Health & Wellness

Diets rich in fish and vegetable oils could reduce epileptic seizures

18 Aug 2017 --- For the first time, production of estrogen in the brain has been directly linked to a study to the presence of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The findings of a Hiroshima University study could have implications for treating seizures, as it links DHA directly to a reduction in epileptic seizures.

DuPont expands US probiotics pilot facility to improve NPD, delivery times

18 Aug 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) has announced a “substantial upgrade” to its probiotics pilot facility in Madison, Wisconsin, US. The new enhancements will increase its capability for rapidly developing and commercializing new probiotics with decreased time to market. The US$10 million investment allows for increased pace of new product development and significantly improved delivery times on pilot material for clinical trials and customer evaluations, according to DuPont.

Cutting calories now “critical” to UK childhood obesity strategy

18 Aug 2017 --- The health agency Public Health England (PHE) has shifted its focus away from solely targeting sugar to cutting excess calorie consumption from all sources in its anti-obesity strategy for children in the UK. “A third of children leave primary school overweight or obese and an excess of calories – not just excess sugar consumption – is the root cause of this,” says Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of PHE. “We will work with the food companies and retailers to tackle this as the next critical step in combating our childhood obesity problem.”

Walnuts activate brain area that controls appetite, finds study

17 Aug 2017 --- Consuming walnuts activates an area in the brain associated with regulating hunger and cravings. This is according to a first-of-its-kind new brain imaging study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the findings of which, published online in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, reveal for the first time the neurocognitive impact the nuts have on the brain. 

NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 inhibits artery hardening in study

17 Aug 2017 --- Renal transplant patients’ arterial stiffness and 24-hour peripheral and central pressures can be improved by supplementation with NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 as MK7. This is according to a study that investigated an association between vitamin K2 supplementation and the change in both subclinical vitamin K status and indices of arterial stiffness.

Energy-dense foods may increase post-menopausal cancer risk

17 Aug 2017 --- A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has revealed a link between high dietary energy density in food and obesity-related cancer in normal weight post-menopausal women.
Current research shows that an estimated 30 percent of cancers could be prevented through nutritional modifications.

Chewing gum to provide quick dental implant inflammation test

16 Aug 2017 --- Patients who develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving a dental implant, a group that makes up 6 to 15 percent of dental implant patients, will be able to benefit from a chewing gum-based diagnostic test in the future. The test, designed by a pharmaceutical research team at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany, will detect if bacteria are destroying the soft tissue and the bone around the implant in the worst-case scenario.

IFIC survey: US foodies looking for minimally processed and healthier food

16 Aug 2017 --- Foodies have a different definition of healthy food compared to other Americans, and they are the only group of six to choose “minimally processed” in their top three attributes of healthy food. This is according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2017 Food and Health Survey, which lists foodies’ other top two attributes as “free from artificial ingredients, additives” and “high in healthy components or nutrients.”

Midnight snacking could make sunbathing more dangerous, says study

16 Aug 2017 --- Eating a midnight snack might make sunbathing the next day more dangerous, according to new research. A study in mice from the O'Donnell Brain Institute and University of California (UC) Irvine in the US shows that eating at abnormal times disrupts the biological clock of the skin, including the effectiveness during the daytime of an enzyme that protects against the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Looking to the future of antioxidants

16 Aug 2017 --- As antioxidants maintain their popularity, companies that produce them are continually looking to future potential applications. Today, NutritionInsight concludes its special report by looking at the research that has been conducted into future opportunities for their use and ingredients that might be popular in the future. You can read the first part of our report here.

“Fat but fit” is a myth, suggests new study

15 Aug 2017 --- Carrying extra weight could raise the risk of a heart attack by more than a quarter, even in those who are otherwise healthy. This is according to a group of researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, who found that this overweight group is still at increased risk compared to those with a healthy weight.

Moderate drinking may help to prolong life

15 Aug 2017 --- Light-to-moderate drinking can lower the risk of premature mortality caused by cardiovascular disease, while heavy drinking can significantly increase the risk of premature mortality from cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Less than 14 drinks a week for men and seven for women “clearly outweigh” possible cancer risk, suggests the study.

App to improve low-income diets designed by US students

14 Aug 2017 --- A team of US students at Stanford Biodesign is developing an app that aims to help low-income Californians improve their diets, the university has announced. The team, which came together during the “Biodesign for mobile health” course last fall, took advantage of a new program, called Biodesign NEXT, which provides mentorship, funding, and academic credit to allow students to keep working on promising projects after the 10-week academic quarter ends.

Protein sources ranked by new Mealkitt study

14 Aug 2017 --- Nutritionists at portion control kit company Mealkitt have analyzed five types of protein and revealed the healthiest sources for each. In what might come as a surprise, the “best” option is not always listed as the one that contains the most protein. The sources of protein that the nutritionists assessed were: eggs, chicken, fish, pork and beef.

Antioxidants find new potential amid modern life’s demands

14 Aug 2017 --- Nutrition suppliers have been selling the benefits of antioxidants for some time, and the general public continues to show curiosity about their potential health and anti-aging benefits. Today, we take a look at the state of the market for antioxidants, which seem to be becoming ever more specialized and more responsive to other nutritional trends.

Almonds may assist in cholesterol clean-up, claims industry study

14 Aug 2017 --- Regularly eating almonds may help to boost levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol while also improving the way it removes cholesterol from the body, according to researchers at Penn State University in the US.

Astaxanthin could reduce skin aging, finds AstaReal study

14 Aug 2017 --- Astaxanthin from the AstaReal Group has demonstrable benefits for the skin, according to a combined in vitro and in vivo clinical study sponsored by parent company Fuji Chemical Industries Co, Ltd. The company, which specializes in the naturally occurring carotenoid astaxanthin, reports that a cell assay was performed to analyze effects of astaxanthin on skin cells (epidermal keratinocytes) when exposed to UV-B irradiation.

Superfoods banner expands as disease reduction evidence grows

14 Aug 2017 --- Products and ingredients marketed as “superfoods” are exploding in popularity. Indeed, Innova Market Insights statistics show that there was a global increase of 47 percent in compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for new products with a “superfood” claim from 2011 to 2016. There was also a 15 percent increase in CAGR for new product launches with a “superfruit” claim.

US FDA grants clearance for the use of Verdeca’s HB4 stress-tolerant soybeans in human food

11 Aug 2017 --- Arcadia Biosciences Inc. and Bioceres S.A. have announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its full review of the safety evaluation for HB4 soybeans, produced by their joint venture, Verdeca. The FDA’s notice to Verdeca allows products derived from HB4 soybeans to be used commercially in human food and animal feed. 

Report notes 50 percent increase in calls to US poison control centers over supplement use

11 Aug 2017 --- A study into dietary supplement exposures in the US has found that there was an overall 50 percent increase in the rate of calls to poison control centers about exposure to dietary supplements from 2000 through 2012. Most of the exposures were found to occur in children younger than 6 years old, raising concerns about the safety of keeping certain dietary supplements around children.