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Vitamin D - sunlight or supplements?

Supplements and diet, and not sunlight, should be your source of vitamin D, dermatology experts have concluded after reviewing studies from both sides of the on-going debate.

Change your diet to reduce your BP

A new statement on diet from the American Heart Association emphasises weight loss, cutting back on salt and alcohol and increasing dietary potassium as viable ways to reduce blood pressure,...

Corn oil, omega-6 could speed up prostate cancer, study

Omega-6 fatty acids speed up the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory, according to a study published in today's issue of Cancer Research.

More support for magnesium against colon cancer

New research indicates that a diet rich in magnesium may lower the risk of colon cancer, supporting previous studies inversely linking intake of the mineral to the disease.

Mediterranean diet linked to fewer birth defects

Mediterranean countries like France, Spain and Italy have some of the lowest rates of birth defects, a statistic that may be due to the local diet.

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Time to ditch the FFQ

Little wonder consumers are confused about which foods are good for them, and which bad, when scientists use methods with almost no chance of meaningful results.

Flavonoids reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress

Sports drinks rich in antioxidants could reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress (EIOS), reports new research.

'Five-a-day' cuts stroke risk

Eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day can cut the risk of stroke by 26 per cent, according to a new study in The Lancet (Vol....

Calls to boost vitamin B12 RDA

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) levels for vitamin B12 should be increased by 500 per cent, according to Danish researchers - a recommendation which, if taken up, could lead to...

Study finds insufficient evidence for omega-3/cancer link

A new review study has poured water on claims that there is sufficient evidence to support a link between omega-3 consumption and a reduced risk of cancer.

New evidence of fermented milk's effect on blood pressure

Researchers in Finland investigating the blood-pressure lowering effect of a fermented milk drink with a high tripeptide concentration have concluded that it shows potential as a dietary approach to hypertension...

Apple juice may protect memory in old age

Consuming apple juice may protect against cell damage that contributes to age-related memory loss, conclude researchers investigating the benefits in mice.

Soy has little impact on cholesterol, finds new review

Soy protein has little impact on cholesterol levels, concludes a new review, that raises questions about an FDA-approved health claim.

Caffeine blunts blood flow to heart during exercise

Drinking caffeine drinks appears to stifle the body's ability to boost blood flow to the heart during exercise, suggests new research out of Switzerland.

Fish oils cool anger levels

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may mitigate aggressive behavior in substance abusers, suggest researchers.

Bioassay supports skin benefit of BioCell ingredient

BioCell Technologies has released the results of a bioassay which supports the effectiveness of its dietary ingredient BioCell Collagen II in preventing wrinkles.

Target of vitamin D benefit for osteoporosis identified

Researchers in Japan have identified the target for vitamin D, giving a new insight into how the vitamin helps reduce bone loss and osteoporosis.

Proliant reports IBS benefit of ImmunoLin

Proliant Health and Biologicals has reported positive results in a company trial aimed at reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and improving quality of life of sufferers using its...

Scientists triple CLA content in milk

Milk from cows fed on soybeans and fish oils contained up to three times more conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), says a US study, suggesting new opportunities for functional dairy development.

Low carb lives on - at least for scientists

The low carb boom may be over for businesses but some scientists remain convinced that it is a benefit approach to several health conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Low-fat diet study claims to 'reverse' diabetes

Researchers from UCLA have claimed that a three-week high-fibre, low-fat diet can reverse type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (MetS) - conclusions that go against medical understanding of the conditions.

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.

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