Nutrition Evidence Alert – December 2022 – Research Summary

NEW from our Expert Reviewers

To close the year, the Nutrition Evidence Editorial Board, Expert Review Panel and NED Indexers bring you a selection of journal articles and other resources to keep you on top of the science. Covering topics as diverse as thyroid autoimmunity and post-COVID fatigue, as well as a festive focus on chocolate, you are sure to find something of interest. Scroll down for our latest expert reviews and indexed papers.

Autoimmune Thyroid and Selenium

Effect of selenium on thyroid autoimmunity and regulatory T cells in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: A prospective randomized-controlled trial. Clinical and translational science. 2021. Expert Review by Ana-Paula Agrela

Chocolate and Mood

Consumption of 85% cocoa dark chocolate improves mood in association with gut microbial changes in healthy adults: a randomized controlled trial in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2022. Expert Review by Jennifer McCarthy

Migraine and Alpha-lipoic Acid

The efficacy of alpha-lipoic acid in improving oxidative, inflammatory, and mood status in women with episodic migraine in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in International Journal of Clinical Practice. 2021. Expert Review by Yassine Bendiabdallah

Major Depressive Disorder and Omega-3’s

Low omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids predict reduced response to standard antidepressants in patients with major depressive disorder in Depression and Anxiety. 2022. Expert Review by Alison Pearson

Autoimmunity, Vitamin D and Omega-3’s

Vitamin D and marine omega 3 fatty acid supplementation and incident autoimmune disease: VITAL randomized controlled trial in BMJ (Clinical Research ed.). 2022. Expert Review by Jennifer McCarthy

Post-COVID Fatigue, Probiotics and Systemic Enzymes

A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Efficacy of Systemic Enzymes and Probiotics in the Resolution of Post-COVID Fatigue in Medicines (Basel, Switzerland). 2021. Expert Review by Ana-Paula Agrela


NED Talks: Join Nutrition Evidence Expert Reviewer, Georgie Murphy in conversation with BANT’s Science & Education Manager, Clare Grundel, as they discuss a 2022 systematic review on the involvement of oxidative stress in psoriasis. NED Talks 7 – 2022 Systematic Review on the Involvment of Oxidative Stress in Psoriasis

Our choice of podcast

Tim Spector in conversation with Spencer Hyman

Is Dark Chocolate Good for Weight Loss?


Blog post of the month

From the ZOE Team – unlocking the power of science

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate and How Much You Should Eat


The Latest Indexed Articles

Depressive Symptoms in Middle-Aged and Elderly Women Are Associated with a Low Intake of Vitamin B6: A Cross-Sectional Study. in Nutrients. 2020

The effect of probiotics on gestational diabetes and its complications in pregnant mother and newborn: A systematic review and meta-analysis during 2010-2020 in Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis. 2022

The role of probiotics in the treatment of adult atopic dermatitis: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition. 2022

The Comparative Effects of Different Types of Oral Vitamin Supplements on Arterial Stiffness: A Network Meta-Analysis in Nutrients. 2022

Association between Allium vegetables and the risk of non-digestive tract cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort and case-control studies in Cancer Treatment and Research Communications. 2022

Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Dietary Care on Nausea and Vomiting in Oncology Chemotherapy Patients in Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging. 2022

Prenatal exposure to phthalate and decreased body mass index of children: a systematic review and meta-analysis in Scientific Reports. 2022

Clinical Efficacy of Creatine Phosphate Sodium and/or Vitamin C in the Treatment of Children with Viral Myocarditis: A Meta-Analysis in Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine. 2022

The Clinical, Microbiological, and Immunological Effects of Probiotic Supplementation on Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis in Nutrients. 2022

Ultra-Processed Food Consumption and Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies in Nutrients. 2022

The Hydrating Effects of Hypertonic, Isotonic and Hypotonic Sports Drinks and Waters on Central Hydration During Continuous Exercise: A Systematic Meta-Analysis and Perspective in Sports Medicine (Auckland, N.Z.). 2022


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Discover the BANT Food for your Health Toolbox

Back in February 2021, BANT launched its Food for your Health campaign to highlight the role of nutrition in supporting many common condition as well as address the rise in diet-induced illness and  encourage people to look at their diet with new eyes, and adopt a food-first approach as prevention for chronic disease. The aim for the campaign is twofold, to distill nutritional science into practical client-friendly resources which educate on the importance of good nutrition, healthy food choices, and supportive lifestyle habits such as regular physical activity, sleep and stress management and secondly, to give individuals greater autonomy over their health outcomes.

Discover a range of food & lifestyle guides, informative infographics, fact sheets and recipes here.

The resources provide a great entry into nutrition however, for more personalised recommendations, find a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner here.

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