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Low omega-3 intakes a ‘concern’ for pregnant women: US data

Pregnant women in the US should be encouraged to consume more omega-3s, with a new analysis showing that intakes of EPA and DHA are falling short of recommendations. 

Vitamin A, D and E deficiency linked to repeat colds and flu in Chinese children: Case control study

Low levels of vitamin A, D and E have been associated with Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections (RRTI) among children living in Northern China, a new case control study reports.

Almost half of all deaths from heart disease & diabetes linked to diet: JAMA study

Omega-3s from seafood, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains are among the 10 dietary factors associated with an estimated 45% of all cardiometabolic deaths in the US, says a new study.

Wasted value: Tomato waste backed for development of ‘nutrient rich’ ingredients

Agricultural tomato wastes could be used to produce valuable functional ingredients as part of a sustainable strategy that uses sustainable extraction methods and contributes to a bio-economy, say researchers.

Omega-3's could defend against air pollution damage: Mice study

Supplementing the diet with omega-3 fatty acids could restrict the tissue and organ damage caused by air pollution, says research.

Brexit could impact UK nutrition research funding

Brexit could severely hinder the ability of UK firms and research bodies to participate in big EU-funded food science projects, a leading nutrition scientist has warned.

Pear pomace fibre aids weight loss by boosting gut microbiota: China study

A new study showed insoluble dietary fibre (IDF) from pear pomace can prevent obesity and reduce damage caused by a high-fat diet, with researchers believing it does so by improving...

University of Guelph nears launch of research alliance to boost DNA testing for botanicals

The University of Guelph in Canada is launching the NHP Research Alliance to provide global leadership to advance the use of DNA testing and molecular diagnostics in quality assurance QA...

Soy and breast cancer controversy: Dietary products ‘safe and beneficial’, study finds

Dietary soy products are safe and even beneficial for women diagnosed with breast cancer, according to new research which aimed to help resolve the controversy over its link to treatment...

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PROBIOTA 2017 IN BERLIN

Is pharma interest in probiotics a challenge or opportunity?

The probiotic category continues to grow rapidly on a global basis. And with growth comes increased interest probiotics and microbiome modulation therapies from the pharmaceutical sector. But is this increased...

Food Vision

Nutrition advice questioned by gut microbe scientist

Conventional advice on maintaining health and avoiding obesity have been called into question by a leading expert on bacterial gut health – also known as the microbiome – who claimed...

Is adulteration diminishing? Responses from labs show picture is mixed

Is the adulteration picture getting better? Responses from the analytical testing community indicate the picture is muddy at best.

Beating the blues! Berries may boost mood, improve memory

Flavonoid-rich blueberry drinks may improve mood in both children and young adults, says a new study.

News in brief

Gut bacteria impacts intestine and behaviour in IBS patients

Gut bacteria appears to alter intestinal as well as behavioural patterns in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients in a discovery that points to the strength of microbiota-directed therapies.

New study supports enhanced bioavailabilty for gammadextrin-curcumin complex

Complexing curcumin with gamma-dextrin can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by a factor of 40, according to a new human trial with Wacker’s Cavacurmin ingredient.

Amylopectin/chromium complex boosts muscle protein synthesis rate: Study

A combination of amylopectin and chromium may double the muscle protein synthesis rate compared to what was seen when using whey protein alone, says a new study using Nutrition 21’s...

Walnut fatty acids could boost sperm potency: Mice study

The polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) contained in walnuts might improve sperm quality as findings support previous evidence suggesting the nut contains key nutrients essential for sperm function.

Taiwan mushroom’s cancer cell destroying properties pose potential treatment benefits

A medicinal mushroom from Taiwan helped kill off human breast cancer cells implanted in mice, said a new study.

This new invention guarantees Vitamin B12 will get on your nerves…in a good way

Researchers in Japan have created a mesh that can be wrapped around an injured nerve and release vitamin B12 until the injury heals. 

Gain from grain: Kids nutrient and diet quality show improvement from grain foods

An increase in nutrient intake, including those that children are considered deficient in, could be achieved by adding more grain-based foods, a study has concluded.

‘Strong evidence’ supports obesity and cancer link: British Medical Journal

A review of over 200 studies has revealed a substantial connection between obesity and 11 different types of cancer, prompting calls for further research and tougher efforts to tackle the obesity crisis.

Omega-3 could decrease mortality rate in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Women with a high omega-3 status are up to 20% less likely to die from any cause, compared to those with low levels of DHA and EPA, finds a new study.

Anti-inflammatory properties of Asian fungus alleviates lung injury, mouse study reveals

The medicinal fungus Sanghuangporus sanghuang (S.sanghuang) helped reduce inflammation associated with acute lung injury in mice, a new study reports.

News in brief

ABC's Blumenthal wins ethnopharmacology award

Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council has added to his list of awards and accolades with a recognition from an Indian group.

Gut bacteria have big influence on lung development, finds mouse study

Intestinal bacteria transferred at birth affect lung development, bacterial resistance and susceptibility to inflammatory conditions in newborns, according to a new mouse study.