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Creatine 'exerts mild antioxidant activity'

The amino acid creatine, a favourite of athletes around the world to increase their muscle bulk, may also act as an antioxidant, says new research.

Omega-3s have no benefits for heart health, cancer - new review

Intake of omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and fish oil supplements has no effect on mortality, heart disease or cancer, concludes a new review, but guidelines should continue for...

More evidence of green tea's brain benefits

Green tea catechins may improve reference and working-memory related learning ability, say research from Japan, adding to claims that green tea can help ward off Alzheimer's.

Youngsters advised to cut bad cholesterol for long-term benefits

Young people should be encouraged to lower their 'bad' cholesterol intake to reduce their long-term risk of heart disease, says a major new study.

Beta-carotene could slow down lung aging

Increased intake of beta-carotene, found naturally in carrots, broccoli and tomatoes, might reduce the loss of lung function due to aging, says new research from France.

Omega-3s might stop spread of prostate cancer

Eating a diet with omega-3-rich oily fish could stop the spread of prostate cancer, but omega-6 fatty acids appear to promote the spread, says new research.

Green tea extract may help oxygen flow to tissues

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the main extract from green tea, improves oxygen flow to tissues deprived of adequate supply, claims new research from South Korea.

Healthy eyes linked to healthy diet and lifestyle

A healthy diet containing plenty of antioxidants and fish can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study from Harvard Medical School.

More support for grape seed extract's health benefits

Masquelier's grapevine seed extract could reduce free radical damage of blood vessel cells by 85 per cent and protect against heart disease, says new research.

DNA breakthrough promises crispier and tastier apples

Crucial new genetic data on apples could help revolutionise the produce industry by unlocking the secrets of taste, health and colour.

Fruit and veg may cut adult asthma risk

A diet rich in vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots and leafy vegetables, could cut the risk of adult asthma by about 20 per cent, says new research.

Soy products pose no threat for infants, experts say

Scientific evidence says that consumption of soy from the diet or as supplements should not cause alarm despite negative reports about risks, a view that has been supported by a...

More evidence that whole grains could protect against colon cancer

Antioxidants in wheat, allied with dietary fibre, are the key to its anti-colon cancer properties, say researchers.

Business, not science, driving infant milk formulations say doctors

The standards for infant formulations, a topic of continued discussion with the Codex Committee, is being driven by commercial interests and not science say two paediatricians, claims that have been...

Folic acid fortification linked to lower stroke death rates

The number of deaths from stroke in North America has dropped by five per cent since the introduction of folic acid fortification, while figures in the non-fortifying UK have not...

Tocotrienols may stop the spread of cancer cells

Tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E, could stop the spread of cancer cells, adding to previous studies and drawing attention to this least studied form of the vitamin.

Pepper extract could stop prostate cancer growth

Capsaicin, the compound that gives red pepper its heat, could stop the spread of prostate cancer, claims a new study.

Fruit and vegetable waste rich with extractable antioxidants

Fruit and vegetables waste products offer a cheap and practical source of potent antioxidants that could be used as functional ingredients, says a Spanish-German study.

Pigs give more support for fruit and veg rich diet

An intake of antioxidants from different fruit could be more efficient at protecting against the effects of oxidative stress than single fruits, says new research using pigs.

Potential probiotics isolated from dairy sources

Greek researchers have isolated three strains of bacteria from dairy sources that have desirable probiotic properties and could be applied in the food industry.

B-vitamins 'not beneficial' to high-risk heart patients

Supplements of B-vitamins lowered homocysteine levels but did not reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack or stroke for high-risk patients, report two new studies - findings that cannot...

Calcium supplements could reduce severe pregnancy complications

Daily supplements of calcium might reduce serious complications during pregnancy by 25 per cent, reports a multi-centred WHO study.

Ginger may prevent diabetic kidney damage - animal study

Ginger could help protect against kidney damage, a condition said to threaten one in three diabetics, if the results of an animal study published in Food Chemistry are also seen...

Red cabbage could cut Alzehimer's risk

In a new study red cabbage was seen to reduce the build-up of certain plaques in the brain that could cause Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia that...

Vitamin E - the need for perspective

Conflicting study results concerning the benefits and safety of vitamin E are causing confusion amongst consumers, even though they are open to debate from fellow scientists and members of the...