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Supplementing with omega-3s could save EU €12.9BN in healthcare costs

A report commissioned by Food Supplements Europe has found that the EU could save billions on cardiovascular disease (CVD) healthcare if omega-3 supplements were taken daily by the over-55s. The aim of the Healthcare Cost Savings of Omega 3 Food Supplements in the European Union report was to determine if cost savings could be realised, […]

May 20, 2016 Continue Reading

Danish team find “no evidence” that probiotics benefit healthy adults

  A team of Danish researchers who reviewed several trials on probiotic supplements say they found “no convincing evidence” that the products changed the composition of faecal bacteria in healthy adults. Oluf Pedersen, who led the research at the University of Copenhagen, said: “While there is some evidence from previous reviews that probiotic interventions may […]

May 11, 2016 Continue Reading

Researchers identify herbs that boost mood and memory

  New research by a team at Northumbria University shows how particular herbs – peppermint, chamomile, rosemary and lavender among them – impact on mood and memory, with significant benefits displayed for older people Researchers from the University’s Department of Psychology have found that drinking peppermint tea improves alertness, while chamomile tea has a calming […]

May 10, 2016 Continue Reading

Montmorency cherry juice shown to significantly reduces high blood pressure and stroke risk

Drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice significantly reduces high blood pressure at a level comparable to that achieved by medication, according to new research from Northumbria University, Newcastle. The findings, which are published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition today, found that men with early signs of hypertension – more commonly known as high blood […]

May 5, 2016 Continue Reading

EFSA issues draft recommendations for vitamin D

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin D for Europeans. The document, compiled by the EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), proposes dietary reference values for adults, children and infants, pregnant and lactating women. Using bodily […]

March 24, 2016 Continue Reading

Breastfed babies may suffer vitamin D deficiency, researchers say

Babies and young children who are breastfed may not be getting enough vitamin D – especially if they live in northern parts of the world. That’s the conclusion of Canadian researchers who followed the progress of breastfed children, some of whom were given vitamin D supplements and some not. The researchers, from St Michael’s hospital […]

February 23, 2016 Continue Reading

Spending more on food is associated with healthier choices

A Spanish study of over 2,000 people has found that those who increased how much they forked out for food made healthier diet choices, ate higher quality food and improved their weight management. The researchers used a questionnaire to collect detailed data about the subjects diet, vital statistics and activity level, in 2000 and again […]

February 17, 2016 Continue Reading

Study finds further “clear differences” between organic and non-organic

A new study has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products. Analysing data from around the world, the team led by Newcastle University, reviewed 196 papers on milk and 67 papers on meat and found clear differences between organic and conventional milk and […]

February 16, 2016 Continue Reading

Oral supplement cut death rate of older hospital patients by 50%

A specialized oral supplement regime cut the death rate of older malnourished patients with heart or lung disease by 50%, US scientists report. In a study carried out by researchers at Texas A&M University, the effects of a specialized nutrition supplement – containing high protein (2o grams), HMB (a muscle-preserving ingredient) and vitamin D – […]

February 4, 2016 Continue Reading

Nordic diet associated with better physical performance in later life

In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Finnish researchers have found that a Nordic diet may be beneficial for overall physical performance in older people. The investigation involved 1,072 participants from the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study who took part in a questionnaire about how often specific items of food were consumed. At […]

February 2, 2016 Continue Reading

Cognitive function sees improvements with green oat extract

A new study has found that green oat (Avena sativa) extract can aid cognitive function such as speed of performance and episodic memory in healthy middle-aged adults. The double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study assessed the effects of single doses of the green oat extract across a broad range of cognitive domains in adults aged 40–65 years […]

January 12, 2016 Continue Reading

Vitamin D deficiency linked to IBS

With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) accounting for 10% of visits to GPs and one in five in the UK people develop IBS at some stage of their life, a new study has found that vitamin D may be the key to the debilitating disease. Researchers from the University of Sheffield discovered a significant association between […]

January 12, 2016 Continue Reading

Cocoa flavanols improve vascular function in kidney disease patients

A German study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has found that dietary intake of cocoa flavanols improves blood vessel function in patients with kidney disease. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 57 participants who were on chronic haemodialysis and undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week. During the study, […]

January 7, 2016 Continue Reading
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Fruit & veg consumption when young linked to improved heart health in later life

Research conducted by Michael Miedema MD of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and colleagues has found that increased consumption of fruit and veg in early life reduces risk of cardiovascular disease later on. The researchers set out to see if increased fruit and veg consumption at a young age positively impacted coronary atherosclerosis later in […]

November 4, 2015 Continue Reading
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