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Probiotics may slash triglyceride levels: Study

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus curvatus HY7601 and L. plantarum KY1032 may significantly lower triglyceride levels, says a new study from Korea.

Fenugreek extract may boost woman’s healthy sexual desire: Human RCT

Daily supplements of an extract from Fenugreek may enhance female libido, say results of a double-blind randomized placebo controlled study.

Human data supports salmon oil’s ability to reduce oxidative stress

Supplements of salmon oil may reduce markers of oxidative stress, with no effects from additional multivitamins, says a new study from Australia.

Garlic compounds may boost cardio health indirectly via gut microbiota

Allicin from garlic may prevent the metabolism of unabsorbed L-carnitine or choline into TMAO, a compound linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, says a new study from the...

Neglected female microbiota research a ‘disgrace’; congress lights issues

Better Lactobacilli genetic screening, biomarker development, better pregnancy support and better engagement with health professionals were just a few of many actions proposed to improved women’s health at a recent Amsterdam congress...

Special Edition: Outsourcing

Transparency could be the 1st step towards greater consistency in testing methods & labs: Experts

Third-party labs that keep their testing information proprietary to gain a competitive advantage may actually be harming their business, say leading experts calling for more transparency in the analytical sector.

Gin made with ants: Distillery adds new dimension to insect potential

A UK craft distiller and a Danish food lab have collaborated to produce Anty Gin: a product using the essence of red wood ants and botanicals. 

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Body of endocannabinoid research makes compelling case for wider use

An exciting new area of research involves the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the phyto-cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD).  

South Korea

Quarter of urbanites are vitamin E deficient, α-tocopherol study finds

Nearly one-quarter of Seoul residents are vitamin E deficient, a study has revealed, providing more evidence to the argument that even apparently healthy or affluent populations cannot take adequate vitamin...

Single multivitamin-mineral dose may boost mood in older people

A single dose of a multivitamin and mineral and herbal supplement may reduce stress in healthy older women, says a new study from Australia.

Fishy goodness from beef? Chinese scientists breed omega-3 rich cattle

Chinese scientists have successfully reared beef cattle rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – which are traditionally associated with fish oils.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Indena refines Boswellia bioavailability; shifts compound focus

Italian botanicals giant Indena has debuted a version of the Indian Ayurvedic herbal extract Boswellia serrata it says offers boosted bioavailability via a lecithin delivery system.

Sabinsa expands Ayurvedic herb cultivation as demand grows

Botanical supplier Sabinsa is expanding its existing cultivation program for Indian herbs to ensure sustainable supply of ingredients such as turmeric, gac, and black ginger, in order to match demand...

Gala Awards night at Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, Switzerland

NutraIngredients Awards shine spotlight on nutrition stars

200 people from the European and international food and nutrition sectors helped 20 finalists and seven winners celebrate at the inaugural NutraIngredients Awards last night at Vitafoods Europe.

Resveratrol may boost mitochondrial function for diabetics: Pre-clinical data

Supplements of resveratrol, an antioxidant compound from red wine, may protect blood vessels from the detrimental effects of high blood sugar, says a new study.

Can organic feed the world?

Organic crops generally have lower yields than conventional crops – but that’s not the only way to measure their potential to feed the world.

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Herbal blend shows body fat reduction potential: Study

A botanical blend has been shown to reduce body fat by 5% compared to placebo in a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

Probiotic ice cream may boost oral health for kids

Consuming a functional ice cream formulated with Bifidobacterium lactis Bb-12 and Lactobacillus acidophilus La-5 may cut levels of caries-causing bacteria in the mouth, says a new study from India....

Edible insect potential hinges on identifying optimal diet, say researchers

If edible insects such as crickets are to deliver on their promise of providing a more environmentally-friendly source of protein, they may need to be put on a different diet,...

‘Great economical and clinical benefit’: Garlic is an ‘effective and safe approach’ for BP management, says meta-analysis

Dietary supplements with garlic (Allium sativum) may beneficially affect blood pressure for hypertensives, says a meta-analysis of 7 randomized controlled trials.

Green algae combo may counter obesity-linked metabolic changes: Study

A mixture of green algae extracts may lower body fat and improve lean mass in rats fed a high carbohydrate, high fat diet, says new study.

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

Grub’s up as FAO tweets insect infographic

Putting insects on a plate is the subject of a new infographic posted on the social networking site Twitter by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, as pressure mounts to make...

‘Vitamin E helps preserve and protect our fat heads!’: NIH funded study shows role of vitamin E for brain health

Vitamin E may help maintain levels of DHA in the brain, says a new study with zebrafish funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Kiwifruit-derived supplements may boost bowel health for healthy people: RCT data

Daily consumption of supplements containing kiwifruit-derived nutritional ingredients may increase bowel movements in healthy individuals, says a new study from New Zealand.

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