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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.

Saturated fat intake may affect genetic obesity risk

Reducing saturated fat intake may influence the expression of certain genetic ‘predispositions’ towards obesity, according to US research.

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'Adolescents don't know what they're drinking': Energy drinks study warns

Australian academics warn that young adolescents can easily identify energy drinks brands such as Red Bull or Monster, but are unaware of key ingredients including caffeine, guarana and taurine, and...

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Scientists link poor pre-pregnancy diet with premature birth

Women trying to become pregnant should avoid junk food after scientists discovered the link between poor diet and an increased risk of giving birth prematurely. 

Extracts from pumpkin seed and soy germ show bladder support potential

A combination of extracts from pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo L.) and soy germ may reduce the sense of urgency in women with overactive bladders, and boost their quality of life,...

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Vitamin D not helpful for adult asthmatics

Asthmatic adults with low-vitamin D status do not benefit from vitamin D3, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found.

UK data shows most people do not meet healthy eating targets

The UK population is still consuming too much saturated fat, added sugars and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre, says a new report.

Zinc supplements may boost immune system in children, says Cochrane Review

Supplements of zinc may reduce diarrhea and other infections in malnourished children, according to a new review published in the prestigious Cochrane Library.

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Sustainability? Not so focal for supplements, says palm oil firm

Sustainability is not such an important issue for the supplements industry, because of the relatively low ingredient volumes involved and a difference in industry priorities, Malaysia-based Carotech has said.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

Growing interest in the potential for insects as a source of healthy and sustainable protein was demonstrated again at Vitafoods Europe, where 4ento CEO Ana Day told us that insect...

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Laboratoire PYC eyes Asia with high-protein soya crisps

Laboratoire PYC wants to expand its high-protein soya crisps into Asia and has started flavor development for the market, its marketing head says.

EFSA rejects Naturex and Pharmachem cranberry-UTI claims

Naturex and Pharmachem are the latest cranberry players to be rebuffed by the EU’s central science agency. In the first, it this week failed French botanical giant Naturex's urinary tract...

Krill oil (plus B vitamins, soy and rosemary) relieves PMS: Pilot study

Krill oil supplementation can relieve pre-menstrual stress disorder (PMS), according to a small pilot study.

Exclusive documentary preview: MicroWarriors Special edition

MicroWarriors: Exploring probiotic power (and the powers that be)

NutraIngredients went to LA recently to question two leading probiotic academics about probiotics and the microbiome and which we present exclusively here. The interviews form part of a new documentary...

Study links microbial imbalance with breast cancer

The microbiota could play a role in the development of breast cancer, according to new research.

Special Edition: Sports Nutrition

Swisse Wellness on US sports nutrition sector: ‘We think there’s an opportunity in this space to make a big impact’

Changing consumer attitudes to health and similar consumption levels in the US and Australia give Swisse Wellness an opportunity to excite consumers with a new sports nutrition range that is...

Gravity-free probiotics

Space…The final frontier for Yakult probiotics? 6-year study confirmed

Probiotic pioneer Yakult’s little bottles are to feature in a 6-year, gravity-free study at the International Space Station (ISS).

Rice eaters’ diets more in line with Dietary Guidelines: study

Consumers who eat white or brown rice every day tend to have better overall diet quality and nutrient intake, according to a study of five-year data from the National Health...

Iron supplements may boost female physical performance: Meta-analysis

Scientific evidence from 22 randomized controlled trials indicates that daily iron supplements may significantly boost exercise performance for women.

Largest ever human clinical study using tocotrienols for neuroprotection

Vitamin E tocotrienols show brain health benefits

Daily supplements of a natural full spectrum palm mixed tocotrienol complex may protect against the progression of white matter lesions in human brains, says a new study from Malaysia and...

Celiac Disease breakthrough?

Natural protein elafin ‘promising’ in battle against gluten toxicity: Study

The human protein elafin could be delivered into the gut using a probiotic bacterium to reduce the inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease, researchers suggest.

“Which way up was the umbrella? Did this review collect knowledge or shield us from it?”

BMJ vitamin D research attacked: 'un-nuanced', 'flawed', 'irresponsible

The ‘umbrella’ review of vitamin D studies that found a myriad of health links for the sunshine vitamin were unconfirmed in the scientific literature, has been criticised for containing too...

Monkey study backs caloric restriction to increase lifespan and slash disease risk

A 25 year study of diet and ageing in monkeys has revealed a ‘significant’ reduction in mortality and age-related diseases among those with calorie restricted diets.

Responsible supply: IFFO changes fish oil and fishmeal sourcing rules

Non-members of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO) are able to apply for ‘responsible supply’ (RS) certification, after the body altered its criteria recently.

BMJ: Vitamin D benefits unconfirmed – even bone density

Vitamin D’s health links including its ability to boost bone density are not backed in the scientific literature, the British Medical Journal has found after an extensive review of published...

FAO: Nutrient deficiencies, stunted growth affect Europe and central Asia

Few may go hungry but vitamin and mineral deficiencies and health problems like growth stunting in children are widespread among the 53 countries of Europe and central Asia, according to...

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