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Chromium deficiency behind obesity problems?

Americans may not be consuming enough of the mineral chromium, an essential mineral thought to enhance insulin sensitivity, according to research presented yesterday. The study,...

Red grape juice may have anti-hypertensive effect

A daily glass of red grape juice may help men with hypertension lower their blood pressure, according to results from a preliminary study presented in...

Up the calcium to boost weight loss?

Girls who consume more calcium tend to weigh less and have lower body fat than those with low calcium consumption, suggest new findings presented at...

The B vitamin painkiller

A combination of B vitamins has been found to reduce the severity of chronic pain in rats. The new research suggests that relief from chronic...

Bunge completes Cereol purchase

Following hot on the heels of last week's announcement that net income for the first quarter is set to exceed projections, privately owned US agribusiness...

IFF's breath of fresh air for flavour industry

International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF) is to launch CoolTek, a high-intensity cooling technology claimed to impart a "unique taste sensation for a clean, refreshing, energising...

Folate necessary to fight cancer risk

Individuals who are especially susceptible to genetic damage and who do not eat enough dietary folate are almost three times as likely to develop bladder...

Green tea treatment appears to reduce heart disease risk factors

A derivative of the green tea leaf may help reduce risk factors for heart disease, including bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, report researchers. A...

Low-carb diets - where is the evidence?

Researchers have expressed the need for long-term studies on the effects of low-carbohydrate diets. A review of this currently popular regime suggests that although successful,...

Organic farming as viable as conventional, new study

The debate on the yield superiority of traditional crops over organic crops is set to continue as a recent study reveals that corn and soybeans...

DHEA shows little benefit in Alzheimer's patients

The supplement dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), touted by some as an anti-aging hormone and a treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, showed no...

A third of cancers are preventable, says WHO

Cancer rates could increase by 50 per cent to 15 million by 2020, according to new figures released by the World Health Organisation this week....

AHA calls for ban on ephedra supplements

Over-the-counter dietary supplements containing the ephedra herb do more harm than good and should be removed from the market, according to the American Heart Association....

Infants need more vitamin D, say doctors

Doctors in the US have raised recommended levels of vitamin D for infants because they say exposure to sunlight, which generates production of the vitamin...

Lycopene could be male infertility treatment

International scientists gathered to discuss the growing body of research on lycopene, a natural antioxidant found in tomato products, at a conference in the US...

Growth goes nuts

Israeli researchers claim to have significantly improved peanut yields through the use of the plant hormone ethylene. Regulating the flowering of the peanut plant reportedly...

FAO fights for food chain

Food safety is once more in the limelight this week with the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday advocating a new approach...

Simple supplements beat multi-vits in pregnancy

Simple folic acid-iron supplements taken during pregnancy may be more effective than multiple vitamins in reducing the risk of low birth weight babies, according to...

Take two functional foods...

New research from UK-based Institute of Food Research reveals that two food components recognised for their ability to fight cancer are up to 13 times...

Fish oils reduce heart disease risk in diabetic women

Eating fish regularly reduced the risk of heart disease in diabetic women by as much as 64 per cent, according to an American study out...

Fishing for health

Moves to further investigate the impact of fish consumption on heart health have been undertaken in a new study by Edinburgh university in Scotland. The...

Our amazing internal world

New insights about the foundations of our health could soon be revealed thanks to the recent completion of the genome sequence of one of the...

Natural peptide may reduce damage from brain injury

Biopharmaceutical company Zengen announced this week that its researchers have discovered supplements of a naturally occurring hormone may be able to help patients with brain...

Chromium conference

Experts on chromium are to gather next month to discuss the research backing its use as a treatment for diabetes. The research summit, sponsored by...

Melatonin may reduce stroke damage

Researchers in Hong Kong report that the hormone melatonin, more commonly used to reduce the effects of jetlag, could protect the brain from the effects...

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