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Red wine compound found to slow down neural aging in mice
New research suggests that a compound commonly found in red wine and some fruits may protect our neurons against the unwanted effects of aging. In fact, the study suggests that the benefits may be equivalent to those of dieting and exercising.

Resveratrol’s role in eye protection implied as metabolites cross blood barriers
Resveratrol and its metabolites have been detected in the eye after oral administration, signifying its ability to cross protective barriers and reinforce its potential benefit to vision conditions.

Herb extract hailed for sleep-promoting potency: Mouse data
A compound identified in the leaves of the Ashwagandha herb may provide some welcome respite to those suffering from insomnia and other neuropsychiatric conditions.

Soy may improve survival rates in some breast cancer patients
Some studies have linked the consumption of soy products with breast cancer. The findings have been mixed, but new research aims to settle the controversy. Soy is found to be safe and potentially even beneficial for women with a certain type of breast cancer.

Caffeine may ward off dementia by boosting protective enzyme
A new study suggests that there may be more uses for caffeine than simply providing a morning fix. It has the potential to protect against dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Study shows Ahiflower oil’s anti-inflammatory and immune potential
A daily dose of Ahiflower oil from Buglossoides arvensis may increase production of the cytokine IL-10, which plays a role in immunoregulation and inflammation, says a new study.

‘No valid conclusions’: Omega-3 trade body fires back over prenatal DHA supplementation findings
A randomised trial follow-up found little benefit of prenatal DHA supplementation on the IQ of children at age seven, academics in Australia have reported.

Vitamin C can target and kill cancer stem cells, study shows
Cancer is currently one of the top killers worldwide, and the number of cancer cases is only expected to rise. Although there are a number of therapies available, most of them are toxic and cause serious side effects. New research examines the impact of the natural vitamin C on cancer cell growth

High-dose vitamin C could cut common cold (and other infections) duration
Very high doses of vitamin C could reduce the duration of common cold, finds a review of previous clinical data that calls for new trials to help find ‘optimum dosing’…

Vitamin D supplementation reduces risk of colds and flu
Dr. Cannell discusses a recent study that confirmed his hypothesis that vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of colds and influenza.

Vitamin D supplementation prevents autism traits being passed from mother to offspring: Mouse study
Giving vitamin D to pregnant mice prevented autism traits being passed on to their offspring, researchers in Australia have revealed.

New study suggests vitamin D may help prevent progression of knee joint synovitis
A study found vitamin D may halt the progression of knee effusion synovitis, potentially improving the outcomes in people with knee osteoarthritis.

Studies consistently show that children all over the world do not receive adequate vitamin D.
Take a look at our infographic that illustrates the shockingly high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among children. Learn about the health consequences, and find out what you can do to ensure your child has healthy vitamin D levels.

Vit E & selenium supplements unlikely to prevent dementia: Study
Vitamin E or selenium, used alone or in combination as a dietary supplement, did not appear to raise or lower the risk of dementia in asymptomatic older males, a JAMA study has revealed

Probiotics/prebiotics: Large-scale trials needed to asses Crohn’s disease potential
Large trials are desperately needed to understand if supplements and dietary interventions can play a positive role in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, according to academics in Japan.

No silver bullet? Probiotics have ‘little impact’ when taken with a balanced diet
Probiotics improved the microbiota of rats fed junk food and boosted their cognitive function, but had little impact on healthy animals and actually impaired memory.

Mintel: baobab has a promising future in energy drinks
Alex Beckett, Global Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel, believes that baobab as an ingredient in energy drinks has a promising future with its impressive nutrition credentials, and often makes the lists of superfoods to watch.

Mintel: NOPC products gaining in popularity
With wariness of the safety of ingredients in consumer products on the rise across most categories, Mintel says it seems the use of natural and organic personal care (NOPC) products are gaining in popularity.

Alzheimer’s disease linked to the metabolism of unsaturated fats
A new study from King’s College London has found that the metabolism of omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids in the brain are associated with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dietary Supplements to Prevent Postpartum Depression? Proceed with Caution
“‘Women who take the supplement don’t get sad [in the early days of motherhood],’ said Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, co-author of a study testing this blues-banishing regimen.” But before we get too excited about this supplement, we need to take a closer look at the study.

Europe needs ‘proper’ cannabidiol regulations for foods and supplements, says association
The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) says there is an “urgent need for proper legislation” in a position paper asking for Europe to recognise cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp as safe ingredients in food and cosmetics – not just medicines.

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