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High vitamin B intake cuts risk of colorectal cancer

Women who consume significant amounts of vitamin B6- often found in fortified cereals- can cut their risk of colorectal cancer, especially if they drink, according to new research, writes Dominique...

Low zinc may impact physical performance

Low zinc levels may impact physical performance, suggests a small study.

Fatty acid deficiency linked to autism

Omega-3 supplements could help children with autism manage some of their symptoms, believe Scottish researchers, who have recorded a deficiency of certain fatty acids in autistic children.

Nutrition approach to CV disease gains weight

The risk factors and symptoms associated with peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication can be reduced by better nutrition, say Spanish researchers in a study published in this month's Journal...

Almond flavonoids keep cholesterol levels down, animal study

The flavonoids in almond skins may be responsible for the nuts' positive effect on cholesterol levels, shows new research that tested their antioxidant capacity on animals.

Eating breakfast builds healthy bones, say studies

The American Dietetic Association is seeking to stir up debate over the nation's breakfast tables. Girls who skip breakfast are more likely to miss out on dietary sources of calcium...

Vitamin B12 supplements correct deficiencies as well as injections

Taking supplements of vitamin B12 appear to correct deficiencies of the vitamin just as efficiently as B12 injections but the doses needed would far exceed the RDA of this vitamin,...

Poor glycemic control could make diabetics depressed

A Columbia University study has identified an increased incidence of depression among Hispanic diabetics with poor glycemic control (PGC), which the researchers say could have implications for public health.

Lignan link to cognitive function

Consumption of lignans could help preserve cognitive function in postmenopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and...

Calorie quality, not quantity, for a longer life

It is not how much you eat, but what you eat that could influence life span, say UK researchers, investigating how calorie quality, not quantity, may dictate longevity, writes Lindsey...

Lignans linked to better cognitive function

Consumption of lignans could help preserve cognitive function in postmenopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and...

NCI funds research on botanicals for cancer

The government has again demonstrated its commitment to investigating the medicinal properties of botanicals, with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) providing $1 million in funding to Wake Forest University Baptist...

Genes regulate DHA levels in mother's breastmilk

The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in a mother's breastmilk not only depends on her diet but also on her genes, reported US researchers this week.

Modern diet may be causing depression

Scientists have long suspected that a lack of omega-3 may contribute to depression, but the latest study suggests that an excess of omega-6 - the fatty acid which is more...

Supplement could hold key to Canavan disease

Acetate supplementation could prove to be an effective therapy for Canavan disease, a rare congenital brain disease, say researchers studying deficiency of myelin-related fatty acids in sufferers.

Calcium absorption depends on compound

Fortified food and drink makers should bear in mind the bioavailability of different forms of calcium, according to new research investigating the fortification systems used in orange juice brands.

Apple study could engender disease-fighting hybrid

Canadian researchers have identified certain types of apple with superior polyphenol content and antioxidant action, a discovery that highlights the potential for developing a disease-fighting super fruit, writes Jess Halliday.

Breastfeeding lowers children's blood pressure

Breastfeeding is as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and dietary salt restriction, finds a new study.

Shark cartilage can't cure cancer, say scientists

When the mass media reported, more than a decade ago, on studies purporting to show that shark cartilage could send cancer into remission, medical professionals didn't really buy it. Now...

Resveratrol could prevent 'flu epidemics

Resveratrol, a plant polyphenol found in red grapes, could be a useful tool to combat the spread of 'flu, say Italian researchers.

Regular milk drinkers may have lower stroke risk

A diet rich in milk does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as previously thought and may even be protective, concludes new research, reports Dominique Patton.

MSM provides pain relief for OA sufferers, says study

Anti-inflammatory MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has added to the store of evidence pointing to its health benefits with a new study suggesting that it significantly reduces pain endured by osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers,...

Study points to puzzle of calcium/cancer link

Calcium and low fat milk may increase the risk of prostate cancer, say the authors of a new study into the link between dairy products and the disease. But as...

HCA may have role in diabetes prevention, suggests animal research

A synthetic version of the plant compound hydroxycitric acid (HCA) strongly delayed glucose absorption in rats suggesting that it could help regulate blood sugar levels in people at risk of...

Dietary vitamin E may fight off Parkinson's

Diets rich in vitamin E could protect against the development of Parkinson's disease, suggests a new meta-analysis published today.

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