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Vitamin C appears to have no benefit on exercise

Taking vitamin C does not appear to help exercise performance despite public preconceptions, suggests a small US study.

Acetyl-L-carnitine may ease pain from diabetes condition

The vitamin-like substance acetyl-L-carnitine appears to help ease the pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes that results in painful damage to nerves.

Massive seafood project 'on track'

SEAFOODplus, the largest research project ever sponsored by the EU in the seafood sector, is now underway and will aim to satisfy consumer demand for healthy, safe seafood.

New findings on vitamin A's role in cancer prevention

Problems with the way the body processes vitamin A may contribute to the development of breast cancer, show preliminary findings on the vitamin pathway.

Zinc treatment cuts mouth cancer risk in rats

The mineral zinc may help prevent oesophageal and oral cancers in people at high risk, suggests research on rats.

New evidence supports camomile tea's health benefits

The popular herbal tea camomile may help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and menstrual cramps, UK researchers will report.

Dairy foods may help lower BP in children

Foods that can help control the common incidence of blood pressure offer growing opportunities for industry, and a recent study boosts the case revealing that children who consistently eat more...

Curcumin under human trials for Alzheimer's prevention

Curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry spice, is to be investigated for its potential in prevention of Alzheimer's disease after tests on mice found it to be more effective than...

Fast food link to obesity confirmed

Young adults who eat frequently at fast-food restaurants gain more weight and have a greater increase in insulin resistance in early middle age, according to a large multi-center study published...

Weight loss programmes lack evidence

There is little evidence to support the use of many commercial weight loss programmes, according to a study in the US, which suggests that the search for new, more effective...

Butterbur cuts frequency of migraines

The ancient herbal butterbur offers considerable help in preventing migraine headaches, according to an international research team.

Vitamin D supplements to protect against MS

Pregnant women should take vitamin D supplements to protect their offspring from multiple sclerosis, a UK-based expert has urged.

Vitamin C passed onto infants may protect against allergies

Mothers who eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C during breastfeeding could reduce the chances of their children developing allergies, report Finnish researchers.

Soy formula may inhibit intestinal development in babies

The soy isoflavone genistein may inhibit intestinal cell growth in babies, say US researchers, who have carried out tests on newborn piglets.

Essential oils combat MRSA bacteria

Essential oils usually used in aromatherapy have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria causing increasing numbers of deaths in hospitals round the world.

Anthocyanins may help fight diabetes

Fruit compounds called anthocyanins could help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, suggest preliminary tests on animals.

Fish oil supplements slow ageing of brain

People who eat oily fish or take fish oil supplements score 13 per cent higher in IQ tests and are less likely to show early signs of Alzheimer's disease, according...

'Polymeal' just as good as pills for longer life

Consumers should forget about taking medication to help them stay healthy longer and change their diet instead, suggest scientists writing in this week's British Medical Journal.

Fish oil mechanism studied in new trial

Better understanding of how a fish-rich diet helps maintain a low risk of heart attack has been targeted under a new study at the University of Edinburgh.

Exercise boosts benefits of plant sterol products

Consuming products with plant sterols as well as exercising may offer additional benefits for those at risk of coronary heart disease, say Canadian researchers.

Iron supplements may help ADHD children

Iron supplements may be useful for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers that have found a small group of these children to be deficient in the mineral.

New obesity study implies antioxidant power

New findings from Japanese researchers could help society understand the mechanistic role of obesity in the metabolic syndrome and could eventually help stem the obesity epidemic.

Thiamine may protect heart health in diabetics

High doses of vitamin B1, or thiamine, could lower cholesterol in diabetes patients and help prevent heart disease, say UK researchers.

Fewer calories may slow Alzheimer's?

Restricting the diets of mice reduces the build-up of plaques in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study that offers further evidence of the...

Gamma-tocopherol halts cancer cells in lab study

Gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E found in many plant seeds but not widely available in nutritional supplements, might halt the growth of prostate and lung cancer cells, say US...