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Oily fish may benefit heart rhythms, suggests study

Eating omega-3-rich fish like tuna has beneficial effects on heart rhythms, and may offer protection against fatal arrhythmias, suggests a cohort study lead by Harvard researchers.

Kiwis could protect DNA from damage, says pilot study

Two to three kiwis a day could keep cancer at bay by helping to repair damaged DNA, suggests a pilot study from the home of the fruit.

Low GI diet best for weight loss, suggests study

An Australian research team has reported that a low-GI carbohydrate-rich diet leads to weight loss of five per cent or more and reductions in 'bad' cholesterol levels.

Low lutein, zeaxanthin levels linked to artery disease

Researchers from Sweden have reported that people suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD) have low levels of the antioxidant carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, and could respond to supplementation.

Alcohol heart protection may not be down to inflammatory markers

A new study indicates that light to moderate alcohol drinking may exert cardioprotective effects in some, but in elderly men at least the mechanism of action does not seem to...

Antioxidants linked to slower vision loss

The antioxidants vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid slowed the loss of sight from retinitis pigmentosa in mouse models - yet more evidence linking antioxidants to improved eye health.

Chilli could boost insulin control, says study

Regular consumption of chilli pepper could improve control of insulin levels after eating, helping obese people and diabetics manage their levels, says research from Australia.

Could lizard love vitamin make humans attractive too?

Is that vitamin D oozing from your pores or are you just pleased to see me? Researchers from Spain have reported that increased secretion of a vitamin D metabolite by...

Red grape juice's heart benefits get boost

Red grape juice improved cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers associated with heart disease, reports research from Spain.

Study boosts lutein safety rep and finds new research possibilities

The antioxidant activity and safety of lutein from marigold flowers have been given a boost by research from a Chinese-Canadian collaboration - research that has been applauded by lutein producer,...

Meta-analysis questions supplements for cancer patients

A meta-analysis of 59 trials, rated by the reviewers as being of 'low' quality, has led to a conclusion that dietary supplements for cancer patients do not improve survival or...

Vegetable flavonoid could protect against asthma

Apigenin, a plant flavonoid found in herbs, fruits and vegetables, suppressed the levels of an immune system antibody linked to asthma and other allergies when fed to mice, report Japanese...

Calcium intake could reduce pre-eclampsia, suggests review

An increased intake of calcium may reduce the risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, according to a new review of clinical trials.

Folate, B6 could boost heart health for type-1 diabetics

Children with type-1 diabetes could benefit from high-dose folate and vitamin B6 supplements to boost their cardiovascular health, according to a new clinical trial.

Curcumin's cholesterol-lowering mechanism proposed

Scientists from Germany report that they have identified how curcumin helps reduce bad cholesterol levels, findings that could extend understanding of the spice extract.

Tocotrienol intake could result in bioactive concentrations

Tocotrienols, the least studied form of vitamin E, can achieve levels in the blood that may give protection against a wide range of diseases such as cancer and stroke, says...

Pycnogenol outperforms drug in CVI trial

A new study has shown Pycnogenol to be more effective than a conventional drug in reducing the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), adding to 35 years of research into...

Berry extracts could offer stellar brain protection

Extracts from blueberries and strawberries could protect against the oxidative stress behind aging, and could even protect astronauts from dangerous galactic radiation, suggests a new study partly supported by NASA.

Cereal fibre and vegetable protein may cut hypertension

An increased intake of vegetable protein and cereal fibre could cut the risk of hypertension by up to 50 per cent, says a new study from Spain.

Caffeine could protect against memory loss

University of Birmingham researchers have reported that caffeine can boost nerve cell activity in the brain, potentially protecting against memory loss.

Orafti reviews prebiotics as bone health ingredients

Research to date on how prebiotics inulin and oligofructose may improve bone health are highly promising, with results from adolescent trials showing significant benefits, says Orafti - a view shared...

GreenFacts makes diet and disease info accessible

A report published by non-profit organisation GreenFacts is aiming to bring scientific consensus on the role of diet and nutrition in chronic disease prevention to a non-specialist audience.

Soluble fibre could boost cheese making

Adding soluble fibres, guar gum and pectin, to skimmed milk could speed up the coagulation time, improving cost efficiency, and impart nutritional benefits, say Irish researchers.

More support that fish oil could reduce AMD

Eating three or more portions of oily fish per week could reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by 70 per cent, says a new study from Australia.

Grapefruit-inulin combo could boost gut health, suggests study

Adding inulin to grapefruit extracts could reduce any detrimental effects of the extracts on microflora while still being accessible to provide other possible health benefits, suggests an animal study.

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