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Caffeinated drinks may protect elderly against heart disease

Over-65s who drink four or more caffeinated beverages every day may reduce their risk of heart disease by a whopping 53 per cent, suggests research from the US.

Synbiotics effective at reducing colon cancer markers

A synbiotic supplement comprising the prebiotics inulin and oligofructose, and a mixture of two probiotics, successfully reduced several markers of colon cancer, say results of a major Europe-wide study.

Olive oil may protect against stomach ulcers and cancer

Polyphenols found in olive oil, a mainstay of the Mediterranean diet, may prevent infection with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, said to be the cause of millions of cases of gastritis...

More support for zinc-antiatherogenic link

Researchers investigating the link between zinc supplementation and reduced athlerosclerosis in rabbit models have used a different method to lend support to their hypothesis that the effect may be due...

DHA alone can lower triglycerides, says study

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition concluded that the American Heart Association's recommended cardioprotective dose of omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglycerides in patients...

Raising vitamin D intake could lower breast, colorectal cancer risk

Increasing the daily intake of vitamin D to 2000 International Units could halve the risk of developing breast and colorectal cancer, two studies have reported.

Omega-3-rich flaxseed oil may lower blood pressure

A diet rich in the plant omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) reduced blood pressure by up to six per cent, says new research from Greece.

Inulin recommendations match efficacy, shows study

The ability of the prebiotic fibre inulin to boost the population of 'friendly' bifidobacteria in the gut works at both low and high doses without side effects, says new research.

Selenium plus multivitamins may slash prostate cancer risk

Increased selenium intake in combination with a daily multivitamin may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by about 40 per cent, suggests new research.

Selenium supplements could slow age-related cognitive decline

The decline of mental function that naturally occurs with age may be increased by falling selenium levels, suggests new research from France.

Review supports chromium picolinate's diabetes benefits

Chromium picolinate as a nutritional supplement for diabetics does have a significant positive effect on blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol levels, says a new review.

Scuba divers - a new niche for vitamin markers?

A small study conducted in Norway might give vitamin marketers a new marketing angle for antioxidant vitamins C and E - heart health for scuba divers.

Creatine may boost strength in muscular dystrophy sufferers

Creatine, the popular nutritional supplement used by athletes to boost performance, may increase muscle strength in people with muscular dystrophies by about nine per cent, says a new review.

Tangerine tomatoes - better source of lycopene?

The lycopene content of orange tomatoes is more bioavailable than the form of lycopene found in the red variety, says new research from the US.

Folic acid effects two-faced depending on B12 levels, says study

The effects of increased folic acid intake amongst the elderly may be a double-edged sword, with benefits and harm dependent on the person's vitamin B12 levels, says a new study.

Omega-3 and joint health - more support

Daily high-dose omega-3 supplements were found to decrease the severity of symptoms associated with ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic disease that mainly affects joints of the spine and hips.

New genome collaboration could boost Arla Foods' probiotic range

Arla Foods, Europe's second largest dairy company, has signed an agreement with US-based Integrated Genomics for access to the ERGO database and genomic discovery system to enhance the company's probiotic...

DSM publishes fungus genome to help R&D into enzymes

Netherlands-based DSM has announced the publication of the full genome for the fungus Aspergillus niger used to produce a range of enzymes and other compounds for the food industry.

Whey protein gel particles - the future of probiotic encapsulation?

Encapsulation of probiotics in whey protein gel particles could offer protection during processing and storage, as well as extending the food applications of the bacteria to biscuits, vegetable and frozen...

Magnesium for teenagers may boost bone health

Magnesium supplements during adolescence, a key time for bone formation, boosted bone health in 120 girls in the US - research that suggests the mineral could have long-term benefits.

Flavones and flavonols linked to lower kidney cancer risk

Increased intake of flavonoids, particularly, flavones and flavonols could cut the risk of kidney cancer by 32 and 31 per cent, respectively, says a new study from Italy.

Pure juices can reduce disease risk, says review

Pure fruit and vegetable juices are generally regarded as healthy, despite containing less fibre than the whole fruit. A review of studies into their potential to reduce risk of chronic...

Vitamin D optimises bone density with bisphosphonates

Vitamin D supplements to raise blood levels of the vitamin could optimise the effects of bisphosphonates to maintain and improve bone density in post-menopausal women, says a new study.

Folic acid linked to reduced cleft lip in infants

Folic acid supplements during early pregnancy could reduce the risk of cleft lip in infants by 33 per cent, says a new study from Norway.

New Scientist questions personalised nutrition testing

Companies offering personalised nutrition testing are jumping the gun because the science behind nutrigenomics is not enough to support the claims, says an article in New Scientist.