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April 08, 2014

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5:00 AM | Green Tea May Boost Brain Health
Research published in the academic journal Psychopharmacology suggests green tea extract increases the brain's effective connectivity.
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5:00 AM | HHS Cites Progress in Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
Healthy People 2020 represents the nation’s current 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention.
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5:00 AM | Daniel Fabricant Rejoins NPA as New CEO


Dr. Fabricant returns to the Natural Products Association after directing FDA’s Dietary Supplement Division for past three years.

April 07, 2014

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12:29 PM | The Antioxidant Functions of Riboflavin
When we think of antioxidant nutrients, we think of the big names: vitamin C, vitamin E, the carotenoids, selenium. It is less well known that riboflavin also supports the body’s antioxidant functions. These less well known properties have been reviewed recently by Ashoor and Saedisomeolia.
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5:00 AM | Meta-analysis Finds Calcium Does Not Increase Coronary Heart Disease
Research disputes the hypothesis that calcium supplementation, with or without vitamin D, increases coronary heart disease or all-cause mortality risk in elderly women.

April 04, 2014

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9:33 AM | Simple Strategies to Help People Make Better Food Choices: Can Supermarkets Help?
Choice can be our downfall in selecting foods for a healthy diet. Factors such as attractive packaging, price, expected sensory gratification, convenience, and familiarity with the product can all override healthier food choices. Many professionals working in nutrition and public health are interested in how we can help the average consumer to select foods that are suitable to avoid nutrient deficiencies and maintain a healthy weight. Can supermarkets help here?

April 03, 2014

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1:23 PM | Don’t be a Nutrition Statistic: Vitamin D, Bones, and More
The first identified biological role of vitamin D in calcium absorption and deposition. Of course, calcium is also essential to build bones and teeth. Because of the complex regulation of vitamin D and its metabolites, researchers have wondered if our bodies might conserve vitamin D during periods of low calcium intake. If so, vitamin D requirements could be affected by dietary calcium intake. Cashman and colleagues conducted a 15wk, randomized placebo-controlled double-blind (RCT) study with […]
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7:41 AM | Will Running Too Much Kill You?
The annual look at the current state of the evidence.
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5:00 AM | Nut-Based & Sweet Spreads Market to Reach $6.5 Billion in 2018
Consumers indicate a preference for spreads made with natural ingredients and without the use of additives or unnecessary sugar or salt, according to Mintel.
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5:00 AM | CRN Defends DSHEA in Response to New England Journal of Medicine Editorial
CRN stressed enforcement of the currently law, rather than an unnecessary regulatory overhaul.
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5:00 AM | Balchem To Acquire SensoryEffects for $567 Million
SensoryEffects management team will continue to lead the food and beverage ingredient business, which will be merged with Balchem’s Food, Pharma & Nutrition segment.

April 02, 2014

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11:26 AM | Meta-Analyses of Vitamin D and the Nuances of Nutrition Research
In the British Medical Journal today, two articles attempt to synthesize research into vitamin D and a variety of different health outcomes (lead authors are Chowdhury, Theodoratou)  and there is a comment by Welsh and Sattar in the same issue. While the collation of research seems like a good idea at the outset, allowing us to see the forest rather than looking at the individual trees, the approach is perhaps not ideal for nutrients, and also fails to capture differences in the study […]
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5:00 AM | BMJ Publishes Vitamin D Studies, CRN Responds
Two new studies evaluating vitamin D in the support of a variety of medical issues were published in BMJ.

