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Microbiota may determine if pomegranate extracts are beneficial or not

The potential cardiovascular effects of ellagitannins from pomegranate and walnuts may be either positive or negative depending on their gut microbiota, says a new study.

Meta-analysis supports tea’s link to stronger bones

Consumption of tea is associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD), according to a meta-analysis of 16 studies combining data from 138,523 people.

Beetroot juice may boost performance in soccer players: RCT

Consuming beetroot juice may improve high-intensity intermittent-type exercise performance, says a new study with trained soccer players.

Asthma action: Fibre supplementation provides benefits by improving gut microbiota

Fibre supplementation can improve asthma symptoms by boosting gut microbiota, results from an Australian trial have revealed. 

Nutraceutical innovation around boosting or reducing nitric oxide

Industry interest in boosting nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator, has been increasing, with companies exploring the potential to boost levels for heart health or sports nutrition products.

Meta-analysis supports probiotic yeast for managing symptoms of GI disorders

Supplements containing Lesaffre Human Care’s ibSium (Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3856) may improve gastrointestinal symptoms in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Special edition: Supplements for pets

Formulating for pets? Suppliers share what you should keep in mind

We spoke with two suppliers—Sabinsa and Maypro—to learn about ingredients that are in demand in the pet nutrition category, and what unique challenges this space has.

Special edition: Supplements for pets

Some vets not sold on routine supplementation for pets

People love their pets. And they can love them to death, animal nutrition experts say.

Resveratrol’s role in eye protection implied as metabolites cross blood barriers

Resveratrol and its metabolites have been detected in the eye after oral administration, signifying its ability to cross protective barriers and reinforce its potential benefit to vision conditions.

Study supports efficacy of HolisFiit polyphenol-rich formulation for 'mind and body well-being'

A polyphenol-rich formulation may enhance the benefits of mind-body practices, such as yoga, Pilates, and Taïchi, says a new study from Europe.

Citrus compound protects against effects of high-fat diet, study from Korea and Japan reports

Long-term supplementation with low-dose nobiletin can protect against high-fat diet induced inflammation, insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia and liver disease, despite not contributing to weight loss, a study by Korean and Japanese...

‘No valid conclusions’: Omega-3 trade body fires back over prenatal DHA supplementation findings

A randomised trial follow-up found little benefit of prenatal DHA supplementation on the IQ of children at age seven, academics in Australia have reported.

ABC to detail new grapefruit seed extract adulteration bulletin at Oxford botanicals conference

The American Botanical Council’s information on common adulterants has expanded significantly in the past year. This progress will be detailed at a meeting at an upcoming scientific meeting at the...

Immune boost: DuPont meta-analysis shows positive results for probiotic in elderly

The probiotic strain B. lactis HN019 has a positive effect on the immune system in elderly people, finds a new meta-analysis by DuPont as it launches a new product range....

In perimenopausal women, Pycnogenol may normalize cardiovascular risk factors, new study finds

Cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and blood glucose–often elevated in perimenopausal women–were reduced and normalized with Pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark extract) supplementation, says a new study published in the journal...

Enzyme combination may offer recovery benefits for athletes

An oral enzyme combination may reduce exercise-induced fatigue, muscle soreness and damage in endurance athletes, says a new study.

Gut bug imbalance could help disease prevention, suggests study

A gut flora imbalance caused by a high-fat diet might help protect healthy people from the metabolic effects of unhealthy diets, a study says.

East meets West to create 'world's first' catalogue of genomic references for TCM products

A new project has been launched to create the ‘world’s first’ catalogue of genomic references for medicinal plants used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  

Bioactive flavonoid from apple trees eases asthma symptoms: Taiwan study

Phloretin from apple trees helped ease asthma symptoms in a mouse study, pointing to the bioactive flavonoid’s therapeutic potential, according to researchers in Taiwan.

AHA advisory on omega-3s effectiveness for CVD sufferers seen as win for industry

A recent advisory by the American Heart Association on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of heart disease is seen as a significant win by industry stakeholders.

Broccoli extract shows weight management abilities: Mouse study

Sulforaphane, a phytochemical found in broccoli, may affect the rate of weight gain, according to a new study suggesting the compound plays a role in energy consumption and fat burning.

Study shows Ahiflower oil’s anti-inflammatory and immune potential

A daily dose of Ahiflower oil from Buglossoides arvensis may increase production of the cytokine IL-10,  which plays a role in immunoregulation and inflammation, says a new study....

Differences in gut bacteria could account for altered nutrient absorption

Variable absorption: Study warns of vast differences in the way plant extracts get into the body

Polyphenols from plant extracts are absorbed into the body at widely different times, with the microbiota playing an important role in significant variation in bioavailability and absorption patterns, warns a...

Probiotics and ageing: DNA sequencing shows how bacteria evolves from birth to centenarians

How gut microbiota composition changes with age has been charted using state-of- the-art DNA sequencing in Japan, revealing which strains are most prevalent at different stages of life.

Fruit & veg juice concentrate reduces systemic inflammation in obese people

An encapsulated concentrate of fruit and vegetable juice may reduce systemic inflammation and improve cholesterol levels in obese people, says a new study.

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