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Atkins diet best of the bunch for weight loss, suggests study

Women following the Atkins diet, the once bright star in the galaxy of diets, lost more weight than women following other diets, with no concerns expressed over cardiovascular risk factors.

GM tomatoes to provide daily folate needs?

Tomatoes, genetically engineered to contain high levels of folate, could provide the recommended daily amount in one standard serving, says new research.

New review may demand flavonoid rethink

Flavonoids from fruits and vegetables are not potent antioxidants when eaten but may still have significant benefits by other mechanisms, says a new review of the science.

More support for prebiotic, probiotics for colon health

Daily intake of prebiotics and probiotics may reduce the production of potentially toxic or carcinogenic compounds by suppressing the activity of certain enzymes, says new research from Belgium.

Wholegrain breakfasts linked to lower heart failure risk

Eating a bowl of wholegrain cereals every day could reduce the risk of heart failure by 27 per cent, researchers from Harvard have reported.

Pomegranate leaf extract may be novel appetite suppressant

An extract from pomegranate leaves may offer promise for weight control after an animal study showed the extract suppressed appetite and reduced food intake for high-fat diets.

Flavonoid-rich GM rice to boost antioxidant levels?

Rice genetically modified to have high flavonoid content has a 22 per cent higher antioxidant activity than untransformed rice, says a joint German-Indian study.

Science builds behind pomegranate extracts for health

Standardised pomegranate extracts lead to increased levels of bioactive compounds in the blood and boost antioxidant levels, says new research that could see the extracts start to rival the juice...

Chilli extract may stop fat cell growth

Capsaicin, the compound that gives red pepper its heat, could inhibit the growth of fat cells, says a new laboratory study.

High fat dairy may boost fertility - study

Women who consume high fat dairy products like ice cream may reduce their risk of becoming infertile, new research from the US claims.

Study links antioxidant supplements to increased mortality

A meta-analysis of 68 randomised trials with antioxidant supplements has reported that vitamins A and E, and beta-carotene may increase mortality risk by up to 16 per cent, but vitamin...

Study questions garlic's cholesterol-lowering powers

A new trial from the US has reported that garlic may not decrease LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, raising questions over the cardiovascular benefits of garlic.

Synbiotics and chocolate mousse – a tasty combination?

Chocolate mousse may be an excellent vehicle for probiotics and prebiotics, suggests a new study from Brazil that is in line with the trend for new ways of delivering the...

Study points to zinc carnosine's role in gut health

Zinc carnosine could protect the gastrointestinal system according to a study conducted in the United Kingdom.

Black soy may offer weight management potential

Researchers from Korea have reported that peptides from black soy bean could have a role as a nutraceutical to combat obesity, after a study on rats in which they curbed...

Omega-3 again linked to lower colorectal cancer risk

Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids may cut the risk of colorectal cancer in men by a whopping 66 per cent, but only in men not taking aspirin, suggests new research.

More fibre in coffee than orange juice?

Coffee, a well-established source of antioxidants, may also be a richer source of soluble dietary fibre than orange juice, researchers in Spain have reported.

More evidence that vitamin D may cut falls amongst the elderly

A daily vitamin D supplement of 800IU may cut the number of falls among nursing home-dwelling elderly people by 70 per cent, says a new study.

Honeydew honeys top antioxidant ratings

Honey produced by bees feeding on honeydew have more than double the radical scavenging activity than honeys from nectars, says new research from Spain.

Flavonoid, lignan-rich diet linked to lower breast cancer risk

A flavonoid and lignan-rich diet may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal women by about 35 per cent, suggests a new study.

Combined ingredients may cut cholesterol levels

Combining plant stanol esters and beta-glucan reduced levels of LDL-cholesterol by almost ten per cent, says a new study from the Netherlands.

Emulsified omega-3 more bioavailable?

Emulsification of omega-3 fatty acids may boost bioavailability of nutritionally beneficial eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by over 60 per cent, compared to non-emulsified oil, suggests new research.

Spearmint tea makes women hair free

Women with a condition that makes them grow hair on their breasts, faces and stomachs may find symptoms relieved by drinking a few cups of spearmint tea, new research shows.

Flavanol-rich cocoa for brain health, say experts

Flavanol-rich chocolate may boost blood flow in the brain and reduce the risk of dementia, experts have told attendees at the annual meeting for the American Association for the Advancement...

Nano iron could boost human bioavailability

Taking poorly soluble iron compounds down to the nanoscale could boost bioavailability by over 30 per cent, Swiss researchers have reported.