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Calcium supplements may not impact lead levels

Calcium supplements do not appear to cut lead levels in children with moderate lead poisoning, finds a new study published in this month's Pediatrics journal.

A supplement for teetotallers

Italian scientists are developing a supplement that contains many of the ingredients of red wine, often linked to the health of Mediterranean populations, without the alcohol.

Asia using synergies to bolster position in herbals market

Scientists in India and China are planning to increase cooperation in herbal medicine research in a bid to boost their position in the world's herbals trade, according to Indian press...

Synbiotics may target new areas, animal study

Combining prebiotic and probiotic ingredients, commonly known as a synbiotic, has different effects from those of the individual supplements and does not simply result in additive or synergistic effects, report...

Herbal weight loss supplement appears to impact heart on first dose

A single dose of a dietary supplement containing ephedra and caffeine can increase blood pressure and cause changes that have the potential to affect heart rhythms, shows a new study...

Cereal beats supplements for vitamin E absorption

Eating cereal fortified with vitamin E may be a better way of boosting intake of the vitamin than through supplementing the diet with capsules, suggests a new study.

Vitamin D almost halves women's risk of MS

Women who take vitamin D supplements through multivitamins are 40 per cent less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than women who do not take supplements, shows a study published today.

Second generation functional foods

European researchers have begun work on the first generation of tomato plants engineered to contain high quantities of flavonoids.

Europe invests in obesity research

European scientists have been awarded a record grant, worth €11.7 million, from the European Commission for research into the ways in which we control our body weight. It is hoped...

Vitamin D, further evidence of role in autoimmune diseases

Vitamin D intake appears to be inversely associated with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study that investigates the link between the vitamin and reduced risk of the disease in...

Onion compounds may cut prostate cancer risk

Onions and solar radiation exposure could help prevent prostate cancer, while meat and dairy products could be risk factors, finds a recent 32 country study.

Soy isoflavones do not disrupt infant development

Preliminary research in the US finds that soy isoflavones, found in soy infant formula, do not disrupt infant development, despite concerns from some scientists that the isoflavones could act like...

Garlic 'smart bomb' destroys tumours in mice

Scientists in Israel have developed a new delivery method that allows the garlic compound allicin to selectively kill cancer cells, leaving healthy ones intact.

Seafood to balance mental health

People who eat a lot of seafood may be less likely to suffer from bipolar disorders, say researchers, who report that their findings support the ongoing research into the effect...

Caffeine linked to lower type 2 diabetes risk long-term

Men and women who drank more coffee and other caffeinated beverages were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank few or no caffeinated beverages, report researchers...

Vegetable compound may offer cancer cure

Vegetables such as as broccoli and cabbage have been shown to protect against cancer but US scientists have now patented a compound derived from these greens with a new use...

Whole soy protein, not isoflavones, lower cholesterol

Soy isoflavones may not offer the benefits to heart health often attributed to soyfoods, finds a new study that suggests that another part of the plant could be responsible for...

UK targets school nutrition

The UK government has set about tackling its dangerously growing child obesity problem with a new scheme that aims to promote healthier foods for children.

Eastern remedy for infant disease

A Chinese herbal tea could be an effective alternative treatment for jaundice, an illness common in newborn infants, report researchers.

Magnesium may fight onset of type 2 diabetes

A diet high in magnesium may help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, especially in people who are overweight, suggests evidence reported in two new studies out next month....

Garlic compound beats antibiotic-resistant bug

A compound extracted from garlic is effective against even the most antibiotic-resistant strains of MRSA, the 'hospital superbug' that now kills thousands of patients in the UK each year, reports...

Higher lycopene levels halve heart disease risk in women

Women who eat tomato products regularly may be at lower risk of heart disease, suggests a new study that has linked higher blood levels of the tomato compound lycopene to...

The food safety bug

An innovative new food safety technique using a virus is set to win an exclusive worldwide licence. This marks the first step towards the commercialisation of this unusual process, a...

Creatine goes the distance

Creatine supplementation is not only useful for high intensity athletics but could also significantly boost performance of long distance runners and those involved in sports taking place over several days,...

Kosher certification moves forward

Public health and safety company NSF International (NSF) has announced a new alliance with the STAR-K Kosher Certification organisation. The purpose is to meet the growing kosher food certification demands...

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