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Echium oil may boost blood omega-3 levels and improve heart health markers: Study

Daily intake of a supplement containing echium oil may boost blood levels of the omega-3s EPA and DHA, and help reduce cardiovascular risk factors, says a new study from Germany....

Probiotics may boost ‘quality of life’ for hay fever sufferers: Study

Hay fever suffers may benefit from daily probiotic supplements, according to a new study that found improvements in ‘quality of life’ scores and ocular symptoms.

High consumption of omega-3 fish oils may reduce artery calcification

An intake of omega-3 fatty acids comparable to those of people living in Japan may be linked to protection against artery calcification and heart disease, according to new research.

Omega-3 supplements may boost neuropsychological measures for kids who need most support

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve attention, processing speed, executive function and hand-to-eye coordination in malnourished children, scientists report.

Microbiota makeup linked to intestinal cancer risk

The makeup of microbes living in our gut may be a risk factor for colorectal cancer and could drive the development of intestinal tumours, say researchers.

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Study supports probiotic label claims for bacteria levels: Study

A study of five commercially available probiotic products has found that the bacterial levels in the products were similar to those stated on the package, results that support the QA/QC...

Vitamin B5 derivative may slash bad cholesterol by 11%: Study

Daily supplements containing branded pantethine ingredient Pantesin, a vitamin B5 derivative, may reduce LDL and total cholesterol by 11% and 6%, respectively, according to a new study.

Fat-busting seaweed: Scientists identify fat-blocking seaweed alginates

Alginates isolated from certain types of seaweed may have potential in weight loss supplements and foods, according to new research.

Updated: USP outlines its improvements for ginkgo testing

‘A significant contribution to the quality assurance of ginkgo products’: Scientists present simple method to test for adulterants

A new, simple method can address the problem of identifying adulterants in ginkgo biloba extracts, claim the scientists from Southern Cross University and Integria Healthcare in Australia who developed it.

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects...

Research supports bergamot's benefit in fatty liver disease, manufacturer says

Natural Health Solutions says new research confirms the benefits of its BergaMet supplement, a highly concentrated extract of the Calabrian bergamot fruit, has benefits for consumers who show signs of...

Concept of biomimicry could inform nutraceutical discovery, manufacture, expert says

Biomimicry, or the practice of taking cues from nature for design of products for human use, could transform the way dietary supplments manufacturers interact with their consumers, an expert says.

Strawberries show significant heart health benefits: Human data

Daily consumption of strawberries may improve blood lipid levels and platelet function in healthy subjects, says a new study from Italy that supports the heart health benefits of the fruit.

Data shows 'cobiotic' modulates glucose response in diabetic and pre diabetic subjects

Microbiome Therapeutics, a startup based in Broomfield, CO, has developed a technology that it says can significantly shift the makeup of the gut microflora in prediabetic patients and those with...

Vitamin D may have direct effect on brain development, social behaviour and autism

Vitamin D could have a 'critical influence' levels of serotonin in the brain and may directly effect social behaviours associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to new research.

Sprouting garlic packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, say researchers

Old garlic bulbs that have grown ‘sprouts’ are often considered past their prime, however new research suggests these aging bulbs have higher levels of heart-healthy antioxidants than their fresh counterparts.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to compromised immune function: Study

Seniors who are deficient in vitamin D also tend to have compromised immune functions including inflammation and biomarkers for heart disease, according to new research.

Vegetarian diet could slash blood pressure: Meta-analysis

Consuming a vegetarian diet may be associated with lower blood pressure, and as such could be used to reduce blood pressure and heart disease risk, say researchers.

Omega-3-rich fish intake during pregnancy may boost birth weight for babies: European data

Higher intakes of fish during pregnancy may lead to infants with a higher birth weight, as well as reducing the risk of pre-term births, according to data from 19 European...

Multi-platform automated program aims to help pre-diabetics manage conditions

A company based in Berkeley, CA has launched a new interactive program for mobile devices to help prediabetic patients avoid trending over into full-blown diabetes.  The program, called Alive PD,...

CRN: Report finding not enough evidence linking multivitamins to cancer prevention shouldn't obscure their benefits

The final report from a government task force finding no preventive effect of multivitamin usage in relation to cancer and cardiovascular disease has been modified in an appropriate way to...

UK research takes aim at beneficial bacteria's ability to break down carbs

New funding from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) could help researchers to better understand how beneficial bacteria break down non-digestible carbohydrate.

Daily multivitamin supplement may decrease cataract risk in men: RCT data

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk by around 9%, according to a new trial of nearly 15,000 men.

Chardonnay Grape Seed Flour shows anti-obesity benefits: Hamster data

Supplementing a high-fat ‘Western’ diet with Chardonnay grape seed flour may significantly reduce cholesterol levels, abdominal fat and weight gain, compared to a high-fat diet alone, says a new study...

Cancer researcher wins ABC's Farnsworth award

Influential figures in the herbal sphere aren’t always involved in what most would term “natural” products.  So it is with Gordon M Cragg, PhD, the latest recepient of a prominent...

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