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More support for inulin, oligofructose for bone health

Scientists from Brazil have reported that supplementing the diet with the soluble dietary fibres, inulin and oligofructose, boosted calcium absorption in rats by about 40 per cent, results that add...

Tomato extract could stop platelet build-up, boost heart health

Extracts from tomatoes offer heart health benefits by reducing the accumulation of platelets that lead eventually to blood clots, heart attacks and strokes, say two complimentary studies from the UK.

Blackcurrants fight hospital superbug, studies show

British blackcurrants, used to make the country's popular Ribena soft drink, may offer a range of health benefits and could protect against hospital superbug MRSA, recent research shows.

Study supports soy protein role in cholesterol reduction

A recently published meta-analysis of published studies provides support for the inclusion of soy protein in place of saturated and trans-saturated fats and cholesterol as part of a diet to...

Study suggests women need more vitamin K for bones

A recent study suggests thwarting vitamin K's function could hinder bone health and contribute to the development of osteoporosis, results that call into question a need for increased vitamin K...

Multivitamins in early pregnancy may stave off brain tumors

A recent study suggests women who take multivitamins early in pregnancy could reduce the risk of their child developing a brain tumour - giving further leverage for marketing to this...

Insect study provokes questions over obesity causes

The fact that you never see a fat insect could have implications for the current obesity epidemic, according to scientists.

Blackberry extract shows anti-tumour promise

An extract derived from fresh blackberries has been seen to reduce cancerous tumours and prevent the proliferation of cancer cells in animal models, paving the way for further investigations into...

Study suggests fatty fish reduces women's kidney cancer risk

A new epidemiological study has presented evidence that consumption of fatty fish can help prevent the most common form of kidney cancer in women, potentially providing yet another healthy point...

Curcumin could block colorectal cancer hormone

Curcumin has been found to block activity of a hormone implicated in the development of colorectal cancer - results which contribute to a growing body of evidence pointing to the...

Salad eaters more likely to get key nutrients

People who eat salads have higher serum levels of vitamins C and E, folic acid, and carotenoids, according to a large study of US adults that suggests these nutrients are...

Folate, colorectal cancer study could sway fortification debate

A new study from Sweden suggests that low folate levels may exert a protective effect against colorectal cancer, a finding that could have some bearing on discussions over mandatory folic...

Less calories may help fight Alzheimer's

A reduced calorie diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, found a Mount Sinai School of Medicine study conducted on primates - results that suggest healthy eating not only...

New process pits watermelon against tomato as lycopene source

A new method for extracting lycopene from watermelons developed by US scientists could challenge tomatoes' pre-eminence as the source of the antioxidant for foods and dietary supplements.

Sensus study shows inulin benefits for formula-fed babies

Sensus is expecting a study assessing the prebiotic benefits of inulin for formula-fed babies to help it in its efforts to target the infant nutrition market in the coming year.

Review questions calcium supplements public health benefit

The effects of calcium supplementation on bone density in healthy children have been seen to be minimal in a review study that concludes it to be of limited public health...

Bottled water beats cancer in lab study

A little-known bottled water from Scotland may help to stop cancer cells spreading, a study has found, giving the drink a unique potential in healthy beverage trends.

Fish oil beats defibrillators in sudden heart death model

Increasing consumption of omega-3 by eating adequate amount of oily fish or taking fish oil supplements could save 58 Americans for every 100,000, a recent study looking into preventing sudden...

Whole grains linked to blood pressure reduction, small study

A small study into the effects of soluble and insoluble fibre on blood pressure indicates that individuals with slightly high cholesterol levels may benefit from including plenty of whole grains...

Lutein skin health study elicits excited response at conference

Initial results from a new study investigating the effects of lutein and zeaxanthin on skin health presented yesterday is expected to open up a whole new market for suppliers of...

Green tea cuts risk of death, study

Drinking several cups of green tea every day could cut peoples' risk of death from a range of diseases, but does not appear to lower the chances of getting cancer,...

Vitamin D could half pancreatic cancer risk

Supplements of the sunshine vitamin could cut the risk of pancreatic cancer in half, says a study led by researchers at Northwestern and Harvard universities.

Brown seaweed extract could fight obesity

Supplementing the diet of obese rodents with a compound found in brown seaweed reduced weight by 10 per cent, and could be developed as a natural extract to help fight...

More support for CoQ10's benefits for heart health

Researchers from Italy have reported that daily oral supplements of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) improved the cardiovascular health of people with heart failure, a result that has been welcomed by the...

Irish scientists to probe vitamin D needs

Researchers from the University of Ulster and University College Cork are to embark on a three-year project to investigate what level of dietary vitamin D is needed to maintain good...

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