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Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

Researchers delve into nutrition solutions for illness–prone athletes

There is a need for greater research into nutrition solutions for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) that are common in athletes, according to the researcher behind a study on the...

New testing firm aims to evaluate ingredients on their biological activity, founder says

A new testing firm has debuted that the founder and CEO says will offer a way to judge ingredients based not just on their chemical profiles but on their actual...

Meta-analysis rejects safety concerns over calcium supplementation for increasing coronary heart disease risk

Elderly women who take calcium supplements to fill their dietary gap of the nutrient are not an increased risk of coronary heart disease or all-cause mortality risk, says a new...

GRAS status will help ergothioneine gain foothold in healthy aging market, supplier says

Tetrahedron, a French R&D ingredient supplier, has announced self-affirmed GRAS status for its proprietary form of ergothioneine, which is branded as Ergoneine. Ergothioneine is an intriguing ingredient but one that...

Mushroom extracts show blood sugar management potential: Study

Powdered preparations of the mushrooms Pleurotus ostreatus and Pleurotus cystidiosus may reduce blood sugar levels after a meal in healthy people, while also impacting insulin levels in diabetics, says a new study....

Myos Corp. to present mode of action data on Fortetropin myostatin inhibitor

MYOS Corporation, developers of muscle-health ingredient Fortetropin, have announced new data elucidating the ingredient’s mode of action that will be presented at a scientific conference in Boston. The new data...

Garlic extract may help cystic fibrosis patients fight lung infection: Study

Allicin extracted from garlic may help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Excess vitamin A may prevent foetal formation of blood cells

Excessive retinoic acid – a molecule derived from vitamin A  – can prevent the healthy development of blood in embryos, a team of Swedish researchers have found. 

Linoleic acid role balanced by changes to gut microbiota: Study

Pro and prebiotics may be used to balance the potentially negative effects of a form of conjugated linoleic acid, according to research in mice.

New study extends lutein’s ‘functional evidence’ for eye health benefits

Increased intakes of lutein may not only have a direct beneficial role in the macula of the eye, but may also affect inflammation, says a new study.

FTC seeking to extend 2 RCT standard to structure/function claims, CRN asserts in brief

The Federal Trade Commission’s position on the requirement for 2 RCTs in its contempt case against Bayer's Philips Colon Health brand steps far beyond what Congress intended when it passed...

‘Exciting findings’: Vitamin K2 supplements improve arterial function in healthy women

Long-term supplementation with NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 may inhibit age-related stiffening of the artery walls, says study with healthy postmenopausal women.

High vitamin C intake may help elderly maintain immune cells

Long-term high-dose vitamin C supplementation could help maintain immune functions in ageing, according to research in mice. 

Amaranth seeds may help cardiovascular health and diabetes

Amaranth seeds may help prevent coronary disease, lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, according to a scientific review.

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Licorice extract may help protect skin from UV stress

Licorice extract may help protect human skin cells against UV damage by upping production of protective antioxidants, according to German researchers. 

‘Regular black tea may be relevant for cardiovascular protection’: Unilever study

Black tea may help lower blood pressure for people with elevated levels, says a new study from Unilever R&D that adds to the potential health benefits of the beverage and...

Purified anthocyanins show metabolic benefits in diabetics: RCT data

Supplementation with purified anthocyanins may improve blood lipid levels and lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, says a new study from China.

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Game on: Probiotics & sports performance

Clinical data is building around the role of probiotics to aid athletic performance – from recovery to muscle development to immune defense. We spoke to a leading researcher at Probiota...

ChromaDex builds potential anti-aging action of Niagen with first human data

A single dose of nicotinamide riboside (NR) may significantly increases levels of NAD+, which is key to cellular energy metabolism and mitochondrial function, says a new study with healthy human...

Glutathione supplements may delay fatigue during exercise: Mouse and human data

Supplements of glutathione may boost mitochondrial levels in muscle and delay exercise-induced fatigue, suggest data from mice and men from Japan.

Rethinking malnutrition strategies may reduce relapses and deaths, says researchers

Rethinking the cutoff thresholds of feeding regimens that malnourished children are put on could help to reduce the rate of relapse, which currently stands at 37%, say experts.

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NBTY forms scientific advisory council to ‘take the company to the next level of industry leadership’

Supplement giant NBTY has formed a scientific advisory council, with its chair Dr David Katz describing it as “cross-disciplinary collaboration [that] is fantastic for industry development, achievement and advancement”.

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Algae newcomer says it is using low-risk, proven fermentation approach to bring EPA-only oil to market

The increased concern about the sustainability of omega-3s supply has given a powerful push to the development of alternative sources, now giving rise to yet another algae supplier. This one...