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'No evidence' that coffee drinking harms heart

Long-term heavy coffee drinking does not increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) say Harvard researchers, results that also have positive implications for the stimulant drink industry.

Scientists to discuss benefits of vitamin E

Leading US-based scientists are set to meet next week to discuss the benefits of vitamin E, so often overlooked in the mainstream press.

Med diet could protect elderly from vein problems

A Mediterranean-style diet, rich in olive oil, fresh vegetables and vitamin E, could reduce the risk of obstructions in blood vessels in the elderly, says Italian research.

Probiotics could help stress-induced gut problems

Probiotics may reduce the intestinal health problems linked to stress, says researchers.

Women must take calcium supplements for bone benefit

Elderly women, the group at most risk of osteoporosis, are less likely to develop fractures if they actually take the calcium supplements they've been given, says a new study.

Milk, vitamin D linked to heavier birth weight

Women who have higher milk and vitamin D intakes during pregnancy give birth to heavier babies, says Canadian research.

Caffeine could protect against diabetes

People who drink lots of green tea or coffee every day could lower their risk of diabetes by 33 percent, a result linked to caffeine content, says new research from Japan.

Peanut waste to rival grape seed extracts?

Peanut skin, a waste product from peanut butter manufacturers, is a rich source of extractable procyanidins and could create a cheaper source of these antioxidant compounds to rival the grape...

CoQ10 may protect against Alzheimer's

Increasing intake of coenzyme Q10 may ward off the threat of Alzheimer's disease, if the results of an animal study can be applied to humans.

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Omega 3 clinical trials

While omega 3 supplements or enriched foods are on the rise, so too are the clinical trials that are boosting the scientific foundation and exploring new applications.

Obesity confirmed as major cause of rising diabetes epidemic

US researchers examining the dramatic rise in people suffering form diabetes have confirmed that obesity is a major factor in the disease. They warn that measures must be taken to...

Weak support for lignan-heart health link in smokers

A diet rich in lignans may not offer smokers strong protection from heart disease, says a new Finnish study.

Low-carb diet may help women with ovary problems

Adopting a low-carb diet may improve fertility problems and hormone profiles of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), says US research.

New trial to probe calcium's role in weight, bone loss

Researchers from Florida State, armed with cutting-edge technology, are undertaking the largest and longest clinical trial to study the effects of calcium in postmenopausal women.

PLT gains safety study for 5-Loxin

A new study has boosted the safety evidence behind PL Thomas' standardised boswellia serrata extract for inflammation, 5-Loxin, in several of different oral and topical models.

Timing more important than fat in sterol yoghurts

Plant sterol (PS)-enriched yoghurts better lower cholesterol levels when consumed at mealtimes than between meals, regardless of the fat content of the drink, says research from Unilever.

More fish oil, fewer calories to reduce inflammation

A low-calorie diet, rich in fish oil could reduce the markers of inflammation by as much as 90 per cent, according to the results of an animal study.

ADA responds to med school nutrition failings

The American Dietetic Association has responsed to results from a study, reported on, that many medical schools fail to give adequate nutrition education to medical students.

Calcium supplements have 'little benefit' for kids

A review of 19 studies has concluded that kids do not benefit from calcium supplements and fortified foods, despite many not meeting recommended daily intakes of the mineral.

Omega 3s could cut risk of second heart attack

A daily supplement of omega-3 fatty acids in could reduce the risk of having a second heart attack, says a small clinical trial.

Med diet could slash Alzheimer's risk

Eating a Mediterranean diet could cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 40 per cent, says a large US study.

Carrot juice waste may be new functional fiber source

The solid waste from carrot juice production is rich in insoluble fiber, could reduce cholesterol levels, and should be exploited as a functional ingredient, say Taiwanese researchers.

Prostate tumours shrunk by lycopene, vitamin E combo

A combination of lycopene and vitamin E suppressed the growth of prostate cancer in mice, but had no effect when used independently, say Dutch researchers.

Valio continues research into probiotic fruit juices

Finnish company Valio is continuing R&D into fruit juice-based probiotics, with a study in the journal LWT reporting excellent stability, survivability and tolerability of two strains.

Omega-3s vitamins combo offers CVD protection

A study has shown that a combined supplement containing omega-3, vitamin E and niacin offer antioxidant could offer protection against heart disease.