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Heart failure 12 times more likely in people with vitamin D deficiency

More trials are needed to test vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of heart disease, say researchers behind a new study showing heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency.

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Cocoa flavanol sports nutrition credentials dented: Effect on cyclists ‘minimal’

Cocoa flavanol intake may not have benefits for exercise performance and recovery in well-trained cyclists, European scientists deduce.

Are anthocyanins a prebiotic? Brazilian researchers summarize what we know so far

The study of prebiotics — a term used to describe the ‘food’ beneficial gut bacteria feed on — is still in its infancy. Researchers in Brazil synthesized existing studies of dark blue flavonoids called anthocyanins and found that more and more studies hint to their prebiotic effect.

DNA identification method that can work on extracts detailed in study

A new technology building on genetic information as the basis of botanical identification has been demonstrated in a recent research paper dealing with a common TCM ingredient.

Avoiding squatters and copycats: What foreign health food firms must know about IP rights in China

The failure to register intellectual property (IP) rights on time is a common problem for foreign supplement and functional food companies in China, according to global co-head of CMS Life Sciences Sector Group Nick Beckett.