The double edged sword: High doses of polyphenols may damage DNA

'A beneficial effect at low concentrations changes to a detrimental effect at higher concentrations, and this tendency is clear in many of the reports described,' say researchers. ©iStock/Hywards

Researchers have warned manufacturers of functional foods and supplements to keep polyphenol doses low, following conclusions that low concentrations protect but high concentrations may damage DNA. 

The UK survey of 450 people aged 50-80 found that 77% did not know whether they were consuming enough selenium.

Food makers have opportunity to address elderly micronutrient needs

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Study confirms reproductive safety of fenugreek seed extract

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Collagen claims only skin deep: UK ad body

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Macular carotenoid supplements may improve recovery from ‘disability glare’: Study

Plant-based proteins and meatless meats are gaining ground and favour with consumers looking to switch for health and environmental reasons. ©iStock/olgaman

Alt-protein: Movement answers the call for more protein choice

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Is a satiating, decadent dairy dessert for weight management possible? Spanish researchers find out

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Wessanen strengthens position in Spanish organic market with Biogran takeover

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Chaucer sold to Japanese food firm in €122m deal

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Danone seeks to thwart China infant formula grey market with online retailer link-up

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The company has attracted around €8m in funding in the last two years, which includes backing from Irish musicians Bono and The Edge and the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. Image©Nuritas

Bono and The Edge find what they're looking for in biotech start-up Nuritas

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And the award goes to... What did Dutch consumers choose as 2016's most misleading product?

'It’s great to have structures in place to support but we also need to have the infrastructure to support and increase supply to the charity sector,' said Iseult Ward, FoodCloud’s CEO. © iStock

Irish 'FoodCloud' app aims to end food waste

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BII will produce nutritional ingredients from boarfish and blue whiting, species which have been earmarked as an under-utilised marine resource in Ireland.©iStock/Algefoto

New supplier set to make waves on the bio-marine scene

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Chr. Hansen names new executive vice president and chief science officer

Major infant formula suppliers and manufacturers are blaming sluggish sales on new rules in China. ©iStock

China infant formula uncertainty claims another victim: Murray Goulburn and Mead Johnson deal scrapped

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Industry backs ban of online junk food ads for children

Organic Burst World's marketing contains claims that are too general, the UK advertising body has said. ©iStock/sssimone

What's so super? UK ad body busts Organic Burst superfood claims

The new rules will be enforced from January 1, 2018. ©iStock

India’s new functional food and supplements rules: The key requirements every firm needs to know

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Swap out red meat but keep the fatty fish to reduce heart risk, says study

The results suggested a 10% lower risk of heart disease, 12% lower risk of stroke and a 26% lower risk of T2DM for those taking the highest magnesium doses compared to those taking the lowest. ©iStock/vchal

Can magnesium protect against heart disease and diabetes?

The oats study revealed new information on the function of beta glucans. ©iStock

Australian oats study provides hope of boosting cholesterol-fighting properties of other cereals

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Findings from this study could offer a mechanism that explains how a high protein intake affects metabolic health.This diet strategy has been embraced by weightlifters and people following a healthier lifestyle. ©iStock/Lecic

Nitrogen key for gut health: Study

The results suggested a 10% lower risk of heart disease, 12% lower risk of stroke and a 26% lower risk of T2DM for those taking the highest magnesium doses compared to those taking the lowest. ©iStock/vchal

Can magnesium protect against heart disease and diabetes?

Findings from the team point to the gut as the origin of Parkinson’s disease, not only in the brain as previously thought. ©iStock

Does Parkinson's start in the gut? Study reinforces gut-brain link

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