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New evidence of dark chocolate's health potential

Dark chocolate could potentially reduce both cardiovascular and thromboembolic disease, due to its high flavonoid-rich cocoa content, suggests new research on chocolate consumption. The findings...

Degussa scanning for brain power

Degussa Food Ingredients and biopharmaceutical company Thuris yesterday announced a collaboration aimed at determining sites of action for certain brain active compounds in order to...

Cholesterol-cutting corn oil

Heart-friendlier products may be one of the benefits from new corn varieties developed by US scientists at the US department of agriculture's chief scientific research...

Vitamin D hormone mimic boosts radiation results

A drug designed to mimic the effects of vitamin D hormone may be able to boost the effectiveness of radiation treatment for prostate cancer, report...

Diabetes cases may not be rising, new research

The increase in the prevalence of diabetes may be due to better detection and people surviving longer with the disease not an increase in new...

GM plants may provide edible HPV vaccine

Researchers from Germany have genetically engineered plants to produce particles of human papillomavirus (HPV) that could be used in the creation of vaccines or as...

Atkins diet under attack in UK

The controversial high-protein, low-carbohydrate Atkins diet is a danger to public health and based on nothing more than 'pseudo science', warned a leading British nutritionist...

Green tea could halt bladder cancer

The active ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), has been found to block the growth of bladder tumours in rats. EGCG is increasingly regarded as...

New results show guggulipid extract fails to lower cholesterol

A guggulipid extract, used as an alternative to cholesterol-lowering drugs in Asia, has turned out to be no more effective than a placebo in clinical...

Creatine for more athletic brains

Taking supplements of creatine, a compound found in muscle tissue, can significantly boost both working memory and general intelligence, according to researchers in Australia. The...

The low-fat watermelon

An agricultural scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem claims to have developed a less fattening variety of watermelon which still remains just as sweet....

Saving kava

European kava manufacturers are meeting suppliers in Brussels this month in a final attempt to try to save trade in the herbal, almost wiped out...

Calcium deficiency raising ricket incidence among infants

Sodas and juices could be causing rickets associated with calcium deficiency in North American children, suggests new research. Researchers linked cases of rickets - a...

Vitamins may restore healthy cholesterol levels in children

Vitamin supplements could help protect children with abnormally high cholesterol levels from heart attacks in later years, according to a small study. Children with inherited...

Low-glycemic index foods help control diabetes

Using low-glycemic foods to manage diabetes, a method with varying levels of support, could in fact help diabetes patients control their blood sugar, find researchers....

New findings raise HRT risks

Sales of supplements for menopause symptoms are likely to surge in coming months, after a major UK study finds that combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT)...

Polyphenols could reduce colorectal cancer risk

Increasing intake of polyphenols, by eating more fruits and vegetables such as apricots or onions, or taking supplements, may help to prevent intestinal cancer, reports...

Making fish more consumer friendly

A team of European scientists is working to improve the stability of fatty acids found naturally in fish, gaining increasing interest for their heart-health benefits....

Caffeine boosts athletes' stamina

Drinking a cup of coffee before exercise could help increase the amount of weight loss during the activity, say researchers in Australia. A team at...

Isoflavones, lignans linked to reduced risk of endometrial cancer

Women who include the natural oestrogens isoflavones and lignans in their diet could be at reduced risk of endometrial cancer, the fifth most common cancer...

Vitamin C to counter passive smoking damage

Vitamin C may help prevent the damage caused by passive smoking, suggests a new study. Exposure to smoke in close environment is thought to increase...

Green tea could be more powerful than thought

Green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists suspected, say researchers who have discovered that chemicals in green tea...

A lighter start to the day

Scientists have backed the claims of cereal makers who promote their goods as a healthy start to the day. In a new study, people who...

Vitamin E pill with exercise regime could slow ageing

Taking vitamin E along with some regular exercise could help slow down the ageing process and improve health among the elderly, say researchers in the...

Antioxidant mix keeps cataracts away

Eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables could be the cheapest and most practical means to delay cataract formation, report researchers from the US' Agricultural Research...

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