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New plant compounds could prevent blood clots

ARS researchers have identified, characterized, and synthesized two plant compounds, which be used in dietary supplements to inhibit blood clotting.

'Super soy' could help fight against breast cancer

Researchers in America are working on a healthier soybean that contains far higher concentrations of health-protecting compounds than normal soybeans.

Restriction of calorie intake slows down heart ageing

A calorie-restricted diet could slow down ageing of the heart and prolong lifespan, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

'Direct evidence' that cocoa benefits heart health

A team of international researchers claims to have 'direct evidence' for a cocoa flavanol improving blood vessel relaxation.

Tomato extract helps reduce blood pressure

A daily dose of a tomato extract could lower blood pressure (BP) for people with moderate hypertension, reports research from Israel.

Soybean ferritin could help low-iron populations

Purified ferritin from soybeans is easily adsorbed in the body and could provide a new way of raising iron levels in low-iron populations, reports a new study.

Wholegrains ease metabolic syndrome in older people

More than three wholegrain servings per day could reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults, new research claims.

Carbohydrate-rich diets may improve insulin control

A new review claims that a diet rich in carbohydrates may help improve insulin control, giving more support to FAO/WHO recommendations for a high-carbohydrate diet with low GI foods.

Vegetable protein linked to lower blood pressure

A diet rich in vegetable protein, but not animal protein, could prevent hypertension and related diseases, according to a large epidemiological study.

More support for benefits of fish oil for asthmatics

A new report claims omega-3 fatty acid supplements can protect against exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in asthma sufferers, adding to previous studies linking fish oil to lung health.

Tomato juice prevents emphysema in animal models

Drinking tomato juice completely prevented emphysema in mice exposed to tobacco smoke, report researchers from Japan.

Calcium supplements seen to have no effect on body fat

Eating more dairy foods, but not calcium supplements, could reduce body weight and body mass, claim researchers from Denmark.

New trial to test how fish oil helps children's behaviour

Fish oil supplements will be given to a group of children with learning and behavioural difficulties in a new study to find out if the omega-3 fatty acids can improve...

Egg-breakfast fills you up for longer

Starting the day with an egg breakfast instead of another food with the same calorie count is more likely to lead to weight loss in overweight people, suggests new research.

Britons working on chocolate diet pill

The British-based Chocolate Powder Company says it is testing the weight loss effects of a cocoa-based diet pill that could soon be ready for launch on the US weight loss...

Hispanic women urged to take folic acid supplements

Health charities are urging Hispanic women of childbearing age to take folic acid supplements to prevent birth defects in their offspring.

L-arginine may be harmful for heart attack patients

L-arginine amino acid supplements for heart attack patients may do more harm than good, according to a new study.

Fruit compound fights prostate cancer in lab

A compound found in fruits like olives, mangoes, strawberries and grapes fights cancer in human and animal cells, shows recent research.

More support for antioxidant reduction of AMD risk

Upping intake of vitamins C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene could reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by a third, suggests a new Dutch study.

Strong calls for greater vitamin D intake

Higher intakes of vitamin D could reduce the risk of certain cancers by as much as 50 per cent, suggests a new study, lending weight to calls for increased supplement...

Cultural differences may explain home remedy use

Blacks and Native Americans are much more likely to use natural remedies made at home than whites, reveals new research.

Vitamin E and prostate cancer - anything concrete?

Consumers are confused about the benefits of vitamin E for prostate cancer, Harvard doctors have claimed at the end of a year that has seen sales of the vitamin plummet.

Biogaia writes off allergy study

Disappointing results from a two-year investigation into the effects of probiotics on allergies have forced Sweden's Biogaia to end the research.

More support for dark chocolate's heart benefits.

A daily treat of dark chocolate can improve overall heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, say researchers from Zurich.

Further support for bitter orange safety

Bitter orange has virtually no effect on blood pressure or heart rate reports new research, supporting claims from previous studies.

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