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Potential probiotics isolated from dairy sources

Greek researchers have isolated three strains of bacteria from dairy sources that have desirable probiotic properties and could be applied in the food industry.

B-vitamins 'not beneficial' to high-risk heart patients

Supplements of B-vitamins lowered homocysteine levels but did not reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack or stroke for high-risk patients, report two new studies - findings that cannot...

Calcium supplements could reduce severe pregnancy complications

Daily supplements of calcium might reduce serious complications during pregnancy by 25 per cent, reports a multi-centred WHO study.

Ginger may prevent diabetic kidney damage - animal study

Ginger could help protect against kidney damage, a condition said to threaten one in three diabetics, if the results of an animal study published in Food Chemistry are also seen...

Red cabbage could cut Alzehimer's risk

In a new study red cabbage was seen to reduce the build-up of certain plaques in the brain that could cause Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia that...

Vitamin E - the need for perspective

Conflicting study results concerning the benefits and safety of vitamin E are causing confusion amongst consumers, even though they are open to debate from fellow scientists and members of the...

Cholesterol-lowering foods - the sum greater than the parts?

A combination of foods like soy, plant sterols, almonds and viscous fibres, could reduce LDL-cholesterol levels by 20 per cent, and work better together than independently, says a new study.

More support that dairy could reduce colorectal cancer risk

A diet rich in dairy products could cut the risk of colorectal cancer by half, an effect that is not due solely to calcium, reports a Swedish study.

Vitamin C could reduce inflammation

A diet rich in sources of vitamin C could cut the level of markers for inflammation by 45 per cent, a result that needs verifying by supplementation studies, says a...

New study investigates fatty acids and severe behavioral disorders

A new pilot study gets underway today to assess the effect of fish oil supplements in children at a residential school who have experienced severe emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.

The vitamin E debate rumbles on

Gamma-tocopherol, the major form of vitamin E consumed in the American diet, and becoming more popular in dietary supplements, produces metabolites that are toxic to cells, claims a new study.

Med diet better than supplements for CVD

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet is better than taking individual supplements for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the current science, says a new review from Canada.

Pomegranate peel extract has 'more potential' as supplement

Pomegranate peel yields double the amount of antioxidants than the pulp, and has 'more potential as a health supplement' claim Chinese researchers.

Folic acid may reduce severity of birth defects

Folic acid from fortification and supplements may reduce the severity of birth defects, as well as preventing the rate of defects, leading experts to again call for increasing fortification levels.

Rice bran supplements could lower blood pressure

Including a rice bran fraction in dietary supplements or functional foods could lower blood pressure, says Japanese researchers who have developed a new method of rice bran extraction.

Nutrigenomics - sky's the limit?

Science fiction or science fact? Could we soon be stopping off for a quick genetic test to let us know which foods and supplements to take to reduce our risks...

Glucosamine, chondroitin relieve moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis pain

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements "significantly decreased" knee pain for people suffering from moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis - a message that may not be getting through to consumers.

Beer extracts reported to have anti-inflammatory effect

Extracts from any type of beer reduced inflammatory markers, say Austrian scientists who performed the in vitro experiments.

Soy protein, not isoflavones, lower blood lipids - study

Soy protein isolates (SPI), and not soy isoflavones, are associated with lowering blood fat levels, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), claims a new study.

New wheat variety could improve nutrition

CSIRO has developed a new experimental wheat variety with the potential to provide benefits in the areas of bowel health, diabetes and obesity.

Green tea could protect against Alzheimer's

Drinking more than two cups of green tea a day could cut the risk of dementia by half, claims a population-based study of elderly Japanese subjects.

Glycaemic Index 'unrealistic'

The glycaemic index, a current hot diet trend, "does not seem useful in understanding how diet impacts health," says the author of a new study.

Vitamin D, calcium supplements could reduce falls in women, not men

A daily supplement of vitamin D and calcium cut the rate of falls in elderly women by 50 per cent, but not men, reports a new study.

Cocoa flavonols linked to low blood pressure

Regular eating of flavonol-rich chocolate can cut the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by half, reports a long-term study of elderly men.

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The bad research debate

The dust is settling on the WHI trial. First came the news that low-fat diets didn't reduce the risk of breast or colorectal cancer or cardiovascular disease, then came news...