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A 'golden age' of probiotics for premature babies? It depends on birth weight and strains: Meta-analysis

The use of probiotics on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is associated with a reduced risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis, and mortality, but the effects on extremely...

Study highlights variability in melatonin content of dietary supplements

The melatonin content of dietary supplements may vary widely from values listed on the label, according to a new analysis from Canada that could help improve quality standards for the...

Special Edition: Blood sugar management

Panoply of metabolic diseases continues to proliferate, expert says

The term ‘metabesity’ coined by a diabetes expert has not caught on, but the problem it describes continues to grow, he said.

Indian tree bark extract shows may improve athletic performance: Study

A proprietary extract from the bark of Terminalia arjuna may boost cardiovascular efficiency and improve athletic performance in young healthy male adults, says a new study.

Polyphenols for blood sugar management: ‘Sometimes you need to anchor the novel ingredient with the time-tested,’ says expert

A combination of strawberry and cranberry polyphenols may improve insulin sensitivity in overweight and non-diabetic, insulin-resistant adults, according to a new study. 

Astaxanthin may protect skin from within: Study

Dietary supplementation with the pinkish-red pigment astaxanthin may protect skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, says a new study from Japan.

Higher vitamin D levels linked to longer telomeres: Study

Increased levels of vitamin D are associated with longer telomeres, reported to be a marker of biological aging, says a new study.

Fish oil asthma benefits may be blocked by medication

Omega-3 fatty acids could reduce the production of antibodies that cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms. But the possible benefits are reduced by asthma medication, say researchers.

Vitamin D linked to cholesterol levels & cardiovascular risk

Vitamin D deficiency may be associated with lower levels of HDL-cholesterol and higher ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, says a new study.

Açai pulp may improve antioxidant defenses, protect arteries

Supplementing the diet of healthy women with açai pulp (Euterpe oleracea Martius) may improve antioxidant defenses, decrease markers of oxidative stress, and help protect against the formation of plaques in arteries,...

Results from South Carolina cohort show 'dangerously deficient' vitamin D levels

Preliminary results from a Vitamin D prenatal intervention being conducted in South Carolina reveal the average level for this vitamin in North American populations falls into the ‘severely deficient’ category.

'The lowest effective dose of creatine seen in the current literature'

Short-term creatine supplementation may benefit muscle power in elite youth athletes

Low-dose, short-term creatine supplementation “beneficially affected muscle power output,” even without the usually recommended loading phase, according to findings from a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. 

EU grant to drive more research into increasingly 'omnipotent' Vitamin K2

It’s fitting that a relatively new institution—Maastricht University—is helping to drive research into the evolving benefits of a ‘new’ vitamin, Vitamin K2. That research will be buoyed by a multi-center...

ATP supplements boosts muscle excitability and performance: Study

Supplements formulated with the branded ingredient Peak ATP may prevent exercise-induced declines in ATP while enhancing peak power and muscular excitability, says a new study.

Curcumin-pepper combination shows antioxidant benefits for diabetics: RCT

Supplements formulated with Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex and BioPerine may reduce oxidative stress in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, according to results of a randomized controlled trial.

Probiotic may reduce the risk of common cold: Yakult study

Daily consumption of a fermented milk product with Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota may reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in healthy middle-aged office workers, says a new study....

Fibre supplement boosts weight loss and lowers blood sugar in obese adults: Study

Fibre supplementation helped to boost weight loss and lower blood sugar in overweight and obese adults, according to a new Australian study.

Olive extract shows modest arterial stiffness benefit in study

A study on a standardized olive fruit extract shows promise for consumers at risk of arterial stiffness, as measured by a reduction in triglycerides.  The extract showed less effect when...

Heart health benefits of pomegranate may be personal: Study

The potential cardiovascular benefits of pomegranate extracts may be linked an individual’s ability to metabolize the polyphenols in the fruit, says a new study.

Experts hit back at ‘inaccurate headlines’ after review questions curcumin

A recent review paper that called into question the potential benefits of curcumin has been misinterpreted to create inaccurate headlines, experts tell NutraIngredients-USA.

Water and acid stable encapsulation backed for creatine uptake

A new water stable micro-encapsulaton of creatine has enabled the ingredient to be used in a liquid shot for the first time, says Anabio Technologies.

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Tea extracts show antioxidant benefits for soccer players: RCT

Extracts from green tea or hibiscus tea may significantly reduce markers of oxidative stress in male soccer players, says a new study.

L-carnitine combination may promote muscle growth, strength in older adults

Supplementation with a novel L-carnitine formulation may increase lean muscle mass and leg strength in healthy older adults compared to placebo, says a new study.

Brazilian ironwood seed extracts may decrease blood sugar levels, for rats at least

Galcatomannan from seeds of Brazilian ironwood (Caesalpinia ferrea), when administered at doses of 10 mg/kg body weight to Wistar rats with induced diabetes, was effective to control hyperglycemia and to...

Prenatal multivitamins may provide early life growth benefits for children

A regular prenatal multivitamin may support "normal" fat gain in infants in the first five months of life, says a new study.

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