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Use supplements not sunbeds to lift vitamin D levels

Supplements, and not increased exposure to either natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light, should be the preferred way of topping up vitamin D levels, stress medical experts in a journal...

Low-fat dairy cuts diabetes risk in men

Dairy food makers looking to drill further into the health benefits of their primary foodstuffs will welcome new findings that suggest two servings of low-fat dairy foods a day could...

Preterm infants may benefit from fatty acids

Feeding formulas containing fatty acids such as docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) may improve the development of preterm infants.

Nutritional advice encourages growth in infants

The quality and extent of nutritional advice given to families in developing countries should be improved to reduce stunted growth in infants, said The Lancet today.

Changing carbs for protein helps reduce stomach fat

Substituting a modest amount of protein for carbohydrate may reduce abdominal obesity, say researchers reporting on data gathered from a diverse multi-ethnic population.

Vitamin C may counter some of smoking's effects on foetus

High doses of vitamin C may have the potential to counteract some of the negative effects on the foetus caused by a mother's smoking, suggests research in monkeys.

Ireland expands lab space at functional food research centre

Ireland's Moorepark Food Research Centre is shoring up its capacity for functional food development with the addition of new laboratories and around 40 researchers, it said on Friday.

Natural enzyme helps mice live longer

Mice genetically engineered to produce the human antioxidant enzyme catalase lived about 20 per cent longer than normal mice, reported US scientists last week, providing further evidence for the theory...

Scientists dig deep into plant extracts

Scientists at Rutgers University are investigating whether plant extracts can genuinely cut risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes or other serious illnesses.

Gene study suggests vitamin E helps blocks Alzheimer's

Scientists have found genetic proof that vitamin E can help protect against Alzheimer's disease, said DSM yesterday.

EU consumers getting to know lutein

Lutein, its meaning and use, are on the up throughout Europe, according to the results of a survey conducted this March. Good news for manufacturers and marketers of this supplement,...

Fatty acids help DCD kids to behave

Supplementation with fatty acids may be a safe and effective way of dealing with educational and behavioral problems among children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD), according to an Oxford University...

Plant based foods slice away 'bad' cholesterol in low fat diet

The health benefits of differing low-fat diets are far from equal, say researchers, suggesting that a low-fat diet rich in vegetables and fruits has twice the cholesterol-lowering power of a...

Supplement use starts needlessly early, say researchers

Many parents start supplementing their childrens' diets with vitamins and minerals from birth even though they are deriving adequate nutrition from food, according to a University of Iowa study.

Milk thistle "does not" lower mortality

A review of current research has suggested that milk thistle - widely used as an alternative medicine - does not lower mortality in alcoholic or hepatitis B or C liver...

Med diet lowers risk markers for heart disease

Health benefits of the Mediterranean diet continue to gain credence with yet another study showing a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and olive oil could reduce the risk of heart...

Overweight countries face dementia epidemic

Developed countries may face an explosion in age-related dementia in the next 20 years if they fail to contain the present obesity crisis, warn researchers at Californian health care delivery...

Fiber's dual effect wards off heart disease in diabetics

A new study carried out by Unicity International and presented at the American Heart Association conference indicates that fiber supplements have a dual effect on cholesterol levels in type-2 diabetes...

Calcium and vitamin D did not help elderly fractures

Researchers in Aberdeen have found that elderly people who regularly took calcium and vitamin D supplements did not suffer less fractures than their peers.

Soy and obesity conference announced

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US will host a forum next month to examine the role that soy foods can play in managing a person's weight.

Month shelf-life for fruit with vitamin - mineral coating

A mineral and vitamin mixture that cuts the browning and extends the shelf-life of sliced apples could encourage consumers to eat more fruit, say researchers, Lindsey Partos reports.

Education does not reduce weight problems in African-US women

Greater levels of education did not reduce weight problems in middle-aged African American women, according to new research.

Probiotic reduces gastric infection

A combination of lactic acid bacteria and a probiotic can help prevent gastric infection, according to research by the Institut Rosell.

Ginkgo biloba may improve memory in MS sufferers

Scientists in Oregon, US have presented a study that seems to suggest that ginkgo biloba may help improve attention in MS patients with cognitive impairment.

Black cohosh could interfere with anticancer drugs

Black cohosh, a plant commonly used by breast cancer patients to alleviate the menopause-like side effects of therapy, may alter the effects anticancer drugs, suggests a study carried out at...