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Food and health are intrinsically linked, but we still have much to learn about the precise effects of nutrients on humans as well as optimal intake, bioavailability, and appropriate delivery formats.

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The omega-3 index project: A moral and economic imperative

According to the Global Organisation for EPA & DHA Omega-3s (GOED), global sales of the supplements are valued at US$3.9bn. But growth has slowed considerably during the last several years...

Gut health and activity benefits from food’s short stay in the gut

Food that travels faster through the gut results in bacteria producing less harmful by-products in the digestive system, resulting in a healthier gut environment, according to a study.

Iran: Healthy eating good for mental health; B vits, omega-3s highlighted

Mirroring western research, the first major Middle Eastern study investigating the link between diet and mental health finds that healthy eating is associated with a lower risk of anxiety and...

Eating cereal fibre could reduce heart disease & cancer deaths – analysis

Regularly eating cereal fibre could reduce the risk of heart disease-related deaths by up to 18% and cancer mortality by 15%, a new analysis claims.

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Omega-3 may reduce heart patients’ hospital stay, study finds

Cardiac surgery patients given omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) beforehand found their hospital stay reduced by up to 2.4 days, an analysis has suggested. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Low-GI breakfast could reduce risk of developing type-2 diabetes

Breakfast is officially the most important meal of the day and can help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, Singaporean scientists have found in a limited study.

298 studies reviewed

Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

CHINA

Bamboo shoots may offer prebiotic potential

Newly identified polysaccharides from bamboo shoots have the potential to be used as functional ingredients by industry, say researchers.

This week Down Under

Study: Fibre and vitamin A key to preventing allergies to peanuts

Eating a diet rich in fibre can shape the immune system to reduce allergies to substances such as peanuts, new research shows. 

Don't be fooled by yogurt claims, only ‘clinically documented’ probiotics can offer health benefits, says scientist

Consumers are being led to believe that many yogurts contain probiotic strains beneficial to their health, but that is not always the case, according to CHR Hansen principal scientist, Mirjana...

Mycoprotein reduces hunger and diabetes risk in overweight people

Eating mycoprotein could reduce appetite and risk of diabetes in overweight people, new research suggests.

Ayurvedic herbs shows joint health support potential: RCT

Extracts from Terminalia chebula, a plant commonly used in ayurvedic medicine, may improve joint health in people with joint discomfort, says a new study.

Kangaroo meat deemed a healthy choice for consumers

Australian kangaroo meat has passed a series of food safety tests with flying colours, proving the nutritionally-rich, low-fat meat is a safe and healthy choice for consumers.

Australia

Industry reacts strongly to Labor’s plan to cut natural therapy rebate

Australia’s complementary medicines industry has warned the opposition Labor party that its new policy to cut the rebate for natural therapies was a “false economy” that would only succeed in...

DHA may beat EPA for anti-inflammatory action, but ‘don’t tilt your odds to favor one omega-3 over another’, says expert

The anti-inflammatory potential of omega-3 fatty acids may lie more with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) than eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), says a new study from Laval University in Quebec.

Supplement halts and reverses cognitive decline: Mouse study

A multi-ingredient food supplement has shown anti-ageing properties that may reduce brain cell loss.

Australia

Supplements can stop fathers from passing on malnutrition to offspring

Australian researchers have found that malnourished fathers can prevent passing on poor health to children by taking antioxidant and vitamin supplements before conceiving.

NZ study: Obese mothers five times more likely to have obese daughters

Overweight mothers were nearly three times more likely than normal-weight mothers to have a daughter who will become obese as an adult—and obese mothers were five times more likely to...

Sea buckthorn compounds show eye health support

Proanthocyanidins (PACs) from sea buckthorn seeds may protect retinas from harmful light effects, says a new study.

Australia

Researchers pioneer ‘chewing gum’ test to identify blindness disease

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute have found a simple “chewing gum” test that could be the key to identifying and treating giant cell arteritis (GCA), a...

Australia

Pilot study: 5:2 diet can improve health of type 2 diabetes patients

A popular diet is proving to be effective for improving the health of people with type 2 diabetes, a pilot trial has found.

Antioxidant therapy: Could polyphenols reverse endothelial dysfunction in diabetics?

Polyphenols present a promising approach to restoring normal endothelial function in people with diabetes, according to a review calling for more research on this potential ‘antioxidant therapy’.

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Consumer confidence, transparency & innovation: What's going on in the dietary supplements industry?

Schneiderman, McCaskill, Cohen, Frontline… it’s been blow after blow for the dietary supplements industry, so you have to ask if consumer confidence and trust in the products have been affected....

Cellular data: Study suggests role for vitamin K2 in regulating inflammation

Vitamin K2 could block the production of pro-inflammatory molecules by human white blood cells, according to a new in vitro study.

Preloaded: Medical macro-nutrients show diabetic benefits

The first clinical study testing medical nutrition therapy as a treatment for gestational diabetes has yielded positive results for Swedish biotech firm Indevex, demonstrating that its patented ‘Preload’ macro-nutrient blend...

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