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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.

Iron crucial to cut risk of fatty liver disease progression: China data

The ratio of serum iron to ferritin — a blood cell protein that stores iron — can accurately predict body composition and fatty liver risk in young adult women, but...

Review authors defend 2012 paper and take swipe at “multi-billion dollar” supplement industry

Blackmores Institute questions validity of high-profile Cochrane Review of vitamin E and mortality

A widely publicised review 'incorrectly inflated' the mortality risk attributed to vitamin E, with the appropriateness of the datasets and the validity of its methods being called into question in...

Avocados could be good for gut health: New Zealand research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health — a previously unknown benefit — by increasing short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production.

Lack of antioxidants increases obesity risk in sleep-deprived men: Korean study

Low dietary antioxidant intake — coupled with insufficient sleep — could lead to an increased risk of obesity in men, a Korean study has found.

Probiotics a possible treatment for jaundice in newborn babies: Chinese meta-analysis

Probiotic supplementation might be able to safely and effectively treat jaundice in babies, a Chinese systematic review and meta-analysis found, but researchers say better quality data is required.

NUTRITION ASIA VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO: Why understanding young Singaporeans’ diets should be a public health and research priority

Academics are striving to increase the volume of quality data about the dietary patterns of young Singaporeans, in order to boost the nutritional health of future generations.

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

Coffee consumption a counter to sarcopenia in elderly men: Korean study

Consuming at least three cups of coffee a day could lower the risk of elderly men developing sarcopenia, according to a Korean study.

Eye health and vitamins: Supplement intake ‘can increase degeneration’, review reveals

Scientists have cautioned that antioxidant consumption in supplement form is not as effective as a nutrient-rich diet to improve eye diseases, with some evidence suggesting they can actually worsen existing...

Prenatal malnutrition and postnatal health: How diet can affect hypertension risk

Prenatal exposure to malnutrition can lead to diseases such as hypertension in adulthood, but the effects can be reduced or even reversed in postnatal life, according to a Chinese study.

New trials show ‘multiple health benefits’ from consuming mango: Industry body

Several emerging human studies on mango consumption are reporting improved blood pressure, blood sugar control and gut health, according to the National Mango Board.

Crucial role of ethnicity and breastfeeding for infant gut microbiota revealed

There are considerable differences in the gut bacteria of children of South Asian heritage compared to Caucasians, with a new study highlighting the strong influence played by ethnicity and breastfeeding. ...

Low levels of carotenoids linked to Parkinson’s disease risk and progression: RCT

Low levels of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene contributed to increased risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports.

Green tea supplements: Good for weight loss, but lacking in anti-inflammation action against PCOS

Consumption of green tea supplements leads to weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it is still uncertain if supplementation provides a direct anti-inflammatory effect against the condition....

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Hemp product sales slowly inch up as cultivation barriers get more lax

Retail sales of hemp food, CBD, and supplements posted $285.3 million in sales in 2016, according to data by retail research firm SPINS and Vote Hemp, a non-profit advocating a...

Probiotics in space testing is ready for lift off, says Yakult

Yakult is ready to begin carrying out tests on the consumption of probiotics in space, by undertaking experiments on astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Wild mushroom warning in Australia

Wild mushrooms should not be picked or eaten due to the health risks they pose, according to the Food Safety Information Council.

Fibre supplement boosts weight loss and lowers blood sugar in obese adults: Study

Fibre supplementation helped to boost weight loss and lower blood sugar in overweight and obese adults, according to a new Australian study.

China private equity firm acquires 80% stake in Kiwi supplement manufacturer

New Zealand supplement firm Better Health Co, which owns the GO Healthy brand, has sold an 80% stake to an Asian private equity fund to help it tap into international markets.

No evidence of link between fruit and veg consumption and reduction in overall cancer cases: Major Japan study

There is insufficient evidence of a link between fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduction in the number of overall cancer cases, according to a pooled analysis of large-scale cohort...

Australia’s Pork CRC reflects on welfare ‘achievement’

Close to 80% of Australian pig producers have significantly increased the space afforded to sows this year and government-backed Pork CRC has praised the achievement. 

‘Fountain of youth’ hormone best responds to low protein, high carb diet: Study

A low protein, high carbohydrate diet may be the most effective for stimulating a hormone with life-extending and obesity-fighting benefits in later life, new research suggests.

Pakistan: UK-funded fortification programme targets women & children

A £48m (€55m) five-year, large-scale fortification programme is being rolled out this month in Pakistan in a bid to combat malnutrition in women and children.

Alginate-starch encapsulation could aid probiotic survival

The use of a modified alginate and hi-maize starch encapsulation technique could help to increase the survival rate of probiotics, say Thai researchers.

Pharmacists want to plug supplement knowledge gap as consumer demand grows: Malaysia survey

Over 80% of Malaysian pharmacists believe their profession should play a greater role in recommending supplements and other ‘complementary medicines’ (CM) to their customers, but most are having to teach...

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