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Weeds being overlooked as natural medicines

Herbal companies looking for new products may not need to go far to find new medicinal plants, according to a review, which finds that weeds have produced more drugs and...

Calcium supplements early on may build stronger bones

Calcium supplementation in girls, even before puberty, may help prevent later osteoporosis, perhaps in part by bringing on earlier menstruation, according to a study presented at a world congress on...

Fish protein has similar effect to soy on lipids, animal study

Fish protein appears to have a similar action to soy on fat breakdown in rats, report Norwegian researchers, who suggest it could help protect heart health.

Whey protein better than meat for reducing body weight

Whey protein is more effective than red meat in reducing body weight gain and increasing insulin sensitivity, shows a new study on rats.

Chromium picolinate may reduce depression symptoms

Taking supplements of chromium picolinate could help people with depression manage some of the symptoms, including mood swings, carbohydrate cravings, weight gain, and lethargy, suggests new research.

Insulin plays central role in aging, explains benefits of calorie reduction

Insulin, the hormone that allows cells to absorb glucose from the blood stream, is a direct player in the aging process, according to new research from a US-based team, which...

New research suggests how omega-3s protect against stroke damage

French scientists say they have discovered how polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 fats work to protect against certain neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, depression and strokes.

Oats keep arteries clear

A Tufts University team has discovered that compounds in oats hinder the ability of cholesterol to stick to artery walls, thereby preventing the build-up of plaques that block arteries and...

SOD experts to debate new theory on disease

An upcoming conference on the enzyme superoxide dismutase looks set to provoke a face-off between leading researchers on the role of antioxidants in disease.

Dark chocolate could be good for blood vessels

Small daily doses of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate eaten over a two-week period significantly improved blood vessel function, report US researchers this week, without increasing blood cholesterol levels.

Yo-yo dieting may damage immune function

Yo-yo dieting, when a person repeatedly loses and regains weight, may have a lasting negative impact on immune function, according to new findings by US researchers.

Chondroitin sulphate may slow knee osteoarthritis

Taking chondroitin sulphate supplements over short periods significantly relieved pain and improved mobility in patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to researchers.

Teavigo stops weight gain in mice, new study

The highly purified green tea extract Teavigo has been shown to significantly inhibit the process that promotes fat cell formation in mice, and may help prevent overweight in people, says...

Probiotic bacteria may stop HIV infection

Probiotic bacteria appear to tackle the HIV virus and may even stop it from being transferred from a mother to her children, said researchers at the American Society for Microbiology...

New research reveals mechanism for resveratrol's anti-cancer activity

Scientists in the US have isolated the compound primarily responsible for the associated health benefits of red wine and have discovered its function in the prevention of cancer.

Maternal diet of oily fish may prevent asthma in offspring

Pregnant women with asthma who eat oily fish, such as salmon or trout, may help protect their children against developing asthma, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic...

Brown rice may act against onset of Alzheimer's

Pre-germinated brown rice, high in levels of the nutrient GABA, significantly improved levels of spatial learning in mice, report researchers from the Japanese cosmetics and supplements maker FANCL.

Vitamins enhance benefits of exercise for heart

Taking vitamin supplements appears to have a synergistic effect on the benefits of exercise for heart health, according to new research on mice.

Zinc speeds pneumonia recovery, may boost immunity

Adding zinc to standard antimicrobial treatment may accelerate recovery from pneumonia, say researchers in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Consumers warned of multivitamin flaws

Thirteen popular multivitamin products failed a ConsumerLab test because of lead contamination, lower ingredient levels than stated, and/or inability to fully break apart for absorption, writes Wai Lang Chu.

Green tea could help stem rising rates of esophageal cancer

Green tea may help to lower the prevalence of esophageal adenocarcinoma, one of the fastest growing cancers in western countries, said researchers speaking at a meeting on digestive disease in...

Iron supplement benefits depend on stage of deficiency

Iron-deficient women who take supplements of the nutrient to remedy the impact on their physical performance could be wasting their time, suggests a new study. But for those not yet...

Fruit fights childhood stomach pains

Even children who eat two or fewer servings of fruit each week are less likely to experience recurrent abdominal pain (RAP), a common condition in children and adolescents that can...

GI health benefits from caffeine-containing drinks

Drinking caffeinated beverages may benefit some people who are at high-risk for liver disease, according to new research presented at a conference on digestive disease running in New Orleans this...

Infant formula playing a role in adult disease?

New research appears to lend weight to the theory that rapid growth in infancy, boosted by enriched infant formulas, might increase the risk of heart disease and stroke later in...

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