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From mother’s milk, the supplements of the future to protect the gut and boost immune defence in adults


It’s long been established that breast milk provides infants with very important nutrients to protect their intestinal health and boost their immune system, which is why breastfeeding is strongly recommended. Researchers have been working for many years to bring these benefits to adults too and they have finally achieved this goal: Metagenics, one of the leading producers of high-impact dietary supplements, has now developed a line of supplements based on human milk oligosaccharides (HMO). The experts at Metagenics Academy, the Metagenics division that provides training for health professionals and publishes scientific content and studies, explain the benefits.


Healthy food labels that work and don’t work

Want that packet of biscuits? That’ll be 17 minutes of jogging to burn off one serving (and there’s probably more than one serving in there). Such Physical Activity Equivalent (PAE) labels on food and beverages have been shown to encourage consumers to make healthier purchases. However, new research from Duke-NUS Medical School and NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in Singapore has found that when displayed alongside a Healthier Choice Symbol, the positive effects of both labels are diluted. The study was recently published in the journal Appetite.



New molecules derived from cannabidiol are designed with more potent antioxidants

Nowadays, cannabidiol is a star component, not only in the world of cosmetics, but also in pharmaceutics and nutrition due to its antioxidant properties and its therapeutical potential. It is a natural molecule that comes from medicinal cannabis and that, despite being derived from it, is not a psychoactive compound, meaning that it has no effect upon the nervous system.



Are high-protein total diet replacements the key to maintaining healthy weight?

According to the World Health Organization, obesity has nearly tripled worldwide since 1975. In 2016, for example, more than 1.9 billion adults were categorized as overweight. Of these, more than 650 million had obesity. Because obesity is associated with a higher incidence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers, the rise in its incidence has led to a global public health emergency.



Innova identifies top 10 food and beverage trends to accelerate innovation in 2021

Innova Market Insights, food trend specialists for over 25 years, unveils its annual Top Ten Trends report. The comprehensive report equips manufacturers, retailers and brands with the latest insights to drive innovation and answer current consumer demands.

Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2021 provides an in-depth delve into how the food and beverage industry has progressively evolved. As COVID-19 transforms our shopping and eating habits, staying ahead of the curve and keeping on top of the changing and sophisticated food and beverage landscape is of paramount importance.



Nut consumption causes changes in sperm DNA function

Many environmental and lifestyle factors have been implicated in the decline of sperm quality, with diet being one of the most plausible factors identified in recent years. Moreover, several studies have reported a close association between the alteration of specific sperm DNA methylation signatures and semen quality. To date, however, no randomized clinical trials (RCT) have been published that assess the effects of diet on these changes in the function of sperm DNA.



Improved mental and physical condition is directly linked to nutrition, study shows

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Abbott and, the U.S. Air Force Research Lab announced the results of a new study that found a direct link between physical fitness, cognitive performance, and optimal nutrition. The scientists revealed that getting the right nutrition not only fuels our bodies and improves fitness, but gives us an edge mentally, too.



Adding natural extracts to medicine formulation improves hypertension drugs

Researchers have found that adding a combination of three natural extracts to standard pharmacological treatments could help to fight hypertension by improving cardiovascular function – especially in patients with poorly controlled blood pressure. 

Led by researchers at the Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS) Neuromed, Italy, the team report that extracts from Bacopa Monnieri, Ginko biloba and green tea leaves complexed with phosphatidylcholine, a natural phospholipid, were evaluted in a group of hypertensive patients, all of them receiving standard therapies. The main characteristic of the selected patients was that, despite pharmacological treatments, their blood pressure remained badly controlled.