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Prebiotics may lower markers of obesity-associated inflammation: Human data

Incorporating prebiotic oligofructose in the diet as supplements or functional foods may help lower levels of some markers of obesity-associated inflammation, says a new study.

Supplementation for over 55s offers significant healthcare savings

Calcium plus vitamin D could save European healthcare nearly €4 billion

Fortification or supplementation programmes to increase levels of calcium and vitamin D could prevent almost 200,000 fractures per year in Europe – saving €3.96 billion in avoidable healthcare costs.

Company to sell 60% stake in Dairy Ireland to Irish co-op

Strong results reiterate Glanbia's nutrition focus; as firm announces Dairy Ireland spin-off

Glanbia reported better than expected growth in 2016 with performance nutrition driving revenue and profits, said the firm as it announced the part sell-off of its Irish dairy business. 

Phytosterol fortified milk lowers cholesterol and fatty liver build-up: BASF-supported study

Milk fortified with phytosterols not only helped lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in rats with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but also decreased fatty liver build-up, a study found.

Sheep milk has untapped functional food potential: Review

Sheep milk has significant but neglected potential for use in functional foods, according to a new review, which highlights its suitability for use in probiotic and prebiotic applications.

Whey out? Could cricket protein rival whey as a sports nutrition and functional drinks ingredient?

Crickets could become a functional protein ingredient to rival casein and whey in nutritional beverages and sports drinks, researchers suggest.

Niacin was ‘surprisingly effective’ in prevention of eye disease

Vitamin B3 supplementation could prevent glaucoma onset: Mouse study

The addition of vitamin B3 to the drinking water of mice that are genetically predisposed to glaucoma led to the prevention of the disease in 93% of cases, say researchers.

Young men shun products with health claims, Spanish study suggests

Young, healthy men are more likely to actively avoid, rather than be attracted to, products with prominent health claims such as reduced-fat or high-fibre, according to new research in Spain.

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets of microbiological tests in 14 minutes. Meet Ms Ugene, Singapore’s first two-armed robot microbiologist helping Traditional...

Highlights from Probiota 2017 in Berlin

Microbiome manipulation proposed as way to ‘engineer’ health

The advent of synthetic biology, to essentially enhance microorganism capability is the radical approach being proposed to address micronutrient deficiencies and ‘engineer’ health.

Groups call for deep revision or outright rejection of FDA fiber guidance

FDA’s draft guidance on dietary fiber should be significantly amended or tossed out altogether, according to industry trade groups. But at least one company that has been affected by the...

Transitioning: Danone profits soar by 34% as firm outlines €1bn cost-cutting

A 34% rise in net profits for French dairy and nutrition giant Danone was backed up by the announcement of a €1 billion efficiency program as the firm continues its...

Maternal diet has key impact on baby’s muscles and long term health

A maternal diet that puts her growing baby under stress could result in weaker muscles and set her child up for greater risk of long-term health issues, say researchers.

New Australian university centre eyes Asia opportunities for omega-3 and probiotics products

The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia is opening a $1m new Food Science Innovation Precinct to drive new products and research in probiotics, omega-3, functional foods and dairy.

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Aker BioMarine invest €112.6 million in new krill vessel

Norwegian krill player Aker BioMarine has commissioned a new environmentally-friendly krill fishing vessel, at a cost of around €112.6 million (NOK 1 billion).

Probiotics boost the kidney benefits of soy milk in diabetic patients, RCT reveals

Probiotic soy milk improves several indexes of kidney function in type 2 diabetic patients with nephropathy – a major complication of diabetes and the foremost cause of end-stage renal failure.

Researchers: 'We consider this to be a major breakthrough'

Gut bacteria linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease: Mouse data

Intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease, say researchers who suggest their findings could open new opportunities for preventing and even reversing the disease through the gut.

Higher vitamin D levels linked to longer telomeres: Study

Increased levels of vitamin D are associated with longer telomeres, reported to be a marker of biological aging, says a new study.

Plant sterol fortified soy milk shows inflammation benefits: Singapore study

Soy milk fortified with combination of plant sterols can alleviate lipid peroxidation and inflammation, a Singapore clinical trial has concluded.

Data demands unchanged

Industry response: New EFSA health claim guidance makes applying easier, but science requirements remain the same

EU health claim specialists say EFSA guidance issued last week clarifies application procedures but changes nothing of the infamous pharma-style scientific requirements that have denied 1000s of claims across the...

Preaching to the converted? Only dieters are responsive to healthy eating adverts

Most people choose unhealthy snacks that are high in salt, fat and sugar regardless of whether they have watched adverts for healthy or unhealthy food, with only dieters choosing the...

Taiwan fungus provides anti-skin cancer supplement potential, researchers report

The fruiting body of the Taiwanese fungus Antrodia camphorata possesses anti-skin cancer, antioxidant and anti-melanogenic properties, according to new research.

Fibre supplements cut cholesterol, glucose, in 12-month study

Novel fibre supplement PolyGlycopleX (PGX) can help lower cholesterol, insulin and glucose levels, with slightly superior results to psyllium, according to a 12-month study on overweight or obese adults.

Glanbia strengthens performance nutrition offering with €181 million double deal

Dairy and nutritional ingredients firm Glanbia has confirmed two strategic acquisitions that will enhance its performance nutrition division by bringing a greater focus on plant-based foods and direct-to-consumer sales.

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Czechs bust 33 food supplement ads

A total of 33 advertisements that did not comply with EU food laws were found during an investigation carried out by The Czech Agriculture and Food Investigation Authority last year.

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