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RCTs the only way for probiotic acceptance, says leading professor

The only way probiotics will be accepted into mainstream medicine is to conduct randomised clinical trials that conform to drug standards, a leading gastroenterologist has said.

Dr Ingvar Bjarnason was speaking at Probiota in Amsterdam last week to highlight the importance of proving probiotic quality.

Vitamin B8 may help prevent neural tube defects in high risk women

Women at risk of carrying babies with spina bifida and other neural tube defects may benefit from taking inositol, also known as vitamin B8, alongside folic acid during pregnancy, researchers have suggested. 

High vitamin D products are medicines not food supplements: German government

Food supplements containing over 20 µg daily doses of vitamin D could be considered medicinal since they go above and beyond daily recommended intakes, the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has said.

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Zinc supplements may boost immunity markers for the elderly

Supplements of zinc may boost the function of immune T cells in nursing home elderly, says a new study.


Traceability, a big topic at recent GOED Exchange meeting, to be covered in impending online Transparency Forum

Traceability and verifiability were big topics at the GOED Exchange meeting that took place last week in the Canary Islands. These topics will be addressed in an online forum later this week hosted by NutraIngredients-USA.