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Nutrition

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.

Heat-killed lactobacillus shows oral health benefits

Consuming capsules with heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum L-137 may help reduce probing depth in people with periodontal disease, says a new study from Japan.

Vitamins and supplements lobby ‘disgusted’ by supposed ABC exposé

The complementary medicines industry has hit out at the decision by Australia’s state broadcaster to air what it calls a “sensationalised story” about the safety of some American supplements.

Queensland researcher aims to gauge beetroot’s super-food credentials

An Australian study is underway to discover whether beetroot juice could be a new super-food that improves vascular health in older people.

Link between vitamin E & brain tumours found in metabolite study

A link between vitamin E levels in the blood and the increased risk of brain tumours has been established in a Scandinavian study. 

TABS Analytics Vitamins & Minerals Study: Are heavy users in decline?

Heavy buyers of vitamin and mineral supplement products are in decline, according to new research from the TABS Analytics.

Caraway extract shows slimming potential for women

An aqueous extract of caraway seeds may suppress appetite and help slim waistlines and thighs in physically active women, says a new study.

Prunus mume extract significantly benefit liver functions over placebo

The Asian plum of the rosaceae family, has been studied for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver protecting properties. A study funded by Swiss company Stragen Pharma looks deeper into how...

Korean firm seeks EU access for novel algal DHA oil

The South Korean company Daesang Corp has applied for novel food approval for its DHA-rich algal oil, claiming ‘substantial equivalence’ to an already-approved oil produced by DSM-owned Martek Biosciences.

The continuing rise of China’s vitamin A prices

China’s vitamin A manufacturers got a further boost after Zhejiang NHU, one of the country’s production giants, once again raised its sales price for the vitamin. 

Ashwagandha root extract may boost cardiorespiratory endurance: RCT

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) root extract may improve endurance during exercise, says a new study using the KSM-66 brand of Ashwagandha from Ixoreal Biomed.

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Have cake, eat cake: Ingredients for Australia’s nutraceutical boom

Have you ever tried to bake a cake? As therapeutic and fulfilling as some people find baking, I never seem to be able to get it perfectly right and results...

Fruit compounds could be effective against diabetes and CVD, study finds

Two compounds found in grapes and oranges could be used to form a basis of treatment for those suffering from diabetes, a study has found.

Omega-3 levels linked to better cognitive performance

Increased serum levels of the long chain omega-3s EPA, DPA, and DHA are associated with better performance on neuropsychological tests in older men and women, says a new study.

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the...

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Kaneka reworks Ubiquinol CoQ10 amid counterfeit concerns

CoQ10 leader Kaneka has re-worked its Ubiquinol branded CoQ10 heart, immunity, skin and energy nutrient in response to it “increasingly being imitated by fake products of inferior quality.”

This week Down Under

Healthy eating a worthy ideal, but still too expensive for Australians

While Australians largely view eating more fruit and vegetables a priority while they cut down on sugar and fat, many are put off by the cost and time involved in...

The rise of adaptogenic herbs: ‘These herbs help mitigate stress & we live in a stressful environment’

Interest in adaptogenic herbs is increasing, but how does industry communicate the benefits to consumers, and which herbs work this way?

Zinc + multivitamins may boost height gain in children: Study

Supplementing school children with zinc plus a multivitamin may lead to significantly greater height gain, compared to placebo, says a new study from Thailand.

Australia

Scientists seek link between poor diet and greenhouse gases

Australia’s greenhouse gas contribution could be cut by a quarter if people were to eat whole foods at the levels recommended by national dietary guidelines.

Dispatches from Food Vision Asia 2016

Multi-partner efforts light path to better nutrition

On-the-ground programmes in Singapore and beyond are significantly boosting nutrition levels for population groups that need it the most – like migrant workers – the inaugural Food Vision Asia congress...

Study says probiotics relieved stress for medical students at exam time

A probiotic given to Japanese medical students during the run-up to nationwide medical school examinations reduced stress among the students, according to a study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a...

Menace to society: Age-old herbal remedies don't guarantee safety

Popular herbal medicines that have been used for many years should not be considered safe as researchers highlight gaps in toxicity and carcinogenicity testing.

HK scientists find probiotic mix's benefits in liver cancer treatment

Hong Kong researchers have developed a novel probiotic mixture that may have potential therapeutic effects on liver cancer.

Tech solutions to show health effects in real time seen as new hope in supplement investment picture

Having the right team to execute on an idea is the key to attracting investment capital, experts say. But finding the right idea, that’s a bit more of a stretch...

Novel bitter melon extract show metabolic and anti-obesity effects: Study

Oil extracts from the seeds of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) may help reduce body weight, suggests a new study from China.

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