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Study pinpoints actions of heart health ingredients

Phytosterols and soluble fibers help protect against cardiovascular disease in a different way from omega-3 fatty acids, according to a meta-analysis of research into the effects of bioactive ingredients used...

Walnut extract targeted for AMD supplement

An extract of resveratrol-rich walnuts could offer supplement makers a new ingredient for tackling the onset of age-related macular degeneration, writes Dominique Patton.

Soy protein cuts risk of prostate cancer, finds review

Regular consumption of soy protein-containing foods and beverages may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men by as much as 30 per cent, according to a new meta-analysis.

Copper levels in supplements should be reduced

Regularly taking copper supplements could lead to excess levels of the mineral that may impact health, said a US researcher last week, calling for the current upper safe limit for...

Calcium reduces osteoporosis risk for women on the Pill

Oral contraceptives may prevent young women from attaining optimal bone mass and increase their chances of developing osteoporosis in later life. But a new study from Purdue University indicates that...

Probiotic may help manage IBS symptoms, says Institut Rosell

A probiotic formulation developed by French/Canadian company Institut Rosell reduced symptoms associated with IBS in tests on a rat model, writes Dominique Patton.

Saw palmetto, nettle root supplement helps urinary tract problems

A saw palmetto and nettle root combination helps to treat urinary tract problems in older men, shows a new study.

Adult lifestyle biggest risk factor for diabetes

Adult lifestyle has more influence on your chances of developing type 2 diabetes than childhood experience, reveal UK researchers today, contradicting previously held beliefs.

Largest vitamin E trial shows reduced risk of cardiovascular death in women

Vitamin E is unlikely to prevent heart disease or cancer but it could lower the risk of heart attacks and stroke in older women as well as cardiovascular deaths, writes...

Mix MUFAs and PUFAs for best heart benefit, says study

The heart health benefits of unsaturated fatty acids over trans- and saturated fats have long been recognized, but now a study at Pennsylvania State University indicates that polyunsaturated fatty acids...

Mother's cod liver oil intake may increase baby's weight

Taking cod liver oil in early pregnancy could result in a larger baby, finds research out of Iceland.

High carb diet increases risk of cataract development in elder women

While the low-carb fad wanes, new research suggests the higher the carbohydrate intake, the greater the risk an elder woman will develop cataracts.

Low birth weight may raise risk of adult depression

Low birth weight is associated with adult psychological distress, finds new research by a UK team.

High iron levels raise cancer risk in people with high cholesterol

High levels of iron in the blood in combination with high levels of very low density (VLDL) lipoprotein cholesterol appear to interact to increase the risk of cancer, reported US...

New nutrient-rich crops get funding for development

More than $30 million has been allocated to scientists on four different projects seeking to develop new nutrient-rich staple crops that could improve the nutrition of the world's poor, reports...

Ginger studied for potential to help stop vomiting from chemotherapy

US scientists will investigate whether ginger can help cancer patients avoid nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy.

Could mistletoe prevent bladder cancer recurrence?

A new study into the ability of mistletoe to decrease the reoccurrence of tumors in bladder cancer patients seems to show that it is as effective as the most common...

Potato compounds could lower blood pressure levels

UK scientists have identified previously unknown compounds in the potato that are also found in a herbal used to lower blood pressure, reports Dominique Patton.

Fatty acids could protect against Parkinson's

A high intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids could lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to researchers in the Netherlands.

Pomegranate might fight brain damage in babies

A mouse study conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine suggests that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy may reduce the hypoxia ischemia-related brain injuries in babies, writes Jess Halliday.

Anti-oxidant combo stops omega-3 degradation

Researchers may have found a way to inhibit the oxidation of fish-oils in fortified milk products. The discovery may provide a solution to the problem of fish-oil's high susceptibility to...

Dark chocolate could protect the cardiovascular system

Far from being an unhealthy treat, the scientific evidence is support of the health benefits of eating dark chocolate are stacking up. The latest research indicates that the flavonoid-rich substance...

Vitamin C enthusiasm unjustified, claims report

A recently published article suggests that consumer enthusiasm for taking vitamin C as a treatment for the common cold may be unjustified, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Research shows metabolic benefits of low-carb diet

The high-protein, low-carb approach to weight loss has been underpinned by new research from Australia showing that it can provide overweight women with greater nutritional and metabolic benefits than a...

Vitamin D marketers should target teenage girls

Teenage girls living in northern climates should take vitamin D supplements in the winter months to help strengthen bones for later years, say researchers on a new study.