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High calcium foods don't impact weight gain

A calcium-rich diet, made up of dairy foods and other fortified products, does not lead to weight gain in young girls, concludes a US trial, designed to help remove some...

Fortification boosts economy in China

China's massive drive to reduce the damage done by vitamin and mineral deficiency, particularly to children, is paying rich dividends for its economy, say children's charity UNICEF and the Chinese...

Omega-3 supplements protect against Alzheimer's in mice

Studies in mice shed some light on how dietary supplements of omega-3 fatty acids might protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Low-fat diet just as good as Atkins in long-term

Low fat diets are just as effective as the trendy Atkins diet and have more scientifically solid evidence to support their long-term weight loss effects, write Danish doctors in tomorrow's...

Ireland promotes healthy eating

The Irish government has stepped up its focus healthy eating with a new campaign to tackle the nation's growing obesity problem.

Maternal nutrition may impact child's respiratory health

Lower rates of growth in the womb and higher weight gain in the first weeks after birth could make individuals more prone to chest illnesses in later life, shows new...

Beta-carotene boosts skin health, suggests study

Scientists from DSM Nutritional Products reveal new findings on a possible mechanism for beta-carotene's action against skin damage from exposure to sunlight.

Vegetable compound stops breast cancer cell growth

The broccoli compound sulphurophane disrupts the growth of breast cancer cells in later stages, a US team has found. They say their study reveals for the first time a possible...

Gum health, new target for vitamin D?

Getting enough vitamin D, either through the diet or from sunlight, could be important for oral health, according to a new study.

Chocolate helps regulate blood flow

More research has underlined the heart health benefits of dark chocolate, shown in a Greek study to improve healthy blood flow and prevent clots forming.

Selecting the right carbs for heart health, weight loss

A new animal study adds to evidence of the health benefits of a low-glycemic-index diet, already getting increasing attention from Europe's food industry.

Fermented milk lowers BP

Drinking a fermented milk everyday reduced blood pressure in men with hypertension, report Japanese researchers.

Vitamin E supplements fail to improve asthma

Vitamin E supplements had no effect on improving asthma symptoms in a recent trial, reported UK scientists this week, but they said their results do not rule out vitamin therapy...

Grapefruit juice may contain cancer-fighting compounds

Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are known to be a rich source of vitamin C but new evidence suggests they also contain compounds that fight cancer.

Lutein, zeaxanthin appear to restore eye cell health

Supplements of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin restored levels of the antioxidants in the blood as well as the density of macular pigment in an animal study out today.

Fruit antioxidant, the next cholesterol-lowering ingredient?

A berry compound, already shown to have cancer-fighting properties, may be as effective as a widely used synthetic drug in reducing lipids, according to a study on rats.

Chitosan fails to reduce kilos, finds study

Taking a daily chitosan supplement had little effect on weight loss in a new study on obese volunteers, a finding that challenges previous research showing that the fibre could help...

Gingko research focuses on quality and efficacy

UK researchers are launching a new trial to investigate whether the herbal gingko biloba can help slow the progression of early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Nutrient deficiencies double risk of malaria deaths in children

A large percentage of child deaths related to malaria are attributable to undernutrition and deficiencies of vitamin A, zinc, iron and folate, according to a new report from Johns Hopkins...

Tomato juice appears to thin blood in diabetics

Drinking tomato juice everday reduced the blood's clotting ability in people with type 2 diabetes, report Australian researchers this week.

Vitamin B12 may also prevent birth defects

Mothers with low levels of vitamin B12 in their blood may be at increased risk of having a child with the birth defect spina bifida, Dutch researchers report.

Vitamin E found to fight colds in elderly

Taking a daily vitamin E supplement may protect the elderly from getting colds, suggests a new study, thought to be the first to demonstrate that vitamin E can protect against...

Restoring probiotic bacteria appears to remedy gut disease

A probiotic treatment almost reversed many of the symptoms of the gut disease ulcerative colitis in a small trial, report researchers at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Adding cancer-fighters to increase protection

The broccoli compound sulphoraphane and apigenin, a flavonoid found in fruits like apples and cherries as well as tea, appear to work together against cancer cells, according a new research...

Butterbur has no benefit on hay fever, latest study

The herbal butterbur appeared to have no impact on hay fever symptoms, according to a recent study, despite previous evidence showing it to be as effective as conventional medication.