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Supplement stress-reducing benefits last a month after discontinuing: Study

A blend of probiotics, magnesium, vitamins and minerals can reduce stress and fatigue even after users stop taking it, a study has shown.  

Assam herbs ripe for nutraceutical and functional food development: Study

Twelve edible herbs from Assam, India, are “alluring candidates” for nutraceutical and functional food developments, according to study which highlights their antioxidant capacity.

Could EPA omega-3 supplements help with PTSD?

Increased levels of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are associated with a lower severity of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), says a new paper from Japanese researchers.

Red wine compound can reset infertility hormones: Study

Resveratrol may help tackle a hormone disparity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that can cause infertility, according to a study. 

A fortified egg a day could keep winter vitamin D deficiency away

Eating seven vitamin D-fortified eggs a week could be enough to keep winter vitamin D status in adults in check, say EU-funded researchers. 

Pumping iron powers brain function for people with mild cognitive impairment

Follow-up results released from a University of Sydney study show that increased muscle strength leads to improved brain function in adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

UK teens not meeting adequate vitamin D levels, researchers find

High levels of vitamin D inadequacy have been observed in adolescents, as a study identifies the minimum level required by this group to maintain adequate vitamin D levels during the...

Aged garlic shows antioxidant promise, but not cholesterol-lowering potential: Study

Aged garlic has greater antioxidant potential that the raw version, but was found not to lower cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic individuals, a Singapore study has reported.

Senior spotlight: Tetra Pak taps into what beverage makers should know about this key generation

For the latest edition of Tetra Pak’s annual Consumer Generations Whitepaper series, the packaging giant interviewed more than 40,000 people and gathered insights from 27 different developed and developing countries,...

Better omega-3s test will help improve public health outcomes, developer says

A streamlined test for omega-3 levels in the blood will help consumers better understand this crucial risk factor, the test’s developer says.

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A glance at sports nutrition science/NPD

More energy, better concentration, increased strength, longer endurance, swifter recovery - sports nutrition science never sleeps. We scan developments.

Taurine supplementation improves symptoms for young people suffering first episode psychosis

Research appears to show that supplementation with taurine - an additive commonly found in energy drinks - improves symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP).

Probiotics may reduce post-exercise inflammation, offer performance benefits: RCT

Co-ingestion of Streptococcus thermophilus FP4 and Bifidobacterium breve BR03 may reduce the drops in performance in the days after muscle-damaging exercise, says a new study.

Mobile motivation: Apps embrace active nutrition

Mobile device technology and the range of tools available to track nutritional intake are playing an increased role in maintaining optimal fitness and staying more active. 

Freshwater clam extract supplement could aid wound healing, rat study reveals

Supplementation with freshwater clam extract could improve wound healing, according to a new study in rats.

‘World-first’ rapid Vitamin B12 deficiency test could boost fight against cognitive decline

Australian researchers have developed a world-first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in diluted human blood – something they believe is a first step towards a low-cost and portable,...

Infant nutrient found to lower hospital infection rate: Study

A protein that forms a key component of infant nutrition may play a significant role in reducing hospital-acquired infections in neonatal intensive care, according to US researchers. 

Magic markers: Deeper insights gained in oat’s cholesterol-lowering power, review finds

The emergence of two additional markers that better assess cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk has given researchers a deeper understanding of oat fibre as research continues to uncover the nutritional benefits...

Soy protein early in life may help prevent bone loss in adulthood

New research suggests reports that a diet heavy in soy protein isolate during early life can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood. 

DHA supplement benefits older adults with mild cognitive impairment: China study

A new Chinese study has shown omega-3 supplementation improved IQ among older people with mild cognitive impairment.

High vitamin and mineral consumption linked to delayed biological ageing: 10-year study

High consumption of vitamin and mineral-rich foods throughout early adulthood could help delay the biological process of ageing, according to new data from South Korea.

'An unexplored niche': Edible petals as a promising nutrient source

Edible petals offer a promising source of bioactive nutrients, Portuguese researchers have said.

Popeye was right: Could nitrate-rich spinach enhance strength & fitness?

Diet supplementation with nitrates, such as those found in spinach and beetroot could enhance sporting performance, a study has found.

Green light for colour-coded labels: Study

Traffic light nutrition labels can sway consumer decisions towards healthier options, according to scientists in Germany and the US.

Sage extract could offer encapsulation benefits for omega-3: Study

Encapsulating omega-3 supplements with sage polyphenols and gum arabic could be a more healthy and economically viable option than techniques currently used, while also opening up the possibility of boosting...