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Blueberries could stop liver cancer growth

US scientists report that blueberry extracts inhibited the growth of liver cancer cells in the lab, potentially adding to the growing list of health benefits for the 'superfood'.

Omega-3 milk could protect against metabolic syndrome

Dietary supplementation with an omega-3 enriched milk could be a simple and tolerable way to ease cardiovascular risk factors linked to metabolic syndrome, say Spanish researchers.

Flaxseed could boost lung health, animal study

A dietary supplement of flaxseed, a rich source of lignans and omega-3 fatty acids, could prove useful to reduce lung inflammation and oxidative stress, if results from a mice study...

Dairy weight-loss claims get Paris Anti-Obesity boost

The debate about dairy consumption boosting weight loss got a massive fillip at the Paris Anti-Obesity Therapies congress, but natural product-based dietary supplements don't help weight loss said experts.

More evidence for natto/ vitamin K bone health benefits

Natto, the traditional Japanese fermented soybean and a rich source of vitamin K2, could reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women by as much as 80 per cent, says research from Japan.

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Hacks v Lab-Rats: who's at fault for consumer confusion?

The relationship between journalist 'hack' and scientist 'lab-rat' must be developed if science is to get a fair deal in the press, and for consumers to be presented balanced and...

Study sheds light on lutein's anti-inflammatory effect

Lutein, the carotenoid associated with eye health, protects the retina from damage by inhibiting inflammation, according to a new study from Korea.

Scientists address broccoli shelf-life, antioxidant content

Research into freshness issues associated with broccoli will also yield varieties that retain their beneficial nutrients for longer, say scientists from the University of Warwick.

Cruciferous veg may reduce genetic colon cancer risk

Sulphoraphane (SFN) found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower may reduce the risk of hereditary colon cancer, an animal study has found, giving more evidence to the link...

€21m for Spanish study on functional foods and Alzheimer's

Functional foods could soon play a role in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia in Europe, thanks to a €21m research investment from the Spanish...

Caffeine and infant health: two studies

The role of caffeine in the health of premature and low birth weight babies has come under scrutiny with two studies, one investigating the impact of mothers' intake during pregnancy...

Policosanol's lipid-lowering activity doubted

The ability of the waxy sugar-cane extract, policosanol, to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels have been called into doubt by a new clinical trial, but a poor delivery system undermines the studies'...

More fruit could mean less asthma in adults

People with an antioxidant-rich diet could reduce their risk of developing asthma in adulthood, say Cambridge researchers - adding to a growing body of science on the subject.

More support for L-Carnitine combo against ageing

A combination of two common dietary supplements, L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid, could reduce oxidative stress associated with ageing and boost energy production, says new research - adding to previous reports.

Takara Bio to research yam use in functional foods

Takara Bio is planning to research the use of lesser yam in functional foods, following research that indicates a variety cultivated in Japan has more than 200 times the content...

Flavanol-rich chocolate could improve skin from within

Cocoa beverages and food rich in flavanols could thicken skin and reduce reddening by 25 per cent, say German scientists - research sure to be welcomed by Europe's burgeoning oral...

Garlic, onions could protect against stomach cancer

Garlic and onions could help protect against stomach cancer, says a massive European-based study, but total fruit and vegetable intake has no benefit for this disease.

More magnesium, less copper could benefit health

People with more magnesium and less copper in their blood could reduce their risk of death from cancer by as much as 50 per cent, says a new study from France.

Parents to test behaviour effects of Omega-3

Children may soon benefit from less moody parents if a newly launched trial with omega-3 fatty acids is successful, adding to the list of studies linking fish oils to behaviour...

Orange juice may protect against osteoporosis

Drinking more orange or grapefruit juice may reduce bone loss and decrease the risk of osteoporosis in later life, suggests an animal study from Texas.

Vitafoods looks to the horizon with Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics, thought by some to be the future of nutrition, was given the spotlight for a short time at Vitafoods, as current disciples told attendees of the great opportunities and...

DSM talks up weight loss with green tea extract at Vitafoods

Green tea extracts containing the catechin EGCG could help curb the rise, and ease the complications of obesity, DSM Nutritional Products tells attendees at Vitafoods in Geneva.

CLA's body-shaping action clarified in new trial

Lipid Nutrition is today announcing the findings of a new human trial using CLA, that reinforces the fatty acid's fat mass reduction claim and shed light on the main locations...

Scientists achieve allergen-free soy breakthrough

Researchers have isolated two Chinese soybean lines that can grow without the primary protein linked to soy allergies in children and adults.

Isoflavone may not help hot flashes - meta-analysis

Isoflavone supplementation does not help alleviate hot flashes for postmenopausal women, says a new meta-analysis.

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