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Low chromium associated with raised heart attack risk

Low levels of the mineral chromium have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack in men, offering further support for nutrient's role in heart health, writes Dominique Patton.

Folate may protect against stroke independently of homocysteine levels

Folate may offer extra protection against stroke, on top of reducing levels of an amino acid related to the incident, say Swedish researchers.

Little evidence on children's weight loss regimes

Many diet and exercise interventions aimed at preventing childhood obesity promote healthy diets and increased physical activity, but do not appear to have radical impacts on reducing overweight and obesity...

Elderly benefit from calcium and vitamin D combo, confirms review

Elderly people who are frail and at risk for bone fractures may be helped somewhat by giving them both vitamin D and calcium, according to the results of a new...

GI studies inconclusive, says Grain Foods Foundation

A campaign designed to combat the glycaemic index momentum is being launched in the US by the Grain Foods Foundation and public relations firm Mullen, reports Lorraine Heller.

Calcium may prevent polyps but cancer not clear

Calcium supplements might stop the development of polyps that sometimes lead to colon cancer but there is not enough evidence that the mineral can prevent colorectal cancer itself, finds a...

Hunger hormone also involved in memory and learning

The hormone leptin, thought to control appetite, could also boost the memory, Scottish scientists will reveal today.

Calcium phosphate may reduce cholesterol levels

Supplements of calcium phosphate could help lower cholesterol levels, according to a German study out this month.

Grapefruit seed extract helps stomach ulcers

Grapefruit seed extract appears to help treat stomach ulcers, according to Polish researchers.

Antioxidants may not be answer to ageing

Taking antioxidant vitamins or other supplements may do little to slow ageing, say US researchers, calling into question one of the leading theories that underpins many products in the nutraceutical...

Hop extract inhibits weight gain in rodents

Isomerized hop extract, a natural product used in the brewing process, prevented weight gain in mice when they were fed a high-fat diet, reported Japanese researchers this month.

Low-fat diet could slow breast cancer, new study

Researchers at UCLA have reported that daily exercise and replacing the typical high-fat American diet with low-fat, high-fiber foods may slow the growth of breast cancer cells in postmenopausal women...

Omega-3s crucial to bone health in later years

Getting the right balance of omega-3s and omega-6s in the diet may ward off much of the bone loss seen with post-menopausal osteoporosis, say US scientists.

Action of anti-cancer foods revealed

The discovery of the anti-cancer mechanism behind certain natural compounds could present the food industry with exciting new opportunities, reports Jess Halliday.

Cholesterol significantly impacted by genes, rather than lifestyle

Genes, known to regulate the body's response to fat intake, appear to also override any benefit from exercise when it comes to cholesterol levels, reports Dominique Patton.

Supplement users already following healthy lifestyle

Britons that take supplements may be the least likely to need them because they are likely to also be following a healthy diet and overall healthy lifestyle, say researchers.

Study highlights Pycnogenol's anti-swelling action

Taking maritime pine bark extract before a long-haul flight could help travelers reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), say researchers in a new study into the effects of...

Turmeric slows melanoma growth in lab study

Curcumin, the yellow pigment found in the curry spice turmeric, inhibits melanoma cell growth and kills tumour cells, shows a new study.

Iron supplements could protect brain from lead poisoning

Iron supplements could prevent irreversible brain damage in thousands of children in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, believe UK researchers, who have started investigating the link between iron deficiency...

Soybean protein may help lower blood pressure

Taking soy protein supplements could help prevent high blood pressure in people at risk, and lower it in those with early stage hypertension, said US researchers this week.

Study pinpoints actions of heart health ingredients

Phytosterols and soluble fibers help protect against cardiovascular disease in a different way from omega-3 fatty acids, according to a meta-analysis of research into the effects of bioactive ingredients used...

Walnut extract targeted for AMD supplement

An extract of resveratrol-rich walnuts could offer supplement makers a new ingredient for tackling the onset of age-related macular degeneration, writes Dominique Patton.

Soy protein cuts risk of prostate cancer, finds review

Regular consumption of soy protein-containing foods and beverages may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men by as much as 30 per cent, according to a new meta-analysis.

Copper levels in supplements should be reduced

Regularly taking copper supplements could lead to excess levels of the mineral that may impact health, said a US researcher last week, calling for the current upper safe limit for...

Calcium reduces osteoporosis risk for women on the Pill

Oral contraceptives may prevent young women from attaining optimal bone mass and increase their chances of developing osteoporosis in later life. But a new study from Purdue University indicates that...