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Government battles to encourage fruit and veg uptake

A growing proportion of people are aware of the five-a-day advice about fruit and vegetables, says the UK food watchdog, but statistics on obesity revealed by another government department suggest...

Vitamin E super-antioxidant

An international team of chemists has developed a new family of antioxidants that are up to 100 times more effective than vitamin E. They say the new chemicals could one...

Major nutrigenomics project gets underway

European researchers have been awarded €17.3 million to drive forward the field of nutritgenomics, a little-known subject that could shape the future of nutrition.

Grapefruit may be easy weight loss remedy

Eating grapefruit, long recommended by diet programmes for weight loss, may indeed impact the body's insulin levels, speeding up metabolism and leading to weight loss, say researchers from the US-based...

Supplements or tomato juice?

Taking supplements of lycopene is just as efficient as increasing certain food sources in boosting levels of the antioxidant, say researchers, comparing lycopene blood concentrations after dosing with both natural...

Further evidence to link lycopene with heart disease protection

Dietary lycopene may significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, suggests new research, which found that women with the highest levels of the antioxidant in their blood had a 34...

High carbs for weight loss?

Flying in the face of the massively popular low carb Atkins diet, controversy linked to the efficacy of the regime looks set to continue with new evidence suggesting the precise...

Parents responsible for fat kids

Most British consumers think that parents should be responsible for improving their children's diets, while only 30 per cent say food manufacturers have the most important role to play.

Fatty acids protect brain function, cholesterol raises Alzheimer's risk

Middle-aged adults who eat fatty fish regularly or take supplements of marine omega-3 polyunstaurated fatty acids are less likely to experience impaired cognitive function and speed, suggests new research from...

Foods rich in beta-carotene pose no risk

Intake of the carotenoid beta-carotene from foods does not appear to increase risk of lung cancer, despite previous results showing a risk from supplements, according to a new report.

Atkins: an end in sight?

Makers of health foods and slimming products in the UK are unlikely to face serious competition from low-carb diets in the long-term, predicts a market analyst, despite what appears to...

Fish oils ease aggression

Young adults with a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids may be less prone to hostility, say researchers, and this could in turn reduce their risk of heart attacks.

Essential oils also fight foodborne bacteria

New research into basil and thyme essential oils reveals their ability to curb Shigella, a harmful foodborne bacteria.

DHEA, another HRT alternative?

Supplements of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may help remedy some of the side effects of the menopause, according to Italian researchers.

Folate could help prevent stroke

Men with a high intake of folic acid are at significantly lower risk of stroke, finds new research confirming previous studies. The researchers say there could be enough evidence to...

Burn patients need vitamin D supplements

Children with severe burns have a diminished capacity to make vitamin D and should receive vitamin D supplements to stop their bones from weakening, report US researchers this week.

Supplements needed in southern hemisphere

A lack of basic vitamins and minerals is damaging the health of one-third of the world's people and holding back the economic development of virtually every country in the southern...

Fibre intake confirmed key in breast cancer prevention

A diet high in fibre and low in fat appears to reduce the risk of breast cancer, report Swedish scientists.

Cholesterol confusion - room for education

Most British people are unaware of the link between high cholesterol levels and heart disease, according to a recent survey, which also reveals that people are doing little to improve...

Fat findings may help regulate major disease

Fat cells, commonly blamed for a number of diseases, could also be a vital part of the body's immune system, report researchers, who have found the first evidence that the...

Scientists develop more absorbable chromium

US scientists have patented a new, stable and absorbable form of chromium and are looking for companies to carry out trials on the product, they said this week.

Cancer patients unaware of herb/drug interactions

More than half of cancer patients assessed in a new study were taking herbal remedies and supplements alongside conventional treatment but this may put them at increased risk of dangerous...

Food agencies pledge further action to lift folic acid intake

Europe's national food safety agencies have announced a plan to explore ways of reducing folic acid deficiency among women of child bearing age.

US lobby wins time for changes to global health strategy

The United States has managed to stall approval of the WHO's diet and health strategy, designed to help the world's governments stem the rise in obesity.

Melatonin may help blood pressure

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone found in the body, might one day offer a new approach to traditional high blood pressure treatments, according to a report in today's rapid access...

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