Nutrition & Health News

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.

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.

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.

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.

Equol May Offer Heart Protective Benefits, Yet Only 20-30% of People in Western Countries can Produce it

22 Feb 2017 --- Being able to produce equol, a substance made by "good" gut bacteria when they metabolize micronutrients found in dietary soy (isoflavones), has been linked to providing protective benefits of the heart. However, new research shows how only 20-30% percent of people in Western countries can produce the substance, compared with 50-60% in Asian countries.

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.

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.

Up to 40 Percent of Child Obesity Incidences Inherited from Parents

20 Feb 2017 --- Around 35-40 percent of a child's Body Mass Index (BMI) is inherited from their parents, a new study has found, rising to 55-60 per cent for obese children. The study suggests that more than half a child’s tendency towards obesity is determined by genetics and family environment.

One Third of US Parents Confident Children Get Enough Nutrition

20 Feb 2017 --- A recent study has found that only a third of parents with children ages 4-18 are confident that they provide their children with a nutritious diet. The report is based on responses from 1,767 parents who had at least one child age 4-18 years.

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.

Supplement Found to Improve Microcirculation and Glucose Metabolism

20 Feb 2017 --- Vital Solutions GmbH has announced the results of its second human study, which confirm that supplementation with its ingredient, Careless, supports and improves microcirculation and glucose metabolism.

German Research Boost for Improving Heart Health

17 Feb 2017 --- Three universities have joined forced with nutrition and agriculture institutions in Germany to form NutriCARD, aiming to research and analysis the production and marketing of heart-healthy food.

Scientifically-Designed Fasting Diet Lowers Major Disease Risk in Humans

17 Feb 2017 --- For the first time, scientists have proven that intermittent fasting can have health benefits in humans. Prior studies have indicated a range of health benefits in mice, but the new study from researchers at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, shows how human participants can lose weight and reduce their risk of life-threatening disease without any changes to their regular diet.

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).

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. 

Obesity and Saturated Fats Lead to Faster Aging, Says Study

17 Feb 2017 --- Obesity, or a high-fat diet, can lead to changes in the immune system similar to those observed with aging, according to new research published this week in Experimental Physiology.

Gut Microbiome and Diet May Affect Depression

17 Feb 2017 --- An international group of researchers have published a study in the paper, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic, that demonstrates new links between the intestinal flora and several disorders such as depression.

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).

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.