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Can prebiotics protect probiotics during processing?

Using prebiotics as carriers could protect probiotics during processing and storage, as well imparting their own beneficial effects in the finished product, suggests new research from Finland.

Omega-3, fibre, vitamin E linked to lower Lymphoma risk

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, beta-carotene and vitamin E appear to offer significant protection against non-Hodgkin lymphoma, says a Swedish-Danish-American study.

Low-protein diets could protect against cancer, says new study

Adhering to the recommended daily amount of protein may help protect against certain cancers that are not directly associated with obesity, says new research from the US.

Could brown algae extract be novel prebiotic?

Chinese researchers have reported that alginate oligosaccharides (AOS) have significant prebiotic activity in rats and, if the results can be reproduced in humans, could offer an novel source of the...

Garlic, onions may offer wide-ranging cancer protection

High intake of garlic and onions was associated with significantly reduced risks of a wide-range of cancers, according to a large epidemiological study from Italy.

Expectant mothers may be at risk of vitamin A deficiency

Women expecting twins or their second child inside two years are at an increased risk of vitamin A deficiency and could benefit from beta-carotene supplementation, says a study based in...

Novel oligosaccharides as sweeteners for food, beverages?

Scientists from Korea and Denmark have reported the synthesis of novel oligosaccharides with a relative sweetness of about 80 per cent that of sucrose, potentially offering formulators with an alternative...

French heart patients not getting phytosterol message

People in France at a high risk of cardiovascular disease are not consuming phytosterol-enriched margarine, suggesting that marketers and health practitioners need to retarget their efforts, says a new study.

Antioxidant-rich almonds may help in blood sugar control

Almonds may improve the control of blood sugar levels and eliminate 'sugar spikes' after eating, says new research from Canada that may have implications for diabetes and heart health.

Beta-carotene may protect certain people against Alzheimer's

High levels of the carotenoid beta-carotene may protect cognitive decline in people with a certain genotype that is said to increase the risk of Alzheimer's, say researchers.

Oligosaccharide identification may aid food and formula development

Researchers from Aglient Technologies and UC-Davis have developed a technique to enable the rapid analysis of oligosaccharides in individual samples human milk, which could prove a useful tool for the...

Soy and bone health: effective for women but not men?

Supplementation with a drink rich in soy isoflavones does significantly improve spine bone density in post-menopausal women, but the effects are not significant in men, says a new trial from...

Ingredia builds science behind relaxing ingredient

A daily supplement of milk protein hydrolysate from Ingredia effectively reduced stress-related symptoms in women, says a new randomised controlled trial from France and Korea.

Low vitamin D status may raise cancer risk, say scientists

Boosting vitamin D levels amongst people with dark skin, a population at greater risk of lower levels, could be an easy way to reduce a number of cancers, say researchers...

Fortified milk may cut illnesses in preschoolers

Milk, fortified with four minerals and three vitamins, cut the occurrence of respiratory infections and days with severe illness, and could be a well accepted means of improving health, especially...

More support for coffee's protective role against diabetes

Drinking a whopping seven or more cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by over 40 per cent, say Finnish researchers from the country's...

Vitamin D deficiency common in IBD kids

Children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency and could benefit from supplements to avoid the health problems associated with not...

Vitamin K supplements could improve anti-blood clot control

Daily supplements of vitamin K could help to control anticoagulation in over half the people taking the blood thinning medication warfarin, scientists from the UK have reported.

Berry extracts stop cancer cell growth in the lab

Antioxidant-rich extracts from a wide range of berries, including blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, could inhibit cell growth and spread for a wide range of cancers, researchers from UCLA have reported.

Green tea improves blood lipid levels, say scientists

Regular consumption of the antioxidant rich green tea could reduce blood lipid levels and cut the risk of developing heart disease, suggests a small trial from Portugal.

Take folic acid to protect against heart disease, say scientists

Despite some controversy in reports of the benefits of folate consumption on cardiovascular disease risk, the evidence is now enough to recommend the vitamin for heart health, British scientists have...

Wild wheat gene could boost nutrient content of modern varieties

US scientists have identified a gene from wild wheat that could increase protein and micronutrient content of its cultivated cousin by 10 to 15 per cent, and could soon be...

Higher vitamin E levels linked to lower mortality

A diet rich in vitamin E may protect middle-aged male smokers from dying from diseases such as certain cancers and coronary heart disease, says a new study.

Puleva looks to goat's milk proteins to prevent hypertension

Hydrolysed caseins from goat's milk could lead to a novel ingredient to prevent the development of high blood pressure, if results from a rat study can be translated to humans.

Nutrition and brain health: It's a big deal for Nestlé

Nestlé underlined its intentions yesterday to get a head start in the merging brain health market with the signing of an agreement with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)...