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Cocoa compound shows appetite-controlling potential

Epicatechin – compound found in cocoa – may reduce food intake, and subsequently help control appetite and weight management, says a new study.

Higher cocoa chocolate may not mean more flavanols, say researchers

The most familiar quality parameter of chocolate – the cocoa solids percentage – has no correlation with flavanol levels, according to a study by the University of Reading.

Gut microbiome linked to dietary compound found in heart disease

The gut microbiome may play a major role in the onset of heart disease as a study details its role in converting nutrients into a compound that is strongly associated with...

Wild Himalayan fruits provide nutritional and nutraceutical opportunities: Study

A study of wild edible fruits found in the Himalayas indicates they are a rich source of antioxidants, with researchers concluding they can help meet the nutritional needs of the...

Mexican adults not getting adequate vitamin levels: Survey data

Significant proportions of the Mexican population are consuming inadequate levels of vitamins A, D and E, says a new survey by the Mexican National Institute of Public Health.

Strong 7-country evidence for personalised nutrition – but not phenotype & genotype role

There is “strong evidence” for the effectiveness of a personalised nutrition approach, researchers from the EU-funded Food4me project have found, but there is “no evidence” that adding phenotypic and genotypic information improves the...

Shilajit may benefit skeletal muscle in obese adults: Natreon study

The traditional Ayurvedic ingredient Shilajit, a tar-like mineral that oozes out of rocks in the Himalayas, may improve bones and muscles in obese individuals when consumed orally.

Cyclodextrin shows ‘modest’ cholesterol lowering effects: NIH study

Alpha-cyclodextrin may reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels by 10% in healthy individuals, compared to placebo, says a new study from scientists from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the...

Brazilian researchers develop nitrate- and antioxidant-rich beetroot-based nutritional gel

Beetroot juice has been gaining some attention as a functional ingredient this past year. Researchers in Brazil argue that, in gel form, a higher concentration of beetroot’s benefits can be...

Nanotechnology shows promise in overcoming fortification challenges

Nanotechnology used to encase a bioactive ingredient within a food grade carrier may provide a solution in reducing fortification difficulties and provide healthier functional foods, a study has found.

Vitamin E tocotrienols show endurance benefits: Rat study

Supplements of vitamin E tocotrienols may prolong running times in obese rats to the same extent as whey protein alone, says a new study.

Study shows ChromaDex's Niagen can repair NAD+ synthesis in aging model

A new study conducted on nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3, suggests the ingredient can help forestall some aspects of muscle weakness brought on by aging.

Creatine + plyometrics may improve endurance in women soccer players

In the spirit of the Olympic women’s soccer quarterfinals in Rio tomorrow, here’s a new study from Chile on how creatine supplementation paired with plyometric training may increase the endurance...

Spirulina’s anti-fatigue benefits supported by RCT

Spirulina, a blue-green alga or cyanobacterium, may reduce physical and mental fatigue after exercise, report scientists from Ohio State University.

New standard cranberry research material expected to boost reproducibility of studies

The Cranberry Institute has issued a new specification on cranberry powder to be used in research studies in an effort to better coordinate clinical trial results on this increasingly popular...

‘They’re all good’: Omega-3 forms show similar bioavailability, says new study

The lipid structure of EPA and DHA omega-3s – from triglyceride to free fatty acids or ethyl esters forms – does not have a significant effect on their bioavailability, says...

Review looks at creatine’s untapped potential beyond sports nutrition

Creatine is a well-known sport supplement ingredient that is starting to creep into mainstream sports nutrition applications as well. Researchers in Nebraska dug deeper into existing preliminary studies to explore...

Are Spirulina’s benefits blunted by obesity?

Spirulina supplements may improve cholesterol levels and markers of immune health in normal weight but not obese people, says a new study from Korea.

Increased polyphenol intakes linked to better heart health: Harvard study

Higher dietary intakes of polyphenols like flavanones and anthocyanins are associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart attack for men, according to a new study.

Casein hydrosolate shows sleep promoting properties in rodent study

A new study conducted in rodents shows that a milk protein hydrosolate promotes sleep, with minimal side effects.

Is vitamin D deficiency highly prevalent among elite athletes?

Almost 70% of elite Dutch athletes may be vitamin D insufficient or deficient, says a new study from the Netherlands Olympic Committee and DSM.

Plant extract shows kidney-protective potential in obese, study finds

A plant extract has been shown to positively affect complications seen in obese individuals; particularly those linked to the kidney, such as insulin resistance and high blood sugars, a study...

BC30 plus protein linked to improved recovery after exercise

Combining protein with Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (GanedenBC30) may improve recovery after excessive exercise and reduce markers of muscle damage, says a study.

Nutrition science is broken, say researchers

Current approaches to analysing human nutrition focusing on individual nutrients are inadequate and should be replaced by a more holistic approach, a research paper suggests.

Fish oil may reduce muscle soreness after exercising: Study

High dose omega-3 supplements may reduce delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) after resistance training in untrained women, says a new study from Baylor University.