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Biogaia writes off allergy study

Disappointing results from a two-year investigation into the effects of probiotics on allergies have forced Sweden's Biogaia to end the research.

More support for dark chocolate's heart benefits.

A daily treat of dark chocolate can improve overall heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, say researchers from Zurich.

Further support for bitter orange safety

Bitter orange has virtually no effect on blood pressure or heart rate reports new research, supporting claims from previous studies.

Omega-3 fatty acids can improve COPD symptoms

A diet rich in omega-3 and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could improve lung function for COPD sufferers, reports a study from Japan.

Tea drinkers have lower ovarian cancer risk

Drinking more than two cups of tea daily can reduce the risk of ovariancancer by half, according to results from a large Swedish study.

More vitamin D linked to better lung health

High levels of vitamin D may help our lungs stay healthy, according toresearchers from New Zealand.

Omega oils could improve child's behaviour, learning

Supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 oils can improve the behaviour of rowdykids and help language skills, researchers from England have found.

Pistachios and sesame seeds richest source of phytosterols

Pistachios and sesame seeds contain more cholesterol-reducing compounds than most other nuts and seeds, according to an extensive study.

Calorie control weight-loss may depend on genes

Dieters who fail to lose weight on a calorie-controlled diet may take heart at new research from Tufts University, which indicates that it may be down to their genes.

Magnesium could reduce osteoporosis risk

Increasing magnesium intake could increase bone density in the elderly andreduce the risk of osteoporosis, suggests a large American study.

Leucine supplements could help prevent muscle loss

A leucine-rich diet could reduce age-related muscle loss, say French researchers who have reported positive results on rats.

'Super Broccoli' offers anti-cancer hope

A team of British researchers is breeding a type of 'super broccoli' containing over three times the normal levels of an anti-cancer compound.

Modified Atkins diet could help epileptic children

The Atkins diet may have fallen out of favor with those looking to lose weight, but new research suggests that a version of the low-carb, high-fat regime could help control...

Crushed and ground flax seeds more bioavailable

Crushing or grinding flaxseeds makes the enterolignans more bioavailable to humans, indicates a new study, which could have some bearing on their use in food and supplement products.

Coffee and tea might reduce liver disease risks

Drinking more than two cups of coffee or tea daily appears to cut the risk of chronic liver disease by half, reports new research from America.

Iron, calcium linked to lung cancer

Iron and calcium are linked to a higher risk of lung cancer in new research from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Skimmed milk cuts hypertension risk

Drinking skimmed milk can cut the risk of high blood pressure by half, according to a large new study from Spain.

Tea waste rich with extractable antioxidants

Tea waste is almost as rich in potent antioxidants, such as catechins, as the new and expensive green tea leaves used by the supplements industry, according to Iranian research to...

Caffeine delivers visible boost to brain activity

An Austrian research team has unveiled good news for the makers of energy and stimulant drinks, with evidence that caffeine delivers visibly increased brain activity that stimulates short-term memory.

Barry Callebaut chocolate could be good for the brain

The world's leading cocoa processor Barry Callebaut said yesterday that it had new evidence to support the anti-cancer and anti-ageing benefits of its healthy chocolate Acticoa.

Progress in polyphenol research

A French investigation into daily consumption of polyphenols, the antioxidant compounds found in all plant-based foods, will help advance scientific knowledge on how they influence our health and could one...

High-carb diet may raise diabetics' blood pressure

Following a high-carbohydrate diet may raise type-2 diabetics' blood pressure by a modest degree if followed in the long term, suggest researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Vegetarians need DHA supplements, says Nutrinova

Vegetarians should take supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to reduce their risk of heart disease, says German firm Nutrinova, manufacturer of vegetarian DHA.

Inulin lowers GI of chocolate

The soluble fibre inulin, best known for its beneficial effects on the gut, also lowers the glycaemic index of dark chocolate, according to a new study, suggesting the ingredient could...

Silicon may boost calcium/vitamin D bone benefits

New research adds to mounting evidence that silicon delivered as choline-stabilised orthosilicic acid (ch-OSAT) may boost the ability of calcium and vitamin D to build bone mineral density (BMD) in...

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