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Citrus compound protects against effects of high-fat diet, study from Korea and Japan reports

Long-term supplementation with low-dose nobiletin can protect against high-fat diet induced inflammation, insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia and liver disease, despite not contributing to weight loss, a study by Korean and Japanese...

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Bowel disease benefits of a diet low in certain carbs and sugars revealed: New Zealand data

Adhering to a low FODMAP diet - a diet low in certain sugars and carbohydrates - can help relieve symptoms for women suffering from both irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis.

Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities'

Sweet potato supplementation significantly reduced obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also had beneficial effects on liver and kidney functions, a new China study showed.

Pear pomace fibre aids weight loss by boosting gut microbiota: China study

A new study showed insoluble dietary fibre (IDF) from pear pomace can prevent obesity and reduce damage caused by a high-fat diet, with researchers believing it does so by improving...

White mulberry extracts “clearly relieve’ diabetes symptoms in rat model: Study

Two fractions of polysaccharides extracted from white mulberry (Morus alba L) have been found to relieve symptoms of diabetes in a study on rats.

Lychee and Alzheimer’s: Saponins boost rats’ cognitive function 'almost as effectively as drug'

Saponins extracted from lychee seeds helped improve cognitive function and prevented neuronal injury in rats induced with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), a new study reports.

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.

No evidence of link between fruit and veg consumption and reduction in overall cancer cases: Major Japan study

There is insufficient evidence of a link between fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduction in the number of overall cancer cases, according to a pooled analysis of large-scale cohort...

Red seaweed could be a potential aid for cancer treatment: Study

A study found that red seaweed (k.alvarezii) helps in slowing down the growth rate of mammary tumours in rats, which researchers says displays the algae’s potential as a natural aid...

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EFSA quits Brussels for Parma home; commits to livestreaming

The European Food safety Authority (EFSA) is moving open meetings back to its Parma Italy base after a year in Brussels failed to increase turn-outs.

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I-nutrition: This time it’s personal

Personalised nutrition is emerging fast – as technologies like gene mapping and smartphones offer the potential for people to optimise nutrition, live healthier lives and reduce the burden of chronic...

Five-flavoured omija berry boasts obesity-fighting potential

Omija fruit ethanol extract may be helpful to fight obesity and related metabolic disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, dyslipidaemia, and insulin resistance, according to the results of a...

Artificial Intelligence: BASF partner with Nuritas on 'next gen' functional peptides

Ingredients giant BASF will collaborate with Irish start-up Nuritas on the discovery and commercialisation of novel functional peptides using DNA analysis and artificial intelligence (AI).

BioGaia’s probiotic products to be launched in Thailand

BioGaia has signed an exclusive agreement with Abbott to commercialize its probiotic products  in Thailand.

KitoZyme banking on novel prebiotic with new medical device platform

Belgian firm KitoZyme is planning a roll out of of medical device products that put restoring gut flora at centre stage, company told Nutraingredients after receiving two new certifications.

Wild banana ripe for greater functional food and nutraceutical examination: Review

Wild banana (M. acuminata), which has long been used in traditional medicine in South East Asia, is worthy of further investigation to assess its functional food and nutraceutical development on...

French group: Vitamin D-linked infant death not a supplement issue; Health Minister agrees

The French food supplements trade group Synadiet has clarified that the Uvestérol D vitamin D product linked to an infant death before Christmas was a prescription-only medicine and not available...

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Asian VC invests €33m in Indian botanicals specialist; acquisitions targeted

Indian-based but global-facing herbals player OmniActive Health Technologies has won a $35 million (€33m) investment from venture capitalist Everstone Group, as it pursues expansion and acquisition targets.

The nutra space: Eyes turn to 2017

Only the seemingly foolish would have predicted 2016 would see the UK vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump win the US presidential election. But in the post-truth era,...

DuPont gets Gates grant for protein drug production platform

DuPont has joined a Gates Foundation backed effort to develop low cost production methods for therapeutic proteins.

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Firms invest €1.25m in ‘next generation of probiotic products’ for pregnant women

Swedish biotek firm MetaboGen is developing probiotic products to tackle pregnancy itching with Swiss player Ferring.

LGC seals third deal in a month with BRC Global Standards acquisition

Private equity backed LGC has splashed the cash for the third time in a month to acquire BRC Global Standards.

Tomato extract shows blood thinning potential versus aspirin: Study

A proprietary tomato extract – backed in EU health claim law to benefit blood circulation – has been shown to thin blood in healthy people – but less severely than...

ASA U-turn: Omega Pharma ruling reversed after UK medicines agency input

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reversed its ruling against healthcare company Omega Pharma following previously omitted advice from the UK’s medicines regulator.