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More support omega-3 may protect against colorectal cancer

A diet rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 85 per cent, suggests a new study from Japan.

GM cottonseed could counter malnutrition, claim researchers

Researchers in the US have found a way to genetically engineer cottonseed to remove toxins, making it a potential source of protein for undernourished populations.

The fishy link to low rates of depression

Australian researchers found omega-3 fatty acids to be the most promising nutrient for alleviating the symptoms of depression, a finding that adds to the putative benefits associated with the lipid.

SOD supplement may protect against AMD

A superoxide dismutase (SOD) supplement, GliSODin, boosted antioxidant levels by 30 per cent in mice and could protect against AMD, French researchers have reported.

Scientists probe omega-3 DHA as anti-obesity agent

The omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), suppressed the development of fat cells in vitro, and could lead to reductions in body fat, US researchers have reported.

Vit E may protect male smokers from oxidative stress: study

A diet rich in vitamin E could protect smokers from the oxidative stress linked to cancer development, US-based scientists reported this week.

Hydrolysed whey protein may lower blood pressure

A daily supplement of hydrolysed whey protein successfully lowered blood pressure in hypertensive people, says a new study that backs up results from animals.

Omega-3s may cut colorectal cancer risk in men

Men who eat fish at least five times a week could slash the risk of developing colorectal cancer by 40 per cent, compared to men who ate fish less than...

Soy during childhood linked to lower breast cancer risk

High consumption of soy-based foods during childhood could reduce the risk of developing breast cancer later in life by 58 per cent, say researchers from the US National Cancer Institute.

Pycnogenol may reduce edema in hypertensives on meds

Daily supplements of the French maritime park bark extract, Pycnogenol, could reduce edema, a typical side-effect of antihypertensive medications, by 36 percent in patients taking these medications, says a new study.

Omega-3 fatty acid may slash dementia risk - study

Increased bloods levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenioc acid (DHA) could slash the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, suggests a new study from the US.

New trial questions B-vitamins for CVD in high-risk women

Supplements of B-vitamins do not offer protection from cardiovascular disease, say the results of the US-based Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study (WAFACS) - findings that cannot be applied...

Dark chocolate acts as aspirin, study

Cocoa can function in the same way as aspirin in preventing heart attacks, according to a new study investigating its effect on blood platelets.

Scientists to probe B-vitamin osteoporosis link

Researchers at the University of Ulster are recruiting women for a new study to see if B-vitamin supplements could reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis.

Lupin-enriched bread could boost satiety, reduce energy intake

Bread enriched with lupin kernel flour at the expense of wheat flour reduced energy intake and increased the feeling of fullness, says new research from Australia that may have important...

Harvest green lipped mussels in spring for max omega-3, say scientists

New Zealand green lipped mussels, marketed under the Greenshell mussels trade name, should be harvested in spring for optimal omega-3 content, scientists have reported.

Polyphenol-enriched tea may double cholesterol excretion

Drinking a cup of polyphenol-enriched oolong tea with a high fat meal may increase the amount of cholesterol excreted by the body by half, says a small study from Japan...

Soy functional yoghurts may help diabetes control

Soy and fruit-enriched yogurts could find an important role in the management of type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure, says new research from the US.

Carotenoid supplements linked to improved AIDS survival

A daily high-dose carotenoid supplement restored carotenoid levels and reduced "overall mortality" of AIDS patients, a group at risk of low serum carotenoid concentrations said to be predictor of death,...

Prebiotic effects of konjac get control trial boost

A daily supplement of konjac glucomannan to a low-fibre diet boosted lactic acid bacteria and colonic fermentation, and promoted defecation frequency, says a new study from Taiwan.

Vegetable-rich low-carb cuts heart disease risk, says study

Low-carb diets, like the once fashionable Atkins diet, do not increase the risk of heart disease, says new research from Harvard - and if vegetables rather than meat are the...

Açai berries top the antioxidant rankings, says study

The Amazonian palm berry, also known as açai, has the highest ORAC antioxidant values of any food, says a new study, but the researchers suggest that such values are dependent...

Casein offers natural nano-encapsulation potential

The natural ability of the milk protein, casein, to form nano-sized micelles offers huge potential to nano-encapsulate sensitive ingredients, say researchers from Israel.

Calcium again linked to lower colorectal cancer risk

Getting plenty of calcium from the diet and supplements could reduced the risk of colorectal cancer in Chinese women by 40 per cent, says a new US-Chinese study.

Scientists start unlocking slowly digestible starch secrets

A US-Chinese collaboration into the properties and structural basis of slowly digestible starches (SDS) could lead to healthier carbohydrates that do not cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.