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Prebiotics improve gut microbiota in obese kids: Study

A prebiotic-rich diet may shift the gut microbiota profiles of obese children to a more beneficial profile, regardless of whether the obesity was related to lifestyle or genetics, says a...

School meals are a valuable tool against vitamin D deficiency: Danish researchers

Adding fish to school meals could boost children’s vitamin D levels in winter, research finds.

The power of symbolic wording on a food label

Symbolic information on a food label can change the perception of a product – even when consumers are aware that this perception is false, write researchers.

HMB supplements may help endurance athletes drop fat mass: Study

Daily supplements containing HMB, a metabolite of the branched chain amino acid leucine, may reduce fat mass and increase aerobic capacity in athletes training for endurance sports, says a new...

Putting the probiotics where your mouth is: Probiotics may help oral thrush

Probiotics may help older people tackle antibiotic-induced oral Candida, says industry backed research.

Elderberry reduces cold severity in air travellers: Study

Antioxidant-rich elderberry extracts can reduce the severity of colds among air travellers, Australian researchers have found.

Prebiotic boosts healthy elderly immune systems: Study

A proprietary prebiotic blend can deliver immune system benefits to the healthy elderly better than placebo, an industry-backed study in the UK has found.

Could beetroot juice help you exercise for longer?

Chronic consumption of beetroot juice may improve cardiovascular health and potentially delay the onset of fatigue in healthy people, says a new study.

Is one large weekly dose of omega-3 more effective than smaller daily doses?

A big weekly dose of omega-3s may lead to greater omega-3 deposits in body tissues than smaller daily doses, says a new study from Australia.

Probiotics offer potential ‘safe, low cost, non-antibiotic’ strategy for infections

Clostridium difficile infections have been noted by EU and US health authorities as an ‘emerging’ healthcare threat – costing the US $1bn annually. Now, researchers preparing a pilot study are looking at whether probiotics...

'Limited evidence' for vitamin B12 & neurological function in elderly: Oxford University review

Proof of an association between B12 status and neurological function in older people is limited, a review of 12 studies has concluded.

Amino acids may improve arterial health and blood pressure: Study

Increased intake of select amino acids may improve blood pressure and measures of arterial health in healthy women, says a new study from England.

Probiotic pair may improve lipid metabolism: Human data

Supplements containing Lactobacillus curvatus HY7601 and Lactobacillus plantarum KY1032 may reduce triglyceride levels, and improve other markers of heart health, says a new study from Korea.

‘Little evidence’ of vitamin D helping inflammatory biomarkers in elderly

Researchers have questioned the association between vitamin D and inflammatory biomarkers after a year-long trial revealed no impact on the levels of the immune system’s cytokine or adipokine.

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

‘Antiquated’ national flour fortification laws must be updated to meet WHO recommendations: Researcher

If iron flour fortification is to work sources and levels approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are required and actual consumption must be considered, says food fortification expert.

Extra virgin olive oil society formed to tap nutritional payload

A group has been formed to fund clinical research and promote the health benefits of oleocanthal – a polyphenol found in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

Oak wood extract may boost energy levels, reduce tension: Pilot data

Supplementation with an extract from French oak wood may improve energy, tiredness, and tension, says a new study.

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Vitamin E significantly improves liver function for fatty liver patients: Meta-analysis

Vitamin E can significantly improve liver function in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) including non-alcoholic steatohepatisis (NASH), a meta-analysis of five clinical trials.

Novel process could help provide water-soluble phytosterols

A new process could help produce much sought-after water-soluble versions of cholesterol-lowering phytosterols for the functional ingredients market, say Chinese researchers.

Something about dairy? Delivery vehicle boosts probiotic efficacy: Studies

Probiotics are more effective when ingested with dairy products, UC Davis research suggests. 

Soluble fibers may curb hunger and counter inflammation in overweight people: Human data

Prebiotic supplements may reduce appetite, food intake, and inflammation in overweight adults, says a new study from France.

Spread the word: Peanut butter delivers probiotics through gastrointestinal jeopardy

Peanut butter could be a novel way of protecting probiotics as they pass through the gastrointestinal passage, say researchers.

Polish selenium supplements not always what they seem

Selenium supplement content labels are often inaccurate or incomplete, say researchers looking at 86 products available on the Polish market.

Kyowa’s Sustamine may delay onset of exhaustion during exercise: Study

Consuming a sports drink containing the dipeptide L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine during strenuous exercise increase endurance and lengthen time to fatigue, says a new study using Kyowa Hakko’s Sustamine ingredient.

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