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Zinc supplements could protect against CVD

Zinc supplements may decrease the risk of heart disease, says an animal study from Singapore, results that appear to support previous benefits afforded by the mineral.

Nutrition focus for osteoporosis prevention

The International Osteoporosis Foundation has heard damning reports of under-diagnosis and inappropriate care for sufferers of the devastating brittle bone disease, which also highlight the importance of communication about preventative...

Omega-3, quercitrin combo could ease bowel inflammation

A combination of omega-3 fatty acids and the flavonoid quercitrin may work to reduce inflammation in the large intestine associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, says an animal study...

New support for coffee's heart protection benefits

Antioxidants from coffee may reduce the risk of postmenopausal women developing cardiovascular disease, report researchers from Norway and the US - lending more support to previous studies on the beverage's...

Guar gum derivative could reduce gut inflammation

Increasing intake of foods with a functional partially hydrolysed guar gum (PHGG) ingredient could reduce gut inflammation by over 20 per cent, according to a Japanese study with mice.

Obese could benefit from more fiber, from diet and supplements

Dietary fiber may play a key role in obesity, suggest study results that may lead to high fiber products aimed specifically at the obese.

Manchester gets grant for appetite suppressant work

Researchers at the UK's Manchester University have been awarded a research grant by US nutrition technology company PacificHealth Laboratories, to continue its investigations and product development in the field of...

Low-carb diet could improve cholesterol levels, say scientists

A new clinical trial from the US has reported that a low-carb diet improves cholesterol levels, as a second study in a week reports health benefits for this once bright...

Probiotics could target causes of liver cancer

A daily supplement of probiotics could reduce the risk of liver cancer caused by fungal toxins in foods, a leading cause of the disease in some of the world's most...

Could micronutrients be the future of diet design?

Planning diets around key micronutrients like amino acids could be the future of diet design and a way to help the fight against obesity, says research published in Science.

Stanol-containing cheese could help reduce cholesterol

A stanol-enriched cheese could help lower cholesterol levels by over five per cent, says a new study by Raisio and Valio, as the Finish companies look to put science behind...

Low carb diet may not weaken bones, says study

Sticking to a low carbohydrate diet does not lead to weakened bones over a three-month period, say US researchers - a result that may prove to be only a brief...

Elderly men may benefit from vitamin D, calcium too

Elderly men, a population that is often overlooked in bone health studies, could also benefit from daily supplements of fortified milk, says new research from Australia.

Blueberries could stop liver cancer growth

US scientists report that blueberry extracts inhibited the growth of liver cancer cells in the lab, potentially adding to the growing list of health benefits for the 'superfood'.

Omega-3 milk could protect against metabolic syndrome

Dietary supplementation with an omega-3 enriched milk could be a simple and tolerable way to ease cardiovascular risk factors linked to metabolic syndrome, say Spanish researchers.

Flaxseed could boost lung health, animal study

A dietary supplement of flaxseed, a rich source of lignans and omega-3 fatty acids, could prove useful to reduce lung inflammation and oxidative stress, if results from a mice study...

Dairy weight-loss claims get Paris Anti-Obesity boost

The debate about dairy consumption boosting weight loss got a massive fillip at the Paris Anti-Obesity Therapies congress, but natural product-based dietary supplements don't help weight loss said experts.

More evidence for natto/ vitamin K bone health benefits

Natto, the traditional Japanese fermented soybean and a rich source of vitamin K2, could reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women by as much as 80 per cent, says research from Japan.

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Hacks v Lab-Rats: who's at fault for consumer confusion?

The relationship between journalist 'hack' and scientist 'lab-rat' must be developed if science is to get a fair deal in the press, and for consumers to be presented balanced and...

Study sheds light on lutein's anti-inflammatory effect

Lutein, the carotenoid associated with eye health, protects the retina from damage by inhibiting inflammation, according to a new study from Korea.

Scientists address broccoli shelf-life, antioxidant content

Research into freshness issues associated with broccoli will also yield varieties that retain their beneficial nutrients for longer, say scientists from the University of Warwick.

Cruciferous veg may reduce genetic colon cancer risk

Sulphoraphane (SFN) found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower may reduce the risk of hereditary colon cancer, an animal study has found, giving more evidence to the link...

€21m for Spanish study on functional foods and Alzheimer's

Functional foods could soon play a role in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia in Europe, thanks to a €21m research investment from the Spanish...

Caffeine and infant health: two studies

The role of caffeine in the health of premature and low birth weight babies has come under scrutiny with two studies, one investigating the impact of mothers' intake during pregnancy...

Policosanol's lipid-lowering activity doubted

The ability of the waxy sugar-cane extract, policosanol, to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels have been called into doubt by a new clinical trial, but a poor delivery system undermines the studies'...