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Phosphatidic acid may boost lean body mass for strength-trained men: Study

Adding supplements of phosphatidic acid (PA), a lipid messenger, to a resistance training program may boost lean body mass more than exercise alone, says a new study from researchers at...

Tea and grape compounds show mitochondrial benefits for overweight & obese people

Supplements containing epigallocatechin-3-gallate and resveratrol may boost mitochondrial capacity and stimulate fat oxidation, says a new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel intervention trial.

Breast milk seen as source of prebiotic ingredients

Human breast milk is a novel source of interesting prebiotic candidates, attendees at the recent IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas event were told.

Ginger linked to healthier hearts: Study

Daily consumption of ginger may reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, says a new paper from Chinese researchers.

Rosemary extract may improve brain trauma-induced cognitive deficits, rat study finds

By observing how well rats with mild brain trauma navigate through a maze after being administered with rosemary extract, researchers saw a relation between the extract and improved cognitive deficits.

Nano-emulsions may boost beta-carotene availability from supplements

The bioaccessibility of beta-carotene from commercial tablets and softgels is low, and could be significantly enhanced by using nano-emulsions, says a new study.

Concept of healthy microbiome gaining acceptance among MDs

The concept of a healthy microbiome has gained some traction among physicians, an expert told attendees at the recent IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas event in Chicago.

Cellular data: Study suggests role for vitamin K2 in regulating inflammation

Vitamin K2 could block the production of pro-inflammatory molecules by human white blood cells, according to a new in vitro study.

White House announces $121 million National Microbiome Initiative

The Obama administration announced a multi-million investment to accelerate better understanding of microbiomes in all fields of the life sciences. 

Psyllium shows satiety benefits: P&G study

Psyllium – a soluble, gel-forming, non-fermented fiber supplement – may help consumers stay fuller for longer, says a new study from scientists at Proctor & Gamble.

FDA details progress of next-gen sequencing tool at Probiota Americas

On Wednesday the Food Drug Administration presented a detailed look at its next gen sequencing tool for probiotic products at the IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas event in Chicago.

GABA ingredient shows sleep benefits: Study

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) may help people fall asleep faster, says a new study from Pharma Foods International Co. Ltd. in Japan.

RCT: Probiotic reduces antibiotic-associated diarrhoea

A Lactobacillus probiotic has been shown to reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) in a clinical study.

Sweet cherry anthocyanins support liver health... for rats at least

Anthocyanins from sweet cherries may protect against diet-induced liver steatosis, or excessive amounts of fat in the liver’s tissue, says a new study with rats. 

Tart cherry supplements may speed recovery and boost performance: Study

Short-term supplementation with Montmorency Tart Cherry powder may reduce inflammatory stress and increase performance in aerobically trained individuals, says a new study.

Niagen shown to be effective against diabetes complications in mice

A new study done on mice suggests that nicotinamide riboside can help restrict the development of insulin resistance and diabetic neuropathy.

Future microbiome studies boosted by ‘multi-omics’ approach

The combination of multiple ‘omics’ technologies will give greater insights into the gut microbial communities, identifying the populations that inhabit this ecosystem, according to researchers.

Subpar rosaceae-derived supplements abundant, USDA researcher says

According to a new study published in the NFS Journal and funded by the USDA Agriculture Research Service, eight of the 33 dietary supplements derived from Rosaceae fruits had no...

Sesame and rice bran oil blend lowers hyperglycaemia and improves lipids, study finds

In a study focusing on patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, researchers found that in an 8-week, open-label  trial, using a blend of 20% cold-pressed sesame oil and 80% physically...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

Review: B vitamins, the brain (& deficiencies)

B vitamins play a significant role in cognitive performance and neurological functioning but deficiencies are common in too many populations, a Vitafoods Europe congress has been told.

Endurance exercise and gut microbiota? A review explores the relationship

There have only been a couple dozen studies since 2007 that look at how gut microbiota and endurance exercise relate. A meta-analysis reveals promising benefits, but calls for more research...

High-dose vitamin D may boost diversity of the gut microbiome: Study

Vitamin D3 may increase bacterial richness in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reduce opportunistic pathogens, says a new study from Austria.

Flaxseed supplementation may aid metabolic syndrome management, study finds

Researchers in Iran found that 30-g brown milled flaxseed daily helped study participants lower their blood markers of metabolic syndrome more than lifestyle changes did alone.

Beef & chicken protein match whey for muscle mass and strength

Protein from beef and chicken sources are equally as effective as whey protein to stimulate improvements in body composition and resistance training outcomes, says a new study.

Review supports safety of green tea extracts

A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.

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