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Beta-carotene for cataract prevention in smokers

Beta-carotene - a naturally occurring antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables - may reduce cataract risk in male smokers, so suggests a 12 year US...

Fruit and veg shown to be cancer-fighters

A team of UK and Japanese researchers confirm previous findings that fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer mortality. The researchers studied the...

The salt debate

Reviewing current science on salt and its effects on health, UK scientists say that while there is no proven evidence to support intake restriction guidelines...

Child obesity rates underestimated?

Waist circumference in young people has risen more steeply over the past 10-20 years than body mass index, particularly in girls. This is a cause...

Beat dementia with 'moderate' drinking

Adults at least 65 years old, who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks each week, have a lower risk of dementia than those who...

Iron deficiency is costly, finds study

Anaemic adults and children cost developing countries billions of dollars in lost productivity, according to a recent study. "One in three of the world's population...

Popular supplement may cause genetic mutations

The popular dietary supplement chromium picolinate, often taken to speed up weight loss, may cause severe DNA damage, finds a new study. The dietary supplement...

Olive oil under the microscope

'It is a truth, universally acknowledged,'…that olive oil is good for the health. But why? Volunteers from across Europe could soon provide the answer as...

Curcumin may prevent alcohol-related liver disease

A team from the US, Finland and Hong Kong have found that curcumin, found in the Indian spice turmeric, prevents activation of a genetic factor...

Effective body building supplements identified

Those who seek a well-chiselled body can start clearing out their medicine cabinets. A US study reveals that of the more than 250 dietary products...

UK centre to boost yields of herbal extracts

UK researchers are to collaborate with a team from the US on a project to increase the availability of herbal extracts used in medicines and...

Oat juice, anyone?

Will we shortly be able to pluck an oat juice from the supermarket shelf or grab an oat ice cream from the freezer cabinet? European...

1.7 billion - the numbers of obese worldwide

Calls for urgent action to treat obesity are again in the headlines, following a new assessment that up to 1.7 billion people worldwide could be...

B vitamins slow Alzheimer's progress

High doses of three common vitamins - folic acid, B12 and B6 - may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, if the...

LMW chondroitin sulphate gets medical support

Leading orthopaedic surgeons and pharmacologists have confirmed their backing for chondroitin sulphate supplements as a way of managing joint discomfort, according to one supplement manufacturer....

Further research backs potent role of curcumin

Curcumin, found in the Indian spice turmeric, may be able to slow down and stop the blood cancer multiple myeloma, suggest researchers, confirming previous health...

Eye health, more about nutrition please

"The subject of nutrition and the eye looks certain to become a very hot topic in the near future," said an eyecare specialist, in a...

Diet linked to respiratory health

Eating more fish and fruit and vegetables may prevent respiratory diseases and winter coughs in children, say researchers. The team examined a large population of...

Reference on flavonoids

A food composition database for the plant compounds flavonoids has been launched by the Agricultural Research Service, part of the US Department of Agriculture. The...

Novel fermented milk product may reduce hypertension

Researchers in Japan report that a novel fermented milk product containing gamma-aminobutyric acid (known as GABA) may lower blood pressure in people with mild hypertension....

Which fibre is most healthy?

Upping levels of dietary fibre may reduce the risk of heart attack in patients with previous heart problems, but the type of fibre may also...

Fish oil could be answer to lupus symptoms

Fish oil has been found to greatly reduce the symptoms of lupus disease, offering hope to millions of sufferers with little alternative to steroid treatment....

Milk - A1 or A2?

The Food Standards Authority of Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a fact sheet recommending that milk should continue to be regarded as safe...

Vegetarians live longer, says study

Vegetarians may have a significantly lower risk of mortality than people who eat lots of meat, according to a study at the German Cancer Research...

Folate linked to depressive episodes

A team of US and Norwegian investigators claim to have found for the first time a link between nutrition and depression vulnerability. Martha Morris and...

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