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Ephedra - can we ignore the risks?

Taking ephedra is 200 times more risky than taking many other commonly used herbs, according to a study which has pitted the reported side effects...

Valentine's treat

A review on the health properties of chocolate, conveniently published in the lead up to Valentine's Day, confirms the evidence that chocolate is good for...

Glucosamine offers relief from knee pain

Glucosamine supplements reduce knee pain in people with cartilage damage and possibly the degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis, concludes research in this month's British Journal of...

Cholesterol gene discovered

US researchers have found that a recently discovered gene regulates HDL (high density lipoproteins) cholesterol, also known as 'good' cholesterol. The study, published in the...

Tough health claims may be on the way

The heated debate on the labelling of foodstuffs in Europe and the thorny issue of health claims was fired up once again this week when...

Broccoli breakthrough could cut cancer levels

California-based Seminis said this week it has secured exclusive marketing rights to broccoli containing up to 80 times more cancer-fighting ability than standard broccoli. The...

Homeopathic herb proves ineffective in study

Researchers in the UK report that the popular homeopathic remedy arnica failed to help reduce swelling and bruising in patients undergoing surgery. Flowers from the...

Metabolism enzyme reveals anti-ageing function

The structure of a key energy-releasing enzyme found in all animals is designed to minimise free radical production, an international team of researchers report in...

Researchers tackle childhood obesity epidemic

Researchers have launched one of the biggest studies into childhood obesity in the UK, funded by the British Heart Foundation. The key aim of the...

Folic acid does not increase chances of twins

A Chinese population-based study provides strong evidence that women who take folic acid supplements during pregnancy do not have an increased likelihood of having a...

White tea may have role in skin cancer battle

Extracts from white tea may be able to protect the skin from cancer, report researchers in the US. Scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and...

A daily dose of fermented milk?

Researchers from Finland report that a fermented milk high in bioactive peptides could be used to lower blood pressure among people with hypertension, one of...

Gut feeling: new research on intestinal health

TNO Nutrition and Food Research of the Netherlands has recently launched a project designed to verify the various claims relating to functional food ingredients. Called...

Search is on for new medicinal plants

The natural ingredients supplier Unigen Pharmaceuticals (UPI) said this week it is to collaborate with consultants Botanical Liaisons to discover new plants for use in...

Red clover isoflavones slow down prostate cancer

A short communication from researchers at Monash University in Australia suggests that red-clover derived isoflavones may help prevent the progression of prostate cancer by killing...

Industry urged to move on reducing salt in foods

"The food industry must take greater responsibility for public health and reduce salt in processed food," said Kath Dalmeny, research officer at the UK Food...

Homocysteine, the clue to heart disease

People with a genetically determined, reduced breakdown of the amino acid homocysteine have an increased risk of coronary heart disease compared to healthy people, according...

Look at the evidence - diet can prevent CHD

A symposium of top UK cardiologists and international heart experts last week confirmed the key role of diet in reducing the burden of coronary heart...

Vitamin D more useful than calcium for older women

Vitamin D rather than calcium intake is important in protecting post-menopausal women from fractures associated with osteoporosis, US researchers confirm. Researchers at the Brigham and...

Fortification review highlights overwhelming benefits

Food fortification with vitamins and minerals is one of the most effective methods to improve health and prevent nutritional deficiencies, say researchers in a new...

Working with eating disorders

A European project will investigate the factors leading to obesity, considered by many as an eating disorder and a disease that affects up to 60...

Iron supplements safe for kids with colds

Giving iron supplements to anaemic children when they have a cold or other upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) significantly improved their iron status without increasing...

Calcium supplements fail to build bone

Calcium supplements are insufficient when it comes to triggering the growth of new bone in osteoporosis patients, according to a leading researcher in the field...

Does fat matter in dementia risk?

Researchers evaluating the link between diet and risk for dementia have failed to confirm the role of saturated fat in higher risk of the mental...

Role of folic acid in heart health inconclusive

Vitamin B and folic acid supplements may not be effective in preventing the onset of heart disease, report researchers from the University of Western Australia....

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