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Despite push to be lean, female athletes who eat more perform better, expert says

Body image is huge complicating factor in advising female athletes on nutrition, an expert said during a session during a recent conference.

Spearmint extract may enhance reaction time, focus and agility: Human data

Daily supplements of Kemin’s Neumentix spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) extract may support cognition and enhance physical performance in young, healthy individuals, says a new study.

Eating more polyunsaturated fats linked to less inflammation in patients with existing heart disease

Cardiovascular patients with low polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake suffer from higher inflammation levels, according to a recent study in Nutrition.

Brain-impaired elderly subjects appear to most benefit from cocoa flavanols: Review

Flavanol-rich chocolate is well known for its beneficial effect on the brain, but a review by Italian researchers point towards its neuroprotective effects in vulnerable populations over time.

Study finds quality of reporting of supplement trials to be “poor” and blame could be down to restrictions in scientific journals

Restrictions on word counts in scientific journals on the reporting of trials on the efficacy of supplements can hinder the quality of the reporting of the study, according to the...

Amway unveils new distribution centre in major Thai market

Amway has opened a new distribution centre in Thailand – one the direct selling giant’s top 10 global markets.

ISAPP experts update definition and scope of ‘Prebiotics’

An expert panel convened by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has updated the definition of “prebiotics” to take into account advances in sequencing technology and the...

Navigating disease claim currents especially tricky for probiotics, expert says

Regulatory hurdles must be kept in mind when designing studies to support products. This is especially true in research on probiotics, an expert says.

Global microbiome market to triple by 2022, with France a primary driver

The global microbiome market is forecast to nearly triple in size to €0.44bn ($0.5bn) by 2022, according to a new report, which pinpointed France, Israel and the US as market...

Biofortification one of many factors in tackling iron and zinc deficiencies: Study

Biofortification alone is not enough to enhance bread with optimum iron and zinc levels to fight deficiencies, a study says as it cites other production methods that should factor in...

Fatty acid enzyme ratio may help determine bowel cancer survival

A higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 enzymes is linked to better survival rate in bowel cancer according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer. ...

Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers.

Supplements a cost-effective alternative to elderly diet: Study

Health and social care decision makers have been asked to consider the merits of providing elderly care home residents with supplements instead of their normal diets, after study results found...

African database catalogues untapped regional bioactive source

A database of natural products (NP) isolated from native organisms of Northern Africa is now available online as its creators look to categorise the region’s untapped repository of bioactive compounds....

Study finds magnesium may ease depression symptoms

Magnesium appears to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a new study in PLoS ONE.

Taurine addition boosts photodynamic therapy for brain tumours: Japan study

Adding taurine to photosensitizers — which are used to treat brain tumours — boosts the emission of the reactive oxygen species (ROS) that kills cancer cells.

Caffeine aids weight loss in mice...but at equivalent of 30 cups of coffee a day for humans

Caffeine helped obese mice lose weight by suppressing appetites and increasing energy exposure — but one academic has argued an equivalent dose in humans is likely to lead to severe caffeine toxicity and...

Lonza’s $5.5bn Capsugel takeover cleared by regulators

Lonza expects to complete its $5.5bn (€5.2bn) takeover of Capsugel SA in the next few days having secured approval from competition authorities around the world.

Olive fermentation yeast strains have probiotic potential, study finds

Researchers have called for further testing and fresh investment in novel and non-dairy probiotics after new research suggests that some yeast strains involved in the fermentation of table olives have...

What’s new for the European market of sports nutrition?

The sports and health nutrition industry is booming in Western Europe as more consumers look for a healthy lifestyle, according to market intelligence agencies.

Vitacost debuts new branding with simplified packaging to make supplement buying ‘easier’

Online retailer Vitacost.com is aiming to boost transparency and consumer understanding with a re-launch of its own brand of dietary supplements with new names and simplified packaging.

Prinova expands global manufacturing with acquisition of Lycored's premix business

Food ingredients giant Prinova is accelerating its global expansion strategy with the acquition of Lycored's premix business. Lycored, in turn, will expedite its move toward concentration in its carotenoid and...

Russian billionaire buys Holland & Barrett for healthy €2.0bn

US private equity firm Carlyle sells Europe’s largest health and wellness retailer to investment fund controlled by Mikhail Fridman

News in brief

Iron supplementation may influence degree of bacterial infection

Dietary iron overload may impair the host's ability to fight off harmful bacteria, a study declares as its implications now turn to the effects of imprecise iron supplementation.

News in brief

FMC to sell omega-3 business to Pelagia

The Epax omega-3 business is being sold by FMC Corporation to Pelagia AS. 

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