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2009-05-13 15:04:15

The beta-carotene in so-called "Golden Rice" converts to vitamin A in humans, according to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Tufts University in an article that appears in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Golden Rice was developed in the early 1990s with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation with the goal of creating rice that had beta-carotene -- a vitamin A precursor "“ in the rice grain. In its current form, Golden Rice contains 35...

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2009-04-28 11:40:00

A genetic breakthrough has allowed the engineering of multiple vitamins into a single plant for the first time, in hopes of granting a nutritive boost in the diet of developing countries. Though genetic engineering has previously been used to enhance vitamin content in a variety of crops such as rice, potatoes, lettuce and tomatoes, this will mark the first time that scientists have been able to intensify multiple vitamins in a single plant. European scientists have genetically modified (GM)...

2009-03-10 23:20:53

A diet high in vegetables can reduce the risk of prostate cancer, researchers in China suggest. Ruth Chan of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and colleagues examined more than 100 studies and concluded that the primary mechanism of this positive vegetable effect is antioxidant protection against DNA and cell damage. The researchers said tomatoes and their byproducts contain the carotenoid antioxidant lycopene. Overall, studies for tomatoes and lycopenes show inconsistent results on...

2009-02-20 22:10:00

Vitamin supplements can prevent hearing loss in laboratory animals, University of Florida researchers said. The supplements used in the research are composed of antioxidants -- beta carotene and vitamins C and E -- and the mineral magnesium, senior author Colleen Le Prell of the University of Florida said. When administered prior to exposure to loud noise, the supplements prevented both temporary and permanent hearing loss in test animals, the study said. What is appealing about this...

2009-02-18 15:10:00

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new study conducted by Francine Grodstein, Sc.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School, Boston, men who take Beta-Carotene supplements for 15 years or longer may have less cognitive decline. Two groups of men, long-term users and short, supplemented with 50 milligrams of Beta-Carotene every other day. Long-term participants were treated for an average of 18 years and the short-term participants for an...

2009-01-19 07:00:00

American Classic(R) All Natural Purple, Green and Orange Cauliflower by Salyer American Brings The Farmers Market To Your Kitchen Table MONTEREY, Calif., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- American Classic(R) by Salyer American introduces a full line of cauliflower -- ranging from purple, green, and orange "colorflower" to the more familiar white variety. Harvested fresh from Salyer American farms in California and Arizona, these varieties are all natural with no artificial colors or dyes added....

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2008-12-30 16:19:52

Women who took beta carotene or vitamin C or E or a combination of the supplements had a similar risk of cancer as women who did not take the supplements, according to data from a randomized controlled trial in the December 30 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Epidemiological studies have suggested that people whose diets are high in fruits and vegetables, and thus antioxidants, may have a lower risk of cancer. Results from randomized trials that address the issue,...

2008-07-25 15:00:29

Advances in chemistry can be used to add otherwise insoluble compounds like the dietary supplement co-enzyme Q10 into water, a U.S. researcher said. Bruce Lipshutz, a professor of chemistry at University of California, Santa Barbara, said CoQ10 is a compound that cells synthesize in every cell, but while the body produces its own CoQ10, that production decreases with age. CoQ10 -- much of which is in the mitochondria of our cells -- is essential for cellular respiration and adenosine...

2008-07-05 00:00:03

By Chidanand Rajghatta WASHINGTON: It seems that watermelons don't just quench thirst, but also increase libido, says a new study. The fruit has some nourishing ingredients that affect the libido. These include lycopene - which is typically found in tomatoes; beta carotene; and the rising star among its phyto-nutrients - citrulline, whose beneficial functions include the ability to relax blood vessels, much like Viagra and other impotence drugs do. Scientists say when watermelon is...

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2008-05-22 09:10:00

By Tara Parker-Pope By now, most people know they should be eating more vegetables. But are there ways to get more from the vegetables you already eat? A growing body of research shows that when it comes to vegetables, it's not only how much we eat, but how we prepare them, that influences the amount of phytochemicals, vitamins and other nutrients that enter our body. The benefits are significant. Numerous studies show that people who consume lots of vegetables have lower rates of heart...


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Golden Rice
2013-10-02 14:11:48

Golden Rice is a variety of Oryza sativa rice produced  through genetic engineering to biosynthesize beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, in the edible parts of the rice. The research was conducted with the goal of producing a fortified food to be grown and consumed in areas with a shortage of dietary vitamin A, a deficiency which is estimated to kill 670,000 children under five years old each year. Golden rice is different from its parental strain by the addition of three...

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