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Tea found to fight Alzheimer's enzymes

Drinking tea could help improve memory and may also slow the development of Alzheimer's disease, suggests new research from the UK.

Cranberry juice improves good cholesterol

Cranberry juice could be just as good as red wine and grape juice for heart health, according to scientists.

Olive oil, source of health benefits

More than 300 scientists from all over the world are meeting in southern Spain for the first international conference on olive oil and health.

Calorie restriction may not slow memory loss, finds mice study

Severe calorie restriction prevents certain ageing-related changes in the brain, including the accumulation of free radicals and impairments in coordination and strength, according to a mouse study.

Strong-flavoured onions show promise for fighting cancer

Strong-flavoured onions may not help your social life but they could have significant potential for fighting cancer, report US researchers.

Vitamin D improves symptoms of knee osteoarthritis

Increased vitamin D levels appear to improve muscle strength and physical function for vitamin D-deficient patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to research presented this week.

Soy unlikely to impact fertility

Soy is unlikely to damage fertility in women, report researchers, who investigated the theory that its positive impact on breast cancer risk may have other, unwanted effects.

UK ups focus on disease prevention

The UK is increasing its focus on disease prevention under a new £12 million (€17.25m) initiative launched today.

Higher fibre shown to reduce oestrogen levels

An international team has demonstrated that women with a higher intake of dietary fibre have lower circulating oestrogen levels, a factor associated with lower risk of breast cancer.

Genetic mechanism explains omega-6 link to breast cancer

An excess of omega-6 fats in the diet appears to accelerate breast cancer by altering the activity of a group of genes, report Spanish researchers.

Broccoli warfare to cut cancer risk

Powerhouse antioxidants contained in three or more pieces of fruit and vegetables a day could severely reduce the risk of developing cancer of the lymphatic system, with broccoli and cabbage...

Cranberry treatment for herpes?

Alpine cranberries may help to fight infection by the herpes virus, one of the most common viral infections in humans, according to new findings by a Taiwan team.

Vitamin C intake offers protection against stomach cancer

Further evidence shows that vitamin C intake and fruit consumption may be linked to reduced risk of stomach cancer.

Innovative sterol combination could enhance efficacy

Blending plant sterols with a fatty acid found in beef tallow may make them both more effective and more versatile for food firms producing cholesterol-lowering products, suggests US research.

Diabetes continues to escalate in UK

The number of people with diabetes has surged to 1.8 million in the UK, increasing by 400,000 in just eight years, showed new figures out last week.

Iron imbalance linked to Parkinson's disease

Too much or too little iron intake may have a significant impact on the brain, increasing the risk of Parkinson's disease, according to a US team.

Gut flora research could be breakthrough for probiotics

A new research model for human intestinal flora could give food companies better evidence of the benefits of products like probiotics and their effects on health.

Carbohydrate metabolism has role in spina bifida?

Low concentrations of myo-inositol, a nutrient involved in carbohydrate metabolism, or slightly elevated glucose levels in the blood increase the risk of having a child with spina bifida, say Dutch...

Soy - potential in many areas but more research needed

Soy appears to deliver tangible health benefits for the heart, brain and kidney health but more research is needed in many areas, heard a large audience attending this year's Soy...

Folic acid supplements also appear to lower blood pressure

Folate, the B vitamin required by women to prevent birth defects in their babies, also appears to reduce the risk of them developing high blood pressure, shows new research.

Unsaturated fats may reduce risk of gallstone disease

A diet rich in polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats, such as those typically found in the Mediterranean diet, may not only protect heart health but could also reduce the risk of...

Should supplements advise on how to best absorb nutrients?

Supplement labels should carry some suggestions as to how they are best consumed to maximize their chances of efficacy, suggests a researcher.

Compounds found in wine could inhibit Alzheimer's

New Japanese research could explain why drinking wine appears to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's. Scientists have found compounds that inhibit an enzyme implicated in the disease.

New analysis of HRT risks

Taking combined HRT can sharply increase the risk of developing a blood clot for some women, according to new research, that adds to the other risks associated with the therapy.

Investing in GI

Food manufacturers offering products with a low glycaemic value will help generate the necessary evidence to convince sceptics of the merits of the nutritional strategy, suggests an industry expert, even...