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Heart scares may inspire higher antioxidant, polyphenol and flavonoid intakes: Study

When faced with cardiovascular disease, Polish men and women modify their diets to increase their intakes of antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, according to a national health survey.

Zinc lozenges help common cold - but the required doses aren't available: Meta-analysis

High dose zinc lozenges may be beneficial in reducing the duration of common cold symptoms – but a lack of high dose lozenges on the market mean these benefits remain...

High cholesterol may limit vitamin E absorption

High cholesterol triglycerides may prevent a-tocopherol, or vitamin E, from being absorbed into body tissue, scientists have found.

Agave prebiotic significantly increases some faecal friendly bacteria, say researchers

The prebiotic agave fructan significantly increases the faecal count of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli compared to maltodextrin, according to research backed by industry.

Folic acid may help reduce stroke risk: 5-year study

A combination of folic acid and the medication enalapril may be more effective in reducing the risk of stroke in adults with hypertension than the medication alone, according to large-scale research...

Trial backs oral probiotic to fight off dental implant problems

Supplementation with Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis could help to reduce inflammation and other common complications associated with dental implants, according to new RCT data.

Hibiscus leaf extract may kill melanoma cancer cells

The polyphenols present in hibiscus leaves may inhibit growth of and destroy melanoma cancer cells without damaging healthy human skin cells, scientists from Taiwan have found.

GM crop benefits hailed in independent study

Genetically modified (GM) cereals and oilseeds could benefit consumers, farmers and the animal feed supply chain, while boosting UK competitiveness in the global market, claims new independent research.

Lutein and DHA ‘need attention’ as healthy aging bioactives: Tufts researcher

A lack of attention on key bioactives like lutein and DHA, misinformation from the internet, and the medical community's focus on treatment rather than prevention are just a few of...

Calcium works in synergy with hormone in bone formation: Mouse study

High dietary intakes of calcium in combination with hormone treatment may be a more effective way of boosting bone formation than the nutrient or hormone alone, according to research in...

CoQ10 benefits questioned: Mouse study

The antioxidant mechanism of action of Ubiquinone (UQ), a form of the CoEnzymeQ10 that has shown cell energy and heart benefits, has been questioned in a mouse study published in Nature...

High vitamin D status linked to cardiovascular deaths

While it has been long suggested that low vitamin D levels can be a risk factor for ill health, new research has also suggested that people with very high levels...

Glucosamine-chondroitin combination shows anti-inflammatory potential: RCT data

A combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate may slash levels of C-reaction protein (CRP), a key biomarker of inflammation, says a new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study.

Could prebiotics help iron-deficient anaemics?

Prebiotic supplementation may help increase the expression of proteins that regulate iron absorption, according to research in anaemic rats.

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Veggie diet can reduce colorectal cancer risk rate (in some Christians): Study

Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)-published research has found vegetarian Seventh-day Adventist men and women have a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than meat eating folks from the same religion....

Glico builds endurance sports science for Cluster Dextrin ingredient

Formulating sports nutrition products with a highly branched cyclic dextrin may combat the onset of stress factors induced during exhaustive physical activity, says a study from Japan.

Food Vision sneak peeks - Cannes, March 18-20

Ex-World Cup sports scientist: Best carb-protein blend is 3:1

Protein was once thought necessary to fuel sporting activity but evolving research has shown it is better for muscle recovery and short chain carbohydrates (sugars) are the accepted fuel tools....

Companies must not ‘switch off’ to good R&D, says Nestlé chief

Great innovations require a long-term roadmap and commitment from the industry in order to succeed, says Nestlé’s head of global R&D.

Mediterranean diet could cut heart disease risk by nearly half

People following a Mediterranean-style diet could slash their risk of heart disease by up to 47%, according to a new ten-year study.

Insights from the 13th Global Food Technology & Innovation Summit

Nutrition and sustainability are key to good innovation, says Nestlé R&D chief

Food and beverage manufacturers must focus research and development activities on creating more nutritious and sustainable food solutions, says Nestlé’s head of global R&D.

Gut microbiota shifts could predict diabetes risk, suggests study

The composition of our microbiota may change through the development of pre-diabetes and diabetes, thus predicting risk and potentially leading to new ways to aid blood sugar management, say researchers.

Sports drinks aren’t enough to boost performance - salt may help: Research

Salt supplementation may improve exercise performance according to Spanish researchers – but health claims for sodium are still not authorised.

Lutein/zeaxanthin may boost retinal sensitivity for people with early AMD: Long-term study

Two years of supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and retinal sensitivity in people with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study.

Better together? Co-encapsulation study shows potential for stable omega-3 and probiotic mix

New research describing the stable co-encapsulation of omega-3 rich oil with probiotic bacteria could be a boon for manufacturers looking to incorporate the functional ingredients in to foods and supplements,...

Bill Gates Foundation backs microbiome engineering to boost infant health

Gut microbiome engineering can reduce stunting and other infant health issues and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding research into the nascent area.