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Gut microbes’ protective effects compromised by alcohol

The protective function of natural gut antibiotics is impaired by alcohol leaving bacteria free to migrate to the liver aggravating alcohol-induced liver disease, a study has shown.

Digesting science: Six ideas about prebiotics

Post-menopausal bone health, metagenomics and mimicking breast milk were among our top six ideas on prebiotics discussed at this year's Probiota in Amsterdam. 

Study supports shelf stability of Sabinsa’s probiotic for functional foods

Sabinsa’s Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 is shelf stable during processing and storage of functional foods, says a new study from the company.

Ashwagandha root extract may improve sexual function & satisfaction in women

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract may improve sexual function in healthy women, according to results of a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled pilot trial.

Study: Dried plums consumption benefits bone health

Calcium and vitamin D are often credited as the nutrients to go to for bone strength, but according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it takes far more than just that.

Science builds for acai’s brain health benefits

The potential cognitive health benefits of açai (Euterpe spp.) may be linked to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, according to recent studies from scientists at Tufts University AIBMR Life Sciences....

GOED EXCHANGE 2016

Judging data choice, extraction methods can help mark a meta-analysis as good or suspect, GOED attendees told

Not all meta-analyses are created equal. Trying to figure out which ones hold water and which are riven with holes was the subject of one of the most gripping sessions...

Meta-analyses support appetite-reducing ability of dietary fiber

Daily consumption of polydextrose dietary fiber may help reduce calorie consumption by up to 15%, and reduce hunger between meals, say two meta-analyses.

Soy intake may slash heart disease risk by 12%, but only for equol producers

Soy supplements may reduce the risk of cardiovascular risk for people able to produce equol, a microbial-derived metabolite of the isoflavone daidzein, but equol supplements themselves may not have the...

Study shows adding milk protein to breakfast and lunch benefits seniors

Protein is a critical nutrient for building and maintaining muscle, and new research published in the January edition of The Journal of Nutrition has found that eating an even amount...

RCTs the only way for probiotic acceptance, says leading professor

The only way probiotics will be accepted into mainstream medicine is to conduct randomised clinical trials that conform to drug standards, a leading gastroenterologist has said.

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Zinc supplements may boost immunity markers for the elderly

Supplements of zinc may boost the function of immune T cells in nursing home elderly, says a new study.

Milk found to raise children’s vitamin D level: study

Children who drink at least three glasses of milk per day had a higher serum vitamin D level than their peers who drink milk in lesser amounts, a new study...

New study questions licorice root supplement’s effectiveness as HRT alternative

Components of licorice root extract were found to have low binding affinity for estrogen receptors, among the few things a group of researchers attributed to licorice root’s low potency as...

Composite of turmeric and mulberry may aid arthritis, rat study

An independent study conducted by botanical supplements manufacturer Unigen found that pain and inflammation in rats with paw edema were alleviated with a turmeric and mulberry composite supplement.

Coffee consumption may help curb cirrhosis: Study

Consuming a greater amount of coffee may help “substantially” diminish the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, according to a recent study.

Study: UC-II supplements fared better than placebo in joint pain relief

Using the WOMAC Index to measure, test participants with osteoarthritis who ingested 40mg of UC-II pills over 180 days experienced less pain and stiffness in the knee compared to control groups.

New consumer campaign encourages vitamin D testing to identify deficiency, advance research

A consumer education campaign launched by the Organic and Natural Health Association earlier this year will encourage consumers to test their vitamin D levels to identify supplementation needs while simultaneously...

Probiota day 1: Tweet by tweet

This year our event Probiota kicked off with the workshop 'Prebiotics – a return to true science'. Experts in the field gathered to cut loose from complex regulation and commercial...

Carotenoids get a bioaccessibility boost in linseed oil nanosemulsions

Researchers test linseed oil nanoemulsions as a way to increase carotenoid’s bioavailability and stability, bringing its health benefits to more supplements and functional foods.

New ISO standard for flow cytometry with probiotics

Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, present in yogurt and other dairy products, are used as probiotics, or “friendly bacteria,” to maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Higher omega-3 content in fresh cow's milk reduces asthma risk, study finds

Fresh, unprocessed cow’s milk has a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids than pasteurised, homogenised or low-fat milk, say German researchers. 

Parents and teachers unaware of mental benefits of good childhood nutrition

There is less awareness among parents and teachers of the importance of diet for children’s brain development compared to physical benefits, pan-EU research suggests.

Folate supplementation during pregnancy may improve child’s attention system

After a study that took almost a decade to complete, researchers in Europe found that supplementing mothers with folate during pregnancy may help improve their child’s attention system 8.5 years...

Tax credit for R&D now easier for startups, small firms to claim

Startups and small companies now can reap all the credit they are due for their innovations – including on their taxes, thanks to changes to the research and development tax...

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