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Vitamin C may counter some of smoking's effects on foetus

High doses of vitamin C may have the potential to counteract some of the negative effects on the foetus caused by a mother's smoking, suggests research in monkeys.

Ireland expands lab space at functional food research centre

Ireland's Moorepark Food Research Centre is shoring up its capacity for functional food development with the addition of new laboratories and around 40 researchers, it said on Friday.

Natural enzyme helps mice live longer

Mice genetically engineered to produce the human antioxidant enzyme catalase lived about 20 per cent longer than normal mice, reported US scientists last week, providing further evidence for the theory...

Scientists dig deep into plant extracts

Scientists at Rutgers University are investigating whether plant extracts can genuinely cut risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes or other serious illnesses.

Gene study suggests vitamin E helps blocks Alzheimer's

Scientists have found genetic proof that vitamin E can help protect against Alzheimer's disease, said DSM yesterday.

EU consumers getting to know lutein

Lutein, its meaning and use, are on the up throughout Europe, according to the results of a survey conducted this March. Good news for manufacturers and marketers of this supplement,...

Fatty acids help DCD kids to behave

Supplementation with fatty acids may be a safe and effective way of dealing with educational and behavioral problems among children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD), according to an Oxford University...

Plant based foods slice away 'bad' cholesterol in low fat diet

The health benefits of differing low-fat diets are far from equal, say researchers, suggesting that a low-fat diet rich in vegetables and fruits has twice the cholesterol-lowering power of a...

Supplement use starts needlessly early, say researchers

Many parents start supplementing their childrens' diets with vitamins and minerals from birth even though they are deriving adequate nutrition from food, according to a University of Iowa study.

Milk thistle "does not" lower mortality

A review of current research has suggested that milk thistle - widely used as an alternative medicine - does not lower mortality in alcoholic or hepatitis B or C liver...

Med diet lowers risk markers for heart disease

Health benefits of the Mediterranean diet continue to gain credence with yet another study showing a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and olive oil could reduce the risk of heart...

Overweight countries face dementia epidemic

Developed countries may face an explosion in age-related dementia in the next 20 years if they fail to contain the present obesity crisis, warn researchers at Californian health care delivery...

Fiber's dual effect wards off heart disease in diabetics

A new study carried out by Unicity International and presented at the American Heart Association conference indicates that fiber supplements have a dual effect on cholesterol levels in type-2 diabetes...

Calcium and vitamin D did not help elderly fractures

Researchers in Aberdeen have found that elderly people who regularly took calcium and vitamin D supplements did not suffer less fractures than their peers.

Soy and obesity conference announced

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US will host a forum next month to examine the role that soy foods can play in managing a person's weight.

Month shelf-life for fruit with vitamin - mineral coating

A mineral and vitamin mixture that cuts the browning and extends the shelf-life of sliced apples could encourage consumers to eat more fruit, say researchers, Lindsey Partos reports.

Education does not reduce weight problems in African-US women

Greater levels of education did not reduce weight problems in middle-aged African American women, according to new research.

Probiotic reduces gastric infection

A combination of lactic acid bacteria and a probiotic can help prevent gastric infection, according to research by the Institut Rosell.

Ginkgo biloba may improve memory in MS sufferers

Scientists in Oregon, US have presented a study that seems to suggest that ginkgo biloba may help improve attention in MS patients with cognitive impairment.

Black cohosh could interfere with anticancer drugs

Black cohosh, a plant commonly used by breast cancer patients to alleviate the menopause-like side effects of therapy, may alter the effects anticancer drugs, suggests a study carried out at...

Moderate alcohol feeds brain, and alcoholism?

Moderate drinking can boost the formation of brain cells, but could also lead to alcoholism, speculate Swedish scientists, reports Lindsey Partos.

Heart disease patients live longer on Med diet

A Mediterranean style diet should be recommended to those already suffering from heart disease, says new research, which concludes its ingredients can help them live longer.

Synbiotic ingredient plus probiotics reduces cancer risk

An EU-funded project has found that a synbiotic ingredient in conjunction with probiotics can help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

OatVantage delivers greatest intestinal viscosity

Nurture's OatVantage ingredient can lower the risk of coronary heart disease more than any other commercial oat product, according to a company-funded study carried out at the University of Minnesota.

Heart problems at forefront of natural symposium

Heart problems, weight control and diabetes are the three research areas that will be headlining at this year's Natural Health Research Institute's annual symposium.