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Zinc intake comes under the spotlight

Zinc intake among the elderly in Europe is generally low - but European researchers are currently trying to discover the role of zinc in preventing...

Low levels of potassium could increase stroke risk

People with a low amount of potassium in their diet may have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study published in the August...

Europe funds antioxidant study

Dietary antioxidants are currently at the centre of a new collaboration between scientists and the industry with increasing evidence to suggest that these compounds could...

Vitamins add value to rice

Scientists at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) are working to develop a vitamin-rich variety of rice that would improve the nation's nutritional levels, reports...

Can it - processed corn better for you, claim scientists

The traditional argument is that fresh fruit and vegetables are better for the health than their processed equivalents, but new research from the US suggests...

GLA/ALA supplements pass the ConsumerLab.com test

Nineteen of 25 dietary supplements containing the essential fatty acids ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) passed an assessment by the independent product evaluator...

Chinese 'secret' could be key to arthritis relief

A herb which has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine but which is still relatively unknown in the west could be the key to...

Cutting fat, calcium intake can slow prostate cancer growth

Men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer should try to reduce the levels of fat and calcium in their diet in order to delay the...

Folic acid fortification works, claim Canadian researchers

Fortification of grain with folic acid can have a significant effect on reducing the incidence of neural tube defects in children, according to research published...

British consumers not getting enough selenium

New research from the UK has revealed that selenium (Se) levels in British bread-making wheats are 10 to 50 times lower than in their American...

High-protein diets increase risk of kidney stones, bone loss

The low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets which have become popular in recent years may be good at helping people lose weight rapidly, but they could also be...

Wine consumption promotes healthier lifestyle

The benefits of wine consumption with regards to heart health have been widely documented, but a new study published in the August issue of the...

Those who can't kick the habit should eat more fruit and veg

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables can cut the risk of smoking-related diseases, finds new research. According to a report by BBC Online, scientists have...

ADM adds to patents file

Agricultural processing giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has been awarded three US patents for the use of concentrated isoflavones combined with other plant-derived phytochemicals to...

Fatty acid supplement gets results in joint health study

US nutraceutical company Imagenetix claims that results from a clinical trial on its product Celadrin, a natural nutritional supplement made of a combination of cetylated...

The role of vitamins - essential or a waste of time?

Following yesterday 's news that a senior figure in the British medical world has added his support to the views that vitamins are not always effective,...

Cholesterol-lowering supplement gains scientific support

A relatively new dietary supplement called Basikol may lower total cholesterol by about 15 per cent, according to the August issue of the Mayo Clinic...

Iodine deficiency leads to poor mental development in babies

Pregnant women are putting the mental development of their children at risk by failing to take sufficient amounts of iodine, according to a recent study...

Anti-obesity chemical found in shark liver

A substance derived from dogfish sharks suppresses appetite and decreases body weight in rodents making it a potential anti-obesity treatment, according to new research. Researchers...

Research to probe soy's positive effects on prostate cancer

Researchers at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and Belfast City Hospital are to launch a study on the link between dietary intake of...

Vitamins rubbished - again

The debate continues to rage over the efficacy of vitamins following the publication earlier this month of a report claiming that synthetic statin drugs were...

Food processors support FDA stance on mercury in fish

Claims that the US Food & Drug Administration was unduly influenced by the US food industry when drawing up its guidelines on fish consumption and...

Nutrition 21 to aid IOM testing

Nutrition 21, the US producer of chromium picolinate products, has announced that it will provide data to the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) to help...

The older you are, the more you can drink, says study

The health benefits of alcohol only occur in middle aged and older people, finds a study in this week`s British Medical Journal. The scientists found...

Sports supplements blamed for heatstroke deaths

Dietary supplements could be the cause of a rise in deaths from heatstroke, according to reports in the American press. A study published last week...

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