A major new study into diet and health shows that people who eat more saturated fat have a higher risk of an early death. The findings seem to contradict the argument being advanced by some doctors and nutritionists that saturated fat may be protective against heart disease and that ‘butter is back’. The new study, […]
The latest nutrition and research news for the natural and organic products industry.
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition by researchers in Iran have found that adherence to healthy eating is inversely associated with a lower chance of anxiety and depression. Although many studies have shown a protective association between healthy eating and mental health in Western countries, data from the Middle East has so […]
A global survey of the levels omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood stream of healthy adults reveals worryingly low levels in most regions.
A study by the University of Chichester reveals how athletes supplemented with blackcurrant extract experience improved cardiovascular responses. The research was unveiled last week at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Boston. The trained athletes showed a significant dose-response effect to blackcurrant extract supplementation, which could offer a natural, nutritional strategy for improving […]
A new risk-benefit method for evaluating micronutrient intake developed by Dutch scientists could help end the reliance on outdated approaches to the setting of vitamin and mineral levels, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). The ANH commissioned the Dutch study in an effort to cut through the “considerable confusion” over what levels are optimum […]
‘Clean eating’ diets are fuelling a growing eating disorders crisis, doctors and even some former proponents are warning. Last week Dr Mark Berelowitz, an eating disorder specialist at the world-renowned Royal Free Hospital, warned that the clean eating regimes promoted by popular food bloggers and websites can be a “catastrophe”. Berelowitz told the Sunday Times […]
Viva!Health has published The Incredible Vegan Health Report, investigating how a plant-based diet positive impact on health and wellbeing.
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, […]
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition has found that consuming as little as 0.7g of fish oil per day can reduce blood pressure.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The UK Government has published a revised version of its Eatwell Guide – which has replaced the Eatwell Plate.
A study published in Nutrition Journal has found that magnesium levels correlate to a higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors.
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 […]
Maximum Permitted Levels for vitamins and the UK’s ability to “retain sovereignty over key policy areas like health” will be major areas of focus for Consumers for Health Choice in 2016. CHC’s latest quarterly newsletter sets out the activity taken by CHC so far this year and outlines the future activity it will take to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In the first human clinical trial carried out on Ahiflower oil, researchers have confirmed that its consumption is safe and increases tissue long-chain n-3 fatty acid content to a greater extent than flaxseed oil. Researchers from the University of Moncton, Canada, led by Dr Marc Surette, carried out a 28-day trial during which 40 healthy […]
A Total Sweet charity tie-up in Madagascar
February 14, 2020 Jane Wolfe
Total Sweet has teamed up with a small UK charity to create tree corridors on Madagascar to help lemurs and other wildlife recover from deforestation.
The rise of the four-legged flexitarians
The dog’s dinner: the UK’s pet population is seeing a rise in four-legged flexitarians, according to research firm Mintel.
New brand puts down roots for life
Brand-new to market, nutritional supplements company Lyfe Roots has launched with a five-strong offer of vegan-friendly, plant-based VMS.
Healthspan Elite joins ESSNA
The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has welcomed its newest member, Guernsey-based sports nutrition retailer Healthspan Elite.
In a pickle
January 23, 2020 Rosie Greenaway
From kombucha to kraut, and kimchi to kefir, the fermented market is alive and kicking. Rosie Greenaway discovers the ancient art of fermenting and learns how to brew her own ‘booch’ (more…)
Back on track
Bone up on joint health with Matt Chittock for all the latest and traditional approaches to keeping customers standing tall (more…)
Say yes to sustainable sex
With consumers thinking more about their impact on the environment, it’s no surprise that the environmental impact of their sex lives is also coming into question. With a range of sustainable sex products cropping up on bedside tables, Sharna Waid investigates which brands are championing the alternatives and whether it’s an area worth investing in […]
The breakfast club
We’re all familiar with the old adage ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’, but truth be told we are more likely to do the exact opposite. Jane Wolfe finds out how retailers can offer consumers easy, convenient and healthy ways to start the morning (more…)
Setting Industry standards for Golden quality CBD Products
Over the past few years Hemp and its CBD-rich extracts have made a stunning entrance to the nutraceutical business. More and more people are now commenting on the wonderful health benefits of supplementing their diet with natural phytocannabinoids and new CBD oil brands pop-up regularly as a result.
Mineral-rich New Zealand volcanic mud delivers instant illumination for your skin
It may seem counter-intuitive to apply mud to your skin in order to cleanse it, but the skin-enhancing benefits of mineral-rich mud have been harnessed for beauty treatments all over the world for centuries. Antipodes® uses white volcanic mud sourced from central New Zealand’s dramatic central plateau in its new Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask […]
Leading the discussion around sustainability in retail
The Sustainability in Retail Forum is the new conference designed to help senior executives within leading retailers from across the Nordic region meet the ever-evolving challenges around sustainability. Taking place 13 November 2019, at MalmöMässan, Sweden, the event is co-located with the award-winning trade exhibitions Nordic Organic Food Fair and Eco Life Scandinavia. Facing the […]
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]