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More nutrients, less harmful fats could help in colorectal cancer patients’ recovery

Greater vitamin and fibre intake are crucial factors in avoiding metabolic syndrome in colorectal cancer patients, a new Korean study revealed.

Meta-analysis supports tea’s link to stronger bones

Consumption of tea is associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD), according to a meta-analysis of 16 studies combining data from 138,523 people.

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

Fish oil helped protect liver from injury caused by anti-TB drugs: Study

Cod liver fish oil showed considerable protective properties for livers damaged by anti-tuberculosis (TB) medication, a new study discovered.

Beetroot juice may boost performance in soccer players: RCT

Consuming beetroot juice may improve high-intensity intermittent-type exercise performance, says a new study with trained soccer players.

Asthma action: Fibre supplementation provides benefits by improving gut microbiota

Fibre supplementation can improve asthma symptoms by boosting gut microbiota, results from an Australian trial have revealed. 

Probiotics/prebiotics: Large-scale trials needed to asses Crohn’s disease potential

Large trials are desperately needed to understand if supplements and dietary interventions can play a positive role in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, according to academics in Japan.

Citrus compound protects against effects of high-fat diet, study from Korea and Japan reports

Long-term supplementation with low-dose nobiletin can protect against high-fat diet induced inflammation, insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia and liver disease, despite not contributing to weight loss, a study by Korean and Japanese...

‘No valid conclusions’: Omega-3 trade body fires back over prenatal DHA supplementation findings

A randomised trial follow-up found little benefit of prenatal DHA supplementation on the IQ of children at age seven, academics in Australia have reported.

Bowel disease benefits of a diet low in certain carbs and sugars revealed: New Zealand data

Adhering to a low FODMAP diet - a diet low in certain sugars and carbohydrates - can help relieve symptoms for women suffering from both irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis.

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

Vitamin D supplementation prevents autism traits being passed from mother to offspring: Mouse study

Giving vitamin D to pregnant mice prevented autism traits being passed on to their offspring, researchers in Australia have revealed.

Bioactive flavonoid from apple trees eases asthma symptoms: Taiwan study

Phloretin from apple trees helped ease asthma symptoms in a mouse study, pointing to the bioactive flavonoid’s therapeutic potential, according to researchers in Taiwan.

Noodles as a nutrient vehicle: Research reveals how instant snack is suitable for fortification

Fortifying wheat flour used for making instant noodles has the potential to improve nutrient intakes in Asia, a review showed.

Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities'

Sweet potato supplementation significantly reduced obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also had beneficial effects on liver and kidney functions, a new China study showed.

Fruit and veg consumption more likely to reduce psychological stress in women than men

Eating three to four servings of vegetables daily is associated with a lower incidence of psychological stress in women, but it has less of an impact on men, new research...

Scoop of the day! Ice cream fortified with chia seed oil found to be a ‘superb’ source of omega-3

This could be as close to guilt-free that ice cream is ever going to get: Researchers have revealed that fortification with chia seed oil ramps up omega-3 levels while maintaining...

Stress-busting Chinese herb helped slash depression and cognitive impairment: Study

The Chinese herb XingPiJieYu reduced the effects of chronic unpredictable stress in rats, while also improving their learning and memory, said a new study.

No silver bullet? Probiotics have ‘little impact’ when taken with a balanced diet

Probiotics improved the microbiota of rats fed junk food and boosted their cognitive function, but had little impact on healthy animals and actually impaired memory.

Sarcopenia and poor nutrition: Significant association found in elderly Chinese population

Malnutrition is a prime risk factor for older Chinese adults suffering from sarcopenia, an age-related condition of declining skeletal muscle mass and function. 

Why schizophrenia may be the leading health consequence of the Great China famine

A new systematic re-analysis of prenatal exposure to the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 suggests that schizophrenia may have been the leading health consequence.

Edible red seaweed burns fat as well as restricting weight gain: Korean study

Extract from edible red seaweed (Gelidium amansi) helped trim down unwanted fat off diet-induced obese (DIO) mice, a study discovered.

Probiotics and ageing: DNA sequencing shows how bacteria evolves from birth to centenarians

How gut microbiota composition changes with age has been charted using state-of- the-art DNA sequencing in Japan, revealing which strains are most prevalent at different stages of life.

Botanical formula suppresses liver cancer tumour growth: Taiwan mouse study

Zuo-Jin-Wan, a two-herb formula consisting of Coptis chinensis and Evodia rutaecarpa, helped suppress human cancer cell growth implanted in the livers of mice, a new Taiwan study showed.

'Intervene in the community': Supplements boost nutrition in elderly and help maintain independence, Korea trial reports

A two-week course of a liquid supplement improved the nutritional status and reduced inflammation in elderly people living in community settings, a new trial from Korea reports.

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