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Curcumin supplementation shows benefits for people with severe depression: Study

Supplementation with curcumin has been found to be effective in reducing depressive and anxiolytic symptoms in people with major depressive disorders.

Tomato extract shows blood thinning potential versus aspirin: Study

A proprietary tomato extract – backed in EU health claim law to benefit blood circulation – has been shown to thin blood in healthy people – but less severely than...

Omega-3s boost muscle function in older women but not men: Study

Fish oil supplements may boost muscle function and quality in older women after 18 weeks of resistance training, but no such benefits were observed in men, says a new study.

Ashwagandha root extracts shows anti-aging effect: Cell study

Extracts from Ashwagandha root may significantly increase telomerase activity, thereby protecting against telomere loss and potentially delaying aging, suggest new results from a cell study.

Gelatin, vitamin C + exercise aids collagen synthesis, study finds

Researchers found that subjects supplemented with vitamin C-enriched gelatin, paired with jump rope exercises, had increased collagen synthesis compared to a lower dose and a placebo.

More needs to be done to ensure use of standard materials in botanical research, experts say

One criticism of botanical research has been the poor characterization of the ingredients used in many of the studies. As researchers become more familiar with botanicals and with standardization techniques,...

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Clinical Research: Twenty years of GCP

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) as a quality standard for human studies has been around for 20 years. Its value for supplement consumers and makers is indisputable. However, the nutraceutical industry...

‘Tremendous economic savings’: Probiotics could save $100 million in healthcare costs in Canada

Using probiotics to prevent and reduce the severity and duration of respiratory infections could reduce healthcare costs in Canada by as much as Can$100 million, says a new analysis.

Vegetarian diet doesn’t compromise athletic performance: Study

Vegetarian diets do not compromise athletic performance and may even help aerobic capacity, according to a study comparing elite vegetarian and omnivore athletes.

Probiotic oral cavity-reduction potential has bite, study shows

A supplement containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus could enhance dental health by reducing tooth decay, according to a Chilean study.

Probiotics during pregnancy, breastfeeding may reduce colic in infants

High-dose multi-strain probiotic supplementation to women during late pregnancy and lactation may reduce colic and regurgitation in the infants, says a new study.

Resistant starch backed for insulin sensitivity

A type of fibre may improve insulin sensitivity in adults and help those with type 2 diabetes (T2D), studies have found.

Ongoing study looks at how vitamin K supplementation can reduce cardiovascular risk in obese children

Can vitamin K slow the progression of dyslipidemia and impact diabetes risk? Researchers in Georgia think so, and the American Heart Foundation has awarded them a grant to study the hypothesis...

Personalized nutrition start-up DayTwo looks at stool samples to create bespoke diets based on users’ gut microbiomes

The question that sparked the research behind DayTwo was why some people gain weight or experience a blood sugar spike more easily than others despite eating the same diet. To...

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Omega-3-rich diets linked to lower blood pressure in young, healthy adults

Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help healthy young people avoid the onset of high blood pressure, according to preliminary data presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016.

Directing psychobiotic ‘talk’ via gut-brain network key to neurological benefits: Study

Controlling communication between probiotics and the brain is the next challenge for scientists as an Oxford University review outlines strategies for their use in treating brain disorders and enhancing cognition.

Freeze-drying fruit is top technique for retaining nutrients: Study

Freeze-drying fruit retains almost all of its nutritional value and can help keep ingredient lists clean, according to a study funded by ingredient supplier Chaucer.

Migraine sufferers show differences in makeup of oral microbiome

Could migraines be triggered by what’s going on in the mouths of susceptible people? A recent study suggests that the makeup of the oral microbiome could play a role in...

Prebiotic fortified infant formula linked to immune biomarkers in infants

An experimental formula fortified with a specific human milk oligosaccharide may modify the immune profile of infants similar to that observed in breastfeeding, says a new study from Abbott Nutrition.

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ABC adds 12 members to advisory, peer review board

The American Botanical Council announced that addition of 12 new members to its advisory board. The new board members’ expertise includes pharmacognosy, analytical testing and Chinese medicine.

Green tea extract supplements may improve lipid levels for women

Taking green tea supplements for one year may slash total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels in post-menopausal women, says a new study.

Enzyme- bioflavonoid combination shows efficacy for knee pain management

An oral enzyme combination containing proteolytic enzymes and bioflavonoid may improve measures of pain, function and daily living, says a new meta-analysis of six RCTs.

RCT supports B420 probiotic’s weight management benefits in overweight adults

Researchers found that consumption of Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis 420, with or without a prebiotic fiber, reduced body fat mass, trunk fat mass, waist circumference, and energy intake in 224...

Hard to do systems biology when you ignore 99% of us (the microbiome): Expert

Any advances in systems biology must incorporate study of the microbiome, says Rob Knight from the University of California in San Diego, because if we don’t we’re ignoring 99% of...

New study shows astaxanthin is effective against daily mental and physical fatigue

Japanese nutraceutical firm AstaReal says its astaxanthin has been found to be simultaneously effective against both mental and physical fatigue in a new published study.

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