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Study boosts lutein safety rep and finds new research possibilities

The antioxidant activity and safety of lutein from marigold flowers have been given a boost by research from a Chinese-Canadian collaboration - research that has been applauded by lutein producer,...

Meta-analysis questions supplements for cancer patients

A meta-analysis of 59 trials, rated by the reviewers as being of 'low' quality, has led to a conclusion that dietary supplements for cancer patients do not improve survival or...

Vegetable flavonoid could protect against asthma

Apigenin, a plant flavonoid found in herbs, fruits and vegetables, suppressed the levels of an immune system antibody linked to asthma and other allergies when fed to mice, report Japanese...

Calcium intake could reduce pre-eclampsia, suggests review

An increased intake of calcium may reduce the risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, according to a new review of clinical trials.

Folate, B6 could boost heart health for type-1 diabetics

Children with type-1 diabetes could benefit from high-dose folate and vitamin B6 supplements to boost their cardiovascular health, according to a new clinical trial.

Curcumin's cholesterol-lowering mechanism proposed

Scientists from Germany report that they have identified how curcumin helps reduce bad cholesterol levels, findings that could extend understanding of the spice extract.

Tocotrienol intake could result in bioactive concentrations

Tocotrienols, the least studied form of vitamin E, can achieve levels in the blood that may give protection against a wide range of diseases such as cancer and stroke, says...

Pycnogenol outperforms drug in CVI trial

A new study has shown Pycnogenol to be more effective than a conventional drug in reducing the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), adding to 35 years of research into...

Berry extracts could offer stellar brain protection

Extracts from blueberries and strawberries could protect against the oxidative stress behind aging, and could even protect astronauts from dangerous galactic radiation, suggests a new study partly supported by NASA.

Cereal fibre and vegetable protein may cut hypertension

An increased intake of vegetable protein and cereal fibre could cut the risk of hypertension by up to 50 per cent, says a new study from Spain.

Caffeine could protect against memory loss

University of Birmingham researchers have reported that caffeine can boost nerve cell activity in the brain, potentially protecting against memory loss.

Orafti reviews prebiotics as bone health ingredients

Research to date on how prebiotics inulin and oligofructose may improve bone health are highly promising, with results from adolescent trials showing significant benefits, says Orafti - a view shared...

GreenFacts makes diet and disease info accessible

A report published by non-profit organisation GreenFacts is aiming to bring scientific consensus on the role of diet and nutrition in chronic disease prevention to a non-specialist audience.

Soluble fibre could boost cheese making

Adding soluble fibres, guar gum and pectin, to skimmed milk could speed up the coagulation time, improving cost efficiency, and impart nutritional benefits, say Irish researchers.

More support that fish oil could reduce AMD

Eating three or more portions of oily fish per week could reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by 70 per cent, says a new study from Australia.

Grapefruit-inulin combo could boost gut health, suggests study

Adding inulin to grapefruit extracts could reduce any detrimental effects of the extracts on microflora while still being accessible to provide other possible health benefits, suggests an animal study.

Tea linked to lower risk of bile stones and cancer

Drinking at least one cup of tea a day could cut the risk of cancer in the gallbladder and bile ducts by about 40 per cent, suggests a population-based study...

More evidence that soy isoflavones boost bone health

A daily supplement of soy isoflavones reduced bone loss in early post-menopausal women - says a study from China that has been welcomed by the company who provided the supplements.

Low-fat dairy linked to lower diabetes risk in women

A diet rich in low fat dairy could cut the risk of type-2 diabetes for women by over 20 per cent, says a new study from Harvard.

Chilli compound could hold hope against arthritis pain

Scientists in the UK are set to investigate how capsaicin, the compound gives red chilli pepper it heat, could combat inflammation in arthritis.

Scientists to probe food's nano-structure to optimise ingredients

Scientists in Australia are "dragging food science into the 21st century" by using neutrons to probe the molecular structure of food and ingredients, and changes that occur during processing. ...

Med diet better than low-fat for heart health says "landmark" trial

Eating a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts or olive oil is significantly better for heart health than a low-fat diet, says a "landmark" clinical trial from Spain.

Cereal polyphenols may boost immunity, slow aging

Polyphenols from cereals could restore the immune system function and could potentially extend lifespan, suggests an animal study from French and Spanish researchers.

Scientists make nano-organogels for food

Fundamental research from the US suggests that an enzyme could convert sugars in the presence of olive oil to form 'nano organogels' - potentially leading to novel delivery systems for...

Microalgae extract could be novel source of lutein

Researchers in India have identified green colonial microalgae with extractable carotenoids, especially lutein - the first time that the antioxidant activity of the algae has been reported.

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