Nutrasource Blog

Demystifying clinical study designs for probiotics

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

As the probiotic segment continues to trend upward, more companies are investing in well-designed clinical trials to support efficacy.

One area that has presented substantial learning opportunities, and has helped shape the future of probiotic clinical trials, is the study of antibiotic associated diarrhea (AAD) and probiotic intake.

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Tags: Clinical Research, Research, Probiotics

Probiotics, Allergies and the Evaluation of Clinical Studies

Posted by Dr. Carolina Bonilla, MD/PhD on Thu, Feb 18, 2016

In the second installment of our Physician's Insights blog series, Dr. Carolina Bonilla, MD/PhD, explains clinical research best practices for probiotics, including lessons learned from recent probiotic trials conducted in humans.

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Tags: Nutrition, Clinical Research, Research

Weight Management in the Elderly: An Opportunity for Clinical Trials?

Posted by Dr. Carolina Bonilla, MD/PhD on Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Our resident medical expert, Dr. Carolina Bonilla, MD/PhD, brings over 14 years of experience in coordinating and supervising clinical trials and health research projects. As Medical Research Advisor and Sub-Investigator at Nutrasource, Dr. Bonilla specializes in chronic disease prevention and management including diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and weight management.

In this new Physician's Insights blog series, Dr. Bonilla sheds light on today’s hottest topics facing the natural health industry from a medical and clinical research perspective.

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Tags: Nutrition, Clinical Research, Research

New webinar: Learn how the supplement market is changing, and how your brand can stay ahead of the curve - Oct 29th, 2015

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Oct 26, 2015

In our previous post we featured the In-Depth Essentials Guide: The Changing Supplements Market, a must-read report on the state of the dietary supplement industry and what companies can do to re-engage consumers.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Research, Regulatory, Product Trends

Infographic: Regaining trust and adjusting to shifting demand in the dietary supplement industry

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Oct 22, 2015

In our previous post we featured a new In-Depth Essentials Guide: The Changing Supplements Market, a must-read report which delves into current issues the dietary supplement industry is facing and what's in store for the market in years to come.  How will the industry maintain consumer confidence in such a significant time of change and evolution?

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Research, Regulatory, Product Trends

Nutritional Expert, Dr. Maggie Laidlaw, finds flaws in multivitamin attack editorial

Posted by Maggie Laidlaw, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Affairs on Thu, Dec 19, 2013

Dr. Maggie Laidlaw, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Trials at Nutrasource, is a nutritional science expert with over 10 years of experience in her current role. She has supervised and acted as Principal Investigator for over 30 natural health product clinical trials and has authored or co-authored over 20 publications in American and Canadian peer-reviewed journals. In this special blog post, Dr. Laidlaw responds to the recent editorial, “Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.” Read her response below:

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Tags: Research

Results of DNA barcoding test suggests industry is still in transition

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Oct 22, 2013

In a recent study published in the journal BMC Medicine, scientists used DNA barcode testing to probe 44 herbal products from 12 companies. Researchers discovered there was product substitution in 20 of the 44 products tested and only two companies had products without any substitution, contamination or fillers. Scientists also said that some of the contaminants found posed "serious health risks to consumers,” particularity consumers with allergies or intolerances.

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Tags: Research, Regulatory

INFOGRAPHIC: Ingredient-Health Relationships

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Understanding the body of scientific evidence surrounding ingredients and supplements can be daunting.  That's why we love this colourful chart from the New Hope 360 blog showing the strength of the evidence of various nutrients and active compounds relative to each other.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Research

Omega-3 Expert: Take the Vancouver Sun Fish Oil Study with a Grain of Salt

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Jan 30, 2013

A recent article entitled, Fish oil supplements may do more harm than goodwas published in the Vancouver Sun on January 23, 2013.  The article summarized the results of a mouse gut health study which reported "harmful" effects of fish oil supplements.

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Tags: Omega-3s, Research

The problem with Canadian universities and R&D for agricultural products

Posted by William Rowe on Mon, Oct 29, 2012

I am a product of Canadian universities, as are all three of my siblings. Education, especially post-secondary education, has been crucial in my personal and professional development. It has laid the groundwork which has allowed me to build a successful business that grows every year.  A big part of what my company does is clinical research and clinical trials. So there you have it - all of my biases pertaining to this subject are out in the open.

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Tags: William Rowe, Research