

Antioxidants in red-leaf lettuce are fast-moving while green-leaf antioxidants are slow - but this does not affect the benefits of the nutrients, say researchers. 

$5.9 bn US sports nutrition market unlocking mass appeal: Euromonitor

Buoyed by the continued rise of protein as a super-nutrient and a growing urgency around better fitness to stave off lifestyle diseases, sports nutrition is attracting a wider audience of consumers, according to “Trends and Developments in Sports Nutrition” from Euromonitor International.

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. 

ChromaDex succeeds in boosting ingredient sales by 182% in face of continuing losses

ChromaDex Corp. continued to make progress on its transformation from a company based solely on testing services to a branded ingredient supplier, registering a 182% increase in ingredient sales in its 2014 fiscal year.

Equivocal study on Finnish women doesn't dim Vitamin D's role in lessening falls among elderly, experts say

A new vitamin D/exercise study on falls among older women has confirmed the vitamin’s role in bone health but falls short of a ringing endorsement for supplementation. But it’s one data point among the many that still point to the importance of getting additional vitamin D, said Duffy McKay, ND of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

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?

High-dose vitamin diets reduce sugar cravings: Rat study

Baby rats whose mothers are given high levels of vitamins A, D, E, and K while pregnant have a reduced preference for sugar, say Canadian scientists.

Kyowa Hakko research underpins notion that cognitive decline now No.1 concern about aging

New research commissioned by ingredient supplier Kyowa Hakko confirms what other recent surveys have shown: The specter of cognitive decline now looms largest in consumers minds when they consider the slings and arrows of aging.  And cognitive hiccups are mentioned by a large segment of younger consumers, too.

Nestlé files whey world patent: Lactoferrin for infant memory and learning

Nestlé has filed an international patent for the whey fraction lactoferrin to improve memory, learning speed and promote brain maturation in children.

Vitamin D may prevent inflammation behind type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries

Vitamin D may play an important role in preventing the inflammation that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, according to research in mice.

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.

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