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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....

Chemical switch from brown to white fat key to cutting obesity

The way newborn lambs regulate their temperature in the first few weeks of life using a special deposit of brown fat could give clues for tackling obesity in humans, say...

Cinnamon, an insulin subsitute?

Cinnamon may help alleviate type 2 diabetes by playing the role of an insulin substitute, according to new US research.

Zinc supplements fail to meet quality standards

A minority of zinc supplements, one of the most popular mineral supplements in the US, which can be taken to treat the common cold, do not meet quality standards according...

Folate takes on depression

Evidence continues to mount suggesting a link between various stages of depression and low blood levels of the B vitamin folate, according to research funded by the Agricultural Research Service...

Zinc to underpin ADHD treatment?

Zinc supplements could increase the effectiveness of stimulants used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the most common childhood behavioural disorder that affects around one in every...

Lutein improves eyesight for AMD patients, suggests study

Lutein supplements can reverse some of the damage done by 'dry' age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most prevalent form of the disease, according to a study out yesterday.

Enzyme supplements could improve digestive processes, new research

Taking supplements of enzymes appears to improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients suggests new research, commissioned by the US-based National Enzyme Company.

Military nutritional product now available to the public

A nutritional product designed to combat the effects of nutrient depletion is poised to penetrate the US market, targeting those who work or exercise in conditions where the body is...

Military supplement available to public

A nutritional product designed to combat the effects of nutrient depletion is poised to penetrate the US market, targeting those who work or exercise in conditions where the body is...

Kemin introduces vegetarian-friendly lutein

Kemin foods, the US manufacturer and marketer of nutritional ingredients for the food and dietary supplement market is to launch the first vegetarian lutein ingredient onto the market. The firm...

Low carb craze exaggerated, new findings

Americans still have very healthy appetites for carbohydrates, with only one out of four people on a low-carb diet actually significantly cutting carbs, a new study claims.

Body drinks up coffee antioxidants

Coffee contains similar levels of antioxidants to black tea and can be just as beneficial to health, according to Scottish scientists that have found coffee's antioxidants are highly absorbable by...

Immunity boosting ingredient sees sales soar

The world's largest dairy ingredients business is aiming to ramp up collection of colostrum from its suppliers to meet growing demand for the ingredient in health products.

Salt industry questions roots of health policy

As the US advisory body on dietary advice convened in Washington, D.C. to discuss salt consumption, the Salt Institute and the US Chamber of Commerce were taking the Bush government...

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