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Folic acid may offer relief for migraine sufferers

Taking a folic acid supplement may stop the onset of migraines, says an Australasian team, which has discovered a gene that is linked to the most severe and debilitating form...

Garlic goes under trial for diabetes management

UK researchers are to test whether garlic could be used to counter diabetes, promising renewed interest in one of the most well-established dietary supplement products.

Green tea mechanism revealed

Japanese scientists may have explained why green tea stops the progression of cancer.

Evidence on sugars enough to call for reduced intake

There is 'considerable evidence' to suggest that sucrose and other free sugars contribute to the global epidemic of obesity and governments should endorse recent WHO guidelines on reducing sugar intake,...

Self-reported food intake may compromise research findings

The use of self-reported dietary data may be compromising the accuracy of research into the impact of certain foods on obesity and diabetes, suggests a new report.

Charities call for industry help to beat vitamin deficiencies

One in three people around the world do not receive adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, claims a new report by UNICEF and The Micronutrient Initiative out today. The extent...

Natto vitamin K2 superior to vitamin K?

K2, the vitamin extracted from fermented natto soyfood, has been shown to have greater levels of absorption in the blood than commonly used vitamin K, as well as reducing several...

Infant nutrition not good enough for WHO

The World Health Organisation is renewing its call on governments to promote breastfeeding and backing a strategy to dramatically increase in the number of infants around the world being exclusively...

Western diet raises heart disease risk, new evidence

New research into immigrant populations provides further evidence that a western-style diet, high in saturated fat and protein, raises heart disease risk.

More vitamin D may protect against breast cancer

Increasing vitamin D intake could help women prevent breast cancer, researchers will demonstrate today, as they present results from the first study to investigate the vitamin's role in breast tissue.

Drinkers with high blood pressure less likely to die from heart disease

Light to moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in men with high blood pressure, according to new research.

Supplement, drug reactions may not pose serious risk

The growing use of dietary supplements has caused alarm in recent months among the medical community who fear dangerous interactions with prescription medicines. But a new study concludes that most...

Pycnogenol helps manage diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients had lower blood sugar and healthier blood vessels after supplementing with French maritime pine tree bark extract Pycnogenol, report scientists in the latest study to investigate...

Sherry joins the 'healthy' drinks list

Served straight from the barrel in the mosaic clad bars of Madrid, Spain's favourite apertif is not only good for the spirit, say scientists, but could also have the same...

Vitamin C gives us breathing space

Vitamin C may prevent symptoms associated with respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis and asthma by hydrating the airways and clearing them from potential pathogens, report scientists this month, helping...

Increasing use of supplements by cancer patients raising concerns

The use of complementary and alternative therapies (CAMs) among cancer patients appears to be increasing in Europe, researchers will reveal today.

Time to act on diet to reduce breast cancer

The typical Western diet, high in sugars and fats, red meat and dairy products, is directly linked to breast cancer risk, but despite this knowledge, we are not doing enough...

Prevention, not cure, can tackle major health issues

Government efforts to tackle obesity and other health problems, need to be based on prevention, not cure, argues a new report from a London-based charity.

Herbal remedy may offer flu protection

Children taking a remedy containing echinacea, propolis and vitamin C had half the number of infections compared to a placebo group during a winter study.

Croton oil kills off prostate cancer in lab study

Oil from the seeds of an Asian plant, already shown to fight leukemia, also appears to kill prostate cancer cells and shrink tumors, signs of strong potential in the fight...

Synbiotics could reduce risk of colon cancer

Synbiotics, a combination of prebiotic and probiotic bacteria, appear to reduce the risk of colon cancer, the most common form of cancer in the European Union, revealed researchers last month.

Green tea lulls brain into quality sleep

The health benefits of green tea dovetail into sleep as researchers in Japan find an amino acid located in green tea could improve slumber in young men, writes Lindsey Partos.

Artichoke leaf extract under study for cholesterol-lowering

UK scientists are hoping to confirm that components in the artichoke can lower cholesterol, a major risk factor for the world's biggest health problem, heart disease.

Melatonin not linked to breast cancer

Levels of the hormone melatonin, shown in animals to protect against the development of breast cancer, appear to have no relationship with risk for the cancer in humans, reports a...

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...

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