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Heart health and weight management: Which fruit juices offer the most benefits?

The types of fruit juices that appear to offer the most help in tackling cardiovascular disease and aiding weight management have been highlighted in a new academic review.

Experts confirm safety and efficacy of creatine supplements

Creatine supplementation is safe and has a number of health benefits in populations ranging from infants to the elderly, according to a new position paper from the International Society of...

Gut health & sleep: Is there potential for pre- and probiotics for sleep improvement?

The potential link between the gut microbiota and sleep is emerging, so could prebiotics and probiotics find a lucrative place in the booming natural sleep aid category?

Study leaks phytochemical advantages of organically grown onions

Onions grown under organic conditions have significantly higher flavonol and antioxidant levels, according to a 'groundbreaking' Irish field trial.

Study supports probiotic yogurt’s immune boosting effects

Yogurt containing two probiotic strains plus heat-treated bacteria may boost the activity of immune cells called natural killer (NK) cells in people over 60, says a new study.

Egg shell powder a ‘novel’ treatment against inflammatory bowel disease

Fine powder made from eggshell membrane showed positive effects against inflammatory bowel disease, according to in vitro and in vivo studies.

Mediterranean diet linked to rheumatoid arthritis benefits: Japan study

Adopting a Mediterranean diet, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), could help suppress disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients, researchers in Japan report.

‘Next gen’ probiotics: Chr. Hansen adds 100 new strain development library

Danish bioscience firm Chr. Hansen says 100 new strains added to its library could help development of new commercial probiotics for a range of metabolic, immune, and digestive health issues.

Lost in processing? Organic’s ‘halo effect’ blunted in processed food

Organic claims for processed foods may not be particularly advantageous in promoting the benefits of the product, a study reckons.

Improved omega-3 to omega-6 status during pregnancy may boost fetal health: Study

Improving a mother-to-be’s ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s may boost birth weight of the infant and increase the duration of pregnancy, says a new study.

Fortified snacks drive ‘poor’ dietary decisions

Nutrient claims on vitamin-fortified snacks may influence consumers to make “poor diet-related decisions”, according to research.

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ANSES warns against multiple supplement sources in pregnancy

A recent warning notice by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) cautions against combining multiple sources of vitamins and minerals without an established need...

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Lactobacillus from yogurt could block drug-resistant infections

An isolate from a strain of Lactobacillus in commercial yogurt could block the growth of several multi drug-resistant bacteria, according to new data.

Prebiotic may lower body fat in obese children

Consuming oligofructose-enriched inulin (OI) alters gut microbiota, reducing body fat in overweight or obese children, according to a new RCT conducted at Calgary University.

Probiotic blend to tackle infant infection deemed safe by researchers

A probiotic blend for use in infants to help prevent the reoccurrence of winter infections is safe and well tolerated, a study concludes.

Prenatal malnutrition and postnatal health: How diet can affect hypertension risk

Prenatal exposure to malnutrition can lead to diseases such as hypertension in adulthood, but the effects can be reduced or even reversed in postnatal life, according to a Chinese study.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to respiratory infections in Indian children, new data reveals

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of respiratory infections among Indian children aged six to 30 months, a new trial has found.

Omega-3 may shorten hospital stay in heart surgery patients

Supplementing open-heart surgery patients with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could reduce time spent in hospital and lower risk of complications.

Magnesium supplements show potential anti-inflammatory effects: Meta-analysis

Dietary supplementation with magnesium may reduce levels of inflammatory biomarkers, says a new meta-analysis pooling data from 11 studies.

Nutritional Armor: US Army explores boosting omega-3 levels with food and supplements

Replacing omega-6 foods and ingredients on US military garrison menus with products with increased omega-3 contents may boost the omega-3 profile of soldiers, says a new study exploring the practicality...

Sourdough or white? Trust in gut reaction to provide the answer

The gut microbiome has a major say in whether ordinary white bread or an artisanal sourdough loaf is “healthier,” a study claims. 

B. infantis probiotic alters babies' bowel habits for the better

Evolve BioSystems has announced results of a study that shows its strain of B. infantis probiotic is safe to give to infants and significantly alters their microbiomes and bowel habits....

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Biopolymer microgels improve probiotic viability, study suggests

Delivering probiotics via alginate-gelatin microgels could help survival into the large intestine.

Could olive oil nutrient slash risk of brain cancer – only if it gets funding

Research linking olive oil nutrients to a lower risk of brain cancer could be shelved as government cuts to science funding may mean further research is impossible.

Watermelon-pomegranate juice shows athletic benefits: Study

Watermelon juice enriched with l-citrulline combined with pomegranate extracts may reduce muscle soreness and markers of muscle damage following exercise, says a new study from Spain.

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