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Magnesium right on time as role in body rhythms is recognised

The amount of magnesium in the diet plays a central role in helping to adapt to the rhythms of night and day, researchers have discovered.

For sprinting athletes, sodium phosphate fared (slightly) better than caffeine

Caffeine was observed to not improve repeated-sprint performance, while sodium phosphate was noted to only marginally improve repeated-sprint performance.

Researchers increase red bell pepper carotenoid solubility for food and beverage applications

By mixing red bell pepper carotenoid with a sugar compound, researchers found that the carotenoid’s solubility was enhanced, enabling application as natural pigment or bioactive substance.

“Truly exciting”: Probiotic may increase muscle mass, energy & performance

Supplements of Lactobacillus plantarum TWK10 may increase muscle mass, boost energy, counter fatigue, and improve physical performance, says a new study with lab mice.

Study finds ferric pyrophosphate mix can increase iron bioavailability

Designing a stable product with highly bioavailable iron isn’t an easy task, as the nutraceutical world knows. A group of scientists propose mixing ferric pyrophosphate powder with other ions that...

Mind the fibre gap: The case of the vanishing gut microbiome

Increasing dietary fibre intake may be the best way to regain the microbial biodiversity that has been impaired by the western diet, according to researchers.

10 studies from Experimental Biology that caught our eye Part 1: Vitamins K2 & D, berries and green tea

The annual multidisciplinary scientific meeting Experimental Biology wrapped up last week in San Diego. We scoured through the abstracts published in the FASEB journal and selected the studies that are...

PET bottle or glass? Study compares nutritional changes in fortified, bottled beverages

French researchers observe the changes of ascorbic acid, B-carotene, and A-tocopherols in fortified beverages bottled in both PET bottles and glass. After 97 days, they found significant changes for all...

10 studies from Experimental Biology that caught our eye Part 2: Omega-3s, lutein and mistletoe

We continue our coverage of some of the standout studies presented at Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego. So what did we learn about lutein and cognition, omega-3s and cardiometabolic...

Berry polyphenols may benefit learning and memory, for mice at least

Polyphenols from berries may offer significant benefits for learning and memory associated with age-related cognitive decline, according to two new papers from France.

Low selenium levels increase prostate cancer risk: Study

Low selenium levels could lead to a higher risk of prostate cancer, a study has concluded.

Broccoli could counter obesity related liver disease: Mouse data

Adding broccoli to an unhealthy diet could help stave of obesity-related liver disease and cancer, say researchers backed by the US National Cancer Institute.

Unigen research confirms safety of joint care botanical ingredient Univestin

Researchers from Unigen analysed the effects of botanical composition UP446 on the respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems in dogs and rats and found minimal to no pharmacotoxicolocal effect.

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Nitrosigine better than arginine hydrochloride for boosting arginine levels: Study

Supplements of inositol-stabilized arginine silicate (Nitrosigine by Nutrition 21, LLC) increased plasma arginine levels to a significantly greater extent than arginine hydrochloride, says a new study.

Low vitamin D levels associated with higher cancer risk, study warns

Lower levels of vitamin D have been linked with a higher risk of cancer, researchers have found.

Elderberry extracts may protect air travelers from colds and flu

Supplementation with a standardized elderberry extract may reduce the duration and symptoms of the common cold for air travelers, report scientists from Griffith University in Australia.

Methylsynephrine supplements may contain adult pharmaceutical dosages: Cohen et al

Some sports supplements formulated with the illegal ingredient methylsynephrine may contain doses above and beyond the pharmaceutical dosages, says a new study led by Dr Pieter Cohen.

GOED recommends 500 mg of Omega-3 daily

Russia recommends 1,300 mg of Omega-3 EPA and DHA per day, while most countries recommend around 250 mg. After years of deliberation, GOED finally released its own recommendation: 500 mg a day.

OmniActive study: Capsaicinoids reduce body circumference and appetite

Presented at Experimental Biology, the new study provided evidence supporting the weight management benefits of capsaicinoids.

“Exciting results”: Tufts/Harvard meta-analysis supports omega-3s for child brain development

Supplements of omega-3s during pregnancy or infancy do improve child neurodevelopment, says a meta-analysis of 15 gold standard randomized controlled trials.

Curcumin shows benefits for people with metabolic syndrome: RCT

Bioavailable curcumin supplements may improve levels of adiponectin, a hormone that plays an important role in the regulation of insulin sensitivity and energy, in people with metabolic syndrome, says a...

Microbiome modulation shows brain benefits: Mouse data

Altering the gut microbiome has been shown to reduce erosion of nerve cell protection in the brains of mice in an Irish study.

Study finds more evidence of olive leaf extract’s benefits for blood pressure

There is an abundance of literature on the effects of olive leaf extract on cardiovascular risks and blood pressure, but some researchers sought to better understand the impact of olive...

Beta-alanine supplements may allow middle aged people to exercise for longer

Twenty-eight days of supplementation with 2.4 grams per day of beta-alanine was associated with longer workouts for middle aged men and women, and improvements in cognitive function, says new data...

Creatine + nitrate safe for athletes, study finds

Consumers go to creatine to increase strength performance, and go to nitrate to improve endurance performance. So what happens when you take both?