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EU project aims to link up European food research

European research into food, health and nutrition needs to be better synchronised to link up data on food intake, production and health outcomes, according to an EU-funded project due to...

Neglected female microbiota research a ‘disgrace’; congress lights issues

Better Lactobacilli genetic screening, biomarker development, better pregnancy support and better engagement with health professionals were just a few of many actions proposed to improved women’s health at a recent Amsterdam congress...

Omega-3s may slow age-associated muscle loss: RCT data

Fish oil-derived omega-3s may slow the normal decline in muscle mass and function in healthy older people, says a new study from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Omega-3 consumption could enhance ‘cognitive flexibility’ in older adults

A higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could lead to better cognitive flexibility in adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's, say researchers.

RCT findings back probiotic strain to shorten duration of cold and flu: Chr Hansen study

The world’s biggest clinical study on the immune effects of probiotics has found that the L. casei 431 strain could reduce the duration of symptoms from the common cold and...

Special edition: Outsourcing

Outsourcing science: Where does the future of industry research lie?

An trend for outsourcing science and research may be good news for contract research organisations (CROs) and open innovation partnerships, but does it mean that internal R&D is suffering?...

Should vitamin K2 also be recommended for statin users?

Statins may be “mitochondrial toxins”, says a new review that finds that the pharmaceuticals may not only deplete CoQ10 levels but also inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2. The result...

Lack of diversity in processed foods may be causing obesity and cancer

It’s not just the high fat, salt or sugar content of processed foods that is driving obesity and diet-related illnesses – the lack of food diversity is killing our gut...

Vitamin E is vital to building muscles and repairing cells, say researchers

While body builders have long said that vitamin E helps build strong muscles, the mechanism by which it may bring such benefits has been unknown – until now.

DHA supplements may help restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle: Mechanism mooted

Supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA helps to restore insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle by blocking inflammation and the accumulation of other lipid intermediates, say researchers.

BMPEA found in Jacked Power linked to woman's stroke

Tests of the 'Jacked Power' pre-workout supplement thought to be the cause of a Swedish woman's brain haemorrhage have revealed 290 mg of unlabelled BMPEA.

Many probiotics ‘contaminated’ with traces of gluten

More than half of popular probiotics taken by people with coeliac contain traces of gluten, according to a new analysis.

‘Soft’ claims are powerful communication tools – but lose out against negative reports

Non-scientific ‘soft’ claims on supplement packaging may be more powerful in communication than scientifically-backed health claims. But consumer opinions based on scientific claims are more robust in the face of...

Large-scale, long-term cocoa flavanol study looking at heart, cognitive health enters recruitment phase

Cocoa flavanols are an ingredient that has been poised at the edge of the runway for a few years now. A new large-scale, long-term study into their cardiovascular and cognitive...

Psychobiotics: Modulation of gut microbiota may ‘hold the key to’ neuropsychological disorders

Using probiotics and prebiotics to alter the gut microbiota and influence the gut-brain axis may open up new ways of influencing neuropsychological conditions, says a new review.

The lasting impact of maternal malnutrition: DNA study finds altered gene experssion in 59 year olds

A new genome-wide DNA study of adults born during the Dutch Hunger Winter has documented the lasting impact of malnutrition during pregnancy on gene expression in adults.

More iron equals bigger babies, research suggests; personalised nutrition can help

Depleted maternal iron levels in early pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of the baby being ‘small for gestational age’, something the study’s authors say needs a personalised nutrition...

News in brief

Leatherhead creates new role for former M&S nutritionist

Leatherhead Food Research has appointed former Marks & Spencer nutritionist Jenny Arthur to the newly created role of director of nutrition and innovation.

Single multivitamin-mineral dose may boost mood in older people

A single dose of a multivitamin and mineral and herbal supplement may reduce stress in healthy older women, says a new study from Australia.

Link of green tea extracts to liver injury raises age old question: How much of a good thing is too much?

Botanical ingredient experts are not surprised by a recent report on the association of green tea extracts with liver toxicity. It’s consistent with recent literature and could serve as a...

Fishy goodness from beef? Chinese scientists breed omega-3 rich cattle

Chinese scientists have successfully reared beef cattle rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – which are traditionally associated with fish oils.

Grape-wine extract combination shows BP management potential: Unilever study

A combination of extracts from grape juice and wine may help reduce blood pressure in people with untreated, mildly hypertensive people, says a new study from Unilever.

Coffee by-products may have prebiotic, antimicrobial and antioxidant potential

More than 2 billion tons of coffee by-products that are currently thrown away could have applications in the food and nutrition sector, say researchers.

Inulin prebiotic may improve appetite regulation & decrease food intake in obese kids

Daily supplements of Beneo’s Orafti Synergy1 chicory root fiber may support healthy weight management in overweight and obese kids by improving appetite regulation and decreasing food intake, says a study...

Chinese breast milk discovery strengthens case for probiotics in infant formula: Chr Hansen

Chr Hansen has confirmed the presence of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in breast milk from Chinese mothers - a discovery it claims strengthens the case for adding probiotics to infant formula.