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NAC may remedy brain cell damage in boys

A supplement form of the amino acid cysteine may be able to help treat brain damage in boys, say US researchers, by replenishing the body's levels of the powerful antioxidant...

Soy peptide stops tumour growth?

A soy ingredient used extensively in supplements could hold the power to inhibit the growth of tumour cells, says Chinese biotech firm American Oriental Bioengineering, announcing new findings for soybean...

DHA levels implicated in epilepsy

Omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with numerous health benefits, from brain development and preventing memory loss to suppressing tumours and cutting heart disease. But according to new findings in...

Australia clears prebiotic sweetener for 'unlimited' use in foods

Danish ingredients firm Arla Food Ingredients has moved into another new market with its low-calorie bulk sweetener, tagatose, as the food watchdog for Australia and New Zealand gives the green...

Mothers' milk protein linked to obesity risk

Human milk has long been thought to have an effect on reducing the likelihood of obesity among adults, but scientists have struggled to say exactly why this is the case...

Glass of wine for longer life

A study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology last week in the US suggests that moderate wine consumption and drinking coffee can help you live...

Soy, not so good for men?

Taking supplements of soy isoflavones, thought to help women fight menopause symptoms and offer other health benefits, may not be equally beneficial for men, suggests new animal research.

Baker fights back in low-carb debate

Most British mothers say they know enough about nutrition to give their children a balanced diet, but most of them are unable to identify what foods make up such a...

Lean beef rich source of iron for teens

Diets rich in lean beef can help teenagers maintain their levels of useable iron and contribute to balanced eating habits, say researchers at the University of Iowa College of Public...

Food agency tackles inequalities in health

In the same month that the Scottish food agency launches a nutrition strategy to combat poor health, a new study reveals that 21st century Britain is experiencing a serious north-south...

Kangaroo produces five times more CLA than lamb

The meat of Australia's bush kangaroo may be the highest known source of the healthy fat CLA, an Australian scientist has discovered.

Vitamin D may prevent life-threatening falls in elderly

Vitamin D supplementation appears to reduce the risk of falls among institutionalised elderly people by more than 20 per cent, concludes an analysis of the research carried out to date.

Broccoli compound may improve heart health too

A naturally occurring compound in broccoli, already shown to fight cancer in cells, may also be able to reduce risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to...

New research to plug gaps in calcium for weight loss knowledge

The dairy industry has been eagerly promoting trials showing that the calcium in milk products can prevent obesity but several gaps in the evidence mean that dietary guidelines based on...

Tomatoes may hold key to a healthy old age

Tomatoes could hold the key to preventing the onset of age-related diseases as UK scientists find the gene responsible for producing the CGA antioxidant protects the celebrated Mediterranean food against...

Dietary calcium, not supplements, cuts kidney stone risk

A high intake of calcium-rich foods may reduce young women's risk of developing kidney stones, report US scientists this week, but taking calcium supplements is unlikely to offer any benefit.

Beta-carotene levels may be too low for adequate vitamin A

People may need to eat more beta-carotene to get enough vitamin A, say US researchers, who discovered that the nutrient is less absorbable than thought.

Blacks may need more folic acid to avoid pregnancy complications

Black women may need to increase their folic acid intake, as a new report shows that higher levels of the amino acid homocysteine and less folic acid than white women...

EU scientists link up to tackle food quality

Destruction of nutritional ingredients through safety concerns in food processing could be soon eradicated with European scientists receiving a lump sum from Brussels to investigate solutions to the issue.

Turmeric could help treat cystic fibrosis

A compound in the curry spice turmeric appears to correct the cystic fibrosis defect in mice, report Canadian scientists today, demonstrating the potential for treating the disease in humans.

Hormone speeds up metabolism without cutting appetite, new obesity target

A fat hormone that causes weight loss could open up new routes to tackling the rising tide of obesity currently affecting 200 million people worldwide, say researchers in the US,...

Iron supplements could boost brainpower in young women

Iron supplements could significantly help concentration and memory in young women, even if they are not anaemic, according to new research.

Resveratrol supplements fail to reach their target

Supplements of resveratrol, the compound found in red wine that is thought to fight heart disease, is unlikely to have any effect on preventing most cancers, said researchers this week.

Soy chips to aid weight-loss

From health to weight-loss, following findings from a small study, US soy food maker Revival Soy claims its soy chips snack can be used in combination with a healthy diet...

Hormone supplements to boost immune system?

The natural hormone DHEA may improve immune function in the elderly, according to new findings on the controversial supplement.

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