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How Atkins works - possible mechanism discovered

French scientists have reached a possible explanation for the weight loss effect of high-protein diets like Atkins.

Protein discovery could be clue to vitamin E's anti-cancer effect

US researchers have identified a protein that affects vitamin E's retention in prostate cells and helps the vitamin slow cancer growth.

Olive oil compounds fight colon cancer

Compounds in olive oil appear to protect against colon cancer, one of the most common forms of the disease in the Western world.

Orafti pushes new prebiotic health claims

A prebiotic ingredient could significantly lower the glycaemic index of food products when used in replacement for sugar, according to a new study.

Resveratrol tackles Alzheimer's plaques, shows lab study

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, lowers levels of the amyloid-beta peptides that cause the plaques in the brain leading to Alzheimer's disease, shows new research.

Healthy fruit and veg compounds being lost in processing

Fruit and vegetable compounds shown to protect against cancer in epidemiological studies could be much more powerful if processors and breeders paid closer attention to their preservation, say Dutch researchers.

Broccoli fights cancer-causing bacteria in humans

Broccoli's ability to fight Helicobacteri pylori, the bacterium responsible for most stomach cancers, has been demonstrated in a human study for the first time, claim Japanese researchers.

Melatonin helps travelers prepare for long-haul

A new study has shown that taking melatonin and using a light box for several days before crossing time zones can help travelers avoid jet lag by resetting their Circadian...

Gingko biloba may reduce ovarian cancer risk

The herbal gingko biloba may lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer, US researchers say.

Jury still out on probiotics for IBS

The role of probiotics in alleviating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) came under the spotlight at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology this weekend. The...

SierraSil study suggests osteoarthritis relief

A combination of natural minerals from the Sierra Mountains shows promise in reducing the pain of arthritis, according to a study published in the Journal of Inflammation.

Reducing GI does not boost effects of low-calorie diet

A low-glycaemic index diet may not be any help for obese people trying to lose weight, contrary to growing popular belief, suggests a new study out of the US.

Vitamin E tocotrienol shows brain protection promise

The natural vitamin E alpha-tocotrienol (TCT) may protect the brain against stroke- and glutamate-induced degeneration, according to researchers in a new animal study.

Ginseng extract prevents colds, reduces symptoms, finds new study

Taking ginseng supplements through the winter appears to help the immune system fight off colds, report Canadian researchers today.

Phenolics, flavonoids rank amongst significant research

For the first time, papers on phenolics and flavonoids have been included in the Office of Dietary Supplements' (ODS) Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research, indicating heightened...

Fish not always associated with brain health

Americans may not be making the connection between brain health and foods that are believed to promote it, suggests a survey conducted on behalf of omega-3 oil producer Martek Biosciences.

Vitamin intake may protect against bowel cancer

A diet rich in vitamin C and B vitamins appears to protect against adenomas in the bowel, even in smokers, report French researchers.

How CLA fights inflammatory disease

US scientists have explained how one of the forms of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid found in dairy products, could reduce inflammatory disease.

Beta-carotene rich plants improve vitamin A status, shows study

A new technique that allows researchers to track carotenoids consumed in plant foods through the body's bloodstream confirms the role of plant beta-carotene in raising vitamin A levels.

Fish advisories could harm consumption, warn researchers

Government warnings about the mercury contamination of fish could threaten overall consumption of the healthy food, say researchers in a new study.

Omega-3s could lower risk of dry eye syndrome

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome, suggests a newly published study.

Herbal alternative for asthma shows promise

An oral combination of three Chinese herbs could be as effective as conventional medicines at alleviating asthma symptoms but without such severe side effects, report Chinese and American researchers.

NCCAM grant supports African plant research

An international collaboration to research the safety and efficacy of South African medicinal plants has attracted a $4.4 million, four-year grant from NCCAM, and could result in plant-based therapies for...

Cranberry compound found to block cancer

Compounds in cranberries, thought to help prevent urinary preventions, may also fight the development of cancer, report US researchers today.

Cancer patients secretive over CAM use

A new study has highlighted yet again that doctors are not always aware of their patients' CAM habits. This time the group consists of cancer sufferers, who the researchers say...

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