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Avocado, soy oil mixture may help osteoarthritis

A product made with avocado and soybean oils could slow down and help repair some of the damage caused by osteoarthritis, suggests laboratory research. The...

Scientists continue to question Chinese herbals

Ingredients in Chinese herbal medicines may vary widely depending on the manufacturer, said scientists speaking at a conference this week. A study by researchers from...

New findings reopen liquorice debate

New findings suggest that chemicals in liquorice, used as a remedy for gastrointestinal disorders, could have an effect on testosterone levels. New research, presented at...

Foods to fight asthma

An Australian study appears to support previous evidence linking diet to asthma outcome. Young adults whose diet included whole milk and fruits including apples and...

Scientists speed up B12 analysis

A new faster method to measure quantities of vitamin B12, both in foods and in dietary supplements has been developed by scientists at the US...

Consumers unaware of drug/herb interactions

One in 20 people are taking potentially dangerous combinations of herbal and prescription medicines, said researchers speaking at the British Pharmaceutical Conference this week. The...

Arnica found to contain potent anti-inflammatory agent

The popular herbal and homeopathic remedy arnica may indeed work, said UK scientists this week, who claim to have found a scientific basis for arnica's...

Caffeine reduces muscle pain from exercise

Drinking a cup of coffee is more likely to reduce muscle pain during a workout than taking an aspirin, suggests a small study from the...

Herbal contamination continues to damage industry

Twelve people in Japan suffered from liver injury after taking two kinds of Chinese herbal to lose weight, according to a communication in today's issue...

Early results from Med project look promising

A large project to assess the health benefits of local wild vegetables eaten in Southern Europe has already found significant activity in antioxidant assays, researchers...

Pectin carries prebiotic properties

The common food ingredient pectin may be more valuable than thought as it has significant prebiotic properties, claims a US scientist. Pectin, derived mainly from...

Lily extract shrinks pancreas, stomach tumours

A plant extract has been found to inhibit tumour growth in laboratory tests. It could be used to target some of the cancers that are...

Fish oils could help mend muscle loss in cancer patients

Fish oil supplements may help to prevent the wasting and weight loss associated with some types of advanced cancer, shows a UK study out this...

Macho males avoiding health warnings

Food marketers not only have to battle against restrictions on health claims, but they may also be coming up against 'macho' attitudes when trying to...

ADM: delivery systems for supplements

ADM, a leading supplier of health ingredients, will exhibit a range of products derived from natural sources at the forthcoming Health Ingredients Europe exhibition in...

Yakult sponsors probiotics conference

Probiotics leader Yakult is hosting an international symposium in Germany next month, to explore recent research on probiotics and its role in immunology and cancer....

Fortifying with flavonoids

Adding heart healthy flavonoids to food during processing can improve the taste of some products, despite their bitter profile, claims a US scientist. Increased consumption...

Fibre-rich diet proves good for heart

A large population trial appears to confirm that a higher intake of dietary fibre, particularly water-soluble fibre, can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease....

New cholesterol-fighter found in red wine

US scientists have identified a new compound in red wine which could be just as important as the antioxidant resveratrol, in fighting cholesterol, they claim....

Herbal health enjoys growing profile in UK

UK doctors are being encouraged to support the use of herbal remedies by the country's herbalists. While UK consumers spend more than any other Europeans...

Tea takes on multiple diseases

Researchers in the US are developing a new cream composed of compounds found in tea, which they claim will help fight skin cancer, the most...

Cranberry cure for stroke damage

Cranberries may reduce brain cell damage associated with stroke, researchers claimed at a scientific meeting in the US yesterday. In laboratory studies using rat brain...

Natural sleep aid could worsen asthma symptoms

People with asthma should consider limiting the use of melatonin as a sleep aid, according to researchers in the US, who report that higher levels...

Herb acts safely on hot flushes, suggests study

The herb black cohosh may reduce hot flushes by acting on body temperature regulation, rather than through its oestrogen-like effects, report researchers, who suggest the...

Boosting folate levels

Poor absorption of folic acid is compounding a low intake among people in the Netherlands, suggest researchers, who advise that a more bioavailable form of...