Sterols food players are surprised Germany's food agency has called for a safety review of the cholesterol-lowering  ingredient when, they say, the job has already been performed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) said a review was ...

Natural Vitamin E (NVE) prices have increased substantially in recent years due to several converging factors which have created a significant supply/demand imbalance. The primary reason for the sharp price increase in NVE relates to significantly tighter supply of the key raw material...

Daily intake of plant sterols - well established to reduce cholesterol levels - may also produce "modest" reductions in triglyceride levels, says a new review Data from 12 clinical trials indicated that intakes of about 2 grams per day were associated with a 6% reduction in triglyceride...

Scientists claim to have uncovered the first evidence for one of vitamin E's normal bodily functions. The team of researchers found that the powerful antioxidant - found in most foods - helps to repair tears in the membranes that protect cells from outside forces, and also...

Daily doses of vitamin E may improve memory associated with a lack of sleep, suggests new data from rats.   Sleep deprived rats given a daily dose of vitamin E displayed increased levels of antioxidant defenses, as well as an amelioration in the impairment in short- and...

Elderly people have better night vision and are better able to discern fine details, when taking zeaxanthin.   The study followed 60 war veterans with early signs of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) who were give 8 mg of zeaxanthin daily. They showed a better ability to drive...

Supplementation with CLA may be beneficial in fighting oxidative stress associated with celiac disease, according to new research in mice. The study investigated the effects of gluten on intestinal antioxidant and detoxifying defences in vitro and in vivo - and examined the potentially protective effects of...

High dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds with a long history of eye health benefits, may reduce the risk of late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Increased intakes of the carotenoids were associated with a 26% reduction in the risk of late-stage AMD. The macula is a...

Supplementation with the soy isoflavone genistein could reduce tissue biomarkers of prostate cancer after just a few weeks, according to new research. The study reports that supplementation with 30 mg of genistein daily resulted in a 7.8% decrease in levels of blood serum prostate specific antigen...

A diet that combines cholesterol-lowering foods may results in greater decreases in low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels than a low-saturated fat diet, according to new research. The study investigated whether consuming a diet consisting of foods recognized to lower cholesterol achieved significantly greater percentage decreases...