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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.

Milk offers good medium for fighting childhood disease

Milk powder fortified with vitamins and minerals, as well as milks with prebiotic and probiotic bacteria, can prevent major, often fatal, childhood diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, and have...

Pine extract and CoQ10 combined for cardiovascular health

In a bid to give Americans natural alternatives to synthetic products wherever possible, Natural Health Science (NHS) has teamed up with General Nutrition Centers (GNC) to bring PycnoQ10, a cardiovascular...

Vitamins during infancy may raise asthma risk, new findings

Infants who take multivitamins may be at a greater risk of developing asthma and food allergies, according to a new study out of the US, which appears to conflict with...

Herb/drug interactions difficult to manage for supplement makers

Another study has demonstrated that the best-selling herbal ginseng interferes with the blood-thinning drug warfarin, one of the most widely used anticoagulant medicines.

Scientists aiming to standardise antioxidant measurement

An international gathering of researchers has agreed for the first time to establish uniform measurement standards for antioxidants.

Proprietary CoQ10 formulation demonstrates superior absorption

A new formulation of CoQ10, developed by Israeli firm Herbamed, has demonstrated high bioavailability in a recently published study.

Heart disease prevention must get more attention

Leading heart health charity the World Heart Federation is calling for every country to develop a policy for preventing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the world, killing...

High protein could impact conception rate, suggests mouse study

A moderately high protein diet could reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, according to new research presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual conference in...

Eggs have no impact on dangerous cholesterol, new study

Eating an egg a day does not impact the cholesterol particles in the blood most likely to cause heart disease, according to a new study that could play an important...

Dieters offer opportunity for supplement makers

Teenage girls often use weight control methods that may leave them deficient in calcium, iron and other essential nutrients, a US study suggests.

Black tea may improve blood vessel health

Black tea may be healthy for the heart through its action on blood vessels, suggests a small study that found the drink to dilate the vessels allowing faster blood flow.

Vitamin E benefits athlete recovery, further antioxidant evidence

People who have high levels of oxidative stress due to chronic health problems might benefit from taking supplements of vitamin E in doses higher than the currently recommended daily intake,...

Vitamin B may block, not clear, arteries

Researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine have found that supplements of vitamin B, previously thought to help keep arteries clear after a coronary stent was inserted, actually do...

Omega-3s appear to protect against prostate cancer

Men with higher intakes of EPA and DHA could be at lower risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a major US study.

Money for soy trials in post-menopausal women

The health effects of soy in post-menopausal women are to be explored at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in a trial sponsored by the National Institute of Health,...

Sprout salad may help ward off cancer

A salad of sprouted vegetables appears to protect against cancer, according to new research presented at a biotech conference yesterday.

The future for vitamin E

Scientists still do not have enough data on vitamin E to deduce optimal intake levels, concluded scientists at a major conference in the US last month.

Low carb diet dangerous for health, says consumer group

The newly formed non-for-profit health group Partnership for Essential Nutrition announced that it has carried out a review that shows low-carb diets can be dangerous, even deadly, for people's health.

Vending machines of the future to offer tailor-made health foods

Dairy firm Fonterra and vitamin maker BASF are funding research to create high-tech vending machines that can customise foods to an individual's dietary requirements.

Vitamin D3 more potent than D2, further evidence

Vitamin D3 has significantly greater potency than another form of the vitamin, D2, shows a small study, presented last week.

Beans, artichokes top antioxidant list, according to new analysis

Artichokes and red kidney beans are among the best sources of dietary antioxidants, according to a new US investigation, said to be the largest, most comprehensive analysis to date of...

Omega-3 flax as laxative

An omega-3 rich flax fiber appears to have positive laxative and satiety effects, which could potentially aid digestion and weight loss, according to Bioriginal.

High-fiber foods may reduce insulin production in diabetes-risk patients

Eating a fiber-rich cereal helped men with high insulin levels to reduce a rise in the hormone, suggesting that fiber could be an important preventative therapy for people at risk...

New system pinpoints strong consumer food profile

Food makers will have increasingly accurate data about their consumers as researchers in the US design a new method to help survey respondents remember 'forgotten foods'.

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