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New benefits of broccoli come to light

A naturally occurring compound in broccoli, already shown to fight cancer in cells, may also be able to reduce risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to...

Up the spinach for adequate vitamin A

People may need to eat more beta-carotene to get enough vitamin A, say US researchers, who discovered that the nutrient is less absorbable than thought.

Calcium-rich foods cut kidney stone risk

A high intake of calcium-rich foods may reduce young women's risk of developing kidney stones, report US scientists this week, but taking calcium supplements is unlikely to offer any benefit.

Winter months up the cholesterol

Cholesterol levels - irrespective of diet - vary with the seasons, reaching their highest levels in the winter months, suggest scientists who claim their findings could lead to the development...

Curry spice to ease fatal genetic disease

A compound in the curry spice turmeric appears to correct the cystic fibrosis defect in mice, report Canadian scientists, demonstrating the potential for treating the disease in humans.

Athlete supplements fail to meet quality standards

Some supplements targeted at professional athletes contain banned substances which are not listed on their labels, according to new research.

Black women may need more folic acid

Black women may need to increase their folic acid intake, as a new report shows that higher levels of the amino acid homocysteine and less folic acid than white women...

Scientists question power of resveratrol supplements

Supplements of resveratrol, the compound found in red wine that is thought to fight heart disease, is unlikely to have any effect on preventing most cancers, said researchers this week.

Soy chips to aid weight-loss

From health to weight-loss, following findings from a small study, US soy food maker Revival Soy claims its soy chips snack can be used in combination with a healthy diet...

Rare Chinese mushroom gives energy to the middle-aged

A supplement derived from a rare Chinese mushroom could boost energy levels and stamina during exercise in middle-aged adults, reported researchers this week.

Macronutrient rush from fatty meals harms body

A high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal causes a rush of inflammatory factors into the bloodstream, overwhelming the body's natural inflammation-fighting mechanisms, report US researchers in a medical journal this month,writes Dominique Patton....

Supplement use growing among children and adolescents

New figures published today reveal nearly half of young children and almost a third of adolescents in the United States have used a dietary supplement, potentially increasing the health risks...

Tea polyphenols to combat prostate cancer

Natural treatments for prostate cancer are fast gaining scientific evidence for their efficacy in human patients.

Trans fats increase risk of heart disease, new findings

New evidence to suggest that a diet high in artery-clogging trans fats could accelerate the development of cardiovascular disease comes from a recent study in the US. Findings compound imminent...

Supplement raises fertility stakes

A dietary supplement containing a mixture of herbals, vitamins and amino acids may help boost fertility in women who have difficulty conceiving, according to a US researcher, writes Dominique Patton.

Asian spice shows strong antioxidant powers

Curcumin, the spice that gives curry its yellow color, may activate a key enzyme that protects the brain against oxidation, thought to be a major factor in ageing and responsible...

Phenolic compounds to fight breast cancer

Three different polyphenols, compounds found in wine, beer and tea, appear to significantly decrease breast cancer cells, according to new research from Portugal, which goes against previous findings showing that...

Breakthrough research on lycopene

Lycopene, the carotenoid found in tomatoes, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by inhibiting the male hormone's effect on the prostate, report researchers from DSM this week.

Preventative eyecare urgently needed

The prevalence of low vision and blindness is set to increase dramatically by 2020, warn researchers, prompting a call for prevention strategies that could help public health professionals fight the...

Fibre for prostate protection

Fibre-rich vegetables may protect against prostate cancer, suggests research from Italy, which also finds soluble, and particularly vegetable fibre, a factor in reducing the risk of the disease.

Vitamin A rich cauliflower rolled out to market

A cauliflower with 25 times more vitamin A than its 'regular' sister could meet the daily needs of consumers with the new vegetable now available on the market. A new...

A botanical to beat 'stress-eaters'

A small study on a botanical ingredient for dietary supplements and functional foods reveals the compound could help in weight, and stress management.

Survey shows consumers rejecting low-carb consumption

While supporters of the Atkins plan would have us believe the diet is more popular than ever, there are signs of a growing backlash against low-carb diet plans. A new...

Ginger eases morning sickness, more findings

Australian scientists confirm that the traditional sickness remedy ginger could relieve the nausea and vomiting experienced by pregnant women to a similar extent as vitamin B6.

Vitamin C supplement to beat diabetes and heart disease

Vitamin C appears to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation and possibly a better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol levels, shows research for the first time....

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