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Vitamin C to fight joint pain?

UK researchers are to test whether a simple course of vitamin C could reduce the effects of an extreme pain syndrome that develops in 30...

FiE seminar opens floor to obesity solutions

Food ingredients companies are to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the current global obesity epidemic at a seminar in next month's Food Ingredients...

Diabetes risk revised upwards

The number of adults who have pre-diabetes, a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes, is expected to rise by roughly 20 per cent...

New infant formula to reduce obesity risk?

A major trial on European children is to examine how early childhood diet can reduce the risk of obesity in later life. The findings could...

Soy isoflavones help protect bones in older women

Soy isoflavones could help women with low bone mineral content prevent hip fractures in postmenopause years, suggest Chinese researchers in this month's Journal of Clinical...

Legume genome could explain health benefits

Scientists will soon huddle together to unravel the third plant genome to be sequenced to date. Their work - boosted recently by a $10.8 million...

Researchers call for lower energy foods

Energy-dense fast foods and convenience meals increase the risk of obesity by encouraging unintentional over-eating, report scientists from the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC). They...

Lycopene may help recovery from prostate surgery

The tomato-derived antioxidant lycopene could help the recovery of patients who have been treated for advanced prostate cancer, say researchers reporting on a small trial....

UK under pressure to promote natural healthcare

Food is a major and underused anticancer weapon, according to a group of British politicians, who are calling for the Government to focus on diet...

Soy protein has protective effect for diabetes patients

Soy protein, widely consumed as a meat alternative or in sports nutrition products, could help diabetes patients protect their hearts and kidneys from damage caused...

Homeopathy could cure third world arsenic poisioning

A homeopathic remedy made from arsenic oxide could ease the suffering of the hundreds of millions of people at risk from arsenic poisoning worldwide, suggests...

Resveratrol up close

Researchers have gained EU funding to investigate how the much-discussed antioxidant resveratrol may benefit human health. The plant chemical, resveratrol (or 3,4,5-trihydroxystilbene), often thought to...

Japanese diet offers promise for Western women

Women could significantly reduce menopause symptoms within 12 weeks by changing to a Japanese diet and exercise plan, suggests a new study. Previous research has...

Collagen hydrolysate takes stage at congress

The use of collagen hydrolysate for osteoarthritis patients warrants further study, said experts meeting at last week's World Congress on Osteoarthritis held in Berlin, Germany....

Mistletoe: tradition not backed by science

A meta-analysis of trials on the use of mistletoe extract to treat cancer failed to show efficacy, report UK researchers in the International Journal of...

Putting herbals into perspective

The use of herbal medicines entails risks, but probably fewer than with synthetic drugs, argues an expert in a British Medicial Journal (BMJ) editorial out...

Breast feeding link to normal weight refuted

Breast feeding does not protect against overweight and obesity in later life, as previously believed, suggest researchers in two studies in this week's British Medical...

Science begins to add weight to CLA

The flurry of activity in CLA applications is being backed by a growing body of research to support the ingredient, particularly for its effects on...

Calorie dense foods promote weight gain but not satiety

Big portions encourage people to eat more but big portions of calorie dense food - the kind people tend to grab on the run -...

Irish dairy products to get functional boost

A probiotic cheese and products with high CLA levels are among the foods being developed at a new €16 million functional food research centre, recently...

Fortification programme successful in Chile

Fortification of wheat flour with folic acid has substantially improved folate status in a population of women of reproductive age in Chile, report researchers in...

Australia promotes healthy eating

The Australian government launched its National Nutrition Week yesterday, urging parents to buy healthier food for their children and help prevent the numbers of obese,...

Antioxidants blanched out of cooked veg

Certain methods of preparation and cooking can causevegetables to lose their cancer-fighting compounds, with microwaving the biggest culprit, finds a new study published in the...

New step in understanding coffee's anti-cancer action

Drinking coffee may help prevent colon cancer, say German researchers, who have identified a potent antioxidant compound in the popular beverage that increased protection against...

Getting the measure of magnesium

Magnesium appears to be associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, report researchers, urging further study to find if increased intake of the...

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