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Pomegranate juice in heart health trial

Researchers in Britain are to test whether drinking pomegranate juice can prevent blood vessel damage and help to protect against heart disease.

Japanese cooking oil helps cut cholesterol

A novel cooking oil further lowers cholesterol in people on cholesterol-lowering medication and could offer a safer alternative to increasing drug dosages, suggests new research.

Chylomicrons open the door to eventual NPD?

The knowledge gap between why people with low 'bad' cholesterol levels are still susceptible to heart attacks gets narrower with breakthrough research from a nutritional food scientist suggesting that the...

Bacteria offer novel approach to vitamin fortification

Emerging research on lactic acid bacteria is set to offer food companies a new method of vitamin enrichment that allows them to get around consumer concerns over added ingredients, writes...

Low GI diet may help keep weight off

Low-glycaemic load diets may have a lesser effect on lowering metabolism than low-fat diets, making dieters feel less tired, cold and hungry and more likely to stick to the regime...

Lactoferrin could help in osteoporosis fight

Taking supplements of lactoferrin or a drink enriched with the milk protein may help to prevent osteoporosis in those at risk, say researchers from New Zealand, revealing for the first...

Study backs lycopene's protection against prostate cancer

Research by DSM Nutritional Products provides further evidence of the mechanism behind lycopene's protective role against prostate cancer, giving extra support for its use in functional foods and supplements.

Study supports Pycnogenol benefits for travellers

The French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol appears to protect against deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and conditions associated with long-haul flights, according to a new clinical study.

Vitamin E may cut heart attack risk for diabetics

About 40 per cent of diabetic patients can reduce their risk of heart attacks and of dying from heart disease by taking vitamin E supplements, according to new research out...

Supplementation has no effect on elderly minds

Supplementation with antioxidants, zinc or copper does not have any effect on cognition in elderly people, according to a study published last week.

Higher selenium intake may reduce colorectal cancer risk

Higher blood levels of the trace mineral selenium are associated with lower rates of colorectal neoplasia, finds a new study, suggesting that raising dietary intake of the mineral could protect...

Can cabbage compounds help prevent cervical cancer?

UK researchers are investigating whether a food supplement derived from substances found in cabbage could reduce the incidence of cervical abnormalities.

Energy density of food key to healthy weight

People who follow a healthy, low-fat, low-energy-density diet that includes more water-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, consume more food but weigh less than people who eat a more...

Apple antioxidant may help fight Alzheimer's disease

A potent antioxidant abundant in apples and some other fruits and vegetables appears to protect brain cells against oxidative stress, a tissue-damaging process associated with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Grape juice increases good cholesterol

Drinking Concord grape juice significantly increased good cholesterol and significantly lowered two markers of inflammation in people with stable coronary artery disease.

Vitamin C may increase mortality in diabetic women

Older women suffering from diabetes who supplement with high doses of vitamin C may be increasing their risk of mortality.

Early nutrient deficiency may increase adolescent violence

Malnutrition in the first few years of life leads to antisocial and aggressive behaviour throughout childhood and late adolescence, report US researchers.

Small daily soy intake cuts cholesterol

Further evidence supports the cholesterol-lowering function of soy protein, making it a key ingredient in formulations looking to benefit heart health.

Natural hormone could help treat metabolic syndrome

The natural hormone DHEA could play a role in the prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome associated with abdominal obesity, according to research published this week.

CRN pours cold water on new vitamin E research

A study published yesterday claiming that high doses of vitamin E do more harm than good is simply an attempt to grab headlines, says the US supplements industry association the...

ALA may protect against sudden cardiac death

Women who reported eating diets rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) had a lower risk of dying from heart disease and sudden cardiac death than those whose diets are low in...

ALA-rich walnuts reduce inflammation, shows small study

A diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid from walnuts, walnut oil and flaxseed oil not only lowered bad cholesterol but also decreased markers for blood vessel inflammation in men and women...

Keeping weight stable reduces heart disease risk

Young adults who maintain their weight over time, even if they are overweight, have lower risk factor levels for heart disease and are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome in...

Obesity, a role in acute leukaemia risk?

A large sample study in the US finds that obesity could more than double an older woman's risk of acute myelogenous leukaemia (AML), an often fatal cancer of the bone...

Multivitamins before pregnancy may prevent prematurity

Women who take multivitamins before becoming pregnant are less likely to give birth to premature babies, suggests a new study.