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Accelerade studies support protein role in sports nutrition

The addition of protein to sports drink formulations delivers benefits for performance, rehydration and muscle recovery says PacificHealth Laboratories, following four studies that tested its Accelerade drink against carbohydrate-only sports...

Custard goes functional with bioactive ingredients

Custard could soon be going functional with soy isoflavones or antioxidants from olive oil, as research from the Netherlands shows that the popular dessert can easily be enhanced and release...

Research center to bridge Canadian commodities and health

Canada's University of Manitoba is already enticing nutraceutical and functional food companies to its new research centre - providing an axis point for industry, researchers and government in the subject.

Chilled, cut fruit keep nutrients as well as fresh

Minimal processing of fruit - cutting, packaging and chilling - does not affect the nutritional content even after nine days, says an international study that could promote healthy eating on...

Women on the pill could benefit from Q10, vit E

Women taking oral contraceptives have lower levels of the antioxidants coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E, and could possibly benefit from supplements, suggests a new study.

Antioxidant-rich soy sauce could protect against CVD

Adding a dash of sauce of dark soy sauce to your daily diet could improve antioxidant levels and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, say scientists from Singapore.

Zinc supplements could protect against CVD

Zinc supplements may decrease the risk of heart disease, says an animal study from Singapore, results that appear to support previous benefits afforded by the mineral.

Omega-3, quercitrin combo could ease bowel inflammation

A combination of omega-3 fatty acids and the flavonoid quercitrin may work to reduce inflammation in the large intestine associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, says an animal study...

New support for coffee's heart protection benefits

Antioxidants from coffee may reduce the risk of postmenopausal women developing cardiovascular disease, report researchers from Norway and the US - lending more support to previous studies on the beverage's...

Guar gum derivative could reduce gut inflammation

Increasing intake of foods with a functional partially hydrolysed guar gum (PHGG) ingredient could reduce gut inflammation by over 20 per cent, according to a Japanese study with mice.

Obese could benefit from more fiber, from diet and supplements

Dietary fiber may play a key role in obesity, suggest study results that may lead to high fiber products aimed specifically at the obese.

Low-carb diet could improve cholesterol levels, say scientists

A new clinical trial from the US has reported that a low-carb diet improves cholesterol levels, as a second study in a week reports health benefits for this once bright...

Appetising advertising linked to obesity - study

Cambridge scientists have shown that the reward centres of some peoples' brains are more sensitive to appetising food cues, and may help explain compulsive eating disorders.

More support for pistachios' heart health benefits

Adding pistachio nuts to your daily diet could be an easy way to improve cholesterol levels, say researchers from Turkey, the world's fourth biggest pistachio nut producer.

Herb-drug reaction studies contribute to debate

Two new studies have added weight to arguments in the debate over whether or not interaction between herbal remedies and prescription drugs poses a significant threat to the public.

Probiotics could target causes of liver cancer

A daily supplement of probiotics could reduce the risk of liver cancer caused by fungal toxins in foods, a leading cause of the disease in some of the world's most...

Rapeseed proteins seen as potential functional ingredient

Using rapeseed proteins as ingredients in 'functional' sausages boosted taste and aroma of the finished product, as scientists continue the search for novel functional ingredients.

Could micronutrients be the future of diet design?

Planning diets around key micronutrients like amino acids could be the future of diet design and a way to help the fight against obesity, says research published in Science.

Studies draw attention to nutraceuticals at Canadian medical conference

Studies presented at the North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine point to the medical establishment's growing interest in alternative therapies - counterbalancing recent denouncements against the field.

Elderly men may benefit from vitamin D, calcium too

Elderly men, a population that is often overlooked in bone health studies, could also benefit from daily supplements of fortified milk, says new research from Australia.

Blueberries could stop liver cancer growth

US scientists report that blueberry extracts inhibited the growth of liver cancer cells in the lab, potentially adding to the growing list of health benefits for the 'superfood'.

Report examines untapped potential in soy

Around a quarter of US consumers feel they do not get enough soy in their diets, while almost half are still not aware of the health benefits linked to the...

Flaxseed could boost lung health, animal study

A dietary supplement of flaxseed, a rich source of lignans and omega-3 fatty acids, could prove useful to reduce lung inflammation and oxidative stress, if results from a mice study...

Omega-3 enriched milk could protect against metabolic syndrome

Dietary supplementation with an omega-3 enriched milk could be a simple and tolerable way to ease cardiovascular risk factors linked to metabolic syndrome, say Spanish researchers.

More evidence for natto/ vitamin K bone health benefits

Natto, the traditional Japanese fermented soybean and a rich source of vitamin K2, could reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women by as much as 80 per cent, says research from Japan.