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Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

Meta-analysis supports potential of omega-3s for ADHD

Omega-3s fatty acid supplements may improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a meta-analysis of gold standard clinical trials.

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Probiotics offer prospect of cheap, eco-friendly nanoparticles

The use of probiotics for the biosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) may offer a cheaper, more eco-friendly alternative to previous production methods, says a new review.

EU project aims to improve extraction and cultivation of microalgae

A new €5m European project aims to make it cheaper and easier to enrich food, nutraceuticals and cosmetics with microalgae.

Food supplements and tea subject of EFSA warning on pyrrolizidine alkaloid consumption

High consumption of tea infusions is a possible long-term concern for human health due to their carcinogenic properties, the European Food and Safety Authority rules. 

Tocopherol source may affect breast milk vitamin E profile, says study

The vitamin E alpha-tocopherol is imperative to a baby’s nervous system development, and they primarily get this from breast milk or formula. In a clinical trial, researchers from Abbott Nutrition...

Vitamin D pills may boost quality of life for osteoarthritis patients: Study

High-dose supplementation with vitamin D2 may improve pain scores and measures of “quality of life” in people with osteoarthritis, says a new study.

EU will draft guidance to end 'totally unacceptable' dual quality discrimination

The European Commission is preparing guidelines to help national authorities identify and put an end to the "totally unacceptable" and discriminatory practice of dual quality foods, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday....

Molecular mechanisms: Could omega-3 metabolite offer hope in battle against age-related diseases?

A signalling molecule produced by the the omega-3 fatty acid DHA could be used to target age-related conditions and diseases including stroke and Alzheimer’s, new research suggests.

DuPont to sell existing alginates business

DuPont to divest alginates business as Commission clears FMC-DuPont deals

The European Commission (EC) has conditionally cleared a two-way deal acquisition between FMC and DuPont, based on promises that both companies will divest parts of their existing business.

GM plant-derived omega-3 successfully cultivated on commercial scale

Commercial production of omega-3 supplements sourced from genetically modified plants is the subject of research that could ease the pressure on traditional marine-derived supplies of fish oils.

Magnesium pills may improve blood pressure in at-risk populations

People with insulin resistance, prediabetes, or other non-communicable chronic diseases are at an increased risk of hypertension, but magnesium supplements may help lower their blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis.

From kefir to kvass: What's in store for Europe's fermented food trend?

From do-it-yourself kefir kits and lacto-fermented vegetable juices to kvass and spreadable cheese-style tempeh – what’s trending and what's next for the fermented food trend in Europe?

News in brief

Royal DSM appoints new president of DSM Food Specialties

Royal DSM has appointed Patrick Niels to replace Ilona Haaijer as president of DMS Food Specialities from August 1.

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Cellular calcium levels may influence cholesterol production, study suggests

Calcium levels within cells may play an important role in controlling cholesterol production, according to recent research using roundworms.

Nutrition hold Nestlé and Danone steady after flatter than expected half-year results

Specialised nutrition and health divisions have helped to balance global food giants Nestlé and Danone after each reported a slowdown in sales across core areas of business as the impact...

Maternal vitamin D may be vital to childhood development

Preventing vitamin D deficiencies in pregnant women might be important for ensuring normal development in children, say UK researchers.

Lutein levels linked to a more agile and ‘youthful’ brain: Study

A high intake of lutein appears to slow down cognitive decline, a US study suggests, as findings appear to support previous outcomes linking this nutrient to improved mental health.

Eating walnuts may boost good gut bacteria, suggests study

Walnut consumption may increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut, according to a recent animal study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

‘Breast milk-like’ formula may help babies sleep more and cry less, suggests study

Infants given formula milk containing high levels of SN-2 palmitate, sleep more and cry less than those given standard formula, reveals a study in Clinics in Mother and Child Health....

French people eat too much salt and not enough fibre: ANSES

The French population is consuming more processed foods, too much salt, and - “most importantly” - not enough fibre compared to ten years ago, according to a survey by the...

Five key market trends shaping the China supplement landscape for exporters

Chinese demand for supplements and natural products shows no sign of slowing, but would-be exporters need to be mindful of five key trends shaping the market today in order to...

Study opens possibility of using algae to manage inflammation via the microbiome

Algal solution: Could Spirulina modify the microbiome to protect against age-related damage?

Spirulina might help protect against age-related liver inflammation by modifying pathways in the microbiome, say researchers.

Food-based iodine during pregnancy important for child brain development

Low levels of maternal iodine may be linked to reduced brain development at age three, a new study has suggested.

Biosearch Life’s mastitis remedy another casualty of EFSA’s probiotic rejection list

Regulatory authorities have rejected Biosearch Life’s health claim relating to its probiotic strain and its role in decreasing Staphylococcus load in breast milk, which is a risk factor for infectious mastitis....

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