Nutrition & Health News

DuPont Probiotic Strain Recorded for Foods with Function Claims in Japan

29 May 2017 --- Food products containing Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 from the DuPont Danisco range have recently been recorded with the Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency for Food with Function Claims. Currently, drinkable yogurts, yogurts and dietary supplements containing HN019 as a functional ingredient have been recognized for claims such as the improvement of microflora and defecation for those suffering from constipation by adjusting intestinal environments. 

Obesity Contributes to Cardiovascular Ill-Health, Even in Young People

29 May 2017 --- Although higher than normal body mass index (BMI) is known to lead to cardiovascular ill-health in mid-to-late life, there has been limited investigation of its effect in young, apparently healthy, adults. Researchers have now shown that having a higher BMI can cause worse cardiovascular health in those aged as young as 17, according to a study presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics on Sunday.

CSIRO Presents Intermittent Fasting "Flexi" Diet

29 May 2017 --- Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has launched a new diet that includes intermittent fasting three days a week. The weight loss program is based on research carried out by CSIRO scientists who found that fasting can be an effective way to lose weight and stay healthy.

Study Finds Consumption of Lean Pork Aids Weight Loss and Healthy Aging

26 May 2017 --- Including nutrient-rich lean pork as part of a weight-loss diet could help women achieve their weight-loss success and improve their ability to get around, according to new research published in Current Developments in Nutrition. 

Jubilant Announces Price Increase of Up to 15% for Vitamin B3

26 May 2017 --- Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd, an integrated global Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Company, has announced a price increase of up to 15% for its Vitamin B3 (Niacin & Niacinamide) with immediate effect, for non-contract customers and wherever existing contracts permit. This is further to the price increase of up to 15% announced in December 2016.

Probiotic Update: Studies Explore Mood Improving Potential and Synergy Between Probiotics

25 May 2017 --- A number of studies have this week underlined a range of health benefits certain probiotics may provide. Researchers from McMaster University found that certain probiotic strains may help relieve symptoms of depression, as well as help gastrointestinal upset, providing further evidence of the microbiota environment in the intestines being in direct communication with the brain, while Ganeden announced the findings of a separate study which sheds light on the added benefits created by combining probiotics. 

Protein RDA Too Low for Elderly, Labeled as “Disservice” by US Researcher

25 May 2017 --- The minimum protein requirement for healthy adults was set almost 15 years ago, but there is a growing body of evidence that this recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is not sufficient for older persons, this is according to author Stuart Phillips of McMaster University in Canada. 

Just One Alcoholic Drink a Day Increases Breast Cancer Risk: Study

25 May 2017 --- Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, finds a major new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The study adds support to the notion that breast cancer risk is strongly linked to lifestyle. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in US women with over 252,000 new cases estimated this year and AICR estimates that one in three breast cancer cases in the US could be prevented if women did not drink alcohol, were physically active and stayed a healthy weight.

Negative Correlation Found Between Alpha, Beta Carotene and Parkinson's Disease

25 May 2017 --- A new study has shown that serum alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene may contribute to increased risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). According to the authors, the study's findings support the notion that carotenes play an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of PD. Serum levels of antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, retinol, alpha- and gamma-tocopherol, lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin were measured and compared between 104 patients with idiopathic PD (Early PD: Hoehn and Yahr stage I and II, N = 47; and Advanced PD: Hoehn and Yahr stage III and IV, N = 57) and 52 healthy controls matched for age and gender. 

NYC Pioneers New Nutritional Labeling Rules

24 May 2017 --- This week, New York City became the first city in the US to introduce new legislation which requires chain food retailers and restaurants to post calorie counts and full nutritional information on prepared foods or restaurant-type foods. Chain restaurants and retailers will be required to provide complete nutritional information, rather than just a simple calorie count, for standard menu items being offered. In addition, they will need to post a statement about the daily recommended caloric intake of 2,000 calories. 

