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Sesame lignan may help control blood pressure

Leading Japanese drinks maker Suntory says it has found sesamin, one of the lignans most abundant in sesame seed and oil, helps to control high blood pressure.

Probiotic bacteria helps irritable bowel syndrome

A drink containing a probiotic strain isolated from infants relieved symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome to the same extent as pharmaceutical treatments for the condition, report Irish researchers.

Flavonoids work together to inhibit cancer cells

Components in grapes, including some newly identified ones, work together to dramatically inhibit an enzyme crucial to the proliferation of cancer cells, a US research team reports.

New golden rice has 20 times more beta-carotene

UK scientists have developed a new genetically modified strain of golden rice that is said to produce 23 times more beta-carotene than the previous variety, reports Dominique Patton.

Plant diet may not be bad for bones

People who eat no animal products and only raw plant-based foods may have healthier bones than previously thought, shows US research.

Cellulose tech may stop plaque build-up

A cellulose ingredient appears to both lower LDL cholesterol and reduce build-up of plaque in the arteries, suggesting a strong benefit in people at risk of heart disease.

DHA may help prevent Alzheimer's, further evidence

People who eat significant amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may be less likely to get Alzheimer's disease, suggests an animal study.

Yoghurt bacteria help prevent tooth decay, bad breath

Eating sugarless yoghurt appears to reduce bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, reported Japanese researchers this month.

Sports drinks do more harm to teeth than sodas

Sports and energy drinks caused more damage to tooth enamel than colas, report researchers on a new study.

Caffeine may reduce insulin sensitivity

Caffeine significantly reduced insulin sensitivity in a small study, and was not corrected by the usually beneficial effects of weight loss or exercise.

Butterbur extract reduces migraines in children too

An extract of butterbur root appears to reduce migraines in children and adolescents, confirming the benefits previously seen in adults.

Green tea mechanism urges caution for pregnant women

UK and Spanish scientists have explained why the active compound in green tea, EGCG, can stop cancer cells growing even in people that only drinks two cups of the beverage...

Light yoghurt boosts weight loss in obese

Adding low-fat yoghurt to a low-calorie diet had a marked effect on weight loss, according to a study funded by US firm General Mills.

Child obesity epidemic will cut life expectancy

The explosion in child obesity will shorten life expectancy in the US, write researchers today, reversing two centuries of progress.

Vitamin E raised risk of heart failure in elderly, heart disease patients

Taking vitamin E supplements for several years did not reduce the risk of cancer or cardiovascular events in a group of elderly diabetics and heart disease patients, report researchers today.

Common hydrocolloid could help prevent diabetes

The cellulose derivative HPMC, used for years to add texture to foods and in drug delivery, could become a new functional food ingredient, researchers said yesterday, as it appears to...

Infant vitamin D deficiency linked to lower bone mass

Almost half the mothers and a third of infants tested in a new study were deficient in vitamin D, say Canadian researchers, revealing potential risks to health.

Antioxidant levels key to prostate cancer risk in some men

Greater levels of selenium, vitamin E and the tomato carotenoid lycopene have been shown to reduce prostate cancer in one out of every four Caucasian males, or those who inherit...

Carotenoid combo reduces damage to cells, may fight disease

Doses of carotenoids easily gained from the diet have a significant effect on reducing oxidative damage, said researchers at a nutrition conference in Paris earlier this month.

Flavonols in chocolate could be behind heart health benefits

Another study on chocolate finds that the dark variety decreases blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity in healthy people, lending weight to its potential for heart health.

Lycopene intake linked to lower pancreatic cancer risk

A diet rich in tomatoes and products with high lycopene content may help reduce pancreatic cancer risk, conclude the Canadian authors of a new study.

Sports drinks corrode teeth, says UK research

Regular use of high performance sports drinks could lead to troubling levels of tooth erosion, opening the door for the development of low-corrosive alternatives, said scientists at the University of...

Scientists believe type 3 diabetes uncovered

Scientists in the US believe they may have found a new type of diabetes after discovering that insulin and its related proteins are produced in the brain and that reduced...

Do herbals help children with health complaints?

Not enough is known about complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) given to children to help alleviate the symptoms of common ailments, warn researchers who have reviewed clinical studies into the...

How fish oils reduce inflammation

Further support for the action of omega-3 fatty acids on inflammatory conditions comes from new research on lipids in humans that are triggered by aspirin, as well as fish oil.