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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.

Could beetroot juice help you exercise for longer?

Chronic consumption of beetroot juice may improve cardiovascular health and potentially delay the onset of fatigue in healthy people, says a new study.

Is one large weekly dose of omega-3 more effective than smaller daily doses?

A big weekly dose of omega-3s may lead to greater omega-3 deposits in body tissues than smaller daily doses, says a new study from Australia.

This week Down Under

Unhealthy Australia now one of the world’s biggest salt consumers

Unhealthy Australia now one of the world’s biggest salt consumers

Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

Diabetics who skip breakfast may be provoking hazardous blood sugar spikes by fasting until lunch, according to new research.

Special Edition: Feed Safety

Experts identify inherent risks in algae, insects as feed and call for more robust risk assessment measures

Heightened national risk assessment is seen as decisive in mitigating both existing and new hazards, said the two bodies behind a recent international feed risk analysis event in Rome.

China direct

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Kyowa’s Sustamine may delay onset of exhaustion during exercise: Study

Consuming a sports drink containing the dipeptide L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine during strenuous exercise increase endurance and lengthen time to fatigue, says a new study using Kyowa Hakko’s Sustamine ingredient.

Science short

Green tea extracts fail to protect skin against UV

A combination of green tea extracts and vitamin C may not protect skin from sun burn, says a new double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial from England.

Ancestral diet may be a vital cause of vulnerability to type 2 diabetes: Animal data

Over 70% of the global burden of type 2 diabetes will fall on individuals from developing countries by 2030, according to new research warning that ancestral malnutrition could mean a...

South Asia radius

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

More info needed on organic food, says UAE study

Most UAE consumers are aware of, and approve of, organic food, but feel limited by inadequate knowledge, high cost and poor availability of organic products, according to a study.

Increased calorie availability ‘more than enough’ to explain obesity epidemic, says WHO bulletin report

Increases in the food energy supply in many countries of the world, leading to a higher availability of cheap energy-dense foods, is more than enough to explain a concurrent increase...

Cranberry juice could help lower diabetes and heart disease risk

Consumption of a low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail could help lower the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and stroke, say researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture...

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

News in brief

Oceania ADO warns athletes off food supplements

As the Pacific Games approaches in July the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) has warned athletes not to take food supplements.

New Zealand

Epilepsy patient gets special dispensation to be treated with hemp oil

Though its hemp oil has not yet been approved as a medicine in New Zealand, one American supplier has been granted special permission to supply cannabidiol (CBD) oil to a...

Australia

Team looks for evidence that high-fibre diet can help asthma sufferers

Believing that simply by eating more fibre asthma sufferers could control their condition better, researchers in Australia are now preparing to prove their theory.

Too much time in front of a screen? Omega-3s may ease computer-related dry eye

Daily omega-3 supplements may improve symptoms of dry eye associated with prolonged exposure to computer screens, says a new study from India.

Special edition: Immune support

The key market data and ingredients in the immune health sector

Immune supplement sales were valued at an impressive $2.3 billion in 2013 (Nutrition Business Journal), and in this gallery we look at the key market trends and ingredients for this...

Special edition: Immune support

Researchers prescribe more red wine to give Kiwis immune boost

Auckland employers should be encouraging their staff to drink red wine after research from the city linked one of wine's key compounds with fewer sick days from work for the...

Ayurvedic herb shows anti-inflammatory promise, heart health potential

Extracts from the Ayurvedic herb Sphaeranthus indicus may reduce levels of inflammatory biomarkers and support cardiovascular health, says a new study.

Australia

Official figures: Australian diets lacking fruit and vegetables

Only half of Australians eat enough fruit and just six in 100 meet the recommended daily intake of vegetables, official data reveals.

Texas storms disrupt Qualitas algal production: ‘It’s a setback but we’re still in a unique position,’ says CEO

Recent heavy storms and flooding in Texas have impacted the algae production facility of Qualitas Health, but the company has already implemented an ‘emergency action plan’ and expects to be operating...

Fermented food intake linked to fewer anxiety symptoms: Study

Increased intakes of fermented foods may be associated with fewer symptoms of social anxiety, particularly for people at higher genetic risk, says a new study. 

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

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