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Added protein may increase power of sports drinks

A sports drink containing protein appeared to improve endurance among cyclists compared to those drinking a carbohydrate-only beverage in a new study.

MSM, glucosamine combo have faster effect on arthritis

Combining the sulphur-containing nutrient MSM with well-known joint health supplement glucosamine appears to speed up the anti-inflammatory effect and further reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis, report Indian researchers.

Vitamin K found to protect against liver cancer

Researchers in Japan investigating whether vitamin K could prevent bone loss in women with liver disease have uncovered a surprising, secondary benefit - the vitamin also helped to prevent liver...

Vitamin E fails to slow Alzheimer's onset

A trial of potential therapies for slowing the onset of Alzheimer's has found no benefit to patients taking vitamin E.

Devil's claw study to offer final proof of osteoarthritis benefits

A new study into the efficacy of the herbal devil's claw could offer definitive proof of the benefits of the plant for osteoarthritis sufferers, claims the lead researcher.

Carotenoids play role in cell communication

Researchers at the University of Hawaii have produced further evidence to show how pigments in yellow, red and green vegetables, known as carotenoids, may work to prevent cancer.

Fish protects against chronic heart condition in elderly

Eating broiled or baked fish - but not fried fish - appears to lower the incidence of one of the most common causes of stroke among the elderly, according to...

Resveratrol linked to longer life

The red wine compound resveratrol, thought to be responsible for the drink's protective effects on the heart, may also extend lifespan, report American scientists.

Phytoestrogens - can they help prevent breast cancer?

A UK project will use new biomarkers for phytoestrogen intake to assess whether certain foods could influence a breast cancer tumour's characteristics, thought to be the first study of its...

Plant food combo offers higher cancer protection

Eating broccoli and tomatoes in combination could maximize the amount of cancer protection both foods afford, suggests a new study on rats.

Niacin appears to protect against Alzheimer's too

Dietary niacin, or vitamin B3, may protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease and the cognitive decline associated with ageing in older people, suggests new research.

Lactoferrin does not improve iron uptake in milk

Removing the casein from cow's milk increased uptake of iron, shows a new study, but in human milk it is the whey that promotes the mineral's availability.

New data reveal fruit, veg may cut risk of endometriosis

Women may be able to lower their risk of endometriosis by eating more fresh fruit and green vegetables. But, eating red meat and ham appears to increase their risk, according...

Isoflavones for bone health depends on other factors

Factors such as a women's weight or calcium intake may play a vital role in the extent to which soy isoflavones can improve bone health among postmenopausal women, suggests new...

Broccoli compound may protect against AMD

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have produced evidence that may help support a new entrant to the eye health market - sulphoraphane, an indirect antioxidant found in broccoli and broccoli...

Antioxidant combo speeds up wound healing

A dietary supplement containing vitamin C and plant extracts helped speed up wound healing in a new study on plastic surgery patients.

Plant sterols impact absorption of other nutrients

Scientists at Nestlé's research centre have demonstrated that plant sterols, added to foods to reduce cholesterol absorption, also reduce the body's ability to absorb the carotenoid beta-carotene and vitamin E....

Mint in anti-cancer trials

Researchers at the University of Salford, Manchester, have discovered a type of mint leaf, long used in traditional Chinese medicine, that appears to destroy cancer cells.

Gene and grape antioxidant slice obesity away?

Progress towards tackling the obesity epidemic could come from a new study which has found that a compound commonly found in red wine boosts the activity of an identified gene...

L-carnitine supplement may help infertile men

The widely-used dietary supplement, L-carnitine when combined with L-acetyl-carnitine, a related chemical, may improve sperm motility in men with fertility problems, according to new research by scientists at the University...

Healthier diet plays role in cutting risk of cancer deaths

Women who choose to eat more healthily and lead healthier lives can reduce their risk of developing or dying from cancer, shows a new study that finds that following guidelines...

Milk, dietary calcium may protect against bowel cancer

Higher consumption of milk and calcium is associated with a lower risk of bowel cancer, according to a major study based on 10 different trials.

Banana variety could be good vitamin A supplement

Banana producers, processors and ingredients users could see new opportunities in the market as an ancient banana showing strong beta-carotene levels comes to light on a small Pacific island.

Green tea in smoking-related bladder cancer trials

Green tea extract is being tested by UCLA cancer researchers to see if combined with a molecularly targeted therapy, it will prevent the recurrence of bladder cancer in former smokers.

Scottish team to look at science behind Atkins

Scottish scientists are to carry out a major study to uncover the key to the popularity of the much-hyped Atkins diet.