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Diet high in animal protein may help prevent functional decline

A diet high in animal protein could help elderly people to function better physically, psychologically and socially, say researchers.

Fruit and vegetable concentrate combination may boost beauty from within: FutureCeuticals study

A dose of a patent-pending, all-natural combination of fruit and vegetable concentrates may inhibit the action of an enzyme linked to degradation of elastin in the skin and other connective...

Kamut wheat reduces IBS symptoms, finds human study

Replacing modern wheat with Kamut International’s trademarked ancient wheat in the diet may reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), finds research.

Quercetin intake linked to spinal muscular atrophy

The flavonol quercetin may help reduce the risk of the childhood form of motor neurone disease by preventing damage to nerves, say researchers.

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Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm delivery: Population data

A healthy diet packed with fruit, vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish could help to reduce the risk of pre-term babies, according to new research.

Vitamin D may boost heart’s ability to respond to a stressor

Daily supplements of vitamin D may improve the heart’s response to a stressor, says a new study from Canada with implications for healthy people and those at high risk of...

Vitamin D linked to better breast cancer patient survival

Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as those with lower levels, new research has suggested.

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US cocoa flavanol health claim nears but ‘not quite there yet’

More clinical trials are needed for a US health claim on cocoa flavanols, according to the National Confectioners’ Association’s technical director.

‘Significant clinical impact’: Meta-analysis finds omega-3s equal lifestyle changes for blood pressure benefits

Consuming omega-3 supplements or omega-3-rich food may be as effective as reducing sodium or alcohol, or increasing exercise for reducing blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis of 70 randomized controlled...

Milk proteins plus exercise may boost cardiovascular health for obese women

Whey or casein supplementation with combined exercise training was associated with significant improvements in blood pressure and arterial stiffness in young obese women with hypertension, says a new study.

Lingonberry moderates high-salt diet inflammation

Lingonberry juice slightly lowers low-grade inflammation in rats fed on a high-salt diet, according to scientists.

Look to GM plants and algae to meet omega-3 demand, researchers urge

Increasing demand for long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA means industry must consider land-based sources including microalgae and genetically modified plants, say researchers.

Brewing bioactives: Newly identified hop leaf polyphenols have potential to ward off dental disease

Hop leaves that are discarded during beer brewing are packed with antioxidant polyphenols that could protect against dental disease, say researchers.

Almonds & their skins show prebiotic potential: Human data

Fiber-rich almonds and almond skin may selectively boost the populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the gut, says a new study funded by the Almond Board of California.

Calcium and vitamin D may improve cholesterol in postmenopausal women

Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D after menopause could help to improve women's cholesterol profiles, according to new research.

Echium oil may boost blood omega-3 levels and improve heart health markers: Study

Daily intake of a supplement containing echium oil may boost blood levels of the omega-3s EPA and DHA, and help reduce cardiovascular risk factors, says a new study from Germany....

Probiotics may boost ‘quality of life’ for hay fever sufferers: Study

Hay fever suffers may benefit from daily probiotic supplements, according to a new study that found improvements in ‘quality of life’ scores and ocular symptoms.

High consumption of omega-3 fish oils may reduce artery calcification

An intake of omega-3 fatty acids comparable to those of people living in Japan may be linked to protection against artery calcification and heart disease, according to new research.

Functional bakery: Could ‘edible films’ be a new strategy for probiotic delivery?

The use of edible films could be a new approach to the production of functional cereals and bakery products with added probiotics, according to new research.

High-calorie diet may slow progression of motor neuron disease

Increasing caloric intake could be a relatively simple method for people with motor neurone disease to extend their life expectancy, according to new research.

Omega-3 supplements may boost neuropsychological measures for kids who need most support

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve attention, processing speed, executive function and hand-to-eye coordination in malnourished children, scientists report.

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EFSA tribute after death of CEF panel chair

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has paid tribute to the chair of one of its panels who has died.

Pooperoni? Spanish researchers produce low sodium and fat probiotic stool sausage

A fermented sausage product that is made with probiotic lactobacilli bacteria isolated from infant faeces could transform the meat product in to a health food, according to new research.

Microbiota makeup linked to intestinal cancer risk

The makeup of microbes living in our gut may be a risk factor for colorectal cancer and could drive the development of intestinal tumours, say researchers.

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