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French study links 'Med diet' pattern to lower risk of frailty

Consumption of a Mediterranean style diet is rising in Europe and the US because they 'easy to follow', says author of paper linking Med diet with reduced frailty.

Vitamin K2 may reverse calcification of blood vessels in people with kidney disease

Four-week supplementation with vitamin K2 MK-7 (menaquinone-7) significantly improves vascular calcification (VC), according to a new study published in BMC Nephrology. 

Adequate magnesium intakes may boost bone health: Study

Increased intakes of magnesium from the diet may slash the risk of fractures for older women, but the benefits for older men are less clear, says a new study.

Research sheds light on nature of ancient microbiome

Is there a goal to shoot for when trying to alter consumers’ microbiomes?  Researcher Jeff Leach is trying to answer that question with work he is doing among hunter gather...

Curcumin-piperine combo may support heart health for diabetics: Study

A combination supplement containing curcuminoids plus piperine from black pepper may support heart health for diabetics by improving the levels and functionality of cholesterol, says a new study.

Should occupation be considered in vitamin D supplementation guidelines?

Guidelines on screening for vitamin D deficiency and supplementation strategies should consider the how different jobs and shift patterns affect status, according to new research that finds job type may...

Eat plants to stay slim, say Spanish researchers

People with diets that favour plants over meat can cut their risk of developing obesity by almost half, according to research being conducted in Spain.

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Omega-3 and arthritis: Study finds link between fish consumption and joint disorder

Regular consumption of omega-3 rich fish could reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, new data suggests.

ISSN publishes position stand on protein and exercise

The International Society of Sports Nutrition ISSN has updated its position paper for the use of protein by physically active individuals.

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There's opportunity in new probiotic enumeration technology, says expert

Analyzing and identifying probiotic strains in a finished product is becoming increasingly crucial as probiotic-infused food, beverages, and supplements climb further into consumer interest.

Probiotic from Tibetan kefir grains can provide antioxidant boost to functional foods: Study

The probiotic strain L. plantarum MA2 from traditional Tibetan kefir grains has significant antioxidant properties, in addition to its previously reported cholesterol lowering credentials.

Shrimp waste: A cheap solution for sourcing natural astaxanthin?

The heads, tails and carapace of commercial shrimps could provide a natural and cheap source of astaxanthin for the nutraceutical industry, say Indian researchers in a review of extraction methods.

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Omega-3 deficient teenagers may become anxious adults

Low omega-3 in adolescent mice leads to behavioural problems in adulthood, finds new study in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Botanical extract offers anti-inflammatory potential in tackling Alzheimer’s

A botanical plant extract offers possibilities in preserving memory and learning abilities lost to Alzheimer’s disease as a study highlights the plant’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Iron fortification: Chitosan encapsulation strengthens stability and boosts bioavailability

Coating iron with chitosan nanostructured lipid carriers is a superior protection method when fortifying milk, with researchers also predicting its suitability for fruit juices, yogurts and traditional drinks.

Study highlights increase in use of high-dose vitamin D supplements

Consumer use of dietary supplements delivering vitamin D doses up to 4,000 IU – almost seven times the current recommended daily amount of 600 IU – says a new study published in JAMA .

Stevia toxicity: New tests support high dose functional food and supplement use beyond sweetness

The ethanolic extract from stevia rebaudiana bertoni has been claimed to be safe for human consumption at 300 times the recommended daily dose, opening up considerable functional food and nutraceutical...

Prebiotics promote satiety, but it's hard to make the claim, expert says

Satiety is one of the best-supported effects of prebiotic supplementation, an expert says.  But translating that into claims can be tricky.

Review links microbiome makeup to autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms could be reduced by altering gut bacteria makeup, according to a review of more than 150 papers.

Folic acid could cut childhood leukaemia risk

Maternal folic acid consumption prior to, and during, pregnancy may reduce risk of childhood leukaemia, according to a recent literature review.

Cinnamon’s potential anti-obesity benefits underlined by new study

Cinnamon polyphenol can help tackle obesity and manage hyperglycaemia and hyperlipidaemia, a new study on rats which were fed a high-fat diet reveals.

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Blend of probiotics and prebiotics has weight management benefits, DuPont research finds

Study participants who consumed a combination of two ingredients—a prebiotic and probiotic—experienced more body fat and waist circumference reduction compared to a placebo, a study funded by DuPont Nutrition &...

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Green tea-capsaicin-ginger combo linked to weight and metabolic improvements

Dietary supplements containing green tea, capsaicin and ginger extracts may lead to weight loss and improvements in BMI, says a new study.

Olive leaf extract favorably changes blood pressure, cholesterol: RCT data

Daily supplements containing a polyphenol-rich extract from olive leaves may improve blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels in pre-hypertensives, says a new study.

Tea consumption could lead to increased disease risk in women: Study

Drinking excessive tea could cause epigenetic changes in women, leading to increased disease risk, according to researchers from Uppsala University.

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