Psoriasis Patients Cite Cutting Alcohol, Taking Omega 3 as Best Ways to Improve Skin

24 May 2017 --- A US study into common dietary habits, interventions and perceptions among patients with psoriasis has found that reducing alcohol, gluten, nightshades, and adding omega 3, vegetables and oral vitamin D were the most commonly reported dietary interventions leading to improved skin.

Brain Neurons Responsible for Inefficiency of Dieting

24 May 2017 --- A Cambridge University study carried out in mice may help explain why dieting can be an inefficient way to lose weight: key brain cells act as a trigger to prevent us burning calories when food is scarce. "Weight loss strategies are often inefficient because the body works like a thermostat and couples the amount of calories we burn to the amount of calories we eat," says Dr. Clémence Blouet from the Metabolic Research Laboratories at the University of Cambridge.

Personalized Treatment for Diabetes up for Debate

24 May 2017 --- Current treatment methods for type 2 diabetes generate differences of opinion within the medical community. Some medical professionals favor a drug combination approach that could improve the quality of life for patients and reduce costs, others are concerned about the risks and side effects of this strategy and support a step-by-step method whereby one drug is used at a time depending on how the patient responds. The question "Is it time for initial combination in type-2 diabetes?" was debated at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Lisbon this week, where Prof Stefano Del Prato and Dr. Dídac Mauricio will discuss the evidence for and against combination therapy for type 2 diabetes.

Longer Cooking Time Makes "Sofrito" Healthier

24 May 2017 --- Cooking tomato sofrito for a longer time, around an hour, and adding onion to this typical sauce of the Mediterranean diet, benefits the production of beneficial molecules for our health due their high antioxidant capacity, according to a study published in the journal Food Research International

Health Effects of Food Can’t be Judged by Single Nutrients, Research Shows

23 May 2017 --- New research has found that food is not just the sum of its nutrients and that it must be evaluated as a whole, alongside other foods eaten at the same time. The latest findings come from a panel of researchers, including experts in epidemiology, food, nutrition and medical science, who examined why it’s important not to focus on a certain nutrient without looking at how it is consumed and what else is being eaten.

Intestinal Fungi Linked to Worsening of Alcoholic Liver Disease

23 May 2017 --- Intestinal fungi may contribute to the development of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has suggested. US researchers demonstrated that oral antifungal treatment protects mice from alcohol-related liver disease progression. In separate components of the study conducted in humans, the researchers linked intestinal fungi to ALD and increased risk of death for people with ALD.

Curcumin Supplement May Help Prevent Osteopenia

23 May 2017 --- A curcumin-based supplement could be beneficial in the prevention and management of the chronic bone condition osteopenia, a new pilot human study has shown. This study is the first to be conducted in humans with a curcumin-based product and further evaluates the efficacy and safety of Indena’s bioavailable Phytosome formulation of curcumin, Meriva, in asymptomatic subjects with a bone density condition.

Vitamin D Supplementation May Improve Fertility

23 May 2017 --- Researchers will today present new data on the link between vitamin D and male fertility at the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) in Lisbon. The new results add to our understanding of the effects of low vitamin D levels on testosterone levels and whether vitamin D supplementation could help improve fertility in both sexes.

Special Report: Bone Health Supplementation Moves Beyond Dairy

22 May 2017 --- Bone health is becoming an increasingly researched topic, particularly as populations around the globe are becoming more aged. Consuming dairy products for strong bones has long been encouraged by governments and parents alike. However, as consumer preferences change, there is a growing need for non-dairy supplementation that can improve bone density. According to Innova Market Insights data, the number of product launches featuring bone health claims rose drastically from 364 in 2015, to 571 in 2016. NutritionInsight looks at some of the most recent bone health related product launches and studies.

Neuroimaging Highlights Role of Omega 3 in Preventing Cognitive Decline

22 May 2017 --- Research involving neuroimaging has shown that people with higher omega 3 levels have increased blood flow in regions of the brain associated with memory and learning, according to a report in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. With the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) expected to triple in the coming decades, interest in dietary approaches for the prevention of cognitive decline has increased. In particular, the omega 3 fatty acids have shown anti-amyloid, anti-tau and anti-inflammatory actions in the brains of animals.