Consumption of cocoa rich in flavonols, a sub-group of naturally
occurring flavonoids, may be associated with the modulation of
nitric oxide, according to new research from a team of scientists
at Brigham and Women's Hospital...
The National Heart Forum (NHF) in UK yesterday launched a new
programme called young@heart, offering a number of recommendations
promoting an active lifestyle and a diet low in fat and rich in
fruit and vegetables for the nation's...
This month saw the first annual workshop of the Food, GI-tract
Functionality and Human Health Cluster (PROEUHEALTH), a grouping of
64 research partners from 16 European countries working together to
obtain greater knowledge of the...
Scientists in Wales have new evidence that confirms the long-held
belief that cod liver oil is good for the joints. The Cardiff-based
researchers say taking a cod-liver oil supplement could delay or
even reverse the damage done to...
Natural health researchers and providers in the US have expressed
their concern over the results of a recent study on hormone
replacement therapy. They are urging women to look for safe,
natural alternatives to HRT.
Elevated levels of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood can
lead to a higher risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's-related
dementia, according to the February 14th issue of The New England
Journal of Medicine.
Olympic gold medalists Christopher Dean and Mark Spitz have joined
the Go for the Goal awareness initiative designed to focus public
attention on the dangers of high cholesterol as a risk factor for
The extent of insurance coverage for complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM) may determine how often people use these practices,
according to new research by the Center for Alternative Medicine
Research and Education at Harvard's...
Stress is so much a part of modern day life that many people now
take it for granted. But a new study has shown that stress can be
bad for the heart, as it makes the body take longer to purge
harmful fats from the bloodstream.
The food we eat can have a major effect on the health of our genes,
and healthy genes are vital when it comes to protecting our bodies
against disease. Scientists are now calling for more research into
the beneficial effects on genes...
US company Applied Food Sciences (AFS) has made yield improvements
in its Coffee Antioxidant Enhancement Technology, a proprietary
process that increases the quantity of natural antioxidants found
in brewed coffee.
It's tough being a coffee drinker. New research has shown that even
small levels of caffeine can decrease insulin sensitivity in
healthy humans, but cutting out the caffeine altogether can have
other effects. A separate study...
Dried plums - otherwise known as prunes - can have a powerful
anti-microbial effect, according to new evidence from Kansas State
University. Research by food microbiologist Daniel Fung has shown
that prunes can help make meat products...
Many African HIV sufferers are benefiting from a combination of
plant sterols and sterolins, according to Professor Patrick Bouic,
chief immunologist at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South
Africa. Now he is hoping to win support...
Oestrogen was once used regularly to curb the growth of tall girls,
but its use is now far less widespread, according to a recent
survey. However, one advocacy group has called for an end to
growth-suppression therapy, and petitioned...
Pregnant women who lack sufficient amounts of the B-vitamin biotin
may be increasing their chances of having a child with birth
defects, new research suggests. However, the researchers stopped
short of recommending vitamin B supplements...
For most diabetics, a high-carbohydrate/low-fat diet has long been
one of the most important methods of combating their condition. But
according to new guidelines from the American Diabetes Association
(ADA), sufferers may now choose...
Eating lots of red meat, dairy products and sweets - staples of the
so-called western diet - may significantly increase the risk of
developing type 2 diabetes in men, according to a major study in
A recent study by the University of California shows that the
turmeric contained in many curries may play a role in treating
Alzheimer's disease. But few people realise that nearly all the
spices found in Indian food have medicinal...
Researchers in New Zealand are hoping that friendly bacilli similar
to those found in yoghurts will be able to help relieve the
suffering of those thousands of people struck down with hayfever
A new study shows that a cancer-preventing compound found in
broccoli, first isolated a decade ago at John Hopkins University,
may prove to protect against a much broader spectrum of diseases
than previously thought.
Fish is well known as the principal source of omega-3 fatty acids
which can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and
arteriosclerosis. But new studies show that lean meat, fruit and
vegetables can also contain useful amounts...
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charitable
organisation set up by the founder of the giant Microsoft computer
empire, has given $20 million to a team of researchers
investigating whether Carraguard, a red algae gel, can...