Health & Wellness

Fasting Mimicking Diet May Reverse Diabetes

24 Feb 2017 --- A landmark study published n Cell finds that providing mice with a temporary, specifically formulated Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells and reduces symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The study also examined pancreatic cell cultures from human type 1 diabetes patients, finding similar results.

Naturex Expands Portfolio on US Organic Boom

24 Feb 2017 --- Sales of Naturex’s organic ingredients in the US have more than doubled in the past two years, thanks to the boom in America’s organic food and beverage market. The natural ingredients company has been expanding its organic product offer in response to this trend, and now offers a total of 50 organic ingredients – a third more than two years ago.

Calls for "10 a Day" as Industry Defends Fruit & Veg Approach

23 Feb 2017 --- Consuming ten portions of fruit and veg a day offers the greatest benefit when it comes to protecting from heart disease, strokes, cancer and early death, according to new research. It is estimated that if consumers increased their intake to this number, approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be potentially prevented every year.

Omega Protein Partners with Leading Cooperative Research Center

23 Feb 2017 --- Omega Protein has become the newest industry partner at the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS), the partnership between the fishing industry, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the University of Southern Mississippi. In joining SCeMFiS, Omega Protein says it is partnering with an organization that shares its commitment to sustainable fishery management.

New BENEO Study Suggests its Chicory Root Fiber “Improves Regularity and Wellbeing”

23 Feb 2017 --- BENEO’s prebiotic chicory root fiber, Orafti Inulin, has been found to induce selective changes in the gut’s microbiota composition that the company says can be directly linked to improved regularity and wellbeing.

Vit D & Calcium Supplementation Could Save EU Healthcare Providers Billions in Treating Osteoporosis

22 Feb 2017 --- An increase in the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements could save nearly €4 billion ($4.2 billion) a year in healthcare costs by avoiding bone fractures caused by osteoporosis, according to a new independent analysis commissioned by Food Supplements Europe. The news puts vitamin D back in the spotlight, after recent recommendations were made for consumers to increase their intake to promote respiratory health.

Mercury in Fish Linked to Higher Risk of ALS

21 Feb 2017 --- Eating fish and seafood with higher levels of mercury may be linked to a higher risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a preliminary study released today.

Personalized Nutrition to be Next Big Industry Trend

21 Feb 2017 --- New research has shown how personalized nutrition is rapidly emerging as a key area for the long-term future of the nutrition industry. The findings come from a survey carried out by the organizers of Vitafoods Europe 2017, which takes place from 9 to 11 May at Palexpo in Geneva.

Gastric Band Surgery Beneficial For Overweight People with Diabetes

20 Feb 2017 --- A long-term study has found that gastric band surgery can offer significant benefits to moderately overweight people with type 2 diabetes. The research from by Monash University is the first of it’s kind, as previous studies have focused on obese people.

Size of Mitochondria Plays Crucial Role in Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels

17 Feb 2017 --- Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that changes in the size of mitochondria in a small subset of brain cells play a crucial role in safely maintaining blood sugar levels. 

One Off High-Fat Meals Can Damage Metabolism

17 Feb 2017 --- A single consumption of a greater amount of palm oil reduces the body's sensitivity to insulin and causes increased fat deposits as well as changes in the energy metabolism of the liver, according to researchers at the German Diabetes Center (Deutsches Diabetes-Zentrum, DDZ) and the Helmholtz Center in Munich (HMGU).

Vitamin D Protects Against Respiratory Infections, Confirms Study

16 Feb 2017 --- Vitamin D supplementation can protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu – that’s according to a major new study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Tech Paper from Fortitech Explores Opportunities in Heart Health

16 Feb 2017 --- Fortitech has released its latest tech paper, “Strategic Nutrition for Heart Health,” exploring the major causes of heart disease, market drivers, heart disease demographics and in-demand vitamins that can help support a healthy heart.

Royal DSM to Provide Singapore Students with Food Technology Experience

16 Feb 2017 --- Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has signed an agreement with local autonomous university Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to develop commercial and scientific opportunities for undergraduate students in the food technology sector.

Calcium Imbalance in the Mitochondria Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

16 Feb 2017 --- Calcium in the mitochondria may be one of the keys to understanding and treating Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to a study from the Center for Translational Medicine at Temple University.

Aker BioMarine Invest in Sustainable Krill Fishing Vessel

15 Feb 2017 --- Aker BioMarine has awarded a contract to VARD to build a state-of-the-art krill-fishing vessel that will fish in the Antarctic. The company say that, “it is the largest single contract VARD has ever received for a fishing vessel, and we are very happy to have entered a shipbuilding contract with them.”

US Consumers Eating Gluten-Free Diet May Increase Risk of Arsenic & Mercury Exposure

15 Feb 2017 --- According to a report in the journal Epidemiology, consumers who eat a gluten-free diet may be at risk for increased exposure to arsenic and mercury, toxic metals that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological effects.

Virgin Olive Oil as Part of Mediterranean Diet May Boost ‘Good’ Cholesterol

15 Feb 2017 --- According to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, when compared with other diets, a Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may enhance the cardio protective benefits of HDL, the high-density lipoproteins known as the “good” cholesterol.

Increased Levels of Active Vitamin D May Help to Optimize Muscle Strength

15 Feb 2017 --- Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shown that increasing the levels of active vitamin D can help to optimize muscle strength in humans. The team hopes that the findings will inform the design of future supplementation studies, and begin to answer questions as to the optimal levels of vitamin D required for healthy muscles. 

Melatonin Content in Supplements Varies Widely, Says Study

15 Feb 2017 --- A new study has suggested that the melatonin content of dietary supplements often varies widely from what is listed on the label, with results showing that melatonin content did not meet within a 10-percent margin of the label claim in more than 71 percent of supplements.