Women's Health

Clear role for industry in educating mothers on supplement benefits, strategist says

07 Jun 2018 --- Despite high awareness of the importance of nutrition for new and expectant mothers and infants, there is very low understanding of the actual benefits of dietary supplements, pointing to a clear role for industry to offer guidance and support. This is according to Isobel Smyth, Managing Partner at The Leading Edge, who spoke during the Passionate About Kids’ Nutrition event hosted by DSM in Amsterdam yesterday.

Low vitamin D levels linked to miscarriage among women with prior pregnancy loss: NIH study

01 Jun 2018 --- Vitamin D may play a key protective role in healthy pregnancies, an analysis by researchers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown. In a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, the researchers note that among women planning to conceive after a pregnancy loss, those who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were more likely to become pregnant and have a live birth, compared to women with insufficient levels of the vitamin.

“Healthy obesity” still detrimental to cardiovascular health, Lancet study finds

31 May 2018 --- Compared to metabolically healthy women of normal weight, women who are obese and who have been metabolically healthy for decades are still at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This is according to an observational study that followed over 90,000 US women for up to 30 years, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. The findings indicate that obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, regardless of whether they develop any of the common metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.

Oily fish intake of mother benefits kid's weight maintenance, study finds

31 May 2018 --- Mothers who eat omega-rich fats from oily fish may help their children maintain a healthy weight for the entirety of their lives, a study has found. The research, published in Microbiome, found that the maternal fatty acid status persistently restructures the offspring’s microbiota and the associated metabolic homeostasis related to obesity. A diet that was higher in omega 6 fats than omega 3 contributed to a leaky gut in the kids, potentially contributing to weight gain. The findings further the call for omega 3 supplementation during pregnancy.

Coffee consumption while pregnant linked to increase in overweight children

14 May 2018 --- Even moderate coffee consumption during pregnancy, one to two cups per day, is related to a risk of overweight or obesity in school-age children, according to a study published in the BMJ Open journal. It has not been clearly shown if caffeine is the direct cause of the overweight, but the relationship, alone, has caused researchers to encourage increased caution.

Fonterra highlights benefits of MFGM on fetal and infant brain development

14 May 2018 --- Fonterra's ingredient brand NZMP has released new findings that highlight the positive effect of NZMP’s SureStart MFGM Lipid100 (also known as Nuelipid) during pregnancy on fetal brain composition and on further infant cognitive development.

FrieslandCampina’s human milk oligosaccharide ingredient obtains EU approval and GRAS status

09 May 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DOMO’s new human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient, 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), has been officially certified for use in infant formula in both European and US markets. The ingredient has received EU novel food approval and achieved GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. The company reports that these authorizations are an important step forward in the plan of FrieslandCampina to launch its first HMO by the end of the year.

Prenatal and natal nutrition: Folate in focus

02 May 2018 --- One of the stages of life that arguably requires particular nutrient attention is pregnancy, as a woman’s body creates an environment to nourish and grow a baby. Crucial to creating a coherent nutritional profile during this time is folate, or folic acid. NutritionInsight shines a light on this nutrient and its importance in pregnancies.

Healthy diet linked to later onset of menopause, UK study finds

01 May 2018 --- Certain food groups could affect the age at which the menopause begins, researchers at the University of Leeds have found in a study examining the links between diet and the onset of menopause in British women. The study showed that high intake of healthy foods, such as oily fish and fresh legumes, such as peas and green beans were associated with a later onset of the menopause, while a high consumption of refined white pasta and rice was associated with an earlier start.

Selenium crucial for healthy pregnancy and infant development: Cypress Systems

30 Apr 2018 --- Although the micronutrient folic acid has received the most amount of attention around conception, new research is demonstrating that selenium may be just as important, if not even more important, Cypress Systems CEO Paul Willis tells NutritionInsight. The biotech company has compiled an extensive Executive Summary on selenium and pregnancy, highlighting the micronutrient’s role in a healthy pregnancy and infant development. Specifically, high-selenium yeast reduces the risk of preterm births and preeclampsia, the company notes, calling for further research and industry and consumer education over why standardized, body-ready selenium should be in maternal supplements.

