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Breast milk sugar may give babies defence against lethal infection : Study

A naturally-occurring sugar found in breast milk may provide protection against life threatening bacterium by acting as a food source for 'friendly bacteria' in a baby's intestine, a study by...

Beetroot juice helps muscle recovery, but not through antioxidants

Drinking beetroot juice after exercise can reduce muscle pain and improve recovery, but does not improve real-world performance, according to a study also showing no benefit from antioxidants.

FoodProfiler: The NPD app that tracks the 'what, when and why' of consumer food choices

The launch of Dutch app FoodProfiler marks a new method in tracking consumer eating habits, and can be used by industry to tailor new product development (NPD), say its developers....

Coffee drinking habits could be genetic, study finds

Why do some people need to drink more coffee to feel the same effect? It could be down to a gene that controls cells' ability to process caffeine, scientists have...

Robuvit supplementation may improve triathlete performance

Supplementation of Robuvit for two weeks cut amateur triathletes' total event times by 11%, researchers in Italy suggested.

Diabetes game changer? Researchers to look at green tea catechins & insulin

Botanical supplier Plandaí Biotechnology has signed a research agreement with North West University in South Africa to investigate green tea catechins and type 2 diabetes. 

Males with more muscle don’t need more protein, study finds

More protein intake equals more muscle growth, according to a Scottish study, but the amount of growth does not depend on an individual’s overall muscle mass.

DHA beats EPA for stroke-induced brain damage: Mice study

Omega-3s can reduce brain damage that occurs as a result of a stroke, a Columbia University study has found.

Leftover coffee grounds: Unlocking 6m tonnes of unused antioxidant dietary fibre

The use of leftover coffee grounds as an antioxidant dietary fibre is a low-cost value-added opportunity for an otherwise waste product, say Spanish researchers.  

Low vitamin D during pregnancy linked with learning disabilities: Study

Lower levels of vitamin D in pregnant women could be associated with certain learning disabilities in children, as a British study highlights seasonal variations as a factor in brain development.

Cacao extract may improve atopic dermatitis-like symptoms, rodent study

Researchers in South Korea studied how the polyphenols in Theobroma cacao extract may reduce atopic dermatitis-like symptoms.

Probiotic problems: Mastitis marketing flawed, say researchers

A paper claiming the marketing of probiotics to treat mastitis is problematic has caused a controversy, but probiotics researchers and manufacturers say the science is sound.

New product idea? Study used chia and flaxseeds to encapsulate probiotics

By spray drying, researchers from Chile and Canada encapsulated Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium infantis using chia and flaxseed.

Sea buckthorn seed oil may reduce cardiovascular risk

A new RCT out of India suggests that sea buckthorn seed oil supplementation reduced dyslipidemia, cardiovascular risk factors, and hypertension in a human population.

Annual viral outbreaks & fluctuations in vitamin D could explain seasonal association of celiac disease

Epidemics of seasonal viral infections, such as the flu, or seasonal fluctuations in mothers’ vitamin D levels, could explain why celiac disease is strongly associated with children’s season of birth...

Which supplements should women take during pregnancy?

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is seeking insights into general public opinion on supplementation in pregnancy.

Guarana antioxidant capability trumps that of green tea, study finds

Seeds of the native Brazilian shrub guarana have been found to contain antioxidant levels more than ten times that of green tea.

Edible packaging from milk proteins to hit store shelves in three years, say researchers

Researchers are developing an edible milk-based protein alternative to plastic food packaging.

Berry eaters may be at lower risk of diabetes: Meta-analysis

Data from almost 400,000 people suggests that consuming berries and the anthocyanins they contain may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 15-18%.

Targeted intervention boosts Irish athletes’ vitamin D levels

Targeted vitamin D supplementation of elite Irish athletes, prompted by research showing high deficiency levels five years ago, has helped cut deficiency rates according to a new study.

Excessive antioxidant use may interfere with cell stress response, study finds

Antioxidants’ effects may not be altogether beneficial as a study shows the reactive oxygen species (ROS) molecule that antioxidants are so efficient at eliminating may aid in maintaining health. 

Study delivers blow to nutrigenomic hopes – but damage not fatal

Results of a huge EU-backed project have dashed hopes that phenotypic and genotypic information could boost the effectiveness of personalised nutrition programmes. But one of the researchers behind the project...

Calcium-rich fermented foods preferred in improving bone and heart health, study says

Calcium should come from healthy sources like fermented dairy products and leafy greens as a review outlines an approach to receiving an adequate intake while supporting bone and heart health.

Vitamin D pills improve insulin measures in healthy adults: RCT

Supplements of vitamin D may improve fasting glucose levels and insulin resistance in healthy Japanese adults, says a new study.

Ginger nanoparticles could help alleviate inflammatory bowel disease: Study

Edible ginger-derived nanoparticles could alleviate symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), researchers claim.

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