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Dietary management of OCD: Study links metabolism and vitamin D status to disease severity

One carbon metabolism that includes vitamin B12 and homocysteine, plus vitamin D deficiency could all play a role in the onset of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), research suggests.

Burnt out? Rhodiola rosea supplements may help, says new study

Daily supplements containing Rhodiola rosea extract may improve the symptoms of burnout, suggests data from the first trial to examine the effects of the botanical extract on this modern day condition....

Disagreement about carotenoid research raises again the question of what ‘natural’ means

A disagreement between researchers and an ingredient supplier about the import of recent carotenoid research raised again the sticky question of when processing steps might convert a natural ingredient into...

High-dose supplementation cuts vitamin D deficiency in severely premature babies

Preterm infants given the highest daily doses of vitamin D3 saw significant reductions in deficiency prevalence, say researchers.

Nutrition program could save hospitals up to $3,800 per patient

Tackling malnutrition in American hospitals could help save millions of dollars by shortening hospital stays and lowering readmission rates, says a new study conducted in four Chicago area hospitals.

New rat study backs Aquamin’s benefit over traditional calcium for bone health

Oral ingestion of Aquamin—a form of calcium derived from calcified red marine algae—may lead to less deterioration of the trabecular bone structure, according to a team of researchers from various...

Study on choline intakes suggests eggs or supplements are only way to get enough

A study published this month using NHANES data reinforces that choline is an underconsumed nutrient, and concludes that it is very difficult to get enough in the diet without eating...

Collagen supplements may boost nail growth and appearance: Human data

Daily supplementation with collagen peptides may boost the growth of fingernails by 12%, and reduce the frequency of broken nails by 42%, says a new study using Gelita’s Verisol ingredient.

ORAC values might be passé, but antioxidant activity still demands research, experts say

Quoting ORAC values as a marketing tool has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But the measure of antioxidant activity still points to potentially important beneficial properties of ingredients, experts...

Is there a role for vitamin B3 in preventing birth defects?

Adequate maternal niacin intake may cut the number of babies born with congenital abnormalities, suggests a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Probiotics in space: NASA explores viability of microorganisms for space flight

Spending time in the low gravity environment of space leads to significant changes to your body – your bones weaken and your sense of taste may diminish. It is also...

Study backs multivitamins' ability to prevent nutrient shortfalls with hard data

A study published last week in the journal Nutrients adds another brick in the wall backing the ability of multivitamins to fill in nutrient shortfalls. While this notion is taken for granted...

Probiotic supplementation may ease constipation among elderly, new study suggests

Different strains of probiotics induced beneficial effects in chronic constipation among the elderly, researchers from the University of Valencia found.

Probiotic uses glycerol to kill ‘superbug’ in laboratory

A species of the probiotic genus Lactobacillus may selectively kill an antibiotic resistant bacterium, according to a study in Infection and Immunity.

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Niacin may have a role in melanoma prevention, suggests review

Nicotinamide, a form of niacin, may have the potential to prevent melanoma in high-risk individuals, propose authors of a review.

Potato bound polyphenols: A novel delivery method for gut health?

The ability of polyphenols to bind with different types of potato cells may provide a new means of delivering them to the gut, say researchers. 

Ginkgo may enhance performance, boost brain health for active men

Extracts of Ginkgo biloba leaves may offer body and mind benefits for young, active men, according to a small supplementation trial from Poland.

Review explores mounting science linking B vitamins and depression

Supplementation of B vitamins may improve symptoms of depression, according to researchers from the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University, Australia.

Warnings about safety of supplements in eye health review called 'gratuitous' by experts

A recent Cochrane Review article that looked at the effects of antioxidant supplements on AMD contained some warning statements about the safety of the products that dumbfounded experts in the...

‘Powerful’: Raising vitamin D levels may slash preterm birth risk

Maintaining good blood levels of vitamin D during pregnancy may help reduce the risk of preterm birth by 60%, says a new study. 

Flavonoid diet may reduce flu severity – but only if you have the right gut bacteria

A specific microbe found in the gut may protect consumers of flavonoid rich diets against severe flu, finds a new animal study published in Science.

BCAA supplementation may beat simple rest for muscle recovery among athletes, meta-analysis suggests

Branched-chain amino acid supplementation is better than rest to reduce muscle soreness after exercise, according to a meta-analysis of eight studies conducted on athletes.

Cochrane review that belittled carotenoids' role in slowing AMD didn't value AREDS II result highly enough, researchers say

An article published last week in Cochrane Reviews that concludes lutein and zeaxanthin have little effect on the progression of AMD drew a strong reaction from researchers and suppliers in...

CRN official finds common ground with author of series of articles attacking industry

When looking at a potentially damaging series of journal articles about supplements being penned by a professor at Clemson University, an official at CRN prefers to look at the common...

Spicy nanotech weaponry delivers payload at target: Study

Nanoparticles show promise in delivering beneficial compounds to the body as a study details the successful administration of the spice curcumin to a target site with minimal toxic side effects.