Health & Nutrition News

Walnuts activate brain area that controls appetite, finds study

17 Aug 2017 --- Consuming walnuts activates an area in the brain associated with regulating hunger and cravings. This is according to a first-of-its-kind new brain imaging study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the findings of which, published online in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, reveal for the first time the neurocognitive impact the nuts have on the brain. 

NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 inhibits artery hardening in study

17 Aug 2017 --- Renal transplant patients’ arterial stiffness and 24-hour peripheral and central pressures can be improved by supplementation with NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 as MK7. This is according to a study that investigated an association between vitamin K2 supplementation and the change in both subclinical vitamin K status and indices of arterial stiffness.

Chewing gum to provide quick dental implant inflammation test

16 Aug 2017 --- Patients who develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving a dental implant, a group that makes up 6 to 15 percent of dental implant patients, will be able to benefit from a chewing gum-based diagnostic test in the future. The test, designed by a pharmaceutical research team at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany, will detect if bacteria are destroying the soft tissue and the bone around the implant in the worst-case scenario.

“Fat but fit” is a myth, suggests new study

15 Aug 2017 --- Carrying extra weight could raise the risk of a heart attack by more than a quarter, even in those who are otherwise healthy. This is according to a group of researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, who found that this overweight group is still at increased risk compared to those with a healthy weight.

Moderate drinking may help to prolong life

15 Aug 2017 --- Light-to-moderate drinking can lower the risk of premature mortality caused by cardiovascular disease, while heavy drinking can significantly increase the risk of premature mortality from cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Less than 14 drinks a week for men and seven for women “clearly outweigh” possible cancer risk, suggests the study.

Antioxidants find new potential amid modern life’s demands

14 Aug 2017 --- Nutrition suppliers have been selling the benefits of antioxidants for some time, and the general public continues to show curiosity about their potential health and anti-aging benefits. Today, we take a look at the state of the market for antioxidants, which seem to be becoming ever more specialized and more responsive to other nutritional trends.

The cost of malnutrition: Nutrition program savings could add up to US$3,800 per patient

11 Aug 2017 --- The cost of poor nutrition has been laid bare by research published in the American Health & Drug Benefits journal and supported by healthcare company Abbott. The research shows that when not-for-profit healthcare system Advocate Health Care implemented a nutrition care program at four of its Chicago area hospitals in the US, cost savings hit more than US$4.8 million due to shorter hospital stays and lower readmission rates.

Researchers uncover how dietary fiber fuels gut health maintaining cells

11 Aug 2017 --- Researchers at UC Davis Health have discovered how by-products of the digestion of dietary fiber by gut microbes act as the right fuel to aid intestinal cells in maintaining gut health. The findings are significant because they identify a potential therapeutic target for rebalancing gut microbiota, adding to a growing body of knowledge on the complex interplay between gut microbiota and dietary fiber.

Cutting down on cadmium could help prevent endometrial cancer

10 Aug 2017 --- A study by researchers at the University of Missouri has found that women with increased levels of cadmium – a metal commonly found in foods such as kidneys, liver and shellfish as well as tobacco – also had an increased risk of endometrial cancer.

Study pinpoints how preservatives may disrupt hormones and promote obesity

10 Aug 2017 --- Cedars-Sinai investigators have developed a novel platform and protocol for testing the effects of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors on humans, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Although growing evidence from animal experiments had already suggested that chemicals that are added to breakfast cereals and other everyday products make you obese, confirming these findings in humans had – until now – proven difficult.

Caffeinated energy drinks could set young on path to substance abuse, study suggests

09 Aug 2017 --- Young adults who regularly consume highly caffeinated energy drinks could be at risk for future substance abuse, according to a new study from University of Maryland School of Public Health, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Nicotinamide may put a stop to melanoma

09 Aug 2017 --- Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, has the potential to prevent melanoma in high-risk individuals, according to a review published in the Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine review. Strategies for skin cancer that prevent the need for chemotherapy are extremely important, especially during a time of aging populations and increasing rates of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers worldwide, notes the study. The use of nicotinamide, therefore, presents an interesting option for preventing the most dangerous form of skin cancer in the future. The cost of nicotinamide is approximately US$10 per month if taken at 1g per day as recommended. 


“Our health is your responsibility,” consumers tell food companies

09 Aug 2017 --- Nine out of ten consumers believe food companies have a responsibility to make sure their diet is healthy, online consumer research shows. In a survey of more than 1,000 consumers worldwide conducted on behalf of specialist PR agency Ingredient Communications, 52 percent of respondents said food and beverage companies have “a lot” of responsibility for ensuring consumers eat a healthy diet, and a further 37 percent said they had “some.” 

Cereal manufacturers “deceiving shoppers by using poor nutrition labeling,” lobby group says

08 Aug 2017 --- Action on Sugar, a UK sugar and health expert group, is calling for color-coded “traffic light” front of pack (FOP) nutrition labeling to be introduced across all food and drink products. The group says many perceived “healthy” cereal brands have failed to include the UK Department of Health endorsed color-coded labeling, adding that some of these brands offer products containing high levels of sugar which would equate to a red label.

Vegan diets can support healthy living, British Dietetic Association confirms

08 Aug 2017 --- A well-planned vegan diet can “support healthy living in people of all ages,” the British Dietetic Association (BDA), a professional association and trade union for dietitians, has affirmed in an official document.


Capsicum extract found to boost metabolism with red-hot results

08 Aug 2017 --- An extract from red-hot capsicum peppers boosts metabolic rate, according to a recent paper. The findings show that managing a healthy weight as we age by fighting a slowing metabolism may be aided by the pepper extract Capsimax, an OmniActive Health Technologies product that aims to deliver the beneficial heat of concentrated highly-active, natural capsicum in a controlled-release coating.

Access to fast food restaurants has little impact on BMI, US study shows

08 Aug 2017 --- Living near fast food restaurants and supermarkets has little impact on someone’s body mass index (BMI), according to new research from Indiana University. Moreover, the researchers found that policies that are designed to reduce the number of fast food restaurants and increase the number of supermarkets are unlikely to reduce obesity, even though such policies may make it easier for people to find healthy foods.

Flavonoids combined with specific gut microbes may prevent severe flu

07 Aug 2017 --- A new study has thrown further light on the far-reaching effects that gut microbes can have on the immune system, by showing that a particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections in mice, likely by breaking down flavonoids, the naturally occurring compounds commonly found in foods and beverages such as black tea, red wine and blueberries. This strategy is also effective in fighting off severe damage from flu when the interaction occurs prior to infection with the influenza virus, indicates the research conducted by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. This work could also help to explain the wide variation in human responses to influenza infection.

Supplier view on consumer trends in the nutritional space: Clean label and sustainability

07 Aug 2017 --- Consumers are stepping up their demands on the quality and sourcing of the foods, beverages and dietary supplements they purchase. Today, in the second part of a special report, NutritionInsight presents a list of the latest trends in natural ingredients, analyzed and expanded upon by a number of industry experts.

US report gives methods for developing DRIs based on chronic disease

07 Aug 2017 --- A new report from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines how to examine whether specific levels of nutrients or other food substances (NOFSs) can ameliorate the risk of chronic disease and recommends ways to develop dietary reference intakes (DRI) based on chronic disease outcomes.