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Nutrition

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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Regulation of complementary medicines needs a 'right-touch' approach

The modern processed products industry that is complementary medicines today does not want no regulation, but can see opportunities from deregulation. 

FAO Bangalore Report 'very positive step' towards affirming DIAAS method: Volac

The Bangalore Report, the latest FAO assessment of the DIAAS protein quality measurement method, is a “very positive step” towards replacing PDCAAS, says Volac.

Vitamin D may prevent inflammation behind type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries

Vitamin D may play an important role in preventing the inflammation that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, according to research in mice.

Special edition: Beauty from within

Nutricosmetics: ‘US market holds great potential but a few challenges must be overcome’, say suppliers

New product launches containing collagen – the majority with a “beauty from within” positioning – have grown an eye-watering 250% in just four years, with Japan offering plenty of delivery...

Special edition: Beauty from within

The science of nutricosmetics: ‘Not all collagen ingredients are created equal’

Collagen ingredients are driving much of the growth in the global nutricosmetics market, which is predicted to reach US$7.4bn by 2020, but how much science is there to substantiate the...

Special Edition: Beauty from within

Nature’s Bounty: 'Women’s health and beauty is a growth category for our brand'

With its recently launched Hair, Skin and Nails Challenge, Nature’s Bounty is seeing growth in the beauty-from-within category and women’s health.

Folic acid may help reduce stroke risk: 5-year study

A combination of folic acid and the medication enalapril may be more effective in reducing the risk of stroke in adults with hypertension than the medication alone, according to large-scale research...

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Veggie diet can reduce colorectal cancer risk rate (in some Christians): Study

Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)-published research has found vegetarian Seventh-day Adventist men and women have a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than meat eating folks from the same religion....

Glico builds endurance sports science for Cluster Dextrin ingredient

Formulating sports nutrition products with a highly branched cyclic dextrin may combat the onset of stress factors induced during exhaustive physical activity, says a study from Japan.

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Ex-World Cup sports scientist: Best carb-protein blend is 3:1

Protein was once thought necessary to fuel sporting activity but evolving research has shown it is better for muscle recovery and short chain carbohydrates (sugars) are the accepted fuel tools....

New prebiotic may boost flu vaccine effects in the elderly: Study

Supplements containing a combination of a new prebiotic called bifidogenic growth stimulator (BGS) and an established prebiotic (galactooligosaccharide) may enhance the effects of the flu vaccine, says a new study...

Lutein/zeaxanthin may boost retinal sensitivity for people with early AMD: Long-term study

Two years of supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and retinal sensitivity in people with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study.

Bill Gates Foundation backs microbiome engineering to boost infant health

Gut microbiome engineering can reduce stunting and other infant health issues and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding research into the nascent area.

Mussels for muscles: Green lipped mussel extract may ease muscle damage during exercise

Extracts from New Zealand green lipped mussels may reduce muscle soreness and fatigue after exercise and reduce markers of muscle damage, says a new study.

Heat-killed bacteria may offer immune support for the elderly

Supplements containing heat-killed Lactobacillus gasseri TMC0356 bacteria may enhance the immune system of older people and protect them from infection, says a new study from Japan.

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....

‘Exciting findings’: Vitamin K2 supplements improve arterial function in healthy women

Long-term supplementation with NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 may inhibit age-related stiffening of the artery walls, says study with healthy postmenopausal women.

Innophos' sales down 1% for 2014 on supply bottleneck, soft demand

Specialty phosphate producer Innophos experienced a sales decline both for its fourth quarter of 2014 and well as for the entire year. Soft market conditions were to blame as well...

Purified anthocyanins show metabolic benefits in diabetics: RCT data

Supplementation with purified anthocyanins may improve blood lipid levels and lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, says a new study from China.

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...

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.

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.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to atherosclerosis

A low vitamin D intake during childhood is associated with a higher risk of sub-clinical atherosclerosis in adulthood, researchers in Finland have found.

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.