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Calcium absorption depends on compound

Fortified food and drink makers should bear in mind the bioavailability of different forms of calcium, according to new research investigating the fortification systems used in orange juice brands.

Apple study could engender disease-fighting hybrid

Canadian researchers have identified certain types of apple with superior polyphenol content and antioxidant action, a discovery that highlights the potential for developing a disease-fighting super fruit, writes Jess Halliday.

Breastfeeding lowers children's blood pressure

Breastfeeding is as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and dietary salt restriction, finds a new study.

Shark cartilage can't cure cancer, say scientists

When the mass media reported, more than a decade ago, on studies purporting to show that shark cartilage could send cancer into remission, medical professionals didn't really buy it. Now...

Resveratrol could prevent 'flu epidemics

Resveratrol, a plant polyphenol found in red grapes, could be a useful tool to combat the spread of 'flu, say Italian researchers.

Regular milk drinkers may have lower stroke risk

A diet rich in milk does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as previously thought and may even be protective, concludes new research, reports Dominique Patton.

MSM provides pain relief for OA sufferers, says study

Anti-inflammatory MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has added to the store of evidence pointing to its health benefits with a new study suggesting that it significantly reduces pain endured by osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers,...

Study points to puzzle of calcium/cancer link

Calcium and low fat milk may increase the risk of prostate cancer, say the authors of a new study into the link between dairy products and the disease. But as...

HCA may have role in diabetes prevention, suggests animal research

A synthetic version of the plant compound hydroxycitric acid (HCA) strongly delayed glucose absorption in rats suggesting that it could help regulate blood sugar levels in people at risk of...

Dietary vitamin E may fight off Parkinson's

Diets rich in vitamin E could protect against the development of Parkinson's disease, suggests a new meta-analysis published today.

Vitamin D oversight endangers women

More than half of osteoporosis sufferers do not consume sufficient quantities of vitamin D, suggests new research - an oversight that could make them more vulnerable to falls and fractures.

Low fat diet could improve breast cancer prognosis

Breast cancer survivors who stick to a low fat diet could be 24 percent less likely to suffer a relapse than those eating a standard diet, according to researchers at...

Herbal group reacts to black cohosh study

A study presented this week showing that black cohosh supplements offer no benefit for hot flushes was probably too short to measure any effect, says the herbal science group the...

Low-g could reduce cardiovascular risk in obese

The low-glycemic-load diet has attracted growing numbers of weight- and health-conscious consumers over the past year. New research from the Children's Hospital in Boston provides further indication that their enthusiasm...

Mechanism for green tea's anti-cancer action revealed

Green tea appears to protect against cancer by affecting a 'promiscuous' protein that pharmaceutical experts are already targeting in their work on anti-cancer drugs, according to new research.

Black cohosh has no benefit on hot flushes, says US team

Black cohosh does not reduce hot flushes in women any better than a placebo, said US researchers yesterday.

Type 2 diabetes may begin with grandmother's diet

Insulin resistance typical of type 2 diabetes can be 'programmed' across two generations by poor nutrition during a grandmother's pregnancy and lactation, suggests a groundbreaking new animal study.

Fat in diet boosts metabolism

Fat consumption in the diet can lead to healthy blood levels of sugar and cholesterol, say researchers.

Sodium, calcium absorption may be race related

Varying rates of hypertension and osteoporosis in African-American and Caucasian adolescent girls may be explained by the different ways in which their bodies handle sodium and calcium, according to recent...

Lipid Nutrition introduces pine nut fat to stop overeating

A fatty acid extracted from pine nuts can suppress appetite and reduce the amount of food people feel like eating, according to Dutch firm Lipid Nutrition, introducing the new weight...

Wrong form of theanine interferes with absorption

D-theanine can inhibit the body's absorption of the amino L-theanine and may present a health risk to consumers, suggest researchers at Iowa University.

Preterm infants may benefit from fatty acids

Feeding formulas containing fatty acids such as docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) may improve the development of preterm infants.

Nutritional advice encourages growth in infants

The quality and extent of nutritional advice given to families in developing countries should be improved to reduce stunted growth in infants, said The Lancet today.

Changing carbs for protein helps reduce stomach fat

Substituting a modest amount of protein for carbohydrate may reduce abdominal obesity, say researchers reporting on data gathered from a diverse multi-ethnic population.

Vitamin C may counter some of smoking's effects on foetus

High doses of vitamin C may have the potential to counteract some of the negative effects on the foetus caused by a mother's smoking, suggests research in monkeys.

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