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More cranberry products anticipated

Ocean Spray is encouraged that the findings of a small study into the health properties of dried cranberries will lead to their use in a broader range of healthy food...

More support for magnesium against colon cancer

New research indicates that a diet rich in magnesium may lower the risk of colon cancer, supporting previous studies inversely linking intake of the mineral to the disease.

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Time to ditch the FFQ

Little wonder consumers are confused about which foods are good for them, and which bad, when scientists use methods with almost no chance of meaningful results.

Flavonoids reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress

Sports drinks rich in antioxidants could reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress (EIOS), reports new research.

Child nutrition study gets £9 million boost

Researchers from Bristol have been awarded almost £9 million (€13 million)to continue research into child nutrition, a study that has already delivered glowing results for omega-3.

'Five-a-day' cuts stroke risk

Eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day can cut the risk of stroke by 26 per cent, according to a new study in The Lancet (Vol....

Pritikins 'controls' but does not 'reverse' diabetes.

The Pritikins Longevity Center in Florida have moved to clarify claims that following their diet and exercise plan for only three weeks could 'reverse' type-2 diabetes.

Calls to boost vitamin B12 RDA

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) levels for vitamin B12 should be increased by 500 per cent, according to Danish researchers - a recommendation which, if taken up, could lead to...

Blackcurrants may prevent onset of Alzheimer's

Research indicates that blackcurrants could prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease, suggesting their extracts could be included in a range of processed functional foods.

Sambucol fights bird flu virus in lab

Sambucol, a standardized extract of black elderberry, has been found to fight the avian flu virus H5N1, revealed British researchers last week.

Study finds insufficient evidence for omega-3/cancer link

A new review study has poured water on claims that there is sufficient evidence to support a link between omega-3 consumption and a reduced risk of cancer.

Drug candidate 'could boost lycopene effect in foods'

A pharmaceutical company has suggested that the addition of a phosphorylated variant of gamma-tocopherol to lycopene-rich foods like tomato sauce might boost the carotenoid's anti-cancer activity.

Echinacea variety appears to impact efficacy

Current evidence on Echinacea preparations cannot support the efficacy of the wide variety of Echinacea products on the market, concludes a review.

New evidence of fermented milk's effect on blood pressure

Researchers in Finland investigating the blood-pressure lowering effect of a fermented milk drink with a high tripeptide concentration have concluded that it shows potential as a dietary approach to hypertension...

Apple juice may protect memory in old age

Consuming apple juice may protect against cell damage that contributes to age-related memory loss, conclude researchers investigating the benefits in mice.

Natural not always best, say scientists

In the past few years, there has been a tremendous upsurge in interest in natural products as part of a general trend towards healthier consumer lifestyles. But a report due...

Caffeine blunts blood flow to heart during exercise

Drinking caffeine drinks appears to stifle the body's ability to boost blood flow to the heart during exercise, suggests new research out of Switzerland.

Target of vitamin D benefit for osteoporosis identified

Researchers in Japan have identified the target for vitamin D, giving a new insight into how the vitamin helps reduce bone loss and osteoporosis.

Low-fat diet study claims to 'reverse' diabetes

Researchers from UCLA have claimed that a three-week high-fibre, low-fat diet can reverse type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (MetS) - conclusions that go against medical understanding of the conditions.

New plant compounds could prevent blood clots

ARS researchers have identified, characterized, and synthesized two plant compounds, which be used in dietary supplements to inhibit blood clotting.

'Super soy' could help fight against breast cancer

Researchers in America are working on a healthier soybean that contains far higher concentrations of health-protecting compounds than normal soybeans.

Restriction of calorie intake slows down heart ageing

A calorie-restricted diet could slow down ageing of the heart and prolong lifespan, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

'Direct evidence' that cocoa benefits heart health

A team of international researchers claims to have 'direct evidence' for a cocoa flavanol improving blood vessel relaxation.

High soy isoflavones intake might protect against breast cancer

Isoflavones from soy do not increase markers for breast cancer in postmenopausal women and could protect against the disease, suggests a new animal study.

Glucose linked to better memory, small study

Sugary drinks may have been vilified by health and nutrition campaigners, but a new study suggests that supplementary glucose can boost the memory.