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Eating fruit and veg could cut cataract risk

The vitamin A in carrots has long been believed to aid night vision, but new research from Harvard Medical Center indicates that the whole spectrum of fruit and vegetables could...

Mobile phones designed to offer better nutritional info than current labels

Mobile phones with cameras transformed into barcode readers could give consumers better nutritional information about the food they buy than that currently found on labels, reports Dominique Patton.

Grapeseed extract may stop arteries from hardening

Adding grape seed extract to the diet may prevent atherosclerosis, a condition responsible for more than half the deaths in developed countries, suggests new animal research.

Herbal supplement improves memory in patients at risk of Alzheimer's

Taking a Chinese herbal supplement containing ginseng and other plants everyday for three months has been found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment, writes Dominique Patton.

Soy isoflavone may damage fertility, finds new research

The soy component genistein, one of the isoflavones seeing increasing sales in the health food market, could damage human sperm, a UK researcher will reveal today, writes Dominique Patton.

HRT may stop a cholesterol-lowering diet working

Dietary approaches to lowering cholesterol may be a side effect-free alternative to statin drugs for patients with moderately high cholesterol, but a new study at Pennsylvania State University shows that...

Fruit experts offer new opportunities for healthier foods

A New Zealand research institute is aiming to turn fruit from a traditional health food into one that can help food manufacturers meet today's consumer's demands for specific health benefits,...

Folic acid supplements boost memory in elderly

High-dose folic acid supplements might slow the decline in memory usually seen with ageing, said Dutch researchers yesterday.

Fruit, vegetable juices may stall Alzheimer's disease

Certain polyphenols abundant in fruit and vegetable juices may play an important role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease, reports Dominique Patton.

New Parkinson's/CoQ10 research could stir up further demand

A new study into the ability of coenzyme Q10 to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease is on the starting blocks. If the results of much-cited 2002 research by the...

Whey protein could fight gut infection and save lives

Researchers in New Zealand's Massey University have reported that whey protein concentrate reduced the severity of rotavirus-induced diarrhea in a mice model. If replicated in humans, this result could help...

Green tea could fight autoimmune disorders

Polyphenols founds in green tea may help protect the body autoimmune disorders, believes an oral biologist who has conducted extensive studies into their health promoting properties.

Added-calcium drinks go under trial

Making a calcium-fortified drink could get easier for companies participating in a new study designed to investigate which of the numerous types of calcium ingredients perform best in which application,...

New study: coffee, risk factor in heart disease?

Fuelling the debate on coffee consumption, a new study suggests caffeine could increase aortic stiffness and wave reflections, risk factors in cardiovascular disease.

Fish oils may harm some heart patients

A raft of clinical evidence has linked consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils to a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, but a new study suggests that in...

Fish may protect against colorectal cancer

People who regularly eat fish are less likely to develop colorectal cancer, reveals new data out today from the biggest ever investigation into diet's impact on cancer incidence.

Vitamin D may cut prostate cancer risk, suggests sunlight study

High sun exposure halved the risk of prostate cancer in men participating in a US trial, said researchers today, likely because of their body's higher vitamin D stores, writes Dominique...

Danish group starts new research on healthy foods

A group of danish companies and scientific institutions are joining up to back new research into healthy and safe foods.

High calcium and vitamin D diet may decrease risk of PMS

A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may lower the risk of developing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition that affects up to a fifth of all women, researchers reported...

Black tea as good as green in oral cancer prevention, say researchers

The putative ability of polyphenols from green tea to help prevent cancer has been the subject of much scientific enquiry in recent years. But researchers in India now say that...

Black soybeans more effective than yellow at cutting cholesterol

Black soybeans may be better at lowering cholesterol than yellow soybeans, report Japanese chemists who studied the antioxidant power in the two varieties.

Turmeric slows breast cancer spread in mice

Turmeric, a yellow spice often used in curries, stops the spread of breast cancer in mice, US researchers reported yesterday.

Different prebiotics go head to head in new study

The prebiotic activity of different fibres will be measured and compared in a new study designed to help food makers decide which ingredient to select for their gut health products,...

Higher protein better for elderly bone mass

Elderly women may need more protein than currently recommended to protect their bones from risk of fracture, suggests a new study.

TV food ads creating nation of nutritionally confused kids

Television advertising gives children the wrong message about healthy eating and is creating a generation confused about the meaning of nutrition, writes Anthony Fletcher.