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Ferment beans for better nutrition and no flatulence, experts tell industry

The food industry could enhance the nutritional value of beans - and reduce the unpleasant side effect of flatulence - by fermenting them with good bacteria, advise Venezuelan experts today.

Women must take calcium supplements for bone benefit

Elderly women, the group at most risk of osteoporosis, are less likely to develop fractures if they actually take the calcium supplements they've been given, says a new study.

Milk, vitamin D linked to heavier birth weight

Women who have higher milk and vitamin D intakes during pregnancy give birth to heavier babies, says Canadian research.

Peanut waste to rival grape seed extracts?

Peanut skin, a waste product from peanut butter manufacturers, is a rich source of extractable procyanidins and could create a cheaper source of these antioxidant compounds to rival the grape...

CoQ10 may protect against Alzheimer's

Increasing intake of coenzyme Q10 may ward off the threat of Alzheimer's disease, if the results of an animal study can be applied to humans.

Weak support for lignan-heart health link in smokers

A diet rich in lignans may not offer smokers strong protection from heart disease, says a new Finnish study.

Low-carb diet may help women with ovary problems

Adopting a low-carb diet may improve fertility problems and hormone profiles of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), says US research.

Timing more important than fat in sterol yoghurts

Plant sterol (PS)-enriched yoghurts better lower cholesterol levels when consumed at mealtimes than between meals, regardless of the fat content of the drink, says research from Unilever.

More fish oil, fewer calories to reduce inflammation

A low-calorie diet, rich in fish oil could reduce the markers of inflammation by as much as 90 per cent, according to the results of an animal study.

Calcium supplements have 'little benefit' for kids

A review of 19 studies has concluded that kids do not benefit from calcium supplements and fortified foods, despite many not meeting recommended daily intakes of the mineral.

German kids profit from supplement availability

German children and teenagers are profiting from the wide availability of vitamin supplements, but some intakes exceed tolerable upper limits, says new research.

Omega 3s could cut risk of second heart attack

A daily supplement of omega-3 fatty acids in could reduce the risk of having a second heart attack, says a small clinical trial.

Med diet could slash Alzheimer's risk

Eating a Mediterranean diet could cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 40 per cent, says a large US study.

Prostate tumours shrunk by lycopene, vitamin E combo

A combination of lycopene and vitamin E suppressed the growth of prostate cancer in mice, but had no effect when used independently, say Dutch researchers.

Valio continues research into probiotic fruit juices

Finnish company Valio is continuing R&D into fruit juice-based probiotics, with a study in the journal LWT reporting excellent stability, survivability and tolerability of two strains.

Diabetes sufferers prefer oral management

A major international study has shown that many people with type-2 diabetes are not achieving optimal blood sugar control despite the availability of effective treatments - a shortfall that may...

Omega-3s vitamins combo offers CVD protection

A study has shown that a combined supplement containing omega-3, vitamin E and niacin offer antioxidant could offer protection against heart disease.

Blueberries show promise in protecting heart

Blueberries could strengthen blood vessels against oxidative stress that may lead to heart disease, says new research - news that could boost already impressive sales.

Insoluble fibre could protect against diabetes, more evidence

A German clinical trial has reported that eating a fibre-enriched bread for only three days improved insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese women by eight per cent, as the evidence...

More support for vitamin K's protection from osteoarthritis

Higher intake of vitamin K, found naturally in cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, and other green leafy vegetables, could reduce the risk of osteoarthritic knee problems by 40 per cent, says new research.

Plant sterols, glucomannan snack bars could improve cholesterol levels

Snacking on bars containing plant sterols and glucomannan could improve cholesterol levels of both diabetic and non-diabetics, but had no effect on glucose control, reports a Canadian study.

Leucine supplements could promote weight loss

A low-dose leucine supplement to a normal diet could increase body fat loss, say Brazilian researchers who have reported positive results on rats.

High-dose vitamin D supplements act as anti-inflammatory

A high-dose vitamin D supplement inhibit pro-inflammatory and boost anti-inflammatory molecules and could help people with heart failure, says a German clinical trial.

Low GI diet could protect eyes against AMD

Eating a low glycemic index (GI) diet could reduce the risk of the incurable eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), by more than 60 per cent, says a new study.

Dietary fibre could reduce inflammation, CVD

People who eat a diet high in fibre have significantly lower levels of a protein that is associated with inflammation, diabetes and heart disease, say scientists, giving yet more support...