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Seaweed contains natural antibiotic

Seaweed species have been found to defend themselves from specific pathogens with naturally occurring antibiotics, which could present oppportunities for future nutraceuticals, report US researchers....

Isoflavone supplements show no effect on menopause symptoms

Supplements containing a soy compound were no better than a placebo at relieving the symptoms of menopause, according to a Finnish study published in this...

Foods to reduce heart disease?

EU-funded projects to explore the physiological effects from eating foods with added soy-derived isoflavones are hoping to see benefits for bone health and heart disease...

Phytoestrogens may protect against ovarian cancer

A plant-based diet may be important in reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, report US researchers this month. Intakes of specific nutrients and food groups...

Vitamin D offers hope for cancer treatments

A form of vitamin D has been found to greatly enhance radiation treatment for tumours associated with breast cancer, according to a new study from...

From waste water to functional foods

Waste water from olive oil production may be used as a source of valuable bioactive antioxidants - widely believed to have a protective effect on...

Bone health study focuses on SoyLife

A study of women's bone health to be carried out by the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, is to investigate the potential benefits...

Anti-ageing foods ripe for growth

Anti-ageing foods are set to grow significantly as the worldwide elderly population expands and people seek to improve quality of life, confirmed speakers at a...

Cooking oil takes on fat and cholesterol fight

A new 'functional' cooking oil made from a blend of tropical, olive, coconut and flaxseed oils, may soon offer relief to calorie-counters and cholesterol-watchers, according...

Clarinol shapes up with research

Dutch firm Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition says a study on its Clarinol conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) found that it improves weight reduction and decreases the...

Fibre supplement could prevent infant diarrhoea

The value of dietary fibre in the adult diet is now recognised as important but in a journal this month researchers suggest that babies may...

FSA reiterates salt cutback request

Public sector caterers and their suppliers are being asked once again by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to reduce the amount of salt used in...

Fermented milk for lactose intolerance

Drinking fermented milk appeared to eliminate or drastically reduce symptoms related to lactose intolerance in people with the allergy, report researchers at Columbus University, Ohio....

Cop on to bone health

Taking copper supplements had a protective effect against oxidation in erythrocytes in older adults, according to new European research seeking to evaluate the effects of...

Praying for a healthy heart

You may not want to take on the religion too, but following the fasting regimes laid down by the Greek Orthodox Church could reduce your...

Taking on preventable disease

A major initiative to tackle the growing epidemic of obesity launched in Finland today, with a campaign for improved medical education and a new register...

Probiotics build eczema resistance

Probiotics given to pregnant women and babies around the time of childbirth could protect children from atopic eczema for up to four years - two...

Questions unanswered on plant foods?

With fruit, vegetables, grains and other plant foods gaining more and more credit for their role in health, the British Nutrition Foundation's Task Force on...

Which drink is 98% fat free?

The UK Dairy Council is launching a campaign to debunk some of the myths about milk, such as the belief that it has a high...

Common plant contains anti-herpes agent

An extract from the common herb known as 'self-heal' may prove to be a powerful new herpes treatment, researchers reported at the annual American Society...

Strong support for omega-3 intake

Eating oily fish like salmon, tuna or bluefish at least twice a week can prevent sudden cardiac death because fatty acids in the fish block...

Ironing out fatigue in young women

Unexplained tiredness is common in young women, say doctors. Research in this week's British Medical Journal suggests that non-anaemic women with fatigue may benefit from...

Chitosan to cheat on dieting?

Chitosan, the substance derived from crustacean shells, may decrease mild to moderate cholesterol levels in women, suggest Japanese researchers. In a study on 90 female...

Further evidence for probiotic approach to IBD

A non-pathogenic strain of E. coli probiotic oral suspension appeared to relieve patients of the major clinical symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in a...

Infant weight gain may be clue to adult obesity

Infants who gain weight quickly in the first few months after birth may be more likely to be obese as young adults, suggests new evidence....

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