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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...

Tocotrienols may stop the spread of cancer cells

Tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E, could stop the spread of cancer cells, adding to previous studies and drawing attention to this least studied form of the vitamin.

Pepper extract could stop prostate cancer growth

Capsaicin, the compound that gives red pepper its heat, could stop the spread of prostate cancer, claims a new study.

Fruit and vegetable waste rich with extractable antioxidants

Fruit and vegetables waste products offer a cheap and practical source of potent antioxidants that could be used as functional ingredients, says a Spanish-German study.

Diet success depends on consistency, not diet type, says research

The most successful way to lose weight is not the type of diet chosen, but actually sticking to it, according to research published by the ARS, which also reveals that...

Scientists create super-nutritious strawberries

Researchers have developed a method for enhancing the nutritional value of alpine strawberries - which could prove popular with consumers anxious to increase their vitamin intake.

Pigs give more support for fruit and veg rich diet

An intake of antioxidants from different fruit could be more efficient at protecting against the effects of oxidative stress than single fruits, says new research using pigs.

Potential probiotics isolated from dairy sources

Greek researchers have isolated three strains of bacteria from dairy sources that have desirable probiotic properties and could be applied in the food industry.

B-vitamins 'not beneficial' to high-risk heart patients

Supplements of B-vitamins lowered homocysteine levels but did not reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack or stroke for high-risk patients, report two new studies - findings that cannot...

Calcium supplements could reduce severe pregnancy complications

Daily supplements of calcium might reduce serious complications during pregnancy by 25 per cent, reports a multi-centred WHO study.

Scientists to evaluate potential dangers of soy

An independent panel of scientists is to meet this week to review recent scientific data on the soy compound genistein. The scientists expect to reach conclusions as to whether or...

Vitamin E - the need for perspective

Conflicting study results concerning the benefits and safety of vitamin E are causing confusion amongst consumers, even though they are open to debate from fellow scientists and members of the...

Cholesterol-lowering foods - the sum greater than the parts?

A combination of foods like soy, plant sterols, almonds and viscous fibres, could reduce LDL-cholesterol levels by 20 per cent, and work better together than independently, says a new study.

Lignans may protect against prostate cancer

A diet rich in lignans could reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 26 per cent, says a new study from Sweden, news that has been welcomed by a leading...

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