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B12 supplements needed in those at high risk for Alzheimer's

Low levels of vitamin B12 are associated with poorer memory in older people with high risk for Alzheimer's, according to a large Swedish study, thought to be one of the...

Higher protein levels could strengthen bones

High protein diets may in fact boost bone health, shows new research, that contradicts fears by nutritionists that increasing protein intake could lead to calcium losses.

Zinc speeds recovery from pneumonia in boys

Zinc appears to significantly reduce the duration of fever and severity of illness in boys with pneumonia and other serious lower respiratory infections, according to new research.

Green tea may fight leukaemia

The active component in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), already shown to fight several types of cancer, also appears to kill cells of the most common form of leukaemia, reports a...

Fungus offers new source for carotenoids

US government scientists said this week that a genetically modified fungus that can manufacture the potent antioxidant lycopene from corn fibre could be a cheaper alternative to sourcing the carotenoid...

Eating soy may stop prostate cancer, male baldness

A little-known molecule created in the intestine when soy is digested is a powerful blocker of a potent male hormone involved in prostate cancer and male pattern baldness, shows a...

Lycopene mechanism against cancer, new findings

The tomato-derived carotenoid lycopene may reduce risk of cancer by activating special cancer preventive enzymes, according to a new lab study by an Israeli team.

Fruit and veg intake may prevent breast cancer in some women

Fruit and vegetables may work better in preventing breast cancer in people with a certain genetic make-up, say researchers, which could explain why the evidence between fruit and veg and...

Daily spoon of honey supplements antioxidant intake

Honey appears to be a good source of protective antioxidant compounds, according to researchers who conducted what is believed to be the first study of daily honey consumption in humans.

Walnuts protect the heart

Walnuts could help protect the heart against coronary disease, the western world's number one killer, report Spanish scientists.

Dietary vitamin E cuts risk of bladder cancer

A diet rich in vitamin E appears to protect against both prostate cancer and bladder cancer, according to new research that lifts hopes for the vitamin after disappointing recent studies,...

Blood test may clear up queries over vitamin benefits

A simple blood test could determine whether older women with diabetes would benefit from or be at risk from vitamin doses designed to protect their ailing hearts, according to researchers...

Folic acid may offer relief for migraine sufferers

Taking a folic acid supplement may stop the onset of migraines, says an Australasian team, which has discovered a gene that is linked to the most severe and debilitating form...

Garlic goes under trial for diabetes management

UK researchers are to test whether garlic could be used to counter diabetes, promising renewed interest in one of the most well-established dietary supplement products.

Green tea mechanism revealed

Japanese scientists may have explained why green tea stops the progression of cancer.

Evidence on sugars enough to call for reduced intake

There is 'considerable evidence' to suggest that sucrose and other free sugars contribute to the global epidemic of obesity and governments should endorse recent WHO guidelines on reducing sugar intake,...

Self-reported food intake may compromise research findings

The use of self-reported dietary data may be compromising the accuracy of research into the impact of certain foods on obesity and diabetes, suggests a new report.

Charities call for industry help to beat vitamin deficiencies

One in three people around the world do not receive adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, claims a new report by UNICEF and The Micronutrient Initiative out today. The extent...

Natto vitamin K2 superior to vitamin K?

K2, the vitamin extracted from fermented natto soyfood, has been shown to have greater levels of absorption in the blood than commonly used vitamin K, as well as reducing several...

Infant nutrition not good enough for WHO

The World Health Organisation is renewing its call on governments to promote breastfeeding and backing a strategy to dramatically increase in the number of infants around the world being exclusively...

Western diet raises heart disease risk, new evidence

New research into immigrant populations provides further evidence that a western-style diet, high in saturated fat and protein, raises heart disease risk.

More vitamin D may protect against breast cancer

Increasing vitamin D intake could help women prevent breast cancer, researchers will demonstrate today, as they present results from the first study to investigate the vitamin's role in breast tissue.

Drinkers with high blood pressure less likely to die from heart disease

Light to moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in men with high blood pressure, according to new research.

Supplement, drug reactions may not pose serious risk

The growing use of dietary supplements has caused alarm in recent months among the medical community who fear dangerous interactions with prescription medicines. But a new study concludes that most...

Pycnogenol helps manage diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients had lower blood sugar and healthier blood vessels after supplementing with French maritime pine tree bark extract Pycnogenol, report scientists in the latest study to investigate...

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