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Aloe vera goes into battle

The increasingly popular herbal extract aloe vera may be able to prolong the amount of time a trauma injury patient can survive before receiving treatment, such as a blood transfusion,...

Isolated soy protein may help diabetes sufferers

Adding isolated soy protein to men's diets could help reduce problems experienced in the advanced stages of type two diabetes, according to a small study by researchers at the University...

Selenium link to heart disease marker

The trace mineral selenium should be considered as a potential factor to lower one of the markers of heart disease, homocysteine, say Spanish researchers.

Does organic food bring added health benefits?

The benefits of conventionally grown produce over organic foods was the focus of a recent debate between food technologists with scientists warning it is too early to reach conclusions, despite...

Scientists call for calcium, vitamin D fortification

A US cancer prevention expert says that if government required calcium and vitamin D to be added to foods, it could achieve a 20 per cent reduction in colon cancer...

Cactus fruit may fight oxidative damage

The cactus pear fruit appears to fight free radical damage in humans, according to Italian researchers, who suggest that it may be due to their high polyphenol content.

Caffeine may worsen type 2 diabetes

Drinking coffee could upset the body's ability to metabolise sugar, with potentially serious effects in those with the increasingly common condition type 2 diabetes, suggest scientists.

Lutein may benefit more elderly than thought

Lutein supplements, shown previously to fortify the macular layer in the eye and thought to protect against age-related blindness, also appear to increase macular pigment in people at earlier stages...

Fish link to stroke does not guarantee supplement benefits

An analysis of eight different studies on fish consumption supports the theory that the food protects against stroke, particularly ischaemic stroke. But the evidence does not offer the same proof...

MSM, glucosamine combo have faster effect on arthritis

Combining the sulphur-containing nutrient MSM with well-known joint health supplement glucosamine appears to speed up the anti-inflammatory effect and further reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis, report Indian researchers.

Vitamin E fails to slow Alzheimer's onset

A trial of potential therapies for slowing the onset of Alzheimer's has found no benefit to patients taking vitamin E.

Devil's claw study to offer final proof of osteoarthritis benefits

A new study into the efficacy of the herbal devil's claw could offer definitive proof of the benefits of the plant for osteoarthritis sufferers, claims the lead researcher.

Carotenoids play role in cell communication

Researchers at the University of Hawaii have produced further evidence to show how pigments in yellow, red and green vegetables, known as carotenoids, may work to prevent cancer.

Fish protects against chronic heart condition in elderly

Eating broiled or baked fish - but not fried fish - appears to lower the incidence of one of the most common causes of stroke among the elderly, according to...

Resveratrol linked to longer life

The red wine compound resveratrol, thought to be responsible for the drink's protective effects on the heart, may also extend lifespan, report American scientists.

Plant food combo offers higher cancer protection

Eating broccoli and tomatoes in combination could maximize the amount of cancer protection both foods afford, suggests a new study on rats.

Isoflavones for bone health depends on other factors

Factors such as a women's weight or calcium intake may play a vital role in the extent to which soy isoflavones can improve bone health among postmenopausal women, suggests new...

Broccoli compound may protect against AMD

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have produced evidence that may help support a new entrant to the eye health market - sulphoraphane, an indirect antioxidant found in broccoli and broccoli...

Safety and efficacy of Forslean confirmed

Herbal extracts manufacturer and supplier Sabinsa, has concluded a 12-week study to further explore the safety and efficacy of its patented ingredient ForsLean, which research suggests increases lean body mass.

Plant sterols impact absorption of other nutrients

Scientists at Nestlé's research centre have demonstrated that plant sterols, added to foods to reduce cholesterol absorption, also reduce the body's ability to absorb the carotenoid beta-carotene and vitamin E....

Mint in anti-cancer trials

Researchers at the University of Salford, Manchester, have discovered a type of mint leaf, long used in traditional Chinese medicine, that appears to destroy cancer cells.

Milk, dietary calcium may protect against bowel cancer

Higher consumption of milk and calcium is associated with a lower risk of bowel cancer, according to a major study based on 10 different trials.

Green tea in smoking-related bladder cancer trials

Green tea extract is being tested by UCLA cancer researchers to see if combined with a molecularly targeted therapy, it will prevent the recurrence of bladder cancer in former smokers.

Soy isoflavones pose no cancer risk in animal study

A long-term soy diet may not pose an increased risk of breast or womb cancer among postmenopausal women, as some people have feared, suggests new research carried out on monkeys.

Soy isoflavones show no impact on health in older women

The increasingly popular supplements of soy isoflavones do not seem to help lower cholesterol, improve bone mineral density or benefit brain function after menopause, new research suggests.