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Cereal polyphenols may boost immunity, slow aging

Polyphenols from cereals could restore the immune system function and could potentially extend lifespan, suggests an animal study from French and Spanish researchers.

Scientists make nano-organogels for food

Fundamental research from the US suggests that an enzyme could convert sugars in the presence of olive oil to form 'nano organogels' - potentially leading to novel delivery systems for...

Magnesium supplements could help asthmatics, says study

Child asthmatics taking oral magnesium supplements decreased the severity of the asthma and used less medication, reports a randomized clinical trial from Brazil.

Wanted: Women for functional food research

Women have to be lured into the functional food industry's research fold if gender-based applications for ingredients - like soy or omega-3 - are to be further examined, according to...

Pomegranate juice could slow prostate cancer growth

Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day could slow the growth of prostate cancer, researchers have reported for the first time.

B vitamins fail to slow cognitive decline, says study

Daily supplements of B vitamins for people with high homocysteine levels do not affect cognitive performance compared to placebo, says a new study from New Zealand.

Milk thistle compound could protect against lung cancer

A flavanone compound in milk thistle, silibinin, stopped lung cancer growth and spread in mice, says research from the University of Colorado.

Soy isoflavones could improve mood, mental function

Isoflavones from soy could help preserve cognitive function and mood in post-menopausal women, according to Italian researchers.

Hibiscus extract could protect heart, suggests lab study

An extract from the flower of the hibiscus plant prevented oxidation of LDL-cholesterol that contributes to hardening of blood vessels and heart disease, says research from Taiwan.

Vitamin K focus

Strong support for vitamin K's bone health benefits

Increased intake of vitamin K, both from diet and supplements, has a significant impact on bone health and "striking" reductions in hip fractions, says a new meta-analysis.

Low carb diet could benefit obese diabetics, says study

Sticking to a low-carbohydrate diet with some limits of calories has long-term benefits on body weight and blood sugar levels, says a new study from Sweden, but a leading diabetes...

More support for olive polyphenol in bone health

The olive polyphenol, oleuropein, reduces bone loss in a rat model of osteoporosis, say researchers at France's INRA, as science continues to accumulate linking the olive extract with bone health.

Daidzein from soy linked to heart health benefits

Increasing levels of daidzein, an isoflavone found in soy, have been linked to significant improvements in cholesterol levels and could boost heart health, says a new study.

Omega-3s may help depressive kids - pilot study

Increasing omega-3 intake from the diet or supplements may help depressive kids, reports a pilot study for the first time.

More support for omega-3 calming ADHD kids

Supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 improved the attention span and hyperactivity scores of young Australians, and was rated better than the common medication Ritalin.

Increased choline intake could cut CVD risk, suggests study

Increased intake of choline, a nutrient found in meat, milk and eggs, can reduce circulating levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to increased risk of heart disease, says a...

Soy-rich diet cuts prostate cancer marker

Two servings of soy a day reduced levels of the prostate cancer marker PSA in free-living men by 14 percent, but didn't affect testosterone levels, says a new pilot study...

Folic acid fortification boosting adolescent health

Adolescents, an often overlooked population, could also be reaping the benefits of folic acid fortification of enriched grain products with lower levels of a marker of cardiovascular disease (CVD), says...

Beer extract could protect against prostate cancer

The flavonoid xanthohumol found in hops could help prevent prostate cancer, but the scientists suggest supplements rather than beer for exploiting the potential benefits.

Citrus peel extract shows benefits for diabetes

A daily supplement of an extract from citrus peel could reduce insulin resistance in hamsters, suggesting the extract might also help prevent diabetes in humans, says a North American study.

More support for selenomethionine bioavailability

A new study from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine supports other studies that selenomethionine is more bioavailable than selenium selenite and high-selenium yeast.

Vitamin-producing bacteria could lead to cheaper fortified dairy

Adding riboflavin-producing bacteria to standard yoghurt could boost the nutritional value and cut costs of conventional fortification, suggests a joint Argentine-Dutch study.

Seditol helps sleepless in Cincinnati

A recent study found 88 percent of participants had better sleep after taking Next Pharmaceuticals' Seditol - findings that could encourage use of the blend of botanical extracts over drugs.

Strong evidence for lignans' breast cancer protection

A high intake of plant lignans could reduce the risk of breast cancer for pre-menopausal women by 78 per cent, says new research from Germany that adds significantly to the...

CoQ10 focus

Science searches for new CoQ10 benefits

As the science behind the understanding of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) expands, so does the list of health conditions that could potentially benefit from supplements.