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Grape seed extract may stop colorectal cancer spread

Extracts from grape seeds, a rich source of proanthocyanidins, stopped the spread of colorectal cancer cells in lab mice, suggests new research funded by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Cinnamon extract could ease metabolic syndrome

A daily supplement of cinnamon extract may boost antioxidant defences and reduce the oxidative stress linked to the metabolic syndrome, suggest results from a small placebo-controlled, double-blind study from the...

Vitamin D levels linked to breast cancer progression

Increasing vitamin D levels may help curb the development and progression of breast cancer, suggests a small study from Imperial College London.

Scientists verify bioaccessibility measure for vitamin E, carotenoids

French scientists, in collaboration with Nestlé Research Centre, have shown that an in vitro digestion model could be a valuable tool to quantify potential bioaccessibility of vitamin E and carotenoids...

More support for grape seed extract's heart benefits

Masquelier's grape seed extract could reduce lipid oxidation and free radical damage of blood vessel cells by about 75 per cent, says new research to be presented this week.

Kefir ingredients could help food allergies

Drinking the probiotic, fermented milk, kefir, decreased the allergic response to ovalbumin (egg white) in mice, and may offer hope to preventing food allergies, suggests a new study from Taiwan.

New ingredients, sources and benefits set for Malta polyphenols focus

New ingredients, new applications and new science are the focus of the up-coming 3rd International Conference on Polyphenols in Nutrition and Health, which promises to provide more information for industrialists...

Magnesium-rich wholegrains could lower diabetes risk for US black women

Daily consumption of wholegrains, a rich source of magnesium, previously reported to lower the risk of diabetes in white women, could also cut the risk in the group termed by...

Carotenoid-rich vegetables linked to less stomach cancer

Eating three or more servings a week of green leafy vegetables or roots vegetables could reduce the risk of stomach cancer by between 35 and 57 per cent, suggests a...

Potassium citrate supplements linked to thicker bones

Taking potassium citrate supplements could boost bone mineral density by similar amounts as observed with pharmaceuticals, says new research from Switzerland that is linked to lowering the acidity of the...

ALA-rich walnuts could protect arteries after high-fat meal

Walnuts, a rich source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), could improve artery function and heart health and may be more important in a Mediterranean-type diet than olive oil, suggests a...

Antioxidant, polyphenol-rich Med diet could slash Alzheimer's risk

Greater adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet could cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by a whopping 68 per cent, suggests a multi-ethnic study from the US.

Omega-3s show promise for very mild Alzheimer's

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may slow mental decline in people with very mild Alzheimer's disease, but have no impact on people with more advanced forms, says a new clinical...

Stanol-enriched diets boost cholesterol lowering of statins

Adding plant stanol-enriched foods to the diet of people taking maximum-dose statins has clinical relevance for cardiovascular health, reports research from Holland into a population of patients not previously studied...

DSM explores anti-diabetic activity of green tea extract

The green tea extract, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), improved glucose tolerance in diabetic rodents, and "could potentially contribute to nutritional strategies for the prevention of type-2 diabetes," says a new study...

Low glycaemic rice targets health conscious consumers

A new low glycaemic index rice product has been launched to tap growing industry and consumer concern over galloping obesity rates.

Fruit, vegetable extracts could boost immunity

Phytonutrients from fruit and vegetables, delivered as a dietary supplement, boosted the immune system of healthy adults, as well as protecting against DNA damage, says a new study from the...

Pine bark extract could improve diabetic microangiopathy

Daily supplements of the French maritime park bark extract, Pycnogenol, could improve blood flow that deteriorates due to diabetic microangiopathy by 68 per cent, says a new study.

More support for vitamin A against inflammation

Vitamin A supplements could reduce the levels of a marker for inflammation by 30 per cent, says a randomized intervention study with Mexican children, a result that adds to the...

Dried plums: Bone boosting functional food ingredient?

Using dried plums as functional food ingredients could be a way of boosting bone health, if research from an animal study can be repeated in humans.

Black tea may speed up recovery from stress

Drinking black tea could reduce stress hormone levels and help ease the burden of heart disease, says the first randomized clinical trial into the effects of the beverage on stress.

The prehistory of prebiotics

Our plain-dwelling ancestors were big-time eaters of inulin-containing plants, and prebiotic consumption was significantly higher than today, an archaeologist told attendees at the 5th Orafti Research Conference in Boston.

Curcumin could cut plaque build-up linked to Alzheimer's

Curcumin, found extensively in curries, could boost the body's ability to clear the build up of plaques in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer's disease, suggest results from a...

Orafti explores new ground for inulin, oligofructose

Inulin and oligofructose could offer ways of stemming the tide of obesity, or could change immune responses and protect against potentially harmful infection, said prebiotic experts at Orafti's 5th Research...

Pomegranate juice may cut Alzheimer's risk

A daily glass of antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice could halve the build-up of harmful proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease, says a new animal study from the USA.