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Black cohosh extracts safe, finds review

A review of black cohosh, said to be the most comprehensive to date, finds it to be safe, just days after another study suggested that...

Vitamin C trial backs heart protective effects

Women who take vitamin C supplements may have a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than women with low intakes of vitamin C, according...

Red meat, dairy products raise breast cancer risk

Eating large quantities of red meat and high-fat dairy foods is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, concludes a prospective study, one of...

Obesity epidemic linked to rise in Alzheimer's

Reducing obesity among the elderly may also help to cut down the currently rising numbers of women who develop Alzheimer's disease, suggests a new study....

Potassium-fortified foods to lower blood pressure

Food and drink products designed specially for people with hypertension could soon be available on the market, after researchers claimed this week to have found...

Magnolia extract beats tumour growth

Chemicals in the seeds of magnolia trees have been found to inhibit the growth of new blood vessels, cutting tumour growth in mice by half....

Swiss lobby for fortification

A Swiss lobby group is stepping up pressure on the Government to introduce mandatory folic acid fortification of flour, according to a report in the...

Antioxidant may lower breast cancer risk

Increasing levels of the amino acid cysteine may be able to reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study presented on Saturday at...

New findings suggest black cohosh increases spread of breast cancer

A new study on mice suggests that the herb black cohosh, used by women as an alternative to HRT to treat menopause symptoms, may speed...

Mineral deficiency could be causing increase in asthma

British scientists are hoping to discover if a lack of iron and selenium in the womb increases our risk of asthma later on. The study...

Herbal research spurred on by HRT risk

The University of Illinois at Chicago is to investigate the effectiveness of the herbals black cohosh and red clover for relief of menopause symptoms. The...

Healthy individuals

A symposium on the emerging trend in customised nutrition will this weekend reveal how food choices are becoming increasingly individual, making it more important for...

Red clover supplements found ineffective on hot flushes

Red clover extracts marketed to treat menopause symptoms had no significant effect on hot flushes, reported researchers in this week's Journal of the American Medical...

A healthy brew?

A European research team, undertaking the most comprehensive study of caffeine and health in the world, has found people drinking more than six cups of...

Soy-based drinks - tasty?

Flavour and mouth-feel of soy-protein drinks should not present a barrier to consumer preferences, claim researchers, assessing the acceptability of soy drinks compared to those...

Update on Europe's health strategy

The European Commission will continue discussions on the establishment of nutrition and health claims next week, said Commissioner for Health David Byrne, speaking at a...

Collagen supplements may help slow osteoarthritis epidemic

Collagen hydrolysate could play a significant role in the prevention and treatment of degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, suggests new research presented yesterday at...

Focus on menopause ingredients

The science behind natural treatments for menopause symptoms is inconclusive but an upcoming conference reveals the wide variety of ingredients with potential in this market....

Vitamin E - beyond the antioxidant effects

Vitamin E may be more important for its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits than its antioxidant activity, suggest authors of a recent Harvard Medical School publication....

Experts urge breastfeeding to avoid childhood obesity

A congress on childhood nutrition will today highlight the advantages of breastfeeding over infant formula, linked in some studies to a greater risk of child...

Acatris calls for harmonisation of isoflavone testing

Acatris, the Dutch health ingredients company, has called for greater harmonisation of the methods used to test soy isoflavones to help consumers avoid "the proverbial...

Nuts for omega-3s?

Walnuts are a cheap and easy way of boosting omega-3 intake, claims US industry association the California Walnut Commission this week. Scientific evidence continues to...

Making folate available for mental health

Taking folate supplements may help suppress depression suggests a new study, which found that people with high blood levels of homocysteine, thought to be broken...

Nutra-what?

'Nutragenomics' promises an exciting era for the food industry but are companies ready to take up the opportunities it offers? A seminar at this week's...

Obesity, one of the big five health problems in UK

Britain's chief medical officer has called on the food industry to adopt a "more responsible" approach to marketing foods, to try to tackle the obesity...

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