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Lutein, zeaxanthin offer cataract protection, new research

Lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids found in dark leafy green vegetables, were nearly 10 times more powerful than the antioxidant vitamin E in protecting human eye cells from UV-induced damage, report...

Antioxidant, B vitamin combo to slow dementia?

Combining B vitamins with a powerful antioxidant could lower blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine enough to prevent dementia, claims a UK research firm preparing to test the theory...

Milk peptide gains evidence of BP-lowering effect

A milk peptide developed by Dutch dairy ingredients firm DMV International reduced blood pressure in people with hypertension, according to a small study published last month.

Wholegrains ease metabolic syndrome, further evidence

Daily helpings of brown rice, wholegrain bread and cereals could reduce the risk of developing the increasingly common health condition of type 2 diabetes.

Lack of folate, carotenoids raising heart disease levels in CEE

Diets low in foods containing folate and carotenoids may be a major contributing factor to the high rate of heart disease in Central and Eastern Europe, say researchers.

Citrus compounds fight child cancer cells

Compounds found only in citrus fruits not only fight colon cancer cells but also halt the spread of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, according to research in laboratory animals.

Pomelit cuts LDL cholesterol

An Israeli fruit called the pomelit appears to lower blood cholesterol levels and increase blood antioxidant activity, making it a useful food to protect heart health, according to a researcher.

Green tea mechanism supports anti-cancer activity

The polyphenols present in green tea help prevent the spread of prostate cancer by targeting molecular pathways that shut down the proliferation and spread of tumour cells, as well as...

SAMe could help depression, new results

Adding the amino acid supplement SAMe to a standard antidepressant may be helpful to patients who have not responded to single-drug treatment for clinical depression, say US researchers.

Vitamin K supplements to slow bone loss in Crohn's patients?

Vitamin K supplementation should be investigated as a way of slowing bone loss among people with the inflammatory bowel condition Crohn's disease, say Irish researchers.

Soy bread cuts prostate cancer marker

A bread rich in soy reduced levels of the prostate cancer marker PSA in a group of cancer patients, according to a recent study.

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.