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RCT data questions benefits of vitamin B12 supplements for older people

Vitamin B12 supplements offer ‘no benefit’ for nervous system and brain function in older people with moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, according to new RCT data.

‘Encouraging’: Tart cherries may protect marathon runners from upper respiratory tract symptoms

Juice made from Montmorency cherries may reduce the development of upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTS) after running a marathon, suggests data from a pilot study.

Protein and veg before carbs helps keep blood sugar in check, say researchers

The order in which we eat food could play a vital role in how our bodies manage post-meal blood sugar and insulin levels, a small study has reported.

IND guidance complicates research into immune health, forum participants told

Studying immune responses in the target population where an immune supporting supplement is meant to marketed is a key pillar in building a structure that will stand up to FDA...

Omega-3s show ‘positive effects’ for athletic endurance and muscle function

Supplements of omega-3s may improve neuromuscular function and aspects of fatigue for athletes, says a new study from the University of Toronto.

Ecological characteristics of human gut still only dimly understood, researcher says

Ecological models of the human microbiome, underpinned by statistical techniques, have made significant strides over the past 15 years. But much remains to be discovered, including how to make a...

Olive leaf extract backed for ‘positive effect’ on inflammation and heart health markers

Supplementation with olive leaf extract could improve vascular functions and reduce inflammatory cytokines linked to heart disease, according to new human trial data.

Fatty and sugary foods linked to lower cognitive functions: Mouse data

A diet rich in fat and sugar could cause changes in the make up of our gut bacteria, which in turn lead to losses of cognitive functions, suggest researchers.

Glico’s cyclic dextrin may outperform conventional carbs for swimming endurance: Human data

Formulating sports drinks with a highly branched cyclic dextrin may increase endurance and benefit performance in swimmers, says a study from Japan.

Resveratrol may turn white fat into ‘healthier’ brown-like fat

Resveratrol, a polyphenol from grapes and red wine, may convert excess white fat into calorie-burning brown-like fat, suggests a new study from Washington State University.

How effective is fortifying flour at reducing anaemia?

Fortifying flour with micronutrients is effective in decreasing national prevalence of anaemia, say researchers who looked at 32 different countries.

Tangerine tomatoes beat red variety for lycopene bioavailability

Lycopene from tangerine tomato juice is about 8.5 times more bioavailable than lycopene from red tomato juice, says a new study from The Ohio State University.

Probiota Americas

New gut models facilitating microbiome research

The understanding of what happens within the human digestive system has always been hampered by the inability to observe that system in action, leave alone the imperfect understanding of one...

Medical Nutrition

Tailored gut microbiota holds promise for lethal ammonia in liver disease: Mouse data

Altering the bacterial make-up of the gut could help to reduce potentially lethal high circulating levels of ammonia in people with liver disease, say researchers.

Probiota Americas

Collaboration among stakeholders needed for probiotics research to move forward, experts say

The immediate future of the probiotics space is clouded by regulatory uncertainty but is buoyed by new science and technology, speakers at the recent Probiota Americas event said.

Science and market build for spinach extract for weight management

A new spinach-based dietary supplement may cut hunger and increase the feeling of fullness, says a new study using the Appethyl-branded ingredient.

Microbiome changes may be key to better metabolic health in obesity

The gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila may hold the key to better metabolic health and healthier body fat distribution in people who are overweight or obese, say researchers.

Too much time in front of a screen? Omega-3s may ease computer-related dry eye

Daily omega-3 supplements may improve symptoms of dry eye associated with prolonged exposure to computer screens, says a new study from India.

B vitamins may slow cataract occurrence & development: AREDS data

Increased dietary intakes of B vitamins are associated with reduced incidence and decreased risks of developing different forms of cataracts in older people, says new data from the Age-Related Eye...

Seaweed extract may hold promise for IBD, suggests new study

An extract from fucoidans may provide promise for treating a type of inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis, a new study published in PLoS One suggests.

12 guiding principles for private-public partnerships will help advance food, nutrition research

Food and nutrition stakeholders unveiled June 16 a framework for creating public-private partnerships that can pool increasingly limited resources to address mounting public health questions related to nutrition, health, food-science...

Echinacea plus elderberry matches Tamiflu for early treatment of ‘flu.

‘Significant’: Large trial supports echinacea’s immune benefits

A proprietary combination of a concentrated echinacea herb and root extract and elderberry is as effective as Tamiflu (antiviral medicine) for the early treatment of ‘flu, says a new clinical...

Cod liver oil in youth doesn’t harm bone health in old age: 5000-strong study

Greater cod liver oil intake in earlier life does not harm bone mineral density later, Icelandic researchers have found.

Special edition: Immune support

Nutrition and immunity: Better understanding and biomarkers still needed

A greater understanding of how nutrition and immunity are intrinsically linked, and how different biomarkers reflect states of illness and good health is vital to nutrition and public health research.

Supplement sales slow, but hope emerges in probiotics, protein, omega-3s and aloe

Market saturation, negative press and increased competition from fortified foods are taking a toll on dietary supplement sales, growth of which is slowing dramatically, according to research from IBISWorld and...

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