Daily iron shot: Lipofoods develops soluble prototype for iron RDI

23 Apr 2018 --- Lipofoods, SLU, is launching Lipofer, an orosoluble iron “stick” that particularly targets the needs of pregnant or nursing millennial women, but could also be useful for those with iron deficiencies. Lipofer will not be released as a final product, but instead the prototype “demonstrates Lipofer’s superior advantages as a highly soluble, highly bioavailable, and flavorful system for incorporating 100 percent of daily iron into a single delivery system,” says David Padro, Business Manager of Lipofoods.

Anlit launches “fun and tasty” omega 3 chew for pregnant women

18 Apr 2018 --- Producers of high-quality children’s dietary supplements, Anlit, have launched "tasty", high-DHA omega 3 chewable supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

Cruciferous vegetables may help protect senior women from hardening of neck arteries, study finds

04 Apr 2018 --- Elderly women who eat more vegetables show less carotid artery wall thickness, according to new research conducted in Australian women. Cruciferous vegetables – such as cabbages, kale, collard greens, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and broccoli – proved the most beneficial effects, according to the research, which was published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Phospholipid formulation reduces PMS stress, trial finds

27 Mar 2018 --- A natural phospholipid formulation – Lipogen PMS – has been shown to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. The product "fills a huge void in the market" as one of the few, non-pharmaceutical solutions for PMS symptom relief, claims the company. PMS refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur one to two weeks before a woman’s period. PMS is experienced by 20 to 30 percent of women, according to the American Family Physician Journal, and Lipogen can offer "potential relief with a progressive, natural solution without unwanted secondary effects."

Product purity: Entire NOW sports range gains "Informed Sport" certification 

16 Mar 2018 --- NOW Sports – US manufacture of natural products – has invested in the detection of banned substances across its brand, which includes more than 150 sports nutrition products. The "clean" certification comes from a third party, known as Informed Sport, who have 54 years’ experience in anti-doping control.

Significant weight loss boosts chances for type 2 diabetes remission, stresses Diabetes UK

16 Mar 2018 --- In light of studies finding that weight loss may make remission possible in type 2 diabetics, new nutritional guidelines from Diabetes UK will encourage healthy and personalized eating patterns. Diets should be specific to patients as "there is not [a] one-size-fits-all approach" for diabetics. The guidelines are evidence-based and reflect recent research advances, chiefly of a Diabetes UK funded study called DIRECT.

Peptan brand expands: Rousselot launches hydrolyzed collagen for healthy joints

15 Mar 2018 --- Rousselot, a global producer of gelatin for the pharmaceutical, food and nutrition industries, is introducing a new joint health supplement to the market: Peptan IIm, launched under their known Peptan brand. The product is a hydrolyzed collagen type 2 matrix, which may offer multiple benefits in the area of joint health. 

Soy formula’s estrogen levels may affect baby girls’ reproductive system, study suggests

14 Mar 2018 --- Baby girls who were fed soy-based formula have subtle changes in the cells and tissues of their reproductive system when compared with infants fed with breastmilk or cow’s milk. This is according to the researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who stress that although the differences are subtle and not a cause for alarm, they do point to the need for further research. The study investigated the postnatal development of estrogen-responsive tissues, along with specific hormone levels, according to the infant feeding practices. 

Iodine deficiency on the rise globally: Must focus on natal nutrition, study warns

12 Mar 2018 --- Iodine is an essential nutrient particularly for the neurodevelopment of fetuses. Deficiency at this stage could have negative consequences, a review conducted by the Hospital de Riotinto, Spain and Unversity of Surrey, UK, have shown. The findings are of rising importance as iodine deficiencies are becoming more common, the review suggests.

Maternal diet and obesity can cause “fatty liver” in fetus, study finds

08 Mar 2018 --- Obesity and a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy may predispose children to obesity, study finds. The study, published in The Journal of Physiology, found that such conditions create a “fatty liver” in the fetus. The observations may explain why children of obese mothers live shorter lives than the offspring of normal weight mothers. "Fatty Livers" can lead to very troubling issues including later life obesity, cancers, and metabolic and cardiovascular problems.

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