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Supps and female sex hormones: Do sports supplements expose consumers to high levels of oestrogen?

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and the supplements industry are at odds over consumer exposure to oestrogen in sports supplements.

Patent Watch

Danone files patent on probiotic to improve enteric nervous system

Danone has filed a patent for a probiotic strain that improves the function of the enteric nervous system, claiming it can therefore be used to treat and/or prevent gut disorders...

Eating fish weekly may prevent brain ageing regardless of omega-3 content: Study

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week may prevent age-related grey matter loss, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to an American study.

Omega-3 foods linked to Lou Gehrig disease risk reduction

Eating foods high Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing the incurable neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a study suggests.

More NGOs unite against the EC chief scientific advisor role

More non-governmental organisations are backing Greenpeace and HEAL in their efforts to scrap the position of European Commission’s chief scientific advisor (CSA). 

Half of hospital patients fail to disclose dietary supplement use

A study in Singapore has found that over half of hospital patients do not disclose they are taking dietary supplements, which the authors say could put them at risk of...

Caffeine’s neuroprotective effects dependent on genetic makeup, says study

Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden say they have discovered genetic variations in caffeine’s protection against Parkinson’s Disease.

FutureCeuticals demonstrates method for measuring antioxidant activity directly in blood

Ingredient supplier FutureCeuticals has announced results of a clinical study that quantifies the direct effect of its Spectra product on free radicals in human blood.

Seaweed an effective alternative for iodine supplementation, study finds

A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that seaweed supplementation can be an effective alternative for boosting the levels of iodine in women deficient in this vital nutrient....

Curcumin ingredient beats placebo in treating depression

A recent study on a curcumin formulation branded as BCM-95 has shown the botanical to be more effective than a placebo in treating symptoms of major depression.

Sea buckthorn oil backed for vaginal dryness relief

Skin hydrating sea buckthorn oil supplements may also combat vaginal dryness, according to research commissioned by Finnish firm Aromtech.

Kohjin presents evidence of blood uptake of its glutathione

Kohjin Life Sciences says new information now published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry proves the blood plasma uptake of its glutathione dervied from torula yeast.

Tree nuts can improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetics: review

A review of 12 clinical trials found that daily intake of tree nuts improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers unravel EU hydrocolloid health claims

Planning, wording and relevant science are the keys to fibre health claim success in the EU, researchers have found after scrutinising the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach to hydrocolloids.

Trial underway to combat iron deficiencies with milk protein capsules

The University of Sydney will assess the effects of milk protein lactoferrin to meet the iron requirements of pregnant women and mitigate the health problems of their children.

Does sporting activity improve gut function?

Improved diversity of the intestinal microbiota in sports people could be due to gut barrier function, experts have suggested.

Coffee consumption lowers tinnitus incidence in women: 25-year study

Caffeine intake may be associated with lower incidence of ear ringing in women, an American study has found.

Majority of adults need to double fruit and vegetable intake

A serious shortfall in the consumption of fruit and vegetables worldwide means that most adults need to eat double their current amounts to meet WHO dietary recommendations, finds a new...

High-acid drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

Drinks with high acidic content can cause a permanent damage to teeth within the first 30 seconds of consumption, an Australian study has found.

Is strain-specificity of prebiotics a limitation or opportunity?

Strain-specificity of prebiotics is not a limiting factor but rather an opportunity to develop the ‘next generation’ of synbiotic formulations, says Winclove Probiotics in response to unflattering results of a...

Science short

Soy boosts cardio health in pre-menopausal monkeys: Study

Soy consumption can boost heart health a study with cynomolgus monkeys has found, but intake must begin at an early age.

Inside the EC elderly nutrition report

Can food supplements help European pensioners to two extra healthy years by 2020?

The European Commission this week issued a report that found evidence lacking for the ability of most food supplements to benefit Europe’s burgeoning elderly population.

Stressed men may benefit from soy-based phosphatidylserine, say researchers

Soy-based phosphatidylserine may normalise the stress reactions of the nervous system and hormone glands in highly stressed males, according to research.

Citicoline improves motor speed and attention in adolescents: Study

Citicoline may improve motor speed and attention in healthy adolescent populations, an American study has found.

Largest-ever study of its kind

Vitamin D deficiency could double dementia risk, says six-year study

Vitamin D deficiency in older people may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the largest study of its kind.

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