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Olive oil under the microscope

'It is a truth, universally acknowledged,'…that olive oil is good for the health. But why? Volunteers from across Europe could soon provide the answer as...

Curcumin may prevent alcohol-related liver disease

A team from the US, Finland and Hong Kong have found that curcumin, found in the Indian spice turmeric, prevents activation of a genetic factor...

Effective body building supplements identified

Those who seek a well-chiselled body can start clearing out their medicine cabinets. A US study reveals that of the more than 250 dietary products...

UK centre to boost yields of herbal extracts

UK researchers are to collaborate with a team from the US on a project to increase the availability of herbal extracts used in medicines and...

Oat juice, anyone?

Will we shortly be able to pluck an oat juice from the supermarket shelf or grab an oat ice cream from the freezer cabinet? European...

1.7 billion - the numbers of obese worldwide

Calls for urgent action to treat obesity are again in the headlines, following a new assessment that up to 1.7 billion people worldwide could be...

B vitamins slow Alzheimer's progress

High doses of three common vitamins - folic acid, B12 and B6 - may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, if the...

LMW chondroitin sulphate gets medical support

Leading orthopaedic surgeons and pharmacologists have confirmed their backing for chondroitin sulphate supplements as a way of managing joint discomfort, according to one supplement manufacturer....

Further research backs potent role of curcumin

Curcumin, found in the Indian spice turmeric, may be able to slow down and stop the blood cancer multiple myeloma, suggest researchers, confirming previous health...

Eye health, more about nutrition please

"The subject of nutrition and the eye looks certain to become a very hot topic in the near future," said an eyecare specialist, in a...

Diet linked to respiratory health

Eating more fish and fruit and vegetables may prevent respiratory diseases and winter coughs in children, say researchers. The team examined a large population of...

Reference on flavonoids

A food composition database for the plant compounds flavonoids has been launched by the Agricultural Research Service, part of the US Department of Agriculture. The...

Novel fermented milk product may reduce hypertension

Researchers in Japan report that a novel fermented milk product containing gamma-aminobutyric acid (known as GABA) may lower blood pressure in people with mild hypertension....

Which fibre is most healthy?

Upping levels of dietary fibre may reduce the risk of heart attack in patients with previous heart problems, but the type of fibre may also...

Fish oil could be answer to lupus symptoms

Fish oil has been found to greatly reduce the symptoms of lupus disease, offering hope to millions of sufferers with little alternative to steroid treatment....

Milk - A1 or A2?

The Food Standards Authority of Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a fact sheet recommending that milk should continue to be regarded as safe...

Vegetarians live longer, says study

Vegetarians may have a significantly lower risk of mortality than people who eat lots of meat, according to a study at the German Cancer Research...

Folate linked to depressive episodes

A team of US and Norwegian investigators claim to have found for the first time a link between nutrition and depression vulnerability. Martha Morris and...

Coffee drinking not dangerous for unborn babies

New research backs previous studies that show that pregnant women can drink a moderate amount of coffee without harming their babies. Researchers from Yale University...

Foods to fight diabetes

Scientists are hoping to find new compounds in foods that can help reduce risk of insulin resistance, a disorder which often leads to type 2...

Tea measures up to drugs in cancer fight

Evidence continues to mount in favour of the consumption of white and green tea with the publication of findings from a new study that suggest...

Juice, probiotic foods cut the risk for UTIs

Fruit juice, especially juice made from berries, and probiotic dairy products could help prevent women from getting recurring urinary tract infections, says a team of...

Breakfast reduces chances of obesity

People who eat breakfast are significantly less likely to be obese and diabetic than those who usually do not, researchers reported this week at the...

High-calorie diet may raise prostate cancer risk

Men who consume more calories seem to be at higher risk of prostate cancer, report researchers in a recent study.The team from Johns Hopkins University...

US tackles heart health in childhood

The American Heart Association has released guidelines on preventing heart disease beginning in childhood. Prevention may include diet changes, physical activity changes and in some...