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Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect...

Med diet may reverse metabolic syndrome – but not prevent it

A Mediterranean diet that includes extra-virgin olive oil or nuts may help to reverse symptoms of metabolic syndrome, but cannot be linked to prevention of developing the condition, a long-term study...

Pilot study supports apple peel powder’s joint health benefits

Daily supplements of a dried apple peel powder may improve joint function and reduce pain in healthy older people with a reduced range of motion in their joints, says a...

Vitamin D3 can reduce atopic dermatitis in kids via 'innate immunity': Study

Vitamin D supplementation improves winter-related atopic dermatitis (AD) in children at risk of vitamin D deficiency and could provide a safe alternative to UV light treatment, according to a new...

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Pine bark extract may support venous health post-pregnancy

Daily supplements of Pycnogenol, an extract from French maritime pine bark, may improve blood flow and reduce swelling, pain and the number of faulty veins post-pregnancy, says a new study...

STUDY COULD HELP IDENTIFY WHO SHOULD DRINK MORE OR LESS

Harvard study suggests we seek maximum caffeine bang from coffee buck

A high-profile US meta study suggests people naturally tailor their coffee intake to experience caffeine’s optimal effects, while genetic factors linked to higher consumption likely increase coffee metabolism.

HMB, essential amino acids, and resistance exercise: Experts review best ways to avoid sarcopenia

As many as 33% of over 50 year olds may suffer from sarcopenia but muscle health could be maintained by a combination of resistance exercise, HMB and essential amino acids,...

Price gap between ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ foods is growing wider

The gap in price between cheaper unhealthy foods and more expensive but healthier options has grown significantly wider over the last ten years, say researchers.

Montmorency tart cherry shows gout potential: Study

Evidence that Montmorency tart cherry could be useful in managing gouty arthritis and other inflammatory conditions is mounting, as a new study shows that tart cherry concentrate lowers uric acid...

High-dose vitamin D may not aid critically ill: RCT data

High-dose vitamin D3 supplementation ‘does not improve outcomes’ for deficient ICU patients, according to new RCT data.

Honeysuckle tea to fight flu? Chinese claim ‘extremely novel finding’

Chinese scientists are claiming an ‘extremely novel finding’ after mice fought off several different types of flu when fed a honeysuckle tisane.

Lactobacillus fermentum’s immune benefits show ‘potential to augment healthy aging’

Daily supplements of the probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum MTCC 5898 may alleviate the age-related decline in immune function in the elderly, and promote healthy aging, says a new study from India....

Dutch R&D firm has AMD claim in its sights

The results of a clinical trial confirming the bioavailability of dried lutein-enriched egg yolk bring Dutch biotech firm Newtricious a step closer to submitting a dossier for an article 14...

Glucosamine can inhibit colon inflammation in IBD: Mouse study

Glucosamine chito-oligosaccharides may reduce tissue damage for those with inflammatory bowel disease, according to research with mice.

Food-drug interactions may endanger mountaineers' health

Food and nutrients may pose a risk to mountaineers' health if combined with drugs not under strict control, according to a study conducted at the University of the Basque Country.

Protein from dairy, but not soy, activates key target for muscle synthesis: Study

Breakfasts rich in protein from dairy, but not soy, could stimulate mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin), which is known to cause muscle cells to increase protein synthesis, says a new...

Diet may impact risk of inflammatory bone disease by changing gut bacteria

Diet may fuel or dampen susceptibility to autoinflammatory bone disease by changing the intestinal bacteria balance, according to a mouse study published in the journal Nature.

Can an apple a day keep obesity away?

Non-digestible compounds found in some types of apples, and especially in Granny Smith apples, could help to fight obesity by re-establishing the balance of a disturbed microbiota, say researchers.

Beetroot shows heart health benefits for overweight older people: Study

Daily consumption of beetroot juice may significantly reduce systolic blood pressure in overweight older people, says a new study from England.

Gut bacteria type plays role in obesity risk from high fat diet

Specific gut bacteria found in humans could increase the risk of obesity when consuming fat-rich foods, according to new data.

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Actions urged to combat widespread European vitamin D deficiencies

Greater vitamin D fortification of foods and supplementation can help tackle vitamin D deficiencies that remain prevalent across Europe – with Finland a good example of the success of such...

RCT data backs EPA omega-3 to prevent depression

Just two weeks of supplementation with the long chain omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is associated with the prevention of inflammation-induced depression, according to new data.

Lutein + zeaxanthin may boost visual processing speed: RCT data

Lutein and zeaxanthin may boost visual processing speed even in young people at their peak, says a new study that ties together the eye and brain health benefits of the...

Energy drinks increase sports performance – and insomnia and nervousness, says study

Energy drink consumption improves sports performance by 3%–7%, but also increases insomnia, nervousness and the level of stimulation after a competition, according a study.

Cinnamon extract may prevent metabolic disorders: Researchers

Ceylon cinnamon extract may help reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders, a French study has found.

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