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Alpha-lipoic acid + EPA may promote body weight loss in healthy overweight women: Study

Supplements of alpha-lipoic acid, with or without EPA omega-3, may help promote weight loss in obese and overweight women on a reduced calorie diet, says a new study from Spain.

Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

EFSA lifts year-long block on Buglossoides oil novel food approval

Buglossoides oil is a safe novel food ingredient, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in an opinion that should put member state concerns on safety and strength of evidence...

Researchers delve into nutrition solutions for illness–prone athletes

There is a need for greater research into nutrition solutions for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) that are common in athletes, according to the researcher behind a study on the...

Researchers hit back at criticisms of vit B Alzheimer's study

Oxford researchers have defended their study, which found no link between vitamin B and preventing Alzheimer’s, against accusations of being "inaccurate and misleading". 

Mushroom extracts show blood sugar management potential: Study

Powdered preparations of the mushrooms Pleurotus ostreatus and Pleurotus cystidiosus may reduce blood sugar levels after a meal in healthy people, while also impacting insulin levels in diabetics, says a new study....

ESSNA membership: Medix Laboratoires and Smart Nutrition in, HFMA out

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) sees two new members – Medix Laboratoires and Smart Nutrition – join its ranks after its associate member Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA)...

BioCell Collagen may improve recovery following weight training exercise: Study

Supplements containing BioCell Collagen may protect the connective tissue of the musculoskeletal system and enhancing recovery from intense exercise, says preliminary data from a proof-of-concept study.

Garlic extract may help cystic fibrosis patients fight lung infection: Study

Allicin extracted from garlic may help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Excess vitamin A may prevent foetal formation of blood cells

Excessive retinoic acid – a molecule derived from vitamin A  – can prevent the healthy development of blood in embryos, a team of Swedish researchers have found. 

Amino acid may help counter heat stress: Animal study

Supplementation of the amino acid methionine may help fight against heat stress, according to research using broiler chickens.

New study extends lutein’s ‘functional evidence’ for eye health benefits

Increased intakes of lutein may not only have a direct beneficial role in the macula of the eye, but may also affect inflammation, says a new study.

Special edition: Botanicals

What will it take to break the botanicals deadlock?

Two pending European Courts of Justice (ECJ) cases and the prospect of a unified pan-EU list of safe botanicals hold the potential to break the current deadlock around botanicals, according...

High vitamin C intake may help elderly maintain immune cells

Long-term high-dose vitamin C supplementation could help maintain immune functions in ageing, according to research in mice. 

Cultured views from Probiota 2015 in Amsterdam

Game on: Probiotics & sports performance

Clinical data is building around the role of probiotics to aid athletic performance – from recovery to muscle development to immune defense. We spoke to a leading researcher at Probiota...

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

Red wine compound may help prevent memory loss

A compound found in red wine could help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports. 

Norway and Denmark warn on dangerous levels of vitamin A and D

The Norwegian and Danish authorities have both issued warnings on the sale of vitamins that exceeded safe upper limits by up to 16 times. 

GNC to start selling in UK and Ireland

US-based nutrition company GNC has announced it will expand business to the UK and Ireland selling own-brand products.

Glutathione supplements may delay fatigue during exercise: Mouse and human data

Supplements of glutathione may boost mitochondrial levels in muscle and delay exercise-induced fatigue, suggest data from mice and men from Japan.

New flavours for omega-3 aimed at children and pregnant women

Croda has added two new flavours to its omega-3 syrup range that are easier to swallow than capsules for pregnant women and children.

Comment

First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

Rethinking malnutrition strategies may reduce relapses and deaths, says researchers

Rethinking the cutoff thresholds of feeding regimens that malnourished children are put on could help to reduce the rate of relapse, which currently stands at 37%, say experts.

Horphag builds science before launching French oak wood extract to select clients

Horphag, the company behind the Pycnogenol brand of French Maritime Pine bark extracts, has launched a new ingredient, this time based on French oak wood that it is branding Robuvit.

Wearable devices to track personal nutrition by 2020

Technology that helps consumers tailor what they eat to their specific health requirements – so-called ‘personalised nutrition’ – will take off over the next five years, the head of intelligence...