Health & Wellness

“Beetroot pill” could help reduce the risk of kidney failure after heart x-ray

22 Feb 2018 --- The humble beetroot may be the key to reducing the risk of kidney failure in patients having a heart x-ray. This is according to research led by Queen Mary University of London, which has embarked on a new research project funded by national charity Heart Research UK will look into whether dietary inorganic nitrate found commonly in beetroot could be used in pill form to prevent one of the most common causes of kidney failure in hospital.

Pterocarpus marsupium extract found to help lower blood glucose in diabetic rodents

22 Feb 2018 --- Pterocarpus marsupium extracts help lower blood glucose and HbA1c levels, increasing the levels of the hormone insulin in diabetic rats. This is according to a recently published study in the Journal of Dietary Supplements. Manufactured by Sami Labs (the manufacturing arm of Sabinsa Corporation), these extracts contain water-soluble C-glycosidic components and lower oxidative stress and inflammatory markers such as TNF-α, IL-6 (and its mRNA) in diabetic hepatic tissue. 

Chronic heavy drinking major risk factor for dementia: The Lancet

21 Feb 2018 --- Excessive alcohol use is a major risk factor for onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia, according to a French nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Previous research has shown mixed results regarding the effect of alcohol on cognitive health, with some studies showing a possible benefit of light to moderate drinking, while others have found detrimental effects of heavy drinking on dementia risk.

Low-fat and low-carb diets equally effective, Stanford study finds

21 Feb 2018 --- After years of debate, a new study at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that neither a low-fat nor a low-carb diet is superior: Cutting either carbs or fats leads to a reduction of excess weight in about the same proportion, according to the study. The study also looked into whether insulin levels or a specific genotype pattern could predict an individual's success on either diet. The answer, in both cases, was no.

Lonza to expand Florida encapsulation capabilities amid product development acceleration

21 Feb 2018 --- Swiss multinational, chemicals and biotechnology company, the Lonza Group is planning to expand its late-stage clinical and commercial encapsulation capabilities for solid oral and inhaled dosage forms in North America. The company will install a new Harro Hӧfliger Modu-C MS encapsulation unit (Harro unit) at its integrated product development and manufacturing facility in Tampa, Florida, to strengthen production and bring its products to market faster. 

Dynamic OTC marketplace: Albertsons and Rite Aid merge, Amazon enters the fray

21 Feb 2018 --- Albertsons Companies, one of the US’ largest grocery retailers, and leading drugstore chain Rite Aid Corporation have announced a definitive merger agreement, creating a retail behemoth with US$83 billion in annual revenue. The move is thought to give the integrated company more weight to compete with bigger chains in an industry anxious about the reported entry of Amazon.com.

Gluten-free bakery: Growing demand for products with extra nutritional benefits, DuPont survey reveals

20 Feb 2018 --- European consumers are looking for gluten-free bakery products that match regular products in terms of taste and texture, but also offer additional health benefits such as high fiber, a DuPont Nutrition & Health consumer survey has revealed. The survey results show untapped potential for bakers to develop more and better-quality products with extra nutritional benefits, and the company notes that customized ingredient solutions are the way to tapping into this potential.

ExcelVite palm tocotrienol complex eases severe pain, diabetic patient study reveals

20 Feb 2018 --- Researchers at the University Science of Malaysia have found that daily doses of EVNol SupraBio – a bio-enhanced full spectrum palm tocotrienol complex – can help to relieve severe pain (lancinating pain) in diabetic neuropathy patients. Focusing on diabetic neuropathy patients (DPN), this Vitamin E Neuroprotection Study (VENUS) was a randomized, double-blind clinical trial carried out to discover how to better manage the challenging issue of painful neuropathy. It is the largest tocotrienol human clinical study of its kind. 

Beta-glucan supplement shows promise for intestinal barrier function improvements in stressed adults

20 Feb 2018 --- Immune health ingredient Wellmune may protect intestinal barrier function in adults when faced with stress, a pre-clinical study with human donors has demonstrated. The study also provided new insights on how the proprietary yeast beta glucan, manufactured by Kerry Group, works within the human body and the immune system.

Low-carb diet found to help battle fatty liver disease

20 Feb 2018 --- A carbohydrate-restricted diet can lead to “rapid and dramatic” reductions of liver fat and other cardiometabolic risk factors, along with marked decreases in the synthesis of hepatic fat, reveals a study published last week in Cell Metabolism. The study results could lead to improved treatments for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). 

Yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk

19 Feb 2018 --- A higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women, a study in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests. High blood pressure is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Clinical trials have previously demonstrated beneficial effects of dairy consumption on cardiovascular health, and yogurt may independently be related to cardiovascular disease risk.

Drink your vitamins: SternVitamin launches micronutrient premix for beverages 

19 Feb 2018 --- A healthy lifestyle is essential to all age groups, and nutrition plays a major role alongside various other components. SternVitamin is now offering beverage manufacturers a novel way to address the topic of health with a new micronutrient premix for healthy bones and heart. SternVitamin notes that the mix picks up on one of the top trends in the beverage market – water-based enriched products. The vegan premix contains vitamins B1, B12, C, K2 and D3. Organic agave syrup powder gives it a slight sweetness, while natural flavors give the drink a “dark berry” taste. It dissolves clear in water and leaves no turbidity. 

“Unhelpful”: EU regulatory framework fuels nutrition industry dissatisfaction 

16 Feb 2018 --- A survey reveals that one-third of all nutrition industry professionals believe that the current EU framework for achieving a health claim on new products is stunting innovation because it’s complicated, expensive, long-winded and has several “gray areas.” And “regulation frustration” is a strong feeling running through the industry with many more professionals now believing the current EU regulatory environment is “unhelpful” – a 25 percent hike compared with statistics from the beginning of 2017. Experts are attributing this sharp rise in dissatisfaction to the EU’s tough stance on health claims and the current regulatory deadlock on botanicals.

Indulgence has reached even America’s healthiest eaters: research

16 Feb 2018 --- New research reveals even the US’ healthiest eaters reach for indulgence foods based on their emotional states. Forty percent of US food-brand lovers who rated their daily diet as extremely healthy agreed with the statement, “When I’m feeling down, I eat something indulgent to make me feel better.” The study, conducted by full-service food branding agency, Foodmix Marketing Communications, breaks out a large group of brand lovers into smaller, differentiated and more actionable consumer segments.  

Vegan diet improves diabetes markers in overweight adults: study

16 Feb 2018 --- A plant-based diet improves beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity in overweight adults with no history of diabetes, according to a new study published in Nutrients by researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Measuring the function of beta cells, which store and release insulin, can help assess future type 2 diabetes risk.

Lactose-free dairy: DSM to market cost-effective analyzer

16 Feb 2018 --- February 2018, DSM will exclusively market BIOMILK 300, a compact residual lactose-analyzing device produced by Biolan. For dairy producers, the BIOMILK 300 is a fast, cost-effective and accurate analyzer for quantifying residual lactose levels in lactose-free and lactose-reduced dairy products.

Plant-based foods could slash a country’s healthcare costs by billions of euros, says study

15 Feb 2018 --- Billions of euros could be saved from a country’s annual healthcare bill over the next years if more people followed a plant-based diet. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition which looked at the health and economic consequences of two plant-based eating patterns, a diet with a daily portion of soy foods and a Mediterranean-style diet.

Natures Crops, De Wit Speciality Oils enter into European distribution partnership for Ahiflower oil

15 Feb 2018 --- Natures Crops International and De Wit Speciality Oils have entered into a distribution agreement for Ahiflower oil in the European dietary supplement marketplace. This alliance is thought to add strategic value for both companies through each company’s leading position in manufacturing and marketing nutraceutical products.

Bad for the heart: Lobby group slams retailers for high salt meals for Valentine’s Day 

14 Feb 2018 --- Top retailers are providing excessive salt, calories, saturated fat and sugars in their Valentine’s “dine-in” meal deals at bargain prices – that is the assertion from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), a campaign group concerned with salt and its effects on health. The UK organization has carried out a new survey that reveals high levels of salt “hidden” in Valentine’s Day meal deals on sale at some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets. 

Saturated fat and sugar can cause depression and anxiety: study

14 Feb 2018 --- A diet rich in saturated fat, such as palm oil, and sugar not only leads to obesity, but it also creates inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that controls mood and the feeling of reward. This inflammation can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behavior and disrupt metabolism, according to a study from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). The discovery illustrates the vicious circle experienced by people with obesity caused by a diet rich in sugar and saturated fat, with their diet leading to negative emotions, which can stimulate the quest for more comfort through food.