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Maternal diet linked to risk of heart abnormalities at birth

A relatively healthy diet before pregnancy is linked to a lower rate of certain heart abnormalities in babies at birth, according to new research.

Vitamin D increases muscle strength: Review

Vitamin D supplementation significantly increases upper and lower limb strength, a review of seven trials has found.

EU folate fortification failure caused 8,400 neural tube defects in 11 years

Europe is facing an “epidemic” of folic acid-preventable neural tube defects (NTD) spina bifida and anencephaly, researchers have said.

Gut bacteria play vital role in benefits and harms of different fats: Mouse data

The impact of different dietary fats on our health may be mediated by the changes the cause in our gut bacteria ecosystem, according to new research. 

‘The ratio of vitamin E to PUFA is critical & requires deeper examination’: DSM

Vitamin E requirement should be increased as intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) increase, say scientists from DSM and the University of Southampton in a new paper.

Amino acid supplements may boost vascular endothelial function in older adults: Study

A combination of HMB (a metabolite of leucine), glutamine and arginine may improve vascular function and blood flow in older people, says a new study.

Vitamin D cuts asthma exacerbation by 74% in children: Review

Vitamin D supplementation may cut the risk of asthma exacerbation in children but it does not impact respiratory infections in healthy children, a review has found.

Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers

When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of...

Lutein/zeaxanthin and cognitive health: New study supports macular pigment as potential biomarker of brain health

Measuring macular pigment offers potential as a biomarker of cognitive health, and Alzheimer’s patients are more likely to be seriously deficient in carotenoids, say data from two new studies.

Low vitamin D linked to schizophrenic brain dysfunction

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to the dysfunction of the hippocampus – a region of the brain thought to play a role in schizophrenia, say researchers.

Coffee polyphenol may help manage blood sugar in healthy people: Study

Polyphenols from coffee may improve blood sugar levels and boost endothelial function in healthy men, says a new study from Japan.

“Omega-3s, from fish or supplements, should be consumed throughout life," says GOED

Omega-3 supplements fail to halt cognitive decline in the elderly, says AREDS 2 data

One gram per day of EPA plus DHA omega-3s does not appear to slow normal age-related cognitive decline in people over 70, suggests data from the AREDS 2 eye study.

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Gene study backs up link between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis risk

Findings from a new genetic study support previous data linking lower vitamin D levels with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), say the team behind the paper.

Omega-3 could help support ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut

The omage-3 fatty acid EPA may help to support the growth and tolerance of probiotic bacterial strains in the human gut, according to new preliminary research.

Should probiotics star in Helicobacter pylori therapy?

There are some promising results but no firm conclusions when it comes to using probiotics against the stomach germ Helicobacter pylori, a review finds.

The link between psychosis and malnutrition

First-time psychosis sufferers are far more likely to be deficient in micronutrients and protein than the general population – and more intervention studies are needed to explore strategies against this,...

Vitamin D has no real benefit for obese teens’ heart health or diabetes risk, pilot study suggests

Supplementing obese teens with high doses of vitamin D may not have benefits on endothelial functions related to the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, say researchers.

L. reuteri supplements may modulate gut insulin metabolism: RCT

Consumption of Lactobacillus reuteri probiotics may boost insulin release in healthy people, says a new study.

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Bee pollen may up biscuits’ protein, fiber and polyphenol game: Researchers

Fortifying biscuit with bee pollen may help manufacturers increase protein, fiber and polyphenol content without impacting taste, according to Polish researchers.

Early lutein doesn’t impact kids’ diabetes, heart disease, stroke risk: 2000-strong 5-year study

Taking lutein at 13 months of age does not benefit the child’s cardiometabolic health at six, say researchers.

Supplement may drive brain benefits in ‘action planning’

People consuming the food supplement GABA may have an enhanced ability to react to and prioritise different actions, say researchers.

Front-of-pack labels boost purchase intent – regardless of nutrition

Consumers are significantly more likely to buy foods that carry front-of-pack nutrition labels irrespective of their nutritional value, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.

Insect oil: Bugs aren’t just about protein

Is it time to look beyond insect protein to… insect oil? This is the next opportunity within edible bugs, says researcher.

Brain boosting bioactives, Part 1: From omega-3 to vitamin E

Memory, attention and focus, development, mood; there are numerous ways that a nutrient or ingredient can affect cognitive health. But which have the most science, how do they work, and...

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