Fortification plus supplements could be key to healthy vitamin D

Fortifying four different foods with vitamin D together with taking a daily supplement led to intakes that were both adequate and safe, found researchers from the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby. Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the study modelled several different scenarios of vitamin D intake from either their habitual dietary sources alone (either 

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Omega-3s and heart rate: Meta-analysis provides ‘strong clinical evidence’ for benefits

Results of a meta-analysis, which pooled data from approximately 3,000 people, indicated that omega-3 supplementation was associated with significant reductions in heart rate, with the effects linked more to DHA than EPA. “The present meta-analysis provides strong and updated clinical evidence demonstrating the effect of heart rate reduction by [omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid] 

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Multivitamin plus omega-3s may be ‘safe, economical and effective means for lowering diabetes risk’: Study

Data published in Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology​​ indicated almost half of the participants with prediabetes and diabetes regressed to normal blood sugar levels and control after one year of consuming a specially designed multivitamin and mineral that also contained ingredients such as lutein, lycopene, bilberry extract, resveratrol and a host of other bioactives. 

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Could fibre stave off the effects of a high-fat diet?

Mice given the fermentable fibre inulin as a supplement to their HFD showed less weight gain and developed far less severe symptoms of metabolic syndrome, compared with those fed the HFD without the added prebiotic. Inulin-fed mice showed substantially lower accumulation of body and liver fat, better glycaemic control and reduced cholesterol, discovered a research 

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2018 and beyond: Five mega-trends set to shape the food industry

If you thought 2017 was a turbulent year, 2018 is likely to herald further food sector shake-ups. From the growing influence of disruptive start-ups to rising concern over big-picture issues such as food security and non-communicable diseases, companies that adopt business-as-usual approaches will come under pressure. Start-up self-starters According to Pinar Hosafci, head of packaged food 

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Low-fibre diet linked to leaky gut: Mouse study

Mice fed with a low-fibre, Western Style Diet (WSD) for 8 weeks developed increased gut permeability compared with their littermates fed a standard (control) chow diet, found researchers from the University of Gothenburg. The WSD fed mice also displayed a lower rate of gut mucous growth than the control group. Increased permeability of the mucous 

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Omega-3 may protect against DNA damage in vascular cells: Study

Data from in vitro​ studies published in PLoS ONE​ ​indicated that eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may promote or upregulate an antioxidant response in human aortic endothelial cells that would protect DNA from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS). “Accumulating evidence suggests that DNA damage plays a pivotal role in the 

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Adaptogens are here to stay but marketing them effectively will require creativity and innovation, say experts

Adaptogens are defined as: “Non-toxic substances and especially plant extracts that are held to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning” (Merriam-Webster). They basically allow you to adapt to the various stresses and strains that life throws at you. The most common adaptogens are 

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