Women's Health

Anlit launches “fun and tasty” omega 3 chew for pregnant women

18 Apr 2018 --- Producers of high-quality children’s dietary supplements, Anlit, have launched "tasty", high-DHA omega 3 chewable supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

Cruciferous vegetables may help protect senior women from hardening of neck arteries, study finds

04 Apr 2018 --- Elderly women who eat more vegetables show less carotid artery wall thickness, according to new research conducted in Australian women. Cruciferous vegetables – such as cabbages, kale, collard greens, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and broccoli – proved the most beneficial effects, according to the research, which was published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Phospholipid formulation reduces PMS stress, trial finds

27 Mar 2018 --- A natural phospholipid formulation – Lipogen PMS – has been shown to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. The product "fills a huge void in the market" as one of the few, non-pharmaceutical solutions for PMS symptom relief, claims the company. PMS refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur one to two weeks before a woman’s period. PMS is experienced by 20 to 30 percent of women, according to the American Family Physician Journal, and Lipogen can offer "potential relief with a progressive, natural solution without unwanted secondary effects."

Significant weight loss boosts chances for type 2 diabetes remission, stresses Diabetes UK

16 Mar 2018 --- In light of studies finding that weight loss may make remission possible in type 2 diabetics, new nutritional guidelines from Diabetes UK will encourage healthy and personalized eating patterns. Diets should be specific to patients as "there is not [a] one-size-fits-all approach" for diabetics. The guidelines are evidence-based and reflect recent research advances, chiefly of a Diabetes UK funded study called DIRECT.

Product purity: Entire NOW sports range gains "Informed Sport" certification 

16 Mar 2018 --- NOW Sports – US manufacture of natural products – has invested in the detection of banned substances across its brand, which includes more than 150 sports nutrition products. The "clean" certification comes from a third party, known as Informed Sport, who have 54 years’ experience in anti-doping control.

Peptan brand expands: Rousselot launches hydrolyzed collagen for healthy joints

15 Mar 2018 --- Rousselot, a global producer of gelatin for the pharmaceutical, food and nutrition industries, is introducing a new joint health supplement to the market: Peptan IIm, launched under their known Peptan brand. The product is a hydrolyzed collagen type 2 matrix, which may offer multiple benefits in the area of joint health. 

Soy formula’s estrogen levels may affect baby girls’ reproductive system, study suggests

14 Mar 2018 --- Baby girls who were fed soy-based formula have subtle changes in the cells and tissues of their reproductive system when compared with infants fed with breastmilk or cow’s milk. This is according to the researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who stress that although the differences are subtle and not a cause for alarm, they do point to the need for further research. The study investigated the postnatal development of estrogen-responsive tissues, along with specific hormone levels, according to the infant feeding practices. 

Iodine deficiency on the rise globally: Must focus on natal nutrition, study warns

12 Mar 2018 --- Iodine is an essential nutrient particularly for the neurodevelopment of fetuses. Deficiency at this stage could have negative consequences, a review conducted by the Hospital de Riotinto, Spain and Unversity of Surrey, UK, have shown. The findings are of rising importance as iodine deficiencies are becoming more common, the review suggests.

Maternal diet and obesity can cause “fatty liver” in fetus, study finds

08 Mar 2018 --- Obesity and a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy may predispose children to obesity, study finds. The study, published in The Journal of Physiology, found that such conditions create a “fatty liver” in the fetus. The observations may explain why children of obese mothers live shorter lives than the offspring of normal weight mothers. "Fatty Livers" can lead to very troubling issues including later life obesity, cancers, and metabolic and cardiovascular problems.

Calcium supplementation may increase risk of colon polyps, study finds

08 Mar 2018 --- Researchers have found evidence that taking calcium supplementation, with or without vitamin D supplementation, increases the risk of developing polyps, important colorectal cancer precursors. However, these possible risks must be weighed against the benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplementation, with the increased cancer risk appearing between six and ten years after supplementation begins.

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.

UK researchers call for fortification of flour with folic acid as upper limit for intake of folate is “invalid”

31 Jan 2018 --- There is no need for an upper limit of folate intake as the maximum suggested intake of folate (1 mg/day) is based on a “flawed” analysis, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London and the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The findings support recent calls for the UK Department of Health to approve the fortification of flour with folic acid, to protect babies from having neural tube defects.

Omega 3s from fish trump flax for cancer prevention, study finds

29 Jan 2018 --- Omega 3s from fish pack a stronger punch than flaxseed and other oils when it comes to cancer prevention, according to a study conducted at the University of Guelph. Marine-based omega 3s are eight times more effective at inhibiting tumor development and growth, says lead scientist Professor David Ma.

Low carb intake linked to increased risk of congenital disabilities

25 Jan 2018 --- Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant may want to avoid diets that reduce or eliminate carbohydrates, as they could increase the risk of having babies with neural tube birth defects, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Further findings showed that the dietary intake of folic acid – an essential nutrient for pregnant women – among women with a restricted carbohydrate intake was less than half of other women.

Paleolithic diet healthier for overweight women, Swedish study finds

22 Jan 2018 --- Overweight women after menopause who follow a Paleolithic diet can maintain weight loss in the long term, according to a study at Umeå University in Sweden. Further findings show that the diet also causes the levels of risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to decrease.

Female athletic performance boosted by newly developed mineral supplement, study finds

19 Jan 2018 --- A small-scale study has found that women who took a specially prepared blend of minerals and nutrients for a month saw their 3-mile run times drop by almost a minute. The minerals in the study included forms of iron, copper and zinc along with two other nutrients – carnitine (derived from an amino acid) and phosphatidylserine (made up of fatty acids and amino acids). The women who took the supplement also saw improvements in distance covered in 25 minutes on a stationary bike and a third test in which they stepped on and off a bench, according to research from Ohio State University. 

Estrogen-mimicking compounds in foods may decrease effectiveness of breast cancer treatment

12 Jan 2018 --- Two estrogen-mimicking compounds found in many foods appear to potently reverse the effects of palbociclib/letrozole, a popular drug combination for treating breast cancer, according to research by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Their study, published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, suggests that exposure to chemical compounds called xenoestrogens may significantly reduce the effectiveness of anti-estrogen treatments for cancer.

Choline: Pregnant women may require twice the current recommendations

08 Jan 2018 --- New research recently published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (The FASEB Journal) provides compelling evidence that significantly higher choline intakes during pregnancy, particularly in the last trimester, may result in faster information processing for their babies.

DASH ranked best diet overall by US News and World Report

04 Jan 2018 --- US News and World Report has for the eighth consecutive year ranked the National Institutes of Health-developed DASH Diet “best overall” diet among nearly 40 it reviewed. The announcement came just as new research suggests that combining DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), with a low-sodium diet has the potential to lower blood pressure as well as or better than many anti-hypertension medications.

Folic acid: CRN welcomes study on supplementation before and during pregnancy

03 Jan 2018 --- The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a US trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, has issued a statement calling attention to the benefits of folic acid for all women of childbearing age. The statement comes in response to a new study, “Association of Folic Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy With the Risk of Autistic Traits in Children Exposed to Antiepileptic Drugs In Utero,” published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Neurology.