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Vit E may protect male smokers from oxidative stress: study

A diet rich in vitamin E could protect smokers from the oxidative stress linked to cancer development, US-based scientists reported this week.

Hydrolysed whey protein may lower blood pressure

A daily supplement of hydrolysed whey protein successfully lowered blood pressure in hypertensive people, says a new study that backs up results from animals.

Omega-3s may cut colorectal cancer risk in men

Men who eat fish at least five times a week could slash the risk of developing colorectal cancer by 40 per cent, compared to men who ate fish less than...

Soy during childhood linked to lower breast cancer risk

High consumption of soy-based foods during childhood could reduce the risk of developing breast cancer later in life by 58 per cent, say researchers from the US National Cancer Institute.

Pycnogenol may reduce edema in hypertensives on meds

Daily supplements of the French maritime park bark extract, Pycnogenol, could reduce edema, a typical side-effect of antihypertensive medications, by 36 percent in patients taking these medications, says a new study.

Omega-3 fatty acid may slash dementia risk - study

Increased bloods levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenioc acid (DHA) could slash the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, suggests a new study from the US.

New trial questions B-vitamins for CVD in high-risk women

Supplements of B-vitamins do not offer protection from cardiovascular disease, say the results of the US-based Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study (WAFACS) - findings that cannot be applied...

Dark chocolate acts as aspirin, study

Cocoa can function in the same way as aspirin in preventing heart attacks, according to a new study investigating its effect on blood platelets.

Scientists to probe B-vitamin osteoporosis link

Researchers at the University of Ulster are recruiting women for a new study to see if B-vitamin supplements could reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis.

Lupin-enriched bread could boost satiety, reduce energy intake

Bread enriched with lupin kernel flour at the expense of wheat flour reduced energy intake and increased the feeling of fullness, says new research from Australia that may have important...

Harvest green lipped mussels in spring for max omega-3, say scientists

New Zealand green lipped mussels, marketed under the Greenshell mussels trade name, should be harvested in spring for optimal omega-3 content, scientists have reported.

Polyphenol-enriched tea may double cholesterol excretion

Drinking a cup of polyphenol-enriched oolong tea with a high fat meal may increase the amount of cholesterol excreted by the body by half, says a small study from Japan...

Soy functional yoghurts may help diabetes control

Soy and fruit-enriched yogurts could find an important role in the management of type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure, says new research from the US.

Carotenoid supplements linked to improved AIDS survival

A daily high-dose carotenoid supplement restored carotenoid levels and reduced "overall mortality" of AIDS patients, a group at risk of low serum carotenoid concentrations said to be predictor of death,...

Prebiotic effects of konjac get control trial boost

A daily supplement of konjac glucomannan to a low-fibre diet boosted lactic acid bacteria and colonic fermentation, and promoted defecation frequency, says a new study from Taiwan.

Vegetable-rich low-carb cuts heart disease risk, says study

Low-carb diets, like the once fashionable Atkins diet, do not increase the risk of heart disease, says new research from Harvard - and if vegetables rather than meat are the...

Açai berries top the antioxidant rankings, says study

The Amazonian palm berry, also known as açai, has the highest ORAC antioxidant values of any food, says a new study, but the researchers suggest that such values are dependent...

Casein offers natural nano-encapsulation potential

The natural ability of the milk protein, casein, to form nano-sized micelles offers huge potential to nano-encapsulate sensitive ingredients, say researchers from Israel.

Calcium again linked to lower colorectal cancer risk

Getting plenty of calcium from the diet and supplements could reduced the risk of colorectal cancer in Chinese women by 40 per cent, says a new US-Chinese study.

Scientists start unlocking slowly digestible starch secrets

A US-Chinese collaboration into the properties and structural basis of slowly digestible starches (SDS) could lead to healthier carbohydrates that do not cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.

Indian probiotic yoghurt linked to slower diabetes development

A daily supplement of the Indian probiotic yoghurt, dahi, may lower the risk of diabetes, says a new study from the home of the dairy product.

Weekly Comment

Transparency is the key to the science kingdom

In the food and nutrition world, science is king. So when journals do not force scientists to fully disclose financial support and potential conflicts of interest, they are not helping...

Are whole grains benefits passed on to offspring?

Eating more whole wheat during pregnancy may reduce the risk of breast cancer in female offspring, if a study with rats can be translated to humans.

Omega-3-rich fish linked to lower prostate cancer risk

Men who eat one portion of salmon per week are 43 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who eat no salmon, says a study from Sweden...

Low folate levels may boost colorectal cancer risk

A diet low in folate may increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer, says an animal study from Canada, backing up previous studies and highlighting potential additional benefits of folic...