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Could a shot of orange juice boost brain power for men?

Scientists from PepsiCo and the University of Reading (UK) report that a single glass of flavonoid-rich orange juice may boost cognitive function, compared to placebo.

Playing with particles: German engineering improves ingredient functionality

A German engineering company is deploying ‘pioneering’ fluidised processing techniques to enhance the functionality of active ingredients and to make volatile and sensitive ingredients easier to work with.

Special edition: botanicals

Botanicals hit national spotlight in article on ethnobotany

A recent mainstream press article has shed welcome light on the field of enthnobotany, botanical experts said.

Study supports vitamin K2 (but not K1) for heart health

Increased intakes of long-chain menaquinones (vitamin K2) may reduce the risk of mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD), according to data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition...

Grant to fund long-term study of flax's blood pressure benefits in non diseased population

A new long-term research initiative in Canada will seek to further elucidate the heart health benefits of flaxseed, according to a major supplier.

Chokeberries have ‘minor beneficial effects’ on heart health, says study

Juice or powder products made from chokeberries (Aronia mitschurinii) may improve blood pressure, and reduce some markers of inflammation, says a new study.

Study supports bioavailability of omega-3s from wax ester-rich marine oil

Calanus oil is a highly bioavailable source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, says a new study that supports its potential as a suitable alternative source of omega-3s....

Choline and betaine may counter insulin resistance: Study

Increased intakes of choline and betaine may improve insulin resistance in the general population, says a new study.

Marine complex supplement promotes hair growth in balding men: RCT

A total of 60 men with thinning hair were observed for 180 days to compare how a marine complex supplement of shark and mollusk powder promotes hair growth versus a placebo.

Could DHA supplements during pregnancy boost attention in children?

Prenatal supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may improve measures of attention in the children at age 5, says a new study from an international team of researchers.

New analytical method identifies adulterated St John’s wort products

Almost 40% of a sample of 37 St John’s wort products may be adulterated with synthetic dyes and/or uncharacteristic flavonoids, says a new study.

Mango could help maintain gut bacteria at risk from high-fat diets

Mango consumption could help prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria caused by a high fat diet, according to research on mice.

Protein boosts muscles but not cycling performance: Study

Protein supplementation during intensive cycle training increases muscle growth and improves heart rate, but does not have a measurable impact on performance, according to a study.

US Army testing krill oil for warfighters’ cognitive performance

A new study will determine if omega-3 supplementation can improve cognitive processes in high-performing warfighters.

Decoding the secrets of Japan’s fucoidan-rich seaweed

Researchers have begun to decode the genetic secrets of mozuku, a famous fucoidan-rich Okinawan seaweed linked to health and longevity.

CoQ10 may improve facial wrinkles: RCT

High dose co-enzyme Q10 supplementation may improve wrinkles around the eyes and other parts of the face, says a new study.

News in brief

FOOD VISION USA: If not health, then what? What motivates the mainstream consumer (and how do you find out)?

Most consumers are pre-disposed to eating more healthily, but they're not obsessed with the latest health trends, says Mindless Eating author Dr Brian Wansink. So how should food marketers talk to them?...

Probiotic pills show skin anti-aging benefits: RCT data

Scientists from Korea Yakult report that Lactobacillus plantarum HY7714 supplements may boost skin elasticity and reduce skin wrinkles in women with dry skin.

Vitamin B clinical trials first to use neuroimaging technology

Supplementation with B vitamins significantly improves general mental health, reduces subjective stress and increases vigour and overall mood in mentally demanding situations, according to research from Melbourne’s Swinburne University.

Omega-3s may give additional heart health benefits for statin users

People taking statins to reduce cholesterol levels may also benefit from omega-3 supplements, says a new study which found blood pressure and arterial improvements for the fish oil users.

Probiotic mix shows cardiovascular benefits, for mice at least

A mixture of 8 bacterial strains may reduce inflammation in the vascular system and may protect against the development of atherosclerosis, says a new study.

Unhealthy obsession with total cholesterol reduction is thwarting CVD prevention

Strategies to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) need to move away from statins and cholesterol reduction and focus on reducing inflammation and increasing HDL cholesterol through dietary intervention, urges a leading...

First hard evidence vitamin D reduces asthma attacks: Cochrane review

Taking vitamin D supplements alongside standard asthma medication reduces severe asthma attacks, a Cochrane review of nine studies has concluded.

RCT supports Fenugreek extract’s menopausal benefits

A standardized extract of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) may reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women, and improve their quality of life, says a new study.

Low calcium may affect memory but not ability to learn: Study

Researchers have shown deficiency in calcium has a significantly impact on brain development and cognition function.