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New studies show importance of vitamin K for vascular function

A lack of an active vitamin K- dependent protein may increase the risk of arterial calcification and stiffness, say two new studies that support the potential heart health benefits of vitamin K.

Office of Dietary Supplements outlines five-year strategic plan

Creating and disseminating analytic tools for biomarkers, seeking to better understand the microbiome, and enhancing consumer to the Dietary Supplement Label Database are just some of the new directions outlined by the Office of Dietary Supplements for 2017-2021.

Vital role of Vitamin D in improving gut flora and preventing metabolic syndrome revealed in new research

Scientists have discovered that vitamin D deficiency is necessary for metabolic syndrome caused by a high-fat diet to progress in mice.

Meta-analysis: Vitamin D may improve type 2 diabetes lipid profile

Researchers from Iran’s Shahrekord University analyzed the results of 17 studies that compared an intervention group supplemented with vitamin D with a placebo-taking control group, and found that vitamin D improved serum levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins.

Study supports safety, tolerability of palm tocotrienol in people with MetS

Consuming a palm tocotrienol complex is safe and well tolerated in people with metabolic syndrome, say results of a randomized, double-blind, cross-over and placebo-controlled clinical trial.

CoQ10 may help blood sugar management in people with MetS

Daily supplements of coenzyme Q10 may produce beneficial effects on insulin and blood sugar management in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study.

High-dose vitamin D supplementation helps slash risk of falls among elderly

A combination of low-frequency exercise and high-dose vitamin D supplementation could help reduce risk of falls in the elderly by more than 70%, a new trial suggests.

Guilty verdict in 5-hour counterfeiting case seen as potent deterrent

The guilty verdict handed down this week in the 5-hour Energy product counterfeiting case is a milestone within the nutritional products sphere that could serve an important deterrent function, said a lawyer serving the plaintiff.

Study supports Quatrefolic’s homocysteine reduction potential for hypertensives

Italian researchers looked at how a “biologically active form of folate” can reduce high-levels of homocysteine, which may lead to cardiovascular risk, among hypertensive populations.

Quality and Prop 65 compliance key to Spirulina growth: DIC Corp

Spirulina may be nutrient packed, but it’s a focus on quality and a clean supply that will continue to support the steady growth being experienced by this ‘king of superfoods’, says DIC Corporation.

Early life nutrition builds brain resilience to extreme stress

Brain and memory impairment caused by stress during early development could be lessened by micronutrient supplements, according to a Dutch study. 

Gelatin, vitamin C + exercise aids collagen synthesis, study finds

Researchers found that subjects supplemented with vitamin C-enriched gelatin, paired with jump rope exercises, had increased collagen synthesis compared to a lower dose and a placebo.

Ongoing study looks at how vitamin K supplementation can reduce cardiovascular risk in obese children

Can vitamin K slow the progression of dyslipidemia and impact diabetes risk? Researchers in Georgia think so, and the American Heart Foundation has awarded them a grant to study the hypothesis for the next two years.

NOSB debates organic status of carrageenan, tocopherols, marine algae, hydroponics

Organic industry stakeholders from across the nation are gathered in St. Louis today for what promises to be a highly contentious three-day meeting during which the National Organic Standards Board will debate the role of hydroponic production, carrageenan, tocopherols and marine algae in organic production and products, as well as other hot button issues.

Declining nutrient intakes still a worry in growing China, researchers say

Despite economic growth and reduction in income poverty, calorie intakes and nutritional wellbeing are declining in China, warn researchers.

'The fundamentals of good nutrition actually haven’t changed for decades'

Dr David Katz at reThink Food 2016: 'We're told nutritional advice keeps changing... that's just not true'

“I don’t know what to eat anymore because the ‘experts’ keep changing their minds about what’s good for me…” It’s a common refrain, and a convenient one if you’re trying to justify a lousy diet, says one leading nutrition researcher. But it’s also plain wrong. We basically know what to do, he says, we just don’t do it. 

Kids with vitamin D deficiency more likely to develop asthma: 10-year study

Children with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop asthma, a 10-year study of children in Perth, Australia, has discovered.

Confidence, trust in supplements stay high as younger consumer usage grows: CRN data

Usage of dietary supplements by younger consumers aged between 18 and 34 grew 5% to 70%, while the over 55 age group maintained the highest percentage of supplement use at 74%, according to results of the CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements.

Slowing global trade, surging online sales: How markets are changing

A recent article detailing a downturn in global trade mirrors the mood in some international markets, a consultant said.  But perhaps more important than macro economic concerns is the rapid shift of retailing modes in those markets, especially in China.

Special edition: Sports Nutrition

Broadening demographics boost $7.4 billion US sports nutrition market

The continued mainstreaming of the sports nutrition market is driving much of the 12% growth in the category in the US, with many manufacturers moving towards less complex formulations and greater convenience.

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