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Food and health are intrinsically linked, but we still have much to learn about the precise effects of nutrients on humans as well as optimal intake, bioavailability, and appropriate delivery formats.

Carotenoid from green algae shows ‘potent’ anti-fat activity

A carotenoid from green algae called siphonaxanthin may inhibit the development of fat cells and the build-up of fat in fat tissue, suggests new research from Japan. The compound could...

Could the future of type-2 diabetes treatment be prescription diets?

In the future doctors could prescribe low calorie diets to reverse type-2 diabetes, not tablets and surgery, according to one scientist conducting a 5-year study on such a strategy.

Special Edition: Blood Sugar Management

Evidence continues to bolster polyphenols' blood sugar management story despite murky mode of action

Although the mechanism of action is somewhat unclear, polyphenols have a solid and growing body of research backing their effect on the regulation of blood sugar levels, experts say.

Opinion

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids...

Hot topic

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel...

Vitamin D may enhance exercise benefits for type-2 diabetics: Study

Combining vitamin D supplements and circuit training may trim belly fat levels and improve blood lipid profiles in elderly women with low D levels and type-2 diabetes.

Sabinsa raises forecasts for curcumin as new formulas, dosage forms, and breakthrough science expand the opportunities

2014 was a great year for curcumin, and Sabinsa is expecting an even better 2015 with new data from a randomized clinical trial showing the ingredient’s ability to lower blood...

Coming to Probiota 2015 - February 3-5, Amsterdam

Germvangelist set to shake Probiota with holistic shout

Self-styled 'germvangelist' and microbiologist Jason Tetro says the probiotic industry is obsessed with technicalities and needs to venture back in time to access the innate, holistic power of probiotics.

Fertility food supplement targets older couples

An Israeli firm has debuted ‘his, her’s and theirs’ food supplements aimed at boosting the fertility of ageing couples who want children - the chances of pregnancy drop to as...

Garlic supplements effective for blood pressure management: Meta-analysis

Dietary supplements with garlic (Allium sativum) may beneficially affect blood pressure, especially for hypertensives, says a meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials.

"We hope to develop a pill for fexaramine within 24 to 36 months to try in humans."

Satiety pill shows metabolic syndrome potential: Mice study

The mainstream press has latched onto a mouse study that shows a bile-controlling, gut restricted pharma intervention can mimic food intake and therefore potentially be an obesity beater. But could...

Tomato juice may slash waist size & inflammatory markers for young women

A daily glass of tomato juice for eight weeks has a direct effect on waist circumference, cholesterol, and markers of inflammation in generally healthy young women, says a new study...

GLG Life Tech unveils new stevia variety with higher natural Reb A content

GLG Life Tech Corporation has announced another milestone in its effort to breed new cultivars of the stevia plant. The company has developed a variety that expresses higher levels of...

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

Soapbox

Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it....

New Zealand

High-fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Auckland University researchers have found that a diet that is high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers.

Scientists identify novel ‘nanoplatform’ for calcium delivery for bone health

Encapsulating calcium in an edible protein cage can boost absorption of the mineral and offer an alternative delivery method for use in fortified foods and supplements, says new research.

Hyaluronan supplements may decrease skin aging symptoms: Human data

Daily supplements of the  high-viscosity macromolecular polymer hyaluronan (HA) may increase skin moisture in people with dry skin, and improve luster and suppleness of the face, says a new study...

Soapbox

Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega 3?

As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continues to lose its grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the popularity it has held for millennia as a primary and sustainable source of...

Special edition: Functional Foods

What's driving functional food and beverage growth? Snacking, convenience, and consumer behavior

With sales of $176.7 billion this year functional foods are a hot growth sector. But which ingredients, sectors and countries are the best bets for product launches?

Pope Francis: "The earth doesn’t forgive anything, so take care of Mother Earth, so it does not respond with destruction.”

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 2

Welcome to our live blogathon from day 2 of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition. It is 22 years since the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised the first event...

“This is a good move for Raisio. They are the correct parent of this niche brand.”

Raisio brings cholesterol-lowering Benecol home for €90m

“J&J should have sold it 10 years ago,” is one analyst’s appraisal of Finnish agro-food giant Raisio’s buy-back of the licensing rights to its cholesterol lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand today,...

Vitamin E may boost IQ for low birth weight infants, says study

Long term supplementation of extremely low birth weight infants with vitamin E may improve mental development, according to a new study from Japan.

Soapbox - Guest viewpoint

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an unprecedented level of competitiveness to the industry.

Academic: "Anybody who thinks the world’s malnutrition problems are going to be solved without industry is dreaming."

Time for a vitamin E intake rethink? Emerging data builds argument

Emerging research linking vitamin E deficiency with increased risk of Alzheimer’s, miscarriages and fatty liver disease can contribute to an ongoing debate around recommended intakes, a nutrition congress was told...

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