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UK backs vitamin supplement trial

A major international trial to investigate whether supplements of B vitamins can protect people from a second stroke received funding from the UK this month, one of the 14 countries...

Soy chemicals, green tea mix slows breast cancer

A mixture of soy phytochemicals and green tea could help slow the progression of breast cancer, report American researchers.

DHA supplements could reduce postnatal depression

Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) after pregnancy are associated with postnatal depression, report researchers in a new study.

Milk drink to lower blood pressure gains European presence

A new fermented milk, designed to help control blood pressure, has been launched in Iceland, only the second food in Europe to make such a...

Lack of vitamin D threatens to raise cancer risk

Populations that lack exposure to sunlight during winter months should take vitamin D supplements to reduce their risk of cancer, warns a letter published in...

Cognis phytosterol plant nears completion

The Cognis Group, a leader in antioxidant and botanical ingredients, announced recently that it is near to completing construction of the world's largest stand-alone manufacturing...

Study finds Nordic diet low on healthy foods

A study conducted by the Finnish National Public Health Institute, KTL, in Finland reveals that nine out of ten people in the Nordic and Baltic...

Has breast feeding been over rated?

Previous research may have overestimated the beneficial effects of breast feeding on blood pressure in later life, says a report in this week's British Medical...

UK researchers delve deeper into obesity

Researchers looking at the rising occurrence of obesity in the UK population will present some interesting findings - including the affects of carbohydrates levels on...

New facts about iron in meat

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered that iron levels and bioavailability in meat are dependent on the degree to which meat is cooked and the...

Formula milk, a fitting alternative?

As research progesses into the possible health benefits linked to breast-feeding scientists continue to look at the alternatives available in infant formulae. New evidence from...

Buckwheat may help manage diabetes

Researchers in Canada have found new evidence that buckwheat, a grain used in making pancakes, may be beneficial in the management of diabetes. In a...

Making gains with new findings on formulation

UK-based research firm Leatherhead Food is launching a series of projects that will provide companies with new opportunities for product innovation, including for the functional...

Omega-3 linked to reduced Alzheimer's risk, again

Boosting levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the blood and eating about three fish meals each week can almost halve the risk of Alzheimer's disease...

Supplements to oil athletes' airways

Taking fish oil supplements appears to significantly reduce the severity of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in elite athletes, reports a research team from the University of...

Blueberries overcome mental ageing, damage

The link between diet, specifically antioxidants, and brain health gained further ground last week with new studies suggesting that antioxidant-rich blueberries can both help fight...

A daily pint of black stuff reduces heart attack risk

A daily pint of dark beer such as Guinness may work as well as an aspirin in helping to prevent heart attacks, said researchers at...

Longer trial finds ginkgo supplements improves memory

New evidence showing that supplements of the ginkgo biloba herb can improve memory was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Society for...

Healthy and at-risk populations benefit from omega-3

Taking supplements of DHA omega-3 fatty acids results in a significant cardioprotective benefit both for patients at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and in healthy...

World diabetes day focuses on prevention

The European Commission will plunge €11.7 million into a five-year project to investigate the treatment of obesity, one of the main causes of diabetes. The...

British obesity levels at crisis point

Britain could see obesity levels soar up to 40 per cent or higher within a single generation unless urgent action is taken, the International Obesity...

Green tea agent fights HIV infection

The main active agent in green tea, EGCG, prevents the first step in HIV infection and could one day be used as a new anti-HIV...

New bacteria to fight allergy symptoms

Japan's Kirin Group has discovered a lactic acid bacteria with potent anti-allergy effects. The bacteria could be used to fight the onset of allergies, such...

Vitamin C reduces stroke risk, especially in smokers

Dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamin C may be associated with reduced risk for stroke, especially in people who smoke, report Dutch scientists in a...

Improving standards in probiotics

Mounting scientific evidence for the therapeutic use of probiotics suggests that these products should be incorporated into conventional medical practices, concluded a recent meeting of...

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