April 01, 2014

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12:21 PM | How Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?
Achieving adequate intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are recommended for prevention of cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have various biological effects: they are structural cell membrane components, they are involved in the production of messenger molecules in the immune system, and they regulate the expression of a number of genes. All of these effects have been linked to reduction in cardiovascular disease. A new study looks at the mechanisms behind how omega-3 fatty acids reduce risk […]
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11:26 AM | Can You Pace an All-Out Effort?
A new study highlights the brain's role in pacing.
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5:00 AM | GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Alli
Consumers in seven U.S. states reported bottles of alli that contained tablets and capsules that were not the over-the-counter weight loss drug.
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5:00 AM | Natural Plant Compounds May Assist Chemotherapy
Present in carrots and parsley, falcarinol type compounds may support the delivery of drug compounds which fight breast cancer by addressing the over-expression of Breast Cancer Resistance Protein.
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5:00 AM | Seven Fruits & Vegetables Per Day May Reduce Mortality Risk by 42%
Fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, with each daily portion reducing overall risk of death by 16%, according to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
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5:00 AM | AHPA Issues Guidance for Labeling Protein Content
AHPA has issued industry guidance for calculating the amount of protein listed on dietary supplement and food labels.
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3:27 AM | Just how evidence-based is modern medicine?
In my previous post I commented on a flurry of supplement-bashing papers. Soon thereafter I happened to come across a review article looking at the effectiveness of common medical interventions (1). A closer look at the soundness of medical practices, or rather the lack thereof, sure puts the supposed uselessness and danger of vitamin and mineral supplements in perspective.A dozen medical doctors from various U.S. universities and institutes went through all the 2001-2010 issues of the New […]

March 31, 2014

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4:35 PM | Keeping March4Nutrition alive for 365 da
Keeping March4Nutrition alive for 365 days because it will help a child for a lifetime. http://ow.ly/ve3LiFiled under: Uncategorized
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4:35 PM | Keeping March4Nutrition alive for 365 da
Keeping March4Nutrition alive for 365 days because it will help a child for a lifetime. http://ow.ly/ve3LiFiled under: Uncategorized
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3:55 PM | March4Nutrition: Keeping Children Alive all 365 Days of the Year
Today is the last day of Nutrition Month characterized by #March4Nutrition in twitter. We should never overlook the power of nutrition in the first 1000 days of life. When babies are in the womb, they obtain all their nutrients from their mother. If mothers are not consuming enough iron, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), lutein, zeaxanthin, or zinc, the child will be playing catch-up before birth and while breast feeding. 
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5:00 AM | IDSA Develops Professional Certification for Retailers & Marketers
New certification helps to improve the knowledge base and professionalism of those who sell or recommend dietary supplements.
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5:00 AM | Nova Products Recalls Supplements Containing Undeclared Active Pharmaceuticals
Products included undeclared amounts of sildenafil and tadalafil, active ingredients used to treat erectile dysfunction.

March 28, 2014

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6:08 PM | Omega-3 Index, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Health
Inflammation is observed in individuals,  especially obese persons, even without evidence of cardiovascular disease, a high incidence of metabolic syndrome and risk of diabetes. Inflammation may lead to atherosclerosis of vessels to increase risk of stroke and heart attack. Although prescription medicines called statins appear to reduce arterial inflammation, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines to expand statin therapies to older individuals without […]
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5:00 AM | Organic Consumers Association Appeals to FDA on Mandatory GMO Labeling
The OCA calls on FDA to respond to consumer demand by requiring mandatory GMO labeling.
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5:00 AM | FDA Analysis Prompts Recall of Several Weight Loss Products
Sibutramine, phenolphthalein or a combination of both, was found in select weight loss products from New Life Nutritional Center and Pure Edge Nutrition.

March 27, 2014

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3:12 PM | Sleep, Diet and Exercise: Keys to Weight and Health Management
Alyssa Sparacino, contributor to Health, claims there are 11 health benefits of sleep. WebMD’s R Robin Griffin lists 9 reasons to get more sleep. They include better health, better sex life, less pain and lower risk of injury. A new study finds the list of sleep benefits should also include making healthier food choices. Kruger and colleagues analyzed cross-sectional data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. In-home interviews were conducted with a nationally […]
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1:08 PM | Should You Gargle Beet Juice?
You can't avoid digestive distress by not swallowing.
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