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The guts for sports success: Microbiome study highlights differences in elite athletes

Elite athletes are known for their skill, dedication and hard work, but new research suggests that crucial to their success may be down to their gut.

Strawberry, cranberry polyphenols may improve insulin sensitivity in select populations

Improved insulin sensitivity was noted in overweight and obese non-diabetic, insulin-resistant human study participants after a 6-week dietary intervention with polyphenols.

Mixed carotenoid supplements may help obese children

Dietary supplements containing a mixture of carotenoids and vitamin E may reduce BMI scores, waist to height ratio, and fat levels in obese children, suggest data from a new pilot...

Special edition: Omega-3s

Powerful PUFAs: The many health benefits of omega-3s

From heart health to better brain function, and from improved exercise recovery to lower PTSD severity, is there nothing omega-3 can’t do?

Omega-3 supplements may provide long-term diabetic benefits

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may benefit those with autoimmune conditions, as research describes the fish oil’s ability to reduce inflammation typical of type 1 diabetes.

Polyphenol pills counter inflammation in women on hormonal contraceptives: RCT

Supplements containing a mixture of polyphenols may counter increases in pro-inflammatory markers in women of childbearing age using combined hormonal contraceptives, says a new study.

Multivitamins neither help nor hinder heart risk, finds study

Taking a multivitamin has no significant impact on your risk of experiencing a heart attack or other cardiovascular episode, a new study says.

Evolutionary explanation? Research reveals how gut bacteria adapted to human breast milk

Researchers say they have uncovered a possible evolutionary route for the mutually beneficial relationship between gut microbes and humans. 

Combined with omega-3 oil, microencapsulated probiotic has higher survival rate, says study

When a probiotic is co-encapsulated with omega-3-rich tuna oil, not only do the bacteria adhere better on the intestinal wall, but more chemically intact omega-3 fatty acids are released from...

Flavonoid-rich blueberries have a brain boosting role, say researchers

Regular consumption of concentrated blueberry juice may improve brain function in healthy older adults, British researchers have determined. 

Lutein and zeaxanthin levels linked to better cognitive function: Study

Higher blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin may be associated with better cognition, memory, and executive function, says a new study from Ireland.

Study highlights potential blood sugar management activity of elderberry extracts

Polyphenolic extracts from elderberry (Sambucus nigra) may increase the uptake of glucose and free fatty acids by muscles and help with blood glucose management, says a new study from Norway.

Researchers confirm chicory inulin benefits on blood sugar

Inulin fibre from chicory root's beneficial effects on metabolic risks – including managing blood sugar levels – has been confirmed by new research.

Probiotics and memory: When conclusions can go too far

A recent rodent study indicated that a combination of probiotics may impair memory in healthy animals – conclusions that industry experts say go ‘a bit too far’, and are at...

Meta-analysis supports cholesterol-lowering activity of konjac glucomannan

A daily 3 gram dose of konjac glucomannan may reduce LDL cholesterol levels by an impressive 10%, according to data pooled from 12 randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

Colostrum supplements may reduce muscle damage and inflammation post-exercise: RCT

A daily supplement containing bovine colostrum may reduce markers of muscle damage and blunt inflammation after exercise, says a new study with soccer players.

Vitamin D, calcium supplementation don’t reduce cancer risk… or do they?

Four years of supplementation with calcium and vitamin D did not produce any statistically significant reductions in the risk of cancer in older women with sufficient levels of the nutrients,...

Supplements and exercise effective for malnutrition and frailty: Review

The overlap between malnutrition and frailty is such that both conditions could benefit from combining oral nutritional supplements and physical activity, a review has concluded.

Microbiota may determine if pomegranate extracts are beneficial or not

The potential cardiovascular effects of ellagitannins from pomegranate and walnuts may be either positive or negative depending on their gut microbiota, says a new study.

Meta-analysis supports tea’s link to stronger bones

Consumption of tea is associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD), according to a meta-analysis of 16 studies combining data from 138,523 people.

Beetroot juice may boost performance in soccer players: RCT

Consuming beetroot juice may improve high-intensity intermittent-type exercise performance, says a new study with trained soccer players.

Asthma action: Fibre supplementation provides benefits by improving gut microbiota

Fibre supplementation can improve asthma symptoms by boosting gut microbiota, results from an Australian trial have revealed. 

Nutraceutical innovation around boosting or reducing nitric oxide

Industry interest in boosting nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator, has been increasing, with companies exploring the potential to boost levels for heart health or sports nutrition products.

Meta-analysis supports probiotic yeast for managing symptoms of GI disorders

Supplements containing Lesaffre Human Care’s ibSium (Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3856) may improve gastrointestinal symptoms in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Special edition: Supplements for pets

Formulating for pets? Suppliers share what you should keep in mind

We spoke with two suppliers—Sabinsa and Maypro—to learn about ingredients that are in demand in the pet nutrition category, and what unique challenges this space has.

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