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Pycnogenol could act as 'polypill'

The pine bark extract Pycnogenol could combat each of the important cardiovascular risk factors simultaneously, concludes the author of a new review examining evidence on the supplement.

WHO pushes forward with diet and health strategy

The World Health Organisation's influential report on diet and chronic disease, issued in draft form earlier this year, has reached the next stage of a process that aims to see...

New study questions alcohol's protective effect

Consuming low to moderate amounts of alcohol may be linked to decreased brain size in middle-aged adults, reports a new study, which also refutes previous findings that alcohol could lower...

Health benefits boost citrus sales

A diet high in citrus fruits could help to prevent certain cancers and reduce risk of stroke, concludes a review of the evidence released this week by Australia's research organisation...

HRT no longer recommended for osteoporosis prevention

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is no longer recommended as first choice of therapy for prevention of osteoporosis, according to new advice from the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency...

Echinacea fails to reduce severity of colds but may cut frequency

A syrup made with the popular herb echinacea reduced the number of respiratory tract infections in children but did not reduce the severity or duration of infections, report authors of...

Calcium, vitamin D partner in colon cancer prevention

Calcium and vitamin D work in tandem, not separately, to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new study reported in today's issue of Journal of the National...

Vitamin B12 linked to better recovery from depression

Vitamin B12 supplements may help people to fight depression as they appear to improve response to treatment, shows research by Finnish researchers published today.

Wholegrains help weight loss

Food makers suffering from the popularity of the Atkins diet may be relieved by the findings of a new study that reveals an inverse assocation between wholegrains and weight gain.

High glycemic foods, sucrose linked to birth defects

New research finds that a mother's diet rich in certain sugars could be strongly associated with risk of birth defects in offspring, even among non-diabetic women.

Lack of vitamin D linked to falls in elderly

Vitamin D deficiency is a significant risk factor for falls and injuries in elderly women living in residential care in Australia, a Melbourne University study has found.

Genetics offers understanding of diabetes

Eight genes, usually associated with normal pancreatic functions, have been linked to susceptibility to type 2 diabetes, the most common kind of the disease, which affects up to 135 million people worldwide.

Solbar soy product to boost bone strength

Israeli soy company Solbar Plant Extracts has recently completed a study incorporating using it's soy product SOLGEN. The first study looked at the effect of...

Seafood for health

An EU workshop on the role of seafood in the prevention of diseases is aiming to establish links with Polish industry and create new opportunities for wider participation in functional...

Synthetic lycopene just as good as natural?

Researchers at German fine chemicals firm BASF have produced evidence to show that bioavailability of synthetic lycopene is equal to that derived from natural sources such as tomatoes.

Iron fortification questioned

Fortifying wheat flour with iron appears to have little effect on improving intake of the mineral, suggests a report in this month's European Journal of Nutrition.

'Friendly' fats under the spotlight

Leading obesity research centre the Rowett Institute is to begin a trial to assess the health benefits of the fats found in fish and dairy products.

Multivitamin found to slow deaths of HIV patients

A supplement containing vitamins and minerals may help to slow the progression to death of some of the 40 million people infected with HIV worldwide, according to a new study.

A tastier soy-based bread

The US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a new dough formulation to eradicate the musty, 'beany' aftertaste of some soy-based breads; a problem that has eluded food technologists since...

Irish to investigate probiotics for stomach bugs

Ireland has invested €16.5 million in a new research centre to focus on developing therapies, including probiotics and functional foods, to help treat debilitating gastrointestinal diseases.

Vitamin E spreads good for healthy people too

Foods fortified with moderate amounts of vitamin E and carotenoids not only improve antioxidant status in those under oxidative stress but also lead to significant improvements in healthy people, report...

UK backs vitamin supplement trial

A major international trial to investigate whether supplements of B vitamins can protect people from a second stroke received funding from the UK this month, one of the 14 countries...

Soy chemicals, green tea mix slows breast cancer

A mixture of soy phytochemicals and green tea could help slow the progression of breast cancer, report American researchers.

DHA supplements could reduce postnatal depression

Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) after pregnancy are associated with postnatal depression, report researchers in a new study.

Milk drink to lower blood pressure gains European presence

A new fermented milk, designed to help control blood pressure, has been launched in Iceland, only the second food in Europe to make such a...

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