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Food makers have opportunity to address elderly micronutrient needs

Most older adults do not know whether they are consuming enough vitamins and minerals, opening up new opportunities for the food and nutrition industry to address this shortcoming, according to...

Study confirms reproductive safety of fenugreek seed extract

A study funded by Indus Biotech provides further evidence that the company’s Fenu-FG supplement is safe to take during pregnancy, following previous reports linking fenugreek seeds to potentially toxic effects. ...

The double edged sword: High doses of polyphenols may damage DNA

Researchers have warned manufacturers of functional foods and supplements to keep polyphenol doses low, following conclusions that low concentrations protect but high concentrations may damage DNA. 

Swap out red meat but keep the fatty fish to reduce heart risk, says study

Switching red meat for vegetables or potatoes could significantly lower your risk of myocardial infarction, but swapping out fatty fish for veggies could increase your risk, say researchers.

Macular carotenoid supplements may improve recovery from ‘disability glare’: Study

Supplements of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers may improve recovery from photostress and disability glare, says a new study using OmniActive’s Lutemax 2020 product.

Can magnesium protect against heart disease and diabetes?

A magnesium-rich diet could help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2DM), heart disease and stroke, according to results from a meta-analysis.

Is a satiating, decadent dairy dessert for weight management possible? Spanish researchers find out

Food scientists at the Polytechnic University of Valencia found that adding whey protein to a panna cotta with low fat content had the highest satiety effects.

Australian oats study provides hope of boosting cholesterol-fighting properties of other cereals

Researchers have identified a new mechanism for how oats reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.

Nutrition-focused program for hospital patients reduces readmissions by 30%: Study

Screening incoming patients for malnutrition and prompt initiation of an oral nutrition supplement program may shorten a patient's length of hospital stay by 25% and reduce the risk of readmission...

Could glucosamine and chondroitin support a healthy colon?

Supplements of glucosamine and chondroitin may support colon health via an anti-inflammatory mechanism, according to data from two big US cohorts.

Herb extracts may have ‘insulin-like properties’ to aid diabetics: Study

Compounds extracted from the herbs purslane and tindora appear to reduce blood sugar levels, according to a study that looks at the plants’ insulin-like activity in improving glucose uptake....

Digitised gut bacteria sheds new light on nutrient influence

The behaviour of gut bacteria has been recreated digitally in computer simulations that model metabolic processes taking place and explain how they affect the health of the human host.

Resveratrol shows metabolic and brain signaling benefits: Study

Supplements of resveratrol may improve energy metabolism, cell signaling pathways, and neurotransmission in monkeys eating a high sugar and fat Western diet, says a new study.

Latest research bolsters soy's benefits as estrogenic concerns recede, article asserts

The research into the health benefits of soy foods continues to accumulate while the concerns about the legume’s purported estrogenic effects abate, according to a recent review article.

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DHA supplements may boost semen and sperm quality: RCT

Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may reduce the amount of DNA damage in sperm, says a new randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study.

‘Yo-yo diet’ weight gain may be caused by gut bacteria

Rapid post-diet weight gain, often referred to as yo-yo dieting, could be a result of obesogenic gut bacteria which remain even after weight loss, say researchers who hope their findings...

Probiotics protection: Yeast wall compound improves survival in food products

The components of yeast cells wall could be a viable protective coating for probiotics in functional foods, suggest researchers.

Could effectiveness of AREDS formula differ by genotype?

The potential benefits of the AREDS formulation of antioxidants and zinc may be linked to your genotype, says a new study from Tufts and Harvard.

CoQ10 may help blood sugar management in people with MetS

Daily supplements of coenzyme Q10 may produce beneficial effects on insulin and blood sugar management in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study.

A handful of nuts a day reduces major disease risk: Review

Eating at least 20 grams of nuts a day could cut the chances of dying from respiratory disease by about a half and diabetes by nearly 40%, researchers say.

Review backs vitamin D supplements as eczema remedy

Sufferers of atopic dermatitis are more likely to have low serum vitamin D levels and vitamin D supplements could be a new way to combat the common skin condition, a...

High-dose vitamin D supplementation helps slash risk of falls among elderly

A combination of low-frequency exercise and high-dose vitamin D supplementation could help reduce risk of falls in the elderly by more than 70%, a new trial suggests.

Focus on food synergies to boost bioavailability, urge researchers

A greater emphasis should be placed on enhancing the bioavailability of key nutrients in foods by focusing on synergies to help fight under nutrition, say researchers from the Indian Council of...

Nanoencapsulation stabilises anthocyanins for food and beverage use, China researchers reveal

Loading anthocyanins into chitosan nanoparticles could help improve their stability in functional drinks, say researchers.

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Does Parkinson's start in the gut? Study reinforces gut-brain link

Parkinson’s disease may be triggered by gut microbes, according to a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) study that points to probiotics as a potential therapy for the disease.