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Potassium citrate supplements linked to thicker bones

Taking potassium citrate supplements could boost bone mineral density by similar amounts as observed with pharmaceuticals, says new research from Switzerland that is linked to lowering the acidity of the...

ALA-rich walnuts could protect arteries after high-fat meal

Walnuts, a rich source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), could improve artery function and heart health and may be more important in a Mediterranean-type diet than olive oil, suggests a...

Antioxidant, polyphenol-rich Med diet could slash Alzheimer's risk

Greater adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet could cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by a whopping 68 per cent, suggests a multi-ethnic study from the US.

Omega-3s show promise for very mild Alzheimer's

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may slow mental decline in people with very mild Alzheimer's disease, but have no impact on people with more advanced forms, says a new clinical...

Stanol-enriched diets boost cholesterol lowering of statins

Adding plant stanol-enriched foods to the diet of people taking maximum-dose statins has clinical relevance for cardiovascular health, reports research from Holland into a population of patients not previously studied...

DSM explores anti-diabetic activity of green tea extract

The green tea extract, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), improved glucose tolerance in diabetic rodents, and "could potentially contribute to nutritional strategies for the prevention of type-2 diabetes," says a new study...

Low glycaemic rice targets health conscious consumers

A new low glycaemic index rice product has been launched to tap growing industry and consumer concern over galloping obesity rates.

Fruit, vegetable extracts could boost immunity

Phytonutrients from fruit and vegetables, delivered as a dietary supplement, boosted the immune system of healthy adults, as well as protecting against DNA damage, says a new study from the...

Pine bark extract could improve diabetic microangiopathy

Daily supplements of the French maritime park bark extract, Pycnogenol, could improve blood flow that deteriorates due to diabetic microangiopathy by 68 per cent, says a new study.

More support for vitamin A against inflammation

Vitamin A supplements could reduce the levels of a marker for inflammation by 30 per cent, says a randomized intervention study with Mexican children, a result that adds to the...

Dried plums: Bone boosting functional food ingredient?

Using dried plums as functional food ingredients could be a way of boosting bone health, if research from an animal study can be repeated in humans.

Black tea may speed up recovery from stress

Drinking black tea could reduce stress hormone levels and help ease the burden of heart disease, says the first randomized clinical trial into the effects of the beverage on stress.

The prehistory of prebiotics

Our plain-dwelling ancestors were big-time eaters of inulin-containing plants, and prebiotic consumption was significantly higher than today, an archaeologist told attendees at the 5th Orafti Research Conference in Boston.

Curcumin could cut plaque build-up linked to Alzheimer's

Curcumin, found extensively in curries, could boost the body's ability to clear the build up of plaques in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer's disease, suggest results from a...

Orafti explores new ground for inulin, oligofructose

Inulin and oligofructose could offer ways of stemming the tide of obesity, or could change immune responses and protect against potentially harmful infection, said prebiotic experts at Orafti's 5th Research...

Pomegranate juice may cut Alzheimer's risk

A daily glass of antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice could halve the build-up of harmful proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease, says a new animal study from the USA.

Orafti consolidates science for inulin, oligofructose

Science - consolidation and breakthroughs - took centre stage at the 5th Orafti Research Conference last week, as world-leading scientists convened to discuss prebiotics.

CLA continues to offer possibilities for bone health

Supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) prevented age-related bone loss in mice, says a new study that could offer a dietary therapy for protecting against the ever-growing threat of osteoporosis.

BioSerae extends NeOpuntia uses with metabolic syndrome study

BioSerae has conducted a trial to assess its NeOpuntia extract of prickly pear cactus on metabolic syndrome, which it expects to open up new marketing avenues for the lipophilic ingredient.

Vitamin E in pecans may reduce LDL oxidation

A handful of pecans a day could reduce the risk of heart disease, found a recent study, likely due to the nut's high vitamin E content.

Red wine again linked to slowing Alzheimer's

A Mount Sinai School of Medicine study found giving mice with amyloid plaques red wine slows their memory loss and brain cell death - adding to a body of science...

Fruit and vegetables cut heart disease risk, says study

Every extra of fruit or vegetable consumed daily could cut the risk of heart disease by four percent, says a meta-analysis of almost a quarter of a million people, giving...

More selenium could slash bladder cancer risk, says study

Increasing the daily intake of selenium from dietary and supplementary sources, could cut the risk of bladder cancer by 70 per cent, suggests a new study from Belgium.

Acatris builds evidence behind LinumLife bioavailability

A pilot study conducted for Acatris provides evidence that its LinumLife flax lignan product is bioavailable in human males, allowing them to realises the health benefits propounded by previous research.

An egg a day could keep AMD at bay

Making the point of getting a daily egg, the yolk of which is a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthing, could reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD),...