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Soybean ferritin could help low-iron populations

Purified ferritin from soybeans is easily adsorbed in the body and could provide a new way of raising iron levels in low-iron populations, reports a new study.

Wholegrains ease metabolic syndrome in older people

More than three wholegrain servings per day could reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults, new research claims.

Study supports ForsLean efficacy, safety

A new study using Sabinsa's Coleaus forskohlii extract, ForsLean, indicates that it could be helpful in helping maintain weight after weight loss.

Carbohydrate-rich diets may improve insulin control

A new review claims that a diet rich in carbohydrates may help improve insulin control, giving more support to FAO/WHO recommendations for a high-carbohydrate diet with low GI foods.

Soy could damage fertility in mice, new study

The soy component genistein has been found to disrupt the normal development of ovaries in female mice, although a similar effect in humans has yet to be proven.

Vegetable protein linked to lower blood pressure

A diet rich in vegetable protein, but not animal protein, could prevent hypertension and related diseases, according to a large epidemiological study.

Orafti studies satiety effect of oligofructose

As many consumers get down to dieting to counter the excess calories consumed over the holiday season, Orafti courts the market for foods that fill you up with the results...

More support for benefits of fish oil for asthmatics

A new report claims omega-3 fatty acid supplements can protect against exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in asthma sufferers, adding to previous studies linking fish oil to lung health.

Tomato juice prevents emphysema in animal models

Drinking tomato juice completely prevented emphysema in mice exposed to tobacco smoke, report researchers from Japan.

Calcium supplements seen to have no effect on body fat

Eating more dairy foods, but not calcium supplements, could reduce body weight and body mass, claim researchers from Denmark.

New trial to test how fish oil helps children's behaviour

Fish oil supplements will be given to a group of children with learning and behavioural difficulties in a new study to find out if the omega-3 fatty acids can improve...

Calls for vitamin D supplements during pregnancy

Higher intake of vitamin D by pregnant women has been linked to stronger bones in their children.

France starts study to update data on eating habits

The French food safety body AFSSA has launched its second study on national eating habits, including for the first time data on consumption of supplements and functional foods.

Egg-breakfast fills you up for longer

Starting the day with an egg breakfast instead of another food with the same calorie count is more likely to lead to weight loss in overweight people, suggests new research.

Vacuum drying method preserves vitamin content

Scientists in Germany claim to have developed a microwave vacuum drying method that preserves the vitamin content of fruit and other foods.

L-arginine may be harmful for heart attack patients

L-arginine amino acid supplements for heart attack patients may do more harm than good, according to a new study.

Fruit compound fights prostate cancer in lab

A compound found in fruits like olives, mangoes, strawberries and grapes fights cancer in human and animal cells, shows recent research.

Soy could worsen heart disease, study

New research published today reveals that consuming soy could have a "severe" impact on a genetic heart condition that affects one in 500 people, though the authors caution that the...

More support for antioxidant reduction of AMD risk

Upping intake of vitamins C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene could reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by a third, suggests a new Dutch study.

Strong calls for greater vitamin D intake

Higher intakes of vitamin D could reduce the risk of certain cancers by as much as 50 per cent, suggests a new study, lending weight to calls for increased supplement...

Scientists reveal mechanism behind high-fat, diabetes link

New research explains the mechanism behind the widely recognized link between a high-fat diet and type 2 diabetes, providing an insight into how high-fat diet-induced diabetes may be prevented.

No evidence that hangover cures work

There is no compelling evidence to show that hangover cures or preventative remedies actually work, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Christmas feature

The old Christmas pudding

The Puritans described its rich ingredients as "unfit for God-fearing people". The Quakers referred to it as "the invention of the scarlet whore of Babylon ". Who would have thought...

More support for dark chocolate's heart benefits.

A daily treat of dark chocolate can improve overall heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, say researchers from Zurich.

Anti-malaria herb also fights cancer in animals

The Chinese herb compound Artemisinin may prevent breast cancer, say researchers from the University of Washington.

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