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Historical study links fish to stroke

The health benefits of eating plenty of fish have been seen in a wealth of scientific studies, but data from a historical cohort study has led to a surprising observation...

Garlic pungency may explain heart benefits

Fundamental research suggests the manner in which garlic inspires gastric pain could also be the way it brings heart benefits.

Time no impact on lower omega 3 concentrations in vegetarians and vegans

British vegetarians and vegans have lower but stable plasma concentrations of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) compared to their meat-eating compatriots, and the length of time a consumer adheres to...

Coffee-diabetes link may be age, weight related

A link between consumption of coffee and caffeine and a risk of type-2 diabetes has been bandied about for some time, but a new research suggests that the relationship may...

Lifestyle, diet may halt prostate cancer progression

Men with early stage prostate cancer who make intensive changes to their lifestyle and diet- including consumption of wholegrains- may stop the disease's progress.

Folic acid fortification is working, shows study

The mandatory fortification of flour and grain products with folic acid in the US appears to be bringing in results, according to the largest study of B vitamin levels in...

ARS makes melons more nutritious

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service have hit on a way to make melons more nutritious - by spraying them with potassium while they are still growing on the vine.

Nutrition role in preventing dementia

A review of studies investigating possible causes of cognitive decline and dementia in later life has drawn attention to a lack of vitamin B12 and other nutritional factors that may...

Curcumin and cancer: GI-tract study planned

Researchers at the University of Swansea in the UK have received funding to embark on a human study into the effects of curcumin on cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract.

Citrus carotenoid may fight polyarthritis

Increasing intake of the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, found in citrus fruits, may reduce the risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, report UK researchers.

DHEA no help for fibromyalgia

Researchers at Brigham & Women's Hospital found that DHEA delivered no benefits for fibromyalgia sufferers - a finding that does not help the industry's fight to preserve the hormone precursor's...

Red clover investigated for effect on menopause, PMS symptoms

UK doctors, struggling to give advice to women on alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), are launching a study to find out how effective red clover is at preventing the...

More evidence coffee may cut risk of liver cancer

Further research backs the theory that drinking coffee could decrease the risk of liver cancer, writes Dominique Patton.

Vitamin D levels low in almost all hip fracture patients

Nearly all hip fracture patients are deficient, sometimes severely, in vitamin D, researchers in Scotland reported this week.

High fat diet could aggravate snack attack

A high-fat diet may lead to over-consumption of tasty snacks, say researchers involved in a rat study. They believe that regular eating habits could affect sensitivity to a hormone that...

Teens use supplements to boost body image

A new survey has raised concerns over the use of hormones and supplements by teenagers to enhance their physical appearance, reports Jess Halliday.

Omega-6 fatty acids cause prostate tumour cell growth in lab

Omega-6 fatty acids promote the growth of prostate tumour cells in the laboratory, according to US researchers, who say they have also identified a mechanism for this action.

Echinacea - cold cure or hot air?

Echinacea's reputation for chasing off the common cold has made it one of the most widely used herbal products on the market, but a study published today casts doubt on...

Whey supplement could help blood sugar control

Taking a whey supplement with meals can help stimulate insulin release in type 2 diabetics, shows a Swedish study.

Heart study strengthens interest in wholegrain products

A new report that shows that whole grain consumption can slow the progression of heart disease has strengthened interest in whole-grain products that do not compromise taste, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Grape boost to women's heart health

The heart health benefits of grape polyphenols have come under the spotlight again, with a new study indicating that they can reduce certain key risk factors for coronary heart disease...

Cocoa flavonols emerging as functional food ingredients

Cocoa compounds can be extracted and marketed as functional food ingredients, or even synthesised for use in pharmaceuticals, said confectionery giant Mars this week, reports Dominique Patton.

Vitamin D3 may not prevent bone loss in black women

A new study at Winthrop University Hospital indicates that vitamin D3 supplementation may not prevent bone loss in postmenopausal African-American women, writes Jess Halliday.

Eye health - the products keep coming

Supplement makers have been tapping into consumer's eye health anxieties for the last four years and although product launches seem to have peaked in 2003, there are no signs of...

Could protein be the key to weight loss?

New research bolsters the argument that the efficacy of low-carb diets could be due to their high protein content, reports Jess Halliday. So could raising America's protein intake help the...

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