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Sugar methylglyoxal may turn ‘good’ HDL cholesterol ‘bad’

Sugar-derived methylglyoxal may damage ‘good’ cholesterol which helps protect against heart disease but protective proteins could counter this, according to research from the UK’s University of Warwick.

Huge 40-year, 180,000 woman cohort shows flavanols can reduce ovarian cancer risk

Regular consumption of flavanols and flavanone bioactive compounds, found in tea, citrus fruits and fruit juices, can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 21%, according to...

‘Novel’ synbiotic is well tolerated and linked to increases in beneficial gut species

A combination of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and prebiotic cellobiose may boost populations of bacteria in the gut associated with improved host health, says a new study from Denmark and Finland....

Resveratrol supplements may boost mitochondrial function: Mouse data

Supplements containing the red wine polyphenol resveratrol may counter the detrimental effects of a high fat diet including restoring mitochondrial function, suggest results of a study with mice.

Diet could enhance immunity among the elderly: Researchers

Proper nutrition could strengthen immunity in older age and thus prevent diseases, according to two recent UK studies.

Low dose omega-3s and sterols effective for triglyceride and cholesterol reductions: Unilever study

A combination of low dose omega-3s and plant sterols can effectively reduce both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with elevated cholesterol levels, says a new study that should allay...

Study shows curcuminoids/piperine combo reduces knee osteoarthritis symptoms

Curcumin in combination with piperine is a safe and effective means of ameliorating the debilitating effects of knee osteoarthritis, according to a new study.

‘Small but significant’: Antioxidant vitamin supplements may support healthy arteries

Daily supplements of vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene may reduce the risk of arterial stiffness, with effects most notable in healthy, young individuals, says a new systematic review and...

"We've identified a bacterial population that protects against food allergen sensitisation"

Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies offer probiotic promise

Common gut bacteria from the class Clostridia could prevent sensitisation to allergens in food, according to new research that may pave the way for probiotic products aimed at battling food allergies and...

More vitamin D in UK foods than previously: Study

The UK should update vitamin D food and supplement content estimations that have the knock-on effect of distorting population intake levels of the sunshine vitamin by about 3%, a study...

Microbiome 'disruption' in early life linked to obesity in adulthood

Certain gut bacteria  could help to shape our metabolism in early life, while disrupting these bacteria appears to increase the risk of obesity in later adulthood, say researchers.

Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may aid blood sugar management for diabetics: Human data

Daily consumption of pomegranate juice may help control blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetics, as well as improving the function of beta cells in the pancreas, say data from a...

Supps and female sex hormones: Do sports supplements expose consumers to high levels of oestrogen?

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and the supplements industry are at odds over consumer exposure to oestrogen in sports supplements.

Patent Watch

Danone files patent on probiotic to improve enteric nervous system

Danone has filed a patent for a probiotic strain that improves the function of the enteric nervous system, claiming it can therefore be used to treat and/or prevent gut disorders...

Eating fish weekly may prevent brain ageing regardless of omega-3 content: Study

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week may prevent age-related grey matter loss, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to an American study.

Omega-3 foods linked to Lou Gehrig disease risk reduction

Eating foods high Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing the incurable neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a study suggests.

More NGOs unite against the EC chief scientific advisor role

More non-governmental organisations are backing Greenpeace and HEAL in their efforts to scrap the position of European Commission’s chief scientific advisor (CSA). 

Half of hospital patients fail to disclose dietary supplement use

A study in Singapore has found that over half of hospital patients do not disclose they are taking dietary supplements, which the authors say could put them at risk of...

Caffeine’s neuroprotective effects dependent on genetic makeup, says study

Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden say they have discovered genetic variations in caffeine’s protection against Parkinson’s Disease.

FutureCeuticals demonstrates method for measuring antioxidant activity directly in blood

Ingredient supplier FutureCeuticals has announced results of a clinical study that quantifies the direct effect of its Spectra product on free radicals in human blood.

Seaweed an effective alternative for iodine supplementation, study finds

A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that seaweed supplementation can be an effective alternative for boosting the levels of iodine in women deficient in this vital nutrient....

Curcumin ingredient beats placebo in treating depression

A recent study on a curcumin formulation branded as BCM-95 has shown the botanical to be more effective than a placebo in treating symptoms of major depression.

Sea buckthorn oil backed for vaginal dryness relief

Skin hydrating sea buckthorn oil supplements may also combat vaginal dryness, according to research commissioned by Finnish firm Aromtech.

Kohjin presents evidence of blood uptake of its glutathione

Kohjin Life Sciences says new information now published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry proves the blood plasma uptake of its glutathione dervied from torula yeast.

Tree nuts can improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetics: review

A review of 12 clinical trials found that daily intake of tree nuts improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. 

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