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Cereal, potential to prevent childhood obesity

Children who frequently consume cereal are less likely to be overweight, according to the findings of a new study published in today's Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Bean color source of antioxidant activity

Black beans are a rich but overlooked source of antioxidants that may provide health benefits similar to some common fruits including grapes, apples and cranberries, finds a new study.

Growing supplement use needs to be taken into account

Use of dietary supplements that do not contain vitamins or minerals continues to grow, with 33 per cent of adults in a recent survey currently taking at least one such supplement.

Citrus fruit revealed as strong disease-fighter

A diet high in citrus fruits could help to prevent certain cancers and reduce risk of stroke, concludes a review of the evidence released this week by Australia's research organisation...

DHEA could raise risk of heart disease

Taking DHEA supplements could increase the risk of heart disease, according to new research from Australia, which shows that the hormone leads to build-up of cholesterol in the arteries.

Echinacea fails to reduce severity of colds but may cut frequency

A syrup made with the popular herb echinacea reduced the number of respiratory tract infections in children but did not reduce the severity or duration of infections, report authors of...

Chromium, CLA combo may decrease body fat

Combining chromium picolinate with other nutrients could significantly increase its effect on weight loss, according to researchers from Nutrition 21.

Calcium, vitamin D partner in colon cancer prevention

Calcium and vitamin D work in tandem, not separately, to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new study reported in today's issue of Journal of the National...

Vitamin B12 linked to better recovery from depression

Vitamin B12 supplements may help people to fight depression as they appear to improve response to treatment, shows research by Finnish researchers published today.

Wholegrains help women keep off weight

Food makers suffering from the popularity of the Atkins diet may be relieved by the findings of a new study that reveals an inverse assocation between wholegrains and weight gain.

New formulation keeps optic nerve healthy

A nutraceutical product said to help prevent glaucoma, the third largest cause of blindness in the world, has been launched by ScienceBased Health in America.

Low vitamin D levels increase risk for falls

Vitamin D deficiency is a significant risk factor for falls and injuries in elderly women living in residential care in Australia, a Melbourne University study has found.

High glycemic foods, sucrose linked to birth defects

New research finds that a mother's diet rich in certain sugars could be strongly associated with risk of birth defects in offspring, even among non-diabetic women.

Zinc levels rising in infants, above TUL

More than a third of pre-school children assessed in a new study had zinc levels above the recommended upper levels, report researchers, who warn that increasing intakes may become excessive.

Solbar soy product to boost bone strength

Israeli soy company Solbar Plant Extracts has recently completed a study incorporating using it's soy product SOLGEN. The first study looked at the effect of...

A tastier soy-based bread

The US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a new dough formulation to eradicate the musty, 'beany' aftertaste of some soy-based breads; a problem that has eluded food technologists since...

Multivitamin found to slow death from HIV

A supplement containing vitamins and minerals may help to slow the progression to death of some of the 40 million people infected with HIV worldwide, according to a new study.

Healthy bone supplement as good as the real thing

A clinical study carried out in the Netherlands has demonstrated identical absorption from an extract of the soyfood natto as in its traditional form.

DHA supplements could reduce postpartum depression

Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) after pregnancy are associated with postnatal depression, report researchers in a new study.

Microencapsulated potassium reduces fortification problems

Balchem Encapsulates has launched two microencapsulated forms of potassium for the food and supplement market. The company claims its new technology allows particles to mix uniformly in food systems for...

Atkins Diet safety record slammed

The safety of the Atkins Diet and other high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets has been criticised after a preliminary report released last week linked one death and numerous illnesses to the weight...

Spicing up insulin sensitivity

Less than half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily could significantly reduce the risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes,...

Cognis phytosterol plant nears completion

The Cognis Group, a leader in antioxidant and botanical ingredients, announced recently that it is near to completing construction of the world's largest stand-alone manufacturing...

British research could hold key to tackling obesity

Researchers looking at the rising occurrence of obesity in the UK population will present some interesting findings - including the affects of carbohydrates levels on...

Buckwheat shows potential in diabetes fight

Researchers in Canada have found new evidence that buckwheat, a grain used in making pancakes, may be beneficial in the management of diabetes. In a...

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