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Pycnogenol reduces osteoarthritis pain, study

A daily supplement of pycnogenol could reduce inflammation and reduce pain for arthritic sufferers, claims a new study.

US teens not getting sufficient calcium

US teenagers are living with the threat of osteoporosis in later life by not getting enough calcium, claims a new report that suggests supplements could help.

Obesity may contribute to type 1 diabetes, say scientists

Obesity has long been recognized as a cause for type-2 diabetes, but scientists now say that the disease may be a factor in accelerated type-1 diabetes in some children.

Med diet helps keep the weight off

People who eat a tradition Mediterranean diet are 60 per cent less likely to be obese, Greek researchers have said as the country's women top Europe's obesity table.

Cargill expands trans-fat lowering soyoil production

US agribusiness firm Cargill is to expand its processing of Vistive, a low-linolenic soybean, which claims to reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids in soybean oil.

Vitamin E and selenium could reduce mercury toxicity

Taking vitamin E and selenium supplements could reduce the toxicity of mercury from fish, indicates an animal study. If replicated in humans, the findings may mean pregnant women could consume...

Melatonin may cut hypertension

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that can be taken orally to regulate sleep patterns, reduced the blood pressure (BP) of hypertensive women, claim Italian researchers.

Medicinal herb use common in WIC clinics

Almost 50 per cent of children in WIC clinics are given herbal remedies with known safety issues, says a study from Penn State, supporting calls for better education for herbal remedies.

Vitamin D - sunlight or supplements?

Supplements and diet, and not sunlight, should be your source of vitamin D, dermatology experts have concluded after reviewing studies from both sides of the on-going debate.

Change your diet to reduce your BP

A new statement on diet from the American Heart Association emphasises weight loss, cutting back on salt and alcohol and increasing dietary potassium as viable ways to reduce blood pressure,...

Corn oil, omega-6 could speed up prostate cancer, study

Omega-6 fatty acids speed up the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory, according to a study published in today's issue of Cancer Research.

More support for magnesium against colon cancer

New research indicates that a diet rich in magnesium may lower the risk of colon cancer, supporting previous studies inversely linking intake of the mineral to the disease.

Mediterranean diet linked to fewer birth defects

Mediterranean countries like France, Spain and Italy have some of the lowest rates of birth defects, a statistic that may be due to the local diet.

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Time to ditch the FFQ

Little wonder consumers are confused about which foods are good for them, and which bad, when scientists use methods with almost no chance of meaningful results.

Flavonoids reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress

Sports drinks rich in antioxidants could reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress (EIOS), reports new research.

'Five-a-day' cuts stroke risk

Eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day can cut the risk of stroke by 26 per cent, according to a new study in The Lancet (Vol....

Calls to boost vitamin B12 RDA

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) levels for vitamin B12 should be increased by 500 per cent, according to Danish researchers - a recommendation which, if taken up, could lead to...

Study finds insufficient evidence for omega-3/cancer link

A new review study has poured water on claims that there is sufficient evidence to support a link between omega-3 consumption and a reduced risk of cancer.

New evidence of fermented milk's effect on blood pressure

Researchers in Finland investigating the blood-pressure lowering effect of a fermented milk drink with a high tripeptide concentration have concluded that it shows potential as a dietary approach to hypertension...

Apple juice may protect memory in old age

Consuming apple juice may protect against cell damage that contributes to age-related memory loss, conclude researchers investigating the benefits in mice.

Soy has little impact on cholesterol, finds new review

Soy protein has little impact on cholesterol levels, concludes a new review, that raises questions about an FDA-approved health claim.

Caffeine blunts blood flow to heart during exercise

Drinking caffeine drinks appears to stifle the body's ability to boost blood flow to the heart during exercise, suggests new research out of Switzerland.

Fish oils cool anger levels

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may mitigate aggressive behavior in substance abusers, suggest researchers.

Bioassay supports skin benefit of BioCell ingredient

BioCell Technologies has released the results of a bioassay which supports the effectiveness of its dietary ingredient BioCell Collagen II in preventing wrinkles.

Target of vitamin D benefit for osteoporosis identified

Researchers in Japan have identified the target for vitamin D, giving a new insight into how the vitamin helps reduce bone loss and osteoporosis.

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