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Berries from Tibetan Himalayas have ‘great functional food potential’: China research

Anthocyanin-rich berries from Vaccinium glaucoalbum, a perennial evergreen shrub found in the Tibetan Himalayas, have great potential for functional food and nutraceutical products, according to researchers in China.

EPA-dominant omega-3 and other nutraceuticals can boost effectiveness of anti-depressants

Nutraceuticals have the ability to boost the effectiveness of traditional anti-depressive medications, according a new review.

Selenium deficiency risk may increase due to climate change: Study

Cases of selenium deficiency could be on the increase after Swiss scientists attributed climate change for a decrease of the trace element in soil.

L-Arginine-B vitamin combination effective for blood pressure improvements: Study

A combination of l-arginine with folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 may improve vascular function and help reduce blood pressure, says a new study from Germany.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PROBIOTA 2017 IN BERLIN

Can prebiotics rival drugs for exercise-induced asthma?

The ability of prebiotics to reduce exercise-induced asthma – a common ailment among elite and amateur athletes – is exciting the research and sporting worlds alike as a powerful drug...

Phytosterol fortified milk lowers cholesterol and fatty liver build-up: BASF-supported study

Milk fortified with phytosterols not only helped lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in rats with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but also decreased fatty liver build-up, a study found.

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All mouth and some action: Oral probiotics still in infancy but promise is there

The emergence of probiotics in oral health has led to an acceleration of research into these friendly bacteria as a potential functional ingredient in gum and mints. 

Can vitamin D make you stronger? Study makes a case

Identifying specific forms of vitamin D has enabled scientists to suggest that increased levels of active vitamin D can help to optimise muscle strength.

Sheep milk has untapped functional food potential: Review

Sheep milk has significant but neglected potential for use in functional foods, according to a new review, which highlights its suitability for use in probiotic and prebiotic applications.

Omega-3 and chemotherapy: Supplementation reduces stomatitis and diarrhoea in cancer patients

Omega-3 supplementation helped lessen chemotherapy-induced mucosal toxicities such as stomatitis and diarrhoea, and provided liver protection for oesophageal cancer patients, revealed a Japanese study.

Medical Nutrition: RCT finds little benefit from fish oil for fistula failure

Fish oil supplementation may have no benefit in preventing the failure of fistulas in dialysis patients, with a failure rate similar to placebo, a new RCT suggests.

Carbs ‘better than antioxidants’ to boost immunity and recovery after exercise: Australia review

Consuming carb-heavy bars or gels either during or immediately after intense exercise helps cut immune disturbances and can aid the body’s recovery, but there is insufficient evidence to support the...

Zinc in tablet form the 'preferred option' for children with acute diarrhoea: Study

Zinc in tablet form is not only effective in treating acute diarrhoea in young children, but it is also a more practical delivery method compared to zinc in suspension, a...

Whey out? Could cricket protein rival whey as a sports nutrition and functional drinks ingredient?

Crickets could become a functional protein ingredient to rival casein and whey in nutritional beverages and sports drinks, researchers suggest.

Niacin was ‘surprisingly effective’ in prevention of eye disease

Vitamin B3 supplementation could prevent glaucoma onset: Mouse study

The addition of vitamin B3 to the drinking water of mice that are genetically predisposed to glaucoma led to the prevention of the disease in 93% of cases, say researchers.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PROBIOTA 2017 IN BERLIN

Making a deposit: Faecal biobanks have ‘great potential’

The interest in stool transplants or faecal microbial transplants has gathered momentum in recent years giving rise to the concept of faecal biobanks.

A 'golden age' of probiotics for premature babies? It depends on birth weight and strains: Meta-analysis

The use of probiotics on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is associated with a reduced risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis, and mortality, but the effects on extremely...

Special edition: Blood Sugar Management

Soluble fibers show promise as blood sugar management ingredients

Soluble fibers can have significant effects on post prandial blood glucose spikes, but they have their effects in the gut rather than in the blood stream itself as polyphenolic ingredients...

Highlights from Probiota 2017 in Berlin

Microbiome manipulation proposed as way to ‘engineer’ health

The advent of synthetic biology, to essentially enhance microorganism capability is the radical approach being proposed to address micronutrient deficiencies and ‘engineer’ health.

Academics divided over vitamin D study claims of cold and flu protection

Vitamin D supplements could help prevent acute respiratory tract infections, including colds and flu, according to a study in The BMJ. But a linked editorial penned by academics from New Zealand and...

Maternal diet has key impact on baby’s muscles and long term health

A maternal diet that puts her growing baby under stress could result in weaker muscles and set her child up for greater risk of long-term health issues, say researchers.

Go with the grain: Gut health boost linked to whole-grain diet

Whole grains appear to wield small improvements to the gut microbiota and immune response, says a study outlining the benefits of adopting a diet that is also rich in fibre,...

Vitamin D deficiency more likely a risk factor for TB than its consequence: Meta-analysis

New meta-analysis suggests that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for TB, not something that is caused by the condition, while the role played by ethnicity in this relationship...

Indian tree bark extract shows may improve athletic performance: Study

A proprietary extract from the bark of Terminalia arjuna may boost cardiovascular efficiency and improve athletic performance in young healthy male adults, says a new study.

All dietary protein contributes to good muscle health, study suggests

A high protein intake from any protein dense food regardless of its source - plant or animal - can improve muscle health, according to US researchers.

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