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Physiological responses to caffeine may increase with age: Study

The potentially negative effects of caffeine consumption on the heart significantly increase as young people reach adolescence, research has suggested. 

Special edition: Bone & Joint Health

Magnesium and bone health: Science and economics stack up for this red hot mineral

With the science and regulatory bodies agreeing on the bone health boosting potential of magnesium, and the potential healthcare savings related to magnesium for reducing osteoporosis-related events worth about $500...

Fruity carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin may prevent abdominal obesity

Beta-cryptoxanthin, a novel dietary carotenoid derived from Japanese satsuma mandarin, may prevent abdominal obesity and improve symptoms of metabolic syndromes, according to a review of human and mice research. ...

Black tea shows cholesterol-busting potential: Meta-analysis

Regular consumption of black tea may reduce LDL cholesterol levels, but has no effect on HDL cholesterol, according to a new meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Special Edition: Bone & Joint Health

Dearth of convincing data retards application of omega-3s in joint health

A lack of convincing human data has stalled the wider application of omega-3s in the area of joint health, experts say.

Date palm: Eco-efficient and functional, claim researchers

The natural sweetness and antioxidant properties of dates could add value to dairy, pastry and meat products, and would reduce waste of a fruit that was not being eaten fresh,...

Exercise and high protein diet may increase gut microbiota diversity: Research

Exercise and ‘extreme' high protein diet could have beneficial impact on gut microbiota diversity, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. 

Better together: Polyphenol may have greater bioavailability in combo with others

The amount of polyphenols absorbed and used by the body may be greater when taken with other polyphenols, according to a research review of the antioxidants.

Review links prebiotics with reduction in acute infection risk in children

Prebiotics may help reduce the risk of serious infections in children under two years but more research is required, according to meta-analysis.

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...

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