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Thiamine may protect heart health in diabetics

High doses of vitamin B1, or thiamine, could lower cholesterol in diabetes patients and help prevent heart disease, say UK researchers.

Gamma-tocopherol halts cancer cells in lab study

Gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E found in many plant seeds but not widely available in nutritional supplements, might halt the growth of prostate and lung cancer cells, say US...

Ayurvedic herbals heavy in metals or not?

An analysis of Ayurvedic herbals found that 20 percent contained metals at potentially toxic levels, according to a study in JAMA, but the American Herbal Products Association believes the products...

Scotch pine bark has anti-inflammatory action

Compounds in the bark of the Scotch pine, more usually used for Christmas trees, show promising anti-inflammatory action in cell studies, say Finnish researchers, and could be developed into food...

First strawberry map to lead to better flavour?

Breakthrough science for the popular fruit ingredient, the strawberry, as UK scientists construct the world's first molecular map for the wild strawberry, opening up opportunities to create market leading varieties...

Soiken links up with drink maker to develop health drink

Japanese biotech firm Soiken signs joint research agreement with a beverage manufacturer to drill into the established functional food market.

New findings on insulin activity and Alzheimer's link

A decreased level of an enzyme that breaks down insulin in brain tissue may explain why diabetes patients have a higher risk of Alzheimer's, report researchers.

African-Americans need to up calcium intake

The majority of African-Americans should be increasing their intake of calcium in order to reduce the risk of contracting a number of serious diseases according to a study published this...

Supplement industry still needs to allay vitamin E worries

Consumers remain concerned by the conclusions of the recent meta-study on vitamin E and may be putting their lives at risk, according to a study released last week.

Antioxidant, B vitamin combo to slow dementia?

Combining B vitamins with a powerful antioxidant could lower blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine enough to prevent dementia, claims a UK research firm preparing to test the theory...

GSK to provide safe supplements for tennis players

Pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline is to produce nutritional supplements for the ATP, the governing body for men's tennis, under a new scheme designed to limit the risk of supplements causing tennis...

Nutrition labeling doesn't help adolescents stay healthy

The US government is pressing food companies to improve their nutrition labeling but the needs of adolescents need to be taken into consideration according to one group of researchers.

Early nutrient deficiency may increase adolescent violence

Malnutrition in the first few years of life leads to antisocial and aggressive behaviour throughout childhood and late adolescence, report US researchers.

Small daily soy intake cuts cholesterol

Further evidence supports the cholesterol-lowering function of soy protein, making it a key ingredient in formulations looking to benefit heart health.

Convenience food habit influences girls eating patterns

Convenience foods eaten on the run continue to experience strong growth as individuals skip the union meal for a solitary event but new findings from the US suggest that the...

Natural hormone could help treat metabolic syndrome

The natural hormone DHEA could play a role in the prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome associated with abdominal obesity, according to research published this week.

CRN pours cold water on new vitamin E research

A study published yesterday claiming that high doses of vitamin E do more harm than good is simply an attempt to grab headlines, says the US supplements industry association the...

Can tomatoes stop pre-cancerous prostate changes?

Northwestern University is seeking to discover whether lycopene - an antioxidant commonly found in tomatoes and tomato-based products and commonly perceived to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer -...

Kaneka ups CoQ10 production for third time in recent months

Japanese corporation Kaneka said this week that it will expand its production capacity at its plant in Takasago on the back of growing consumer consumption.

Americans must up calcium and vitamin D intake

Americans were warned last week that unless they up their consumption of calcium and vitamin D, the number of people suffering from osteoporosis and low bone mass is likely to...

Zinc given thumbs up against common cold

The benefits of using zinc products to fight the common cold are highlighted in this month's issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, though the author believes that...

Dietary supplement research revealed

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has today released the fifth issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research,...

Med diet may reduce gallstone risk

A diet rich in polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats, such as those typically found in the Mediterranean diet, may not only protect heart health but could also reduce the risk of...

Overall diet may be key in fight against asthma

Evidence that vitamins and minerals can protect against asthma is scarce, suggests a new review, but the researchers do not rule out a dietary approach to impact the incidence of...

CRN castigates Lancet for incendiary reporting

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has reacted angrily to the article published in last week's Lancet - which suggested that dietary supplements may be doing more harm than good,...