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RCT backs monthly vitamin D supplements for mums

A once-per-month high dose supplement of vitamin D for mothers after giving birth could help improve the health of both mum and baby, according to an Indian trial. 

Tart cherry supplements may speed recovery and boost performance: Study

Short-term supplementation with Montmorency Tart Cherry powder may reduce inflammatory stress and increase performance in aerobically trained individuals, says a new study.

Niagen shown to be effective against diabetes complications in mice

A new study done on mice suggests that nicotinamide riboside can help restrict the development of insulin resistance and diabetic neuropathy.

Future microbiome studies boosted by ‘multi-omics’ approach

The combination of multiple ‘omics’ technologies will give greater insights into the gut microbial communities, identifying the populations that inhabit this ecosystem, according to researchers.

Iron giant: Nestlé aims to iron out discolouration in fortified foods

Alterations to pH, complexation of iron and binding other micronutrients could minimise undesired colour changes in fortified foods, say Nestlé researchers.

Study vets TeaCrine dose, finds positive results on energy, focus and mood

Compound Solutions continues to build the science backing for its TeaCrine ingredient with the release of a two-part study that showed improved concentration, energy and mood.

Fermented milk market set for open heart innovation: Review

Anti-hypertensive fermented functional dairy products using novel lactic acid bacteria have a big future, a review has found.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

Review: B vitamins, the brain (& deficiencies)

B vitamins play a significant role in cognitive performance and neurological functioning but deficiencies are common in too many populations, a Vitafoods Europe congress has been told.

Endurance exercise and gut microbiota? A review explores the relationship

There have only been a couple dozen studies since 2007 that look at how gut microbiota and endurance exercise relate. A meta-analysis reveals promising benefits, but calls for more research...

High-dose vitamin D may boost diversity of the gut microbiome: Study

Vitamin D3 may increase bacterial richness in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reduce opportunistic pathogens, says a new study from Austria.

Gates Foundation backs African infant microbiota project

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has signed a $100,000 (€89,485) cheque for academics from the University College Cork in Ireland to study the microbiota of infants in developing countries.

Flaxseed supplementation may aid metabolic syndrome management, study finds

Researchers in Iran found that 30-g brown milled flaxseed daily helped study participants lower their blood markers of metabolic syndrome more than lifestyle changes did alone.

Beef & chicken protein match whey for muscle mass and strength

Protein from beef and chicken sources are equally as effective as whey protein to stimulate improvements in body composition and resistance training outcomes, says a new study.

Special Edition: Omega-3s

Omega-3: Latest research developments

Omega-3s have long been touted as beneficial for a range of areas such as brain, heart and eye health and dry eyes. What's new for these friendly fats? 

Review supports safety of green tea extracts

A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.

Heat-killed lactobacillus shows oral health benefits

Consuming capsules with heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum L-137 may help reduce probing depth in people with periodontal disease, says a new study from Japan.

Link between vitamin E & brain tumours found in metabolite study

A link between vitamin E levels in the blood and the increased risk of brain tumours has been established in a Scandinavian study. 

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS Europe 2016

Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source

The pursuit of alternative omega-3 fatty acid sources that are closer biologically to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oils remains a key industry challenge.

Gut-brain axis uses immune system to ‘talk,’ study shows

The gut microbiome and the brain communicate to each other via the immune system, a study has shown as researchers delve deeper into the so-called 'gut-brain axis'. 

‘We need to achieve a prebiotic health claim to advance research in the category’: Academic

Despite an abundance of health benefits, the lack of a prebiotic health claim in Europe is stalling research in a number of areas, says a leading prebiotic researcher.

Caraway extract shows slimming potential for women

An aqueous extract of caraway seeds may suppress appetite and help slim waistlines and thighs in physically active women, says a new study.

Horseradish’s anti-cancer potency recorded in first-time study

The horseradish vegetable contains compounds that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing compounds in the body, a study has shown.

Ashwagandha root extract may boost cardiorespiratory endurance: RCT

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) root extract may improve endurance during exercise, says a new study using the KSM-66 brand of Ashwagandha from Ixoreal Biomed.

Prenatal vitamins may reduce risk of pregnancy loss by 55%

Taking a prenatal multivitamin every single day during pregnancy may reduce the risk of losing the baby by 55%, compared to not taking a multivitamin, says a new study.

Imprinting obesity: Mum's metabolic health may have lasting impact on baby

Mothers who gain excess weight or have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy could ‘imprint’ obesity on their children, even if they are born with a normal body weight.

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