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Low levels of carotenoids linked to Parkinson’s disease risk and progression: RCT

Low levels of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene contributed to increased risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports.

Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory drug for knee osteoarthritis: Study

High quality chondroitin sulfate supplementation is as good as a widely prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of painful knee osteoarthritis, new research reveals.

Possible link between vitamin D deficiency and diabetic retinopathy: Meta-analysis

There is a statistically significant link between diabetic retinopathy and vitamin D deficiency, according to a new review.

Timing of probiotic consumption 'unimportant’ for colonization: Study

Should probiotics be consumed on an empty stomach or with a meal? A new study from the University of Milan suggests it doesn’t matter.

Asian wild medicinal herb reduces inflammation markers, Korean research reveals

Root extract from Allium Hookeri (AHE) has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, according to a new Korean study.

Protein salvaged from squid processing poses functional food potential

Squid pen protein recovered from commercial processing could be a potential source of nutrients for functional foods, a new study has concluded.

Sales of sugar-containing sports drinks facing a ban in some of Australia's leisure centres

Stopping sales of 'unhealthy soft drinks' in Australian sports centres leads to increases in purchases of healthier beverages and the same level of total dollar transactions, claims new research, with...

Theanine: How a tea amino acid could help fight liver disease

Theanine, the unique amino acid present in the tea plant, can potentially be used to treat liver injury and boost immunity, a new review has shown.

Female path to middle age obesity can be mapped out in twenties: Australian research

New Australian research shows that rates of weight gain are established by the time women are 18-23 years old - meaning data taken at this age could identify those who...

Unique combination of prebiotic mixture and fermented infant formula helps prevent colic: New Danone Nutricia study

A trial on a novel infant formula appears to shows for the first time that a specific combination of ingredients can have a preventive effect on colic.

News in brief

Vitamins may have larger role in halting brain decline: Review

The role for folate and related B vitamins in slowing down the decline in brain function is very much underestimated as is their role in age-related depression, a review claims.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher risk of asthma in children: Korean study

Children with asthma were found to have insufficient levels of vitamin D, according to a recent South Korean study, which also suggested this could be a contributing risk factor to...

Dupont probiotic shows modest effect on common cold nasal inflammation

A study using a DuPont probiotic strain showed a modest effect on the inflammatory response in the nose in response to an infection with a common cold virus.

Antioxidant-rich grape powder protects brain from damage caused by high fat and high sugar diets: Study

Antioxidants from grape powder helped ease hyperglycaemia-related cognitive dysfunction in aged rats, a study discovered.

Green tea consumption can lower rice-induced diabetes risk in women: Japanese study

New research from Japan has shown that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of diabetes caused by rice consumption among women.

Location, location, location: Why affluence isn’t the sole driver of obesity in China

Increasing affluence and rising obesity have appeared to go hand in hand in China, but new research reveals how geographic location may also play a significant role. 

Green tea supplements: Good for weight loss, but lacking in anti-inflammation action against PCOS

Consumption of green tea supplements leads to weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it is still uncertain if supplementation provides a direct anti-inflammatory effect against the condition....

Parkinson’s disease and diet: Nutritional intervention reveals 'clear therapeutic benefits'

A new study has demonstrated how dietary interventions with omega-3, prebiotics and other nutrients can help improve motor functions and cognition after the onset of Parkinson's disease in mice.

Vegetable consumption key to preventing metabolic syndrome in women

Increased vegetable consumption could help prevent metabolic syndrome, especially in postmenopausal women, a new analysis of South Korean data has found.

Daily chocolate fix reduces heart disease risk in postmenopausal women

Daily consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa reduced arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women – therefore lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study revealed.

Manuka and strawberry tree honey helps decrease colon cancer cell viability: In vitro study

Strawberry tree honey and Manuka honey can induce cell death in colon cancer cells, an in vitro study has found.

Energy drink 'risk' revealed for teenagers with genetic heart disease

Caffeinated energy drinks can trigger serious cardiac events in young people with a genetic heart disease, Australian researchers claim.

Droplet size and coatings key to infant milk nutrition response: Danone study

Altering the droplet size and coating of fats used in infant milk could modify postprandial responses in men, according to new research deemed 'very important' by the authors.

‘Super vitamin E’s' brain health benefits detailed in new study

Palm oil tocotrienol, touted as ‘super vitamin E’, could provide benefits for people with neurodegenerative and neuro-inflammatory diseases, a study has concluded.

Chinese diets increasingly ‘high fat, high energy and deficient in key micronutrients’

Greater dietary choice in China is leading to excessive energy intake and obesity among adults, a cross-sectional study of adults in the southwest of the country has found.

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