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Vitamin A derivative could address type 2 diabetes and obesity – mice study

Vitamin A derivative retinoic acid could address obesity and type 2 diabetes and prevent their cardiovascular complications, according to a study by the University of Montreal and CHUM Research Centre.

A metropolitan detox: Broccoli could be 'frugal, simple and safe' way of reducing risks of air pollution

Daily consumption of half a cup of a broccoli sprout beverage increased participants' ability to excrete the carcinogen benzene and lung irritant acrolein, according to research in China.

Conflicting information can compromise official health advice

Official communications about the health risks associated with a food lose credibility with consumers when they are exposed to new information emphasising the benefits of that food – regardless of...

Cutting your losses: Seaweed extract improves fresh spinach storage quality

The fertiliser and soil conditioner Ascophyllum nodosum extract (ANE) could present a sustainable and ‘market ready’ solution for prolonging the shelf life and enhancing the nutritional value of highly perishable...

Prebiotic fibers may improve metabolic factors in obese individuals: Study

Daily supplements of inulin-type fructans prebiotics may boost levels of beneficial Bifidobacteria species in the gut of obese people, and reduce metabolic risk factors, says a new study from the...

Carbohydrates may offer IBS relief: Nutritional expert

Reducing consumption of carbohydrate foods containing naturally occurring fibres and sugars may offer almost 'instant' relief from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to nutrition consultant.

Masquelier’s OPC supplements may boost vascular health via gene expression changes: Study

Daily supplements of oligomeric procyanidins from grape seeds may change gene expression associated with cardiovascular disease pathways, according to a new study by an international group of genomics scientists.

Abbott Nutrition study: Maternal lutein supplementation passes to child

Supplementing lactating women with lutein is an effective way of raising the lutein status of the breast-feeding infant, says a new study from Abbott Nutrition with potential implications for eye...

White bread promotes improved gut microbiota: Study

White bread made from refined grains may promote increased Lactobacillus levels in the gut, researchers say.

Herb shows gastro benefits: Study

Supplementation with Vital Solutions’ proprietary Benegut perilla frutescens leaf extract offers substantial relief from gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, say researchers.

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this...

‘The unique characteristics of oatmeal’: Quaker Oats-funded study shows that instant oatmeal keeps hunger at bay from breakfast until lunch

Eating instant oatmeal for breakfast may help to manage hunger better than the leading oat-based, cold cereal, says a new study funded by Quaker Oats with implications for weight management.

Healthy bread: The promise and challenges of maize, oat, barley, sorghum and millet

Non-wheat cereals have huge potential for nutritional breads, but further in-depth research is needed to overcome dough difficulties and nutrient retention concerns, say researchers.

Calgon in your joint health supplements? Experts identify recently discovered adulterant of chondroitin sulfate

The dietary supplements industry has been advised to implement effective ingredient testing methods for chondroitin after a team of industry and analytical experts identified a recently discovered adulterant as sodium...

Vitamin A, E, and D deficiencies ‘dramatically’ higher in preterm babies

Preterm newborns have a far higher risk of vitamin A, E, and D deficiency than full term babies, researchers have suggested.

IFT 2014: What’s hot in science and technology?

Some of world’s top food science and technology professionals will come together later this month at IFT. If you’re more ‘science focused’  than trends guru, check out our guide to...

Could coffee protect DNA from damage?

Regular consumption of coffee may reduce DNA damage and reduce energy intake and body fat, according to two new studies from Europe.

Symprove for IBS: The medical fraternity are now taking us seriously, says chairman

Doctors are now showing interest in Symprove’s non-dairy multi-strain probiotic for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatment, but it took a published medical paper to get their attention, says the company...

Mongolian dairy probiotics may alleviate allergies: Mouse study

Probiotics isolated from Mongolian dairy products could alleviate allergy symptoms through intestinal immunity and helper cell balance, research using mice has suggested.

Australia

Melbourne hospital trialling starch powder as a cure for bowel cancer

A new powder made from a modified cornstarch that can be sprinkled on foods is now being tested as a potential bowel cancer treatment in Australia.

Natural coating gives fruit a berry long shelf life

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a material found in blueberry leaves can be used to coat the berries themselves, delivering longer shelf life, boosted antioxidants, and pathogen protection.

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Evidence is building that links the gut microbiome and brain function and ‘psychobiotics’ are at the heart of that, says a leading Irish researcher working in the field for more...

Calcium supplements and heart health: New study ‘does not support the hypothesis of increased CVD risk’

Data from almost 75,000 women collected over 24 years do not support the hypothesis that calcium supplements may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in women, researchers report.

Chewing gum is a 'cheap' way to help stay alert: Study

Chewing gum may make you more alert and could be useful in contexts such as driving, according to a new study.

Anti antioxidants? Metformin treated worms live longer due to free radicals, study

Microscopic worms exposed to the diabetes medication metformin live longer because the drug makes them produce more free radicals according to a new study that has implications for human health and...

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