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Childhood microbiome shows distinct & functional differences to adult gut

The gut microbiome of pre-adolescents has distinct differences to the adult microbiome, says a new study from Texas that may enhance the development and efficacy of childhood microbiome interventions.

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Study finds calcium supplements have no benefit for old bones

Increasing calcium intake through diet or supplements should not be recommended for fracture or osteoporosis prevention, according to studies led by an Auckland University researcher.

Selenium may help fight pre-cancer cervical condition

Long-term consumption of selenium supplements may help reverse the progression of the ‘pre-cancer’ condition cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 1 (CIN1), say researchers in Iran.

Turning rice waste into protein

The EU-funded project BIORICE has discovered how to turn starch production waste into protein supplements.

‘Heal all’ herb shows cognitive health benefits, for mice at least

Daily consumption of extracts from Prunella vulgaris var. lilacina may enhance cognitive function in lab mice, says a new study from South Korea.

Evidence of iron-fortified flour reducing anaemia is limited: Review

Evidence of the effectiveness of flour fortification for reducing the prevalence of anaemia is limited but reduction of low ferritin shows promise, according to a review of 13 national programmes.

Early infancy gut development has lifelong health implications: Mouse data

Sucking during early infancy is critical for the regulation of epigenetic changes in intestinal stem cells – which potentially affect our gut health for life, say researchers.

Multi-ingredient formula shows good results in Mild Cognitive Impairment test

A multi-ingredient formula previously studied for cognitive effects has additional evidence to bolster its efficacy in cases of mild cognitive impairment with the results of a recent study. Participants in...

Maternal vitamin D status doesn’t improve child’s later risk of fractures: Research

Pre-conception vitamin D supplements don’t offer offspring protection against fractures, Danish research in over 30,000 families has suggested.

EFSA's big data: Huge cross-border study on choline intakes in EU

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has used its vast consumption database to look at average EU choline intakes for the first time.

Calcium doesn’t strengthen bones, study concludes

Taking into account studies from around the world, a group of researchers have concluded that calcium does not make for stronger bones.

Meta-analyses question calcium's efficacy for boosting bone health & reducing fractures

Two meta-analyses have questioned the efficacy of calcium supplements to boost bone mineral density (BMD) and reduce the risk of fractures, but the data selection for the analyses has been...

Peptan collagen shows skin health benefits from within

Oral supplementation with collagen peptides may boost skin hydration by almost 30%, according to data from two double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials on Asian and Caucasian women with different skin types.

Iodine excess linked to thyroid disease in lactating women

Excessive iodine intake may cause thyroid disease in lactating women and should be monitored as closely as deficiency, Chinese research of 343 women has said.  

Eggshell membrane shown to protect cartilage thickness in study

Eggshell membrane was found in a new study to ameliorate cartilage degradation in a rat arthritis model. The study, performed with Stratum Nutrition’s NEM ingredient, was the first to show...

Berries may enhance motor performance and improve cognition, says study

Strawberries and blueberries may boost brain health by enhancing motor performance and improving working memory, says a new study.

Polyphenol-rich juice shows blood pressure benefits: RCT

Six weeks of consuming a polyphenol-rich juice may slash blood pressure, with the effects even more pronounced in those who need it most – hypertensives, says a new study.

Dietary fat plays vital role in inflammatory response and obesity related disease risk

The type of dietary fat we eat may lead to changes in our inflammatory response, which in turn play a key role in long term risk of obesity-related diseases including...

Lemon verbena extract aids sleep and recovery for athletes, says study

PLX, a supplement derived from lemon verbena, can help athletes sleep better, reduce muscle pain and improve recovery time, according to a new manufacturer-sponsored study.

Coffee not associated with onset of atrial fibrillation: study

Coffee does not cause atrial fibrillation, a kind of irregular heartbeat, according to research from a Swedish university.

S. boulardii supplements may reduce risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea: Meta-analysis

Probiotic supplements containing Saccharomyces boulardii may reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, says a new meta-analysis of 21 randomized controlled trials.

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Probiotics deliver significant defecation benefits in healthy people: Study

One of the largest probiotic clinical interventions has found significant improvement in gut health in healthy people.

‘An adequate supply of antioxidant nutrients may have a beneficial role for healthy aging’, says study

Specific sub-populations may benefit from antioxidant intakes to support healthy aging, with men particularly seen as an ‘at-risk’ group, says a new paper published in the American Journal of Epidemiology ....

Animal and plant proteins have equal benefits for diabetic blood sugar control

High protein diets, from both animal and plant sources, improve blood sugar control in diabetic patients, according to new research.

Egg shell membrane improves joint mobility, comfort in study on healthy subjects

BiovaFlex, a water soluble egg membrane ingredient, enhanced joint function, especially shoulder mobility, and was associated with increased comfort in daily activities and elevated physical activity, according to a recent study....

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