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Melatonin - time for a full review

UK scientists claim that funding should be provided to back proper testing of the supplement melatonin, used to relieve jet lag symptoms, so that it...

Battling biology for a thinner population

Eating 100 fewer calories a day could help prevent weight gain in the average individual, say scientists in the US. A wider look at genetics...

Confectionery: sugar free, innovation to drive sales

The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) held last month in Cologne, Germany, clearly illustrated the key confectionery trends, write market analysts Euromonitor. Particularly evident,...

Vitamin A derivative could restore smokers' health

Use of a Vitamin A derivative could protect against lung cancer development in former smokers by restoring production of a crucial protein, claim researchers in...

Selenium supplements stay prostate cancer progression

Dogs fed a diet supplemented with selenium show a lower level of DNA damage in their prostates compared with dogs fed a normal (unsupplemented) diet,...

Food agency calls for banana diversity

Responding to recent media reports that bananas may be extinct within ten years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged producers to promote...

Australia clears Burns bid, but delays from NZ

The Burns Philp - Goodman Fielder saga continues with the news today that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has cleared the hostile bid from...

Experts question impact of 'healthy' snacks

Researchers in the US have pointed to growing consumption of 'nutrition' bars and functional beverages as a risk to health - they say these new...

Blood sugar could be key to memory loss

An inability to quickly bring down high levels of sugar in the blood could help explain some of the memory loss that occurs as we...

Ephedra - accounting for the risks

Taking ephedra is 200 times more risky than taking many other commonly used herbs, according to a study which has pitted the reported side effects...

Glucosamine offers relief from knee pain

Glucosamine supplements reduce knee pain in people with cartilage damage and possibly the degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis, concludes research in this month's British Journal of...

Broccoli offers potential as anti-cancer food

California-based Seminis said this week it has secured exclusive marketing rights to broccoli containing up to 80 times more cancer-fighting ability than standard broccoli. The...

Folic acid does not increase chances of twins

A Chinese population-based study provides strong evidence that women who take folic acid supplements during pregnancy do not have an increased likelihood of having a...

Siberian tea: the next ginseng?

Nutritional supplements company Enzymatic Therapy has introduced Rhodiola Energy, a Rhodiola rosea extract based on the clinically studied herb. Is this the next ginseng? "I...

Homocysteine research backs role of folic acid

People with a genetically determined, reduced breakdown of the amino acid homocysteine have an increased risk of coronary heart disease compared to healthy people, according...

Boost to casein levels for dairy manufacturers

News to delight dairy manufacturers and dismay opponents to genetically modified foods arrived this week with publication of a new study that reveals protein-rich milk...

Vitamin D, not calcium, key for postmenopausal women

Vitamin D rather than calcium intake is important in protecting postmenopausal women from fractures associated with osteoporosis, US researchers confirm. Researchers at the Brigham and...

Latin America hits IFF results

US flavours and fragrance giant International Flavors & Fragrances saw fourth quarter 2002 sales rise 5 per cent to $424.3 million (€391m) from $405.6 million...

Fortification review reveals the benefits

Food fortification with vitamins and minerals is one of the most effective methods to improve health and prevent nutritional deficiencies, say researchers in a new...

Nutrigenomics center gets go-ahead

A new National Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics has been set up to explore the links between diet, genes and diseases in minority populations....

Life sciences to increase food supply?

As agriculture and environment ministers at a European and national level discuss the potential impact of proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) -...

Size matters: smaller portions could curb obesity

The typical American eats more than he or she did only a few decades ago, according to new research which suggests that the bigger portion...

Does fat matter in dementia risk?

Researchers evaluating the link between diet and risk for dementia have failed to confirm the role of saturated fat in higher risk of the mental...

Evidence against ephedra

A new study backs evidence showing the dangers of the herb ephedra, found in weight-loss products. However, the study by US researchers found that only...

Folic acid role in heart disease - further evidence needed

Vitamin B and folic acid supplements may not be effective in preventing the onset of heart disease, report researchers from the University of Western Australia....