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Don't forget the phosphorous for bone growth

Calcium and phosphorus are co-dependent in bone development and should be supplemented togther, suggests research in a recent journal. Dr Ralph Shapiro of Product Safety...

Do vitamins make for quick-thinkers?

Scientists will team up with Unilever to examine the link between vitamins and minerals and brain development in children in the first study of its...

Large zinc doses may raise prostate cancer risk

A high intake of zinc in supplements may raise the risk of prostate cancer, finds a recent study by a team at the US National...

Children's diet key to ageing process

Diet in early life is crucial to how we cope with the ageing process, suggests an animal study out this week. A poor diet leads...

Vitamins to prevent heart disease and cancer, more research needed

There is still insufficient evidence to determine whether vitamins A, C and E or multivitamins can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer, concludes...

Full fat milk appears to reduce asthma risk in children

The components in milk fat could be responsible for lower rates of asthma among young children, concludes a study in Thorax, which challenges previous findings...

Antioxidants promote easy breathing

Fruit and veg fans are likely to have better respiratory health than those with less healthy diets, suggests a recent review, highlighting the role of...

Calls for ban on fizzy drinks in schools

Doctors in the UK will urge the government to control the sale of fizzy drinks in schools, following similar calls in the US in recent...

Low omega-3 levels linked to 'lows' in elderly

Fatty acids may have a significant impact on mood in the elderly, say researchers in the Netherlands, showing that it is not just new mothers...

A magic bullet for heart disease?

A single pill made up of different drugs and folic acid could reduce heart attacks and strokes by more than 80 per cent, suggest researchers...

Approaching antioxidants

Dietary antioxidants may be able to regulate multiple key cellular processes, including cell proliferation and apoptosis, according to scientists taking part in a recently completed...

Fizzy drinks linked to vitamin deficiency

Fizzy and sugary drinks are helping to push up the figures of obese children, suggests a small study in the US, and also result in...

Bringing up the benefits of botanicals

Researchers funded by the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH) are to provide scientific presentations on botanicals as dietary supplements as part of the expanded...

Hopes pinned on local Mediterranean produce

The health benefits of foods eaten in Mediterranean countries are going to be explored in new research to improve understanding of the diet famous for...

Passive smokers low in folate

Exposure to cigarette smoke may sap blood levels of folate, the B vitamin thought to protect against birth defects and reduce risk of some cancers,...

Male obesity upping cancer risk

An alarming increase in obesity in UK men is placing many at an increased risk of a number of cancers, with a diet full of...

Arginine may help treat pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell patients

Supplements of oral arginine reduced pulmonary hypertension by 15 per cent after five days of therapy in sickle cell patients, report researchers in a journal...

Probiotics may prevent infant GI infection

Supplementing infant formula with probiotics may be a safe and effective way to boost the immune system in day care infants, suggest two new studies....

Fruit and veg antioxidants could significantly reduce cancer risk

Eating sufficient fruit and vegetables to maintain antioxidant vitamin and mineral levels could reduce the risk of cancer and mortality in men, report researchers from...

FSA seeks views on Scotland strategy

The Food Standards Agency in Scotland is seeking comments on its draft Diet and Nutrition Strategy, first presented to the Scottish Food Advisory Committee (SFAC)...

Efficacy of isoflavones related to frequency of hot flushes

Soyfoods and soybean isoflavone supplements seem to be most effective at alleviating the hot flushes experienced during menopause when initially most frequent, report researchers in...

Extra theaflavins boost green tea's health benefits

A theaflavin-enriched green tea extract significantly reduced LDL cholesterol in patients with raised cholesterol levels, report researchers this week. They say that the supplement could...

Rethinking vitamin A

Both high and low levels of vitamin A can increase hip fractures in older women, reported researchers at a scientific meeting in the US last...

Seeking research on phytoestrogen supplements

More information on the effects of phytoestrogens on bone, heart and breast health is needed before recommendations on supplementation can be safely made, argues a...

BNF conference to tackle child nutrition

Child nutrition will be the main topic on the agenda tomorrow as the British Nutrition Foundation prepares to welcome industry members to its 16th annual...