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Vitamin C could lower body fat levels

Increasing intake of vitamin C improves the body's ability to oxidize fat and can reduce fatigue, said US researchers at this week's Experimental Biology 2006 in San Francisco.

Popular spices may stop cancer growth

Ginger and chilli peppers may inhibit the growth of certain cancers, said scientists at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Choose soy food over supplements, says cancer review

A review of 18 studies has led researchers to claim that soy products may protect against breast cancer, but that consumers should be wary of high-dose supplements - conclusions that...

Calorie-restricted diet could slow aging

Restricting your intake of calories may not only help people live longer, as well as losing weight, say the scientists behind a clinical trial.

Tomato juice could lower inflammation

Italian researchers have reported that a daily glass of tomato juice could lower markers for inflammation by over 30 per cent, but has no effect on the immune system, adding...

Review hails vegetarian diet-weight loss claims

People who follow a vegetarian diet are likely to have body weights as much as 20 per cent less than non-veggies, and are at lower risk of serious diseases, says...

Vitamin D linked to lower breast cancer risk

Women who had more exposure to sun during puberty, or who have high intakes of the vitamin as adults, are less likely to develop breast cancer, say scientists at today's...

Calcium, vitamin D may lower diabetes risk

High intake of calcium and vitamin D, particularly from supplements, may lower the risk of diabetes by 33 per cent, say American scientists, as a leading European clinician reports that...

Omega-3s could stop liver cancer cells growth

Omega-3 fatty acids could prevent or inhibit the growth of liver cancer cells, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh at today's annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer...

Herbal ingredient gives incontinence hope

UroLogic, herbal ingredient launching in products in the US this month, could provide a new natural means of managing incontinence, after being shown to significantly improve the symptoms of urinary...

Tea's brain health benefit link gets more support

Both green and black tea could protect against age-related diseases like Alzheimer's, says a new study, adding yet more support to the benefits of tea extract on brain health.

Antioxidants may not reduce pregnancy complications

Vitamins C and E might not reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women, and may even lead to under-weight babies, says a new study.

Type of food affects soy isoflavone bioavailability

The body's ability to absorb and benefit from soy isoflavones is greater when taken from juice but not cookies, results that have implications for using soy isoflavones as functional ingredients.

New genome deal to boost Danone probiotic R&D

France's Danone has announced a three-year licence with US-based Integrated Genomics for access to the ERGO database and genomic discovery system to enhance the group's probiotic understanding and R&D. ...

Grape seed extract may help lower blood pressure

A daily supplement of grape seed extract, a rich source of polyphenols, could lower blood pressure and ease the burden of metabolic syndrome, says new research.

ADHD teens calmed by omega oils

Supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 oils could improve the behaviour and the attention span of teens with ADHD, say English researchers.

Study 'confirms' lignan dose for menopause supplements

A daily dose of 10 to 30 milligrams of Norwegian spruce lignans is effective to help women manage menopause, says Italian research.

Creatine 'exerts mild antioxidant activity'

The amino acid creatine, a favourite of athletes around the world to increase their muscle bulk, may also act as an antioxidant, says new research.

Omega-3s have no benefits for heart health, cancer - new review

Intake of omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and fish oil supplements has no effect on mortality, heart disease or cancer, concludes a new review, but guidelines should continue for...

Omega-3s might stop spread of prostate cancer

Eating a diet with omega-3-rich oily fish could stop the spread of prostate cancer, but omega-6 fatty acids appear to promote the spread, says new research.

Wholegrains better than refined grains to lower bad fats

Wholegrains, but not refined grains, could lower blood triglycerides, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, say researchers from the US Agricultural Research Service.

Healthy eyes linked to healthy diet and lifestyle

A healthy diet containing plenty of antioxidants and fish can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study from Harvard Medical School.

More support for grape seed extract's health benefits

Masquelier's grapevine seed extract could reduce free radical damage of blood vessel cells by 85 per cent and protect against heart disease, says new research.

Fruit and veg may cut adult asthma risk

A diet rich in vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots and leafy vegetables, could cut the risk of adult asthma by about 20 per cent, says new research.

Folic acid fortification linked to lower stroke death rates

The number of deaths from stroke in North America has dropped by five per cent since the introduction of folic acid fortification, while figures in the non-fortifying UK have not...

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