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Synbiotics, fibre can help treat liver-related brain dysfunction

Treating cirrhotic patients with synbiotics or fermentable fibre can alter the flora in the gut, lowering its pH levels as well as the ammonia levels in the blood and significantly...

US schools urged to cut soda sales, promote fruit

A massive survey of vending machines in American schools finds that 75 per cent of the drinks and 85 per cent of the snacks sold are of poor nutritional value,...

Extensive study investigates food solutions to health risks

The UK's food watchdog will inject millions of pounds into a new landmark study that aims to shed light on specific foods that could reduce heart disease and Type 2...

More support for soy's cancer-fighting properties

A substance found in soybeans may reduce the risk of colon cancer, the third most common form of cancer in the world. Soy glucosylceramide has been found to be effective...

Oily fish consumption can influence baby growth

A mother-to-be who eats fish during the later stages of pregnancy is less likely to have a very small baby, according to researchers from the University of Bristol in the...

Nuts about cardiovascular health

Walnut consumption lowers total cholesterol levels as well as LDL or 'bad' cholesterol. This may be due to the walnuts rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which can also improve...

Citrus peel shows cholesterol-lowering qualities

A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by...

Weight loss linked to brain signals, the challenge of eating less

A highly complex web of signals in the brain that are vulnerable to a single error could explain why some overweight people cannot shed the kilos through simple diet and...

Trans fats on the way out?

Last year Denmark became the first country in the world to ban trans fats from food products over fears these hydrogenated fats could contribute to heart disease. While the EU...

Drip-drip coffee consumption to stay awake

People who shift their caffeine 'buzz' from a morning dose to small amounts consumed throughout the day could avoid falling asleep, may perform well on cognitive tests, and sleep soundly...

Cancer-combating chemicals from veg

Chemicals produced by some vegetables when they are chopped, chewed or otherwise processed could kill colon cancer cells - new evidence that diet could play an important role in fighting...

Differentiation the key for alternative sources for omega-3

Fish oil is perhaps the most widely used source of omega-3 fatty acids - regarded as potentially beneficial for increasingly broad number of ailments - but it is by no...

Fresh cherries to prevent gout

The benefits of including fruit in a daily dietary regime have been given greater support with US researchers suggesting that natural compounds found in fresh Bing cherries could help people...

Fortified cereal may protect against heart disease risk

Breakfast cereals fortified with folic acid and other B vitamins could help consumers protect against heart disease by lowering levels of homocysteine, suggests new research.

New research doubles protein and oil content in corn

With global corn stocks at 20 year lows and prices slated to continue their upward rise in 2004 the prospect of a new technology that doubles the protein and oil...

Processing reduces soy's cancer-busting ability - study

In what could be seen as a blow to the fast-growing market for soy products, a new study from the US suggests that processing soy for use in supplements and...

Men have faith in supplements to tackle prostate cancer

A significant percentage of men take dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbs to prevent prostate cancer, despite a lack of evidence that they work, according to the findings...

Congress to create level playing field for antioxidants

Scientists meeting next month to try to reach a consensus on antioxidant measurements could develop more reliable methods for comparing the numerous natural ingredients marketed for their antioxidant levels.

Iron deficiency impacts children into teenage years

Teenagers who suffered iron deficiency as infants are likely to score lower on cognitive and motor tests, even if that iron deficiency was identified and treated in infancy, a new...

DHA supplements boost breast-fed children - study

Children whose mothers were given a does of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for the first four months of breastfeeding were found to perform better in attention tests than those whose mothers...

Burcon seeks value-added potential for rapeseed proteins

Burcon NutraScience, the Canada-based producer of rapeseed protein products, has contracted Germany's Fraunhofer Institute to carry out tests on its Supertein and Puratein products with a view to finding new...

Tackling autism with probiotics

Probiotics could play an important role in helping autistic children by tackling the neurotoxins and bacteria in the gut which can cause the condition, according to new research in the...

Wide range of caffeine levels in coffee, FSA warns pregnant women

Pregnant women watching their caffeine limits need to be aware of the wide range of caffeine levels their cup can contain, warns the UK Food Standards Agency.

Study suggests no risk from chromium picolinate

A peer-reviewed analysis of more than 60 studies assessing the safety of chromium picolinate suggests that there is no risk to human health from the product being used as a...

NAC may remedy brain cell damage in boys

A supplement form of the amino acid cysteine may be able to help treat brain damage in boys, say US researchers, by replenishing the body's levels of the powerful antioxidant...