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Natural product to boost fertility?

A dietary supplement containing a mixture of herbals, vitamins and amino acids may help boost fertility in women who have difficulty conceiving, according to a US researcher.

Polyphenols fight growth of breast cancer cells

Three different polyphenols, compounds found in wine, beer and tea, appear to significantly decrease breast cancer cells, according to new research from Portugal, which goes against previous findings showing that...

Curry spice may fight decline in brain function

Curcumin, the spice that gives curry its yellow colour, may activate a key enzyme that protects the brain against oxidation, thought to be a major factor in ageing and responsible...

Recovery foods may be too sugary for athletes

Manufacturers of sports supplements may need to reduce sugar levels in certain products as new research from Japan shows that preference for sweetness decreases after exercise.

Baby's diet could lead to dietary guidelines

UK food watchdog will inject thousands of pounds into a new study seeking to investigate the role diet plays in our formative years. The findings could open up new opportunities...

Further evidence for CLA as cold-fighter

The fatty acid CLA, currently marketed for weight management, could soon enter the fast-growing segment for immune-boosting supplements, suggests a new human trial carried out for Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition.

Soy isoflavones to prevent osteoporosis?

US-funded research could prove whether soy isoflavone supplements can help to prevent osteoporosis, the thinning of the bones that leads to increased risk of bone fracture.

Vitamin A-rich cauliflower hits the shelves

A cauliflower with 25 times more vitamin A than its 'regular' sister could meet the daily needs of consumers with the new vegetable now available on the market, writes Lindsey Partos.

Lycopene may act on male hormones to fight cancer

Lycopene, the carotenoid found in tomatoes, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by inhibiting the male hormone's effect on the prostate, report researchers from DSM this week, writes Dominique...

Dietary fibres may help lower prostate cancer risk

Fibre-rich vegetables may also protect against prostate cancer, suggests research from Italy, which finds soluble, and particularly vegetable fibre, to reduce risk of the disease.

Insulin-like spice may be natural remedy for diabetes

Cinnamon may help alleviate type 2 diabetes by playing the role of an insulin substitute, according to new US research.

Ginger may relieve morning sickness

Ginger could relieve the nausea and vomiting experienced by pregnant women to a similar extent as vitamin B6, say Australian researchers.

Vitamin C supplement could cut heart disease and diabetes

Vitamin C appears to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation and possibly a better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol levels, shows research for the first time....

Growing revenue source for probiotics

European suppliers of probiotics could see a growing channel for sales as UK scientists discover a new way to combat food poisoning, by targeting it in living animals using beneficial...

Folate eases the mind

Evidence continues to mount suggesting a link between various stages of depression and low blood levels of the B vitamin folate, according to research funded by the Agricultural Research Service...

The ABC to nutrition...

Aiming to demystify the nutritional information on food labels researchers have developed a new tool to help consumers in their understanding. Education is also the key to lifing sales.

Milk formulations for space provide NPD

A link up between US space technologists and the leading Swedish-Danish dairy firm Arla Foods could lead to new knowledge about how to provide humans with calcium and yoghurt bacteria.

Enzymes for better digestion, new research

Taking supplements of enzymes appears to improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients suggests new research, commissioned by the US-based National Enzyme Company.

Lutein improves eyesight for AMD patients, suggests study

Lutein supplements can reverse some of the damage done by 'dry' age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most prevalent form of the disease, according to a study out yesterday.

Redefining wholegrains to improve consumer understanding

A group of cereal scientists is looking to rewrite the definition of a wholegrain to help consumers identify the healthy ingredient in foods and lift their intake of wholegrains.

Zinc appears to improve ADHD treatment

Zinc supplements could increase the effectiveness of stimulants used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the most common childhood behavioural disorder that affects around one in every...

Easter treat good for baby too

Eating chocolate during pregnancy could make your baby happier and livelier, according to Finnish researchers, who suggest that chocolate's mood altering chemicals could be passed on to the baby in...

Coffee could fight disease, colon cancer

Coffee contains similar levels of antioxidants to black tea and can be just as beneficial to health, according to Scottish scientists that have found coffee's antioxidants are highly absorbable by...

Cinnamon boosts brain activity

The commonly used spice cinnamon could see new applications in functional foods as findings from the US suggest that chewing cinnamon-flavoured gum could help the memory, reports Lindsey Partos.

Soy protein impacts cholesterol make-up, helps heart health

Soy protein appears to lower risk of heart disease by increasing the size of LDL cholesterol particles and reducing dangerous cholesterol, shows a new study that further examines the mechanism...

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