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Probiotic therapy appears to treat gastrointestinal disease

A highly concentrated probiotic preparation may be an effective treatment for ulcerative colitis patients who fail to respond to conventional medicine, reported researchers in the...

Broccoli acts as anti-cancer agent

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, claim they have found that a chemical produced when digesting such greens as broccoli and kale can stifle...

Creatine serum supplements ineffective

Creatine serum supplements seem to have no effect on muscle ATP or creatine stores, despite claims by one US manufacturer, say researchers. At a recent...

Probi-ng deep into probiotics

Research-based Probi, headquartered in Lund in Sweden, has signed a licence agreement with the French dairy giant Danone, regarding the bacteria lactobacillusLp 299 v ....

No risk from mercury in seafood diet - study

Food safety agencies in a number of countries, including the UK and the US, have frequently warned pregnant mothers about eating certain types of seafood...

What does the future hold for health and nutrition?

A new multi-stakeholder project on the future of the nutrition and health trend in Europe is to be launched by two Belgium-based consultancy firms. The...

FDF tackles salt issue

In response to increasing demands from the consumer and health bodies to reduce salt consumption in the diet, the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF),...

Calories: foe or friend?

A high calorie diet seems to increase the chances of surviving bowel cancer for longer, although it may also be the cause of it in...

FSA commissions caffeine investigation

The UK Food Standards Agency has commissioned a study of the possible association between maternal caffeine consumption and low birthweight by the Universities of Leicester...

Loders Croklaan introduces new CLA oil to fight flu

Dutch company Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition yesterday presented the findings of new research to support the immune boosting function of its conjugated linoleic acid product...

New role for selenium

Increasing levels of selenium in the diet could protect the skin against damage caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, suggests new research from Edinburgh...

Fortified beverage prevents micronutrient deficiencies

A micronutrient-fortified beverage can prevent iron deficiency, reduce anaemia and improve the haemoglobin concentration of pregnant women in the developing world, say researchers. Maternal malnutrition...

WHO seeks food industry input

The World Health Organisation (WHO) hosted the first roundtable meeting with senior executives from the food industries on Friday, to discuss ways in which the...

High doses of vitamins are dangerous, UK report

The UK is set to radically lower the levels of vitamins currently available in supplements and will probably ban the mineral chromium picolinate from shelves,...

Flat sales at Chr. Hansen

Danish probiotics maker Chr. Hansen reported flat sales in its food ingredients division for the first six months of the year ended 28 February. The...

European experts to look at nutrigenomics

Scientists are to gather at an upcoming conference in the Netherlands to discuss nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology. The international conference, the second in the...

Herbal teas causing tooth erosion

Herbal teas may not be such a healthy alternative after all. Researchers at the University of Bristol Dental School in the UK reveal the potential...

Multivits combat birth defects for diabetic mothers

Taking multivitamins around the time of conception may reduce the risk of birth defects in children born to diabetic mothers, according to a study in...

Keeping tabs on cyclamate levels

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising parents to give young children no more than three beakers (about 180ml each) a day of dilutable soft...

Varying strengths for herbal antioxidants

Norwegian and Japanese scientists have confirmed several culinary and medicinal herbs as important sources of dietary antioxidants. But they say their results demonstrate that there...

Infant formulas not all equal

Infants fed different infant formulas can develop significantly different levels of bone mineral content and bone mineral density - key indicators of bone strength -...

Mixed fat diet more nutritious

People eating a mixed diet of lower-fat and high-fat foods consume more vitamins and minerals than those who stick to only lower-fat foods or high-fat...

PCB contamination reduces boy births

New research suggests that women exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls contamination, usually found in fish, are less likely to give birth to boys. The results, which...

The fibre puzzle

Many of the health benefits linked with foods have yet to be fully proven, and following on from last week's report highlighting the conflicting evidence...

Soy extract and prostate cancer link

A dietary supplement containing the soy extract genistein reduced prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels by as much as 61 per cent in a group of prostate...

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