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More support that dairy could reduce colorectal cancer risk

A diet rich in dairy products could cut the risk of colorectal cancer by half, an effect that is not due solely to calcium, reports a Swedish study.

Vitamin C could reduce inflammation

A diet rich in sources of vitamin C could cut the level of markers for inflammation by 45 per cent, a result that needs verifying by supplementation studies, says a...

Star fruit could offer inexpensive source of antioxidants

Residues from star fruit, a waste product from the juicing process, is a rich source of extractable antioxidants, says research from Singapore.

The vitamin E debate rumbles on

Gamma-tocopherol, the major form of vitamin E consumed in the American diet, and becoming more popular in dietary supplements, produces metabolites that are toxic to cells, claims a new study.

Med diet better than supplements for CVD

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet is better than taking individual supplements for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the current science, says a new review from Canada.

Pomegranate peel extract has 'more potential' as supplement

Pomegranate peel yields double the amount of antioxidants than the pulp, and has 'more potential as a health supplement' claim Chinese researchers.

Folic acid may reduce severity of birth defects

Folic acid from fortification and supplements may reduce the severity of birth defects, as well as preventing the rate of defects, leading experts to again call for increasing fortification levels.

Omega oils influence mood, impulsivity and personality

People who have high intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are more agreeable and less impulsive, says a new study from Pittsburgh.

Rice bran supplements could lower blood pressure

Including a rice bran fraction in dietary supplements or functional foods could lower blood pressure, says Japanese researchers who have developed a new method of rice bran extraction.

Nutrigenomics - sky's the limit?

Science fiction or science fact? Could we soon be stopping off for a quick genetic test to let us know which foods and supplements to take to reduce our risks...

Glucosamine, chondroitin relieve moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis pain

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements "significantly decreased" knee pain for people suffering from moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis - a message that may not be getting through to consumers.

Black cohosh/St. John's wort could ease menopause symptoms

An herbal cocktail of black cohosh and St John's wort significantly eases the symptoms of menopause in women, according to a German study.

Soy protein, not isoflavones, lower blood lipids - study

Soy protein isolates (SPI), and not soy isoflavones, are associated with lowering blood fat levels, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), claims a new study.

Gatorade challenges choc milk health claims

Gatorade has challenged a recent advertising campaign that claims that chocolate milk helps athletes to work out longer than conventional sports drinks.

Vitamin D, calcium supplements could reduce falls in women, not men

A daily supplement of vitamin D and calcium cut the rate of falls in elderly women by 50 per cent, but not men, reports a new study.

Cocoa flavonols linked to low blood pressure

Regular eating of flavonol-rich chocolate can cut the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by half, reports a long-term study of elderly men.

Weekly Comment

The bad research debate

The dust is settling on the WHI trial. First came the news that low-fat diets didn't reduce the risk of breast or colorectal cancer or cardiovascular disease, then came news...

New Zealand aims to put kiwi supplement on global market

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, New Zealand's largest kiwifuit supply company, says it is to extend its business portfolio into the nutraceutical world by investing further in health supplements business Vital Foods.

The supplements - bird flu debate: selenium

Following last week's claims and counter claims that dietary supplements may offer protection from avian flu, Stephen Daniells looks into statements that selenium supplements may offer protection.

Melatonin could help tinnitus, improve sleep

A daily supplement of melatonin could improve tinnitus and sleep, a result that offers hope to the estimated 15m Americans who consider their tinnitus to be a serious problem.

Vitamin C helps smokers maintain vitamin E levels

A daily supplement of vitamin C can help preserve vitamin E levels in smokers, a group at risk of low vitamin E levels due to higher oxidative stress, by 45...

B vitamin may protect against fetal alcohol syndrome

A form of vitamin B3, nicotinamide, could reverse the brain defects due to maternal drinking, suggests a mice study from Cornell University.

Isoflavone and phytosterols supplements could ease CVD risk

A low glycemic index (GI) diet with a supplement of soy proteins and phytosterols for 12 weeks cut the risk of death from heart problems by 17 per cent compared...

Ingredients for innovation: New Zealand

Joint health from sheeps' wool, kiwi fruit crossed with berries and calcium-boosting bone extract… innovative ingredients from a small Pacific archipelago are starting to make a disproportionately big impact in...

Green tea may reduce, but black tea may increase breast cancer risk

Drinking five cups of green tea a day can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 22 per cent, claims a meta-analysis of previous studies, the same studies that the...

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