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More evidence for beta-carotene, cancer link in smokers

A new cohort study investigating the interaction between beta-carotene intake and cancer indicates that the carotenoid may have a protective effect in non-smokers but actually increase the risk for those...

Green tea could provide Alzheimer's breakthrough

Scientists investigating the effects of green tea antioxidant EGCG on mice's brains believe their positive results may signal its use as a preventative or treatment of Alzheimer's disease in humans.

Fruit and veg protect against pancreatic cancer: more evidence

Including plenty of fruit and vegetables in the diet could halve chances of developing pancreatic cancer indicates a new case-control study, supporting research published earlier this year.

Casein, whey formulas reduce infants' allergy risk

Infants whose parents suffer from food allergies have less chance of developing them themselves if they are fed hydrolyzed casein or whey formulas in place of cow's milk based formulas...

Heart health gain locked in pigment of black lentils

Food formulators looking to cash in on the blossoming functional food trend could turn to black lentils for a health-busting ingredient as new research reveals the pulse's potential heart health...

Pomegranate juice's heart benefits backed by study

The evidence in favor of pomegranates is stacking up, as the latest research indicates that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice each day may be of benefit for patients with...

More fiber may help women stay slim, say researchers

Dieters are bombarded with messages about low-carb, high-protein and low-fat approaches to weight loss, but new research from Tufts University suggests that they should also consider placing greater emphasis on...

Cereal eating teen girls weigh less

Supporting evidence for the health benefits of regular cereal consumption, girls who eat breakfast cereal daily weigh less than their friends who opt for a different morning sustenance, reveals a...

Bean and nut compound blocks tumour growth

A compound found in everyday foods like beans, nuts and cereals can slow the development of cancerous tumours, UK researchers report today.

Broccoli compounds halted lung cancer in animal tests

A family of compounds found in broccoli and other vegetables blocked lung cancer progression in both animal studies and in human lung cancer cells, report researchers.

Walnuts are a source of melatonin, shows study

The health-conferring benefits of walnuts have been widely studied, but new research has shown that they are a source of the antioxidant hormone melatonin. It indicates that consumption of walnuts...

High blood sugar levels raise risk of heart disease

Lowering blood sugar levels could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in non-diabetics as well as people with diabetes, say US researchers.

Soyfoods cut risk of fractures in older women

Eating soyfoods may reduce the risk of fracture in postmenopausal women, particularly among those in the early years following menopause, shows a Chinese study.

Evidence stacks up in favor of breakfast

Eating breakfast helps women and girls to maintain a healthy weight, according to two new studies that may persuade more people not to skip the first meal of the day.

ARS profiles nutrients in Native American diet

An Agricultural Research Service initiative to assess the nutrient content of traditional foods should result in more appropriate nutritional guidance for Native American communities.

Not enough evidence for omega-3 bowel benefit, says study

Omega-3 fatty acids have been believed to confer a beneficial effect on patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, but scientists from California...

Safety of ephedra alternatives under spotlight again

Two weight loss supplements containing bitter orange extract increased the heart rate of healthy subjects in a new study, a sign that the supplements may pose health risks for users,...

Iron transporter discovered; major impact for supplements

Iron supplements could be improved by new research in the UK that has identified for the first time a molecule responsible for absorption of the mineral in the gut.

Zinc-deficiency linked to CV disease, animal study

A deficiency of the mineral zinc may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease through inflammation and a decreased level of compounds that protect against atherosclerosis, indicates a new study in...

Sorghum compounds may lower cholesterol

Grain sorghum compounds could be used as food ingredients or dietary supplements to manage cholesterol levels, say US researchers.

Nut link to lower cholesterol gains credence

A new meta-analysis of scientific evidence for nuts' ability to lower cholesterol levels confirms that almonds, peanuts, walnuts and pecans could be useful as part of an overall heart-healthy diet.

Healthy eating, exercise key to keeping brain fit, say scientists

Regular exercise and a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s may help the elderly stave off memory loss, said Irish scientists yesterday.

Folic acid fortification is insufficient, say campaigners

A new study indicates that the mandatory addition of folic acid to all grain products has had less of an impact on neural tube defects in non-Hispanic black births than...

Soy protein could protect against liver disease in diabetics

Consuming soy protein could help prevent diabetes sufferers developing fatty liver, or hepatic steatosis, say researchers in a new animal study.

Vinegar may help dieters eat less

Vinegar reduces the body's insulin response to a carbohydrate meal and increases satiety, say Swedish researchers.

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