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Nut link to lower cholesterol gains credence

A new meta-analysis of scientific evidence for nuts' ability to lower cholesterol levels confirms that almonds, peanuts, walnuts and pecans could be useful as part of an overall heart-healthy diet.

Healthy eating, exercise key to keeping brain fit, say scientists

Regular exercise and a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s may help the elderly stave off memory loss, said Irish scientists yesterday.

Folic acid fortification is insufficient, say campaigners

A new study indicates that the mandatory addition of folic acid to all grain products has had less of an impact on neural tube defects in non-Hispanic black births than...

Soy protein could protect against liver disease in diabetics

Consuming soy protein could help prevent diabetes sufferers developing fatty liver, or hepatic steatosis, say researchers in a new animal study.

Vinegar may help dieters eat less

Vinegar reduces the body's insulin response to a carbohydrate meal and increases satiety, say Swedish researchers.

Fish oil does not stop fatal heart rhythms, suggests study

Fish oil did little to reduce the risk of heart rhythm problems, cardiac arrest or arrhythmia in patients at increased risk, said researchers yesterday, conflicting with previous results showing a...

More research needed on herbals for tummy ache

Herbal medicines like ginger and chamomile may help alleviate gastrointestinal complaints in children, but more research into their effects is needed, according to a new review article. Some, such as...

B vitamins may not protect against heart disease

A new study from Norway has cast doubt on years of research suggesting that vitamin B6 and folic acid may have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system - findings...

Soy could reduce bad cholesterol, says AHRQ

Daily consumption of soy protein found in tofu and other soybean products may result in a small reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL, known as bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels.

New help for arthritis sufferers, suggests study

A naturally occuring compound supplement - methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) - could offer arthritis sufferers short-term relief from knee pain.

Olive oil compound may fight disease, act like painkiller

A compound found in olive oil has an anti-inflammatory action similar to the popular painkiller ibuprofen, reported US researchers today.

Fruit, fibre may protect against childhood exposure to smoking

Eating fruit and soy fibre appears to protect adults exposed to second-hand smoke as children from some of the long-lasting damage to their respiratory systems, shows a new study.

'World's richest' whole food omega-3 source prepares for take off

A Toronto-based firm claims to have developed the richest whole food source of omega-3 in the world - so why hasn't anybody heard of them?

Scientists turn to blueberry matrix

Canadian researchers say they are investigating how to create functionalfood products out of components of the blueberry, a common fruit whosegrowing season is just coming to an end in thecountry. ...

Dairy weight-loss debate continues

A new clinical study has re-ignited the fiery debate over dairy intake and weight loss, claiming obese adults can eat four servings of dairy every day and still lose as...

Diabetes charities question reality of 'metabolic syndrome'

Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of certain heart disease risk factors, may not be a syndrome at all, say experts commissioned by two leading diabetes organizations.

Coffee surpasses fruit and veg as dietary antioxidant source

Most Americans are not consuming enough fruit and vegetables in their diet and are gleaning the majority of their antioxidants from coffee, according to new research from the University of...

L-Carnipure supplements may help reduce diabetes during pregnancy

Taking supplements of L-Carnipure tartrate during pregnancy can significantly reduce the increased level of plasma free fatty acids that is considered the main cause of insulin resistance in pregnant women,...

Cranberry juice no benefit for kidney stones?

Cranberry juice has been used to promote urinary tract health for generations, but new research suggests that it may encourage the formation of the most common type of kidney stones.

Study questions glucosamine supplements' efficacy

Glucosamine has been shown to be one of the most effective ingredients for promoting joint health and relieving pain, but a new study suggests that commercial supplements may contain too...

Eating fish may cut risk of heart problems

Eating fish, already shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, may also reduce other heart problems such as chest pain, report researchers in Greece.

Little evidence to support weight loss effect of all chitosan supplements

The shellfish fibre chitosan has been shown in some trials to help weight loss but inconsistent product quality has led to conflicting results, believes one supplier.

Healthy eating, weight management benefit gums

Heart-healthy habits are good for oral health too, shows a new study that gives consumers an extra reason for making dietary changes.

Obesity not being adequately tackled by government, says report

Government efforts to date offer little hope of countering the rise in obesity, concluded a report out yesterday that called for more nutritional school meals and consistent nutritional labeling, as...

Zinc could cut child deaths in developing world

Infants in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhea, but researchers have found that taking a zinc supplement each week could significantly lower their risk...

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