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Fruit, not supplements, may protect against age-related eye disease

Eating fruit may help protect against the development of age-related maculopathy (ARM), an eye disease that can cause blindness, according to US scientists.

Early days for supplements' role in diabetes

Little evidence supports either the safety or efficacy of nutritional supplements in helping to improve diabetes-related conditions despite strong public interest in natural therapies, according to the head of a...

Echinacea might not fight cold symptoms, further evidence

Another study questions the ability of the herbal Echinacea to reduce symptoms of the common cold and help patients recover faster.

Major study backs carotenoids' protective effects on heart

Further evidence to support the inclusion of carotenoids in food formulations comes from the US with a new study showing that high blood levels of carotenoids, a family of disease-beating...

Soy as analgesic for bone cancer pain?

A soy diet has been shown to reduce some of the pain caused by bone cancer in an animal study. Researchers suggest it could be investigated for pain relief in...

Genistein supplement in prostate cancer trial

Researchers are to investigate whether a genistein-rich food, derived from soybeans and shiitake mushrooms, could help slow or even halt the progression of early prostate cancer.

Too many antioxidants may play role in type 2 diabetes, new theory

US researchers believe they may have discovered a new cause of insulin resistance, the condition that leads to the increasingly prevalent type 2 diabetes. They say that high amounts of...

Biotech giant working on 'healthier' food applications

If the biotech industry had first launched foodstuffs bursting with health benefits for the consumer it is likely that shoppers might have more readily accepted genetically modified foods, so claims...

Spice cuts energy and fat intake

Japanese scientists have found that red pepper, also known as cayenne pepper, suppresses fat and energy intake when added to the diet but they say that this is not a...

Calcium plays minor role in building girls' bone strength, suggests study

Exercise is more influential than calcium intake in determining bone strength in young women, say US researchers, who found that daily calcium intake had no significant impact on bone gain...

Weeds being overlooked as natural medicines

Herbal companies looking for new products may not need to go far to find new medicinal plants, according to a review, which finds that weeds have produced more drugs and...

Calcium supplements early on may build stronger bones

Calcium supplementation in girls, even before puberty, may help prevent later osteoporosis, perhaps in part by bringing on earlier menstruation, according to a study presented at a world congress on...

Fish protein could be as healthy as soy for heart

Fish protein appears to have a similar action to soy on fat breakdown in rats, report Norwegian researchers, who suggest it could help protect heart health.

Lack of iron, niacin may also raise risk of birth defects

Expecting mothers with a diet lacking in plant proteins, iron, magnesium, and niacin may be up to five times more likely to have a baby with spina bifida, suggests a...

Supermarket fruit and veg lacking vitamin C

An investigation into prepacked fruit and vegetables stocked in UK supermarkets found that many had vitamin C levels far below normal for unprepared produce.

Probiotics for mothers may boost infant immunity

Mothers taking probiotic supplements appear to have higher levels of an anti-inflammatory molecule in their breast milk, which could offer their babies better protection against allergy and other diseases, according...

Soy benefits without the taste issue?

Australian scientists say that adding soy to low-fat dairy foods may offer consumers some of soy's health benefits without the strong taste that many find unappealing.

Whey protein better than meat for reducing body weight

Whey protein is more effective than red meat in reducing body weight gain and increasing insulin sensitivity, shows a new study on rats.

Obesity, growing problem for world's poor

Obesity is a growing threat for many poorer women in most countries with upper-middle income national economies and even some with lower-middle income economies, an international study concludes.

Vitamin C may make arthritis worse, suggests animal study

High-dose vitamin C supplementation over an eight-month period appeared to make osteoarthritis worse in guinea pigs, report the authors of a new study.

Insulin plays central role in ageing, explains benefits of calorie reduction

Insulin, the hormone that allows cells to absorb glucose from the blood stream, is a direct player in the ageing process, according to new research from a US-based team, which...

Survey finds meningitis bacteria in baby foods

A number of baby food products, including dried variants, have been found in a recent survey to contain bacteria that have been linked to outbreaks of meningitis.

New research suggests how omega-3s protect against stroke damage

French scientists say they have discovered how polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 fats work to protect against certain neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, depression and strokes.

Oats have anti-adhesive power

Antioxidants found in oats can significantly reduce blood cholesterol levels by suppressing the adhesive molecules which make blood cells stick to artery walls, report scientists from the US this week...

SOD experts to debate new theory on free radical damage

An upcoming conference on the enzyme superoxide dismutase looks set to provoke a face-off between leading researchers on the role of antioxidants in disease.

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