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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.

Folic acid fortification linked to lower heart defect rates

Food fortified with folic acid has been found to decrease the number of babies born with heart abnormalities, according to research.

Harvard Health Letter sheds light on how medications may lead to nutrient depletion

Long-term use of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals may lead to nutrient deficiency, with the Council for Responsible Nutrition welcoming the coverage of an issue that, it says, is not talked about...

The BioCollective seeks to build big gut microbiome data set

A Colorado-based startup is taking a crowd-sourcing type approach to the assembly of a statistically significant amount of microbiome data.

Fermented soymilk isoflavones could cut UV damage

Consuming fermented soymilk products may help protect against ultraviolet radiation damage by increasing the number of isoflavone compounds in the body, according to a study on mice.

Beetroot juice helps muscle recovery, but not through antioxidants

Drinking beetroot juice after exercise can reduce muscle pain and improve recovery, but does not improve real-world performance, according to a study also showing no benefit from antioxidants.

CRN talks about the “over fed and under nourished” problem in the US

There are increasing cases of malnutrition and nutrition deficiencies in a developed country like the US, recent studies report. We chat with an expert to get his analysis.

Robuvit supplementation may improve triathlete performance

Supplementation of Robuvit for two weeks cut amateur triathletes' total event times by 11%, researchers in Italy suggested.

Diabetes game changer? Researchers to look at green tea catechins & insulin

Botanical supplier Plandaí Biotechnology has signed a research agreement with North West University in South Africa to investigate green tea catechins and type 2 diabetes. 

Cordyceps fungi supplementation may improve high-intensity exercise

Industry study suggests an increased tolerance of high-intensity training when study participants consumed the cordyceps-containing PeakO2 blend.

Can shrimp byproducts be a source of shelf-stable astaxanthin?

Carotenoid and astaxanthin production has been championed as a solution to make use of the crustacean industry’s waste. Researchers looked at the derived product’s storage stability—they found “negligible lipid oxidation”...

Low vitamin D during pregnancy linked with learning disabilities: Study

Lower levels of vitamin D in pregnant women could be associated with certain learning disabilities in children, as a British study highlights seasonal variations as a factor in brain development.

Cacao extract may improve atopic dermatitis-like symptoms, rodent study

Researchers in South Korea studied how the polyphenols in Theobroma cacao extract may reduce atopic dermatitis-like symptoms.

New product idea? Study used chia and flaxseeds to encapsulate probiotics

By spray drying, researchers from Chile and Canada encapsulated Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium infantis using chia and flaxseed.

Sea buckthorn seed oil may reduce cardiovascular risk

A new RCT out of India suggests that sea buckthorn seed oil supplementation reduced dyslipidemia, cardiovascular risk factors, and hypertension in a human population.

Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society

It is “difficult or impossible” for vegans to get enough of nutrients like vitamin B12, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) has said in a position paper now cited by the government....

Guarana antioxidant capability trumps that of green tea, study finds

Seeds of the native Brazilian shrub guarana have been found to contain antioxidant levels more than ten times that of green tea.

Systematic review looks at relationship of dietary patterns, food groups and longevity

Researchers in Iran systematically reviewed 17 human studies that looked at how a person’s diet may affect telomere length, which is recognized as a biomarker of aging. They reported “results...

Berry eaters may be at lower risk of diabetes: Meta-analysis

Data from almost 400,000 people suggests that consuming berries and the anthocyanins they contain may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 15-18%.

Excessive antioxidant use may interfere with cell stress response, study finds

Antioxidants’ effects may not be altogether beneficial as a study shows the reactive oxygen species (ROS) molecule that antioxidants are so efficient at eliminating may aid in maintaining health. 

Calcium-rich fermented foods preferred in improving bone and heart health, study says

Calcium should come from healthy sources like fermented dairy products and leafy greens as a review outlines an approach to receiving an adequate intake while supporting bone and heart health.

Vitamin D pills improve insulin measures in healthy adults: RCT

Supplements of vitamin D may improve fasting glucose levels and insulin resistance in healthy Japanese adults, says a new study.

OmniActive builds science for Lutemax 2020 for eye health

OmniActive Health Technologies is investing heavily to deepen and broaden the scientific substantiation for its eye health ingredients, with new studies supporting the bioavailability, visual function, and benefits against the...