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Vitamin D supplements for Asian kids, say researchers

British kids of Asian origin are eight times more likely than their white counterparts to be vitamin D deficient, says a new study that is leading calls for vitamin D...

Curry favour with colorectal cancer

Dietary intake of salicylic acid from spices, herbs, vegetables and fruit, could reduce the pain of headaches and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, says a review from Scotland.

Soy's heart health benefits linked to blood clotting

The heart health benefits associated with soy isoflavones may be due to an affect on platelet aggregation, rather than improving classical cardiovascular risk factors, says a new study from Chile.

Vitamin K1-rich diet linked to better heart health

A high daily intake of vitamin K1, found in green leafy vegetables, could reduce the risk of fatal coronary heart disease by 19 per cent, says a new study.

Timing is key for muscle mass supplements, suggests study

Taking creatine monohydrate and whey protein supplements just before load-bearing exercise improves muscle gain and strength than taking at other times of the day, says Australian research that has implications...

Pomegranate juice shows possible diabetes benefits

A new Israeli study suggests that pomegranate juice could offer health benefits for diabetics, despite the juice containing significant sugar concentrations.

Do antioxidants make tea healthier than water?

The antioxidant content of tea could mean that drinking three or more cups a day could reduce the risk of a wide range of health problems, ranging from cancer to...

Toxic weed could boost omega-3 from fish

Researchers in Australia have reported that salmon fed oil made from one of the country's most damaging noxious weeds could produce more omega-3 for human consumption.

Olive oil compound may boost antioxidant defences, says study

Tyrosol, the most abundant biophenol in olive oil, could boost a cell's antioxidant defences, despite only being a weak antioxidant itself, says new research from Italy.

Donors plug $15m into Hormel Institute

Donors have injected $15m into the Minnesota-based Hormel Institute in support of the study of food compounds to prevent cancer - a further boost for the center following discoveries on...

Flavonoid-rich GM tomatoes could boost heart health

Tomatoes genetically modified to have high flavonoid content could reduce the levels of a protein in a mouse that is associated with inflammation, diabetes and heart disease in humans, says...

Form of isoflavone affects bioavailability from soymilk

Isoflavones in the their aglycone form are absorbed faster and in bigger amounts from soy milk than the glucoside form, reports a new study from Yakult.

CLA could cut 'weight creep' during holidays, ageing

Supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) could prevent weight and fat gain at times of the year when people are most susceptible, as well as during the natural ageing process,...

Phytosterols/stanols work in real populations, says study

Using phytosterol and stanol enriched margarines in everyday life stabilises cholesterol levels in a free living population, and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, says a post-launch monitoring study...

Antioxidants could help healthy ageing

Consuming antioxidant-enriched foods on a regular basis could improve immune function, and might ultimately help people live longer, if the results of a new animal study also apply to humans.

Sweet possibilities for honey

Different types of honey have similar glycaemic indexes, and because of its potential health benefits ranging from prebiotic to antioxidant it could be substituted for sugar, says a new study...

USDA plugs $25m into nutrition research facility

The recent opening of a new $25m laboratory and office building in Davis, California, is a sign of federal commitment to fighting obesity and chronic disease through nutrition research.

Ginseng linked to improved breast cancer outcomes

Ginseng, one of the most well known traditional herbals, may improve survival rates and quality of life for breast cancer patients, suggests a study based in China, but experts have...

Coffee could slow mental decline in old men

Three cups of coffee a day could slow the loss of mental function in men, says a European study.

More support for lutein, zeaxanthin protection from AMD

A stable intake of the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, could reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration by 43 per cent in women under 75, says a new cohort study.

Too much 'bad' fat plus copper may lead to mental decline

A diet high in saturated and trans fats combined with high copper intake could lead to an accelerated rate of decline in mental function, suggests a study from Chicago.

CLA continues to promise benefits for diabetics

Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) are showing promise improving insulin action, and decreasing circulating glucose levels, with rat and human studies both reporting significant benefits.

Different omega-3s offer varied heart benefits

Eating a diet rich in the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), may positively affect 'bad' cholesterol levels in the elderly, says a study from the Netherlands.

Antioxidant ranking could enhance future studies

A collaboration of Norwegian and US scientists has produced the largest ranking of antioxidant foods to date, including processed foods, fresh fruit and vegetables.

White grapes just as heart healthy as red?

The flesh of grapes is just as heart healthy as the skin, says a laboratory study by Italian and US researchers, a result that may challenge the idea that red...