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Higher levels of contaminants in fish oils, finds study

Levels of chemicals commonly used in flame retardants have increased significantly in cod liver oil supplements during the past four years, European researchers will report next month, in the latest...

Folate may protect against ovarian cancer too

A high dietary folate intake may play a role in reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, especially among women who consume alcohol, report Swedish researchers.

Choline from mother boosts performance of brain cells

Choline appears to increase the size of brain cells and make them faster at firing electrical 'signals' that release memory-forming chemicals, according to a new study on rats.

Functional miso to rival calcium supplements

Japan's Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) has teamed up with two research bodies to develop a new functional fermented miso derived from skimmed milk, that contains three times as...

Drug studies offer closer look at cholesterol

New research on statins, the commonly prescribed cholesterol lowering drugs, may significantly improve understanding of how cholesterol levels affect heart health, a major target for the functional food and supplements...

Latest research looks for antioxidants to promote toothcare

An assay that allows scientists to predict the levels of antioxidants reaching the gums could pave the way for a new generation of nutraceuticals to manage inflammatory periodontitis, the main...

Growing research into animal diets offers new options for functional dairy

British scientists have reported that feeding rapeseed oil to dairy cows can produce healthier milk and butter to beat their artery-clogging equivalents, writes Lindsey Partos.

Beer is latest food to be hailed for osteoporosis prevention

Beer is the latest plant-based food to be investigated for its ability to protect bones from osteoporosis because of its readily bioavailable silicon, writes Dominique Patton.

Vitamin D in boys to avoid schizophrenia in men

Adding to the growing list of potential benefits of vitamin D consumption, researchers from Australia find that doses of vitamin D in early life could help reduce the onset of...

Dairy, vegetable proteins may protect against gout

A new study points to yet another risk associated with a diet rich in animal protein - it may increase the risk of gout, the most common form of inflammatory...

Doctors attack 'benefits' of low-carb diets

The reason low-carb dieters often lose weight and sometimes show improvements in their cholesterol, blood sugars, and blood pressures is because they are, in essence, sickened by the diet, writes...

Coffee may help tackle rise in diabetes

Drinking coffee seems to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a growing threat around the world due to the rise in obesity and ageing populations.

Child picks up parental fruit habits

If we see our parents eating fruit and vegetables the likelihood is we will follow in their footsteps, finds a UK study that has nailed several factors involved in infant...

Death toll from obesity catches up with tobacco

Deaths due to poor diet and lack of exercise have risen by more than a third in the last ten years, said the US government yesterday, citing new research that...

Fruit, fibre appear to reduce risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Diets rich in dietary fibre and fruits and vegetables appear to reduce the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), the fifth most common cancer in the US, report researchers.

Japanese vegetable extract offers promise for diabetes control

A new trial on Caiapo, an extract of white sweet potatoes taken in supplement form in Japan, confirms that it improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels in type 2 diabetic subjects.

Sage, lemon balm may be future treatments for Alzheimer's

Extracts of sage and lemon balm appear to improve memory and reduce agitation in a preliminary study of people with dementia, said researchers at a conference in the UK last...

Simple fortification could cut deaths from stroke, suggests data

Fortifying enriched grain products with folic acid in the 1990s appears to have been followed by a decline in stroke and ischaemic heart disease deaths, US government researchers reported at...

Which 'five-a-day' best for health?

Despite strong research that shows eating regular daily servings of 'powerhouse' fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of chronic disease, new research out of the US says people are...

Herbals go up against HRT

US researchers are carrying out a major, long-term study to investigate the safety and efficacy of the herbal products black cohosh and red clover in relieving menopause symptoms.

Vitamin B12 assay could improve current methods

A new method to detect deficiency of vitamin B12, which often goes undetected under current testing procedures, could make it much easier to identify malabsorption of the vitamin in patients,...

Vitamin may protect some smokers from pneumonia

Vitamin E may lower the risk of pneumonia in some smokers, report researchers, who say their findings warrant further investigation of the immune protection offered by the vitamin.

Australia to develop 'guilt-free' health foods

A significant slice of a $20m research budget will go towards developing healthy, tasty, convenient foods for the Australian market, with a new national programme designed to meet demand for...

Vitamin B12 levels linked to bone loss

Older women with low levels of vitamin B12 are more likely to experience rapid bone loss, according to new research, which helps to establish the importance of the vitamin in...

Colon bacteria need fibre to feed healthy digestion

Dietary fibre from fruits and vegetables provides essential food for bacteria in the colon needed to fight off pathogens, say US researchers, explaining why fruit and vegetables are so important...

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