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Actimel boosts white cell production in stressed students

The probiotic drink Actimel appeared to boost the immune system in students consuming the drink during examination periods, report Spanish researchers.

US team creates higher folate levels in plants

US scientists say they can enhance the levels of folate found in plants, sidestepping the need for taking supplements of the vitamin.

Further evidence of vitamin D's role against breast cancer

Women with certain versions of the vitamin D receptor gene are almost twice as likely to develop breast cancer than women with other versions of the gene, finds a new...

Edible coatings for added vitamins

US scientists have designed an edible film made from natural ingredients that protects foods coated in the material from spoiling. The film can also hold vitamins and other nutrients within...

New data finds antioxidant combo decreases smokers' cancer risk

Smokers taking a wide range of antioxidants through their diet appear to have a lower risk of lung cancer, according to a recent study.

Supplementation could replace hormone therapy

Vitamin A and iron supplementation is as effective as hormone therapy for enhancing growth and promoting puberty in children, according to a new study.

More work needed on probiotics' benefits

Researchers from Tufts University, Boston, US have concluded from a review of recent literature that further studies need to be carried out to substantiate the link between the ingestion of...

Babies exposed to iron have reduced asthma risk

Babies exposed to high levels of iron and selenium in the womb are probably less likely to develop wheezing and eczema in early childhood according to the Avon Longitudinal Study...

Aloe vera goes into battle

The increasingly popular herbal extract aloe vera may be able to prolong the amount of time a trauma injury patient can survive before receiving treatment, such as a blood transfusion,...

Full fat helps carotenoid absorption

Food makers might want to push the value of full fat dressings as food scientists in the US claim they could boost our health by increasing the body's ability to...

Isolated soy protein may help diabetes sufferers

Adding isolated soy protein to men's diets could help reduce problems experienced in the advanced stages of type two diabetes, according to a small study by researchers at the University...

More fruit boosts Brits' vitamin C levels but vitamin E down

Consumption of fresh fruit is on the rise in the UK, shows new government data, leading to a notable increase in intake of vitamin C. But a decline in other...

Selenium link to heart disease marker

The trace mineral selenium should be considered as a potential factor to lower one of the markers of heart disease, homocysteine, say Spanish researchers.

GI research gains ground but uncertain future in Europe

Increasing evidence for the value of low glycaemic index foods in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes may benefit high-fibre foods and those using healthy ingredients.

Does organic food bring added health benefits?

The benefits of conventionally grown produce over organic foods was the focus of a recent debate between food technologists with scientists warning it is too early to reach conclusions, despite...

Supplements key to higher vitamin D levels

Almost three quarters of Irish adults have low vitamin D intakes and strategies to increase intake of this vitamin should be investigated, say researchers in a new study.

Scientists call for calcium, vitamin D fortification

A US cancer prevention expert says that if government required calcium and vitamin D to be added to foods, it could achieve a 20 per cent reduction in colon cancer...

Cactus fruit may fight oxidative damage

The cactus pear fruit appears to fight free radical damage in humans, according to Italian researchers, who suggest that it may be due to their high polyphenol content.

UK looking at dietary solutions to diabetes

The UK government is backing another million-pound study into the effects of diet on people with type 2 diabetes.

Tea keeps blood pressure down

Tea drinkers are less likely to suffer from hypertension, report Chinese researchers in a study out this week.

Caffeine may worsen type 2 diabetes

Drinking coffee could upset the body's ability to metabolise sugar, with potentially serious effects in those with the increasingly common condition type 2 diabetes, suggest scientists.

Lutein may benefit more elderly than thought

Lutein supplements, shown previously to fortify the macular layer in the eye and thought to protect against age-related blindness, also appear to increase macular pigment in people at earlier stages...

Fish link to stroke does not guarantee supplement benefits

An analysis of eight different studies on fish consumption supports the theory that the food protects against stroke, particularly ischaemic stroke. But the evidence does not offer the same proof...

Soy formula no more effective in allergy prevention

Soy-based formulas are often recommended for infants with food allergies, but a review of past studies suggests they should not be recommended for the prevention of allergies or food intolerance...

Gut health offers major opportunity for ingredients

Confirming market opportunities for suppliers and users of fibre ingredients, a review from the UK suggests that cancer of the gut - one of the major causes of death from...