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Subpar rosaceae-derived supplements abundant, USDA researcher says

According to a new study published in the NFS Journal and funded by the USDA Agriculture Research Service, eight of the 33 dietary supplements derived from Rosaceae fruits had no...

Sesame and rice bran oil blend lowers hyperglycaemia and improves lipids, study finds

In a study focusing on patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, researchers found that in an 8-week, open-label  trial, using a blend of 20% cold-pressed sesame oil and 80% physically...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

Review: B vitamins, the brain (& deficiencies)

B vitamins play a significant role in cognitive performance and neurological functioning but deficiencies are common in too many populations, a Vitafoods Europe congress has been told.

Endurance exercise and gut microbiota? A review explores the relationship

There have only been a couple dozen studies since 2007 that look at how gut microbiota and endurance exercise relate. A meta-analysis reveals promising benefits, but calls for more research...

High-dose vitamin D may boost diversity of the gut microbiome: Study

Vitamin D3 may increase bacterial richness in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reduce opportunistic pathogens, says a new study from Austria.

Flaxseed supplementation may aid metabolic syndrome management, study finds

Researchers in Iran found that 30-g brown milled flaxseed daily helped study participants lower their blood markers of metabolic syndrome more than lifestyle changes did alone.

Beef & chicken protein match whey for muscle mass and strength

Protein from beef and chicken sources are equally as effective as whey protein to stimulate improvements in body composition and resistance training outcomes, says a new study.

Review supports safety of green tea extracts

A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.

Heat-killed lactobacillus shows oral health benefits

Consuming capsules with heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum L-137 may help reduce probing depth in people with periodontal disease, says a new study from Japan.

Link between vitamin E & brain tumours found in metabolite study

A link between vitamin E levels in the blood and the increased risk of brain tumours has been established in a Scandinavian study. 

Gut-brain axis uses immune system to ‘talk,’ study shows

The gut microbiome and the brain communicate to each other via the immune system, a study has shown as researchers delve deeper into the so-called 'gut-brain axis'. 

Caraway extract shows slimming potential for women

An aqueous extract of caraway seeds may suppress appetite and help slim waistlines and thighs in physically active women, says a new study.

Horseradish’s anti-cancer potency recorded in first-time study

The horseradish vegetable contains compounds that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing compounds in the body, a study has shown.

Sen McCaskill calls for inquiry into chemotherapy-supplement interactions

Senator Claire McCaskill, the ranking member of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, is seeking clarification about potential interactions between dietary supplements and chemotherapy treatments.

Prunus mume extract significantly benefit liver functions over placebo

The Asian plum of the rosaceae family, has been studied for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver protecting properties. A study funded by Swiss company Stragen Pharma looks deeper into how...

Ashwagandha root extract may boost cardiorespiratory endurance: RCT

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) root extract may improve endurance during exercise, says a new study using the KSM-66 brand of Ashwagandha from Ixoreal Biomed.

Prenatal vitamins may reduce risk of pregnancy loss by 55%

Taking a prenatal multivitamin every single day during pregnancy may reduce the risk of losing the baby by 55%, compared to not taking a multivitamin, says a new study.

FDA developing next-gen toolbox for probiotic products

The US Food and Drug Administration is developing a next-generation toolbox for analyzing live microbial products, including DNA microarrays, metagenomic sequencing and analysis, and a whole genome database development.

Omega-3 levels linked to better cognitive performance

Increased serum levels of the long chain omega-3s EPA, DPA, and DHA are associated with better performance on neuropsychological tests in older men and women, says a new study.

Microbes and methane combine to form sustainable omega-3 source

A new method using microbes and methane could provide a high-quality, sustainable supply of omega-3 fatty acids and ease pressure on vulnerable fish stocks.

RCT supports cardiovascular safety of Bitter Orange in healthy people

Consuming extracts of bitter orange extracts do not (Citrus aurantium) do not detrimentally affect measures of heart function in healthy people, says a new double-blinded, placebo-controlled cross-over study.

Study supports bioavailability and tolerability of herring roe oil as an omega-3 source

Herring roe is an effective and highly tolerable way of boosting omega-3 levels in the body, according to results of a new randomized, single-blind, crossover trial.

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Evolva sponsors study on resveratrol supplementation in post-menopausal women

The study is an extension of an earlier one by the same researchers presented at the 2015 World Diabetes Congress, showing how resveratrol can play a role in slowing cognitive...

Zinc + multivitamins may boost height gain in children: Study

Supplementing school children with zinc plus a multivitamin may lead to significantly greater height gain, compared to placebo, says a new study from Thailand.

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Gut microbiome able to ‘pass on’ disease, study suggests

Gut bacteria implicated in the onset of obesity are able to survive outside the human body, raising suggestions this bacteria could be transferred from person to person, a study has...