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Probiotics in space: NASA explores viability of microorganisms for space flight

Spending time in the low gravity environment of space leads to significant changes to your body – your bones weaken and your sense of taste may diminish. It is also...

Study backs multivitamins' ability to prevent nutrient shortfalls with hard data

A study published last week in the journal Nutrients adds another brick in the wall backing the ability of multivitamins to fill in nutrient shortfalls. While this notion is taken for granted...

Probiotic supplementation may ease constipation among elderly, new study suggests

Different strains of probiotics induced beneficial effects in chronic constipation among the elderly, researchers from the University of Valencia found.

Probiotic uses glycerol to kill ‘superbug’ in laboratory

A species of the probiotic genus Lactobacillus may selectively kill an antibiotic resistant bacterium, according to a study in Infection and Immunity.

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Niacin may have a role in melanoma prevention, suggests review

Nicotinamide, a form of niacin, may have the potential to prevent melanoma in high-risk individuals, propose authors of a review.

Potato bound polyphenols: A novel delivery method for gut health?

The ability of polyphenols to bind with different types of potato cells may provide a new means of delivering them to the gut, say researchers. 

Ginkgo may enhance performance, boost brain health for active men

Extracts of Ginkgo biloba leaves may offer body and mind benefits for young, active men, according to a small supplementation trial from Poland.

Review explores mounting science linking B vitamins and depression

Supplementation of B vitamins may improve symptoms of depression, according to researchers from the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University, Australia.

Warnings about safety of supplements in eye health review called 'gratuitous' by experts

A recent Cochrane Review article that looked at the effects of antioxidant supplements on AMD contained some warning statements about the safety of the products that dumbfounded experts in the...

‘Powerful’: Raising vitamin D levels may slash preterm birth risk

Maintaining good blood levels of vitamin D during pregnancy may help reduce the risk of preterm birth by 60%, says a new study. 

Flavonoid diet may reduce flu severity – but only if you have the right gut bacteria

A specific microbe found in the gut may protect consumers of flavonoid rich diets against severe flu, finds a new animal study published in Science.

BCAA supplementation may beat simple rest for muscle recovery among athletes, meta-analysis suggests

Branched-chain amino acid supplementation is better than rest to reduce muscle soreness after exercise, according to a meta-analysis of eight studies conducted on athletes.

Cochrane review that belittled carotenoids' role in slowing AMD didn't value AREDS II result highly enough, researchers say

An article published last week in Cochrane Reviews that concludes lutein and zeaxanthin have little effect on the progression of AMD drew a strong reaction from researchers and suppliers in...

CRN official finds common ground with author of series of articles attacking industry

When looking at a potentially damaging series of journal articles about supplements being penned by a professor at Clemson University, an official at CRN prefers to look at the common...

Spicy nanotech weaponry delivers payload at target: Study

Nanoparticles show promise in delivering beneficial compounds to the body as a study details the successful administration of the spice curcumin to a target site with minimal toxic side effects.

There’s still lack of understanding of tocotrienols in healthcare community, says expert Dr. Barrie Tan

The 40-year gap between the discoveries of tocopherols and tocotrienols means the former gets a lot more attention, according to American River Nutrition founder Dr. Barrie Tan.

Pomegranate juice aids recovery in weightlifters: Study

Supplementation with pomegranate juice (PJ) may reduce oxidative stress and improve recovery time after intensive resistance training, reveals a recent study published in Nutrients.

Urtica plant extract may improve UV-induced skin aging, in mice at least

Chlorogenic acid, the active component in Urtica thunbergiana extract, may prevent premature skin aging caused by ultraviolet irradiation when taken orally, according to researchers in South Korea.

Bitter Orange Extract: Still safe, researcher reasserts in new review

Thirteen years have passed since the FDA banned ephedrine. Ever since, bitter orange extract, which has an active compound structurally similar to ephedrine (p-synephrine) has been under scrutiny. A new...

High calcium levels linked to heart attack risk

People who are genetically prone to higher calcium levels in the bloodstream may be at higher risk of heart attack and coronary artery disease (CAD), a new study suggests.

Carotenoids researchers rail against wording of Kemin press release

A press release highlighting a study that was presented at a recent meeting of the International Carotenoids Society has caused a deep rift between researchers and a prominent carotenoids supplier.

Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

Meta-analysis supports potential of omega-3s for ADHD

Omega-3s fatty acid supplements may improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a meta-analysis of gold standard clinical trials.

Choline and vitamin B supplementation may improve post-stroke brain function

Supplementing B-vitamins and choline in mice with simulated ischemic brain damage—similar to post-stroke conditions—improved their motor function and task completion processes, according to Canadian researchers.

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....