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Negative cranberry study looked at wrong endpoint and editorial confounded issue, experts say

A recent negative study on cranberry’s effects on UTIs had a skewed design and an accompanying editorial amplified the misconception, according to experts in the research of the botanical.

Highlights from the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute's 2016 Thought Leaders Consortium

‘There’s a big & growing interest in personalized nutrition’: Expert

Interest in personalized nutrition and how it pertains to wellness is growing, and companies are springing up that are focused on tailoring food to individual measurements, says Dr Nathan Price...

Peanut probiotic: Researchers develop commercially viable lactose-free probiotic ‘yoghurt’

A newly developed peanut-based probiotic ‘yoghurt’ could serve as a functional food for those who follow a vegan diet or have lactose intolerance, say researchers.

Kids with vitamin D deficiency more likely to develop asthma: 10-year study

Children with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop asthma, a 10-year study of children in Perth, Australia, has discovered.

Review of industry-sponsored nutrition studies ‘suggests’ they’re more likely to have favourable conclusions

Researchers say a review and meta-analysis suggests, but cannot establish, that industry-sponsored nutrition studies may be more likely to have favourable conclusions compared to independent studies.

Whey protein’s heart health benefits demonstrated in RCT study

Whey protein could reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease, an RCT has found. 

Next Gen sequencing still not mature enough to use as standard botanical test method, experts argue

The hesitancy of the foodborne pathogen testing industry to adopt Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for DNA tests is a signal that the technology is immature and needs further refinement before...

Protein quality matters for muscle building, says review

The quality of protein and its leucine content has a significant influence on muscle building with resistance training, a review has found.

Supplement stress-reducing benefits last a month after discontinuing: Study

A blend of probiotics, magnesium, vitamins and minerals can reduce stress and fatigue even after users stop taking it, a study has shown.  

News in brief

Dannon doubles microbiome fellowship program

Dannon has doubled the size of its microbiome fellowship program with the announcement of a second $25,000 grant for 2017.

Could EPA omega-3 supplements help with PTSD?

Increased levels of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are associated with a lower severity of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), says a new paper from Japanese researchers.

Red wine compound can reset infertility hormones: Study

Resveratrol may help tackle a hormone disparity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that can cause infertility, according to a study. 

CLA sales shifting to sports nutrition products online & MLMs: BASF

CLA – conjugated linoleic acid – is finding increasing use in sports nutrition products, with active consumers attracted by its benefits for body composition, says BASF.

Better omega-3s test will help improve public health outcomes, developer says

A streamlined test for omega-3 levels in the blood will help consumers better understand this crucial risk factor, the test’s developer says.

Probiotics may reduce post-exercise inflammation, offer performance benefits: RCT

Co-ingestion of Streptococcus thermophilus FP4 and Bifidobacterium breve BR03 may reduce the drops in performance in the days after muscle-damaging exercise, says a new study.

Cocoa flavanols offer ‘modest but significant’ benefits for heart disease risk factors

If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a serving of cocoa could help avoid the need for medicine in the first place – at least when it...

Fish oil during pregnancy may protect infants from allergy

Supplements of omega-3-rich fish oils during pregnancy may reduce the risk of allergy in children, according to a new study from Sweden.

DHA supplement benefits older adults with mild cognitive impairment: China study

A new Chinese study has shown omega-3 supplementation improved IQ among older people with mild cognitive impairment.

High vitamin and mineral consumption linked to delayed biological ageing: 10-year study

High consumption of vitamin and mineral-rich foods throughout early adulthood could help delay the biological process of ageing, according to new data from South Korea.

Popeye was right: Could nitrate-rich spinach enhance strength & fitness?

Diet supplementation with nitrates, such as those found in spinach and beetroot could enhance sporting performance, a study has found.

Statistical review shows low Vitamin K2 as risky as smoking for heart disease

A new study that applies a statistical analysis to food intake and disease prevalence data from a number of countries has concluded that vitamin K2 deficiency is as big a...

Garlic plus lemon may improve cholesterol level, lower blood pressure: Study

Combining garlic and lemon juice may help slash total and LDL cholesterol levels in people with elevated blood lipids, as well as improve their blood pressure, says a new study.

Too much of a good thing? Calcium supplements may be bad for heart health

Calcium intake from food supplements may increase the risk of coronary artery calcification (CAC), a ten-year follow-up of over 5,000 adults has found.

JAMA: US supplement use remains stable (but multivitamin use is down)

Over half of all US adults continue to use dietary supplements, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Dairy and supplements equal for boosting calcium levels for bone health

There is no difference between food and supplements for boosting calcium levels for bone health in post-menopausal women, says a new study.

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