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Soy meal replacements better for cholesterol levels

Soy meal replacements may not produce more weight loss than a milk-based meal replacement but they do have advantages for overall health, suggests a US study, confirming prior results in...

Raisins fight oral bacteria

Compounds found in raisins appear to fight bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease, writes Dominique Patton.

Resistant starch may speed up fat-burning

Resistant starch could help people burn more fat and speed up metabolism, says a researcher, offering significant benefits to the growing numbers at risk of obesity-related disease, reports Dominique Patton.

Cranberry juice could fight gut infections

Cranberry juice, already well-known as a remedy for urinary tract infections, may help protect against common infections caused by gastrointestinal viruses, reports Dominique Patton.

High vitamin B intake cuts risk of colorectal cancer

Women who consume significant amounts of vitamin B6- often found in fortified cereals- can cut their risk of colorectal cancer, especially if they drink, according to new research, writes Dominique...

Low zinc may impact physical performance

Low zinc levels may impact physical performance, suggests a small study.

Fatty acid deficiency linked to autism

Omega-3 supplements could help children with autism manage some of their symptoms, believe Scottish researchers, who have recorded a deficiency of certain fatty acids in autistic children.

Ginseng appears to protect brain

Components of the herbal ginseng protect the brain against the kind of deterioration caused by degenerative diseases like Huntingdon's, suggests a new study on rats.

Prebiotic shown to increase bone mineral density

A daily prebiotic supplement helps to increase bone mineral density, shows new research funded by inulin maker Orafti.

Nutrition approach to CV disease gains weight

The risk factors and symptoms associated with peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication can be reduced by better nutrition, say Spanish researchers in a study published in this month's Journal...

Childhood obesity figures provide new impulse for obesity strategy

Around half a million European children are suffering from health problems often associated with later life because they are overweight or obese, a European congress on obesity heard yesterday.

Almond flavonoids keep cholesterol levels down, animal study

The flavonoids in almond skins may be responsible for the nuts' positive effect on cholesterol levels, shows new research that tested their antioxidant capacity on animals.

Eating breakfast builds healthy bones, say studies

The American Dietetic Association is seeking to stir up debate over the nation's breakfast tables. Girls who skip breakfast are more likely to miss out on dietary sources of calcium...

Vitamin B12 supplements correct deficiencies as well as injections

Taking supplements of vitamin B12 appear to correct deficiencies of the vitamin just as efficiently as B12 injections but the doses needed would far exceed the RDA of this vitamin,...

Can probiotics stop babies from developing asthma?

Welsh researchers will study whether probiotic supplements given to babies can stop them from developing hay fever or asthma, reports Dominique Patton.

Poor glycemic control could make diabetics depressed

A Columbia University study has identified an increased incidence of depression among Hispanic diabetics with poor glycemic control (PGC), which the researchers say could have implications for public health.

Calorie quality, not quantity, for a longer life

It is not how much you eat, but what you eat that could influence life span, say UK researchers, investigating how calorie quality, not quantity, may dictate longevity, writes Lindsey...

Wholegrains better than other heart health foods despite high GI

People who eat wholegrain foods regularly can have a 20 to 40 per cent lower risk of heart disease and stroke compared with those who rarely eat wholegrain foods, according...

Lignans linked to better cognitive function

Consumption of lignans could help preserve cognitive function in postmenopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and...

Grape powder cuts atherosclerosis in animal study

Eating fresh grapes may prevent the accumulation of oxidized cholesterol as well as the development of atherosclerotic lesions, report scientists in Israel.

Midday sun is good for vitamin D levels, say scientists

Going out in the midday sun, without sunscreen, is good for you, say scientists with new research, which will add fuel to the growing row between vitamin D supporters and...

Genes regulate DHA levels in mother's breastmilk

The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in a mother's breastmilk not only depends on her diet but also on her genes, reported US researchers this week.

Modern diet may be causing depression

Scientists have long suspected that a lack of omega-3 may contribute to depression, but the latest study suggests that an excess of omega-6 - the fatty acid which is more...

Red Delicious apples packed with disease fighting antioxidants

Consumers and food makers looking to pack an antioxidant punch should plump for specific varieties of apples, say scientists, reports Lindsey Partos.

Breastfeeding lowers children's blood pressure

Breastfeeding is as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and dietary salt restriction, finds a new study.

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