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Norway spruce lignan dominant lignan in cereals, says study

Finnish researchers have reported that the lignan, 7-hydroxymatairesinol, is not only found in Norway spruce, but may also be the dominant lignan in a wide range of cereals.

Researchers race to perfect first totally purple tomato

Research groups around the world are working on breeding truly purple tomatoes, packed full of anthocyanins, and reports suggest that such a finished fruit may only be a few years...

Studies uphold health benefits of alcohol

Drinking moderately may improve your health according to recent studies, but the key is moderation and a healthy lifestyle.

Funding for social, economic genomics research

New funding is to be made available for three UK-based centres researching the social and economic impact of advances in genomics, a hot area for the food and nutritional industries...

Nutraceutix builds science on probiotics and innate immunity

A daily delayed-release tablet containing four probiotic strains boosted the innate immune system in healthy, non-elderly adults, says a pilot study funded by Washington-based Nutraceutix.

Almonds could suppress appetite, tackle obesity

A handful of almonds, a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium, may enhance the feeling of fullness in people and aid weight management, suggests a new study.

Vitamin E-rich vegetables could slow cognitive decline

Eating about three portions of green leafy, yellow and cruciferous vegetables every day could slow loss of mental function as we age by 40 per cent, suggests a new study.

Resveratrol in red wine could cut colorectal cancer risk

Drinking more than three glasses of red wine a week could cut the risk of colorectal cancer by almost 70 per cent, researchers told the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of...

Sea Buckthorn to join heart healthy juice club?

Scientists in India have reported a new extraction method for sea buckthorn berries giving a juice rich in vitamin C, polyphenols and flavonoids.

Oligofructose cuts infections and sickness in kids, says study

A daily supplement of the prebiotic oligofructose significantly improved the intestinal health of young children in day care, and cut the number of bacterial infections and illness episodes, says new...

Low-dose folic acid could reduce homocysteine levels

A low-dose daily supplement of folic acid improved levels homocysteine in people with high levels of the amino acid and could reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, suggests a...

CoQ10 bioavailability boosted by cyclodextrin

Complexing co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) with gamma-cyclodextrin boosted bioavailability of CoQ10 by about 35 per cent compared to a microcrystalline cellulose-CoQ10 complex, say researchers from CycloChem, Wacker-Chemie, and Kumamoto University in Japan.

Green veg compounds may protect against breast cancer

Compounds found in broccoli and other green vegetables could inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, according to an in vitro study.

Fish benefits outweigh risks, conclude two studies

Two new studies published in the US this week seek to blow out of the water fears that people who regularly consumer seafood are putting themselves at risk due to...

Grape seed extract may stop colorectal cancer spread

Extracts from grape seeds, a rich source of proanthocyanidins, stopped the spread of colorectal cancer cells in lab mice, suggests new research funded by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Cinnamon extract could ease metabolic syndrome

A daily supplement of cinnamon extract may boost antioxidant defences and reduce the oxidative stress linked to the metabolic syndrome, suggest results from a small placebo-controlled, double-blind study from the...

Vitamin D levels linked to breast cancer progression

Increasing vitamin D levels may help curb the development and progression of breast cancer, suggests a small study from Imperial College London.

Scientists verify bioaccessibility measure for vitamin E, carotenoids

French scientists, in collaboration with Nestlé Research Centre, have shown that an in vitro digestion model could be a valuable tool to quantify potential bioaccessibility of vitamin E and carotenoids...

More support for grape seed extract's heart benefits

Masquelier's grape seed extract could reduce lipid oxidation and free radical damage of blood vessel cells by about 75 per cent, says new research to be presented this week.

Kefir ingredients could help food allergies

Drinking the probiotic, fermented milk, kefir, decreased the allergic response to ovalbumin (egg white) in mice, and may offer hope to preventing food allergies, suggests a new study from Taiwan.

New ingredients, sources and benefits set for Malta polyphenols focus

New ingredients, new applications and new science are the focus of the up-coming 3rd International Conference on Polyphenols in Nutrition and Health, which promises to provide more information for industrialists...

Magnesium-rich wholegrains could lower diabetes risk for US black women

Daily consumption of wholegrains, a rich source of magnesium, previously reported to lower the risk of diabetes in white women, could also cut the risk in the group termed by...

Carotenoid-rich vegetables linked to less stomach cancer

Eating three or more servings a week of green leafy vegetables or roots vegetables could reduce the risk of stomach cancer by between 35 and 57 per cent, suggests a...

Potassium citrate supplements linked to thicker bones

Taking potassium citrate supplements could boost bone mineral density by similar amounts as observed with pharmaceuticals, says new research from Switzerland that is linked to lowering the acidity of the...

ALA-rich walnuts could protect arteries after high-fat meal

Walnuts, a rich source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), could improve artery function and heart health and may be more important in a Mediterranean-type diet than olive oil, suggests a...