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Ginseng linked to improved breast cancer outcomes

Ginseng, one of the most well known traditional herbals, may improve survival rates and quality of life for breast cancer patients, suggests a study based in China, but experts have...

Coffee could slow mental decline in old men

Three cups of coffee a day could slow the loss of mental function in men, says a European study.

More support for lutein, zeaxanthin protection from AMD

A stable intake of the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, could reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration by 43 per cent in women under 75, says a new cohort study.

Too much 'bad' fat plus copper may lead to mental decline

A diet high in saturated and trans fats combined with high copper intake could lead to an accelerated rate of decline in mental function, suggests a study from Chicago.

'Edible paint' has food applications, claim scientists

Scientists at Cornell University have created an environmentally friendly, non-toxic, removable, edible paint that could be used in candy and dietary supplements.

CLA continues to promise benefits for diabetics

Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) are showing promise improving insulin action, and decreasing circulating glucose levels, with rat and human studies both reporting significant benefits.

Different omega-3s offer varied heart benefits

Eating a diet rich in the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), may positively affect 'bad' cholesterol levels in the elderly, says a study from the Netherlands.

Ancient dye source studied for anti-cancer compounds

The anti-cancer action of compounds found in broccoli has been much studied, but new research suggests that purer active compounds could be obtained from woad, an ancient source of blue...

Omega-3 eggs' heart benefits get clinical trial boost

Eating a breakfast of omega-3 enriched eggs could improve blood triglyceride levels, boost heart health, and help people reach their omega-3 recommended intakes, says a study from Canada.

Olive extract could improve blood flow, boost cardio health

A small study from Greece has reported for the first time that dietary supplementation with the olive extract, oleuropein, could boost blood flow and reduce heart attack risk.

White grapes just as heart healthy as red?

The flesh of grapes is just as heart healthy as the skin, says a laboratory study by Italian and US researchers, a result that may challenge the idea that red...

Scientists study whether antioxidants protect against tick-borne illness

Scientists in the US have received a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to investigate if increased intake of antioxidants can protect against tick-borne illnesses.

Flavonoids linked to colorectal cancer protection

A diet rich in certain flavonoids, from eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by over 40 per cent, says a large observational study...

Chromium picolinate cut weight gain in diabetes, says clinical trial

A daily supplement of chromium picolinate, in combination with a common anti-diabetic medication, could improve blood sugar levels as well as cutting weight gain by 60 per cent, says a...

Copper research shows pregnancy nutrigenomics promise

Researchers investigating the interplay between nutrition, genetic variation and birth defects have reported their first positive results on copper metabolism, stoking hopes that their approach may eventually enable every expectant...

Finland's vitamin D fortification working, says study

Finland's recent introduction of mandatory fortification of certain foods with vitamin D is boosting intake of the vitamin and offers encouragement for other countries considering similar measures.

Two apples a day keep Alzheimer's away?

Two apples a day, or a glass of apple juice, could keep Alzheimer's at bay by boosting levels of a neurotransmitter, according to results from an animal study.

Iron transporter research may deliver higher-nutrient crops

Research into the ways in which crops derive micronutrients from the soil could make it possibly to engineer higher-yield, nutrient-rich crops in poor quality soils and increase biomass in soils...

Antioxidant supplements - myth or misunderstood?

Coverage of the New Scientist article questioning the benefits of antioxidant supplements has generated a flurry of feedback from industry and health care practioners, in agreement with and disputing the...

Teenagers may benefit from vitamin D supplements

Over 70 per cent of seemingly healthy teenage girls may be vitamin D deficient, says a British study, and are at increased risk of osteoporosis and other health problems later...

Transgenic goat milk could prevent diarrhea in developing world

Milk produced by transgenic goats is seen to shore up protective intestinal bacteria against illness, thanks to the antibacterial action of an enzyme found in human breast milk; if the...

Folate type affects bioavailability, says study

Supplements of a folic acid derivative result in higher blood folate levels than straight folic acid, and could be an alternative for the prevention of neural tube defects, says a...

New Scientist slams antioxidant supplement benefits

The benefits of antioxidant supplements, from vitamins and carotenoids to polyphenols, are just a 'myth', says an article in the New Scientist magazine.

Grape's nutraceutical content boosted by pest agent spray

Spraying grapes with a safe anti-bacterial agent could triple the nutraceutical content, says a study from Italy, but the effects are not carried over into wine.

Baby-boomers may benefit most from flavanol-rich cocoa

The heart health of the baby-boom generation could benefit from flavanol-rich cocoa, reports a study co-funded by Mars, but independent experts warn against confusion with commercial chocolate snacks.