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Cinnamic acid and diabetes: Clinical studies needed to assess bioavailability concerns

Cinnamic acid’s potential for diabetes management has been highlighted in a new review, but concerns over bioavailability are still hindering its use in nutraceuticals.  

Clinical data supports safety, bioavailability, and biological activity of pomegranate metabolite

Development of products with urolithin A, a metabolite from pomegranate compounds, took a big step forward as scientists reported results from a Phase 1 trial supporting the safety, bioavailability, and...

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study explores how gut microbial populations impact cognitive function

A greater abundance of gut bacteria from the phylum Bacteriodetes is associated with better cognitive function in adults, says a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at...

Lutein & zeaxanthin isomers may reduce stress: RCT data

Dietary supplementation with the macular carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin isomers may reduce psychological stress and improve measures of emotional health, say new results from the LAMA II study. 

Dragons Den event for nutrition industry a "win-win" for all concerned

DSM has dubbed its forthcoming Innovation Partnering Conference a "win-win" for itself and nutrition entrepreneurs as it looks to unearth the rising stars of fermented foods and bio-preservation....

Disease-fighting broccoli nutrients thrive under alternate nitrogen source

Controlling the nitrogen source used by plants can increase the nutrient profile of commercially valuable vegetables like broccoli, reducing the use of pesticides in the process. 

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Curcumin may boost recovery and maintain performance during workouts

Dietary supplements formulated with highly bioavailable curcumin may allow for faster recovery after competition-level training, and blunt training-related decreases in performance , says new data presented at Experimental Biology 2017. 

Iron fortification efforts boosted by protein-nanoparticle combo

A combination of whey protein nanofibrils and iron nanoparticles could help food and drink formulators provide a sustainable and cost-effective strategy to reduce iron-deficiency.

Some like it hot: Cayenne pepper curbs appetite and boosts satiety

Adding to cayenne pepper to food can curb hunger, increase satiety and reduce cravings for salty food - but it increases the desire to eat sweet and fatty foods, Danish...

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Broccoli may beneficially affect microbiota diversity: Study

Consuming broccoli may change the diversity and composition of the microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract, says a new study.

Valuable protection: Is the variety of gut bacteria more important than immune system in newborns?

A wide variety of gut bacteria may provide more protection against newborn infections than previously thought, say researchers who suggests the diversity of bacteria rather than the age of the...

Human data backs FMT to improve brain functions and reduce healthcare burden

Faecal microbiota transplants (FMT) could significantly reduce hospitalisations and improve signs of cognitive impairment caused by severe liver disease, new human data suggests.

Vitamin D blunts negative impact of statins in diabetes patients post-exercise: RCT

Vitamin D supplementation for patients with type 2 diabetes improves cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle mitochondria among those who are taking statins, a new RCT reveals

Grape seed extract may protect gut from inflammation: Study

Proanthocyanidin-rich grape seed extracts may protect the intestines from the deleterious effects of a high-fat/high-carbohydrate diet, according to data from a rat study.

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Curcumin concoction could combat colitis: Study

A formula that blends curcumin and turmeric oils can prove effective against the activity and inflammatory burden of colitis, a study has determined.

RCT: Ashwagandha root extract may improve memory and cognitive functions

Compared to a placebo, adults supplemented with ashwagandha root extract had improved memory test scores, researchers in India found.

New laser technology from New Zealand finds omega-3 supplements meet PUFA labelling claims

New omega-3 laser testing technology in New Zealand has showed that 11 widely-available supplements were in line with their label claims, “which should give consumers reassurance regarding the quality of...

Fish oil molecule ups brain and eye cell survival odds from stroke

A molecule made from omega-3 fish oil could help damaged brain and retina cells survive in the event of a stroke or other neurodegenerative and eye-blinding disorders, a study has...

Plant protein may prove a more effective diabetic defence: Study

Consuming protein from plants rather than meat greatly reduces chances of type 2 diabetes, new research shows.

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study unlocks how genes may affect dietary preferences

Genes involved in behavioral and psychological traits appear to drive a significant part of someone’s food preferences and dietary habits, says a new study from Spain.

Could coffee polyphenols improve sleep and energy metabolism in obese people?

Chlorogenic acids – the most abundant polyphenols in coffee – may help people fall asleep and boost fat burning during sleep, suggests a new study from Japan.

New NRC-backed study to explore role of K2 in calcium metabolism

The Norwegian Research Council will fund a four year study to explore the relationship between calcium metabolism and vitamin K2, says NattoPharma.

Beetroot’s ‘anti-ageing’ effects on brain noted in post-exercise study

Beetroot juice supplementation could improve cognitive function in older people as study results showed an enhanced ability by the brain to form new neural connections.

US Army exploring how stressors affect gut health in soldiers

The mental and physical stresses associated with military training may be detrimentally affecting the health of the gut in US soldiers, potentially opening doors to nutritional interventions.

Bespoke ‘medical diets’ could boost cancer treatment success

Nutritionally tailored that lack certain non-essential amino-acids could help boost the performance of traditional cancer treatments, say researchers.

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