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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.

There’s still lack of understanding of tocotrienols in healthcare community, says expert Dr. Barrie Tan

The 40-year gap between the discoveries of tocopherols and tocotrienols means the former gets a lot more attention, according to American River Nutrition founder Dr. Barrie Tan.

Pomegranate juice aids recovery in weightlifters: Study

Supplementation with pomegranate juice (PJ) may reduce oxidative stress and improve recovery time after intensive resistance training, reveals a recent study published in Nutrients.

Urtica plant extract may improve UV-induced skin aging, in mice at least

Chlorogenic acid, the active component in Urtica thunbergiana extract, may prevent premature skin aging caused by ultraviolet irradiation when taken orally, according to researchers in South Korea.

Bitter Orange Extract: Still safe, researcher reasserts in new review

Thirteen years have passed since the FDA banned ephedrine. Ever since, bitter orange extract, which has an active compound structurally similar to ephedrine (p-synephrine) has been under scrutiny. A new...

High calcium levels linked to heart attack risk

People who are genetically prone to higher calcium levels in the bloodstream may be at higher risk of heart attack and coronary artery disease (CAD), a new study suggests.

Carotenoids researchers rail against wording of Kemin press release

A press release highlighting a study that was presented at a recent meeting of the International Carotenoids Society has caused a deep rift between researchers and a prominent carotenoids supplier.

Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

Meta-analysis supports potential of omega-3s for ADHD

Omega-3s fatty acid supplements may improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a meta-analysis of gold standard clinical trials.

Choline and vitamin B supplementation may improve post-stroke brain function

Supplementing B-vitamins and choline in mice with simulated ischemic brain damage—similar to post-stroke conditions—improved their motor function and task completion processes, according to Canadian researchers.

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

Tocopherol source may affect breast milk vitamin E profile, says study

The vitamin E alpha-tocopherol is imperative to a baby’s nervous system development, and they primarily get this from breast milk or formula. In a clinical trial, researchers from Abbott Nutrition...

Researcher's blog post boosts interest in black elderberry's immune benefits

A recent blog post by an ethnobotanist based in California has reinvigorated interest in black elderberry as an immune health ingredient.

Vitamin D pills may boost quality of life for osteoarthritis patients: Study

High-dose supplementation with vitamin D2 may improve pain scores and measures of “quality of life” in people with osteoarthritis, says a new study.

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Cellular calcium levels may influence cholesterol production, study suggests

Calcium levels within cells may play an important role in controlling cholesterol production, according to recent research using roundworms.

Magnesium pills may improve blood pressure in at-risk populations

People with insulin resistance, prediabetes, or other non-communicable chronic diseases are at an increased risk of hypertension, but magnesium supplements may help lower their blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis.

Fenugreek seed extract may reduce menopausal symptoms, says new study

Women supplemented with a branded, de-husked fenugreek seed extract reported less daytime hot flushes and night sweats, according to a new clinical trial with a sample size of 115 women.

Lutein levels linked to a more agile and ‘youthful’ brain: Study

A high intake of lutein appears to slow down cognitive decline, a US study suggests, as findings appear to support previous outcomes linking this nutrient to improved mental health.

Study on financial burden of supplements on low-income US households a ‘missed opportunity,’ say experts

Trade associations criticize a recent study on the ‘income burden’ dietary supplements place on US low-income households.

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Study on calls to poison control centers overstates risk, experts say

A study that found a rising tide of reports to poison control centers about dietary supplement exposures reaches some faulty conclusions, say experts familiar with adverse event reporting.

Food-based iodine during pregnancy important for child brain development

Low levels of maternal iodine may be linked to reduced brain development at age three, a new study has suggested.

Infant gut bacteria link with smarter toddlers: Study

The make-up of babies’ gut microbiomes may be associated with with later cognitive development, suggests new research.

Researchers analyze efficacy of chewable plant stanol ester supplements

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol was reduced by 7.6% among study participants who were supplemented with 2 g per day of a chewable plant sterol ester, according to researchers at the...

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Cannabinoids may be responsible for omega-3 anti-inflammatory effect: Study

The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids may be due to the action of endocannabinoids derived from them, suggests a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....