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CLA keeps body fat off over two years

Supplements of conguated linoleic acid (CLA) taken for two years helped overweight adults keep their body fat mass down, without having to restrict calories or change exercise habits, shows a...

Sesame lignan may help control blood pressure

Leading Japanese drinks maker Suntory says it has found sesamin, one of the lignans most abundant in sesame seed and oil, helps to control high blood pressure.

Probiotic bacteria helps irritable bowel syndrome

A drink containing a probiotic strain isolated from infants relieved symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome to the same extent as pharmaceutical treatments for the condition, report Irish researchers.

Flavonoids work together to inhibit cancer cells

Components in grapes, including some newly identified ones, work together to dramatically inhibit an enzyme crucial to the proliferation of cancer cells, a US research team reports.

Nutrient packed carrots change color

One US scientist wants to make the humble orange carrot pack a bigger health punch by boosting its nutrients, and thereby changing its color, reports Philippa Nuttall.

Iron overloads may be linked to cancer risk

Some people that eat a lot of iron-rich foods may be at increased risk of cancer, suggests new US research, which raises questions about fortifying foods with the mineral.

New golden rice has 20 times more beta-carotene

UK scientists have developed a new genetically modified strain of golden rice that is said to produce 23 times more beta-carotene than the previous variety, reports Dominique Patton.

Kirin bacteria may prevent dermatitis

Japan's Kirin Brewery says it has new animal and human clinical data showing that one of its lactic acid bacteria strains is effective at preventing atopic dermatitis.

Plant diet may not be bad for bones

People who eat no animal products and only raw plant-based foods may have healthier bones than previously thought, shows US research.

Lack of data to support herbals for menopause symptoms, confirms panel

Many women may be overusing treatments for symptoms of menopause, including hormone therapies that can pose a risk, an expert panel called by the US government said this week.

Honey carbohydrates have prebiotic properties

Complex sugars found naturally in a New Zealand variety of honey appear to have prebiotic effects, offering food makers a natural gut health ingredient.

Probiotic study shows vulnerability in digestive conditions

Not all strains of bacteria used in probiotic products on the UK market survive through the entire digestive system, conclude study results published this week by the Food Standards Agency,...

Cellulose tech may stop plaque build-up

A cellulose ingredient appears to both lower LDL cholesterol and reduce build-up of plaque in the arteries, suggesting a strong benefit in people at risk of heart disease.

DHA may help prevent Alzheimer's, further evidence

People who eat significant amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may be less likely to get Alzheimer's disease, suggests an animal study.

Aloe vera, good remedy for oral health problems

New reports prove that the aloe vera plant, which has been used to heal skin for more than 2,000 years, can also treat many oral health problems including canker sores,...

Yoghurt bacteria help prevent tooth decay, bad breath

Eating sugarless yoghurt appears to reduce bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, reported Japanese researchers this month.

Sports drinks do more harm to teeth than sodas

Sports and energy drinks caused more damage to tooth enamel than colas, report researchers on a new study.

Caffeine may reduce insulin sensitivity

Caffeine significantly reduced insulin sensitivity in a small study, and was not corrected by the usually beneficial effects of weight loss or exercise.

Folate unlikely to increase chance of twins, says study

Folic acid supplements, recommended to women who are trying for a baby, do not appear to significantly boost the chances of having twins, finds a large study, despite some evidence...

Butterbur extract reduces migraines in children too

An extract of butterbur root appears to reduce migraines in children and adolescents, confirming the benefits previously seen in adults.

Green tea mechanism urges caution for pregnant women

UK and Spanish scientists have explained why the active compound in green tea, EGCG, can stop cancer cells growing even in people that only drinks two cups of the beverage...

Light yoghurt boosts weight loss in obese

Adding low-fat yoghurt to a low-calorie diet had a marked effect on weight loss, according to a study funded by US firm General Mills.

Vitamin E raised risk of heart failure in elderly, heart disease patients

Taking vitamin E supplements for several years did not reduce the risk of cancer or cardiovascular events in a group of elderly diabetics and heart disease patients, report researchers today.

Common hydrocolloid could help prevent diabetes

The cellulose derivative HPMC, used for years to add texture to foods and in drug delivery, could become a new functional food ingredient, researchers said yesterday, as it appears to...

Antioxidant levels key to prostate cancer risk in some men

Greater levels of selenium, vitamin E and the tomato carotenoid lycopene have been shown to reduce prostate cancer in one out of every four Caucasian males, or those who inherit...

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