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Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content and 75% greater total antioxidant capacity than wheat bread,...

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best?

Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Chlorella supplements show cardiovascular benefits: Human data

Daily supplements containing Chlorella may reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with mildly elevated cholesterol levels, says a new study from Korea.

Melon extract eases stress: Study

A new 12-week clinical study has strengthened evidence that melon-derived superoxide dismutase (Sod) supplements can help reduce stress and fatigue and improve cognitive performance.

Could probiotics boost performance and increase power for athletes?

A combination of a probiotic with a slow digested protein may increase athletic performance in healthy resistance-trained individuals, suggest results from a pilot study.

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Curcumin reduces muscle soreness: Study

A proprietary curcumin extract can ease post-exercise muscle soreness caused by oxidative stress and inflammation, an Italian study has found.

Tech transfer brings universities 'more than money', says study

Academic technology transfer – the process of moving research from the lab to the market – provides intrinsic benefits to universities that go far beyond any potential revenues from licenses...

DNP poisoning on the rise: Analysis

Cases of poisoning from the industrial chemical dinitrophenol (or DNP) – often used by bodybuilders to burn fat - are on the increase, according to research.

Genetic study suggests ‘causal link’ between vitamin D status and blood pressure

New genetic research provides ‘compelling evidence’ that low levels of vitamin D have a causal role in the development of high blood pressure, say researchers.

Ashwagandha root and leaf extract shows cognitive benefits for people with bipolar disorder

Daily consumption of a standardized Ashwagandha root and leaf extract may improve several areas of cognitive effect in subjects with bipolar disorder, says a new study.

Curcumin bioavailability boosted 7x: Industry study

The bioavailability of micronutrients in a proprietary curcuminoid formulation is seven times more potent than 95% pure curcuminoids, say researchers from the Indian manufacturer Olive Lifesciences.

Calcium and vitamin D may improve metabolic profile of women with 'pregnancy diabetes'

Supplementation of vitamin D and calcium may reduce fasting plasma glucose and insulin, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce low-density lipoprotein 'bad' cholesterol while boosting 'good' cholesterol for women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), according to Iranian researchers....

Iron ladies: Period pain reduced, study shows

Iron supplementation can reduce menstruation complications, according to a study, but their use remains low-key.

Australia

Some Aussie sports supps could contain hidden ban-risking ingredients

A number of athletic nutritional supplements on sale in Australia are secretly fortified with androgens, a group of compounds that could lead athletes to be banned from competition.

Probiotics may help elite athletes fight infections: Rugby study

Daily probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract infections for professional rugby players, says a new study from New Zealand. 

Meta-analysis: Vitamin C supplements may boost endothelial function

Oral doses of vitamin C greater than 500 milligrams per day may boost the health of the endothelium - the thin layer of cells lining the blood vessels – and...

“We want to understand the molecular relationships between nutrients and their effects on healthy individuals and patients at different stages of their lives.”

Bespoken for: Nestlé eyes ‘I-tamins’

Swiss-based Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) is teaming with a US analytics specialist to develop personalised vitamin solutions via ultra-sensitive lab techniques.

Mead Johnson awards $1m to further study of piglet brain development

Mead Johnson Nutrition has awarded the University of Illinois' Department of Animal Sciences a grant of nearly $1m to further its understanding of how nutrition affects brain development in piglets....

Cocoa extract could fight Alzheimer’s – mice study

A polyphenol-rich cocoa extract called Lavado may reduce nerve damage in Alzheimer’s patients before they develop symptoms, according to research in mice.

Study finds calcium fructoborate lessens knee pain

Calcium fructoborate may reduce knee pain as measured on two well-accepted scales, according to a recent study.

Follow-up formula shows immune-support potential: RCT

Results of a randomized clinical trial with three- and four-olds indicate that follow-up formula containing a combination of DHA, prebiotics, and yeast beta-glucan may support the immune systems of the...

Physiological responses to caffeine may increase with age: Study

The potentially negative effects of caffeine consumption on the heart significantly increase as young people reach adolescence, research has suggested. 

Special edition: Bone & Joint Health

Magnesium and bone health: Science and economics stack up for this red hot mineral

With the science and regulatory bodies agreeing on the bone health boosting potential of magnesium, and the potential healthcare savings related to magnesium for reducing osteoporosis-related events worth about $500...

Fruity carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin may prevent abdominal obesity

Beta-cryptoxanthin, a novel dietary carotenoid derived from Japanese satsuma mandarin, may prevent abdominal obesity and improve symptoms of metabolic syndromes, according to a review of human and mice research. ...

Black tea shows cholesterol-busting potential: Meta-analysis

Regular consumption of black tea may reduce LDL cholesterol levels, but has no effect on HDL cholesterol, according to a new meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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