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Policosanol's lipid-lowering activity doubted

The ability of the waxy sugar-cane extract, policosanol, to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels have been called into doubt by a new clinical trial, but a poor delivery system undermines the studies'...

More fruit could mean less asthma in adults

People with an antioxidant-rich diet could reduce their risk of developing asthma in adulthood, say Cambridge researchers - adding to a growing body of science on the subject.

More support for L-Carnitine combo against ageing

A combination of two common dietary supplements, L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid, could reduce oxidative stress associated with ageing and boost energy production, says new research - adding to previous reports.

Takara Bio to research yam use in functional foods

Takara Bio is planning to research the use of lesser yam in functional foods, following research that indicates a variety cultivated in Japan has more than 200 times the content...

Flavanol-rich chocolate could improve skin from within

Cocoa beverages and food rich in flavanols could thicken skin and reduce reddening by 25 per cent, say German scientists - research sure to be welcomed by Europe's burgeoning oral...

Garlic, onions could protect against stomach cancer

Garlic and onions could help protect against stomach cancer, says a massive European-based study, but total fruit and vegetable intake has no benefit for this disease.

More magnesium, less copper could benefit health

People with more magnesium and less copper in their blood could reduce their risk of death from cancer by as much as 50 per cent, says a new study from France.

Parents to test behaviour effects of Omega-3

Children may soon benefit from less moody parents if a newly launched trial with omega-3 fatty acids is successful, adding to the list of studies linking fish oils to behaviour...

Orange juice may protect against osteoporosis

Drinking more orange or grapefruit juice may reduce bone loss and decrease the risk of osteoporosis in later life, suggests an animal study from Texas.

Vitafoods looks to the horizon with Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics, thought by some to be the future of nutrition, was given the spotlight for a short time at Vitafoods, as current disciples told attendees of the great opportunities and...

DSM talks up weight loss with green tea extract at Vitafoods

Green tea extracts containing the catechin EGCG could help curb the rise, and ease the complications of obesity, DSM Nutritional Products tells attendees at Vitafoods in Geneva.

CLA's body-shaping action clarified in new trial

Lipid Nutrition is today announcing the findings of a new human trial using CLA, that reinforces the fatty acid's fat mass reduction claim and shed light on the main locations...

Scientists achieve allergen-free soy breakthrough

Researchers have isolated two Chinese soybean lines that can grow without the primary protein linked to soy allergies in children and adults.

Isoflavone may not help hot flashes - meta-analysis

Isoflavone supplementation does not help alleviate hot flashes for postmenopausal women, says a new meta-analysis.

Garlic could lower cholesterol levels

Eating more garlic in the diet could decrease cholesterol levels and ease the burden of heart disease, says a joint Israeli-Polish animal study.

High folate intake plus IVF may increase twin births

Women undergoing IVF fertility treatment have a higher chance of twins if their folate intake is above the recommended dose, says new research.

Selenium supplements under trial

Selenium has been linked to protection from cancers of both the prostate and lung, as well as immune system health. Many questions remain and numerous clinical trials are seeking to...

Garlic compounds may stop liver cancer growth

Water-soluble compounds from garlic reduced the size of liver cancer cells by a factor of three, research that adds to other anti-cancer studies with garlic, says a new laboratory study...

Asian children need better nutrition

China has made huge progress in reducing malnutrition among children over the past 15 years but in other parts of Asia much more needs to be done, said a Unicef...

Resveratrol could protect against stroke, says lab study

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes, red wine and peanuts, can improve blood flow in the brain by 30 per cent, thereby reducing the risk of stroke, according to the...

EU scientists to boost tomato industry

A new €5.2m, five-year study aims to clarify the unknowns of lycopene availability from tomatoes, and boost public awareness and Europe's tomato industry in the process.

More support for lycopene protection against prostate cancer

Lycopene could protect against the development of prostate cancer, says research from India, adding to previous reports linking the carotenoid to healthier prostates.

HMRlignan may inhibit prostate cancer

Research from Italy has shed light on possible mechanisms for stopping the growth of prostate cancer by Linnea's HMRlignan, as the company continues to consolidate the science behind its product.

Omega-3 could reduce neck and back pain

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids could reduce the incidence of neck and back pain and eliminate the need for medication, says a small US study.

New trial to test "secret herb" for hot flushes

Researchers from the University of Manchester are to test a "secret herb" to stop the hot flushes associated with hormonal therapy for breast cancer sufferers.