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Heart failure 12 times more likely in people with vitamin D deficiency

More trials are needed to test vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of heart disease, say researchers behind a new study showing heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated...

Team aim to produce probiotic supplement for athletes

Strains for sports: Microbiome make-up is vital for athletic success

Researchers harvesting the microbiome of athletes have identified, and plan to commercialise, specific probiotic strains that could aid sports performance and recovery.

DNA identification method that can work on extracts detailed in study

A new technology building on genetic information as the basis of botanical identification has been demonstrated in a recent research paper dealing with a common TCM ingredient.

Multi-nutrient rice set to address worldwide ‘hidden hunger’ challenge

A multi-nutrient type of rice bred to produce beta-carotene and increased levels of iron and zinc could help tackle malnutrition caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, also known as "hidden...

Liquorice may interact with all sorts of medicines

Liquorice compounds commonly found in dietary supplements can interfere with how the liver processes medicines, warns a new study in European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Astaxanthin may protect skin health from within: Human data

Dietary supplementation with astaxanthin may protect skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, says a new study from AstaReal.

Formula could be a "very cheap oral sepsis vaccine"

Low-cost and life-saving: Trial backs synbiotic combination to slash sepsis in infants

A specially formulated combination of probiotic and prebiotic has been shown to reduce the incidence of sepsis and death in infants in India by 40%, at a cost of only...

Calcium may not help prevent bone loss in men

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and rates of bone loss showed no association with dietary calcium intake in men, according to a recent study in British Journal of Nutrition.

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Are male vegetarians more likely to be depressed than meat-eaters?

Vegetarian men are more likely to suffer depressive symptoms than omnivores, according to a new study published in Journal of Affective Disorders.

Cure for peanut allergy imminent thanks to Australian scientists

A treatment that offers a long-term cure for children with a fatal peanut allergy could soon be commercially available, thanks to scientists in Melbourne.

Regular breakfasts help children meet key nutrient intake targets: Study

Children who regularly eat breakfast are more likely to meet recommended nutrient intake (RNI) and lower RNI levels of key nutrients, reports a study in the British Journal of Nutrition....

Dietary management of OCD: Study links metabolism and vitamin D status to disease severity

One carbon metabolism that includes vitamin B12 and homocysteine, plus vitamin D deficiency could all play a role in the onset of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), research suggests.

Burnt out? Rhodiola rosea supplements may help, says new study

Daily supplements containing Rhodiola rosea extract may improve the symptoms of burnout, suggests data from the first trial to examine the effects of the botanical extract on this modern day condition....

Disagreement about carotenoid research raises again the question of what ‘natural’ means

A disagreement between researchers and an ingredient supplier about the import of recent carotenoid research raised again the sticky question of when processing steps might convert a natural ingredient into...

High-dose supplementation cuts vitamin D deficiency in severely premature babies

Preterm infants given the highest daily doses of vitamin D3 saw significant reductions in deficiency prevalence, say researchers.

Med diet plus exercise could aid fatty liver disease

Diet and lifestyle changes reduced liver fat and improved metabolic health in overweight patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), reveals a new study in Nutrients.

CO2 rises could plunge millions into protein deficiency

Researchers claim that almost 150 million people (1.57% of the world’s population) may be placed at risk of protein deficiency by 2050 if levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere...

Probiotics a possible treatment for jaundice in newborn babies: Chinese meta-analysis

Probiotic supplementation might be able to safely and effectively treat jaundice in babies, a Chinese systematic review and meta-analysis found, but researchers say better quality data is required.

Collagen supplements may boost nail growth and appearance: Human data

Daily supplementation with collagen peptides may boost the growth of fingernails by 12%, and reduce the frequency of broken nails by 42%, says a new study using Gelita’s Verisol ingredient.

Short-term fish oil consumption helps prevents type 2 diabetes in people with existing metabolic disorders: Meta-analysis

Fish oil supplementation can increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes among metabolic disorder sufferers, according to a new meta-analysis by Chongqing Medical University.

ORAC values might be passé, but antioxidant activity still demands research, experts say

Quoting ORAC values as a marketing tool has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But the measure of antioxidant activity still points to potentially important beneficial properties of ingredients, experts...

Almonds backed for cholesterol management and heart health

Eating almonds could help boost levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol while also improving the way it helps remove ‘bad’ cholesterol from the body, say researchers.

Is there a role for vitamin B3 in preventing birth defects?

Adequate maternal niacin intake may cut the number of babies born with congenital abnormalities, suggests a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Probiotics in space: NASA explores viability of microorganisms for space flight

Spending time in the low gravity environment of space leads to significant changes to your body – your bones weaken and your sense of taste may diminish. It is also...

Study backs multivitamins' ability to prevent nutrient shortfalls with hard data

A study published last week in the journal Nutrients adds another brick in the wall backing the ability of multivitamins to fill in nutrient shortfalls. While this notion is taken for granted...