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Low vitamin D levels increase risk for falls

Vitamin D deficiency is a significant risk factor for falls and injuries in elderly women living in residential care in Australia, a Melbourne University study has found.

High glycemic foods, sucrose linked to birth defects

New research finds that a mother's diet rich in certain sugars could be strongly associated with risk of birth defects in offspring, even among non-diabetic women.

Zinc levels rising in infants, above TUL

More than a third of pre-school children assessed in a new study had zinc levels above the recommended upper levels, report researchers, who warn that increasing intakes may become excessive.

Solbar soy product to boost bone strength

Israeli soy company Solbar Plant Extracts has recently completed a study incorporating using it's soy product SOLGEN. The first study looked at the effect of...

A tastier soy-based bread

The US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a new dough formulation to eradicate the musty, 'beany' aftertaste of some soy-based breads; a problem that has eluded food technologists since...

Multivitamin found to slow death from HIV

A supplement containing vitamins and minerals may help to slow the progression to death of some of the 40 million people infected with HIV worldwide, according to a new study.

Healthy bone supplement as good as the real thing

A clinical study carried out in the Netherlands has demonstrated identical absorption from an extract of the soyfood natto as in its traditional form.

DHA supplements could reduce postpartum depression

Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) after pregnancy are associated with postnatal depression, report researchers in a new study.

Microencapsulated potassium reduces fortification problems

Balchem Encapsulates has launched two microencapsulated forms of potassium for the food and supplement market. The company claims its new technology allows particles to mix uniformly in food systems for...

Atkins Diet safety record slammed

The safety of the Atkins Diet and other high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets has been criticised after a preliminary report released last week linked one death and numerous illnesses to the weight...

Spicing up insulin sensitivity

Less than half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily could significantly reduce the risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes,...

Cognis phytosterol plant nears completion

The Cognis Group, a leader in antioxidant and botanical ingredients, announced recently that it is near to completing construction of the world's largest stand-alone manufacturing...

British research could hold key to tackling obesity

Researchers looking at the rising occurrence of obesity in the UK population will present some interesting findings - including the affects of carbohydrates levels on...

Buckwheat shows potential in diabetes fight

Researchers in Canada have found new evidence that buckwheat, a grain used in making pancakes, may be beneficial in the management of diabetes. In a...

Omega-3 linked again to reducing Alzheimer's risk

Boosting levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the blood and eating about three fish meals each week can almost halve the risk of Alzheimer's disease...

Brain-boosting blueberries

The link between diet, specifically antioxidants, and brain health gained further ground last week with new studies suggesting that antioxidant-rich blueberries can both help fight...

Athletes hold their breath over fish oil research

Taking fish oil supplements appears to significantly reduce the severity of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in elite athletes, reports a research team from the University of...

Researchers step up recruitment drive for Select trial

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center yesterday teamed up with more than 40 Houston-area African-American churches to encourage men in their congregations...

A daily pint of black stuff reduces heart attack risk

A daily pint of dark beer such as Guinness may work as well as an aspirin in helping to prevent heart attacks, said researchers at...

Longer trial finds ginkgo supplements improves memory

New evidence showing that supplements of the ginkgo biloba herb can improve memory was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Society for...

Healthy and at-risk populations benefit from omega-3

Taking supplements of DHA omega-3 fatty acids results in a significant cardioprotective benefit both for patients at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and in healthy...

Vitamin supplements could halt thousands of cases of blindness

Daily supplements of antioxidant vitamins and zinc could help more than 300,000 people at risk for advanced age-related macular degeneration avoid vision loss over the...

Green tea agent fights HIV infection

The main active agent in green tea, EGCG, prevents the first step in HIV infection and could one day be used as a new anti-HIV...

Probiotics, potential in conventional treatment

Mounting scientific evidence for the therapeutic use of probiotics suggests that these products should be incorporated into conventional medical practices, concluded a recent meeting of...

Vitamin C reduces stroke risk, especially in smokers

Dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamin C may be associated with reduced risk for stroke, especially in people who smoke, report Dutch scientists in a...