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Leucine supplements could help prevent muscle loss

A leucine-rich diet could reduce age-related muscle loss, say French researchers who have reported positive results on rats.

'Super Broccoli' offers anti-cancer hope

A team of British researchers is breeding a type of 'super broccoli' containing over three times the normal levels of an anti-cancer compound.

Coffee and tea might reduce liver disease risks

Drinking more than two cups of coffee or tea daily appears to cut the risk of chronic liver disease by half, reports new research from America.

New rice boosts iron levels but no match for fortified food

Rice bred to contain high levels of iron has been shown to improve the iron status of Filippino women but it is unlikely to be a substitute for the growing...

Studies clash over alcohol health benefits

Drinking alcohol in moderation may help people to stave off obesity, says US study, as researchers from New Zealand cast doubt on alcohol's heart health benefits.

Iron, calcium linked to lung cancer

Iron and calcium are linked to a higher risk of lung cancer in new research from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Skimmed milk cuts hypertension risk

Drinking skimmed milk can cut the risk of high blood pressure by half, according to a large new study from Spain.

Tea waste rich with extractable antioxidants

Tea waste is almost as rich in potent antioxidants, such as catechins, as the new and expensive green tea leaves used by the supplements industry, according to Iranian research to...

Caffeine delivers visible boost to brain activity

An Austrian research team has unveiled good news for the makers of energy and stimulant drinks, with evidence that caffeine delivers visibly increased brain activity that stimulates short-term memory.

Supplements heal pressure ulcers faster

Bed sores, which afflict up to one-tenth of hospital patients, heal more quickly when key supplements are added to a standard hospital diet, reports new research from Australia.

Folate linked to DHA status

Folate levels are directly related to levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, suggests new research, and may help explain why both nutrients tend to be low in people with...

Progress in polyphenol research

A French investigation into daily consumption of polyphenols, the antioxidant compounds found in all plant-based foods, will help advance scientific knowledge on how they influence our health and could one...

High-carb diet may raise diabetics' blood pressure

Following a high-carbohydrate diet may raise type-2 diabetics' blood pressure by a modest degree if followed in the long term, suggest researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Vegetarians need DHA supplements, says Nutrinova

Vegetarians should take supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to reduce their risk of heart disease, says German firm Nutrinova, manufacturer of vegetarian DHA.

Zinc supplements fight off illness in HIV children

Zinc supplements can safely reduce illness in children with HIV, finds a new study in this week's Lancet.

Inulin lowers GI of chocolate

The soluble fibre inulin, best known for its beneficial effects on the gut, also lowers the glycaemic index of dark chocolate, according to a new study, suggesting the ingredient could...

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk factors

Eating a Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, fruit and vegetables, can reduce heart disease risk factors as much as a low-fat diet, suggests a new French study.

Silicon may boost calcium/vitamin D bone benefits

New research adds to mounting evidence that silicon delivered as choline-stabilised orthosilicic acid (ch-OSAT) may boost the ability of calcium and vitamin D to build bone mineral density (BMD) in...

Calcium needs still unclear for children

Young girls with a balanced diet are unlikely to gain any additional bone strength from taking supplements, say researchers in Finland.

Vitamin D may cut falls in elderly, further evidence

Giving vitamin D supplements to elderly living in care facilities appears to reduce their risk of falls, suggests another study.

New project probes functional properties of milk

A dairy research body in Australia will get $300,000 of government money to examine bioactive material in milk that could be used to develop novel functional foods.

Vitamin takers more likely to get flu

People that take vitamin supplements are also slightly more likely to catch the flu, suggests a Dutch survey carried out during last year's flu season.

Mediterranean diet not responsible for overweight Greeks

Eating a traditional Mediterranean diet to protect heart health is unlikely to lead to weight gain, as some people previously feared, say Greek researchers.

On-the-go probiotic shows stress-tummy promise

Institut Rosell is gearing up for the launch of its new Probio'Stick on-the-go probiotic product. Its latest trial indicates that it may be helpful in dealing with some of the...

Genetic link between caloric restriction and ageing

US scientists have found a genetic pathway that might explain why restricted calorie intake slows down the ageing process.