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Test approved that can determine best eye health supplements for individual patients

A new test has been approved for Medicare reimbursement that will determine which age-related macular degeneration patients will benefit from eye supplements. But some experts contest the implication that there is a ‘risk’ associated with such supplementation.

Policosanol fraction, Vitamin K2 combo helps statin users in study

A policosanol derivative teamed with vitamin K2 was found to be effective in lowering cardiovascular disease risk markers in a large scale study conducted in Serbia.

Dynamic duo of vitamin E and omega-3 reduces cardiovascular injury caused by pollution

Supplementation with vitamin E and omega-3 proved to provide a potent combination against air pollution-induced cardiovascular injuries in rats.

Vitamin D during pregnancy could reduce childhood asthma risk: Study

Increased vitamin D supplementation during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy has been shown to benefit the immune system of babies, resulting in decreased development of asthma.

Vitamin C oversupply could end soon

A global oversupply of vitamin C may have ended, as China continues an environmental crackdown on heavily polluting factories, says DSM.

Coconuts for cognitive health: Chicago-based VitaMind launches liquid multivitamin for the brain

A neurosurgeon at the University of Illinois at Chicago always wanted to create a multivitamin for brain health. This year, his dream became a reality with the soft launch of VitaMind 30-Day Multivitamin on Amazon Prime.

Dad’s vitamin D has impact on childhood growth and obesity risk

Pre-conception vitamin D intake is associated with height and weight of children at age five, according to new data.

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Vitamins may have larger role in halting brain decline: Review

The role for folate and related B vitamins in slowing down the decline in brain function is very much underestimated as is their role in age-related depression, a review claims.

NAXA head launches five new single-ingredient trade associations

The principal of a consulting firm that is the motivating force behind two single-ingredient trade organizations has launched an ‘incubator’ program that debuts with the formation of five new trade groups targeting categories such as ashwagandha, chondroitin, and vitamin K2.

Premama strikes $4.5m investment to tackle pill fatigue in prenatal category

A cash injection upwards of $4.5m will help propel Premama into the forefront of non-pill prenatal nutrition, says president and founder Dan Aziz.

Holistic approach that downplays RCTs best path to optimal nutrition, paper says

A holistic approach to optimal nutrition that would include other research modes beyond RCTs will be the best way to get a handle on the modern plague of obesity, authors of a recent paper concluded.

Science, not body image marketing, should drive sports nutrition, expert says

Building a sports nutrition brand aimed at women ought to include more than just choosing which shade of pink to use on the label.  But that is still all too often the case, one expert says.

Nature's Sunshine: China project stagnates while Russia, Eastern Europe soar

Network marketing company Nature’s Sunshine is struggling with soft earnings as it strives to get a project for entering the Chinese market on track.

Mannatech posts second quarterly loss

Network marketing company Mannatech is echoing the North American woes of the wider MLM sector as it has posted its second quarterly net loss.

Balchem cites problems with study linking choline to clots

A recent study linking choline with the risk of developing clots is flawed and should not detract from the decades of positive research on the ingredient, a supplier says.

special edition: sports nutrition

Sports leagues turn to testing regimes to lessen supplement risk

More rigorous testing has improved the quality and transparency of the dietary supplements used by athletes, an expert in the field says.

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Focus and decision-making: The next big thing in sports nutrition?

The importance of mental strength in addition to physical strength is gaining increasing appreciation in sports nutrition, and key players are building the science around cognitive health in response to demand for ingredients to boost focus and decision making.

'Complex link' between vitamin D2 and D3 supplementation

A new study may shed light on the differences in uptake of vitamin D variants, while also revealing absorption is higher in women than men, and two-weekly dose regimens are the most effective.

NPA advocates use of WIC funds to cover multivitamins

The Natural Products Association has sent letters to Congress supporting the use of federal nutrition funds to allow families to purchase multivitamins.

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