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Synthetic lycopene just as good as natural?

Researchers at German fine chemicals firm BASF have produced evidence to show that bioavailability of synthetic lycopene is equal to that derived from natural sources such as tomatoes.

Iron fortification questioned

Fortifying wheat flour with iron appears to have little effect on improving intake of the mineral, suggests a report in this month's European Journal of Nutrition.

'Friendly' fats under the spotlight

Leading obesity research centre the Rowett Institute is to begin a trial to assess the health benefits of the fats found in fish and dairy products.

Multivitamin found to slow deaths of HIV patients

A supplement containing vitamins and minerals may help to slow the progression to death of some of the 40 million people infected with HIV worldwide, according to a new study.

A tastier soy-based bread

The US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a new dough formulation to eradicate the musty, 'beany' aftertaste of some soy-based breads; a problem that has eluded food technologists since...

Irish to investigate probiotics for stomach bugs

Ireland has invested €16.5 million in a new research centre to focus on developing therapies, including probiotics and functional foods, to help treat debilitating gastrointestinal diseases.

Vitamin E spreads good for healthy people too

Foods fortified with moderate amounts of vitamin E and carotenoids not only improve antioxidant status in those under oxidative stress but also lead to significant improvements in healthy people, report...

UK backs vitamin supplement trial

A major international trial to investigate whether supplements of B vitamins can protect people from a second stroke received funding from the UK this month, one of the 14 countries...

Soy chemicals, green tea mix slows breast cancer

A mixture of soy phytochemicals and green tea could help slow the progression of breast cancer, report American researchers.

DHA supplements could reduce postnatal depression

Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) after pregnancy are associated with postnatal depression, report researchers in a new study.

Milk drink to lower blood pressure gains European presence

A new fermented milk, designed to help control blood pressure, has been launched in Iceland, only the second food in Europe to make such a...

Lack of vitamin D threatens to raise cancer risk

Populations that lack exposure to sunlight during winter months should take vitamin D supplements to reduce their risk of cancer, warns a letter published in...

Cognis phytosterol plant nears completion

The Cognis Group, a leader in antioxidant and botanical ingredients, announced recently that it is near to completing construction of the world's largest stand-alone manufacturing...

Study finds Nordic diet low on healthy foods

A study conducted by the Finnish National Public Health Institute, KTL, in Finland reveals that nine out of ten people in the Nordic and Baltic...

Has breast feeding been over rated?

Previous research may have overestimated the beneficial effects of breast feeding on blood pressure in later life, says a report in this week's British Medical...

UK researchers delve deeper into obesity

Researchers looking at the rising occurrence of obesity in the UK population will present some interesting findings - including the affects of carbohydrates levels on...

New facts about iron in meat

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered that iron levels and bioavailability in meat are dependent on the degree to which meat is cooked and the...

Formula milk, a fitting alternative?

As research progesses into the possible health benefits linked to breast-feeding scientists continue to look at the alternatives available in infant formulae. New evidence from...

Buckwheat may help manage diabetes

Researchers in Canada have found new evidence that buckwheat, a grain used in making pancakes, may be beneficial in the management of diabetes. In a...

Making gains with new findings on formulation

UK-based research firm Leatherhead Food is launching a series of projects that will provide companies with new opportunities for product innovation, including for the functional...

Omega-3 linked to reduced Alzheimer's risk, again

Boosting levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the blood and eating about three fish meals each week can almost halve the risk of Alzheimer's disease...

Supplements to oil athletes' airways

Taking fish oil supplements appears to significantly reduce the severity of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in elite athletes, reports a research team from the University of...

Blueberries overcome mental ageing, damage

The link between diet, specifically antioxidants, and brain health gained further ground last week with new studies suggesting that antioxidant-rich blueberries can both help fight...

A daily pint of black stuff reduces heart attack risk

A daily pint of dark beer such as Guinness may work as well as an aspirin in helping to prevent heart attacks, said researchers at...

Longer trial finds ginkgo supplements improves memory

New evidence showing that supplements of the ginkgo biloba herb can improve memory was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Society for...

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