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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.

Genetic research casts doubt on vitamin D's ability to prevent T2 diabetes

Vitamin D supplementation is unlikely to prevent the development of type-2 diabetes, according to a genetic study from the University of Cambridge.

ABC article says climate change is impacting quality of Chinese tea; whether botanicals in other regions are affected is less clear

Global climate change is affecting the quality of tea harvested in southwestern China, both in terms of taste and content of bioactive chemicals, according to a recent article in Herbalgram, the publication...

Probiotic potential: Altering gut bacteria shows promise for fatty liver disease

Probiotics may have beneficial effects on the treatment and prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and other related conditions, according to a new review.

Pea dextrin may offer clean label ‘off flavour’ masking alternative

Researchers are backing the use of pea dextrin as a clean label solution to masking off-flavours generated by lipid oxidation products.

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Plenty more fish in the sea: Omega-3 may boost sperm competitiveness

An omega-3 enriched diet may improve ejaculate performance in sperm competition, according to research on guppy fish.

Curcumin shows heart health benefits by ‘multiple mechanisms’

Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, may improve heart health in lab rabbits fed a diet high in cholesterol, says a new study.

Creative bites: Research backs amino acid to boost creative thinking

Food that contains the amino acid tyrosine could promote creative thinking, according to new research.

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.

Scottish dietary survey reveals vitamin D worry

A significant proportion of Scottish adults and children show evidence of low vitamin D levels, according to new data from the UK national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS).

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Polish polyphenol study identifies coffee, tea and chocolate as top contributors

A population-level analysis of polyphenol intakes in Poland has revealed that coffee, tea and chocolate contribute around 75% of the polyphenols consumed in the country.

Peanuts v potato chips for energy and satiety: Study

Hi-oleic and regular peanuts suppress energy intake better than potato chips and are therefore a preferred snack for weight management, researchers say.

Synbiotic fermented milk may boost isoflavone bioavailability: Human data

Daily consumption of a fermented milk product containing probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers may increase the bioavailability of soy isoflavones in women, says a new study from Thailand.

Morocco’s argan oil story: Feminism, food and encroaching deserts

The Moroccan government and export markets are finally sitting up and paying attention to the country's argan oil production, according to the founder of a network of all-female co-operatives....

Meta-analysis offers ‘cautious optimism’ for efficacy of probiotics for functional constipation

Probiotic supplements may help people with constipation by improving stool consistency and transit time, but the benefits appear strain specific, according to a new meta-analysis of 14 RCTs.

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present.