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High blood sugar levels raise risk of heart disease

Lowering blood sugar levels could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in non-diabetics as well as people with diabetes, say US researchers.

Soyfoods cut risk of fractures in older women

Eating soyfoods may reduce the risk of fracture in postmenopausal women, particularly among those in the early years following menopause, shows a Chinese study.

Vitamin C may fight cancer in high IV doses

Vitamin C may have the potential to fight cancer but only in such high doses that it has to be injected intravenously, suggests new laboratory research.

Not enough evidence for omega-3 bowel benefit, says study

Omega-3 fatty acids have been believed to confer a beneficial effect on patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, but scientists from California...

Higher copper intake linked to reduced lung strength

Dietary copper may have a negative impact on lung health, say UK researchers, who also confirmed the positive role of vitamin C and selenium.

Iron transporter discovered; major impact for supplements

Iron supplements could be improved by new research in the UK that has identified for the first time a molecule responsible for absorption of the mineral in the gut.

Zinc-deficiency linked to CV disease, animal study

A deficiency of the mineral zinc may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease through inflammation and a decreased level of compounds that protect against atherosclerosis, indicates a new study in...

Sorghum compounds may lower cholesterol

Grain sorghum compounds could be used as food ingredients or dietary supplements to manage cholesterol levels, say US researchers.

Nut link to lower cholesterol gains credence

A new meta-analysis of scientific evidence for nuts' ability to lower cholesterol levels confirms that almonds, peanuts, walnuts and pecans could be useful as part of an overall heart-healthy diet.

Healthy eating, exercise key to keeping brain fit, say scientists

Regular exercise and a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s may help the elderly stave off memory loss, said Irish scientists yesterday.

Soy protein could protect against liver disease in diabetics

Consuming soy protein could help prevent diabetes sufferers developing fatty liver, or hepatic steatosis, say researchers in a new animal study.

Vinegar may help dieters eat less

Vinegar reduces the body's insulin response to a carbohydrate meal and increases satiety, say Swedish researchers.

Scientists analyse nutrition in beer

Opportunities await for Europe's beer industry to tap into growing consumer health trends as Belgian brewing scientists offer newly developed testing to assess the nutritional quality of beers.

Cow's diet makes milk healthier, says study

Cows on healthier diets produce milk that is healthier for humans, says new research, improving our understanding of how dairy processors could naturally increase the health positioning of their products.

Fish oil does not stop fatal heart rhythms, suggests study

Fish oil did little to reduce the risk of heart rhythm problems, cardiac arrest or arrhythmia in patients at increased risk, said researchers yesterday, conflicting with previous results showing a...

B vitamins may not protect against heart disease

A new study from Norway has cast doubt on years of research suggesting that vitamin B6 and folic acid may have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system - findings...

High doses of vitamin E boost mice lifespan

Mice given high doses of vitamin E lived on average 40 per cent longer than a control group, report Spanish and Argentinian researchers, who suggest the results are down to...

Probiotic drops calm colicky infants

Probiotic bacteria drops appear to reduce the symptoms of colic in breast-feeding infants and could offer a natural, more effective alternative to conventional treatment, say researchers.

Mushrooms beat wheatgerm to top antioxidant slot

Food makers anxious to tap into the burgeoning market for functional foods might wish to promote the use of mushrooms, with fresh research from food scientists suggesting button mushrooms are...

Pomegranate extract could slow cartilage loss in arthritis

Pomegranate fruit extracts have been shown to block enzymes that contribute to cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis, a condition that currently has little perspective for treatment.

Vitamin D boosts NSAID cancer-fighting power

Low doses of the active form of vitamin D and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs act as a powerful combination to halt the growth of prostate cancer cells, say US scientists.

Polyphenols linked to flavour development in food, new findings

Polyphenols present in roasted or baked rolled oats could be intimately linked to the flavour development of this popular food, report food scientists.

EU to develop new grain varieties to combat metabolic syndrome

Health-promoting cereal foods and ingredients aimed at fighting metabolic syndrome are to be developed in a five-year project involving 43 partners from 15 European countries.

High dose vitamin C reduced colds in Japanese study

Taking a high-dose vitamin C supplement everyday reduced the number of colds experienced by people in a Japanese trial, although intake of the vitamin appeared to have no impact on...

Olive oil compound may fight disease, act like painkiller

A compound found in olive oil has an anti-inflammatory action similar to the popular painkiller ibuprofen, reported US researchers today.