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‘Novel’ synbiotic is well tolerated and linked to increases in beneficial gut species

A combination of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and prebiotic cellobiose may boost populations of bacteria in the gut associated with improved host health, says a new study from Denmark and Finland....

Resveratrol supplements may boost mitochondrial function: Mouse data

Supplements containing the red wine polyphenol resveratrol may counter the detrimental effects of a high fat diet including restoring mitochondrial function, suggest results of a study with mice.

Low dose omega-3s and sterols effective for triglyceride and cholesterol reductions: Unilever study

A combination of low dose omega-3s and plant sterols can effectively reduce both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with elevated cholesterol levels, says a new study that should allay...

‘No surprise’: RCT data supports Nawgan’s ability to boost alertness, attention and cognitive performance

Consuming Nawgan, the ‘alertness beverage’ containing citicoline and caffeine, can boost attention and alertness in young adults, according to results of a randomized clinical trial.

Study shows curcuminoids/piperine combo reduces knee osteoarthritis symptoms

Curcumin in combination with piperine is a safe and effective means of ameliorating the debilitating effects of knee osteoarthritis, according to a new study.

‘Small but significant’: Antioxidant vitamin supplements may support healthy arteries

Daily supplements of vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene may reduce the risk of arterial stiffness, with effects most notable in healthy, young individuals, says a new systematic review and...

More vitamin D in UK foods than previously: Study

The UK should update vitamin D food and supplement content estimations that have the knock-on effect of distorting population intake levels of the sunshine vitamin by about 3%, a study...

New data supports EpiCor’s anti-inflammatory potential

EpiCor, the yeast fermentate from Embria, may offer anti-inflammatory effects, according to new human data that supports earlier findings from laboratory and animal studies.

Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may aid blood sugar management for diabetics: Human data

Daily consumption of pomegranate juice may help control blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetics, as well as improving the function of beta cells in the pancreas, say data from a...

Special edition: Sunshine and clouds for vitamin D

Experts claim sun still shines for vitamin D despite naysayers

Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ forms the core of one of the longest fortification stories in the nutritional sphere. Originally added to milk to combat rickets, the bone disease that...

Eating fish weekly may prevent brain ageing regardless of omega-3 content: Study

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week may prevent age-related grey matter loss, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to an American study.

Half of hospital patients fail to disclose dietary supplement use

A study in Singapore has found that over half of hospital patients do not disclose they are taking dietary supplements, which the authors say could put them at risk of...

Caffeine’s neuroprotective effects dependent on genetic makeup, says study

Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden say they have discovered genetic variations in caffeine’s protection against Parkinson’s Disease.

FutureCeuticals demonstrates method for measuring antioxidant activity directly in blood

Ingredient supplier FutureCeuticals has announced results of a clinical study that quantifies the direct effect of its Spectra product on free radicals in human blood.

Study: omega-3 uptake higher in women; we must account for gender in research, GOED VP says

A study aiming to determine the effect of taking multivitamin and fish oil supplements together on the uptake of omega-3s into the blood cells found that gender contributes to uptake...

Seaweed an effective alternative for iodine supplementation, study finds

A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that seaweed supplementation can be an effective alternative for boosting the levels of iodine in women deficient in this vital nutrient....

Curcumin ingredient beats placebo in treating depression

A recent study on a curcumin formulation branded as BCM-95 has shown the botanical to be more effective than a placebo in treating symptoms of major depression.

Sea buckthorn oil backed for vaginal dryness relief

Skin hydrating sea buckthorn oil supplements may also combat vaginal dryness, according to research commissioned by Finnish firm Aromtech.

Kohjin presents evidence of blood uptake of its glutathione

Kohjin Life Sciences says new information now published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry proves the blood plasma uptake of its glutathione dervied from torula yeast.

Tree nuts can improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetics: review

A review of 12 clinical trials found that daily intake of tree nuts improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers unravel EU hydrocolloid health claims

Planning, wording and relevant science are the keys to fibre health claim success in the EU, researchers have found after scrutinising the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach to hydrocolloids.

Trial underway to combat iron deficiencies with milk protein capsules

The University of Sydney will assess the effects of milk protein lactoferrin to meet the iron requirements of pregnant women and mitigate the health problems of their children.

Does sporting activity improve gut function?

Improved diversity of the intestinal microbiota in sports people could be due to gut barrier function, experts have suggested.

Research supports ever-wider role for vitamin D, CRN says

The outlook for vitamin D is getting ever brighter, as scientific results continue to pile up for the prohormone’s benefits.  The latest study on the relationship of vitamin D to...

Functional food giving supplements a run for their money: Packaged Facts

After taking a hit due to recent negative press and a consumer shift toward more use of functional food and beverages, the US nutritional supplements market will see growth return...