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Olive oil polyphenol backed for selective anti-cancer potential

A phenolic compound known as oleocanthal can selectively kill cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells intact, say researchers, who suggest their novel findings may explain why olive oil is linked...

DHA supplements for lactating women may offer breast milk and baby benefits

Supplementation with DHA omega-3 in lactating women increases breast milk levels of the essential fatty acid, and could help infants achieve a better omega 3:6 ratio, finds new research from...

Folic supplements could help elderly fight heat problems: Study

Folic acid supplements could help prevent heat-induced cardiovascular events in elderly people by improving blood vessel dilation, say researchers.

Early intake of L. reuteri probiotics in infancy may boost gut health: Study

Early supplementation of an infant’s diet with Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 may boost gut health by reducing the build-up of pathogenic bacteria, says a new study from Italy.

What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Better science needed to prove S-equol menopause potential

S-equol’s potential for menopause relief is ‘tantalising’ – but limited by inadequate clinical evidence, says a review into the soy-based isoflavone.

An apple a day: It won't keep the doctor away, but might keep the pharmacist away

While an apple a day won't keep the doctor away, it could mean fewer prescription medications, say researchers.

Researchers explore the functional potential of green coffee beans

There is strong potential for the use of ground green coffee beans to be used directly as a functional ingredient in supplements and foods, say researchers.

Can fermented kimchi alter the gut microbiota and influence metabolism?

Consuming fermented kimchi, a source of lactobacilli, may alter the composition of bacterial populations in the gut and affect metabolic pathways for obese women, says a new study from Korea.

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Rising health trend in Brazil creates opportunity for supplements, healthy foods, analyst says

The demand for health food and dietary supplements in Brazil is being driven by consumer trends in the country, according to recent market research presented by Mintel.  Almost a third...

Leaf colour determines lettuce's antioxidant effect

Antioxidants in red-leaf lettuce are fast-moving while green-leaf antioxidants are slow - but this does not affect the benefits of the nutrients, say researchers. 

Nearly three-quarters of pregnant women do not get enough omega-3, finds study

Despite being critical for infant development, just 27% of pregnant women get enough omega-3 to meet current European Union (EU) recommendations, say researchers.

Digitek is creeping onto the nutrition scene - and it's bringing big potential with it

Health apps, home tests and other digitek are the future of nutrition research and public health strategies, according to top researchers in the field. 

From the lab to real-world application: Scientific insights are vital to innovation

Consumer-centric innovation must be coupled with real-world scientific insights that explain how to best deliver nutrition to those that need it, says Lucozade’s senior sports scientist.

Probiotics on the verge of “dramatic second growth curve,” expert says

Probiotics are on the cusp of a “dramatic second growth curve” that could more than double their sales in supplements in the U.S., but new delivery platforms and uses could...

Equivocal study on Finnish women doesn't dim Vitamin D's role in lessening falls among elderly, experts say

A new vitamin D/exercise study on falls among older women has confirmed the vitamin’s role in bone health but falls short of a ringing endorsement for supplementation. But it’s one...

Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?

Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.

Zinc status linked to immune responses and chronic disease, researchers suggest

Zinc deficiency could play a role in chronic diseases that involve inflammation, especially in older adults, says new research.

Probiotic potential for pear antioxidants explored in study

Antioxidants and phenols in pears can balance gut microbiota as well as manage early-stage type 2 diabetes and hypertension, according to researchers.

High-dose vitamin diets reduce sugar cravings: Rat study

Baby rats whose mothers are given high levels of vitamins A, D, E, and K while pregnant have a reduced preference for sugar, say Canadian scientists.

Three-year project to turn olive nutrients into functional foods

Polyphenols and antioxidants from olives are to be transformed into functional foods used to fight Alzheimer’s and brain ageing as part of a three-year German research project.

Kyowa Hakko research underpins notion that cognitive decline now No.1 concern about aging

New research commissioned by ingredient supplier Kyowa Hakko confirms what other recent surveys have shown: The specter of cognitive decline now looms largest in consumers minds when they consider the...

Vitamin D may prevent inflammation behind type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries

Vitamin D may play an important role in preventing the inflammation that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, according to research in mice.

Which protein can help weight loss but keep muscle?

Greater energy from whey protein means greater loss of fat but retention of muscle while dieting, according to research that looked at different protein sources.