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Spice up your life: Cinnamon’s weight loss potential

The active compound in cinnamon may be a more tolerable weight loss ingredient than chilli pepper's capsaicin, a small exploratory clinical trial backed by Nestlé finds.

This week Down Under

Salt study sounds alarm bells over childhood diet and obesity

Almost three quarters of Australian primary schoolchildren consume too much salt, leading them to be at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese, a Deakin University study has found.

Latest studies suggest probiotics may reverse childhood malnutrition

As more studies suggesting the benefits and safety of probiotics emerge, the executive director of the International Probiotics Association foresees probiotics to play a larger role against global health crises.

Aged garlic may help reduce blood pressure, boost heart health: Study

Supplements of aged garlic (Allium sativum) may reduce mean blood pressure by 5.0 mmHg in uncontrolled hypertensives, says a new study funded by Wakunaga of America Co.

Morbid obesity in Korean schools has doubled in 10 years

Children have grown wider faster than they have become taller over the last decade in South Korea, where childhood obesity rates have shot up.

Omega-3 supplements in pregnancy reduces baby's anaemia risk, study finds

Taking omega-3 supplements while pregnant may help prevent or reduce the risk of anaemia in newborns, a study has concluded.

Vitamin K supplements may improve glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity: Review

Supplements of vitamin K1 and K2 may help reduce the risk of diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, says a new review of the scientific literature.

This week Down Under

Paleo diet could increase weight and be dangerous for diabetics

The controversial paleo diet could lead to rapid weight gain and health complications in just eight weeks, an Australian study has discovered, leading to outrage among advocates of the extreme...

Cacao extract may protect skin from wrinkles: Study

A daily supplement with an extract from cacao may reduce UV-induced skin aging and protect against wrinkles, suggests a new study with lab mice and human skin cells.

L-citrulline may enhance time trial performance for cyclists: Kyowa study

Supplementation with the amino acid L-citrulline may reduce time trial completion times by about 10 seconds, says a new study from Kyowa Hakko.

Long-lost health manual shown to buck Indian school obesity trend

A long-forgotten school health manual, combined with appropriate training for teachers, could be central in the fight against childhood obesity, Chennai researchers have found.

83% of overweight Australians blame comfort eating for condition

Australia is known better for its “ockers” than for its “emos”, though the country's current obesity epidemic might be fuelled by the latter category, according to a survey by a...

HK study casts doubt on safety of vitamin C for liver cancer patients

Taking high doses of vitamin supplements could hasten the development of cancer, according to researchers in Hong Kong who found that antioxidants can speed up the growth of malignant cells....

B vitamins may boost cognitive ability in older adults: Study

Supplementation with vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid may improve cognitive function in older people with mild cognitive impairment, says a new study from Korea.

Green tea compound may form basis for future arthritis therapy

A compound found in green tea, may prove effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis, as its anti-inflammatory action is expressed without blocking other critical cellular functions, US researchers have shown.

Fenugreek extract shows benefits for the “male menopause”: Human data

Daily supplements of an extract from Fenugreek may reduce symptoms of age related androgen decrease and boost testosterone levels in middle aged and older men, say results a new study...

This week Down Under

Hemp pioneer downbeat over Australian cannabis legalisation proposal

An Australian hemp pioneer has reacted with caution to a government proposal to allow the cultivation of cannabis in Australia for medical and scientific purposes.

New raspberry insights show bioavailability crucial for health benefits

Red raspberries are rich in polyphenols but its health benefits can only be fully understood by studying how the body metabolises these micronutrients and the mode of action of the...

Ashwagandha root extract may improve sexual function & satisfaction in women

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract may improve sexual function in healthy women, according to results of a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled pilot trial.

Diet could cut medication dependence for type 2 diabetes patients

Australian researchers have developed a “life-changing” diet and exercise programme which they say has resulted in an average 40% reduction in medication levels for type 2 diabetes patients.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Half of Malaysians now obese or overweight

Malaysia has continued reinforced its position as Asia’s fattest country with a further increase in its obesity rate last year. According to an official study, almost half of Malaysians are...

This week Down Under

Study: No benefits for children from reduced-fat dairy diet

Australian research has called into question international dairy guidelines for toddlers, saying that the consumption of reduced-fat dairy has no additional health benefits.

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Nestlé launches three drinking water plants for local communities

Nestlé has opened three new facilities in Pakistan to give free access for some 30,000 residents in Punjab and Sindh to clean drinking-water.

Soy intake may slash heart disease risk by 12%, but only for equol producers

Soy supplements may reduce the risk of cardiovascular risk for people able to produce equol, a microbial-derived metabolite of the isoflavone daidzein, but equol supplements themselves may not have the...

New study questions licorice root supplement’s effectiveness as HRT alternative

Components of licorice root extract were found to have low binding affinity for estrogen receptors, among the few things a group of researchers attributed to licorice root’s low potency as...

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