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DHA speeds visual development in breast-fed infants

Baby food fortified with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA speeds up visual development in breast-fed infants, report researchers this month.

Pineapple extract could help asthma patients

The enzyme bromelain, extracted from the juice and stem of the pineapple plant, appears to reduce inflammation associated with asthma.

Red Bull mixer fails to offer energy high

Young people who consume energy drinks with alcohol to improve their stamina on a night out are likely to see no such effect, suggests new research on the market leader...

Hibiscus extract may lower cholesterol

An extract of the hibiscus flower may have the same health benefits as red wine and tea according to scientists in Taiwan, who have found the plant to lower cholesterol...

Regular drink helps the heart, after surgery

Drinking a bottle of wine a week can help reduce a further narrowing of blood vessels in men who have undergone heart surgery, report German researchers this week, providing further...

Chromium, B vitamins could reduce middle-aged spread

Four common supplements - chromium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and multivitamins - may help slow weight gain in middle-age adults, suggest results from an observational study.

Omega-3 offers little benefit for eye disease

Taking supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA in combination with vitamin A can initially slow the progression of the eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, report researchers, but for those already...

Yoghurt fails to prevent thrush

Millions of women use yoghurt as a natural remedy to prevent thrush while taking antibiotics but an Australian team says there is no proof that the bacteria in yoghurt has...

Amino acid, carb supplement may combat muscle wasting in elderly

Supplements containing essential amino acids and carbohydrates appear to reduce the muscle wasting experienced by people confined to bed for long periods of time, shows a small trial.

Salt slashed in processed food

The UK food industry has backed a new campaign launched today by the country's food agency to slash salt levels in food products and reduce overall salt consumption in the...

Vitamin B may prevent migraines

Supplementing with high-dose vitamin B2 (riboflavin) may help prevent migraines, according to recent research.

Fish oils can regulate heart beat

Two recent studies have added weight to the health credentials of fatty acids, suggesting that taking fish oil supplements and eating fatty fishes, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and cod,...

Have a break, have some almonds

A new study by researchers at Loma Linda University in California has found that snacking doesn't have to be bad for you, especially if your preference is for almonds.

Oranges, bananas and turmeric may fight leukaemia

Plant foods as well as the spice turmeric may have a protective effect against the childhood cancer leukaemia, the incidence of which has increased dramatically in Britain during the twentieth...

CoQ10 boosts vitamin E's anti-inflammatory action

Supplements of coenzyme Q10 significantly enhanced the anti-inflammatory effect of vitamin E in a new animal study.

Kiwis make for healthier arteries

Eating two to three kiwifruit a day can significantly lower risk of blood clotting and reduce fat in the blood, reports a Norwegian team. The fruit could be an effective...

Herbal remedy or placebo effect?

A UK team will investigate how much benefit arthritis patients gain from herbal or homeopathic treatment in comparison to that gained by other factors involved in the consultation with a...

Wine drinking seen to reduce mortality in those with high BP

A moderate intake of wine is associated with a lower risk of mortality from all causes in people with raised blood pressure, reports a French team.

Green tea extract fights liver damage in mice

Green tea polyphenols reduced the severity of liver injury in a new study on mice. The researchers say the ingredient could be a useful supplement in the treatment of liver...

High calcium foods don't impact weight gain

A calcium-rich diet, made up of dairy foods and other fortified products, does not lead to weight gain in young girls, concludes a US trial, designed to help remove some...

Fortification boosts economy in China

China's massive drive to reduce the damage done by vitamin and mineral deficiency, particularly to children, is paying rich dividends for its economy, say children's charity UNICEF and the Chinese...

Omega-3 supplements protect against Alzheimer's in mice

Studies in mice shed some light on how dietary supplements of omega-3 fatty acids might protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Low-fat diet just as good as Atkins in long-term

Low fat diets are just as effective as the trendy Atkins diet and have more scientifically solid evidence to support their long-term weight loss effects, write Danish doctors in tomorrow's...

Ireland promotes healthy eating

The Irish government has stepped up its focus healthy eating with a new campaign to tackle the nation's growing obesity problem.

Maternal nutrition may impact child's respiratory health

Lower rates of growth in the womb and higher weight gain in the first weeks after birth could make individuals more prone to chest illnesses in later life, shows new...